About Madelyn Marx: A KLT Founder & Champion For Nature

Madelyn Marx (1924-2019) was one of the Founders during the late 1960s of the Town of Kennebunk Conservation Commission and served as its chairwoman. When a major oil refinery complex was proposed in the early 1970s for Sanford, she played a major organizational role in the Friends of Intelligent Land Use which opposed and defeated the project.

During the mid-1970s, IT&T proposed a massive Levittown housing development on Summer Street. Madelyn helped organize the local petition effort which sent IT&T out of Kennebunk empty handed. Out of that local struggle, Madelyn, Charles Cole, and Ed Winston, Conservation Commission members, with the help of a $750 Ford Foundation grant, founded Ramanascho Trust, the precursor of today’s Kennebunk Land Trust. Through the joint efforts of the Town and Ramanascho, Wonder Brook Park was established, preventing any future Levittown copycats for that large pristine tract between Wonder Brook and the Kennebunk River.

In 1998, the Kennebunk Land Trust recognized Madelyn’s pioneering dedication to land conservation by establishing the 14-acre Madelyn Marx Preserve along the Mousam River. In a Coast Star interview at that time, Madelyn credited her conservationist mother for shaping her love of Maine’s coast, open spaces, and forests. She said, “I picked it up from her.”

Madelyn was honored by the Maine House and Senate in 1999 for her service to her town and for her being a pioneer in land conservation and preservation in Maine. Her accomplishments in those fields are numerous and have had a lasting impact on her beloved Kennebunk and southern Maine.

She served as the secretary-treasurer of the Maine Association of Conservation Commissions, a director of Audubon, and secretary of the Executive Committee of Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission.

Madelyn was the first woman to serve on the Kennebunk Zoning Board of Appeals and during the 1970s served on 3 zoning review committees. She served as the secretary of the Kennebunk Beach Coastal Association which works to retain its residential character.

Madelyn was an avid Red Sox fan who loved to talk about yesterday’s game, that we didn’t need to “wait till next year,” what player was “hot” or “not,” and who should be traded away. If it was a west coast night game, she might even admit she had a mid-day nap so she could stay up for the late game.

She also loved politics—Republican politics. She was a regular at the local campaign party headquarters—stuffing envelopes, assembling campaign signs, and raising funds. She loved Bill Cohen and then Susan Collins.

Her many friends enjoyed her stories about growing up the 1930s and 40s in Kennebunk. She’d laugh that her father, who winter cut, stored, and delivered ice throughout town, never seemed to bring home enough ice for his own family.

Now that you’ve learned a bit about Madelyn, please enjoy a walk at Madelyn Marx Preserve, named after this wonderful environmental champion!

 

Madelyn at KLT’s Strawberry Island Preserve, late 1950’s. Strawberry Island was one of KLT’s early acquisitions.

KLT Welcomes Three New Board Members

Erin Cavallaro
Lori Beath
Bill Cox

The Kennebunk Land Trust is excited to announce that it has welcomed three new board members to its Board of Director: Erin Cavallaro, Lori Beath, and Bill Cox. These new members join a strong Board of Directors that includes Rob Felvinci, Scott Gasperin, Tony Liguori, Tom Wellman, and KLT’s Chair of the Board of Directors, Beth Sandmire.

Erin is a Kennebunk native and has always had a passion for open spaces and the environment. She is currently the Director of Philanthropy for Maine Farmland Trust, a statewide organization that protects farmland, supports farmers and their businesses, and advances the future of farming.  Erin has spent over a decade raising funds and developing creative communication campaigns for local and regional nonprofit organizations. 

After spending over 30 summers in Kennebunk, Lori and her family officially moved to Kennebunk in 2016. She became interested in the Kennebunk Land Trust to make sure that this wonderful town does not become over developed and lose its charm. She previously served on the board of the Jon Francis Foundation whose mission is dedicated to saving lives through wilderness safety education, empowering families who have suffered the loss of an adult loved one in the wilderness and advocating for legal protection for missing adults.

