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Clean up with Gorham Spring Brush Drop Off  days

GORHAM, ME — The Town of Gorham’s spring brush dates will be Saturday, 4/20 and Saturday, 5/4 8AM to 3PM at 80 Huston Road.

This event is for residents only, please no commercial drop off. No stumps will be accepted.

Leaves and grass clippings accepted in the designated area throughout the season. Please do not leave bags behind.

Letter to the Editor:

Maine Turnpike Authority’s plan puts Gorham at risk

I live in Gorham with my husband and our ten month old daughter. I love our town and our community; it has been such a special place to raise our daughter and I can’t wait to continue to watch her grow up here. I feel so lucky to live in Gorham and I’m writing to encourage more of my neighbors to speak up to help protect our beloved community from the Maine Turnpike Authority.

My daughter is the luckiest – she gets to grow up in a community with woods, streams, fields, farms, friends as neighbors, safe streets where she’ll learn how to ride her bike, and sidewalks where she’ll walk to school. I love walking on the trail by our home with her and trying to imagine how she sees it through her eyes: busy with green stuff in summer and crisp with white fluffy stuff in winter.

And I am the luckiest too – I get to ski and hike and ride bikes on trails all over town, buy vegetables and ice cream from local farms and shops in our downtown, and visit beautiful places all over Gorham with my baby – who turns every ordinary walk along a stream or a brook into a delightful, silly adventure. But the turnpike expansion puts that all at risk.

I am terrified of what Gorham will become if the Maine Turnpike Authority wins its fight against our community. The Gorham Divider would be an epic mistake that will change the character of Gorham forever – there will be no coming back from it.

Highways bring more speeding cars. More cars mean more parking lots. gas stations. strip malls. drab office buildings. drive-thrus. asphalt. smog. noise. When you build a highway through a place, it changes that place forever. You can’t ever get back what you lose: whether that’s someone’s home that they built with their bare hands, the 300-year-old family farm that we are fortunate enough to be at today, trout in the brook, quiet fields, or a quiet neighborhood.

Building a highway through Gorham means one thing: we lose Gorham as we know it. It is just not possible to build a turnpike through a rural and residential part of town and have the things we love about it remain. If we build a highway here just like the one at the Maine Mall, our community will look just like…the highway at the Maine Mall. But we already have a mall, and it’s over there, so let’s protect places over here that are special, meaningful, important, and beautiful.

Places matter, and Gorham is our place. What I think is that Gorham is full of families just like mine who also love what we love about this place, and there are many more who want to be here. I am excited about the ways our community is growing, but worried that the wrong kind of growth means more congestion. We have very real transportation challenges, and we need very real solutions. But the Maine Turnpike Authority’s plan is the wrong way to grow; it is a quarter billion dollar mistake that won’t solve our traffic problem, but will forever change this place – our place – for the worse.

Abby King

Gorham resident

NH Fiddle Ensemble presents 2024 concert season

GORHAM, ME — The NH Fiddle Ensemble, a local nonprofit,  announce concerts for their 2024 season:

Friday, May 3, 2024, 6:30 pm Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield St, Rochester, NH

Saturday, May 4, 2024, 6:30 pm Star Theatre, 120 Rogers Road, Kittery, ME

Saturday, May 11, 2024, 6:30 pm Interlakes High School Auditorium, 1 Laker Lane, Meredith, NH 

Saturday, May 18, 2024, 6:30 pm Exeter Town Hall, 9 Front Street, Exeter, NH

Sunday, May 19, 2024, 2:00pm Derryfield School, 2108 River Rd, Manchester, NH

Sunday, June 2, 2024,  2:00pm Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 471 Stroudwater St, Westbrook, ME

 The 15th year for the ensemble brings together another dedicated group of over 140 people ages 9 – 89.  This community orchestra of fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, basses, harps, cellos and even some horns are backed by professionals delivering a heartwarming and energetic performance.  As one concert goer said as they left a show, “I come back every year because this whole show and purpose behind it makes me smile and feel all the good there is in the world.  Kids playing with their grandparents, people from all different backgrounds coming together. AND it’s good music!”  This show is more than fiddle tunes.  We’ve been busy for the past several months working up a stylistically diverse set of music for this year’s concerts. Get ready to hear an 84-year-old fiddler ripping up a solo with a group of teenagers, a French tune spotlighting our cello players, a rock song featuring solos from our bass players, a young trumpeter sweetening up a swing song, a mom backing up her daughter singing, a grandfather playing clarinet with his granddaughters on fiddles, a husband new to banjo playing with his wife who has played violin for many years, and SO much more! You never know what’s in store with this great community of musicians.

 The NH Fiddle Ensemble is a nonprofit whose mission is to bring community together through music.  Rehearsals start in November and go through April.  Music is taught by ear so you won’t see any music stands on stage, just performers smiling and looking at the audience and each other.   After rehearsing in seven smaller groups throughout New Hampshire and Maine, the groups then come together for 2 large rehearsals and 6 concerts.  Some concerts are in partnership with other nonprofits to help raise awareness of community organizations. 

