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Support group

RUMFORD – A new cancer support group will hold its first meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in Conference Room A of Rumford Hospital. All are welcome. For more information, call Diane Mitchell at 364-8358 or Peggy Briggette at 364-4611.

Acadian supper

RUMFORD – The Rumford/Mexico Acadian Society will meet and have a potluck supper on Thursday, April 20, at the Parish Center of St. Athanasius/St. John Church. The supper will begin at 6 p.m. and the business meeting will follow.

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Anniversary meal

RUMFORD – The WOWS, Widows or Widowers Sharing, will have an anniversary dinner at noon Thursday, April 27, at the Rumford United Methodist Church. Reservations are requested by Friday, April 21. It will be a ham dinner for $7. For reservations, call Elaine at 364-8355 or Margaret at 364-8624.

Sports sign-up

RUMFORD – The Rumford Point Community Athletic Association will have a second sign-up for Farm League, Little League and Babe Ruth from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 22, at the Rumford Point field, Martin Road, rain or shine. It will be the last chance to sign up and be guaranteed a roster sport for the season. Registration is $20 a child or $30 for two or more children in the same family.

Also on April 22, the RPCAA will hold its annual bottle drive. Players and coaches will visit homes in Rumford Point and Hanover.

Those who are not planning to be home are asked to leave their bottles outside or to bring them to the field on Martin Road. Monies raised help with new equipment purchases and field upgrades.

The field clean-up day will be held Sunday, April 30, at the field. Everyone is invited to bring a rake to help.

Tres Dias meal

DIXFIELD – A Tres Dias potluck gathering will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Dixfield Congregational Church, High Street. For more information, call 364-8083.

Dance night

RUMFORD – A kareoke and dance by Music Buffet will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Le Paresseux Snowshoe Club. Members and guests are welcome.

Coalition forum

MEXICO – The River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition will host a Community Forum from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at the Mountain Valley Middle School, Highland Terrace.

The purpose is to engage interested residents, business interests, municipalities, schools and others in identifying the assets in communities along with identifying critical issues that need to be addressed.

The forum is also an opportunity to generate options for addressing the critical issues. It is essentially a long-term planning process whereby communities lay out a blueprint for changes they want to see. Ideas from the forum will be used in planning future Healthy Communities projects.

A healthy dinner will be served. Registration is required; call 364-7408 to register by Thursday, April 27. For more information, contact the River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition at 364-7408.

Supper set

RUMFORD – The VFW Auxiliary 1641 will sponsor a public supper from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the VFW Hall on Waldo Street. Smothered beef is on the menu. Cost is adults, $6; under 12, $2.50.

Competition

RUMFORD – Greater Rumford Community Center will host a free Pepsi Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Competition for area youth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the Rumford Little League Complex. Registration will be held from 9 to 10 a.m.

The program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball skills.

Competitors are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14 and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition.

For more information, contact the local coordinator, Carmine Ferrante, at 369-9906.

Butterflies

BETHEL – The Mahoosuc Land Trust will present a program on “Butterflies: Habits and Habitat” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at the McLaughlin Science Center of Gould Academy.

Speaker will be Jerry Schneider, who was raised in Ohio, spent many years in Montana and resides in Vermont. Butterflies are his passion and he has presented programs for children and adult audiences from Vermont to Virginia and into the Midwest.

He serves on the Steering Committee of the Vermont Butterfly Atlas Project, which studies butterfly populations. This is the final program of the season’s Local Knowledge Series.

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