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Wearing his signature bowtie, Bob Crowley chats with Linda Foster of Freeport and other spectators at last year’s Durham Warriors Survival Challenge. The event is this weekend at Maine Forest Yurts in Durham. File photo

Survival Challenge

coming this weekend

The Durham Warriors Survival Challenge will be held Friday, June 24-Sunday, June 26, at the Crowley family’s Maine Forest Yurts, Auburn/Pownal Road in Durham. The challenges run Friday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., followed by meet-and-greet at the Crowley farm. The public is welcome, and concessions are available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. during the event.

Proceeds benefit the Durham Warriors Project, a nonprofit that covers the costs for disabled veterans and nonprofit groups focused on education and family to stay at Maine Forest Yurts. Donations will be accepted at event or online at www.DurhamWarriors.org and www.MaineForestYurts.com.

Dinner to benefit

Kenyan orphanage

Durham Friends Meeting is holding a barbecue chicken dinner with strawberry shortcake on Saturday, June 25, at 5:30 p.m., at the Durham Friends Meetinghouse (corner of 125 and the Durham Road/Quaker Meetinghouse Road). The meal benefits the Kakamega Orphans Care Centre in Kenya.

Dorothy Selebwa, director and founder of the Kakamega AIDS Orphan Project, will be the guest speaker at the conclusion of the dinner. She has devoted her life to caring for children suffer from serious poverty. Some 250 children are in the Kakamega Orphans Care Centre, receiving loving care and an opportunity for education and hope.

The cost for the dinner is $14, $12 for seniors and teens, $8 for children and free for kids under 5. A $2 discount is offered to those making advance reservations at 318-8531 or 865-3768.

This is the 14th year that Durham Friends Meeting has held a benefit for the Kakamega AIDS Orphan Project.

Community Lunch

resumes July 19

Because of the holiday, the next Community Lunch at the First Congregational Church of Durham, 773 Royalsborough Road, will be served on Tuesday, July 19. Doors open at 11:30 and the meal is served at noon. The suggested donation for lunch is $2-$4, and all proceeds fund future lunches.

The general schedule is the first and third Tuesday of the month. The church, located at the intersection of routes 9 and 136, is handicapped accessible. Those interested in helping or who have questions can call Julie Wagoner at 353-9715.

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. ATV registration stickers are now available at the town office.

Meetings

The Board of Selectmen will meet Tuesday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m., at the Town Office.

Farm tour looks

at cover crop

Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, with Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, are hosting a Conservation Farm Tour on Wednesday, June 29, starting at 5 p.m., at New Leaf Farm, 496 Davis Road in Durham. Dave Colson, MOFGA’s agricultural services director, will lead a tour of a cover crop demonstration planted at New Leaf Farm.

For more information and to register for the event, contact Jocelyn Lahey at 753-9400, ext. 404 or jlahey@maineconservationdistricts.com.

Burn permits

available online

Diana Dimock of Durham Fire and Rescue has reminded residents that free online burn permits are available at www.wardensreport.com.

Written burn permits can be obtained based on staffing and fire class day.

Pre-K, kindergarten

sign-up under way

Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten pre-registration has begun for the 2016-2017 school year. See www.dcs.rsu5.org for the registration forms and more information.

The pre-K program is a partial week, full-day program operating in two sessions: a Monday and Wednesday session and a Tuesday and Thursday session. Placement in Friday’s session, will be determined by the results of screening. This means, some children will be recommended for placement in a three-day program in order to provide them with additional support.

The program will only accommodate a total of 32 students. If there are more than 32 children registered, priority will be given to those with an academic or developmental need, and remaining places will be determined by lottery.

AMVETS, auxiliary membership

Veterans who want to belong to an organization that supports other veterans, families and the local are welcome to join the Durham AMVETS Post 13. For membership information, call Chad Burke, 798-0956.

Women who are the wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister or granddaughter (18 or older) of a veteran are invited to join the Durham AMVET Post 13 Ladies Auxiliary. Give Melinda a call or email her at amvetpost13la@gmail.com.

The group meets every third Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

CEO hours

Hours for Paul Baines, Durham’s codes enforcement officer, are Monday and Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Friday, 1-4 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.

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.

Wearing his signature bowtie, Bob Crowley chats with Linda Foster of Freeport and other spectators at last year’s Durham Warriors Survival Challenge. The event is this weekend at Maine Forest Yurts in Durham. File photo