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1. Benefit for Lindy Bulger Gaskill
RUMFORD — A benefit for Linda Bulger Gaskill will be held on Friday at the Rumford Eagles.
A spaghetti supper will be held from 5-7 p.m., followed by music from 7-10 by Noel Palmer and Fawn. There will be raffles and a 50/50.

1. Retirement social for Bill Hussey
RUMFORD — A retirement social for Bill Hussey will take place from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday at the 49 Franklin Reception Hall.
Hussey was the 12 Machine – Safety Advocate – ERT Chief.
This is an open invite for friends, family and co-workers. Feel free to bring a guest and/or spouse. There will be a cash bar and snacks.

1. Class of ’84 30th reunion
RUMFORD — The Class of 1984 30th reunion will take place on Saturday at 49 Franklin.
Classes from Rumford Mexico Dixfield are welcome to attend.
The social is from 6-8 p.m., with a 8 to midnight dance to O.C.D., featuring Ralph Arsenault. Cost is $10 for all classmates and guests.
Pub food and sanwiches will be available for purchase.

1. Color Me Healthy 5K
DIXFIELD — A Color Me Healthy 5K run or walk will take place at 8 a.m. on Sunday.
Preregistation will take place at the Dirigo Wellness Center and at Coulthard’s Pools and Spas.
First 50 registrations (special for 18 and up) is $25, includes personal color pack, t-shirt and sunglasses. Later registrations, $25 and items purchased at event while they last. Cost is $20 for high schoolers, includes personal color pack, may purchase other items at event; $15 for middle schoolers, items purchased at event; free for children 11 and under (accompanied by adult), items purchased at event. Also a family rate (three or more) at $5 off each age group.

1. October Festival in Dixfield
DIXFIELD — The annual October Festival will take place from 7:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Dixfield Congregational Church, High Street.
For a $6.50 breakfast, choice of pumpkin waffles or regular waffles, or pancakes served with sausage or bacon, and orange juice, and coffee or tea.
Also available will be mums, pumpkins, used books and puzzles, jams, beans, pies, cakes, rolls and raffles.
A special queen-sized quilt made by the ladies of the church will be raffled at 11:30. Tickets are $2 each and three for $5.

1. Dixfield Historical Society to meet
DIXFIELD — The Dixfield Historical Society will hold its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 9 at the Museum House, 59 Main St.
Election of officers will open the business meeting, followed by a short program with Art Chamberlain demonstrating his wood carving skills. Mr. Chamberlain is also a teacher at Dirigo High School and is included in the Region 9 enrichment program this fall.
The winner of the society’s Open Market Day gift basket was Cindy Archibald of Dixfield. The public and new members are always welcome.

1. Rumford Grange craft fair
RUMFORD CENTER — The Rumford Grange is sponsoring a craft fair on Saturday, October 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To reserve a table call 786-3248.
The craft fair will be in conjunction with a petting zoo for the children. Children must have an adult with them. There will be many dozens of animals to see.

1. Rumford Hospital Retirees to meet
DIXFIELD — The Rumford Hospital Retirees will have their next luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at the Front Porch Cafe.
For more information, call Beverly at 562-4441

1. Bottle drive for Pathfinder Club
DIXFIELD — The Mount Blue Mocassins’ Pathfinder Club is having a bottle drive on Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. in Dixfield and Peru.
If we miss you, you may drop off your bottles and cans at the Mexico Bottle Depot and donate them to our club. Thank you for saving some recyclables for our club.

1. Sno-Goers to meet
ANDOVER — Snow Valley Sno-Goers snowmobile club will hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the clubhouse, located off Route 5, Andover.
All interested people are welcome to attend. Discussion at the meeting will include trails, club equipment, a club workday on October 18, followed by the annual landowners’ appreciation dinner at 5:30 that evening.

1. Stephens Class of ’69 to hold 45th reunion
RUMFORD — The Stephens High School Class of 1969 will have their 45th class reunion at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 49 Franklin Street.
There will be a time for socializing, and dinner. Live music will be provided compliments of classmate John Preble.
The cost for the entire day is $25. If you are interested and have not yet been contacted, call Sally Fontaine Allard at 235-3504.

1. Cemetery notice in Mexico
MEXICO — Farrington Morton Cemetery Association requests all arrangements, plant containers and any other decor be removed by Oct. 1.
This is to make it possible for the sexton to prepare and clean the cemetery for the winter.

1. Walk in support to end domestic violence
RUMFORD — Safe Voices is sponsoring a walk in support to end domestic violence at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at Hosmer Field.
Rally yourself or a team to create change. Show that domestic violence is not tolerated in this community. Together, we can all make a difference.
For more information, call 364-9908 or email dgallagher@safevoices.

