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1st Annual Operation Ray of Light Bass Fishing Day For Veterans

KIWANIS BEACH STANDISH, ME (July 20, 2022) –Friday, August 26, 2022 will be an awesome day! Veterans will begin their day with coffee and donuts and be paired up with boat captains who will take them out and fish a body of water known to possess 7 and 8 lb bass.

In the early afternoon lunch will be served and there will be an opportunity to play cornhole and just hang out and enjoy the time with your fellow veterans. There will also be the opportunity for a little swimming on the beautiful Sandy Beach.
Too reserve your spot or volunteer your boat for this day contact Jim Martel 207-233-1332

Gorham PD Holds Rookie Camp 911

GORHAM, ME (July 15, 2022) – Gorham PD held Rookie Camp 911 from July 11 – July 15. The following posts are a brief recap of the daily events that the campers experienced.

Day 1:

Campers gathered and introductions took place with counselors, campers and public safety staff members. Campers received Camp T-Shirts and Identification Cards.

Campers learned about Patrol K-9’s, ESU, Taser Demo, and being a good Digital Citizen.

We would like to thank the Scarborough Police Department K-9 Teams, Det. Sgt. Daniel Young and Det. Rappold for making this day a great success!!!

Day 2:

Campers met with a Marine Patrol Officer and learned about Conservation Law on the Ocean. They got to touch oceanic lifeforms in particular lobsters and clams. Campers were also visited by the ME State Police Major Crime Unit where they learned about crime scene processing as well as getting a tour of the MCU Evidence Van.

In the afternoon, campers learned about the 911 system from Cumberland County Regional Communication Center dispatchers. They were able to understand the importance of 911 and provide proper information during an emergency situation.

Campers brought in their bikes and recieved a presentation on bike safety by members of the Gorham Police Dept. Campers were able to successfully navigate a bike safety course using proper signals and stops.

Day 3:

The day was spent at Shaw Park on the water. ME Game Warden Pete Herring talked with the campers about the importance of wearing a life jacket as well as other conservation laws. They were asked to put a life jacket by themselves and received McDonald’s coupons upon successfully demonstrating on how to properly secure the vest.

Gorham Fire Department showed the campers their water rescue gear and were allowed to see how the gear works first hand.

Det. Gene Gallant came in the afternoon to talk about his Dive Team Equipment and his role as a Dive Team member. He also spoke with the campers about his use of a drone to help officers reconstruct crime scenes.

Thank you to all our instructors and presentors.

Day 4:

Gorham Fire Department Day. Fire Fighter Leighton showed the campers equipment from Gorham Rescue and showed the campers how she would utilized the equipment in emergency situations.

In the afternoon campers were shown how a hose was pressurized and how they use the hose and truck to extinguish fires. Campers were able to hold the hoses under direct supervision to get a feel of how fire fighters have to put out fires.

The remainder of the day consisted of fun in the water with a BBQ and ice cream provided.

Day 5:

The final day of Camp consisted of a presentation from the ME Forestry Department at the Gorham Public Safety Facilities. Campers were made aware of fire prevention in a woodland/camping setting. They were shown the equipment used by Forest Rangers and were able to use their hand held water tanks to simulate putting a fire.

Campers then went on field trips to the Animal Refuge League learning about the care of lost and recovered animals. They learned about the care of the animals as well as the welfare that was provided to these animals.

Campers finished their field trip with a trip to the Portland Fire Boat on Commercial Street in Portland. Campers learned about the water front and how Portland Fire Department assists with rescues and fires on the ocean and waterfront.

Campers returned back to the Gorham Public Safety Facility having a group photo and receiving certificates of completion to the CAMP 911 program.

Peace Camp at St. Anne Teaches Children Compromise and Calm

 GORHAM, ME (July 11, 2022) — Kindergarteners through fifth graders in Gorham gathered for a week of community, compassion, and compromise in late June at Peacemakers, a vacation Bible school at St. Anne Church.

“We set up a peace camp for the week and the kids learned how to handle situations that arise due to conflict and how to compromise, talk the situation out between each other, and come up with solutions that work best for all instead of fighting, yelling, or walking away,” said Cindy Fiore of St. Anne.

