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Lakes Region Weekly The Lakes Region Weekly publishes news from and about Windham, Raymond, Sebago, Standish, Bridgton, Casco, Naples, Gray, and New Gloucester.

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Here’s Something: BLM should learn to be more like MLK
01/19/2022
Here’s Something: BLM should learn to be more like MLK

Here’s Something: BLM should learn to be more like MLK

Martin Luther King Jr., a reverend who charted a colorblind approach to racial injustice, was a man of honor. Read his famous speeches and you will be in absolute awe. Oh, how we need a King now. He’d set race-baiters everywhere straight. He’d tell them to love their fellow, flawed human beings ...

Through My Lens: ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’
01/18/2022
Through My Lens: ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’

Through My Lens: ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’

Growing up in Somalia, I did not hear about Martin Luther King Jr. I had not heard the slavery stories of the United States and the persecution that African Americans have experienced. In fact, the whole experience seemed so distant that I thought the colonial stories of Somalia I heard on the radio...

Mainewhile: Goldfish experiment is food for thought
01/18/2022
Mainewhile: Goldfish experiment is food for thought

Mainewhile: Goldfish experiment is food for thought

I had planned to write this week about the new guidance on masks and the omicron variant. I think it is positively astounding how fast scientific research is moving and tracking the virus as it morphs and changes – and knowledge is power, right? Given that the data is pretty clear that this varian...

01/14/2022
Inside New Gloucester: Jan. 14
01/14/2022
Inside New Gloucester: Jan. 14

Inside New Gloucester: Jan. 14

New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee accepting members The select board is accepting applications for members of the ad hoc Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee after voting to form the committee Jan. 3. The group consists of seven residents and a liaison from the select board. The com...

Inside Windham: Jan. 14
01/14/2022
Inside Windham: Jan. 14

Inside Windham: Jan. 14

Mrs. Windham pledges to fight mental illness Windham’s representative in this year’s Mrs. Maine America Pageant is Christina Erde, a wife and mother of two who will use this prestigious platform to help promote mental health awareness in our community. The pageant celebrates the achievements, po...

Lakes Region Sportsman: Ice angling starts in earnest
01/14/2022
Lakes Region Sportsman: Ice angling starts in earnest

Lakes Region Sportsman: Ice angling starts in earnest

While the big lake hasn’t seen any ice yet, I remain confident at least Jordan Bay will lock up by February. But anglers itching to get on the ice need not despair; there are a few smaller lakes and ponds worthy of setting a tip-up or two. Close by in Standish, the Otter Pond chain […]

Inside Bridgton: Jan. 14
01/14/2022
Inside Bridgton: Jan. 14

Inside Bridgton: Jan. 14

On the fringe of winter Bridgton Hospital Guild has one last hurrah The now-dissolved Bridgton Hospital Guild, which ran the thrift shop on Main Street and the hospital coffee shop that helped raise funds to purchase needed equipment for the hospital, has made its final donation of $40,000. The fund...

Mainewhile: Honor Betty White by taking up challenge in her name
01/12/2022
Mainewhile: Honor Betty White by taking up challenge in her name

Mainewhile: Honor Betty White by taking up challenge in her name

Betty White, Betty White, amazing Betty White. At half her age, I wish I was even one quarter as cool. With her death, the internet, in one of those all-too-rare moments when it actually proves to be a worthwhile tool of goodness, quickly spawned the idea of The Betty White Challenge. Although I qui...

Life Unwound: The sweetness of the past is worth remembering
01/12/2022
Life Unwound: The sweetness of the past is worth remembering

Life Unwound: The sweetness of the past is worth remembering

Sometimes we don’t know or want to know big, worldly truths. International politics. Fast-moving viruses. The Earth’s climate crises. And there are smaller personal truths that we also cannot or do not want to see. I acknowledge one here: I am forgetting things. Names. Words. It’s as if “my ...

