August 27, 2013



Stonewall Kitchen donates $10,000 to Camp Sunshine

Local specialty food manufacturer and retailer Stonewall Kitchen has donated $10,000 to Camp Sunshine in Casco.

Located along Sebago Lake, Camp Sunshine offers children with life-threatening illnesses and their families a place to relax together for a week and take a break from the extraordinary demands placed upon them.

The year-round program is free and staffed almost entirely by volunteers.

It is the only program in the nation whose mission is to address the impact of a life-threatening illness on every member of the immediate family.

Since its inception in 1984, the camp has provided a haven for more than 32,000 individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.

In addition to providing 24-hour on-site medical and psycho-social support, the camp offers a variety of daily activities, including swimming, boating, archery and soccer, and special events such as bonfires and cookouts.

Stonewall Kitchen Donation Committee members recently spent the day at Camp Sunshine, where they received a tour.

The committee also provided jars of jam and mustard to families staying at the camp.

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Living history center taking reservations for overnight

Washburn-Norlands Living History Center is accepting reservations for its next 24-hour Live-In History Experience, set for Sept. 27 and 28.

The event features an overnight introduction to the food, activities and living conditions of the 19th century and a unique and fun way of learning about rural Maine farm life after the Civil War.

Participants will live without modern technology, such as cellular phones and MP3 players, for 24 hours; will assume the character of someone who actually lived near the Norlands in the 19th century and become a part of a farm family; learn appropriate behavior and customs, speech and colloquialisms of the time; use 19th century farm implements and discover the challenges of cooking on a wood stove; learn the realities of 19th century farm life by participating in indoor and outdoor chores, playing period games and listening to stories in the evening; take classes in the District 7 one-room schoolhouse; stay in an authentic reproduction of an 1870s farmer's cottage with old-fashioned beds; and eat three authentic farm meals, an evening snack, one night's lodging, and instructional materials.

 Fees are $125 per adult and $95 for ages 12 and younger. Sign-up and payment due by Sept. 13. 

Space is limited to a maximum of 15 participants. 

For more information or to register, call 897-4366 or e-mail 


Applications for Miss Maine Day now being accepted

The Miss Maine Scholarship Program announced that applications for its annual Miss Maine Day are now being accepted. 

Miss Maine Day competitions will be held at the Topsham Grange Hall on Pleasant Street in Topsham on Oct. 12. 

The Miss Maine Day competition is a fundraiser for its scholarship program and awards titles in four age groups while providing opportunities for growth and achievement.

For more information, go to, Pageants/Programs and click on Miss Maine Day, or contact Leigh-Anne Deschenes Bordas by emailing


Local Boys & Girls Clubs chosen for pilot program

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine was chosen among 75 clubs nationwide to pilot a new program this summer by Boys & Girls Clubs of America called Brain Gain, a program to help prevent the summer learning loss that puts club kids at risk.

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