New business opening

Nicholas Orgo of M.A.N.E. Catering and Events is opening a new venture, Stella’s on the Square, in the former Tom’s Homestead Restaurant at 6 North High St.

In addition to a new home for his catering business, Orgo will offer a takeout meal service and provide a space to host special events, farm-to-table dinners and other community gatherings.

Stella’s will officially open with an elegant, all-you-can-eat, Mother’s Day brunch buffet on May 9. Pandemic restrictions apply, so seating is limited. For more information about the business and to make reservations, call 803-8402 or email [email protected]

Chamber of Commerce awards

Congratulations to all the winners of the Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce annual awards for outstanding local businesses and nonprofits, which were presented on April 8 at the new Stella’s on the Square on North High Street.

Knight’s Café in Naples won New Business of the Year, Bridgton Books was named Business of the Year and Nicholas Orgo of M.A.N.E. Catering and Events was presented with Business Person of the Year. Nonprofit of the Year went to Bridgton-Lakes Region Rotary Club and American Legion Post 67 in Bridgton received the Business Excellence Award 2020.

Woods walks

Bridgton Historical Society is offering monthly walks in the Peabody-Fitch Woods at Narramissic, the society’s historic farm in South Bridgton, at 1 p.m. Fridays beginning April 23. The walks will be led by BHS Board President and Loon Echo Land Trust Stewardship Manager Jon Evans. All are invited to come ramble along the universal access trail system through the woods that was created by Loon Echo and opened to the public last year. For more information, go to or call the Bridgton Historical Society at 647-3699.

Drive-thru rabies clinic

Fryeburg Veterinary Hospital is sponsoring a drive-thru rabies clinic for cats and dogs at the Fryeburg Fair Grounds from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 1. The clinic is open to all pets in the region, including those owned by Bridgton residents. Vaccinations are $10 per cat or dog; puppies and kittens must be at least 12 weeks old to receive the vaccine. Owners should bring current valid rabies vaccination certificates. This clinic is for rabies shots only; no distemper vaccines will be administered. Proceeds from the clinic will benefit Harvest Hills Animal Shelter.

Perri Black may be contacted at [email protected]

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