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04/22/2022
Conservation trust targets land in four-town ‘hot spot’
04/22/2022
Conservation trust targets land in four-town ‘hot spot’

Conservation trust targets land in four-town ‘hot spot’

The Royal River watershed in New Gloucester, Pownal, Durham and Auburn "is special in the context of the unknown of the future climate," according to the Royal River Conservation Trust, which is looking for land donations.

Inside Windham: April 22
04/22/2022
Inside Windham: April 22

Inside Windham: April 22

Kids crafting for the Ukrainian cause Members of the Windham Historical Society’s Junior History Club are making bracelets to sell after learning about the conflict in Ukraine and deciding they would like to help by raising funds to send to the war-torn country. The kids are putting their creativi...

Inside New Gloucester: April 22
04/22/2022
Inside New Gloucester: April 22

Inside New Gloucester: April 22

Town report dedicated to Korean War vet, pantry volunteers The 226th New Gloucester Town Report was dedicated to Wallace “Wally” Bragdon Jr. at the April 11 Select Board meeting in the individual category, while volunteers with the New Gloucester Food Pantry were recognized in the group category...

Inside Bridgton: April 22
04/22/2022
Inside Bridgton: April 22

Inside Bridgton: April 22

Spring has sprung Bridgton Academy ice arena upgrade funded The Chalmers Ice Arena at Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton has received a grant to make significant improvements to the facility. Funding from the Kendal C. and Anna Ham Foundation will be used to buy a new, state-of-the-art skate sharpen...

Through My Lens: Comfort with canines comes after dogged persistence
04/15/2022
Through My Lens: Comfort with canines comes after dogged persistence

Through My Lens: Comfort with canines comes after dogged persistence

Adjusting to dogs was one of the biggest challenges I have met since moving to Maine from Somalia. When I was growing up watching Hollywood movies, I remember thinking that people own dogs for their own protection. That dogs bite burglars if they try to break in. And dogs are supposed to protect the...

Mainewhile: Food for thought – support Maine farmers by eating local
04/15/2022
Mainewhile: Food for thought – support Maine farmers by eating local

Mainewhile: Food for thought – support Maine farmers by eating local

When the skies are gray and the wind blows from the north, it doesn’t feel like spring. And yet, spring really is here. The chittering, twittering, raucous birds flitting all about the dooryard are proof positive. Saturday was the last pickup day of my family’s winter farm share at our local far...

It Happened in Windham: Quakers were ‘friends’ of the community
04/15/2022
It Happened in Windham: Quakers were ‘friends’ of the community

It Happened in Windham: Quakers were ‘friends’ of the community

When you drive down Route 202 in Windham and you pass the plain white building with double doors across from the Windham Food Pantry, you are looking at one of Windham’s oldest places of worship, Friends Meeting House. The building was erected in 1829 and has been in constant use ever since. Prior...

Inside Standish: April 15
04/15/2022
Inside Standish: April 15

Inside Standish: April 15

Black Box Teens puts on cabaret at Schoolhouse Arts A cabaret hosted by the Black Box Teens is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, at Schoolhouse Arts Center, 16 Richville Road. This year’s theme is “Musicals Through The Decades!” The Black Box Teens are a youth-run theater troupe consisting of mem...

Inside Gray: April 15
04/15/2022
Inside Gray: April 15

Inside Gray: April 15

Proposed town budget would equal flat tax rate The tax rate will remain unchanged at $14.61 per $1,000 of real estate valuation and most property owners will not experience a tax increase if the proposed FY23 town budget passes, according to Town Manager Nathaniel Rudy. The proposal aired at an Apri...

Lakes Region Sportsman: Status of smelt affecting Sebago Lake salmon
04/08/2022
Lakes Region Sportsman: Status of smelt affecting Sebago Lake salmon

Lakes Region Sportsman: Status of smelt affecting Sebago Lake salmon

Recently, I attended a State of the Nation address. Not the whole nation – just my nation, Sebago Lake. The nation that has provided me with so much enjoyment and relaxation, served as a family gathering place, and provided hours and hours of fishing action. The Sebago Lake Anglers Association, wh...

Inside New Gloucester: April 8
04/08/2022
Inside New Gloucester: April 8

Inside New Gloucester: April 8

Radio station recognizes special ed teacher A first-year special education teacher was named the March 2022 Golden Apple Teacher Award winner by WFNK radio. Susan Hedrich, of New Gloucester, who teaches at Farwell Elementary School in Lewiston, said she chose to pursue a career in special education....

