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Secure your invitation to Bridgerton Experience Maine

By Melissa Lynn Donahue Swett

The social season is in full bloom, and you are welcome to the most anticipated event of the summer – the Promenade Ball and Garden Party at TL Barn in West Paris, Maine.

First, we have the illustrious Promenade Ball, hosted by the esteemed “Queen”. This elegant gathering is sure to be the crowning jewel of the season’s festivities. A “Diamond” will be chosen during the evening! There will be dance lessons for those interested and activities all around. The magnificent TL Barn, with its rustic charm and picturesque setting, will play host to the crème de la crème of high society. Gowns of the finest silks, imported from the fashion houses of Paris, will twirl across the polished dance floor as gentlemen in their tailored suits lead their partners in the latest waltzes.

One can only imagine the intriguing conversations that will take place as old acquaintances are reunited and new connections are forged. The hum of lively chatter and the tinkling of glasses will fill the air, creating an atmosphere of pure refinement.

Maybe you would like to delight in taking part in the delightful Garden Party amidst the verdant grounds of TL Barn. Guests will stroll through the meticulously manicured Promenade, sipping refreshing lemonade and indulging in delectable finger sandwiches. The soft notes of  the soundtracks will provide a melodic backdrop, setting the stage for charming discussions and lighthearted laughter.

Naturally, I will be in attendance at both events, notebook in hand, ready to record the evening’s most scandalous moments for my loyal readers. Who will arrive on the arm of an unexpected companion? Whose reputation will be thoroughly ruined by an indiscretion on the dance floor or in the garden? The suspense is positively palpable.

My dear friends, if you have not yet secured your invitation, I urge you to do so post-haste. These are events that simply cannot be missed. I shall see you all there, ready to observe the delightful drama that is sure to unfold. The tickets will be released at 10:30am on Saturday, June 8th Bridgton Experience MAINE Page!

Yours Truly,

Galilee Church in Gorham hosting Summer Block Party

Bar Mills Community Church hosting quilt show

BUXTON, ME — We at Bar Mills Community Church located on 13 Hermit Thrush Drive, Buxton would like to invite you to join us at the bi-annual Quilt Show and more…. Come and enjoy the beautiful quilts and pick up supplies from local vendors to make your own quilt and stay for lunch under the tent.

Lunch is $10.

If you would like to display your quilts at this event or would like more information about the event, contact: Judy 929-5555 or judysjul@gmail.com.

Admission to the quilt show is $5.

Town of Gorham issues request for proposal

GORHAM, ME — South Street Pedestrian Lighting Installation

The Town of Gorham (Owner) is requesting bids for the construction of the following project: South Street Pedestrian Lighting Installation

Bids for the construction of the project will be received at the office of the Town Clerk located at Gorham Town Hall, 75 South Street, Suite 1, Gorham, ME 04038 until Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at 10:00AM local time. At that time, the bids received will be publicly opened and read in Conference Room A.

The Project includes the following work: Installation of pedestrian light poles, light fixtures, foundations, conduit, and junction boxes on South Street. Owner shall provide lights poles, fixtures, and foundations for installation.

Bids are requested for the following contract: South Street Pedestrian Lighting Installation

Obtaining the bidding documents: The issuing office for the bidding documents is: Barton & Loguidice; achandler@bartonandloguidice.com. Prospective bidders may obtain the bidding documents from the issuing office by emailing the issuing office at the above email address. Neither Owner nor Engineer will be responsible for full or partial sets of bidding documents, including addenda, if any, obtained from sources other than the issuing office.

Pre-bid Conference: There will be NO pre-bid conference for this project.

Instructions to Bidders: For all further requirements regarding bid submittal, qualifications, procedures, and contract award, refer to the instructions to bidders that are included in the bidding documents.

This Advertisement is issued by: Owner: Town of Gorham By: Terry Deering Title: Director of Public Works Date: June 18, 2024

Scouting America hosts 4th of July BBQ for all

RAYMOND, ME — Scouting America, formerly known as the Boy Scouts, is hosting a 4th of July BBQ event at Camp Hinds in Raymond. We are inviting everyone to join us in celebrating this special occasion, which will feature a variety of food, water games, a campfire, and fireworks display to end the night.

This is our first ever 4th of July event, and it will be a day of fun and enjoyment for all ages!

Community garden at Cressey Road Christian Church, Gorham

GORHAM, ME — If picking your own grown juicy tomato and crispy greens is on your bucket list, try gardening at Cressey Road Christian Church Community Garden in Bucket Step planters, ready for planting, no fees, and PFAS free.