Inside Gray: Jan. 7
01/07/2022
Inside Gray: Jan. 7

Inside Gray: Jan. 7

It’s ‘snow’ nice to hike with goats Ten Apple Farm at 241 Yarmouth Road is offering two-hour snowshoe or hiking adventures with goats at 1 p.m. Saturdays this month and 10 a.m. Wednesdays. According to the farm’s website, the winter hike is a 1-mile loop through the woods on lightly groomed ...

Through My Lens: Here’s hoping that as Maine goes, so goes the nation
01/04/2022
Through My Lens: Here’s hoping that as Maine goes, so goes the nation

Through My Lens: Here’s hoping that as Maine goes, so goes the nation

Thanks to Maine’s immigrants, our state made headlines in many languages in 2021. Every Mainer should be proud of the history Maine and the United States made in the last few weeks of 2021. This was the best holiday season for every single Maine immigrant. Imagine a Maine mayor whose story is publ...

Mainewhile: Seeing the writing on the wall at the U.S. Postal Service
01/04/2022
Mainewhile: Seeing the writing on the wall at the U.S. Postal Service

Mainewhile: Seeing the writing on the wall at the U.S. Postal Service

I think we can all agree that 2021 was a challenging year. Unlike the jubilant parties of New Year’s past, this year seemed to be less of a celebration and more of a collective sigh of relief that it is over. I know at our house, we kept it low-key, opting for board games, creating […]

Out with the old, in with the new. Here's to a happy and healthy 2022!
12/30/2021

Out with the old, in with the new. Here's to a happy and healthy 2022!

Out with the old, in with the new. Here's to a happy and healthy 2022!

12/24/2021
It Happened in Windham: ‘O Tannenbaum’ – the Christmas tree tradition
12/24/2021
It Happened in Windham: ‘O Tannenbaum’ – the Christmas tree tradition

It Happened in Windham: ‘O Tannenbaum’ – the Christmas tree tradition

It’s Christmas time, and all around the town of Windham, living rooms are adorned with trees filled with ornaments and twinkling lights. But it wasn’t always that way around these parts. Back in Windham’s earliest days, the celebration of Christmas as a holiday, let alone a decorated tree, wou...

Inside Gray: Dec. 24
12/24/2021
Inside Gray: Dec. 24

Inside Gray: Dec. 24

Giving spirit Rec department announces cabin fever relievers Looking for ways to keep your kids active and engaged this winter? Gray Parks and Rec is offering a new karate class, babysitting training and a February vacation camp this winter, along with a parents’ night out for grown-ups. The karat...

Lakes Region Sportsman: December the in-between month for hunting and fishing
12/24/2021
Lakes Region Sportsman: December the in-between month for hunting and fishing

Lakes Region Sportsman: December the in-between month for hunting and fishing

As the last page on the calendar gets turned, sportsmen and women start closing out their hunting season and preparing for ice fishing and other winter pursuits. While it will be a few more weeks until the big lake freezes, our smaller ponds will be ready soon. But hunters can still get in on the [....

Lakes Region Weekly
12/23/2021
Lakes Region Weekly

Lakes Region Weekly

The Lakes Region Weekly publishes news from and about Windham, Raymond, Sebago, Bridgton, Standish, Gray, New Gloucester, Casco, and Gray.

Through My Lens: New Mainers face a dismal dating scene
12/21/2021
Through My Lens: New Mainers face a dismal dating scene

Through My Lens: New Mainers face a dismal dating scene

Dating in Maine seems to be only for those who share a common culture and goals. Most Mainers have only been exposed to people from Black and brown communities through news stories, and that seems to be one of the challenges of in*******al and intercultural dating in the state. While this challenge....

12/17/2021
Inside Bridgton: Dec. 17
12/17/2021
Inside Bridgton: Dec. 17

Inside Bridgton: Dec. 17

Frosty is ready for snow Magic Lantern Innovation and Learning Center opens The Magic Lantern theater and restaurant has reopened in its new guise as the Magic Lantern Innovation and Learning Center run by the Maine 4-H Foundation and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. It will offer reso...

