LOCKE MILLS — The Oxford Country Educators Association-Retired will hold their last monthly meeting before the “winter break” on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Locke Mills American Legion Hall.

Sign-in and socialization begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by the business meeting at 11. The American Legion will provide a meal at noon.

The program at 1 p.m. will be presented by Lou Ureneck, author of “Cabin: Two Brothers, a Dream, and Five Acres in Maine.” Ureneck teaches journalism at Boston University and will talk about how he and his brothers came to Maine, why they bought five acres of land and what experiences they shared in the process.

One of the fundraisers for November is a calendar raffle for the purpose of raising money for the annual scholarships of $500, which OCEA-R presents to several students each year as they begin their post-secondary education. The 15 winners will be announced at the meeting. Any members who have helped with this raffle should turn in their tickets at the beginning of the meeting. There will also be a silent auction with items reflecting a Christmas theme.

The October meeting featured Dee Snow, a therapist at Stephens Memorial Hospital, who explained to the group the wide variety of therapy programs available to the public through the hospital.

Any person who lives in Oxford County and was involved in education before retirement is welcome at the meetings and is encouraged to join the group. OCEA-R provides an opportunity for people to socialize, to serve their communities and to support programs and issues important to retired educators. Librarians, custodians, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, anyone who worked in the school environment is welcome.

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