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Art show

PARIS – The annual SAD 17 grades kindergarten to 12 art show will be Tuesday through Friday, May 16 to 19, at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. Student artwork from all district schools will be displayed in the forum and in hallways from the front lobby to the main office.

The theme is “Celebrate What’s Right with the World.” The exhibit will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Friday the exhibit will be taken down at noon.

For more information, contact Nancy Marcotte at 743-8914, ext. 6400, or Nancy_Marcotte@sad17.k12.me.us.

Society program

NORWAY – The Norway Historical Society will hold its first program of the year and a general membership meeting to select officers and trustees on Wednesday, May 17. The membership meeting will be at 6 p.m. and the program at 7, featuring “Native American Stone Tools and Projectile Points of New England.”

The guest will be Scott Belongie, a stone implement enthusiast. His French Canadian and Native American background led him to search for ancient American stone artifacts in New England. He does this without digging. His collection includes artifacts from 500 to 11,000 years old. He will talk about the Native American habitation sites he has explored and bring artifacts to see.

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Bird-a-thon set

NORWAY – Saturday, May 20, will be Bird-a-thon Saturday at the Van Nest farm. For the 11th year a team of birders from the Western Foothills Land Trust will attempt to find as many species of birds as possible in three hours.

The team is collecting pledges for a certain amount per species found or a fixed donation. Pledges may also be accepted via e-mail at wflt@megalink.net. The group follows the same route each year, and on average identifies 47 birds in the allotted time. As many as 55 and as few as 41 species have been found.

The money raised will be dedicated to help develop access to and trails in the trust’s property at Witt Swamp. The property on Norway Lake behind White’s Marina is a prime breeding ground for waterfowl and contains unique plant life such as the carnivorous pitcher plant.

The trust purchased the property in 2005. There is small number of openings for people who would like to test their birding skills with the team. Anyone interested should call Bob or Mary Van Nest at 743-8104.

4-H projects

PARIS – 4-H offers a variety of projects that vary from club to club and welcomes volunteers who could share a special talent with members. To find out more, contact Susan Jennings, Extension educator at the Oxford County Extension Office, 9 Olson Road, South Paris, ME 04281 or call 743-6329/1-800-287-1482.

Scrapbooking

OXFORD – The Keysearch Laboratories team of the Relay For Life of Oxford Hills will hold a day of scrapbooking and stamping from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Oxford Community Center (old fire station). Cost is $20 a person. The fee includes make n take projects, snacks, drinks and lunch. Participants can bring own supplies and work on projects for the day.

All proceeds will benefit the 2006 Relay For Life of Oxford Hills being held June 2 and 3 at the Don Gouin Complex. Preregister by Sunday, May 14, by contacting Sue Davis at 743-6137 or 890-4793.

No veterans visit

SOUTH PARIS – The Veterans’ Advocate will not be at the Maine Veterans’ Home on Wednesday, May 17, due to restrictions in the bureau’s travel funds. His next visit will be Wednesday, June 7, 9 a.m. to noon.

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