Inside New Gloucester: Dec. 17
12/17/2021
Inside New Gloucester: Dec. 17

Inside New Gloucester: Dec. 17

Antiques put surveying on the map at historical society Representatives of Chandler Brothers attended the October open house at the History Barn, home to New Gloucester Historical Society’s artifacts, and added some distinctive items to its collection. Donations included a surveyor’s vernier com...

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12/17/2021
Inside Windham: Dec. 17

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Library begins 50th anniversary celebration The Windham Public Library is turning 50 years old this spring, and the celebration will begin Dec. 28 with a card-making event in the Children’s Room. There is also a topical display in the adult collections area and an informational display in the lobb...

Here’s Something: Have yourself a joyful little Christmas
12/14/2021
Here’s Something: Have yourself a joyful little Christmas

Here’s Something: Have yourself a joyful little Christmas

A few years ago, I realized wintertime holidays come just when we need them. They distract us from what’s really going on. Summer is gone and the ever-present uncomfortableness that is a Maine winter is back in all its harsh reality. Darkness surrounds us for 15-plus hours a day, and those days ar...

Life Unwound: Take it from an extrovert, silence can indeed be golden
12/14/2021
Life Unwound: Take it from an extrovert, silence can indeed be golden

Life Unwound: Take it from an extrovert, silence can indeed be golden

I trained to talk. The oldest of seven children, I bantered as a toddler, hobnobbing with grown-ups. I helped the younger ones form vocabulary, first words like Momma, Dadda, look, no, up. In school we learned, “You’ll be graded on class participation.” No problem for me, an extrovert. I knew ...

Mainewhile: National Guard steps up during crisis once again
12/14/2021
Mainewhile: National Guard steps up during crisis once again

Mainewhile: National Guard steps up during crisis once again

Here we are, a little more than two weeks past the Thanksgiving holiday and, not coincidentally, COVID-19 infections are spiking. New grim records are being set every day. Even the perpetually positive and upbeat Dr. Shah looks wiped. According to the Maine CDC, over 73% of the state’s population ...

Happy weekend! Find your news online at www.lakesregionweekly.me or pick up the print edition at local outlets throughou...
12/10/2021

Happy weekend! Find your news online at www.lakesregionweekly.me or pick up the print edition at local outlets throughout the region.

Happy weekend! Find your news online at www.lakesregionweekly.me or pick up the print edition at local outlets throughout the region.

Through My Lens: There will be no gifts this Christmas for those affected by climate crisis
12/07/2021
Through My Lens: There will be no gifts this Christmas for those affected by climate crisis

Through My Lens: There will be no gifts this Christmas for those affected by climate crisis

The past few weeks had been challenging, as I had to decide between buying gifts for family and friends in Maine or sending donations to support my family and friends who are ravaged by serious water and food shortages. The recent droughts that hit parts of Somalia and Kenya are affecting 2.3 millio...

Forum: Federal law to protect LBGTQ+ Americans matters to people of faith
12/07/2021
Forum: Federal law to protect LBGTQ+ Americans matters to people of faith

Forum: Federal law to protect LBGTQ+ Americans matters to people of faith

As a pastor with the United Church of Christ, it is my life’s work to make the transformative teachings of Christianity real and accessible to all people. Jesus told us that the greatest commandment is love. Christians are tasked with loving our neighbors as ourselves – it is our highest duty. A...

Mainewhile: Think outside the box to foster holiday togetherness
12/07/2021
Mainewhile: Think outside the box to foster holiday togetherness

Mainewhile: Think outside the box to foster holiday togetherness

Does anyone really need to know the full and detailed genetic makeup of their dog? I mean, average family pet owners have a dog of mixed parentage. Do any of us really need to swab their saliva and send it off for a full workup? I would argue not. In fact, it might be that […]

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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!
Top cop says thanks
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!