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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:

Please Save the Date for the SJCS Annual Auction this May 11th! See 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. 


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,

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,

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 

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Sunflower Play Space and Café opens in Gorham

Sunflower Play Space and Café opened last week in Gorham. Families with young kiddos are invited to check it out! Their mission is to provide a welcoming and engaging space for families, children, and community members of all backgrounds to come together and support each other during the early childhood phase of life. 

Hours of Operation:

*Open Tuesday-Saturday 9am – 3pm

*Sundays Closed for Parties

*Closed Mondays

Investment: $10 child entry; $5 for siblings; $5 for children ages 6-12 months; Free for adults and babies age 0-6 months; Membership options coming soon!

If you are interested in booking a party, please reach out to Website coming soon!

USM Gorham Theatre Dept. presents The Prom

GORHAM, ME — The University of Southern Maine, in collaboration with the Osher School of Music, proudly presents the Maine premiere of The Prom, a dance- and music-filled ode to one girl’s wish to bring her girlfriend to the prom. To celebrate Maine’s LGBTQ+ community and raise funds for OUT Maine’s Rainbow Ball Weekend, USM is also hosting “The Prom V.I.P. Experience: A Night OUT to Remember” as part of the April 13th performance.

Four eccentric Broadway stars desperately need to revitalize their stalling careers. So when they hear about a small town preventing a lesbian student from attending prom with her girlfriend, they know it’s time to put a spotlight on the issue… and themselves. The town’s parents want to keep the prom on the straight and narrow. One student, Emma, just wants to bring her girlfriend to the prom. When Broadway’s brassiest joins forces with both, they find that love brings them all together. Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical, The Prom captures the humor and heart of a classic musical comedy with a message that resonates with audiences everywhere.

For Director Danny Hutchins, it’s more important than ever to produce this show. “ We are living in a time where LGBTQ+ identities are under increased scrutiny and attack. Nowhere is this truer than in public schools, especially K-12 districts. While there have been many hard-fought victories for queer folks, there have also been significant hurdles and increased discrimination over the last several years. Emma’s story in The Prom is a reminder of those very struggles.”

With musical direction from Edward Reichert and choreography from Vanessa Beyland, Director Hutchins says the show keeps things light despite its serious topics, “ This show is so much fun! Despite the heavy themes, The Prom makes sure to find moments not to take itself too seriously. I think audiences will enjoy these moments of levity and comedy throughout the script.” Ultimately, he says, The Prom leaves audiences “…with a hopeful message that young people, like the very students performing in this production, can change the course of our nation and communities towards one that is more inclusive, equitable, and accepting.”

The Prom V.I.P Experience: A Night OUT to Remember

In celebration of Maine’s LGBTQ+ community, the USM Department of Theatre will present a special performance on Saturday, April 13th., The Prom V.I.P. Experience: A Night OUT to Remember. The event celebrates the spirit of the show and the vital cause of equality. A portion of the proceeds will support OUT Maine’s Rainbow Ball Weekend. OUT Maine works toward a welcoming and affirming Maine for all rural young people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions and gender identities.

Ticket price includes pre-show hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, music, photo booth, raffles, a silent auction, an intermission dessert bar, a chance to become Prom Royalty, a meet-and-greet with the cast after the show, and more. Guests are encouraged to wear their rainbow prom best! Tickets are $50/person.

The Prom in collaboration with the Osher School of Music

Book & Lyrics by Chad Beguelin 

Book by Bob Martin 

Music by Matthew Sklar

Directed by Danny Hutchins

Musical Direction by Edward Reichert

Choreography by Vanessa Beyland

April 5-14, 2024

Friday, April 5, 2024 at 7pm 

Saturday, April 6, 7pm

Sunday, April 7, 2pm

Wednesday, April 10, 10am – All tickets $10

Thursday, April 11, 7pm – All tickets pay-what-you-can

Friday, April 12, 10am – All tickets $10

Friday, April 12, 7pm

Saturday, April 13, 7pm: The Prom V.I.P Experience: A Night OUT to Remember – $50

Sunday, April 14, 2pm 

All performances take place on the USM Gorham campus in historic Russell Hall. 

Content Advisories: Homophobia, bullying, depictions of alcohol consumption 

Age Appropriateness: 13+

To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit USM Theatre online at or call the USM Theatre Box Office at (207) 780-5151. Tickets $10-$24. 

School matinee: USM Department of Theatre offers a special school and community group matinees on Wednesday, April 10, at 10:00am and Friday, April 12, at 10:00 am at reduced ticket prices. To bring your school or class to the school matinee, contact Audiences Services & Outreach Coordinator, Janice Gardner at  

Those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Janice Gardner at (207)780-5289 or Hearing impaired: call USM’s telex / TDD number (207)780-5646

American Roulette at Gorham’s Baxter Memorial Library

GORHAM, ME — A concern for the increasing scourge of gun violence in America brought together nine authors to write American Roulette. Most are award winners. All are standouts in their field. They write for every genre: novels, non-fiction, kids’ lit, academic publications, journalism, broadcast, and blogs.

American Roulette is a blockbuster novel full of tension, dread, and anguish. One unremarkable Friday in April, a stream of ordinary people make their way to Liberty Mall in Anywhere, USA. American Roulette tells the story of eight of those people. At 5:17 PM, one of these characters’ actions will change the lives of all the others.

