Special thanks from Tri-Town publisher

“I want to say a special thank you to Marion Huston of Durham for reaching out to me and sending such a nice note of encouragement for the new Tri-Town Weekly,” said Lee Hews, the publisher of the Tri-Town Weekly.

“I really appreciate hearing from readers and fans of the paper. Thanks Marion! If anyone wishes to reach me, I can be emailed at [email protected]

Historical Society holding open house

The Durham Historical Society will be opening the old Town Hall/Union Church, located on Route 136, to the public on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 1-3 p.m.

Built in 1835 through the combined efforts of the Baptist, Methodist and Congregationalist parishioners, this historic building now houses the historical society and artifacts.

The Congregationalist Church held services in the building from 1947 until 1951. The building also served as the Town Office from 1924-1986. The pews were originally red and some of the original wall color is visible in the vestibule. A carriage shed and Masonic Hall once stood next to Union Church.

Durham students achieve at USM

Five full-time students from Durham have been named to the University of Southern Maine dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester.

To be named, students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 or above and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours. The students are Elizabeth Chenevert, Amanda LaCasse-LaFlamme, Michael Nieman, Aaron Olson and Cassandra Swenson.

Amber Hardison, a part-time student at USM, has also been named to the dean’s list.

Town seeking board members

The Durham planning and appeals boards are seeking new members. If interested stop by the Durham Town Office and fill out a committee application, or for more information, call 353-2561, ext. 10.

Republicans to meet

The Durham Republicans will meet at on Aug. 28 7 p.m. at the Durham Fire Station. All registered Republicans are invited and encouraged to attend. For more information, or to join the email list, contact Chairwoman Elizabeth Liscomb at 865-3480 or email [email protected]

Upcoming meetings

The Durham code enforcement officer will be at the Town Office to meet with the public on Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

The Public Works Feasibility Committee will meet on Monday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. in the Durham Town Office, and the Board of Selectmen will meet the next day, Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Office.

The Durham Historical Society will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Union Church.

Town office hours

The Durham town office is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.. The office is closed for lunch from noon- 1 p.m. and all day on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call 353-2561.

Educational Exploration Committee meeting

There will be a public meeting of the Durham Educational Exploration Committee at the Durham Community School on Monday, August 13, at 7 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for residents to bring their questions and concerns to the Educational Exploration Committee for future follow-up.

For more information, email [email protected]

Masonic Lodge to host bean supper

The Masonic Lodge’s bean supper will be on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 4:30-6 p.m. The lodge is located on Route 136 across from the River Park. Prices are $7.50 for adults $3 for children ages 5-12 and children under 5 are free. On the menu are baked beans, chop suey, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, bread, pickles and homemade pies.

Community Center for rent

The Durham Eureka Community Center is available to rent for small groups of 50 or less. The building is great for showers, birthday gatherings and meetings. Contact Anita Sellars for more information at 353-6217. The Community Center Committee is seeking new members. For more information call Nancy Decker at 751-1323.

Lisbon Area Christian Outreach

The Lisbon Area Christian Outreach’s food pantry and clothing bank hours are: Wednesday: 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m. to noon and Saturday: 8 a.m.-10 a.m. LACO serves the communities of Bowdoin, Durham and Lisbon. The website is www.lacopantry.org.

The physical address for food and clothing is the Marion T. Morse Community Center, enter from the Berry Avenue side behind the Lisbon United Methodist Church. The clothing bank cannot accept furniture, appliances, etc., as they do not have the room to store them. For more, call Debbie at 240-1637.

Local church services

The First Congregational Church of Durham has services at 10 a.m. every Sunday. The pastor is Michael Johnson.

Services for the Shiloh Church are every Sunday at 10 a.m. The pastor is Ron Parker.

Services for Friends Meeting are every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The pastor is Daphne Clement.

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