Office hours

Regular town office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 8: 30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; closed Wednesday; and Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. For more information, call 353-2561.


Durham selectmen will meet Tuesdays, May 6 and 20, at 6:30 p.m., at the town office.

The Planning Board will meet Wednesday, May 7, at 7 p.m., at the town office.

Durham history

The Durham Historical Society will meet Tuesday, May 13, at 6 p.m., at Old Town Hall.

CEO hours

Darren Carey, interim codes official, will be at the town office on Wednesday, April 30, from 5-7 p.m.

Street sweeping starts next week

Street sweeping will take place the week of May 5. The crews will take steps to minimize dust, but residents, especially on dead-end subdivision streets, are advised to close their windows when they leave for work in the morning. Those with questions can call Road Commissioner Shawn Bennett at 688-4407.

Document shredding available

A shredder bin container from Record Management is available for a short time to Durham residents at the Durham Get & Go. This is a free service provided by the owner of the Get & Go to Durham residents only, who can bring all their documents that need to be shredded and put in the secured bin for pickup.

Church hosting scrapbooking weekend

The Durham Congregational Church, 773 Royalsborough Road, will host a National Scrapbook Weekend Fran Brown May Memoranza, Friday, May 2, from 5:30-9 p.m., and Saturday, May 3, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Participants can come and go on their own schedule. There also will be door prizes and goodie bags. Beginners are welcome. A $25 fee includes lunch on Saturday. Proceeds benefit the church’s general fund. To register or for more information, call Pearl Scribner, 353-4030.

Busy Little Preschoolers sets open house

Busy Little Preschoolers will host an open house on Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m.-noon, at 254 Swamp Road, Durham. For more information, call Kristina at 353-9113 or email [email protected].

Masonic bean supper May 10

A bean supper will be held Saturday, May 10, from 4:30-6 p.m., at the Durham Masonic Lodge, Route 136 across from the Durham River Park. On the menu are baked beans, chop suey, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, bread, pickles and homemade pies. Prices are $7.50 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and free for children under 5. For more information, call John, 751-0037.

Roadside, bulky waste cleanups

Roadside cleanup runs through May 16. Clear, 55-gallon trash bags are available at the Durham Town Office. These are the only bags that Pine Tree Waste will recognize as roadside cleanup. When you have cleaned a road leave the bag on the side of the road and Pine Tree Waste will pick up. For more information, call 353-2561.

The volunteers of the Eureka Committee will pick up bulky waste items that need to go to bulky waste collection site on Saturday, May 17.

This special pick-up is for Durham residents who are physically unable to load their own items and have no way to get their bulky waste items to the site. The committee is asking for a $25 donation for each load. The items must be easily accessible. An inspection of the items has to be done before May 17. Call Anita Sellars at 353-6217.

The bulky waste cleanup runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Durham Eureka Community Center Field. There will be only one bulky waste pickup this year.

It is for Durham residents only. Those bringing bulky waste must show a driver’s license or a utility bill with current Durham address. To facilitate offloading, light and small loads will get priority.

No commercial waste, garbage or household trash, household recyclables, hazardous wastes and car batteries, oil-based paints, dump truck or loader tires, building or demolition debris, propane tanks, gasoline, yard or tree waste, shingles or gas containers will be accepted.

Accepted items include: Refrigerators and air conditioners, etc. (must be red-tagged to show Freon has been removed), appliances, furniture, mattresses and box springs, large metal items, scrap, storm doors, outdoor furniture, large plastic items and toys, dishes, pots and pans. Universal wastes/ electronics, no charge. Items accepted are televisions, monitors, computers, fluorescent light bulbs and batteries, mercury devices, PCB ballasts/non-PCB ballasts and miscellaneous electronics. Non-alkaline batteries can go in the regular trash. Passenger car/pick-up truck tires can be dumped for a fee. Call the town office for tire fees at 353-2561. No dump truck tires or loader tires.

Other places to take waste are Regional Environmental Depot in Lewiston on two Saturday mornings a month. It will accept household cleaners, oil-based paints, solvents, insecticides and gasoline. Contact the town office to get a voucher or go to, or call 783-9186 for more information. The Freeport Recycling Center will take building debris, brush (no stumps), Freon-containing appliances, shingles and oil, all for a fee. For more information and hours call 865-3740.

Totally Awesome Craft and Vendor Fair

The First Congregational Church, UCC Totally Awesome Craft and Vendor Fair will be held Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., rain or shine, the same day as the bulky waste collection at Eureka field. The church is at 73 Royalsborough Road.