 The week was led by Sister Jackie Moreau, RSM, parish catechetical leader at the church. 

“They learned to practice peace in their lives through music, games, crafts, and Jesus’ example,” said Sister Jackie. 

The children met for three hours per day for the five-day program and were assisted by parish teens and adult volunteers. The kids even learned the story of Fatima and organized a presentation for the parents at the end of the week. 

“The kids got to reenact the story about the three children who Our Lady appeared to. They also learned how to pray the rosary,” said Cindy. “It was a great week and experience for all involved.”

Playground for Asylum-Seeking Children Seeks Donations

SOUTH PORTLAND, ME (July 15, 2022) — A hotel in South Portland that is housing newly arrived, asylum seeking families has asked for our support in making their playground a better place for the dozens of kiddos that live there.

Kids need safe, outdoor spaces to get out their energy, engage their imagination, make friends, explore and just have fun.

Currently, the playground is pretty bare and it’s showing in the way the kids interact with it. 

What if they had a place full of activities & options for kids of all ages, interests & abilities? 

What if they had a place so exciting, they could get lost in play for hours & their parents could use that time sorting out how to settle into their new community or to get some rest?

Do you have any outdoor playthings no longer in use that you can pass along to help these kids have a great first summer in their new home?

Hula hoops, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk.  Balls & slides & a big swing set.  Comfy outdoor seating, bubble machine.  Soccer goals & a basketball hoop.  Sun shades & a water play table.

Is there an activity your own child loves to participate in outside? Help make that a reality for the kids at this hotel.

Please drop any contributions off at the hotel.  PLEASE DO NOT BRING THEM TO MAINE NEEDS.  The hotel manager asked that donations be dropped off directly at the hotel so that they can be put to immediate use.

Donations can be brought to:

Quality Inn, Main Office

738 Main Street

South Portland ME 04106

Attn: Michelle

Let’s make this a place kids want to be.  Let’s help them have a memorable summer.

Concrete Poured at Gorham Skate Park

GORHAM, ME (July 11, 2022) — It’s an exciting Monday at Gorham (ME) Recreation Department! The skate park is really taking shape with the concrete being poured today. There will be a lot of fun elements to skate on. Get your skateboards ready! We will be skating soon!

Evergreen CU Expands into Four More Maine Counties

PORTLAND, ME (July 12, 2022) — Those who live, work, worship or attend schools in Androscoggin, Oxford, Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties can now access all the financial services of Evergreen Credit Union. The Maine Bureau of Financial Institutions granted this expansion, enabling the credit union now to provide personal and business banking throughout 6 counties in Southern Maine.  Evergreen currently had served York and Cumberland counties.

“This is a major win for everyone in these 4 northern counties bordering Cumberland County who have been asking us for years if they could access our services,” stated Evergreen President and CEO Jason Lindstrom. “There are so many that filter between all these counties that now can take advantage of our technology and products.  We’re ready to serve their financial needs!”

Evergreen Credit Union is the 5th largest in the state based on asset size, serving all Southern Maine. Forbes recently named the credit union to their Best-In-State Credit Unions 2022 for Maine.

Amtrak Offers Discover Maine Rail Pass

PORTLAND, ME (July 7, 2022) — The Discover Maine Rail Pass is the best choice for a flexible and budget-friendly Maine travel experience. Passengers can enjoy up to 10 one-way trips between any Maine station within a 7-day period for just $19 per person.

With stops in WellsSacoOld Orchard BeachPortlandFreeport, and Brunswick, passengers can discover historic cities, beautiful beaches, outlet shopping, world-class dining, theater, entertainment and more… JUST steps from the Downeaster stations.

 It’s time to take the train in Maine!

Gorham’s Farr Named Track and Field Gatorade Player of the Year

GORHAM, ME (June 29, 2022) — Congratulations to Gorham’s Andrew Farr who has been announced as the Maine Boy’s Track and Field Gatorade Player of the Year!!

Great job Andrew!!

WMPG & Portland Conservatory of Music Host Jazz at the Movies

PORTLAND, ME (July 7, 2022) — WMPG’s “Jazz at the Movies” and the Portland Conservatory of Music are pleased to present the film “Nightbird Song: The Incandescent Life of Thomas Chapin” at 7pm on Sunday, July 17th.

