FARMINGTON – Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice is seeking volunteers for its grocery shopping and visiting programs. Grocery volunteers shop and deliver groceries to a homebound patient. A two-hour training program, provided by the agency, is conducted at the volunteer’s convenience. The weekly time commitment is approximately one to two hours. Visiting volunteers provide companionship and support to patients recovering from illness. Depending on the need, volunteers may spend time talking with a patient, playing card games or doing crafts, reading, running errands or staying with a patient for a few hours while a caregiver enjoys some time away from home. Visiting volunteers dedicate two to four hours per week and complete a four-hour training program provided by the agency. For more information, people can contact Polly Robinson or Nancy Greene at 1-800-482-7412 or 777-7740.

Center celebrating

FARMINGTON – Sandy River Nursing Care Center is a series of activities to celebrate National Nursing Home Week, which is May 11-17. A fishing trip to Wilson Lake and picnic lunch will be Monday. The movie, “Message in a Bottle,” will be shown Tuesday. Some residents and staff will launch a message in a bottle in the stream behind the center. If people find one of these bottles, they are being asked to contact Sandy River. A visit from Franklin Child Care and Smokey the Bear is planned Wednesday. There will be special treats for the staff, and the week will end with a barbecue and ice cream social for everyone. Anyone who would like to join in any of these activities, help plan an event or come for a visit or tours, is asked to call Activities Director Lynette Hinkley at 778-6591.

Read honored

FARMINGTON – Police Officer Nathan D. Read has been selected as the department’s Employee of the Quarter for the winter of 2003. Chief of Police Richard E. Caton said he was selected for his patrol work. During the winter months, Caton said, Read excelled in driving-under-the-influence enforcement. His efforts netted 10 OUI arrests in those three months. Also, while on routine patrol, Read checked a suspicious vehicle parked in the park and ride lot. His alertness recovered property from a residential burglary, Caton said. The investigation cleared the residential burglary plus two business burglaries. Four individuals were charged for these crimes, Caton stated.

Wilton video


WILTON – The Wilton Senior Citizens will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at SeniorsPlus. A social hour and video on Wilton are being planned. The May 4 meeting was held at SeniorsPlus with President Beverly Childs presiding. Chaplain Edna Davis led the prayer. Entertainment was provided by local musicians Nancy and Bing Crosby. The business meeting followed, with snacks provided by SeniorsPlus.

Volunteers needed

JAY – The Pulp & Paper Museum Committee, a local grass-roots project that emerged from the Jay-Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce, is seeking to expand its local membership. The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Jay-Niles Memorial Library. The local group consists of local community members and residents from the Rumford-Mexico region, who’ve met for the past year, researching and exploring potential development of a museum. Additional Steering Committee members are needed to pursue financial direction and project development. Interested members, who are willing to donate their time once or twice a month, should contact Sherry Judd at 897-3117.

Freshman info

FARMINGTON – A freshman informational night for parents of current eighth-graders at Mount Blue Middle School will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at Mount Blue High School and end at 7:15 p.m. It will include time for questions and answers. Principal Gregory Potter said there will be two panels, one featuring department heads and teachers from the core content areas of English, math, science/technology, social studies and health/physical education. The second will feature department heads and teachers from elective areas and representatives from various co-curricular groups. Potter said he was inviting the whole family to attend. Refreshments will be available.

Improv show


FARMINGTON – The Mount Blue High School Curtain Raisers Comedy Troupe will present “How’s My Driving?”, an evening of sketch and improv comedy, at 7 p.m. May 15 and 16 at the high school. Slapstick shenanigans, satirical tomfoolery and even musical interludes are hallmarks of any Curtain Raiser performance, said a spokesman. Tickets will be available at the door, $2 for students and $3 for adults. For more information, people can contact Artistic Directors Dan Ryder and Brenda Tarbox at 778-3561.


WILTON – The annual cleanup of Foothills Land Conservancy land at the headwaters of Wilson Lake will be Saturday, May 17. Volunteers are needed, organizers said. They should meet at 9 a.m. at the Pond Road parking lot. Help is needed for raking, trash pickup and trail work. For more information, people can call Peter Schmitt at 645-4218.

Rabies clinic

SALEM – A rabies clinic will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Salem Fire Station. There is a charge of $8 per pet. Vaccines will be given by Clearwater Veterinary Hospital staff. A one-year vaccine will be given unless the owner brings proof of previous vaccine tags; certificates will be given. The clinic is sponsored by the Salem Fire Department Auxiliary.

Career fair

WILTON – The Wilton CareerCenter will host its first career fair, “Exploring Your Horizons,” from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at 865 US Route 2. For more information, people can call the CareerCenter at 645-5800 or, toll-free, at 1-800-982-4311.

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