Category Archives: Community Events

One of the Best Lessons for Students and Teachers

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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

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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

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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

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 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 […]

Local vets gear up for POW/MIA weekend

OLD ORCHARD BEACH – Two Old Orchard Beach organizations, VFW Post 7997 and Alouette Resorts, made donations of $1,000 and $400, respectively, to the Maine Heroes Fund for its upcoming POW/MIA Recognition weekend. VFW Commander Richard Giroux, Quartermaster Mike McInnis and Senior Vice Commander Bill Day were all present when the donation was made to […]

Become a bone marrow donor and help save a life

BIDDEFORD – Five weeks before he was to enter high school, Corey Laplume was diagnosed with childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), and for three and a half years he fought the disease. After multiple rounds of chemotherapy, his doctors said Corey was in remission. But just five weeks before he was to graduate, he relapsed. […]