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Egg hunt

WEST PARIS – The West Paris Public Library will host the annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15. All toddlers through grade one are invited to participate. Parents should bring a basket.

The event will be held rain or shine at the Little Castle on Main Street. Friends of the Library have sponsored the egg hunt for several years. Each child will receive a memento for participating in addition to the collection of eggs.

Regular library hours are Mondays and Fridays 1:30 to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays 1:30 to 7 p.m. Friends of the Library meet the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Call the library at 674-2004 to learn the date of trustee meetings.

Annual hunt

NORWAY – Norway Rehab and Living Center, 29 Marion Ave., will host the annual Easter Egg Hunt from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 15, for children ages 10 and under. The Easter bunny will be available for photos. Parents should bring a basket. For more information, call 743-7075.

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May meeting

WEST PARIS – Nine West Paris senior citizens attended a luncheon at Market Square Restaurant recently. Mrs. Phemie Russell, 96, of Norway, was the guest of honor. The next meeting will be at noon Tuesday, May 2, at the West Paris Baptist Church.

Kids’ programs

PARIS – The Area Resources for Kids Program has been running spring and fall enrichment programs for area youth for 13 years. Programs consist of hands-on opportunities in the visual and performing arts, international cultures and sciences.

Workshops are held Saturday mornings, divided into two sessions according to age, and the fees are optional. The first session is for ages 3 to 6 and the second for ages 7 and up. All of the programs are held at the Oxford Extension Office, 9 Olson Road, South Paris, with the exception of the clayworks session which is held at Christian Ridge Pottery Studio.

This spring’s sessions are as follows: April 15, “Eggs, Eggs and More Eggs” with Cynthia Tinsley; April 22, “Miniature Fantasy Gardens” with Mike Murphy; April 29, “Collage and Poetry” with Lisa Moore; May 6, “Clayworks” with Scott Currie; and May 13, “Carp Streamers” with Jen Otterson.

For more information or to register for the workshops, contact the Extension Office at 743-6329 or 1-800-287-1482.

Bottle drive

PARIS – A bottle drive will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, by Distributive Education Clubs of America students to raise money for their trip to the DECA International Career Development Conference in Dallas, Texas, from April 28 to May 3. The students will compete, attend conferences and visit tourist attractions.

Anyone wishing to donate bottles can call 743-7756, ext. 5100, for bottle pick-up or they can drop them at Payne’s Redemption Center, Park Street, South Paris, and ask the owners to put a credit under the Oxford Hills DECA account. Students are also selling magazines and Swan’s frozen foods to meet their goals.

Christian women

PARIS – The Christian Women United will meet on Tuesday, April 18, at the First Congregational Church. Luncheon will be served at 11:30 a.m.

The speaker will be Roy Earle of Norway on the humorous incidents that have happened in his lifetime. Anyone who has not been contacted but would like a reservation may call Pearl Anderson at 743-5724.

First program

OTISFIELD – The Otisfield Historical Society has scheduled its first 2006 program to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the town office. Following election of officers, a program titled “Two Otisfield Women Go South” will explore the experiences of two Otisfield women, 75 years apart, who invested periods of their lives learning about a region and culture different from their own Maine community.

Nellie Pottle (later Hankins) traveled to Atlanta in 1925, almost immediately after her graduation from Colby College.

There she spent two years teaching algebra and biology to girls at Spelman College. While there she wrote home two or three times a week, and in her letters indicates that while she had no difficulty with teaching, she found that understanding the unwritten rules of interracial behavior was the real challenge. Jean Hankins will read portions of Nellie’s letters.

The second part of the program will feature Lavinia Rogers, who was also born and raised in Otisfield, but who now teachers French in Newark, N.J. Lavinia will relate her experiences during the summer of 1998, which she spent conducting oral interviews in rural Lowneds County, Ala., where she faced some of the same problems Nellie had encountered before her. The public is welcome.

Wilkins supper

WATERFORD – The Wilkins House Community supper will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20. Persons are asked to bring a dish to share and bring a friend. Hosting will be Ginnie and Denny Cutler.

The Wilkins House is located on Plummer Hill Road in Waterford Flat.

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