Venue: Portland Conservatory of Music, 28 Neal Street, Portland, Maine 04102

This screening is free and open to the public, but donations to support this series are greatly appreciated! Donations can be made at the event or by going to the event listing at www.PortlandConservatoryofMusic.org/events

This exciting music documentary, which won the Best Story at International Filmmaker Festival in Nice in 2016, features the story of the soaring saxophonist/flutist Thomas Chapin whose life was sadly cut short at 40, but not before his passionate playing won him a huge following on the international jazz festival circuit.

The NY Times called him “ a virtuoso, one of the more exuberant bandleaders in jazz…who could move easily between traditional jazz and the avant-garde.”

Nightbird Song, which features interviews and footage of Chapin, will be followed by a very special guest appearance by his longtime drummer, Michael Sarin, who will share some of his memories and host a Q&A with the audience.

Please join us for this fascinating evening of Jazz, July 17th at 7PM. The movie is FREE (donations accepted!) but tickets must be reserved in advance at www.PortlandConservatoryofMusic.org/events

Goodwill Invests $100,000 into Nonprofits

GORHAM, ME (July 7, 2022) — Goodwill is investing $100,000 in local nonprofits to expand its impact. This will speed up Goodwill’s 10-year goal to move 10,000 people into stability. Goodwill will issue gift cards to local food banks, shelters, and others for the people they serve. New nonprofit partners this year include The Hospitality House (Knox County Homeless Coalitions’ extended stay family shelter) and In Her Presence, which supports immigrant women with immediate needs, parenting support and more — each receiving thousands of dollars in Goodwill gift cards, which they can give to their clients in need.   

“We know when someone needs food or shelter, they need other support too – including Goodwill’s workforce services, which offers free career training and job placements,” said Barbara Sawyer, Volunteer & Community Partner Manager. “Goodwill moved more than 5,000 people into personal stability in the last five years through our healthcare and employment programs, but we know other nonprofits are helping people in just as much need in other ways. If we can support their work, we’ll help more people faster.” 

This year’s investment is more than double last year’s, and is the most generous in Goodwill’s history.  

“Goodwill’s leadership and generosity with this effort is inspiring. Yet, it’s not surprising to see nonprofits supporting one another,” said Jennifer Hutchins, Executive Director, Maine Association of Nonprofits. “It’s what nonprofits do when they’re at their best. They collaborate, innovate and build on each other’s strengths to address complex issues in our communities.”  

The Partner Stability Fund is possible because of generous donors, corporate partners and shoppers at Goodwill stores who “round up” at the cash register. The program replaces an old paper voucher system, and replaces it with new gift cards for customer ease and dignity.   

This year’s nonprofit partners include: 

Bangor Housing Authority – Bangor Housing provides housing for low to moderate-income households. They operate 741 affordable and market-rate apartments in the greater Bangor area.  

Good Shepherd Food Bank — Good Shepherd distributes millions of meals to Mainers in need. Good Shepherd partners with more than 500 local organizations – food pantries, meal sites, schools and more. 

Hospitality House — new partner: The Hospitality House is Knox County Homeless Coalitions’ extended stay family shelter. The shelter provides a temporary home for up to 22 people, half of whom are usually children. 

In Her Presence — new partner: This nonprofit is for and by Immigrant women and their families. Programs center around English, job readiness, career exploration and education, wellbeing, childcare and parenting support, immediate needs (food, shelter, clothing) and community engagement.  

PENQUIS — Penquis works to alleviate and eliminate the causes and conditions of poverty. Penquis serves low and moderate-income people in Penobscot, Piscataquis and Knox counties.    

Goodwill Northern New England is a nonprofit social enterprise in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Our revenues fund our mission to invest in people who need support to achieve their work and life goals. Goodwill NNE’s programs include workforce training programs, 22 group homes that support adults with disabilities, active community supports for adults with disabilities, AmeriCorps programs, business-cleaning services, and Goodwill NNE operates two brain injury clinics to help people get back to their lives after a brain injury. Of course, our stores also embody our mission to support the Earth through re-use, while offering good jobs and free supports to all sorts of people. For more information visit GoodwillNNE.org. 


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