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.

Meetings

Durham selectmen meet Tuesdays, Dec. 16 and 30, at 6:30 p.m., at the town office.

The Durham Historical Society will meet Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m., at the Eureka Center for the monthly meeting and Christmas dinner and gift exchange.

CEO hours

Hours for Paul Baines, Durham’s codes enforcement officer, are Mondays and Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; and Thursdays, 1-6 p.m. He can be reached at 376-6558 or [email protected] durhamme.com. For more information, call the Town Office, 353-2561, ext. 13.

No trees for sale

The Durham Eureka Center will not have the annual Christmas tree sale this year.

Saturday basketball begins Dec. 6

The Athletic Boosters Club of Durham basketball program begins Saturday, Dec. 6. Sign-up forms are available at Durham Community School, 954 Hallowell Road. They should be returned with payment to the Boosters mailbox in the school office as soon as possible. The times of each session are subject to change, depending upon the number of children at each level. For more information, contact Sue Turner at 751-2798 or [email protected].

Holiday party Dec. 7

Veterans and their families are invited to join the Durham AMVETS on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 1-5 p.m., at the AMVETS, 1049 Royalsborough Road. Those who want to attend should call Commander Chad Burke at 798-0956.

Spirit of Christmas Fair Dec. 5

The North Pownal United Methodist Church’s Spirit of Christmas Fair is Friday, Dec. 5, from 3-8 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Santa visits on Saturday from 10a.m.-2 p.m.

The fair will feature crafts, handmade items, Christmas items, baked goods, white elephant, the Candy Cane Cafe? and more.

Food on Friday, from 3-8 p.m., includes Zuppa soup, fish chowder, hot dogs, chicken salad and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips, tea, coffee, punch and hot chocolate.

Food on Saturday, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., includes corn chowder, beef stew, ham Italians, egg salad, ham salad and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips, tea, coffee, punch and hot chocolate.

Tables are available to rent at $25. For more information, call Fay, 837-4339, or Deb, 240-1637.

Pay taxes online

The town of Durham, through a partnership with Androscoggin Bank, now offers taxpayers the opportunity to pay their property taxes online from home, work, or any other convenient location, using e-checks, credit or debit cards.

E-checks/ACH (automated clearing house)/checking account – Residents will need to provide their account number and the bank’s routing number to pay by this method. A check image is available during the payment process to assist in locating this information. There will be a $1 processing fee assessed.

Credit/debit cards: The town accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards. There will be a 2.95 percent processing fee assessed per transaction with a minimum charge of $1.95 for credit cards. All Visa debit card transactions are $3.95. A card image is available during the payment process to assist in locating card information. To use this service go to the Durham website and click on Pay Taxes (at top of page in quick links) or under Online Services click Pay Real Estate Taxes. The resident’s account number from the tax bill will be needed.

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 353-2561.

Cribbage, couponing

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

Couponing for the Community meets at the Community Center two Wednesdays each month, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The next meeting is Dec. 10. January’s meetings are on the 14th and 28th. 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 hopes that some of the skills acquired will be used to give back to the community by helping families in need. Anyone who already uses coupons or would like to know or learn about ways to coupon is welcome. Those who want more information can call Pat at 212-5156.

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 www.lacopantry.org 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 durhamme.com 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 207-353-2561 EXT 16. All town meetings can be seen on demand at http://durhamtown.pegcentral.com.

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.

The Webelos I den of Durham Cub Scout Pack 145 exercised their citizenship skills on Saturday, Nov 22, by assisting the LACO Food Pantry during distribution hours. The boys prepared bags of food, stocked shelves and assisted clients with food selections. Shown from left are Zackary Harris, Aiden LaPointe, Rowan Bradford and Gabe Pollick.  Girl Scout Troop 72, sixth-graders at Durham Community School, filled boxes for the Operation Christmas Child Organization at the Durham Eureka Center for the seventh year in a row. The scouts filled more than 25 boxes. The girls have been involved in this organization since they were in kindergarten. For more information, see www.samaritanspurse.org.  


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