Society curator to give talk

PARIS — The Paris Cape Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at its museum at 77 High St., South Paris.

Following a brief business meeting, Ben Conant, curator, will speak from materials gleaned from the collections of Joseph Quinn.

In the mid-1850s until 1892 one of the best known summer and fall entertainers in Maine and New England was a trader, Ezra Stephens. Born in Sumner, he was a traveling trader until he established a store at Trap Corner, later moving to Bryant Pond.

His well known title was the “P. T. Barnum” of Maine. He had a large ring circus enclosing tents of strange animals, fakirs and the odd and curious.

The public is welcome to the meeting, which is fully accessible. Refreshments will be served after the program.

Clothing center open at Hartford

HARTFORD — The Hartford Community Church Clothing Center will be open Saturday, July 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. directly across from the church.

Flamingos, Fleas sale

OTISFIELD — The East Otisfield Free Baptist Church will hold the annual Flamingos and Fleas Scholarship Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Otisfield Community Hall, Rte.121.

It is a major fundraiser for the Scholarship Fund. Currently eight local college students are receiving scholarships all four years. In addition to many items, there will be a bake sale and a silent auction of a Jean Randall print.

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