LEWISTON – Fifteen local businesses and organizations are decorating small holiday trees that will be auctioned at Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice’s Home for the Holidays Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 16, at Poland Spring Preservation Park Museum. All proceeds will benefit home care and hospice services.

Participating groups and businesses include AHCH Hospice House, Beta Sigma Phi- Xi Gamma Sorority, Central Maine Power, Community Credit Union, Durham Tiger Cub Scouts of Pack 145, Era Worden Realty, Girl Scout Troop 653 of Leeds, Heather’s Bakery, Lewiston Sun Journal, Maine Chapter of the National Association of Tax Professionals, Memory Lane, Mountain View Chocolate Shoppe, Poland Historical Society, Ruth Circle of United Methodist Church of Auburn and the Perfect Basket.

The trees will be on display through Dec. 16 in the park museum during operating hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Silent bids may be placed on the trees at any time.

From noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 16 the celebration will wrap up with free activities for the family, including visits with Santa, tours of Preservation Park by horse and cart, a holiday scavenger hunt and bidding on a favorite tree. Bidding will close at 2 p.m. and the winners will be announced at 2:15.

Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice is a nonprofit, Medicare-certified agency that provides skilled home care, supportive care and hospice care for 8,200 residents each year in Androscoggin, Franklin, Oxford and northern Cumberland counties. In November 2005, the agency opened Maine’s first inpatient hospice facility. More information can be found at ahch.org.

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