Bill has worked 35 years in the investment management industry including institutional and management positions with The Royal Bank of Canada, CIBC Wood Gundy and Drexel Burnham & Lambert. Since 1997, he has been a managing member and Chief Investment Officer of Cox Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory and wealth management firm. Bill’s family has spent summers in Maine since 1963; his family moved to Maine full time in April 2019. Bill loves exploring the Maine outdoors with his family. He is an active member of the Cape Arundel Golf Club, serving as president from 2006-2008.

The mission of the Kennebunk Land Trust is to permanently conserve and steward land to benefit natural and human communities. KLT is a membership powered organization and relies on its members to fulfill its mission. KLT has protected over 3,400 acres throughout its 48 year history. Visit www.kennebunklandtrust.org to become a member or learn more about the Trust.

3 Trusts, 1 Community: Outdoor Education Boxes

Kennebunk Land Trust is proud to partner with our friends at Kennebunkport Conservation Trust and Arundel Conservation Trust to bring the outdoors to you! If you are a Kennebunk resident and have ordered an education box from KCT, you may pick up your box at the Kennebunk Land Trust office.

The Kennebunk Land Trust office is a yellow building located at 6 Brown Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043.

Pick up is available on Friday, June 26th from 9am-1pm. After June 26th, pick up hours are Tuesday-Thursday 9am-1pm. When you arrive to pick up your box, please call us at 207-985-8734 and a KLT staff member will meet you at your vehicle.

BECOME A KLT MEMBER: Kennebunk Land Trust has protected over 3,400 acres of forest, fields and waterways, including 1,600 acres of the Kennebunk Plains. KLT is a membership powered organization. Please consider making donation/becoming a memberClick here!! Your support makes a positive impact in our community!

Eagle Scout Project at Alewive Woods

Thank you to Everett B. of BSA Troop 304-Kennebunk for partnering with us on his Eagle Scout project at Alewive Woods. Everett rebuilt a bridge at the property and it looks great! Alewive Woods Preserve is over 625 acres of land with a 45-acre pond at its center. Originally planned as the second phase of Alewive Farms residential development, the property was conserved by the Trust in 1990.  The property is enjoyed by many in all seasons.

KLT Highlights Preserves With Aerial Videos

 

KLT has protected many beautiful preserves throughout our community.  KLT wanted to capture the beauty of these preserves in all seasons. Dave Sandmire, KLT member, volunteered to do just that–he took videos of several KLT preserves in all seasons. This is a wonderful way to experience the properties in a new way. To check out the videos visit our new Youtube site! Thank you to Dave for spearheading this project.

Interested in supporting conservation and open space within our community? Become a member today!

Hope Woods Celebration, 2019

Hope For The Future–Saving Hope Woods

Kennebunk, ME June 10, 2019 – On May 19, 2019, the community gathered in the meadow of Hope Woods to celebrate the success of the Hope Woods Conservation Initiative.  Attendees heard from Hope Woods Conservation Co-chairs George C. Harrington and Tom Wellman, Hope Cemetery Presisent Betsy T. Stevens, Honorary Co-chairs Tom and Kate Chappell, Land for Maine’s Future representative Tom Miragliuolo, and Maine Coast Heritage Trust Land Protection Manager Keith Fletcher. A ceremonial ribbon cutting opened the trails to all forever.

 

Refreshments were provided by Destination Catering, with their vintage Airstream Caravan serving ice cream and homemade rhubarb soda instead of the usual cocktails and raw bar. The day’s events concluded with guided walks of Hope Woods with Maine Master Naturalists Gordon Collins, Joan Hull, and Linda Grenfell.

 

“We are pleased and grateful to have met our campaign goal of $1.4 million, which has saved the Woods and provided much-needed funds for the financial stability of Hope Cemetery,” said George C. Harrington. The campaign raised funds to begin work on a universally accessible trail, and we are already beginning. We will continue to seek donations for this and other projects.”