Featured are local crafters, vendors, farmers, musicians, silent auction, raffles, Pineland cheese sale at $10/pound and apple pie sale (frozen) at $10. Coffee and muffins will be available early, and grilled cheese for lunch with apple pie for dessert. Music by Jeff and Larissa. Six-foot table rentals are $20 and 8-foot tables are 25. Outside 10-by-10 space is $25. For more information, call 353-2464.

Church event benefits food pantry

An Evening of Praise & Worship to benefit the LACO Food Pantry will be held Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m., at Shiloh Chapel, Durham. There will be music, Scripture and testimony praising God. Non-perishable food item(s) and/or money will be accepted as a donation to the pantry. For more information, call 353-2434 or see

Historical society plans art show, bake sale

The Durham Historical Society has scheduled its yearly Community Art Show and bake sale on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Those interested in displaying art or crafts or donating baked goods can contact Rita Merrill, 317-5866, or Margaret Wentworth, 725-6935. All proceeds benefit the restoration fund. The Durham Historical Society meets the second Tuesday of the month and new members are welcome.

RSU 5 Dine and Discuss

Members of the Regional School Unit 5 Board of Directors invites residents to join them for a hot meal and conversation about the State of the Schools report and the 2014-2015 proposed budget, Wednesday, April 30, at the Durham Community School, and Wednesday, May 7, at Freeport High School. The sessions run from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Durham preparing to celebrate

The town of Durham is celebrating 225 years on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. Events scheduled include the 5K Family Fun Run, beginning at 8 a.m. at the AMVETS, sponsored by American Kicks, followed at 10 by a parade. Other town activities, all running from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., are a fire station open house, big trucks and antique car show, cow chip contest at the school and the PTA Fun Fair.

For information about the run and parade, see

Griefshare support group

An 11-week Griefshare support group begins Monday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m., at Shiloh Chapel Fellowship Hall, 38 Beulah Lane, Durham. The journey through grief will be shared with others who are also on a similar road. Workbook costs $15 (optional). For more information, see or

Scholarship applications available

Durham Scholarship applications are now available. Kendra O’Connell, who chairs the Durham Scholarship Committee, can be reached at [email protected] This is the second year the town will be awarding a $1,000 scholarship.

Sign up for kindergarten

Durham Community School kindergarten registration is under way for children who are 5 years old on or before Oct. 15, and a resident of Durham. To pre-register go to and fill out the form. For more information, call 353-9333.

Dog registration

Dog owners who register their dogs now will be charged a $25 late fee per dog. Regular fees are $6 for altered dogs and $11 for unaltered dogs. Proof of rabies and first time for neutered or spaying will need to be seen by the registering clerk. This is once a year registration. For more information, call 353-2561, ext.11.

AMVETS members

AMVETS supports other veterans, families and the local community. Post 13 in Durham is seeking members. For information, call Chad Burke, 207-798-0956.

Rent Eureka Center

The Durham Eureka Community Center is available for rent. The maximum amount of people the hall holds for an event is 50. Contact Nancy Decker at 751-1323 or the Town Office at 207-353-2561

Cribbage, couponing

The Durham Eureka Community Center, corner of Routes 9 and 136, hosts cribbage every Tuesday from 9 a.m.-noon.

Couponing for the Community meets at the Community Center every other Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. It is a chance to learn couponing basics including where/how to find and collect coupons; how to organize them; and how to begin using them. Pat Provost heads this project with the hope that some of the skills acquired will be used to give back to the community by helping families in need.

Food pantry

The Lisbon Area Christian Outreach (LACO) food pantry, which serves the towns of Durham, Bowdoin, and Lisbon Falls, is open Wednesday from 6-8 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m.-noon and Saturday from 8-10 a.m. The LACO Food Pantry is located at the Marion T. Morse School on School Street, Lisbon Falls. The parking lot is behind the Lisbon United Methodist Church, off Berry Avenue. There is also a free clothing bank. For more information, see or call Deb, 240-1637.

Town info

Durham puts out a weekly bulletin of all posts, events and meetings for the upcoming week in the town/area. To sign up for weekly emails, go to and enter your email at bottom of the home page. To get nonprofit information/event or meeting on the website or town channel, email it to [email protected], or [email protected] or call 353-2561, ext. 16. All town meetings can be seen on demand at

Church services

The First Congregational Church of Durham UCC, 773 Royalsborough Road, holds Sunday worship at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Peter Mercer.

Shiloh Chapel, Beulah lane off Shiloh Road, holds services Sundays at 10 a.m. Ron Parker is pastor.

Friends Meeting, corner of route 125 and Quakermeeting House Road, services are every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Daphne Clements is pastor.

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