Inside Windham: April 8
04/08/2022
Inside Windham: April 8

Inside Windham: April 8

Local contestant named Mrs. Maine American Windham’s Mrs. America contestant, Christina Erde, was named Mrs. Maine American during the Mrs. Maine Pageant April 3 at the DoubleTree Hotel in South Portland. The pageant system has two divisions and awards three titles. Erde was first runner-up, winni...

Inside Bridgton: April 8
04/08/2022
Inside Bridgton: April 8

Inside Bridgton: April 8

Historical society wins bid to buy local church The Bridgton Historical Society plans to preserve the Bridgton Methodist Church on Main Street after winning a bid to purchase the historic landmark, which was built in 1869. The acquisition will give the historical society a prominent presence on Main...

A great opportunity for high schoolers!
04/07/2022
Journalism 207: How to find a great story

A great opportunity for high schoolers!

Journalism 207, a series of online Zoom training sessions for high school students, is an initiative involving journalists from the Portland Press Herald, Morning Sentinel, Kennebec Journal and Sun Journal who lend expert advice and experience to students interested in pursuing a career in journalis...

Inside Gray: April 1
04/01/2022
Inside Gray: April 1

Inside Gray: April 1

McKin Company site to be removed from Superfund list The federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed removing the former McKin Company from the Superfund Priorities List and is accepting public comment about the decision. The 7-acre parcel at 25 Mayall Road started as a liquid waste disposa...

Inside Standish: April 1
04/01/2022
Inside Standish: April 1

Inside Standish: April 1

Welcome spring with Easter egg hunts, breakfast As Easter approaches with friends and family looking to spend quality time together, the classic Easter egg hunt remains a treasured pastime for kids of all ages. Drop in any time from 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday, April 9, for a free, indoor egg hunt hosted....

Moms in recovery get a hand with college prep, career planning
03/30/2022
Moms in recovery get a hand with college prep, career planning

Moms in recovery get a hand with college prep, career planning

A partnership between the McAuley Residence in Portland and Southern Maine Community College aims to ease the way for the women, while also providing enrichment opportunities for their children.

Through My Lens: Recognizing Ramadan important to Maine Muslims
03/30/2022
Through My Lens: Recognizing Ramadan important to Maine Muslims

Through My Lens: Recognizing Ramadan important to Maine Muslims

Another Ramadan is here, and again it is business as usual in Maine. Ramadan has always been the time to be with family, pray together and feast together. The last year I sat down with my closest family, including my mother, to break the fast together was 2010. As a kid, even when we did […]

Mainewhile: World Central Kitchen rebuilding lives through food
03/30/2022
Mainewhile: World Central Kitchen rebuilding lives through food

Mainewhile: World Central Kitchen rebuilding lives through food

I confess to being something of a reverse snob. If something is really trendy or popular, the odds are pretty high I will dismiss it out of hand without even really giving it a fair shot. I’m not saying I’m proud of this character trait, just acknowledging it. I don’t watch reality shows, I do...

Forum: Businesses need to support nonprofits like Furniture Friends
03/30/2022
Forum: Businesses need to support nonprofits like Furniture Friends

Forum: Businesses need to support nonprofits like Furniture Friends

In today’s economy, local nonprofits need all the help we can get. Inflation is high, businesses are struggling to hire and economic output still hasn’t returned to “normal” – far from it. And everywhere, people are in need. Of course, the private sector understands the current economic cr...

03/25/2022
Inside New Gloucester: March 25
03/25/2022
Inside New Gloucester: March 25

Inside New Gloucester: March 25

Maple Weekend: How sweet it is Smother your pancakes with maple syrup tapped and boiled at Royal River Orchards, 201 Peacock Hill Road, during Maine Maple Weekend March 26 and 27. Owners David and Leslee Clark are your hosts for this al fresco event. Pancake breakfasts with all the fixings take plac...

Inside Windham: March 25
03/25/2022
Inside Windham: March 25

Inside Windham: March 25

‘Hot suppa’ memorial food drive will help feed the need Friends and family of the late Matthew Anson are having a Hot Suppa Food Drive in his memory. Matt was a graduate of Windham High School and he spent his short life trying to ensure anyone he met had a hot meal – a “hot […]

Inside Bridgton: March 25
03/25/2022
Inside Bridgton: March 25

Inside Bridgton: March 25

Forward-looking residents needed for task force Bridgton’s Community Development Department will be updating the town’s Comprehensive Plan over the next two years. Community members are needed to join a task force to create a sustainable and equitable plan to help guide development through the n...

