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Join the Foster Grandparent Program


The Foster Grandparent Program is accepting applications from men and women 55 years of age and older interested in volunteering as a Foster Grandparent.

By joining the Foster Grandparent Program, volunteers can make a difference in a child’s life while having a great time and earning a little extra money.  Foster Grandparents volunteer in classrooms under the guidance of teachers in schools and child development centers throughout York and Cumberland County.   

In return for volunteering, Foster Grandparents meeting income guidelines receive a tax-free stipend, mileage reimbursement and other benefits that do not affect Social Security, food stamps, LIHEAP, or subsidized housing eligibility. 

To learn more about the Foster Grandparent Program and/or to schedule a presentation on our program call 773 – 0202 or 1-800-698-4959.



The Little Gravely that COULD!

The Little Gravely that COULD!

My main Gravely Tractor is undergoing transmission work at the moment.  So last night I pulled out my back up tractor to do some snow blowing.  This tractor is the antique Model Li that I featured in THIS blog post.  And so because of the genius of the Gravely design all the attachments are interchangeable across several years of two wheel tractor models.  That means I can put the snow blower on this little guy!  And let me tell you I was pleasantly surprised with just how hard this little Gravely can work!  Even at less horsepower, 6.6 horse as opposed to 8 horse on my main tractor, this tractor was really doing a good job and holding it's own!  Of course my neighbor showed up with his Commercial 12, a giant of a tractor, using the same blower attachment.  It is a sort of  "Gravely Club" after all!

Sagadahoc County Recognizes National Birth Defects Prevention Month and Folic Acid Awareness Week

Sagadahoc County Recognizes National Birth Defects Prevention Month and Folic Acid Awareness Week

Sagadahoc County Recognizes Birth Defects Prevention Month and Folic Acid Awareness Week

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that, “Major birth defects are conditions that cause structural changes in one or more parts of the body; are present at birth; and have a serious, adverse effect on heath, development, or functional ability.“ Approximately one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect.

This year, National Birth Defects Prevention Month focuses on one of the most common types of birth defects, congenital heart defects. Each year, nearly 40,000 infants in the United States are born with heart defects, which are the leading cause of death during the first year of life. As medical care and treatment have improved, those with congenital hearth defects are living longer lives.

January 8-14 is National Folic Acid Awareness Week.

Not all birth defects can be prevented.

Open casting call

The feature film "Bluebird" is currently being shot in Maine and the producers are holding an open casting call in Orono. They're holding the audition on Jan 7th and 8th at the University of Maine at Orono campus at Lord Hall on 154 Munson Road from 11am to 4pm.  They are looking for kids between the ages of 4 to 8 years old, Teenagers from age 13 through 18, and adults between the ages of 18 and 70.

The casting will be done by Susan Shopmaker who has casted for MTV's Skins and Mean Girls. The film is produced by Killer Films. Their previous work has been "Boys Don't Cry" and "Kids". 

For more information on the movie or the casting check out their facebook page here:


Red Cross Blood Drive - Oxford

A blood drive will be held on Thursday, December 22nd from 1:00pm to 6:00pm at the American Legion Post 112, 169 King Street, Oxford, Maine.

Nominations Open for Frank Gaziano Football Scholarship and Awards

 Jeff Kane, president of National Distributors and Frank Gaziano's son-in-law, announced that nominations are open for The Annual Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Offensive and Defensive Lineman Awards. The awards are given to the top high school football offensive and defensive linemen in the state because of their hard work on the field, in the classroom, and in their communities. Nominations for the awards will be accepted through Friday, December 16. For more information on the nomination process visit,

"We are excited to start hearing from parents, coaches, athletic directors, and individuals that would like to nominate a high school senior for the award and scholarship.