 

“Kennebunk Land Trust is proud to be the conservation easement holder for Hope Woods and we look forward to partnering with the Friends of Hope Cemetery & Woods to enhance public access to open space and protect areas that allow wildlife to thrive,” said KLT Director Sarah Stanley.

 

All are invited to enjoy Hope Woods – open daily from dawn to dusk. Access the trails from the rear of Hope Cemetery on Barnard Lane, Wood Pond Lane, Fletcher Street across from Mechanic Street, or at Woodhaven Drive. A copy of the trail map can be downloaded from the Hope Cemetery & Woods website https://hopecemeterykennebunk.com/woods/ or pick up a copy at Kennebunk Free Library, Kennebunk Parks & Recreation office, or Kennebunk Land Trust office.

Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting in Celebration of Hope Woods Conservation Initiative Success: Front row l-r: Laura Dolce (KKA Chamber of Commerce), Tom Chappell (Honorary Co-Chair), Kate Cheney Chappell (Honorary Co-Chair), George C. Harrington (Campaign Co-Chair), Betsy T. Stevens (Hope Cemetery Corporation), Sarah Stanley (Kennebunk Land Trust), Bonnie Pothier (Sen. King’s office), and Prentiss Kurtz (Sen. Collins’ office). Back row l-r: Tom Miragliuolo (Land for Maine’s Future), Brad Paige (Kennebunk Savings), Tom Wellman (Campaign Co-Chair), and Blake Baldwin (Kennebunk Selectman).

 

First Environmental Speaker Series Was A Success!

40+ people joined the Kennebunk Land Trust for the organization’s first speaker series of the year. This first program was held on Saturday, May 18th. Center For Wildlife shared a presentation on raptors, reptiles, and mammals of Maine. The Center’s animal ambassadors were present, allowing folks a close up view of some wonderful wildlife. This first program was sponsored by Hampton Inn-Kennebunk/Kennebunkport. Thank you to all who joined us at this program. If you enjoyed this program or would like to participate in other KLT programs, please consider supporting KLT through membership. Membership makes these outreach opportunities possible.

 

KLT Par 3 Golf Tournament

The Kennebunk Land Trust Par 3 Golf Tournament at Hillcrest Golf was a success again this year. We had about 50 players. It was a fun afternoon supporting local conservation.

Hole Sponsors:

Avita of Wells

Sanford/Springvale Chamber of Commerce

Griffon Security Technologies

CU Security Solutions

Cole Harrison Insurance

Blue Rock Industries

Sanford Flooring

Town Square Realty Group

Law Office of Jessie L. Krall

JAK Designs

R&E Associates

HMH Vises

Bowl A Rama- Sanford

Rustic Taps

Owen’s Farmhouse

York County Federal Credit Union

Westbrook Creek LLC

Food/Beverage Sponsors:

Kennebunk Subway

Down East Wine

 

KLT & K’Bunk New School Students!

  

KLT Stewardship Committee & Students From K’Bunk’s New School Conduct Trail Work!

Shortly before Thanksgiving, members of the Kennebunk Land Trust’s Stewardship Committee spent two days working with students from the New School, located in Kennebunk. Students enjoyed spending time with members from the Stewardship committee and engaging in trail work at the Trust’s Secret Garden Preserve. Students from the New School have volunteered previously with the Land Trust and the Trust was excited to work with students again this year!

 

CONNECT Fair

KLT Joins In CONNECT Non Profit Fair

The Land Trust participated in the CONNECT Fair earlier this month, an event designed to bring together local non profits in the community. The fair is hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. This year, over 40 non profits participated in the fair! The Land Trust’s display was a big hit with visitors! The table showcased a plethora of mammal skulls collected by KLT Board Member, Tony Liguori. The display presented an opportunity to discuss the local fauna seen out on the trails and throughout the region!

The Trust is a membership driven organization and relies on support from its members to conduct conservation work in the towns of Kennebunk, Arundel, and Lyman. If you are interested in volunteering, becoming a member, or renewing your membership, please call us at 207-985-8734 or stop by our office located on 6 Brown Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043 (hours are M-F, 8:30am-5pm).