An e-book of memories to aid drive-in theater

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, or — in the case of the Saco Drive-In — about $75,000.

That’s the going rate for a digital film projector, which the drive-in will need to purchase if it wishes to remain in business after this summer.

Drive-ins, which are becoming increasingly rare in the advent of state-of-the-art movie theaters, still hold a profitable position in the movie market, mostly from a nostalgic point, as crowds of baby boomers return to the venue to show newer generations what the movie-going experience was like in older times.

Soon, that will cease to be an option for drive-in theaters that do not switch over to a digital format.

Film reels are being switched out for all-digital products.

The Saco Drive-In is getting a little help from friends as it celebrates its 74th anniversary this year.

In an effort to save the drive-in and raise funds for a new projector, Camille Smalley, collections manager for Dyer Library/Saco Museum is collecting memories of the drive-in for an e-book.

Individuals who want to share their memories are invited to send their reminiscences to Smalley at [email protected]


Artisans, crafters sought for Shaker Village fair

The York County Shelter Program is seeking artisans and crafters to participate in its upcoming juried Fourth Annual Artisan and Craft Fair set for Sept. 14 and 15 during the Shaker Hill Apple Festival at old Shaker Village.

The event will run daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine.

For information, email Michelle Wilson at [email protected] or call Joan Sylvester at 324-1137 Ext. 105.


Society’s grant will benefit Volunteer Reader Project

United Way of York County recently received a $8,392 grant from the York County Children’s Aid Society Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to support early childhood literacy with a Volunteer Reader Project.

A Volunteer Reader training will take place at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Kennebunk Free Library at 112 Main St.

All interested volunteers are welcome to attend.

To learn more, call Meaghan Arzberger at 985-3359, email [email protected], or go to


Four students win laptops for safe driving messages

Four recent high school graduates won first place in the ninth annual Arrive Alive Creative Contest, sponsored by the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein.

Brianna Rodrigue, of Sanford High School, Brad Carpentier, of Windham High School, Silvia Lutick, of Dirigo High School, and Megan Shuman, of Bangor High School all won new laptop computers for their entries featuring creative messages that warned their peers about the dangers of drinking and driving and distracted driving.

The winning entries were selected from more than 100 other student submissions. For more details, go to


Water District seeks photos for Sebago Lake calendar

The Portland Water District is seeking images to be included in its ninth edition “Images of Sebago Lake” calendar, to be published this fall.

Images that celebrate the natural beauty of Sebago Lake, taken by amateur photographers, may be submitted. High resolution digital photos are preferred and will be accepted until Aug. 31.

Submissions should include photographer’s name, age (if under 21), home address, email address and a description of the photo and location.

Images up to 10 megabytes in size can be emailed to [email protected] If you are sending several photos, please email them in batches so the maximum attachment size is not exceeded.

For more details, call Michelle Clements at 774-5961, Ext. 3050.

Calendars will be available around Thanksgiving. Photographers will receive a complimentary calendar and credit for their photos.

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