REGION — Each year, the Veteran’s Administration (VA) joins the nation to observe and celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 21 – 27, 2024. As part of National Volunteer Week, VA invites everyone in the community to explore ways to give back to Veterans any time of the year. On April 24, 2024, join VA in supporting a National Day of Service through VetServe 2024. VetServe is a celebration of service and a call-to-action aimed to encourage the nation’s 19 million Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors to serve in their community. Serving in your community and volunteering are powerful ways to make a positive impact on the world around you. By dedicating your time and skills to helping others, you can create meaningful change, foster connections and contribute to the well-being of those in need.

Organizations are encouraged to visit RallyPoint (https://rly.pt/vetserve24) to post opportunities, success stories and outcomes of successful Veteran volunteer service in the community.


CARTHAGE — Benefit Supper Saturday, April 13 at 5 p.m. at the Carthage Grange Hall for Charlie and Deb Noyes who lost everything when their home burned. The menu will feature spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, salad and desserts, plus water, juice and coffee for $10 per person. Hosted by Friends of Charlie and Deb. For more information please call Cindy Hutchinson 207-418-8313.



JAY — Frank L. Mitchell VFW Post 3335 in Jay is serving suppers on Friday and on April 12, meatloaf,  mashed  potatoes, carrots, dessert will be served for $12. All meals served at 5 p.m. Call by Thursday April 11, to reserve your meal. Thank you all for your support and patience, we couldn’t do it without you.

WILTON — On Saturday, April 20, 2024, there will be a Public Supper at the Harland M. Harnden Masonic Building, 70 Bryant Road, East Wilton, Maine , from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. The menu will be oven roasted boneless pork loin, mashed potato, gravy, applesauce, vegetable, dinner roll and homemade pies for dessert. The price will be $12 for adults and $6 for those under 12. Public Suppers are sit down service in the hall. Take out by In Person request will be available. Hope to see you all there. Please contact for more details: Robert Lawrence 207-778-2345, Clint Coolidge 207-645-4053, David Baker 207-491-9466


FARMINGTON — The 2024 Maine Fiddlehead Festival returns to the University of Maine at Farmington campus, Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival features local food and craft vendors, kids’ activities and petting zoo, fiddlehead cooking demonstration, tent talks, and live local music including a performance by the Franklin County Fiddlers. Free and open to the public.  FMI – 207-778-7015.


NORTH JAY — North Jay Grange #10 is holding the first sale of spring on Saturday April 13 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We have lots of very good clothing for the entire family, shoes, boots, outerwear, household goods, small furniture, new craft items, lots of books, magazines, table of fall and Christmas items. New and different items at every sale. For more information call 207-208-9225.



It’s that time of year again – time for Maine’s Mega Yard Sale benefiting Franklin County Animal Shelter! The sale will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine at the Farmington Fairgrounds, 292 High Street. Booths are assigned on a “first come, first served” basis, and booths can be reserved through “Early Bird” registration for $25 until May 18. From May 19 to -June 10, booths can still be reserved for $35. All booths are approximately 12’ x 12’, and all spots are outdoors. Vendors can sell yard sale items, hand crafts, antiques, direct sale items and more!

All proceeds from vendor registration and admissions fees go directly to our furry friends at FCAS, while all sales will go into your pocket! To register, please visit https://fcanimalshelter.org/maine-mega-yard-sale-2024. For more information you can call 207-778-2638 or email petra@fcanimalshelter.org.

Open House

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Grange #12 will host an open house, April 20 at 6 p.m. Farmington Grange, located at 4 Bridge St, West Farmington, is celebrating its 150th anniversary. There will be a pie social after entertainment by the Moose Creek Cloggers. All are welcome.



