Seasons Change

Mother Nature certainly came through on her day this past Sunday. Gorgeous sunny skies and mild temperatures made a great backdrop for the perfect Mother’s Day in Naples. It was great to see people out and about on the causeway soaking up the Vitamin D, finally being able to enjoy a bit of what Maine is famous for: Its idyllic scenery. Unfortunately, it seems like we may be back to chilly temps this week, only time will tell. Those weather people have been known to be wrong on occasion.


Speaking of change, over the past few years Naples has seen much of it. This year is no exception with the changing of the guard in the position of town manager. Derik Goodine will be moving his family to the town of Bucksport to begin his new role as town manager there in a few weeks. We wish the Goodine family all the best.

Another change Naples residents should expect is the moving of the Naples Playground equipment, now located at the Village Green compound, to the newly revamped Naples Town Beach. The Veteran’s Monument at the Village Green, is scheduled to be moved there as well.


Stop by Watkins Flowers right on the Naples-Casco border on Route 302 and wish them a happy 10-year anniversary! Get 10 percent off perennials until May 17.

Road Trip

Warmer weather always makes the idea of a road trip very exciting. Dee Dee Robbins is planning another great bus trip, this time to Boston to see the sites, on Saturday, June 28. The bus picks up at the Naples American Legion in Naples at 7 a.m., with the bus leaving Boston at 5 p.m. The day in Boston is yours to enjoy as you wish. You will be near the aquarium, museum, Boston Harbor and more. Contact Dea Dea Robbins for more information at 693-3408.

Gardens Galore

I love hearing about all the local greenhouses opening for business and, in general, all the gardening activity. Although I am not a gardener, I appreciate all the care, hard work and effort that gardens demand. More importantly, I appreciate the fruits (and vegetables) of the labor. I’m especially pleased to hear of the work going into the Naples Community Garden, located behind the town hall at the Village Green. Originally, the idea was to provide fresh produce to the food bank run by CrossWalk Community Outreach. Now it seems anyone can enjoy the produce simply by volunteering to help maintain the garden. If you volunteer, you can take a bit of what’s ripe when you are there. The rest will go to the food bank to provide fresh, locally grown produce to our community. This past week, local volunteers, as well as some from the Master Gardener program at the University of Maine came out to lend a hand to the project. What a great community effort.

Chamber Scholarship Opportunity

The Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce is offering an associate director position to an eager student willing to donate some time to its various events, as well as attend board meetings and help out at the Chamber office in Bridgton. The student chosen will reap many rewards and life experience benefits from this job, but the most tangible will be a scholarship ranging from $250 to $350. Applicants should keep in mind a minimum of 50 hours of service is required. Contact the chamber at [email protected] for more information.

Fresh Air for Kids

I can remember the Fresh Air program from when I was growing up in New York City. What a great way to give the gift of Maine and all its natural beauty to a city kid that has yet to experience wonders like this. Children ages 6 to 12 are looking for a host volunteer family to visit with in Maine. For more information, contact Wyndee Grosso at 671-5049 or visit online at

The End is Near

No worries, I’m referring to the end of the school year, most exciting of course, for the seniors at Lake Region High School. This is prom weekend, followed by graduation ceremonies and the long-awaited adventure of Project Grad, both on June 15. Enjoy seniors, and congrats on all your hard work.

Mother’s Day memories. Four generations of mothers and daughters in the Drake/Clavette clan celebrate the holiday on a wonderfully sunny day here in Naples. Pictured from left are Kelly (Drake) Clavette and her daughters Leah and Katherine, Kelly’s mom Gayla Drake and Kelly’s grandmother Naida Parks.  

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