Durham News


Office hours

The Durham Town Office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 8: 30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; closed Wednesday; and Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. For more information, call 353-2561.


The Durham Board of Selectmen will meet Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m., in the Town Office.

Dance to benefit Durham AMVETS

The country-rock band 95 North will play at a dance to benefit the Durham AMVETS, on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 8 p.m.-midnight, at the post, 1049 Royalsborough Road. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Durham Get & Go. Ticket buyers must be at least 21 years old.

Proceeds from the dance will help with the rebuilding of the building after the pipes broke. For more information, call 576-0193 or 353-9400.

Applicants sought for Durham scholarship

The Durham Scholarship Committee will award one $1,000 scholarship this year.

Scholarship applications and qualifications are available at the Durham Town Office or online at www.durhamme.com and must be completed and returned to the Town Office no later than March 11, at 4:30 p.m. The scholarship will be paid directly to the recipient after the successful completion of the first semester (minimum 2.5 GPA). The recipient, who must live in Durham, is limited to one scholarship award. The recipient must have applied and/or been accepted as an incoming freshman in an accredited academic, vocational, professional or technical school, college or university and must attend classes full time.

Applications will be reviewed and finalists chosen by the Durham Scholarship Committee. The scholarship award will be presented at the Durham town meeting on Saturday, April 2. All scholarship applicants will be notified by mail of the committee’s decision by mail prior to April 2.

Nomination papers for six open seats

Durham’s annual town meeting is Saturday, April 2, and municipal elections are Friday, April 1. Nomination papers are now available at the Town Office to fill the following seats: Two, three-year terms for the Board of Selectmen; three, three-year terms for the Budget Committee; and one, three-year term on the Regional School Unit 5 board.

Any resident of Durham can visit the Town Office to collect the form to gather at least 25 and no more than 100 Durham residents’ signatures to be placed on official ballot. Nomination papers need to be completed and filed with the Town Office on or before Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 4:30 p.m.

Absentee ballots will be available Tuesday, March 1. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Monday, March 28.

For more information, call the Town Office at 353-2561.

Assessor hours

Town Assessor Donna Hays will be in the Town Office on Monday, Jan. 25, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Hays can be reached at 353-2561, ext. 13.

Snowmobile club meeting monthly

Tri-Town Penguins Snowmobile Club meets the last Tuesday of the month through April, at 7 p.m., at the Durham Fire Station, 615 Hallowell Road in Durham. The next meeting is Jan. 26. New members are always welcome. For more information, contact Duncan Daly at 865-6188 or Mike Yates at 865-3555.

AMVETS membership

Veterans who want to belong to an organization that supports other veterans, families and the local are welcome to join the Durham AMVETS. For membership information, call Chad Burke, 798-0956.

CEO hours

Hours for Paul Baines, Durham’s codes enforcement officer, are Monday and Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. He can be reached at 376-6558 or codes@ durhamme.com. For more information, call the Town Office, 353-2561, ext. 13.

Weekly cribbage

The Durham Eureka Community Center, corner of Route 9 and Route 136, hosts cribbage every Tuesday from 9 a.m.-noon.

Rent Eureka Center

The Durham Eureka Community Center is available for rent. The maximum amount of people the hall holds for an event is 50. Contact Nancy Decker at 751-1323 or the Town Office at 353-2561.

Food pantry

The Lisbon Area Christian Outreach (LACO) food pantry, which serves the towns of Durham, Bowdoin, and Lisbon Falls, is open Wednesday from 6-8 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m.-noon and Saturday from 8-10 a.m. The LACO Food Pantry is located at the Marion T. Morse School on School Street, Lisbon Falls. The parking lot is behind the Lisbon United Methodist Church, off Berry Avenue. There is also a free clothing bank. For more information, see www.lacopantry.org or call Deb, 240-1637.

Church services

The First Congregational Church of Durham UCC, 773 Royalsborough Road, holds Sunday worship at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Peter Mercer.

Shiloh Chapel, Beulah lane off Shiloh Road, holds services Sundays at 10 a.m. Ron Parker is pastor.

Durham Monthly meeting of Friends, 532 Quakermeeting House Road, at the corner of Route 125, every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The pastor is Douglas Gwyn.