WINTHROP – Start the Fourth of July off with a bang with the 7th-annual “Friends on the 4th” 5-kilometer road race scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, July 4. Open to all runners, joggers and walkers, the race will feature more than 500 participants navigating the scenic course along Main Street and the eastern shore of Maranacook Lake.

Pre-registration is $18 and guarantees you a T-shirt and insulated grocery tote bag stuffed with gift items. Registration on race day is $23 and starts at 7 a.m. at the American Legion on Bowdoin St.

This year’s major sponsor is Vallee Real Estate. Silver level sponsors include The China Dine-ah, Kennebec Savings Bank, and G&E Roofing along with Bronze level sponsor EZ To Use Big Book. Proceeds from the race support programs and projects offered by the Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed, a 5,000-member organization whose mission is to “Protect and Improve the 28 Lakes & Streams of the Cobbossee Watershed.” 

To download a registration form or to register on-line, go to the Friends website at For more information, contact Race Director Bob Moore at 621-4100.

Baseball tryout and hitting camp 

BANGOR – Coast to Coast Baseball invites lcoal players age 10 to 18 to an upcoming tryout event at Mansfield Stadiu on Monday, July 20. There will be a hiting camp at 9 a.m., followed by the tryout at noon.


Staff will evalute players at the tryout in four areas: Hitting; fielding; arm strength and speed. Players who are accepted into the program may choose to represent the United States in competition in Puerto Rico or work with top college coaches and pro scouts at a showcase event in Florida or Arizona at a Major League Baseball spring training facility.

Since the summer of 2001, nearly 2,000 athletes from 46 states have participated in the Coast to Coast program. Alumni are now competing in college and professionally.

For more information, go to or call (740) 373-4455.

Mollyockett Day Classic registration open
BETHEL – There is still time
to register for the Mollyockett Day Classic 5-mile, 1-mile fun run
and 3-mile walking event sponsored by Kennett Realty and Michael T.
Steven & Associates, scheduled for Saturday, July 18. Participants gather in front of the
Bethel Inn Resort to register or check in for the children’s (14 &
under) 1-mile run that begins at 8 a.m. The 5-miler and the 3-mile walking event begin at 8:30 a.m. All competitors are asked to
register and check in by 7:45 a.m., when registration closes for all
A commemorative t-shirt, designed by local artist Karen Jordan Paul, is
included with the race entry for the first 175 registrants.
Registration forms are available by calling the Bethel Area Chamber
of Commerce at 824-2282 or e-mailing
Upon completion of the event, refreshments will be served and a
prize raffle will be held before the awarding of prizes to the top
three in each category.
The Mollyockett Day
Classic is the kick-off event to an entire day festival, organized by
Bethel’s Mahoosuc Arts Council. A parade, a talent show, music,
frog-jumping, food & games, arts & crafts, an ARTirondack
chair auction & community booths on the Bethel Common make for a
fantastic festival atmosphere. The day will end with a fireworks show held behind Bethel Inn Resort. For more
information on the complete calendar of events for the day, log on to,
click on Calendar of Events and then click on July.

Flagg Family Fishing Derby in Farmington
FARMINGTON – The Flagg Family Fishing derby is scheduled for Saturday, July 4 at Abbott Park. The Derby is for children ages 3 to 10 and is one hour in length. It starts at 8 a.m. Since the pond is measured off into approximately 40 equal spaces, it is advisable to arrive early for space selection and registration. The fee is $2 per child.
About 100 rainbow trout have been stocked in Rollo Pond at Abbott Park ranging from 10 inches to over 13 inches in length. There also is one brood stock rainbow or trophy fish placed into the pond that is significantly larger than any of the other trout. Trophies will be awarded in four categories during the derby: First trout; first limit; trophy fish; and biggest meal. There will be a limit of one trophy to be awarded to any entrant. Please note, Rollo Pond has a posted daily bag limit of two fish. At the conclusion of the Derby the pond will be open for public fishing.
For more information, contact the Farmington Recreation Department at 778-3464.

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