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No visit May 25

RUMFORD – The veterans’ advocate will not be at the Career Center on Lowell Street on Thursday, May 25, due to restrictions in the bureau’s travel funds. His next visit to Rumford will be Thursday, June 21, at his usual time of 9 a.m. until noon.

Benefit supper

RUMFORD – As a prelude to Memorial Day weekend and in recognition of the members of the military and their ongoing service and sacrifice, three area groups are working together to sponsor a benefit chili supper for “Homes For Our Troops.”

The event will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at the Rumford American Legion. Different homemade chilis will be available to eat in or take out and will be served with a variety of sides, drinks and dessert with all proceeds going to HFOT.

The meal is being sponsored by the Civil Air Patrol, the Rumford American Legion and the Dixfield Congregational Church.

“Homes For Our Troops” is a Massachusetts-based nonprofit group, organized in 2004, that coordinates efforts to renovate or build new homes for returning U.S. Service members who have been wounded and disabled, raising donations of money, building materials and labor. Details are available on homesforourtroops.org.

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Networking meet

RUMFORD – A Community Networking Meeting, sponsored by the River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition, is scheduled at noon Thursday, May 25, in the Community Room of Scrappers DoMaine on Canal Street. Participants are invited to bring their lunch.

Patty Duguay, River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition director, will review the outcome of the forum held on May 11.

There will also be updates on other programs of the Healthy Communities along with local organization’s community activity.

The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited. For more information, contact the Healthy Communities at 364-7408.

Story time picnic

RUMFORD – The final preschool story time for this school year will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, at the Rumford Public Library. The theme is “Picnic.”

Following the story time there will be a picnic in the library park, so participants are invited to bring a lunch and a picnic blanket. If it rains, blankets will be spread out in the public room of the library. All area children, ages 2 to 5, are welcome to attend. Storytime will resume in the fall.

House tours

BETHEL – The Bethel Historical Society will host its 2006 house tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17. The tour will feature nine Bethel homes ranging from a circa-1820 Federal-style house to an early 19th century barn conversion as well as several contemporary houses.

Luncheon will be served in the exhibit hall of the Dr. Moses Mason House from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

Tickets will be available on the days of the tour and in advance beginning Saturday, May 27, at the society’s museum shop in the Robinson House, 10 Broad St. The price of $20 includes luncheon and descriptive flyer. For information contact the Bethel Historical Society at 824-2908 or on line at www.bethelhistorical.org.

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