South Portland Land Trust members and the public are invited to attend the organization’s virtual annual meeting on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m. This year’s annual meeting will feature a special presentation on “Re-Wilding Your Yard and Land” by Anna Fialkov, program manager of The Wild Seed Project

Dan King

The annual meeting is a great opportunity for attendees to learn more about the land trust’s goals and activities, to review some of the organization’s 2021 accomplishments, to honor the many volunteers that have dedicated nearly 200 hours throughout the year, and to help elect officers and new members of the board of directors.

“Though this has been a challenging year for all of us,” said Richard Rottkov, land trust president, in a Nov. 18 email, “we took some important steps for moving South Portland Land Trust forward, ensuring we stay focused on our mission: conserving open space, creating and connecting trails and engaging our community with the natural world.”

In partnership with Maine Audubon, the Wild Seed Project is offering the talk and more in-depth training on transforming home lawns and gardens into layers of native plants. The emphasis will be how to adopt mindful practices that benefit wildlife and the planet’s health and planting native trees that support local food webs.

South Portland Land Trust is a private, nonprofit land trust dedicated to the conservation of open space and the expansion of trail networks that are significant historically, educationally, recreationally, or ecologically to the people of South Portland.

For more information and to find the Zoom link, contact the South Portland Land Trust at or visit the land trust’s Facebook and


Sen. Carney, Rep. Morales to host public office hours in South Portland

Senator Anne Carney, D-Cape Elizabeth, and Rep. Victoria Morales, D-South Portland, will hold public office hours on Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Activity Room inside Redbank Community Center in South Portland.

Office hours provide local residents a chance to meet with their representatives to ask questions and get help with state government services. Carney and Morales will also give updates on their legislation and the Legislature’s work more broadly.

Those who cannot make the event, but still wish to connect with Carney or Morales, can reach out any time. For Carney, call 207-287-1515 or send an email to For Morales, call 207-287-1430 or send an email to

What: Public office hours

Who: Sen. Anne Carney and Rep. Victoria Morales


When: 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15

Where: Redbank Community Center, 95 Macarthur Circle West, South Portland

Carney represents Senate District 29, which includes Cape Elizabeth, South Portland and part of Scarborough. Morales represents House District 33, which includes part of South Portland.

Barksgiving pet food drive a success

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On Saturday, Nov. 20, the South Portland Dog Owners Group, SoPoDog, hosted Barksgiving community pet food drive to benefit the South Portland Food Cupboard.

Representatives from SoPoDog staged tables in front of Loyal Companion and at Mill Creek Park where people were greeted by “Ambassador,” Eliot, the Airdale terrier.


In a Nov. 22 email, SoPoDog  said that it “wishes to express gratitude for the many citizens and business owners who donated generously. Over 375 items of both dog and cat food were delivered to the food cupboard, helping to make this Thanksgiving week a joy for families with pets.”


A truck laden with donations from the Nov. 20 Barksgiving pet food drive. Bud Ellis, of SoPoDog, and ambassador, Eliot, the Airdale terrier visit with a Barksgiving visitor. Courtesy photos

Annual toy drive is launched

The South Portland Christmas Toy Drive helped more than 280 South Portland children with new warm coats, boots and toys last year. One-hundred percent of the money raised goes directly to buying the needed items for children.

This is 10th year of the drive and involves a partnership with the South Portland Police Department, South Portland Police Patrolmen’s Association, South Portland school system, South Portland Professional Firefighters Local 1476, South Portland Community Center, Maine Roofing, Inc., Evie’s Ferry Village Watering Hole, Port Harbor Marine and Peoples United – Millcreek.

Each year the toy drive collects hundreds of toys, boots and coats which are distributed to families with the help of police officers. This year, the organization anticipates an even greater need as so many have suffered at the hands of the pandemic. Organizers are looking for businesses, groups or individuals to “adopt children” for the drive. All participants need to do is specify how many children they’d like to buy a coat, boots and some toys for.


The drive is also looking for donations of new, unwrapped toys, art supplies, teen items and gift cards that can be dropped off at any of the businesses listed on the posters around town. The deadline for donations is Friday, Dec. 10.

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Organizers have made it easier to donate this year and have added QR codes to the posters that will take contributors directly to the GOFUNDME site ( or to the Venmo account  @so-po-christmas-toy-drive).

Participants can also make checks payable to: SPPPA Community Needs Fund. Checks and/or gift cards can be dropped off or mailed to:
Maine Roofing- 24 Bishop Ave., South Portland, ME 04106.

The annual toy drive party is being held at Evie’s Ferry Village Watering Hole, 121 Sawyer St., South Portland on Saturday, Dec. 11, starting at 6 p.m. Bring new unwrapped toys and enjoy a night of fun and cocktails.

Toy drop-off locations:
Maine Roofing, Inc., 24 Bishop Ave., South Portland
South Portland Police Department, 30 Anthoine St., South Portland
South Portland Fire Station – Cash Corner, 360 Main St., South Portland
South Portland Community Center – 21 Nelson Road, South Portland
Port Harbor Marine, 1 Spring Point Drive, South Portland
People’s United Bank – Millcreek, 15 Hinckley Drive, South Portland
Snap Fitness, 747 Broadway, South Portland
April Cohen Team, 382A Cottage Road, South Portland

For more information or to adopt a family, contact Liz Darling at Maine Roofing, Inc., 207-767-4243 or email


Holiday Fair scheduled for Dec. 4

A vintage Christmas will be the focus of the annual Holiday Fair at the First Congregational Church of Scarborough (167 Black Point Road) on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Featured in the parish hall and the church vestry will be breakfast cake and coffee, handmade items with a Maine theme, holiday greens, Christmas items, quilts, crafts, jewelry, kitchen-ware, hand knits, homemade baked goods, candy and a cookie walk.

Proceeds will go to the church’s charitable efforts. Masks are required. For more information, call 883-2342.

Church schedules wreath sale

First Congregational Church in South Portland is hosting a wreath sale. Due to the pandemic, the church was unable to hold its holiday sale. The church is located at 301 Cottage Road with pick-up scheduled for the Sawyer Street lot.

The cost is $20 for a wreath with a bow, or $25 for bow and decorations. Orders are due by Nov. 30.

To order, text 207-318-1605, Lynne Lanctot, or email Payment of cash or check at time of pick-up. Make checks payable to FCCUCC with “Wreath” on the comment line.

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