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COMMON GROUND FAIR TO HOLD 5K FOOT RACE: The Common Ground Fair invites the public to take part in a 5K Foot Race to be held on Sunday, September 24th at 7:30 AM. The course is an out and back route, with the start and finish located at the south end of Crosby Brook Road near the intersection with Route 222 in Unity. Prizes will be awarded as follows: 1st and 2nd overall male and female, 1st and 2nd overall male and female MOFGA members, and 1st and 2nd male and female for ages 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+. Participants can pre-register for the race the morning of at 6:30 AM across from the Red Barn. Registration includes fair admission and the first 115 entrants receive a fair tee-shirt. The fee is $20 and participants can pre-register for the race up to Tuesday, September 19th. For more information contact the race director at 207-691-0806, email: or to pre- register for the race visit
Woodland owners and enthusiasts visiting the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity on Friday, September 22nd will have an opportunity to learn what’s new with Maine forestry. In the low-impact forestry area, Maine Woodland Owners will present a speaker series covering “everything wood,” and designed for new and seasoned woodland owners alike.
The wide range of forestry topics address the many interests and current concerns of woodland owners. A walk in the woods will be part of the program for two forest health presentations, “Invasive Plants on Your Woodlot” and “Forest Insects and Diseases that Threaten Your Woodlands.” One discussion will look at ways that cutting some timber and managing land for wildlife can be compatible. Whole tree versus main stem tree harvesting methods will be compared and contrasted. Two presentations will take a look into the future: new forest products that are transforming the forest products industry, and efforts to restore the American chestnut, a tree that once covered three-quarters of the North American seaboard. Finally, an interactive program about ways landowners can avoid the most common mistakes will wrap up the day.
The low-impact forestry area is located just outside the fairgrounds, near the Pine Gate. For the full programs and schedules, go to or for more information about the Common Ground Fair visit
A membership-supported non-profit organization, Maine Woodland Owners advocates for family woodland owners, provides information for better forest management and promotes the stewardship of Maine’s woodland resources.
CRIBBAGE TOURNAMENTS: St. Martin’s Episcopal Church will be holding a new season of cribbage tournaments starting on Wednesday, September 20th at 1 PM. Subsequent tournaments are scheduled for Wednesdays, October 18th, November 22nd, and December 20th. The tournaments will be held at the church on 900 Main Street.
The Palmyra Baptist Worship Center will be holding a benefit yard sale on Saturday, September 23rd from 8 AM to 4 PM. Early birds are welcome and all items will be priced by donation. The yard sale will be held at the church on 768 Main Street. For more information contact Pastor Herb Pearl at 416-8159. Proceeds from this yard sale will benefit the Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry.
The Palmyra Baptist Worship Center is currently seeking yard sale donations for a benefit yard sale to be held on Saturday, September 23rd from 8 AM to 4 PM at the church. Donations of gently new or used items can be dropped off at the church located at 768 Main Street. For more information or to arranage a drop-off contact Pastor Herb Pearl.
SUICIDE PREVENTION WORKSHOP: A Suicide Prevention Workshop will be offered on Wednesday, September 20th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Guilford United Methodist Church on 2 School Street. This free workshop will be presented by Walter Boomsma, NAMI Certified Mental Health First Aid Specialist. This program meets the requirements of LD609 for public school employees. Register online at or by contacting 343-1842.
Friends of Community Fitness will be hosting a plant sale and tea party on Saturday, September 23rd from 9 AM to 12 PM. There will be a wide variety of perennials ready for fall planting and houseplants. The tea party will include beverages and scones. Keep in mind, this is a by donation event as the proceeds will benefit senior programs and activities. The sale/tea party will be located at Community Fitness on 31 High Street.
DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR YARD SALE: St. Albans Summerfest is looking for donations for their fall indoor yard sale. All proceeds to benefit Summerfest 2018. Donations can be dropped off at the Grange on Water Street. Items will be brought in daily. Televisions or electronics will not be accepted. The sale will be held on Friday, October 6th and Saturday, October 7th and again on Friday, October 13th and Saturday, October 14th from 8 AM to 1 PM each day. For more information contact Vanessa at 341-4371 or Kim at 924-4555.
St. Albans Summerfest will be holding a paint, snack and sip painting event on Saturday, October 21st from 2 to 5 PM. The cost to participate will be $30. The event will be held at the Sno-Devils Club. For more information or to make a reservation contact Kim at 924-4555 or visit St. Albans Summerfest on Facebook.
The St. Albans Summerfest Committee will be holding cribbage with dinner night on every Tuesday at 5:30 PM. The next event will be held on Tuesday, September 12th. Dinner and cribbage sign-up begins at 5:30 PM and game play begins at 6 PM. Cash payout of 50% and high hand competition will be held every week. The cost to play will be $6 and $2 for high hand fee and $5 for a meal. The meal will include soup and salad combo with a choice of two different soups. Meals will include a drink and a dessert. All proceeds to benefit 2018 St. Albans Summerfest. The event will be held at the St. Albans Town Hall on Water Street.
Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVACP) will be holding a First Five Year Parenting Class on Mondays beginning on Monday, October 16th, 23rd, 30th and Monday, November 6th from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. This event is free and each participant will receive a bag that they can fill each week with unique parenting items. The class will be held at St. Albans School on 129 Hartland Road. Space is limited to 10 spaces, so to register for the class contact Anne at 859-2521 or email:
FREE BALANCE SCREEING: The Canaan Farmers Hall will offer a free balance screening by Spectrum Generations on Wednesday, September 20th. Individual screenings are from 10 AM to 12 PM. Refreshments will be served followed by a light luncheon at 12 PM. Spectrum Generations, is a Central Maine Area Agency on Aging and is a leading provider of information and advice, referrals, programs and activities for adults. The screening will be held at the Farmers Hall on Main Street. For more information or to sign-up contact Mary at 474-6037, 431-9878 and Mari at 508-505-0691.
BOTTLE DRIVE BENEFIT: A bottle drive will be held on Saturday, September 30th from 9 AM to 1 PM to benefit the Widows and Orphans Food Cupboard. Also, if you would like to drop-off returnables/donations you can do so on Friday, September 29th from 6 to 6:30 PM at the Food Cupboard located at 13 Wolfboro Road.
MILITARY APPRECIATION SUPPER: The Parkman Grange would like to invite all military personnel to enjoy a complimentary meal at their 6th Annual Military Appreciation Supper on Saturday, September 23rd from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. The meal includes ham, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, vegetables, yeast rolls, cake and ice cream sundae bar. The public is encouraged to come and show their support and appreciation. This is a by donation meal. The grange is located at the Four Corners. For more information contact Sue Manchester 277-3942.
APPLE BREAKFAST: The Grace Linn Methodist Church will be hosting an apple breakfast on Saturday, September 23rd from 7:30 to 9:30 AM. The menu includes, apple pancakes, sausage, real Maine Maple syrup, and coffee/tea. This is a by donation meal for $5. Takeout will be available. The Grace Linn Methodist Church is located on 8 Seekins Street.
SPINNING FIBER ARTS GROUP: Spinning Fiber Arts Group will hold their meeting every fourth Saturday of the month. The next meeting will be held on Saturday, September 23rd at the Abbott Memorial Library from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. All types of fiber arts are welcome as the group will share and learn from one another. The library is located at 1 Church Street.
FUNERAL PLANNING SEMINAR: Pine Tree Hospice’s “Caring for the Caregiver” will be holding a funeral planning seminar on Wednesday, September, 20th from 6:30 to 8 PM. Ethan Annis, vice-president of Lary Funeral Home will present an informative program that will help attendees make important decisions regarding funerals. This program is free and open to anyone in the community who is interested in learning more about this topic. The seminar will be held at 897 W Main Street. Contact 564-4346 or email to sign-up for the program.
VENDORS SOUGHT FOR CRAFT FAIR: The Sebasticook Valley Elks Lodge will be holding an Autumn Vendor and Craft Fair on Saturday, October 28th from 9 AM to 2 PM. Set-up begins at 7 AM. The price per vendor/crafter space is $25. The deadline for registration is Saturday, October 14th with no refunds after the deadline. The vendor items determined by incoming sign-ups. For more information or a registration form contact suzy.morton or visit Facebook Event at Autumn Vendor and Craft Event.
The regular meeting of the Pittsfield Republican Committee will be held on Wednesday, September 20th at 6:30 PM at the Pittsfield Public Library. The committee will be inviting all Republican gubernatorial candidates to speak, so that the group can have a clear picture of each one as the primaries get closer. All Pittsfield Republicans are invited and refreshments will be served.
YARD SALE FUNDRAISER: The Plymouth Fire Department will be holding their annual fundraiser yard sale on Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th from 9 AM to 4 PM. The yard sale will be held at the Plymouth Fire Department. Donations are currently being accepted. Pick-up of donations can be arranged or dropped off at the Plymouth Fire Department located at 39 Lower Detroit Road. Proceeds to benefit the Plymouth Fire Department. Contact Walter at 249-0703 or Barb at 341-0407 to make arrangements.
ABC FOOD BANK: The Gateway Pentecostal Church will open the ABC Food Bank at 10:30 AM on Tuesdays and Fridays. Keep in mind, the CSFP Senior Box Program box distribution will be on the fourth Friday of each month only. The church is located at 363 Moosehead Trail. For more information contact 512-5119.
The Eastern Area Agency on Aging’s, Savvy Caregiver Program will be held on Fridays beginning on Friday, September 22nd and 29th, Friday, October 6th, 13th, and 27th and Friday, November 3rd. The classes will be held at the Newport Cultural Center on 154 Main Street. This is a 12-hour training program/course that is delivered in 2-hour sessions over a 6-week period. Registration is requried to participate. The class is designed to train caregivers in the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to handle the challenges of caring for a family member with memory loss, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease, to be an effective caregiver. For more information or to register for the class contact 941-2865.
CANCER PRAYER AND SUPPORT GROUP MEETING: The Corinna Cancer Prayer and Support Group will meet every third Tuesday of the month from 4 to 5 PM at the Corinna United Methodist Church Parsonage (the house next to the church) on the Dexter Road. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 19th. The meetings are open to anyone in the community or surrounding communities that has been touched by Cancer. For more information, contact Carol at 278-7952.