Meet Your Farmers and Fishermen, 2011 CSA-CSF Fair

Meet Your Farmers and Fishermen, 2011 CSA-CSF Fair

Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association

January 10, 2011
"Meet Your Farmers and Fishermen" and get your share of the Maine harvest at a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and Fisheries (CSF) Fair in your community on Sunday, February 27th.

With CSA's and CSF's you commit to purchasing a share of the coming harvest before the season begins. The benefit? You get to support local farms and fishermen while getting your locally grown and harvested food direct from the producer at a fair price.

Come to one of the eleven fair locations statewide to: learn about buying a share; become acquainted with local seasonal foods; meet your local farmers and fishermen; and discover how you can grow a relationship with them. Community Supported Fisheries may not be represented in all locations.

"Meet Your Farmers and Fishermen: a celebration of Community Supported Agriculture and Fisheries" will take place on Sunday, February 27, from 1 to 3 p.m.

MEREDA'S Annual Real Estate Forecast Conference set for January 27

MEREDA'S Annual Real Estate Forecast Conference set for January 27

The Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) Annual Forecast Conference, which each year attracts more than 500 attendees from around the state, will be held this year on Thursday, January 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn By the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME.

“The Forecast Conference has grown to become the most important gathering of the year for all the key players in Maine’s commercial real industry,” said Tom Lea, MEREDA President, and Senior Vice President and Group Manager of Commercial Real Estate at Peoples United Bank. “The conference provides a unique opportunity to take stock of the economy and gain insights into where our industry is headed in the months ahead.

Live Music at The Smilin' Moose Publyk House and Tavern in South Paris

Live Music at The Smilin' Moose Publyk House and Tavern in South Paris

Date: 1/15/2011
Address: The Smilin' Moose Publyk House and Tavern
The Smilin' Moose offers the ONLY LIVE music in the South Paris area every Saturday night with NO cover charge!
Location: 10 Market Square, South Paris, ME
Hours: 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Cost/Cover: Free
Venue Contact Info: 207-739-6006 or

The Peterson Project is a bluesgrazz acoustic trio (blues, bluegrass & jazz mash-up), formed in 2009. Working a single mic, they slide from one genre to another, sometimes mid-tune. Mark Peterson's voice is smooth, his blues harmonica commanding; when not taking the lead it supports the back beat for Mike Conant's bluegrass-style instrumentation (guitar, banjo, and occasionally frenetic fiddle). Keeping this train on the tracks is jazz standup bassist Tim Clough.

Collaborative Leader Awarded $24,000 Environmental Funders Network Grant

BETHEL - The Bethel Area Non-profit Collaborative (BANC) has devoted more than two years to building a meaningful and functional network among the Greater Bethel Area’s non-profit organizations.  These efforts were recognized this month by the Environmental Funders Network (EFN), through the award of the first year’s $24,000 of a two-year Quality of Place grant.

Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce Announces 2010 Business and Community Awards

Business of the Year:  Hannaford Bros., was nominated for their significant support to local schools, business', and community service organizations over the years.
Employee of the Year:  Everett Parlin, nominated by Gene Benner. Mr. Benner writes "Everett Parlin has been the service manager at Bessey Motor Sales for 33 years." Mr. Benner credits Everett in the successful growth of the service department, and for maintaining their 5 star ranking for over 25 years. Mr. Benner couldn't think of a better way for Everett to begin his spring retirement.
Citizen of the Year:  Sawin Millett, long time legislator, is being awarded for his selfless service to the Oxford Hills Community and the State of Maine for 40 years.

Recycling Records Broken Every Month

ecomaine has broken its own recycling record every month for the past 12 months. From December 2009 through November 2010, its recycling facility has averaged 5,404,660 pounds per month and the organization expects that average to continue increasing well into 2011. Chairman of the Board of Directors Michael Bobinsky, who is Portland’s Director of Public Services, said, “Our educational outreach about the importance of recycling – both environmentally and fiscally – has been a major factor in convincing more people to make recycling a part of their daily routine.”

The fiscal impact, according to Bobinsky, from increased recycling for municipalities, universities, and businesses is significant because the cost of trash disposal is far greater than the cost of recycling.

Bethel's "Black Friday" Fun Day Fair

Every year it's Friday, the day after Thanksgiving -- tradition's biggest shopping day of the year!

Shop local (if you live here!) and get "it" done early.

Almost 40 local crafters will be offering their creations at this fair held at the Bethel Inn's Conference Center from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

You will find all kinds of knit items, baskets, quilts & quilted items, handmade jewelry, alpaca products, jams, jellies, pickles, holiday decorations, photography, paintings, fiber art, weaving, soaps, creams, lotions, balsam products, wooden items, and more.   207.824.2282.

Also don't miss the free horse-drawn wagon rides at the common from 2-4pm.