Join authors Pat LaMarche and Andy Carey at Gorham’s Baxter Memorial Library on Wednesday, March 27th at 6pm in a discussion about gun violence and the impacts on responders, average citizens, and children, as well as the importance of dialogue about this issue if we hope to find a solution.

Gorham’s Ellie Sato announces campaign for Maine House

GORHAM, ME – On Saturday, March 16, long-time Gorham resident Ellie Sato announced that she will be a candidate for the Maine House of Representatives. If elected, Ellie Sato would become the first Japanese-American to serve in the Maine State Legislature.

Sato will be seeking the Democratic nomination to run in House District 109, an area consisting of east and north Gorham. Currently, House District 109 is being served by Rep. Jim Boyle, D-Gorham, who is not seeking re-election this year. 

“Gorham is my hometown, and I want to ensure that the needs of our community are addressed in Augusta,” said Sato. “As a former bartender and professional dancer, I know firsthand how hard it is to live paycheck to paycheck. That’s why it’s important to have an ally at the State House who not only understands the issues that face our town, but who also knows how much work it takes to make ends meet. As a State Representative, I will address the issues that affect our community most with the knowledge and connections I gained when I was a legislative aide at the State House. I have the passion, experience, and capacity to safeguard the future for our town and our state.”

If elected to the Maine State Legislature, Sato aims to offset the burden of property taxes, protect and expand access to health care services, address the effects of the climate crisis by building on land conservation efforts, and continue to fully fund public education at 55%. She supports policies that make housing more affordable for homeowners and renters, safeguard access to affordable abortion care, and fund legal services that support survivors of sexual and domestic violence. 

Sato currently serves as Chair of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee of the Maine Democratic Party. She has been working to promote better representation in the state party for those in marginalized and disadvantaged communities. Particularly, she is working to remove barriers of participation to political activism. As the daughter of the founders of Yosaku Restaurant in Portland, she is continuing the work and legacy of her family, who were instrumental in bringing high-quality Japanese cuisine to Maine.

Most recently, Sato served as a legislative aide for multiple Democratic lawmakers in the Maine Senate before leaving to run for office. In her capacity as an Aide, she directly supported Sen. Stacy Brenner, D-Scarborough, by listening to Gorham constituents and guiding them through state government. She helped Sen. Brenner advance legislation to address the PFAS crisis, work towards Maine’s climate goals, and close gaps in health care insurance.

“Ellie is a hard working and committed individual, whom I had the pleasure of working with,” Sen. Brenner said. “She is a fast-learner with a strong capacity to understand the complexity of an issue and knows how to move it forward. In supporting the Senate through its work towards reproductive justice, she was prepared, eloquent, and showed a propensity for leadership.” 

Prior to her work in Maine politics, Sato worked as a professional dancer, paying the bills through her work in food service as a bartender, caterer, and waiter. She received her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Dance from Fordham University and the School of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, with a minor in political science.

The Democratic Primary for state elections will be held on June 11, 2024. The General Election will be on November 5, 2024. Absentee ballots can be requested starting March 13, 2024, and will start being sent out May 13, 2024. 

Ellie Sato at her home in Gorham. Courtesy of Savanna Pettengill.

Yarmouth students win regional National Science Bowl

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — A team of high school students from Yarmouth, Maine won their regional competition for the 2024 National Science Bowl® (NSB) this past weekend and will compete in the NSB National Finals this spring, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), who sponsors the NSB. 

“Every year this ‘competition like no other’ brings together some of the most remarkable and inspiring students from across America.,” said Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, DOE Office of Science Director, “and I would like to congratulate the Yarmouth High School team as they advance to the National Finals! Good luck to you – our future scientists, visionaries, and leaders!” 

The NSB brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the country to compete in a fast-paced question-and-answer format where they solve technical problems and answer questions on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth and space sciences, physics, and math.

 The top two middle and high school teams will win $5000 for their schools’ math and science departments. Other schools placing in the top 16 in the National Finals will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments. For press inquiries, please contact the NSB media outreach manager, Nathan Clark, at

The winning team from each qualifying regional competition will be eligible to compete in the National Finals held in Washington, D.C., from April 25 – 29, 2024, with all expenses paid. The national event consists of several days of science activities and sightseeing, along with the competitions.

The NSB annually draws more than 10,000 middle and high school competitors. Since the first competition in 1991, approximately 344,000 students have faced off in the National Science Bowl® Finals. The knowledge that former competitors have acquired and, more importantly, the collaborative skills and study habits that they learned along the way have led them to successes in a variety of fields. Many have become researchers; others are science and math professors. 

The 2024 competitors will follow in the footsteps of previous National Science Bowl® contestants and will blaze a trail for students in science, math, and engineering.

DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit

Poetry for Strength and Solace UU Church this weekend

BRUNSWICK, ME — The Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick and the Midcoast Indigenous Awareness Group are co-sponsoring a free poetry reading and discussion at the UU Church at 1 Middle Street on Saturday March 23rd, 6:30 to 8 pm

Poetry deepens understanding and lends both strength and solace in this time of increasing pressure and challenge. Wolastoqey poet and activist Mihku Paul and poet and scholar Claire Millikin gather to read poetry and invite discussion of what it means to enter the narrows. Through the lens of poetry, we return to a place of hope.

The evening will also offer a special screening of the four-minute film Putep Qotatokot-te Elewestaq (The Whale Was Speaking), produced by Mihku Paul and Professor Dawn Nye of University of Maine Farmington

For more information, contact   

Saturday, March 23, 6:30-8 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick

1 Middle Street


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