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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. 

Forbes Awards Evergreen CU Best-In-State Credit Union

PORTLAND, ME (June 30, 2022) — Forbes recently named Evergreen Credit Union to their Best-In-State Credit Unions 2022 for Maine.

To shine a light on the best credit unions in each state, Forbes went directly to the customers, partnering with market research firm Statista to conduct in-depth interviews of more than 26,000 U.S. citizens from all 50 states on their banking relationships. For every bank or credit union at which they had a checking account, customers provided an overall satisfaction score and were asked if they would recommend that bank or credit union to friends and family. Respondents also answered a detailed battery of questions focused in six separate facets of the relationship: Trust, terms & conditions (including reasonable and transparent fees), branch services, digital services, customer service, and financial advice. Based on a 1-100 scale, scores ranged from 74.2 to 93.6, and just 3.4% of credit unions across the country made the cut for the best-in-state rankings.

Evergreen President and CEO Jason Lindstrom states, “This award results from enhanced staff training, new technologies and our constant focus on delivering every day the experience our account holders expect, whether in person or online.  We’re obviously thrilled.”

Evergreen Credit Union is the 5th largest in the state based on asset size, serving all Southern Maine.  

Disability Ministry Holds Meet and Greet Lunch

GORHAM, ME (July 1, 2022) — Hello Gorham! Summit Community Church is building a ministry to serve the disabled community in Gorham and the surrounding areas. Our hope is to care for and support families affected by disability as well as serve as a church for those who are looking.

If your family is affected by disability or if you know a family affected by disability, we would love to invite you to a meet and greet lunch. From 12-2pm on July 16, we will offer food, games and activities, as well as a chance for people to talk with our volunteers and tour our building.

For more information and to RSVP, follow this link: https://summitmaine.churchcenter.com/regis…/events/1345741

Maine Micro Artisans Opens in Gorham

GORHAM, ME (July 1, 2022) — Maine Micro Artisans is proud to offer handmade goods from across Maine! You’ll find everything from the everyday useful items like natural handmade soaps to gifts for your most special occasions.

They are located at 18 South Gorham Street. Email info@mainemicroartisans.com, see their website at
http://www.mainemicroartisans.com/, or check out their Facebook page.

Songs Of Summer In Scarborough!

SCARBOROUGH, ME (July 1, 2022) — Since 2000, the Scarborough Community Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Community Services has put on a Summer Concert Series in the Park, featuring local, regional, and national talent right here in our very own Memorial Park. Reaching over 9,000 Scarborough and surrounding area residents each season – and continuing to grow! – these concerts are a wonderful place for families and friends to get together, listen to great music, and have a lot of fun!

Scarborough Concerts Are Happening All Summer Long

Thursday, July 7, 2022 – Sixties Invasion

Thursday, July 14, 2022 – Don Campbell Band

Thursday, July 21, 2022 – Motor Booty Affair

Thursday, July 28, 2022 – Something Stupid

Thursday, August 4, 2022 – Running Down a Dream


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