Dinner dance takes place in Saco

A night of food, music, and fun takes place Saturday, Oct. 28, 5 to 8 p.m. Saco Parks and Recreation in collaboration with Age Friendly Saco, bring back the Fall Dinner Dance at the Saco Community Center. Music will be by the Saco River Jazz, and dinner will be sponsored and prepared by Age Friendly Saco. Festive attire or costumes welcome. Register at www.sacorec.com or in person at the Saco Community Center office. Please email Amelia at afoster@sacomaine.org with any questions. Cost is $5.

Hunters breakfast takes place Oct. 28

North Saco Congressional Church at 126 Rocky Hill Road is having a Hunters Breakfast on Oct. 28, from 5 to 10 a.m. The menu includes: eggs, bacon, home fries, pancakes, pie, juice and coffee. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children, and $8 for a breakfast sandwich with pie.

AMVETS to host public breakfast

A public breakfast is to take place Sunday, Oct 29 from 8 to 11 a.m.  at the AMVETS, Post 1 in Biddeford. Every breakfast is “Kitchen Fresh” because it’s made to order, when you order, as you ordered, then served to your table.  Proceeds from this breakfast will be donated to Biddeford Boy Scouts.


Fall dance to raise money for scholarships

Birdies Tavern and Grill (formerly Duffy’s) plays host to a Harvest Dance on Saturday night, Nov. 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. Ex-radio DJ and former local wedding and party host Mark Andrews comes out of DJ retirement to play all of your favorite songs from the 50s to today. Admission is $10 a ticket with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. there will be hundreds of dollars in door prizes and a 50/50 raffle with the proceeds to benefit the Old Orchard Beach Alumni Scholarship Fund. This dance is open to the public with tickets on sale at MacDonald’s Garage in Old Orchard Beach, Brady’s Screenprint in Biddeford, and IRA Honda in Saco.

Special thanks to all local sponsors with their generous donations not only for this dance, but for those who helped contribute to the refurbishing of the famous Wyland Wall on the side of Old Orchard High School. Over $10,000 was raised in that project fulfilling the dream of the late Sandra Lord, long-time retired teacher, Alumni board member and Trustee of OOBHS Scholarships totaling almost $1 million.

For more info and tickets, call 207-423-2975.

York County Food Pantry seeks donations for Thanksgiving baskets

York County Shelter Programs’ Food Pantry is looking ahead to Thanksgiving, as it will be distributing Thanksgiving meal boxes to as many as 1,000 households through its Thanksgiving Basket Program.


The pantry would appreciate donations of nonperishable Thanksgiving meal items (cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy, etc.) or gift cards to local grocery stores.

To help, contact Food Pantry Coordinator Mike Ouellette regarding food donations drop-offs or pick-ups. He can be reached at mikeo@ycspi.org, or (207)324-1137, ext. 103. To mail in a donation, send to York County Shelter Programs, Attn: Mike Ouellette, P.O. Box 1268, Alfred, ME 04002.

YCSP is also holding a public event in order to collect food and raise funds for the Thanksgiving Basket Program. The 14th Annual Harvest Dance will be held Friday, Nov. 3, 6-10 p.m., at the Sanford Elks Lodge at 13 Elm St. in Sanford. Music will be provided by DJ Gratitude. There is a cash bar.

Tickets are $10 and can be bought at the door or purchased by calling YCSP staff members Stacy Irving at (207) 651-5538 or Bonnie Leslie at (207) 324-1137, ext. 109.

Bring a non-perishable food item to be eligible for drawings. There will also be door prizes and 50/50 drawings.

19th century paint decorated wall decoration program takes place in Saco


For those curious about historic homes in New England with beautiful hand painted murals or stenciled walls attend a talk sponsored by The Stevens Plains Chapter of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration, Inc.

Polly Forcier, founder of MB Historic Décor, will speak on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. in the Deering Room at the Dyer Library, 371 Main St., Saco. Forcier will discuss New England Stencils and Murals 1790-1835 illustrated by PowerPoint slides.

As a teacher, artist and historical preservationist, Forcier has dedicated over four decades to promote the art of historic wall and floor and mural stenciling and painting. When Forcier and her husband purchased a 1792 colonial home in Norwich, Vermont, the goal was to find a way to decorate their new home economically. She was already accomplished in Early American Decoration and had been immersed in learning about historic wall stenciling. During the 1970s Forcier traveled through the region around her newly purchased older home and documented and traced historic stencils. She began decorating homes for friends. In 1993 she founded MB Historic Décor.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments following the program. For more information, contact Polly Bartow, pollytb55@gmail.com or call 207-653-0262.

Southern Maine Agency on Aging CEO named to Mainebiz 40 Under 40 list

Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) CEO Megan Walton has been recognized by Mainebiz on its 2023 Next Up: 40 Under 40 list. Recognizing rising leaders throughout the state, the list celebrates individuals from diverse industries and backgrounds who are changing Maine.

As CEO of the Southern Maine Agency on Aging since 2019, Walton has made a measurable impact on not only the organization but also within the industry serving older adults in Maine.

Dan Knox, Director of Program Impact and Evaluation at Southern Maine Agency on Aging, describes Walton as a “Data-informed” leader: “This might be a phrase thrown around a lot by leaders, but Megan truly puts this ideal into practice. She has pushed for increased Agency accountability with respect to strategic outcomes and metrics, disaggregated demographic data collection, and data review as a regular part of leadership meetings. She has encouraged the Agency to look not only at internal data, but also broader population health indicators around social determinants of health, and to factor this into our strategic planning as well. This data review is always in service to enriching the lives of older adults.”

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