Mainewhile: Thank you, Rose Marie, for your final and thoughtful gift
03/25/2022
Mainewhile: Thank you, Rose Marie, for your final and thoughtful gift

Mainewhile: Thank you, Rose Marie, for your final and thoughtful gift

While the news of the world continues, both the hopeful and the grim, for our family it has been a particularly sad week. My partner’s mother experienced a freak accident and died. Her death brought home a lot of life’s lessons really fast, but first I want to tell you just a little bit about [....

Life Unwound: Mindful messages hanging from a tree hit the mark
03/25/2022
Life Unwound: Mindful messages hanging from a tree hit the mark

Life Unwound: Mindful messages hanging from a tree hit the mark

On my daily walk along Portland’s Eastern Promenade, I see people running with their dogs on East End Beach, throwing sticks in the water or across the sand for the frisky pups to chase and retrieve. I pass other walkers, runners, bikers, photographers, men, women and children enjoying the wide-op...

In areas like the Lakes Region, homelessness can often be "hidden" and hard to address, experts say. But five Lakes Regi...
03/16/2022
Homeless in Cumberland County: No easy solution in sight for ‘complex problem’

In areas like the Lakes Region, homelessness can often be "hidden" and hard to address, experts say. But five Lakes Region towns have partnered with Tedford Housing in Brunswick to determine the causes of homelessness locally so they can begin to solve the problem. Read more...

Before the homeless crisis can be solved, the extent of the problem has to be defined, especially in areas like the Lakes Region that lack resources.