1. Craft and food fair at Legion
RUMFORD — American Legion Auxiliary Post #24 will hold a craft and food fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18 at the American Legion.
A raffle and bake sale table will be available as well. Breakfast and lunch will be served for a small charge. Crafters can rent a table for $15 for one table and $25 for two tables. Tables need to be paid upfront. Money can be dropped off or mailed to: American Legion, 184 Congress St., Rumford, ME 04276. For more information, call 369-9053. Craft fair chairmen are Donna Wotton and Anita Murphy.
The American Legion Auxiliary recently raised funds for boots for Maine homeless veterans, for local residents at the Veterans Nursing Home in South Paris and for children of deployed soldiers.

1. RAAPA rehearsals underway
RUMFORD — Under the direction of Bob Bohren, the RAAPA Chorus has begun its weekly rehearsals in preparation for this year’s production, entitled, “Christmas Is for Children.”
It’s not too late be a part of this exciting production. There is no audition required, but chorus members must have the ability to sing as part of a four-part choral group and commit to the weekly rehearsal and performance schedules. 
Rehearsals take place each Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. in the band room of Mountain Valley High School.
To reserve music and for more information, contact Mary Pulsifer at 562-7050.

1. Moving Freely to begin
MEXICO — Moving Freely will take place from Oct. 20-Nov. 28 at the River Valley Recreation Center; use back entrance.
Class time will 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with facilitator Mitzi Sequoia. Cost for the six-week program is a $15 donation. Registration is 8:30 a.m. before first class.
This is sponsored by Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice Services, the River Valley Healthy Communities, and the Rumford Hospital.
For more information, call 364-7400.

1. Female Veteran’s Luncheon
RUMFORD — The Rumford American Legion Post 24 will host the second annual Female Veterans Luncheon on Saturday, November 15.
Pampering begins at 9:30 a.m. and is on a first come first serve basis.
Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Guest speakers will follow. Please share this info with all female veterans throughout the State of Maine.
Last year’s event was a huge success. They are hoping to build on the number of attendees. For more information, ccall Tricia at 357-3289.

1. Fall Craft Fair
RUMFORD CENTER — The Rumford Grange will hold their Fall Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct 11.
To reserve a table, call 786-3248.
The fair will be in conjunction with a Petting Zoo for the children. There will be a variety of unusual animals. Food will be available.

1. Chances on a homemade quilt
DIXFIELD — The Dixfield Congregational Church will be raffling a homemade queen-size quilt at the October Fest on Saturday at the Church Annex.
The quilt was made by women of the church and community this spring. Each square is quilted differently on the back of each big square on front.
The tickets are $2 each or three for $5. For tickets, call Deb Morang at 562-8006 or attend the October Fest, held from 8 a.m. to noon. The popular pumpkin waffles will be featured for breakfast.

1. Peak-A-Week hikes
REGION — These are the scheduled Peak-A-Week hikes:
Weds., Oct. 1 — Morrills Ledge (Peru);
Weds., Oct. 8 — River Walk.
The Peak-A-Week hiking group meets every Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. sharp at the Rumford Information Center to hike a local mountain. Bring water, snacks, and a flashlight. The schedule of hikes is available at www.chisholmskiclub.org.

1. Oktoberfest Craft Fair on Oct. 18
RUMFORD — The River Valley Rotary Club’s 21st annual Oktoberfest Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Hope Association.
There will be a variety of crafters offering jewelry, homemade crafts, baked goods and a multitude of other merchandise. There will be a cookie walk and the Rotary Club will also have a book fair.
There are still a limited number of tables left for crafters. Contact Sally Theriault at 364-4561 for more information or for an application. Application deadline is October 3.

1. Lithuanian Heritage Club to meet
RUMFORD — The Lithuanian Heritage Club will meet at noon on Wednesday at Sam’s Italians on Rt. 2.
A wonderful time was had at our annual Lithuanian Picnic. The picnic guests enjoyed lots of delicious Lithuanian foods and desserts. The Eastlande Lithuanian folk entertainment was outstanding.
A big thank you goes out to all that helped make the annual event such a great success.

1. Ice cream social
PERU — Rumford Seniors of Peru are having an ice cream social on Monday.
Entertainers Jay and Tammy Roy.
Call and sign up at 562-7700 or 562-4225, cost $3.

1. Crafters wanted
RUMFORD — Rumford seniors are having a craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 8.
Tables are available at $15 for one or $25 for two.
Fair consist of raffles, food tables, 50/50 door prize.
need volunteers to help out. call 562-7700 or 562-4225.

1. Roast pork supper, dance
RUMFORD — The Snowshoe Club will hold a roast pork supper and dance on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 227 Waldo St.
The 5-6 p.m. supper includes roast pork, potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, bread, dessert, coffee and punch. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under age 12.
The 7-11 dance includes music by the Grindstone Band.

1. Class of ’64 lunch
DIXFIELD — The Mexico High School Class of 1964 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Ellis Variety, Weld Street.
All classmates, spouses and guests are welcomed. Any questions call, 364-3388

1. Class of ’59 lunch
RUMFORD CENTER — The Mexico High School Class of 1959 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9 at the River Valley Grill (former Rt. 2 Diner).
Spouses and significant others are welcome.

1. Class of ’58 lunch
RANGELEY — The Stephens High School Class of 1958 will meet at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the Red Onion.
All classmates and their significant others are welcome to attend. For more information, call Janet B. at 364-2928.

