ANDOVER -The Andover Town Office has announced new office hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m to 1 p.m., Wednesday 1 to 6 p.m., and Friday closed.

Class of ’58

to meet

RUMFORD -The class of 1958 Stephen High School reunion meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 at the American Legion.

Burd to speak

RUMFORD -The next planning meeting of the River Valley Health Communities Coalition will be 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, at the River Valley Business Resource Center, 34 River St.

Deborah Burd, executive director of Western Mountains Alliance, will be the speaker. The alliance strives to strengthen the regional identity of the western mountains region of Maine. Its focus includes regional problem-solving, educational opportunities, natural resource conservation, economic opportunities and the cultural heritage of western Maine.

Other agenda items are updates of current programs, including tobacco prevention, dental sealants, walking trails, underage drinking and grant opportunities. For more information, people can call 364-7408.

Service officer

to return May 8

RUMFORD – The Veterans’ Service Officer will not be at the Rumford Career Center on Thursday, April 24. His next visit to Rumford will be from 9 a.m. until noon, Thursday, May 8.

April 26 dance

CARTHAGE -A public dance will feature Rock Bottom, and Mike Mo and Tad at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Grange Hall. Live rock ‘n’ roll music from the ’70s through today’s music will be played. The dance is sponsored by the Webb River Grange. It’s $6 a person, or $10 a couple.

Baseball tryouts

DIXFIELD -The Recreation Committee will hold tryouts for Little League baseball at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Marble Park. Any athlete who is 8 years old before Aug. 1 and not 13 before that date is eligible. Permission forms will be distributed at the field and in the schools. For more information, people can contact Don Hebert at 562-0984.

Forest cleanup

BETHEL -The White Mountain National Forest is inviting people to join in an Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 26, at the Evans Notch visitor center on Route 2. There will be craft activities – rain sticks and pine cone bird feeders – and a chance to decorate adorn the Pledge Tree with leafy promises to help the earth.

The central event will be a litter cleanup in the forest beginning at 10 a.m. People can pick up Woodsy Owl trash bags, gloves and Earth Day buttons at the visitor center. Kids should bring an adult and dress for the weather, including sturdy play shoes. Proceeds from returned bottles and cans will be donated to the Bethel Exchange.

All activities are free and open to all. The visitor center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, people can call 824-2134.


MEXICO -The Mountain Valley WalkAmerica walk will begin at the Mexico Town Hall at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 27. Arrival time is 8:30 a.m. for the 6.5 mile walk. Local sponsors are Rumford Hospital and Franklin Savings Bank. The local contact is Darla Sanford, day 364-3738, evening 562-8735.

Auditions scheduled

MEXICO – The RAAPA will hold auditions at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, for two one-act plays being presented at Park Place on June 20-22. There are parts for 12 women and eight men. In “Kiss Me Quick I’m Double Parked” a young dentist is on his way to get married but a policeman, picketers, PTA members, a Con Edison man and a masked bandit impede his departure. In “Just Desserts” several members of a dysfunctional family meet for the reading of a wealthy relative’s will. Judith Kuhn will direct.

The 20 roles range from major leads to walk-on parts. Auditions will be in the lecture hall at Mountain Valley Middle School. Perusal scripts are available at the Rumford Public Library.

Chorus rehearsals

MEXICO -The first rehearsal for the RAAPA Chorus will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Mountain Valley Middle School. Music to be performed includes “Mr. Bojangles,” “Elvira,” a Rodgers and Hammerstein medley, “Tomorrow” (from “Annie”) and “Hey! Look Me Over.”

Newcomers are welcome to join and should contact Kelly Olson, 369-0028, to reserve a folder of music. No auditions are necessary but previous choral experience is advantageous. For more information, people should call Mary Pulsifer 562-7050.

Farm league

DIXFIELD -The Recreation Committee is holding tryouts for farm league baseball at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, at Marble Park. The rain date is Sunday, May 4. Any athlete who is 7 years old by Aug. 1 is eligible. Permission forms will be distributed at the field and in the schools. For more information, people can contact Don Herbert at 562-0984.

Seeking a slogan

RUMFORD -The River Valley Growth Council is looking for a new slogan or tag line to come after and expand on “River Valley.” The council wants a slogan that will help “brand” the region.

For example, Lewiston and Auburn are the “Cities of the Androscoggin” or Oxford Hills “has it all.” If people have suggestions, they are being asked to call Rosie at 369-0396, send them by e-mail to [email protected] or send letters to River Valley Growth Council, 34 River St., Rumford, ME 04276. A committee will review them and pick the top five, which will then be voted on by the citizens in the communities. A $50 cash prize will be awarded to the person who suggested the winning entry. Entries are due by May 16.

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