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Virtual Trail Trek accepts registrations

Great Works Regional Land Trust is accepting registrations for the Virtual Trail Trek fundraiser in June, which will be held in conjunction with the National Trails Day celebration.

The Virtual Trail Trek 5k / 10k / 13-mile outing will be held in GWRLT reserves from June 4-13, with over 18 public parks and nearly 30 miles of trails to provide an opportunity to explore the space and at the same time raise money to maintain the land.

The entry fee is $ 35 per participant and proceeds will go to GWRLT’s conservation and environmental efforts. All mileage and times must be submitted before 11:59 pm on June 13. Information for submitting results is provided upon registration. All participants will receive a limited edition GWRLT swag, which can be viewed at

To register, go to and click on “events”.


Rain barrels available for $ 65 plus tax

As part of the National Drinking Water Week and Clean Water Week, Portland Water District is working directly with the manufacturer to offer discounted rain barrels for $ 65 (plus $ 3.30 tax), a savings of more than 50 percent off the retail price .

Rain barrels are a great way to conserve water and reduce pollution. Rainwater collected from your roof can be used to water lawns, gardens and indoor plants.

Visit for more information or to order online before May 19.


Two have been appointed to the Kids First Center board

Gigi Sanchez and Marjorie McAvoy have been appointed to the board of directors of the Kids First Center.

Sanchez is a founding member of the Portland law firm Roach Ruprecht Sanchez & Bischoff PC and a litigation attorney with years of experience in civil and family matters. She is a graduate of Duke University and Columbus Law School and was the past president of the Maine State Bar Association and the Cumberland Bar Association. Sanchez was also a member of the board of MSAD 51 from 2013 to 2019, including as chairman.

McAvoy currently heads the Scarborough arm of Biddeford Savings and has over 15 years of experience in the financial industry. She received her degree in International Business Management from Southern New Hampshire University, where she is pursuing her master’s degree. McAvoy serves on the board of directors of the Center for Financial Training and Education Alliance, and volunteers with Junior Achievement. Her other volunteer experience includes the Root Cellar in Portland and the New Hope Children’s Foundation Orphanage in Nicaragua.

Kids First Center strengthens co-parenting positive communication skills and supports single parents’ efforts to raise healthy, happy and well-adjusted children. Children can join support groups online, and professionals who work with families in transition have year-round access to educational opportunities.


CMP donates $ 10,000 to childhood cancer program

The Maine Elks Association announced a $ 10,000 donation from Central Maine Power to the Maine Children’s Cancer Program in Scarborough.

Anthony Gause, president of the Maine Elks Association and a CMP employee, was pivotal in making the donation a reality.

“Every state president of the Maine Elks Association aims to raise money for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program,” said Gause. “I asked Central Maine Power if they would be interested, and they responded with an enthusiastic ‘Yes!’ “

The MCCP is Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital’s pediatric oncology program at Maine Medical Center. It has three primary areas of focus: giving children access to the best cancer treatments available, participating in clinical research to improve survival and get closer to a cure, and supporting the whole family in their journey with childhood cancer.


Four farms will receive matching grants of $ 50,000

Maine Farmland Trust has awarded matching grants totaling $ 200,000 to four farms in the state upon completion of MFT’s Farming for Wholesale program.

Dandelion Spring Farm of Bowdoinham, Sheepscot Valley Farm of Whitefield, the Milkhouse Dairy Farm & Creamery of Monmouth and South Paw Farm of Freedom each implement business plans aimed at scaling up the wholesale trade by investing in equipment and infrastructure to streamline their production and their capability to improve. to sell to wholesale markets and make their businesses more profitable. This is the fifth year that MFT has offered implementation grants to farmers participating in the Farming for Wholesale program, as a way to help farmers strengthen Maine’s local food economy.

Dandelion Spring Farm, an organic vegetable farm owned and operated by Beth Schiller, will use the grant to build a packing shed and multipurpose shed for more storage and processing for winter wholesale crops. “This program not only helps fund our vision, but, more importantly, has guided us through the process of articulating clearly what is important to Dandelion Spring’s next steps,” said Schiller. “The entire team is excited and confident to build the next phase of our business.”

Caitlin Frame and Andy Smith of Milkhouse Dairy Farm & Creamery said, “The MFT implementation grant allows us to make some highly anticipated updates to the Milkhouse brand, packaging and farming equipment. It will help us manage the impractical initial cost of packaging, get our yogurt back into glass after a year of COVID-related delivery issues in the glass industry, and make a down payment for a larger tractor better suited to the workload of the farm. In addition, thanks to the technical assistance we received from MFT in applying for this grant, we have been able to refinance our debt. “

Annie Watson and Mike Moody of Sheepscot Valley Farm, an organic dairy farm, plan to use grant money to convert their parlor milking system into a parlor. “The Farming for Wholesale program has been invaluable to us in our business planning. We were able to go into more detail about our production costs, and in turn, be able to see where efficiency would be most needed, ”said Watson. “The workshops and technical assistance were helpful in writing a business plan that we were proud of and excited to implement.”

Meg and Ryan Mitchell of South Paw Farm, a biologically diversified vegetable farm, will renovate their packing shed and add a solar panel and processing equipment, changes that will allow them to produce crops more efficiently and have them available for a longer season, such as a relieve some of the physical workload.

Each farm received $ 50,000, and will match the grants with $ 50,000 of their own investments, introducing a total of $ 100,000 in new financing to grow their business.

For more details, visit


Arts & Cultural Alliance appoints interim executive director

Freeport’s Arts & Cultural Alliance has selected Elizabeth Guffey as its interim executive director.

Guffey has served ACAF as a board member, webmaster and member of the marketing committee. She was previously Director / Artistic Director of Freeport Players and has been active with other local art and cultural groups. She is a singer, musician and writer of short fiction and plays, the latter of which have been performed at the Maine Playwrights Festival in Portland, Stonington’s Opera House Arts and Sun City Festival in Arizona.

Guffey has been a part of the arts and culture scene at the Freeport Players since 1997 and has been involved in all aspects of community theater, both on and off stage. As the Managing / Artistic Director of Freeport Players, she was part of the exploratory group that eventually became ACAF, and was one of the founders of ACAF.

ACAF is a non-profit organization founded in 2015 by Freeport residents and representatives of local businesses and organizations. It is committed to fostering Greater Freeport’s creative community and establishing Greater Freeport as a vibrant center of arts and culture for residents and visitors alike.

ACAF has started looking for a new full-time Executive Director. For more details and a job description, visit Applications can be submitted on [email protected]


Broad University College Students of the Year honored

Seven students from Maine Community College from across the state were recently honored as 2021 Students of the Year in an online presentation. These are: Andrea Atkinson of Southern Maine Community College; Jennifer Mae Hodgins of Eastern Maine Community College; Adrian Hoyt of Kennebec Valley Community College; Darci Marie Lentz of York County Community College; Caleb Michael McManus of Northern Maine Community College; Sarah Pierce of Central Maine Community College; and Jessica Stevens of Washington County Community College.

The students were selected by their university’s faculty and staff for their academic success and their campus and community involvement. Each student received a John and Jana Lapoint Leadership Award worth $ 1,000.

“These are all great students,” said David Daigler, president of the Maine Comunity College System. “They have more than held on in this challenging year. They have risen above the challenges and excelled not only by continuing their studies with focus and excellence, but also by helping their fellow students and communities. “


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