1. Class of ’56 lunch
ANDOVER — The Stephens High School Class of 1956 will meet at noon on Tuesday at the Little Red Hen Restaurant
All classmates and spouses welcome. For more information, call Stephen Gallant at 562-7081.

1. Class of ’55 lunch
RUMFORD CENTER — The Stephens High School Class of 1955 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 8 at the River Valley Grill (formerly Rt. 2 Diner) for their monthly meeting and luncheon.

1. Class of ’53 lunch
DIXFIELD — The Stephens High School Class of 1953 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the Front Porch Cafe.
All class members and guests are welcome. For more information, call Isabel Duguay at 562-4241.

1. Class of ’51 lunch
MEXICO — The Stephens High School Class of 1951 will meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the Covered Wagon.
All classmates are welcome. For more information, call 364-8883.

1. Class of ’49 lunch
MEXICO — Mexico High School Class of 1949 will meet for lunch at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Dick’s Restaurant.

1. Class of ’48 lunch
RUMFORD — The Mexico High School Class of 1948 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Gatch’s.
Classmates and guests welcome. For more information, call Helen at 364-2717.

1. Class of ’46 lunch
RUMFORD — The Stephens High School Class of 1946 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the Hotel Rumford.

1. Class of ’45 lunch
MEXICO — The Stephens High School Class of 1945 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16 at the Covered Wagon.
For more information, call Marguerite at 364-3270.

1. SeniorsPlus Seeking volunteers
REGION — SeniorsPlus is looking for volunteers in Oxford County to serve in their communities as a Medicare Counselor.
If you like numbers, research, and want to make a difference in people’s lives, this opportunity is for you. SeniorsPlus needs volunteers to meet with Medicare beneficiary’s one-on-one to assist in Medicare enrollment, changing plans and understanding the basics of Medicare; as well as speaking to groups to help educate them about Medicare basics. Come join our Medicare team of volunteers and staff that make a real difference in the lives of our clients every day!
For more information or to sign up for our upcoming trainings in July, contact Heather Chandel, Volunteer Services Coordinator by June 27 at 513-3710, or email at hchandel@seniorsplus.org.

1. River Valley Farmer’s Market
MEXICO — The River Valley Farmer’s Market will be held on Fridays at Region 9 from 2 to 6 p.m. until mid-October.
While it’s still too early for produce, consumers will be able to purchase seedlings, baked goods, jewelry, bath and body supplies, meat and eggs.
For more information, call Market President Jessica Roy at 357-1304.

1. Story Hour at Mexico Public Library
MEXICO — Story Hour for toddlers and preschoolers at the Mexico Public Library will take place at 10 a.m. every Tuesday.
Plan to join us for lots of fun stories and craft projects! The only Tuesdays during the school year that Story Hour will not be held are holidays, school storm days, or school vacation Tuesdays. RSU 10 schedule is followed for the Library children’s programming.
For more information, contact the library at 364-3281 or library@mexicomaine.net.

1. Preschool Story Time at Rumford Public Library
RUMFORD — Area youngsters ages 2-5 are invited to attend the preschool story times in the Rumford Public Library Children’s room, held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Children who attend will enjoy stories, songs, activities and a healthy snack.
They also make a take home craft that reflects that week’s theme. This is an excellent opportunity for parents to have their children meet and interact with other preschoolers. Story times will not be held during school vacations or in the event of school cancellations.

1. Adult crafters welcome
RUMFORD — Adult crafters are welcome from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Wednesday in the Eagles’ function hall to work on their projects and socialize with others.
Bring everything you need for your project and a lunch. Make jewelry, quilting, clothing, paint ny number, whatever you like to do.
For more information, call Kathy at 418-0254.

1. Need pet food?
RUMFORD — If you have a need for cat/kitten or dog/puppy food, please stop by Praise Assembly of God Church (89 Congress St.) Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon or contact the church office and leave a message (364-3856).
The following information is needed: Names of adults in household, address, phone number, number of pets and pet type (cat/kitten or dog/puppy).
Please note we do not deliver just pet food and the availability of pet food varies from month to month.

1. Rumford Writer’s Group
RUMFORD — The Rumford Writer’s Group is open to serious writers of all genres. Do you enjoy writing? Working on a book?
We meet the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Call Brenda Espinoza at 364-2419 to learn about joining and for more information.

1. Crutches for Africa
RIVER VALLEY — Donate your used crutches, canes and walkers to Crutches4Africa, a cause sponsored by the River Valley Rotary Club.
For more information, call Bill at 364-2400 or Rich at 357-8023. For wheelchair donations, call for pickup appointment.

1. Special Olympics fundraiser
RUMFORD — Team Opportunities is seeking bottles and cans for a Special Olympics fundraiser.
Drop off at 179 Wyman Hill Rd. or call 364-8622 or 357-0098 for pick up.
This is an ongoing fundraiser as the athletes are active in different event all year. Each is responsible for their own entrance fees.