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Registration opens for 2nd annual Bernd Heinrich Raven Run

WELD, ME — Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Bernd Heinrich Raven Run to be held on Saturday, July 20 at 9:00 a.m. Join legendary ultra marathoner, biologist and author, Bernd Heinrich, for 4 miles of rural mountain beauty overlooking Webb Lake. The 4-mile hilly out and back course begins at the Mt. Blue State Park Headquarters and follows Center Hill Road to the Mt. Blue Trailhead intersection. Runners return on the same mostly dirt road route and end at the field overlooking Webb Lake.

Registration will be open online through July 17th @ 11:00 pm., or in person the morning of the event. The cost is $20.00 per person in advance or $25.00 the day of the event.  We are offering a family discount of $15.00 per person in advance or $20.00 the day of the event. Commemorative pint glasses will be given to the first 50 registrants.

The race will kick off the Lake Association’s annual “Lake Day” event that has been held for over 30 years.

Presumpscot Regional Land Trust to hold Summer Trail Challenge

WINDHAM, ME — Presumpscot Regional Land Trust is so excited to announce that the second annual Summer Trail Challenge will be from July 1st – August 31st at the Land Trust’s largest combined conserved region of East Windham Conservation Area and Lowell Preserve in Windham. This combined preserve totals around 900 acres. This challenge is free and intended for all ages and hiking experience levels. This multi-use trail system is a great challenge to explore by mountain biking, hiking, or trail running! The challenge is to locate and photograph six landmarks within the Lowell Preserve and East Windham Conservation Area.  Explore this expansive trail system, which treats hikers and bikers to breathtaking views of the White Mountains, Little Duck Pond, and lush forested landscapes. Along the way, discover the different trail challenge landmarks, like a glacial erratic, a cave, a panoramic view of the White Mountains, and more.

TWO LEVELS: There will be two levels of completion for this year’s challenge, participants who locate and photograph at least three landmarks will receive a co-branded water bottle, while those who locate and photograph all six will receive a co-branded trail challenge water bottle, and a Presumpscot Regional Land Trust (PRLT) branded hat with PRLT’s new logo. 

CHALLENGE: Visit and photograph three or six landmarks within the East Windham Conservation Area and Lowell Preserve Trail Network:

1) Landmark: White Mountains Overlook | Accessible by wide path/dirt road

2) Landmark: Little Duck Pond Overlook | Accessible by wide path/dirt road

3) Landmark: White Mountain Range Panorama | Accessible by wide path/dirt road

4) Landmark: McIntosh Brook | Accessible by wide path/dirt road

5) Landmark: Glacial Erratic

6) Landmark: Cave

PRIZE: The Trail Challenge is sponsored by REI Co-op. All participants who visit the six landmarks and complete the challenge by August 31st will receive a co-branded water bottle, while those who locate and photograph all six will receive a co-branded trail challenge water bottle and a Presumpscot Regional Land Trust (PRLT) branded hat with PRLT’s new logo. All participants will receive a co-branded sticker.

ACCESSIBILITY: The trail system terrain is hilly with a mix of wooded paths with uneven terrain and wide gravel roads with a more consistent terrain. Landmarks #1, #3, and #4 are on a more accessible trail: a wide path dirt road with a mostly level surface and jogger stroller-friendly. The trail is hilly to get to these landmarks. Landmark 2, the trail is mostly wide and flat down to this overlook; however, as you approach the pond, the terrain can become a little more uneven.

To sign up and for more information register at Presumpscot Regional Land Trust’s website.

‘Roomful of Blues’ to kick off Arts Jubilee concert season

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Arts Jubilee returns to Cranmore Mountain Resort for their 41st Summer Concert Series on Thursday, July 11th. The first of five concerts features five-time Grammy-nominated American blues and swing revival big band, Roomful of Blues. Local singer/guitarist Christian Martin will open the show at 6 pm, followed by ‘Roomful’ at 7 pm. 

Even though Roomful of Blues’ lineup has changed over the years, the band has always been one of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the world. Currently an eight-piece unit led by guitarist Chris Vachon, the band has never sounded fresher or stronger. Singer Phil Pemberton brings his sweet and soulful vocals and adds another bright new dimension to the jazzy, jump-blues musical roots. Their winning combination of jump, swing, blues, R&B and soul remains their calling card, as does their ability to fill the dance floor.

With a non-stop performance schedule for over 50 years, Roomful of Blues has earned critical, popular and radio success and a legion of fans across the globe. According to DownBeat magazine, Roomful of Blues “are in a class by themselves.” With their masterful combination of jumping, horn-heavy, hard-edged blues and R&B, it’s no wonder why the great Count Basie called them “the hottest blues band I ever heard.” Since 1967, the group’s deeply rooted blend of swing, rock ‘n’ roll, jump, blues and soul has earned it 5 Grammy Award nominations and a slew of other accolades, including 7 Blues Music Awards and the prestigious DownBeat International Critics Poll for “Best Blues Band”.

Admission is $18 for adults, $12 for seniors, $5 for students, and free for kids 12 and under. You can pre-order tickets online at or pay at the gate on the night of the show starting at 5:30 pm. The concerts are ‘rain or shine’ with the exception of rare circumstances, so concertgoers are advised to come prepared as they would to any outdoor event. Parking is free, food and beverages are available for purchase on site, and there will be a raffle for a variety of prizes at every concert. Seating is not provided at the venue, so concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Animals are not allowed on the property except for leashed service dogs. There is an elevator located next to the front gate for handicap accessibility. For more information please visit Special thanks to our July 11th Lodging Sponsor: Fox Ridge Resort

Sen. Collins speaks at Saco water facility groundbreaking

SACO, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Susan Collins spoke at the groundbreaking for an upgraded water resource recovery facility in Saco. She was joined by elected city leaders and members of the Saco Water Resource Recovery Department.

“Wastewater facilities play an important role in the health, economic success, and environmental sustainability of communities throughout Maine,” said Senator Collins. “This investment will enhance the capacity and efficiency of Saco’s water resource recovery facility, ensuring that it can better meet the needs of their population now and into the future.”

Senator Collins secured $3,930,000 in Congressionally Directed Spending through the Fiscal Year 2022 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill to upgrade the city’s wastewater treatment facility, which will improve both the durability of the city’s wastewater system and the health of the Saco River.

This year, Senator Collins secured $40,433,000 in Congressionally Directed Spending for wastewater development projects in 18 more communities throughout Maine in the Fiscal Year 2024 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill that was signed into law in March.

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!

Town of Gorham releases holiday closure, fireworks info

GORHAM, ME — The Gorham Municipal Center, Administrative Offices and Baxter Memorial Library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

Trash Collection Schedule

There will be no changes to the trash collection schedule during the week of this holiday. As a reminder, if your collection day falls on one of the holidays below, your trash will be picked up the next day:

Thanksgiving Day, last Thursday in November

Christmas, December 25th

New Years Day, January 1st

Fireworks Information

The Town of Gorham Consumer Fireworks Ordinance was made effective September 6, 2012 to regulate the use of consumer fireworks to ensure the safety of the residents and property owners of the Town of Gorham and of the general public. As folks look forward to a fun and festive Independence Day holiday, please remember that a permit is required for ALL consumer fireworks use, and the use of consumer fireworks is only allowed on the following days and times:

July 4th, beginning at 12pm (noon) and ending at 11pm;

Please read the Town of Gorham Consumer Fireworks Ordinance at the Town’s website for additional dates and information.

To apply for a fireworks permit or check on the status of a fireworks permit application, visit the Town’s website.

We wish you a happy, safe, and fun Fourth of July!

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

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; 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

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