Halloween at Spaulding Memorial Library

Fall is coming and so is Halloween. Get ready for your trick-or-treaters and have a party. Spaulding Memorial Library’s October Artist of the Month is Randy Walker and his wonderful homemade Halloween cake. If you win, the cake will be made fresh and delivered to you before Halloween. Come in and take a bid starting at $20. For more info, contact the library at 787-2321 or [email protected]

Reading is Fundamental

I remember hearing that a lot growing up. Think it might have been part of an ad campaign in the 1960s or ’70s? Well, it is certainly true. As I spend a part of every week (especially Monday mornings of late) at the Spaulding Memorial Library, and I email almost daily with a dear friend who’s employed at not just one, but three libraries, I can say books and reading have a big impact on my life.

This morning I was reminded that this is Banned Books Week – the week when we should all take the time to read a banned book. Fortunately, our library does indeed have most of the current list of banned books. (I saw the list hung up behind the circulation desk). I was also given a web site that I just have to share with you: www.ala.org. Go to the Banned Books Week section and you will find a plethora of information at your disposal.

There will be no preschool story time this Friday, Oct. 5, due to the teacher’s workshop at the elementary school that day.

This month starts the Book It reading challenge at Sebago Elementary School. Children can be read to, siblings can read to each other, and older students may use reading homework to meet the reading requirements.

If they reach their preset weekly reading goals, they earn a coupon good for a personal pan pizza at Pizza Hut.

Harvest Dinner

The North Sebago United Methodist Church will be holding a Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 6. Corned beef will be on the menu. The dinner will run from 5-6:30pm.

Sebago Kids Among Trek Volunteers

Devin Langadas, a sixth-grader at Sebago Elementary School, rode the 25-mile portion of the trek. She raised the third highest amount of donations ($600 I believe) and won a canoe.

Ciara and Chris Harriman and Lucien and Giselle Wallace ran the basin station serving drinks and snacks to those finishing the 25- and 75-mile portions, and folks halfway through the 50-mile portion of the trek.

Evelyn Abrams 4-H group ran a station as well. They provided sandwiches for the 100-mile century riders. This was the first year the Loon Echo Land Trust had a hiking portion.

The weather, I’m told, was perfect for the event.

Sheehans wow Common Ground Fair

Kevin and Lindy Sheehan spent three days entertaining at the Common Ground Fair in Unity. Kevin has a wonderful Dutch street organ he had built in Holland, completed in 2002. Kevin wears lederhosen and Lindy colorful clothing. Locally, we enjoy them both during Grand Pals day at the elementary school and during Sebago Days. Kevin allows those interested to hand crank the wheel, which controls the organ. The wheel is much larger and harder to turn than a car steering wheel and you know you’ve had a work-out when you are done.

Lindy has an assortment of puppets she animates and encourages children to join in. Everyone gravitates to the Sheehans whenever they are present.

Mt. Valley Farm Best Deer Fundraising contest

This one caught my eye at local variety store. The Mountain Valley Farm in East Baldwin, is a Theraputic Riding and Skills Center. This is their second annual Best Deer Fund Raising Contest. Prizes will be given in three catagories: 1) rifle season (Oct. 20-27, Oct. 29-Nov. 24); 2) bow season (Sept. 8-Dec. 8); 3) musket season (Nov. 26-Dec. 8) all three catagories offer $100 for best weight deer. Registration form (part #1) and entry fee of $10 must be postmarked by Oct. 13 for all seasons. Contact information: 50 Mountain Road, East Baldwin, Maine 04024.

Fall Bulb Sale

I have in hand a lovely booklet done by the Sebago Kids Growing Gardens. Inside are gorgeous photos of daffodils, early bloomers and tulips. The bulbs are available in limited quantities. Prices range from $2 to $5. Center of the booklet has the order form. Each student at Sebago Elementary was given a booklet on Friday, Sept. 28. The order forms are due back at the school by Oct. 12. Orders will be filled as they are received. All proceeds go to the garden group. Anyone wishing to place an order should do so as soon as possible due to the limited quantities.

For more information call Vanessa Wallace at 787-3755, or e-mail her at [email protected] Or call Karen Wiles at 787-4252.

SAD 61 Sports

Lake Region High School is having a Homecoming Fun Run as a fundraiser for LRHS Cross Country and Track. My own son was a member of the Lake Region Track Team for three years. The Fun Run will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Registration is at 10 a.m. at the Art Kilborn Jr. Athletic Complex. Race time is at 11 a.m. Registration is $15, all profits to LRHS Cross Country and Track and Field. The Fun Run is a 1.9 run on a portion of the LRHS cross country course, including the famous “Puke Hill.” Awards to top: adult, high school student, middle school student, and elementary school student (male and female finishers). Make checks out to LR Athletics, first 40 to pre-register receive a commorative hat.

All Star Cheering for SADs 61, 55, 72, and surrounding districts are welcome. Season runs September to May. They offer levels 1-4/local and travel/competitive and recreational. Sign up deadline is Monday, Nov. 11. For more information contact Cheer director Karrie Walker at 647-8306.

SAD 61 Elementary Band update

Band sign-up sheets and rental notices went home already. The first lesson will be on Oct. 12, not Oct. 5. Instruments offered include flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone and snare drum. Beth Rucci, the new director, is doing an inventory of instruments to see what is available.

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