SAPARS seeks volunteer advocates

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services is looking for volunteer advocates to respond to its 24-hour helpline and make a difference in the lives of people affected by sexual violence.

Volunteer advocates receive extensive training and support to prepare them to effectively respond to callers.

Volunteer advocates are notified of calls through their cell phones from the answering service, allowing them to be on call from their homes or another location where they have a private space to talk.

Volunteer advocates must be over the age of 18, empathetic and dependable, with access to reliable transportation. All potential volunteers must complete the training and a screening process which includes criminal and DHHS background checks. No prior experience is necessary.

FMI, volunteer: 207-784-5272,


McLaughlin Garden annual garden tour

PARIS — McLaughlin Garden and Homestead is accepting reservations for a June 16 annual bus tour to two private gardens in New Hampshire — Grout Hill Gardens in Acton and Thelma Hewitt’s private garden in Newbury.

The price includes transportation and garden visits. Travelers will bring their own lunch. The cost for members is $70 and $80 for nonmembes, payable when making reservations. No refunds will be given later than May 1. 

FMI, RSVP: 207-743-8820.

Flowers for Hope Fundraiser

NORWAY — The Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine is holding a Flowers for Hope fundraiser.


Daffodils and tulips will be available by the bunch or in pots for $10 each. Hyacinths are available, pot only, for $10. There are color options for tulips and hyacinths.

To order your flowers, stop by the Center at 199 Main St. or download the order form from its website and mail the form and payment to Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, P.O. Box 263, Norway, ME 04268.

Orders must be placed by April 4 and must be paid for in advance. Flowers will be available for pick up at the Center on April 13 and 14.

All proceeds benefit the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine.


Health career scholarships offered


FARMINGTON — The Franklin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is offering six $600 health career scholarships for local students who are pursuing careers in the health care field.

Eligible students are those who reside in Greater Franklin County, including Livermore Falls and Livermore, in need of financial assistance.

To be eligible, applications must be completed and returned by April 15. Applicants must also have been accepted to a school of their choice by that date.

The Auxiliary will award the scholarships in May. The funds will be awarded following the successful completion of the first semester of post-secondary school.

FMI, applications: 207-779-2555.

First Auburn Seniors to meet 


AUBURN — The First Auburn Senior Citizens will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, for a regular meeting and a boiled dinner lunch and bingo.

Those attending must have a ticket and bring cups, utensils and take-home dishes. 

Tickets will be on sale for the April 19 lasagna dinner for $5 each. 

There were 43 members present at the last meeting. The Valentine Queen was Lydia Martineau, and the Valentine King was Bob Lavertu. Attendance winners were Paula Mikkelsen and Bob Lavertu; Pot of Gold, Pat Castner Nancy Roy and Lorna Fanjoy; and, 50/50, Daved LePage, Bob Sitser and Charlotte Dyer.

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