Community Spirit

Lakes Region Families Participating in Grocery Shopping Challenge

What: Local families will be challenged to shop for a healthy meal they can create for under $10. This will be a highly educational, yet entertaining and dynamic event. During the Grocery Store Challenge, participants learn how to select affordable, nourishing ingredients to feed a family of four.
When: 6:00-8:00PM, Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Where: Hannaford Supermarket, 797 Roosevelt Trail, Windham, Maine
Who: Kristen Miale, Program Director of Cooking Matters to Maine; Linda Manchester, volunteer chef and owner of the Good Life Market in Raymond, Diane Qualey from University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well program, and Hannaford staff.
Why: For low-income families, cooking skills and budgeting techniques can mean the difference between feeding the family for just one day, and feeding the family for a lifetime.

Third Annual Eco Options Christmas Light trade In

WHAT: The third annual Eco Options Christmas Light Trade In event allows consumers to bring in their old, non-working Christmas light strings to be recycled and receive a $3 off coupon towards the purchase of energy efficient seasonal light-emitting diodes (LED) string lights.  Customers must purchase their new LED lights between November 4 and November 14 and are limited to five redemptions. 

LED lights are shown to use 80 percent less electricity than standard mini lights and last up to 10 times longer.  This holiday season, The Home Depot will carry traditional white and multi-colored ENERGY STAR® qualified LED lights that offer superior connectivity-allowing consumers to link up to 87 strands (or one-quarter mile) of lights without fear of overloading a circuit.  There are even more great choices in LED holiday lights with the introduction of Martha Stewart Living and EcoSmart LED light strands, both available exclusively at The Home Depot.

Red Claws Team Up with Enterprising Windham HS Students to Renovate Court

Class Project Sparks Efforts to Renovate Dilapidated Court
PORTLAND, ME – The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that they have
joined the efforts of two Windham High School students to renovate a public basketball court in the town of
Windham. The court, which is currently in severe disrepair and unusable, is located near the Manchester
Elementary School and will be the only public outdoor court in the town of Windham.
“We were approached by Windham highs school students Matt Dyer and Matt Desmond early in the fall seeking
the Red Claws’ assistance to renovate an outdoor basketball court in Windham,” said Red Claws President and
General Manager.

15th Annual Halloween Bash

Sid Tripp's 15th Annual Halloween Bash
Saturday, October 30, 2010, between 8pm to 1am
Mariner’s Church Banquet Facility
386 Fore Street, Portland, Maine 04101
$20 cover (check, cash or cards accepted)
Costume Required • Cash Bar • Live Band: Under The Covers

Fasten your seat belts, uber party planner Sid Tripp of Proactive Resources Design & DownEast Pride Alliance fame, is at it again this Halloween. On Saturday, October 30th, 2010, Tripp will be throwing his 15th annual Halloween Bash at Mariner's Church, featuring the bloodcurdling sounds of uber cover band Under The Covers.
Tripp is expecting 450-500 people at this year's Halloween gala event.

Food Drive

Domino's Pizza stores in Windham, Maine  and Gorham, Maine will be hosting Two "Fill The Truck Food Drives" to benefit the Windham Food Pantry and the Gorham Food Pantry on Saturday November 6th from 11am to 7pm.  During these hard economic times more and more people are turning to these organizations for assistance.  We want to do our part to give back to our communities.  We will be collecting non perishable items and monetary donations from now until 7pm November 6th at both store locations. 

Night of the Jack O’Lanterns at Narramissic

The Bridgton Historical Society has invited members and the public to its annual Night of the Jack O’Lanterns at Narramissic, the historic Peabody-Fitch Farm Saturday, October 23, from 3:30 to dusk.  Bring a pumpkin to carve, or buy one from the society.  As darkness falls, the Jack O’ Lanterns will be set up in the field and lit in a spectacular display.  Visitors can also enjoy hot chocolate and treats, and warm themselves by a small campfire.  There is no charge for admission to the event.

Tours of the house will be available by request, and a special added attraction this year will be a reproduction nineteenth-century coffin in the parlor.  The society will also present an informal discussion of home funerals and 19th-century funerary practices.  The coffin was made by Chuck Lakin, from Waterville, who became interested in home funerals after the death of his father.  He makes simple wooden coffins, many of which are designed to be used