LIVERMORE FALLS — George Bunten Post 10 American Legion, 17 Reynolds Ave. is having a Legion Breakfast Saturday, April 20 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. The buffet includes pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, sausage gravy and biscuits, home fries, cinnamon rolls, fruit salad, juices, coffee and more. The price is $10 requested donation, for children under 10, it’s $5. Help support our local American Legion. Bring your loved ones, family, and friends. For more information, call Commander Jocelyn Mosher-Collins, 207-779-7345


REGION — On April 1 Girl Scouts of Maine (GSME) kicked off the booth sales portion of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. At cookie booths throughout Maine, cookie lovers can enjoy the full assortment of Girl Scout Cookies, including fan favorites such as Thin Mints®, Caramel deLites®, Peanut Butter Sandwich, and more. Supporters can locate a booth nearby, order cookies online for direct shipment from a local troop or donate Girl Scout Cookie Shares using the Girl Scout Cookie Finder at www.girlscoutsofmaine.org. Locally, sale booths will be at Walmart, 615 Wilton Road, Farmington, on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 21. Also, Sandy River Farm Supply/Farmington Falls Rd/ Rt2, 20 Farmington Falls Rd, New Sharon, on Friday, April 12 and Tilton’s Market/Buckfield, 11 Turner Street in Buckfield, on Saturday, April 13.


REGION — United Way is seeking applications to its Very Basics Fund. Applications are due April 30. The next opportunity for applications will be in October 2024. We encourage non-profits, including schools, municipalities, and faith-based organizations to apply. Visit https://www.uwtva.org/what-we-do/funding/very-basics-fund for more information and the online application.  Applicants may apply for up to $5,000.



FARMINGTON — The Essentials Closet is a new ministry at Old South Church in Farmington. It offers personal care products free of charge to people of low income in the greater Farmington area. In April, the Essentials Closet will be open on Monday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to noon and on Wednesday, April 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. The ministry is located in the basement of the Old South Church at 235 Main Street. Enter the building through the door off the parking lot at the corner of Main and Depot Streets. Follow the signs down the short flight of stairs and it will be straight ahead of you. For questions, please call Shelley at 207 639-2013.


WILTON — The 2024 Wilton Scholarship Foundation applications are now available at the Wilton Town Office or online at the MBHS School Counseling Office website (Google “mbrsd scholarships”).  Please note the new deadline of April 25.  Current or former graduates of MBHS or Foster Tech who were residents of Wilton, East Wilton, East Dixfield, Dryden or Weld at the time of graduation are eligible.  All eligible applicants will receive an award based on need and funds available.  FMI or help, please call Ken Sawyer at 645-3894.

STATE — Applications are currently being accepted for the Maine Community Foundation’s (MaineCF) Patriot Education Scholarship Fund. This renewable scholarship supports graduates of Maine high schools who are enrolled part-time (minimum of nine credit hours) or full-time in pursuit of a business degree and entering their freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year at a Maine college or university. Preference is given to applicants who have a demonstrated interest in personal and commercial insurance professions. The application deadline is June 1. For more information or to apply, visit www.mainecf.org/scholarships.

STATE — Adult learners from Franklin County returning to school for post-secondary education are eligible to apply for the Hugh and Elizabeth Montgomery Scholarship at the Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF). Preference is given to students for whom a scholarship would make a significant difference in their ability to attend school. First-time applicants need not be enrolled in a degree-granting program but are encouraged to make that commitment before applying for renewal consideration. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, May 24. For more information and to apply, visit www.mainecf.org/scholarships.

STATE — High school seniors pursuing degrees in engineering may be eligible for the K. William Wiseman Engineering Scholarship at the Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF). The fund supports students graduating from Maine high schools attending an accredited college or university. The school does not have to be in Maine. The application deadline is Wednesday, May 1. For more information and to apply, visit www.mainecf.org/scholarships.


Gathering Place

JAY — The Gathering Place at the Community Center, located at the corner of Church and Main Streets, Jay. Looking for some companionship, simple good food, and fun? Come and join us at The Gathering Place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and every second and fourth Thursdays of the month, that is April 11 and April 25. You’ll find The Gathering Place on the first floor of the Community Building across from St. Rose of Lima Church. Enter through the Church Street entrance.

