Category Archives: Community Events

Caring cyclists ride along beautiful Maine coast for MS150

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BIDDEFORD — Nearly 400 cyclists gathered at the Biddeford campus of the University of New England Saturday, August 13, 2016 to ride their bikes for two days along the southern coast of Maine on behalf of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “This year, there are riders from 20 different states registered,” said Sue Tidd, the […]

Deering Lumber celebrates 150 years in business

From left, Sheridan Doyle and "Timber Tina" Scheer compete against Katie Crecelius and Brandon Graves in a cross-cut contest. (David Arenstam photo)

BIDDEFORD – For nearly as long as people have lived along the shores of the Saco River, they have been pulling logs from its cold waters to provide timbers and building material for homes, businesses and many other buildings that form the landscape of Biddeford and Saco. This past week, Deering Lumber, a family-owned business […]

One of the Best Lessons for Students and Teachers


SACO – For teachers, Saturdays are often days to catch up on grading, sleep in a bit later, and generally recharge for the coming week. This past Saturday, as 150 students from 16 different high schools gathered at Thornton Academy, I was again reminded why I chose to leave the corporate world behind and enter […]

Ballroom Dancing Comes to a Maine Classroom


SACO – High school students, especially boys, may be reticent about sharing their interests and passions. More than anything, they often want to remain as a part of the crowd of students that sometimes silently fill the hallways and classrooms of their school.  When Vojtech (“Vojta”) Machtyka decided to leave his home in the Czech […]

Saco’s Stackpole Bridge is literally history etched in stone


By Inga Browne, Contributing Writer   SACO – What makes Saco such a special community? Why have we chosen to live here? Perhaps it’s the schools and the strong family values. Perhaps it’s the city’s diverse geography and broad range of living experiences. These span from the oceanside community, the historic mill complex, the downtown with […]

Mary’s Walk and Kerrymen Pub 5k registration opens


 SACO – With black Friday in the rear view mirror and cyber Monday staring us in the face, the holiday seasons are in full swing. Many people are looking for the right gift idea or for a unique way to remind a loved one they are thinking of them. The Maine Cancer Foundation and the organizers of Mary’s […]

Community group unites against bullying

SACO – Many school children in Maine know all too well that the hallways and classrooms they occupy each day are filled with taunts, insults and bullies. Deb Landry, a Saco resident, published author, and the Executive Director of Crossroads Youth Center is working to change that reality. “It’s the number one problem in our […]

Ballpark dedicates POW/MIA empty seat

OLD ORCHARD BEACH – With the sound of hundreds of motorcycles riding through the streets and a Vietnam War era helicopter flying overhead, the second annual POW/MIA Recognition Weekend began on  Friday, Sept. 20 at The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach. Organized by the Maine Heroes Fund and Old Orchard Beach resident Russell Warriner, the […]