Historical society invites public to annual meeting

Biddeford Historical Society will hold its annual meeting online from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday via Zoom.
Members will look back at the triumphs and challenges of the past year, introduce new board of directors, hold a short business meeting, and offer the program “Beatrix Farrand’s Maine Legacy,” presented by Patrick Chasse, a landscape architect specializing in historic landscapes and gardens.
Learn more about the historical society and get inspired about spring gardening. The meeting is open to members and friends.
Please email [email protected] for a Zoom link.

Museum, library present Maynard Bray photography slideshow
The Camden Public Library will partner with the Penobscot Marine Museum for the online, narrated slideshow “Maynard Bray’s Photography: An Aficionado’s Look at Waterfronts and Watercraft” at 6 p.m. Thursday featuring selections of Bray’s maritime photography from the museum’s Maynard Bray Collection.
The presentation, offered during library’s celebration of Maritime Month, will be headed by Matt Wheeler, the museum’s digital collections curator. Wheeler will discuss Bray’s background and examine the range of subjects embedded in his photographic work. To request a Zoom link to attend, email [email protected]
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Vet hospital hosting free rabies clinic

The Community Veterinary Clinic at the Animal Welfare Society (AWS Clinic) will host a free rabies vaccine clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at its facility on Holland Road.
Rabies vaccinations will be available to dogs ages 12 weeks and older. Shots are provided free of charge, but donations are encouraged.
To receive a 3-year vaccine, pet owners must provide a copy of each dog’s previous rabies certificate or bring vet records. Otherwise, they will receive a 1-year vaccine. All dogs must be kept on a leash throughout the process.
Advance reservations are encouraged online at

Audubon creating new bird atlas for state

York County Audubon will present the online program “Decades of Change in Maine’s Birds” at 7 p.m. Tuesday via Zoom.
Doug Hitchcox, outreach coordinator for the Maine Bird Atlas and staff naturalist for Maine Audubon, will share about the organization’s work to create a second edition of Maine’s Breeding Bird Atlas, an essential tool for cataloging birds who come to the state. Maine’s first Breeding Bird Atlas, cataloging bird sightings and habitats from 1978-1983, is now significantly out of date.
Hitchcox will share an update on the project, focusing on what the goals are for the last two years of the project and how anyone with a bird feeder in their yard can help to provide useful data for this book.
The talk is free of charge, but advance registration is required by going to, and clicking on the link to receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the program.

Lecture details Maine’s early settlers
The Old Berwick Historical Society will present an online lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday titled, “Involuntary Americans: Scottish Prisoners in Early Colonial Maine.”
Dr. Carol Gardner will detail the lives of some of Maine’s earliest settlers: prisoners of war who were sent to Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts against their will in 1650-1651. As forced laborers, and later as free men, they left their marks on early New England society. Evidence of their existence is with us still. Dr. Gardener’s recently published narrative history of the same title chronicles the life and times of Scottish foot soldier Thomas Doughty, who was captured at the Battle of Dunbar, shipped to Boston, sold to a Puritan industrialist in New Hampshire, and eventually established his own milling operation on the Saco River in Maine.
Participants can register for the lecture on the Old Berwick Historical Society’s website at Admission is free to members, with a $5 suggested donation for non-members.
For more details, call 384-0000.

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