For tickets, go to:  https://www.nhfiddleensemble.org/concerts/

Great Falls Model Railroad Club to hold Topsham Train Show

TOPSHAM, ME — Great Falls Model Railroad Club will be hosting its Annual Topsham Train Show at Mount Ararat High School on April 27th, 2024 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Admission to the event is $5 per person and children under 12 are free. 

Scale Trains, a nationally known manufacturer of model trains, will be at show. They will have meet and greets at 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm for everyone to participate in. Over 100 vendor tables will be open with model railroad equipment in HO, O, N, and G scale equipment, scenery materials, and more for sale. A few modular layouts will also be set up for everyone’s enjoyment. 

The venue is fully handicap accessible and refreshments are served onsite directly benefiting the school’s booster club. 

Clean up with Gorham Spring Brush Drop Off  days

GORHAM, ME — The Town of Gorham’s spring brush dates will be Saturday, 4/20 and Saturday, 5/4 8AM to 3PM at 80 Huston Road.

This event is for residents only, please no commercial drop off. No stumps will be accepted.

Leaves and grass clippings accepted in the designated area throughout the season. Please do not leave bags behind.

Gorham’s Fairytale Craft & Vendor Fair will enchant families

GORHAM, ME — The Fairytale Craft & Vendor Fair for Families is an enchanting event that combines the allure of princesses, princes, magical crafts, and delightful shopping experiences. This fair is specially designed to cater to families seeking a day filled with enchantment, creativity, and a touch of royal charm.

As families step into the fair, they are welcomed by a captivating ambiance adorned with regal decorations, sparkling tiaras, and whimsical princess-themed displays that transport them to a world of fairy tale magic. The fair boasts a diverse array of vendors offering a treasure trove of handcrafted items, unique products, and princess-inspired goods for sale.

Parents and children can peruse through the vendor booths showcasing exquisite princess dresses, tiaras, fairy wings, enchanted jewelry, and other fantastical accessories fit for royalty. From magical potions to fairy godmother wands, there is a wide selection of items waiting to be discovered and taken home as special keepsakes.

In addition to shopping, families can engage in interactive craft activities tailored to the princess theme. Children can design their own special craft, have pictures taken with their favorite Prince or Princess. Skilled artisans are on hand to guide participants through the projects and ensure a fun and memorable experience for all.

Throughout the fair, families can enjoy enchanting entertainment such as princess meet-and-greets, live performances featuring beloved fairy tale characters. Food vendors offer a delectable array of treats and beverages to keep everyone happily fueled and refreshed throughout the day.

The Fairytale Princess Craft & Vendor Fair for Families promises a magical day where dreams come true, creativity flourishes, and lasting memories are made. It’s an enchanting opportunity for families to bond, explore, and immerse themselves in the enchanting world of fairy tales and princesses together.

St. John’s brings Rome to Brunswick for annual fundraiser

BRUNSWICK, ME – Step into a quaint Italian village for the Saint John’s Catholic School’s “A Night in Rome” on May 11th, featuring live entertainment from Jim Ciampi Events and their popular dueling piano show, “Keys to the City,” and auctioneer John Bottero, Executive Director of Owls Head Transportation Museum. The Auction Committee invites you to tour the Italian market where you can shop at our fioraio (flower shop) and pasticceria (bakery), order un cappuccino at the café, and enjoy our specialty cocktails and vino at the bar. Guests will also enjoy tanti antipasti e piattini (many appetizers and small plates) at the trattoria and sandwich offerings at the paninoteca. You don’t need to speak Italian to travel Rome with us and support St. John’s Catholic School!

Each year, this highly anticipated event seeks to support the greatest needs of the school and student scholarships. The evening will include a small live auction and special appeal paddle raise, raffle prizes, buy it now opportunities, and some interactive fundraising during the show. This year’s theme, “A Night in Rome” invites you to spend an evening in Italy toasting to Catholic education while singing along to a high energy performance from “Keys to the City” on dueling pianos. With decades of great hits from Elton John to Billy Joel and Sinatra, the night of music and laughter will be one you’ll never forget! 

The event will be held May 11th with doors opening at 6PM at the St. John’s Community Center located at 37 Pleasant Street in Brunswick.  All are welcome. 

To sponsor this event, contact Chrissy Smith at: Christina.Smith@portlanddiocese.org.

Please Save the Date for the SJCS Annual Auction this May 11th! See https://ourschool.auction/SJCS for more information.

Workshop on backyard chicken flocks coming to Gorham area

MAINE — University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host multiple 2-hour workshops for backyard poultry producers throughout April in Bangor, Ellsworth, Falmouth and Oxford. The first workshop is scheduled for Friday, April 19, 10 a.m.-Noon at the Penobscot County Extension Office, 307 Maine Avenue, Bangor.

The series, titled Feathered Homestead: A Comprehensive Guide to Raising Backyard Chickens in Maine, is for beginning and intermediate level producers who want to learn more about brooding chicks at home and raising laying hens in Maine. Participants will learn how to raise chicks from egg to feather and how to care for them once they are older. 

