The September meeting of the Sebasticook Garden Club (SGC) was held at the Newport Cultural Center. Pat O’Brien of Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars presented the program, “Chasing the Crush”. The power point presentation discussed the sourcing cycle of extra virgin olive oils from harvest to consumption making special note of the inherent health benefits and culinary applications of fresh extra virgin olive oils. Audience members tasted and compared olive oils from Chile, Australia and a supermarket sample. One of the misconceptions about olive oil is that Italy is the largest producer when, in fact, they cannot meet the demand in their own country and must purchase some from Spain, the world’s largest producer of extra virgin olive oils. A variety of oils and balsamic vinegars were available for sale. The program was open and free to the public. A business meeting followed the program as refreshments were provided by Sara Eastman and Martha Hamilton. Hamilton made a fall centerpiece that was won by Flo Cote. The next regular meeting of the Sebasticook Garden Club will be held on Tuesday, October 22nd at Eureka Farms in Palmyra. SGC welcomes new members. For more information contact Ann at 416-4807. Pictured from left to right: Pat O’Brien of Fiore Artisan Oilve Oils and Vinegars and Sebasticook Garden Club President, Ann Hardwick.
The Widows and Widowers Group will meet on Thursday, October 8th at 11:30 AM. The meeting will be held at the Moon Hing Restaurant in the Dover-Foxcroft Plaza. All are welcome to attend. For more information contact 924-5351.
The Valley Grange will be celebrating Dictionary Day with third graders from SeDoMoCha Elementary School on Monday, October 5th. Students will arrive at the Valley Grange Hall at 12:30 PM for a short presentation and leave with a dictionary.
The Valley Grange Bookworms will visit with Piscataquis Community Elementary School (PCES) second and third graders to kick off their annual Bookworm Program on Tuesday, October 13th. Bookworms visit the school twice per week to listen to students read. The assembly begins at 9:30 AM. Piscataquis Community Elementary School is located on Campus Drive in Guilford.
Area families are invited to attend a community potluck supper at Valley Grange from 6 to 7 PM on Friday, October 16th. Bring a dish to share. The supper will include a “Family Safety Fair” featuring information and resources for keeping families safe. At 7:15 PM, Mr. Boomsma will present the NRA’s Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program. This is a gun accident prevention program that seeks to help parents, law enforcement, community groups and educators navigate a topic paramount to children’s safety. Eddie and his Wing Team are on a mission to help you teach Pre-K through 4th graders what to do if they ever come across a gun.
The Valley Grange celebrates Dictionary Day with a third graders from Piscataquis Community Elementary School on Monday, October 26th. Students will arrive at the Valley Grange Hall at 12:30 PM for a short presentation and leave with a dictionary. The Valley Grange is located at 172 Guilford Center Road in Guilford. For more information visit or contact Walter Boomsma at 343-1842.
Wayside Grange sponsors a concert at 7 PM by The Doughty Hill Band with an engaging mix of bluegrass, folk, rock, Irish, and blues on Saturday, October 24th. The Doughty Hill band includes locals Sid Stutzman (guitar), Dawn Potter (fiddle), Brian Smith (bass) and Dan Sharrow (percussion). Tickets will be $10 each. For more information visit the Wayside Grange on Facebook. The concert will be held at the Wayside Grange on 851 North Dexter Road in Dexter.
Parkman Grange will host a Halloween Party at 3 to 6 PM on Saturday, October 31st. The party will include pizza, candy, and some surprises. A $3 admission fee will benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Parkman Grange is located at the four corners in Parkman. For more information visit the Parkman Grange Facebook page or contact Susan Manchester at 277-3942.
The Newport Area Seniors next bus trip will be on Wednesday, October 7th. Seniors will meet at the American Legion Hall on North Street in Newport at 8 AM. The bus leaves at 8:30 AM for the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor. Seniors will have lunch at the Governor’s Restaurant and after lunch a shopping trip to Mardens. Before heading home the group will also stop for ice cream. All seniors age fifty and over are welcome to attend.