OCEA-R to host candidates at Friday meeting


PARIS — The Oxford County Educators Association-Retired will hold its next meeting at the South Paris First Congregational Church on Friday, Oct. 17. Sign-ins and social gathering will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the business meeting will start at 11.

The cooks at the church will provide the meal, after which there will be an opportunity to meet candidates for state and local offices, giving members the chance to learn firsthand how candidates feel about issues affecting retired teachers and education.

The annual pie sale will also be held that day. The retired teachers raise money for scholarships to be given out to graduating seniors from Oxford County schools.

The fundraisers for this purpose are the annual pie sale and a calendar raffle. Members willing to volunteer in the pie-making process will meet at the South Paris First Congregational Church at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15.

The annual raffle calendar will be distributed at the Friday meeting.

The September meeting was held at Maurice’s Restaurant, led by President John Kimball. Maida Dobson was chosen as the first vice president. Secretary Susan Konopka is working on an updated list of members.

John Kimball and Maida Dobson attended the board of directors meeting of the Maine Educators Association-Retired in Augusta. The money-maker for September was a money basket. After the meal a self-directed tour of the McLaughlin Gardens was available to those who were interested.

Anyone living in Oxford County who is retired and was employed in any capacity in a school is encouraged attend on Friday.