We’ll provide a variety of hot soups, chilis, and stews along with hot and cold beverages. Bring your friends. Play a game of cards or a board game. Watch a movie. Or just catch up with old and new friends. Maybe consider volunteering? Everyone is welcome. For more information, stop in for a visit or call Dan Allen at 897-2173, ext. 1203. Children under 18, although welcome, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


FAYETTE — Starling Hall’s Annual Online Auction is our largest fundraiser of the year. Bidding started March 1. The auction website is: https://new.biddingowl.com/FOSHOnlineAuction and the auction ends April 12 at 6 a.m.

Please visit the site often and check for added items. All proceeds from this auction are being dedicated to Starling Hall renovations. Starling Hall is the oldest building in Maine known to be built to function specifically as a grange hall. Please bid high and often on these quality items. Auction ends April 12 at 6 a.m. We will have over 100 items up for Auction. Auction items can be picked up on Saturday April 13 from 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at our Breakfast and Bake Sale or call Lori at 207/576-9830. Visit our Facebook page here www.facebook.com/fayettemaine



READFIELD — Readfield Historical Society (RHS), 759 Main Street, Readfield is open by appointment only until Memorial Day weekend 2024. Questions about Readfield history or to request an appointment: Email readfieldhistorical@gmail.com or phone (207)377-2299

LIVERMORE FALLS — Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings are held on Thursdays, 6 to 7 p.m.,  at the First Baptist Church of Livermore Falls, 25 Church St. Livermore Falls.

LIVERMORE FALLS — There will be an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting every Monday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 25 Church St., Livermore Falls.

LIVERMORE — There will be an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting every Friday evening at the North Livermore Baptist Church, located at. Doors open around 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m.



CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Once again, AARP Tax Aide volunteers will be available by appointment on Wednesdays, from Feb. 21 to April 12 to do your taxes in the Begin Family Community Room at the Carrabassett Valley Public Library & Community Center. Taxes are prepared and electronically filed by IRS-certified Volunteer Tax preparers. To make an appointment for free income tax preparation for Federal and State Returns call (978) 500-4329.

Memorial Day

JAY-LIVERMORE FALLS — Organizational meetings for the Memorial Day Parade 2024 are open to any and all interested people who would like to be part of the working committee. The Memorial Day Committee meets at the American Legion George Bunten Post 10, located at 17 Reynolds Ave, Livermore Falls. Anyone interested in attending meetings to discuss this year’s parade is encouraged to call Ron Morin 207-650-3090. The Memorial Day Parade Committee for Livermore, Livermore Falls and Jay is hoping to have our older Veterans, 90 and older, ride in this years parade in classics convertibles, representing their branch of service.

We have a list of possibilities, some of who have been asked. There will be volunteers to aid those Veterans who need help.If you are interested, please call Janice at 897-2122, so that we will be able to provide cars for all who participate. This year’s parade is May 27. The lineup will be at MEMCO  at 9 a.m. with the parade starting at 10.

We are hoping to have Hammy Allen as our Grand Marshall, he is our oldest Veteran. If your name is not on the following list please feel free to call and we will add your name. Thank you all for your service. Hammy Allen,  Gil Barnaby, Norm Bilodeau, Bill Coleman,  Danny Corcoran,  George Doiron, Romeo Langelier, Al Landry, Arthur Landry, Bill Mitchell , Harold Pomerleau, Clifford Thompson, George Walsh,


FARMINGTON — Monthly Music Jam – (second Friday of every month) – Music Jam Night, April 12, at Farmington Baptist Church, 194 Whittier Rd, Farmington, from 6-8 p.m. downstairs in the Fellowship Hall. Come and listen to a wide variety of music from local talented musicians. This event is free and open to the public. Light snacks provided. FMI 207-779-0731.


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