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CONGRATS to all of the winners of the 2021 Maine Press Association Better Newspaper Contest! The Portland Press Herald, the Portland Phoenix, The Camden Herald and the Maine Sunday Telegram have been honored by the Maine Press Association for General Excellence in print newspapers. The Portland Press Herald, The Maine Monitor, and the Boothbay Register took top honors for digital General Excellence in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were presented Saturday afternoon during the association’s annual awards presentation, this year held virtually due to COVID-19. Dorothy “Dot” Roderick, one of the first women advertising executives in the newspaper industry; Dieter Bradbury, a force in Maine journalism for more than four decades; and Judy Meyer, executive editor for Sun Journal, Morning Sentinel / Kennebec Journal and a fierce advocate for First Amendment rights, were selected by the MPA’s Hall of Fame Committee as the 2021 inductees. Due to the decision to forego this year’s in-person conference, the formal induction ceremony will be held at next year’s MPA Conference, Oct. 22, in Bar Harbor. In the General Excellence competition for print newspapers, The Portland Press Herald was judged the best daily in Maine for the third consecutive year while the Maine Sunday Telegram was the weekend Newspaper of the Year for the eleventh time in twelve years. The contest judges, who hailed from The South Dakota Press Association, wrote of The Portland Press Herald, “Clearly the class of this division. Front page designs are attractive and leave no doubt about the day’s top story. It features a robust editorial page with local editorials and an attractive sports page…. The writing ranges from professional to first-rate.” “There’s not much getting done on Sundays in Portland for the readers of this newspaper,” said the judges about the Maine Sunday Telegram. “It’s stuffed with ads and sections that feature stories from staff writers in each one. The sports news pops off the page. Headlines are solid and photos are crisp.” In the Weekly 1 division, for newspapers with less than 3,000 print circulation, The Camden Herald took the top prize. Judges said, “This is a newsy, well-written newspaper. The front pages are attractive…It has lively opinion pages and a first-rate sports section.” The Weekly 2 winner, the Portland Phoenix, was lauded for its differences. “Unlike many tab-sized newspapers, this one does not overload its front page, opting to take an attractive magazine approach. The writing here is superb.” The Camden Herald and The Lincoln County News won the Freedom of Information first-place award in the Weekly 1 and Weekly 2 divisions, respectively, while The Bangor Daily News took top honors in the Daily/Weekend division. Samantha Hogan of The Maine Monitor was named the Journalist of the Year and Jane Patriquin of the Portland Press Herald was the Advertising Person of the Year. Emily Bader, formerly of the Lakes Region Weekly and now of the Sun Journal, won the Bob Drake Young Writer’s Award, and Keith Taylor of MaineToday Media was honored by the MPA as the Unsung Hero of the Year. A complete list of 2021 award winners will be posted later this week on the MPA’s website. The Maine Press Association (MPA), founded in 1864, is one of the oldest professional news organizations in the nation. Learn more at www.mainepressassociation.org. #OnTheRecord #mainenews
In this week's Lakes Region Weekly, read about a Windham graduate who makes it his business to spread the good news. And speaking of good news -Christmas in July returns to Naples. Pick up a copy today or find the paper online any time at https://www.pressherald.com/lakes-region-weekly/.
An Act To Protect Private Property and Livestock from Fireworks Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows: Sec. 1. 8 MRSA §223-A, sub-§8, ¶¶C and D are enacted to read: C. A person may not use consumer fireworks where noise from the fireworks would disturb livestock or poultry or within 1/4 mile of a property where livestock or poultry are present without the consent of that property's owner. As used in this paragraph, "livestock" has the same meaning as in Title 7, section 81, subsection 8 and "poultry" has the same meaning as in Title 7, section 81, subsection 9. D. A person may not allow debris from the use of consumer fireworks to enter or land on the property of a person who has not given consent for the debris to enter or land on that property. SUMMARY This bill prohibits the use of consumer fireworks where noise from the fireworks would disturb livestock or poultry or within 1/4 mile of a property where livestock or poultry are present without the consent of that property's owner and prohibits a person from allowing debris from the use of consumer fireworks to enter or land on the property of a person who has not given consent for the debris to enter or land on the property.
The Sweden Historical Society is hosting a community yard sale from 8:00 am until Noon on Saturday, July 10th on the Sweden Village Green. Spaces are $25.00 and tables are $10.00 each. If you wish to participate or donate items contact Gail DeWildt at 647-2592.
Would like to see any article about selectmen running for election in Gray, I am new to area. Thanks!
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will keep their promises, support a job creating economy with tax cuts and deregulation, lower medicine prices, increased wages, better trade agreements and secure borders. President Trump acted quickly to stop Chinese travelers from coming to the US and to invest in ventilators, medicines and vaccines to fight COVID-19. President Trump supports peace and freedom through fair elections and a strong military. President Trump supports justice and law & order through trained police and judges who interpret laws and the US Constitution. Donald Trump and his Senate approved judicial appointments will uphold the US Constitution with its separation of powers, checks and balances, and Bill of Rights including the First Amendment Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion and the Second Amendment. Please vote for Senator Susan Collins and the entire Republican ticket on or before Tuesday November 3rd!
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Check out this podcast episode highlighting two amazing teachers at the middle school.
It's Windham Wednesday! It's Emily your friendly Girl Scout recruiter. I will be at Windham Primary in t-minus 9 hours (6pm) for a sign-up event tonight. The goal for this new troop is to have some adults work with me the next 4 weeks doing awesome and fun activities before I pass the troop onto them. I can't wait to meet you tonight! Can't make it? Sign up online at
** UPDATE 3/2/20 ** R***R IS HOME This morning R***r showed up at a house down the road (less than 1/2 mile away). The people had seen one of R***r's flyer and called the owner. UPDATE - 2/27/20 - R***R IS STILL MISSING.FROM WEST NEWFIELD. R***r is still missing from his home on Sunset Trail by Libby Road in West Newfield. He is a 10 month old 80 lb light colored Golden Retreiver - wearing his collar with ID tags. R***r is a friendly puppy, but we ask that you DO NOT CHASE HIM! If you see him, call Josh right away at (207) 432-6830 or (603) 866-282 ***2/24/20***R***R IS MISSING FROM WEST NEWFIELD, ME R***r is missing from his home on Sunset Trail by Libby Road in West Newfield. He is a 10 month old 80 lb light colored Golden Retreiver - wearing his collar with ID tags. R***r is a friendly puppy, but we ask that you DO NOT CHASE HIM! If you see him, call Josh right away at (207) 432-6830 or (603) 866-2821 with information. Animal Welfare Society Lakes Region Weekly
In recent years, there has been tension on the Town Council that has escalated into name-calling and discord both at meetings and outside of them. Reporting by Lakes Region Weekly
A fun event for the family (well behaved dogs on a leash) Walk registration now open! For more information check out our Pups in the Park page and www.standishrec.com. Thank you for your support!