Bucket Steps were built by Eagle Scout candidate Christopher Bolton with help from his troop, scout leader Kelly Deprez, and Rick Smart. Bucket Steps have 3 rows, with 4 buckets each. You may share a bucket step unit with someone. Bucket Steps are user friendly planters with minimal bending required. This is just a beginning as we continue building raised garden units offering planting boxes and vegtrugs. Bucket Steps are available now on a first come, first served basis. To use one of these planters, please contact Lorraine lindcabin@gmail.com for guidelines and an application.

Honorable Mention goes to Gorham student in poster contest

AUGUSTA, ME — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) today announced the winners of the 2024 Lyme Disease Awareness Month poster contest. The Maine CDC holds the contest each year for Maine students in kindergarten to 8th grade to help raise awareness about Lyme disease and tick bite prevention. This year, the 15th year of the contest, students designed posters on the theme “Little Tick, Big Deal.”

This year’s winners are:

Zelma Young, 1st Grade, Girl Scout Troop 1561

Caroline Cook, 3rd Grade, Homeschooled Student

Keria Letendre, 5th Grade, Marcia Buker Elementary School

Kylie Welch, 8th Grade, Katahdin Middle and High School

Congratulations to all the winners, as well as honorable mention awardee:

Leila Schmoyer, 7th Grade, Gorham Middle School

Visit the Maine CDC’s website to view the winning posters. Each poster illustrated at least one tick prevention tip:

Know tick habitat and use caution in areas where ticks may live.

Use an EPA-approved repellent.

Wear protective clothing.

Perform tick checks daily and after any outdoor activity.

 Each winner received a Maine State Parks family day pass for themselves and tick removal kits for their classmates. The Maine CDC thanks all participants for their contributions to Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

Visit www.maine.gov/lyme for more information on Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases.

Check out the tick and mosquito school curriculum for youth in third through 8th grades at www.maine.gov/dhhs/schoolcurricula

Watch tickborne disease videos on Maine CDC’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/MainePublicHealth.

Explore Maine tickborne disease data through the Maine Tracking Network. Visit the Maine Tracking Network and click on “Maine Tracking Network: Tickborne Diseases” in the menu on the left.

Honorable Mention: Leila Schmoyer, 7th grade, Gorham Middle School

Standish Community Choir kicks off season

STANDISH, ME — The Standish Community Choir at Crescendo School of Performing Arts kicked off June 13th!

We are so excited to partner with Director Katherine Lind and the SCC, opening up the opportunity for a free community choir in Standish!

This choir is open to adults and teens ages 14 and up no prior experience required! Join us tonight at Crescendo to find out some more information about this exciting group of singers.

You can also find more information and sign up for free on our website.

Guide to a Good End at Gorham’s Baxter Memorial Library

GORHAM, ME — Join us for this Guide to a Good End workshop, brought to us by Hospice of Southern Maine:

Grief Before and After a Loss  June 25, 3 PM

In this presentation we will talk about the many faces of grief including when it can occur and the many ways it affects us. We will talk about the entire spectrum of grief, from anticipatory grief experienced prior to a loss to the ways we struggle when we experience loss. Grief is natural, normal and happens to everyone and we will learn how to recognize grief in ourselves and in others. We will also provide a list of recommended support resources.

Cumberland Co. donors needed to protect Red Cross blood supply

PORTLAND, ME — As World Blood Donor Day was on June 14, the American Red Cross stresses that blood and platelet donors are critically needed right now to combat a drastic shortfall in donations over the last several weeks. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with type O blood and donors giving platelets.

Record-breaking summer travel and severe weather conditions are expected to persist all season long, which may prevent donors from being able to give. When fewer people donate, less blood is available for hospital patients. Make a blood or platelet donation a priority this summer. Book a time to give now by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App. 

Those who come to give June 10-30, 2024, will get a $15 e-gift card to a merchant of choice. See RedCrossBlood.org/DoGood for details

Upcoming blood donation opportunities June 10-30

Cumberland

Bridgton

6/27/2024: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Masonic Hall, 166 Harrison Road, Route 117

Brunswick

6/26/2024: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Elks Lodge, 179 Park Row

6/29/2024: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., United Masonic Lodge #8, 65 Baribeau Dr

Portland

6/26/2024: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Portland Elks Lodge, 1945 Congress St.

South Portland

6/25/2024: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Portland Sheraton at Sable Oaks, 200 Sable Oaks Drive

6/25/2024: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Eastpoint Christian Church, 345 Clarks Pond Pkwy

Westbrook

6/28/2024: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Westbrook Community Center, 426 Bridge Street

Yarmouth

6/28/2024: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Legion Post 91, 196 Main St

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.


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