Carnival Cancelled

Yes, it was another in a weeklong series of nuisance type snowstorms. I actually overheard someone saying that it was nice to get a new blanket of white every few days because the snow was starting to look tired. I guess that is a positive spin on something I am starting to find annoying. At this rate, the kids will be going to school until August and they will not have enough time off for their back to school shopping.

Sadly, there actually is such a thing as too much snow. With all of the anticipation and hard work in preparation for the Naples Winter Carnival the committee has reluctantly had to cancel the event. There is a high density of deep slush under the heavy blanket of snow, which snowmobile safety members believe will make it too dangerous for participants and bystanders alike. At this point I do not know if the event will be rescheduled, but I will let you know.

Fundraiser On

The good news is that the Save Sebago Cove fundraiser will still be held at Shakers Bar & Grill on Friday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. The master of ceremonies will be our own Naples Town Manager, Derik Goodine. It would be well worth the price of a ticket just to see Derik in action; however, the ticket price includes entry in to the reverse raffle, food and entertainment. The entertainment will be provided by Pete Finkle; one of Maine’s favorite solo artists. If you have never heard Finkle, get your friends together and come out for a wonderful evening. Did I forget to mention that there are over 40 great raffle prizes with a grand prize of $2,000?

This will not only be a great opportunity to help fight the milfoil problem in our lakes, ponds and rivers, but I promise a good time will be had by all. For more information or to request tickets, please call 252-3044. Hope to see you there.

Important Calls

Guess who I had a phone call (actually several calls) from this weekend? Sen. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Presidential candidate. I was really feeling rather special until I realized she was not going to let me get a word in edgewise. I guess I may have hung up the phone from this recorded message before I had a chance to tell her that we were having another major snowstorm on the day of the Naples Democratic caucus. I guess presidential candidates are immune from the National Do Not Call List.

Dancin’ Days

The Lake Region High School Project Graduation 2008 Committee members will host a dance for seventh- and eighth-grade students at the Naples Town Office Saturday, Feb. 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. Students must be dropped off and picked up by a parent or guardian. Pizza and refreshments will be available for sale!

Project Grad’s March Madness calendar is out and prizes are bigger and better than ever. There are over 60 gift certificates and/or prizes donated by area businesses being given away. Tickets are one for $3, two for $5 and five for $10. Tickets are available at Norway Savings Bank in Naples, Lampron’s in Bridgton, Bob’s Place in Casco, Coldwell Banker Lakes Region Properties in Naples and at sporting events at Lake Region High School. A reminder that prizes are awarded for each day of the month of March so get your tickets as soon as possible. Contact Connie Eldridge 693-7298 for more information.

Think Spring

Now, it is time to think spring. Did you happen to notice that this week’s Sunday supplement had all sorts of advertisements for plants and bulbs? I am a little cautious abut a sub-zero hibiscus, since it is essentially a tropical plant and if any of you have looked out the window recently, we are not in a tropical climate. If you have questions, there is help in the form of the Songo Garden Club.

Our local garden club was started in 1953 by a group of Naples ladies. Although many of the original founders are now deceased, the legacy lives on. It is still a very active club and many of the historical records are in the Naples Historical Society. The garden club does most of the flowers around our town and has regular meetings with informative speakers. Although they slow down in the winter as some of the members retreat to those tropical places, they will be resuming in April.

Whether or not you have a green thumb, as long as you have an interest in gardening, you are welcome to become a member and help beautify our community. The dues are a whopping $10 per year and the benefits certainly outweigh the annual fee. You will be able to trade gardening secrets, learn new methods of garden care and most importantly, make new friends. If any of you are interested in joining the garden club or just want to attend a meeting, please contact Pat Blake at 627-4545.

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. There were many different places to take your special one to within our community, so I hope you got out and enjoyed. If you celebrated in a very special way and would like to share, please let me know. Otherwise, as always if you have club information, school events, ideas, thoughts or suggestions, please do not be reluctant to call or e-mail me.

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