Durham News


Giving Tree


The Giving Tree Project provides Christmas presents to children in need from Durham, as well as Lisbon, Sabattus and Bowdoin. Each town office has a Giving Tree, decorated with tags that list the name of a local child 18 years of age or younger, and a requested gift. Residents take a tag off the tree, buy gifts and return them to the place where they got the tag. A day or two prior to Christmas, the gifts are delivered from Durham, Sabattus and Bowdoin to the Lisbon Town Office. Someone then calls the person who requested a gift to come get their presents.

Applications to have children included on the Giving Tree are still available by calling 353-3000, ext. 124. The deadline for applications is Dec. 1. There is a suggested limit of $20-$25 per gift, and no children over 18 will be included on the tree unless they are still in high school.

The Town Office anticipates tags will be available on Dec. 5.

‘Nutcracker’ features

four Durham dancers

Durham residents Paige Gelhar, Sydney Gelhar, Ellie Thornton and Gwenyth Thornton are among the dancers performing in Maine State Ballet’s 40th anniversary production of “The Nutcracker,” at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium Friday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Dec. 4. Tickets are on sale through Porttix at 842-0800, or tickets.porttix.com, or at the Merrill Auditorium box office, noon-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Tickets are priced at $21-66, and discounts are available for groups, seniors and children.

Gun raffle

tickets on sale

Durham Fire & Rescue has launched its annual “30 Days – 30 Guns in November” gun raffle. The organization is again working with Johnson’s Sporting Goods. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased from any member of the Durham Fire & Rescue Department. Those interested can stop by the station at 615 Hallowell Road or call 353-2473. Tickets can also be purchased at the Durham Get & Go at 697 Royalsborough Road. Sales are limited to 3,000 tickets, so the odds of winning are 1 in 100.

For more information, contact department members Ken Scribner, 353-4030, or Keith Russell, 837-8748.

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.


The Board of Selectmen will meet Tuesdays, Nov. 29, Dec. 13 and 27, at 6:30 p.m., at the town office.

The Comprehensive Planning Committee will meet Monday, Dec. 5, at 6:30, at the town office.

The Planning Board will meet Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., at the town office.


meet monthly

The Tri-Town Penguins Snowmobile Club meets on the last Tuesday of each month from September to April. Meetings are held at the Durham Fire Station, 615 Hallowell Road in Durham, beginning at 7 p.m. The next meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 29. New members are always welcome. For more information, contact Duncan Daly at 865-6188 or Mike Yates at 233-6952.

Community Lunch

Tuesday, Dec. 6

The next Community Lunch schedule is Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the First Congregational Church of Durham, 773 Royalsborough Road. 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.

AMVETS, auxiliary

welcome new members

Veterans who want to belong to an organization that supports other veterans, families and the community are welcome to join the Durham AMVETS Post 13. The group meets the first and third Monday of the month, unless it’s a holiday, at 7 p.m. For more 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. The group meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m., at the hall. For more information, call Melinda Doughty, 841-4095.

The hall is also available for rental at $350. Contact 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.; Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.-noon. 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. For more information, contact Pearl Scribner at 754-5912, decc4rent@gmail.com.

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.