Maine Handicapped Skiing Benefits From Youth Fundraising Efforts

Sam Rotner has been skiing at Sunday River for most of his young life.  These days, most of his skiing is with the Gould Academy Competition program.  GACP had training on Sunday, but Sam had other places to be.  The 13 year-old from Swampscot, Mass.

Local Knowledge Series on Bat Hibernation

Friday, March 18, 2011
David Yates to speak on bat hibernation and basic bat biology.
The Mahoosuc Land Trust Local Knowledge Series 2010-2011 continues on Friday, March 18th, 7PM at the Rumford Library Community Room.  David Yates of the Biodiversity Research Institute will talk about bat hibernation, basic bat biology and conservation.  Did you know that 2 of the 3 bat caves in Maine are located near Mahoosuc Land Trust conservation land in Rumford?  Open to the public and free of charge.  Donations welcomed.

Spring Ahead Series

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 to Wednesday, April 6, 2011
7.5 km timed cross-country ski tours
Spring Ahead Series
Wednesdays in March, 3:30 - 5:00pm

To celebrate the rising sun, a scored series of seven kilometer timed ski tours will run each Wednesday through the month of March. Start times are flexible between 3:30 and 5:00 pm on Wednesday afternoons. These time trials will alternate between classic and freestyle technique. Four events will be scored by finish order as points to an individual's series score. The male and female with the lowest score for the series will win a really big, fare trade certified, 70% dark chocolate bar with the words, "made with fine Trinitario cocoa beans for an intense taste" printed in deep gold, right on it. This Spring Ahead Series is a fun and easy going event, and points from Corkscrew Chase will be counted for this series.

Price: $5.00 per day
Registration: Bethel Nordic Ski Center

Corkscrew Chase at the Bethel Nordic Ski Center

Sunday, March 13, 2011
15 km Cross Country Ski Race
Corkscrew Chase X-C Ski Race at the Bethel Nordic Ski Center
Sunday, March 13, 2011

Corkscrew Chase is a 15 kilometer, pursuit race -- 7.5 km classic technique race in the morning followed by a 7.5 km skate technique race in the afternoon. This event offers a thrilling jaunt over terrain that undulates, twists and twirls through, hemlock and hardwood groves, past stone dams, and across fields. The race starts at the Bethel Nordic Ski Center in Bethel, Maine and the route includes the Corkscrew Trail, a local favorite, and a trail that earns its name honestly. Awards and refreshments will take place at the Ski Center after the last finisher.

SeniorsPlus Offers Medicare Bingo on its Mobile Office

The SeniorsPlus Mobile Office will be at:

 Norway Town Office March 23, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

 Rumford Community Home March 31, 2011, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

For Bingo with a twist!  Have fun playing and go away with new information on SeniorsPlus services and how to spot and report Medicare Fraud.  Reservations are required
due to limited space; call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241 to reserve your seat. 

In the event of snow or ice, the Mobile Office will cancel its trip.  Clients are asked to call SeniorsPlus in advance to check for cancellation if the weather is questionable.

All events are FREE and open to the public.  For further information call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

Trek Across Maine

From the mountains of Sunday River to the sea in Belfast, Maine, enjoy the beautiful scenery as you ride 180 miles across the state in support of the mission of the American Lung Association. Overnight acommodations are provided at the University of Maine at Farmington and at Colby College in Waterville. The Trek is a ride not a race... All experience levels are welcome! For more information, visit (from

June 17
and every day until June 19th
June 17, 2011
Starting at Sunday RIver Ski Resort, Newry Maine and ending in Belfast, Maine
Newry, Maine
Contact American Lung Association in Maine for more information
207-624-0306 or

2011 14th Annual $1 Million Giveaway To Fight Hunger

For the 14th consecutive year, Alan Shawn Feinstein will divide $1 million among hunger fighting agencies nationwide using it to help them raise funds this March and April. 

The Progress Center is joining this nationwide fundraiser to help fight hunger. Donations and pledges can be made to The Progress Center for the Feinstein Challenge from March 1st to April 30th.  The more donations and pledges received - the more of the Feinstein challenge money The Progress Center will receive!  The million dollars will be divided proportionately with a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $35,000 awarded to participating agencies.

Feinstein’s past annual spring $1 million challenges to fight hunger have raised over $1 Billion for over 2000 agencies and houses of worship nationwide helping the needy.

Your donation to The Progress Center for this campaign makes you a partner in the most successful ongoing effort ever to fight hunger.