Gorham dancers kick off benefit

For the second consecutive year, Dance Studio of Maine along with help from the Q97.9 Portland Sea Dogs Dance Team and SheJams, kicked off the opening ceremonies for the recent Maine Cancer Foundation’s Tri for a Cure triathlon.

Trish Moulton, owner of Dance Studio of Maine, organized the performances. “Being able to be a part of this event is beyond inspiring. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been able to share this moment with our teachers, students, families and of course all of the amazing women who participated in the event. I am so proud of Miss Maria (Maria McInnis). I know how much this event means to her. She is an inspiration to all of us, especially her students at Dance Studio of Maine.”

Redeemer Lutheran to install Sandeno

Redeemer Lutheran Church, 410 Main St., in Gorham, will install the Rev. Timothy Sandeno as the new pastor on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 4 p.m.

A special service with festivities will be held at the church.

Sandeno is a graduate of the Lutheran Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as well as the U.S. Naval Academy.

New brew at Sebago

Gorham-based Sebago Brewing Co. released its brand new Fall Seasonal Bonfire Rye exclusively in Sebago Pubs on Aug. 1.

This pre-release allowed Sebago regulars and fans to be the first to taste the newest offering from Sebago, as well as be among the first to see Sebago Brewing Co.’s new logo and packaging. Bonfire Rye released to stores, bars and restaurants Aug. 2.

“We are very proud of the new classic yet contemporary look, and worked hard to make sure it remained true to our craft beer roots and stayed connected to Maine,” said Kai Adams, Sebago vice president and co-founder.

Sebago’s new fall seasonal, released in conjunction with their new logo and packaging, is also a point of pride for the brewery. “Bonfire Rye is one of the most unique seasonal beers we’ve created in the 15 years of brewing,” said Adams. “There is no other beer like it.”

Feedback from Sebago guests and beer drinkers has been extremely positive, according to Sebago restaurant staff and retailers.

Free gospel concert

White Rock Baptist Church, 300 Sebago Lake Road, is hosting a free concert featuring Bob and Darlene Puffer at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17.

The Puffers are composers, instrumentalists and vocalists. “Come enjoy some toe-tapping gospel and southern/bluegrass gospel music,” a church statement said.

A voluntary opportunity will be provided to contribute to the expenses of the musicians. The monthly, summer concert series ends on Sept. 21.

Free Baxter museum tours

The Baxter Museum, 67 South St., will be open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through August.

Admission is free but donations are accepted.

James Phinney Baxter gave his family home, which was built in 1797, to the town along with Baxter Memorial Library that opened in 1908. His son, Percival Baxter, became a Maine governor.

Museum tours are also available by special appointment by calling 839-3878.

Debt to the penny

The Bureau of public debt reported on Aug. 9 that the U.S. public debt was $16,738,530,794,717.43.

Maria McInnis, a dance instructor at Dance Studio of Maine, readies for the swim, the first leg of the Tri for a Cure triathlon, benefiting the Maine Cancer Foundation. “This is McInnis’ second year participating in the opening ceremonies, as well as an athlete,” Trish Moulton, dance studio owner, said. “She has an emotional connection to this event as her mother has beaten breast cancer twice, and she lost her grandmother to the disease.”

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