Inside Bridgton

The Lakes Environmental Association will host its first Maine Lakes Open Paddle Battle on Highland Lake July 1.

SAD 61 summer food program

The SAD 61 Food Service Department will again be participating in the USDA-sponsored Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis at Stevens Brook Elementary School, 14 Frances Bell Drive, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from June 26 to Aug. 18. Lunch will also be served from noon to 1 p.m. at Highland Lake Park, Woods Pond Park, Bridgton Community Center and Sawyer Circle Housing from June 26 to Aug. 25.

Chickadee Quilters show

The 38th Annual Quilt Show hosted by the Chickadee Quilters of Bridgton will take place on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9, at Stevens Brook Elementary School on Route 302. This is the second largest quilt show in the state of Maine and showcases a wide range of traditional and modern-style quilts created by some of the most talented artisans in the area. Admission to the show is $5 and proceeds benefit a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Good Shepherd Food Bank, Adopt a Child at Christmas, and the Bridgton Community Center. For more information about the show and on joining the Chickadee Quilters please email

BHS multiclass reunion

Bridgton High School will hold a multiclass reunion at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, at the Ronald St. John VFW Post on Waterford Road in Harrison. Anyone who attended BHS is welcome and encouraged to bring guests. Those who can are asked to bring a snack that can be shared with others. Those who want to bring adult beverages are welcome to do so as well.

The last BHS reunion was very successful and it is hoped that this one will be, too. If there is a designated member of your class who is putting the word out, please contact them and ask them to let EJ Bosworth, 693-6671, or Larry Newth, 998-3039,  know how many are planning on attending.

Birth House birthday

This July, the Birth House at Birthwise Midwifery School in Bridgton will celebrate 10 years of providing midwifery care to families in Maine and New Hampshire.

“We introduced this new model of natural pregnancy and birth care into the community 10 years ago and we have watched it take root and grow. What a pleasure it has been to provide this birth center option and see the benefits to parents and their babies,” says Heidi Fillmore, a midwife and co-founder of the  Birth House.

The public is invited to a celebration to on Saturday, July 8, in a renovated wing of the historic Samuel Andrews house, 24 South High St., now the Birthwise Midwifery School campus. The child-friendly event will start at 2 p.m. and run until 5 p.m. and include music, dancing, block printing and a fun photo booth. Meet the midwives, explore the facilities, connect with current and former Birth House clients and just have fun. For more information, go to, call 647-5968, or e-mail

SUP race

The Lakes Environmental Association will bring a new tradition to Highland Lake this summer with its first annual Maine Lakes Open Paddle Battle on July 1. The event, the first of its kind in western Maine, will provide a 2K course for recreational paddlers and a 5K course for cruisers.

There will be real competition, but the race is mainly about having fun and raising money for LEA. For every $100 of sponsorship raised, a full minute will be taken off the fundraiser’s race time. Medals will also be awarded based on best (actual) time as well.

Pledge forms and registration can be found at, Race categories include men’s and women’s longboard (longer than 12 feet, 6 inches) and men’s and women’s shortboard (12 feet, 6 inches and under). Age classes are 15-35, 36-55, and 56-plus. The minimum age to participate is 15.

The Lakes Environmental Association will host its first Maine Lakes Open Paddle Battle on Highland Lake July 1.