Free Fishing License Week opens Feb. 13

AUGUSTA — Free Fishing License Week – Saturday, Feb. 13, to Sunday, Feb. 21 – was created to give everyone a chance to try ice fishing.

On these days, any person (except those whose license has been suspended or revoked) who registers with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife may fish without a license. All other laws and regulations apply on these days. Nonresidents and residents may participate.

Those who plan to participate in the Free Fishing License Week must register online. Ages 15 and younger do not need to register.


Masonic take-out supper planned for Feb. 20

WILTON — The Masonic Group at the Harland M. Harnden Masonic Building, 70 Bryant Road, East Wilton, will offer a take-out/pick-up supper from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. The menu will consist of roast pork, potatoes, mixed vegetables, rolls and apple squares.

The cost of the meal for adults will be $9, and $5 for those under age 12. Reservations are requested by 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. To make reservations, call Alan Morison at 207-645-4366, Robert Lawrence at 207-778-2354 or Alvin McDonald at 207-645-2190.

Home deliveries are offered in the Farmington and Wilton area for a cost of $10 a meal.


Outright Lewiston Auburn receives equity fund grant

ELLSWORTH — The Maine Community Foundation’s Equity Fund has awarded seven grants, totaling $50,687, to nonprofit organizations for projects and capacity-building work that address lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) issues and needs in Maine.

Grant recipients include Outright Lewiston Auburn, to continue ongoing support of LGBTQ+ youth, families and schools in Western Maine, and Maine Transgender Network, Portland, to ensure transgender people in all communities in Maine have access to spaces where they belong, and healthcare where they are affirmed.

The next deadline for grant applications is Sept. 15. For more information about the equity fund, contact Senior Program Officer Gloria Aponte C. at [email protected] or 207-761-2440.


Optimist oratorical contest open to students

AUBURN — The Lewiston-Auburn Optimist Club is sponsoring an oratorical contest on the topic of “Healing the World with Optimism.” The club winner will compete at the district finals, where a $2,500 scholarship will be awarded.

Any youth under age 19 as of Oct. 1, 2020, and who meets the other requirements, is eligible. There is no minimum age limit. The club contest will be held on Tuesday, March 23. Interested youths should obtain rules and regulations and an application from any member of the Optimist Club or visit Residents may call 207-783-5269 for information.

The contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to practice and improve their public speaking abilities. It also provides the opportunity to win a college scholarship.


New recreation guide for Katahdin Region available

PATTEN — Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters has released a new recreation guide for those looking to make the most of a winter visit in the Katahdin Region. The Winter #AllInKatahdin Guide was generated from over 250 survey respondents and offers visitors a curated list of the top five winter activities in the Katahdin Region.

The Winter #AllInKatahdin Guide is available on the Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters website, Print editions are available upon request.

The guide is being released after the National Park Service at Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters have executed a philanthropic partnership agreement. The agreement makes the Friends group the official nonprofit partner to Katahdin Woods and Waters.


Church to celebrate World Day of Prayer

RUMFORD — St. Athanasius and St. John’s Church, Holy Savior Parish will celebrate World Day of Prayer, “Build on a Strong Foundation,” at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 4. Seating is limited to 50 and masks are required. Live streaming will be provided. Call Marie DiSciullo-Naples, 207-491-7524, to reserve a seat.

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