PTA seeking auction donations

The Durham PTA’s fourth annual auction is April 27. The PTA uses the money raised to provide field trips, enrichment programs and many teacher-requested educational tools for students.

The organization seeks auction donations of a product, service or anything creative. Tax deduction information will be provided. For more information, contact Nancy Decker at [email protected]

Town notes

The Durham Town Clerk’s Office will be closed due to training on Thursday, Feb. 14, until 1 p.m. The clerk’s window will reopen from 1-4:30 p.m. The Durham Town Office will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of Presidents Day. Regular town office hours are Monday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. It is closed for lunch Monday-Friday from noon-1 p.m.

For more information, call 353-2561.

Selectmen meet Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m., at the Durham Town Office.

The codes enforcement officer is available Wednesday, Feb. 13 and Feb. 27, from 5-7 p.m., at the town office.

Budget Committee meetings are February 19-21, at 6:30 p.m., at the town office.

Dinner followed ?by New Wine

The North Pownal United Methodist Church, 851 Lawrence Road, Pownal, is sponsoring a community supper Saturday, March 10, at 5 p.m., for which a donation will be accepted, with a concert by New Wine to follow. Admission is free. A free-will offering will be taken.

New Wine is a Christian band. Members include Mario Blais, bass guitar/vocals; David Chick, electric guitar/vocals; Roger Cusson, drums;Vickie O’Brien, acoustic guitar/vocals; Dick Waters, piano/guitar/vocals; Judy Cusson, sound engineering.

New Wine performs a contemporary mix of old and new, and some original songs, put together in a service of fellowship and testimonies. For more information, contact the Rev. Ray St.Pierre, 837-0682, or Deb Larrabee, 240-1637.

Nomination papers available

Nomination papers for elected officials are available at the Town Clerk’s Office during business hours. Candidates will need to sign out the nominations papers from the town clerk. At least 25 signatures of registered voters of Durham but no more than 100 signatures will be needed.

Nomination papers need to be returned on or before Feb. 19, at 4:30 p.m., to have their name appear on the ballot for the April municipal election. Elected positions for nomination are selectmen, two positions, each three years; Budget Committee, two positions, each three years; RSU 5 Board of Directors, one position, three years.

For more information call Town Clerk Shannon Plourde.

Dog licenses overdue

All dog licenses expired on Dec. 31, and a late fee of $25 per dog will be applied to the regular fee. The price for a spayed or neutered dog is $6 and for an unaltered dog is $11. You may license your dog by coming in to the Town Office during business hours or mail your information to: Shannon Plourde, Durham Town Clerk, C/O town of Durham, 630 Hallowell Road, Durham, Maine 04222.

Include the dog’s rabies certificate, a self-addressed stamped envelope with a check (make checks payable to the town of Durham). In return Plourde will mail you the new tag and return all the paperwork. Those with questions can call Plourde at 353-2561, ext. 11.

Posting town news

John Ricker is responsible for the town channel and website. To reach him with information on an event or meeting for the channel or website, email him at [email protected], [email protected] or call 751-0037. The website is

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.

Food pantry

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

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.

Third-graders make mandalas as part of the Durham PTA’s enrichment offerings. The PTA is seeking donations for its annual auction, which supports such programs.    

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