Presenters Dr. Colt W. Knight, Extension Livestock Specialist and Ashley Wright, Area Associate Livestock Agent with University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, will cover housing, nutrition, winter care and common diseases. 

Speakers

Ashley Wright, M.S.

Ashley is a Livestock Area Agent with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, and provides leadership in extension programs focusing on livestock production and management across both large and small-scale operations in Cochise, Pima, and Santa Cruz Counties. Her programs cover a diverse array of topics crucial to the livestock industry, including herd health and management, nutrition, reproduction, genetics, and marketing. While much of her program focuses on cow-calf operations, she also works extensively with Arizona’s growing population of backyard chicken enthusiasts, especially those in areas who have recently relaxed zoning regulations to allow for urban chicken keeping. The educational content she produces covers an array of topics such as raising health chicks, poultry diseases, coop design, heat stress, nutrition, egg production, and egg safety. She lives in Vail, Arizona, just outside of Tucson and maintains a small backyard flock of laying hens.

Dr. Colt W. Knight, Ph.D.

Colt grew up in a coal mining family in West Virginia where they also operated a small family farm and show horse stable. During academic breaks and between schools, he worked in strip mines across the country. Colt earned his B.S. in Animal Science at the University of Kentucky, M.S. in Animal Science at Angelo State University, and his Ph.D. in Animal Science at the University of Arizona in 2006, 2012, and 2016, respectively. In the fall of 2016, he worked on a postdoc with Dr. Derek Bailey at New Mexico State University. Since 2017, he has worked as an Assistant Professor of Extension for the University of Maine where he serves as the State Livestock Specialist. He teaches Introduction to Animal Science (AVS 145) and runs the Maine Grazing Behavior Lab. The core focus of the Grazing Behavior lab revolves around designing and manufacturing livestock tracking collars, engaging in applied grazing behavior research, and assisting other researchers with technology to interpret animal behavior. Dr. Knight’s research is broadly focused on selecting animals uniquely adapted to landscapes and promoting sustainable agriculture. Colt is a past chair for the Society of Range Management Livestock Foraging Behavior Committee, as well as, the North East Region Chair for the National Association of County Agricultural Agent’s Teaching and Educational Technology Committee. He also serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Ecological Processes. Colt is actively engaged in outreach and has delivered over 150 seminars on livestock production since starting his career at the University of Maine.

Special thanks to Maine New Farmers Project for providing funding to host visiting speakers.

For more information or a reasonable accommodation, please contact Melissa Libby Babcock, melissa.libby1@maine.edu.

The cost of the program is $12 (reduced rates available) which includes lunch. Visit the program webpage for a full schedule and to register. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Melissa Libby Babcock, melissa.libby1@maine.edu.

Our Body and Mind Expo features psychics, craft vendors, experts

WINDHAM, ME — Our Body & Mind Expo is a transformative event that offers a holistic experience through the participation of psychics, craft vendors, and workshops. This expo provides a comprehensive platform for attendees to explore and nurture both their body and mind in a supportive and immersive environment.

Psychics at the expo offer a variety of services such as tarot card readings, astrology consultations, mediumship sessions, and energy healing. Through these offerings, attendees can gain insights, clarity, and spiritual guidance to support their personal growth and well-being.

Craft vendors showcase their unique handmade products that are designed to promote wellness and mindfulness. From crystal-infused jewelry to organic skincare products, artisanal candles to healing crystals, attendees have access to a diverse range of items that cater to their holistic needs.

In addition to psychics and craft vendors, the expo also features workshops led by experts in various fields such as meditation, yoga, sound healing, and mindfulness practices. These workshops provide attendees with practical tools, techniques, and knowledge to enhance their physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness.

Our Body & Mind Expo is more than just an event; it is a community gathering that fosters connection, growth, and exploration. We will be offering beverages and food during the event. By bringing together psychics, craft vendors, and workshop facilitators, the expo creates a space where individuals can engage in self-discovery, expand their consciousness, and embark on a journey towards holistic living.

COME JOIN US, APRIL 6TH & 7TH, Windham Town Hall Gym, 8 School Road, Windham, ME

Gorham Spring Community Market Fair seeking vendors

GORHAM, ME — Vendors and crafters are invited for the Spring Community Market Fair event at Gorham Sports Center.

Scheduled Dates: 6th and 7th April and 11th and 12th May (Saturday and Sunday). Set up begins at 8:30am and take down is from 5pm.

Needed are metal works, beauty, handmade, woodworking, youth crafts, color street, performers, wellness, soap, jewelry, food vendors, etc.

Vendor Fee is $65 and $75 for food vendors. A 8ft table, 3 chairs and electricity will be provided.

We are taking only one vendor per category of items or services to minimize competition and overcrowding the market with similar items. All spaces will be reserved on a first come first serve basis.

When reaching out that you are interested, please send a message directly indicating what you have or intend to sell or send an email to elite.events024@gmail.com 

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