Summer has flown by and suddenly it’s back-to-school time. Some schools are already in session and others will begin a day or so after Labor Day. To all the teachers, administrators, coaches, janitors, kitchen staff and others who work hard to run our local schools, I wish you a safe and happy start to the academic year. And drivers, please be patient with the school buses. They are transporting precious cargo so safety is paramount.
The mountains call
The 16th annual Loon Echo Trek will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Shawnee Peak Ski Area in Bridgton. Hike 4.5 or 6 miles across the ridge line of Pleasant Mountain, or bike 25, 50, 80 or 100 miles (“the toughest century in the state”) through the scenic hills and valleys of western Maine. Or do a bit of both with the Trek’s Hike & Bike option.
Check-in for the longer bike rides begins at 7 a.m. and check-in times for the other events are staggered until 10 a.m. All events are fully supported and start and finish at Shawnee Peak Ski Area. Participants are also welcome to the Post-Trek Party at the ski area featuring a taco bar, Allagash beer, massages and live music.
Proceeds from the event support Loon Echo Land Trust projects to preserve and protect land for public use in the northern Sebago Lake region. For more information and to register for the trek go to loonechotrek.org.
The Magic Lantern will host an Anniversary Celebration for Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice in honor of its 50th anniversary. The event will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, and is open to the community. Light refreshments will be served. An RSVP is not mandatory but appreciated. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 795-9405.
Diabetes classes at hospital
The Diabetes Clinic at Bridgton Hospital will hold its three-part Diabetes Self-Management classes in the large conference boardroom at Bridgton Hospital beginning on Friday, Sept. 9. All classes are taught by certified medical personnel and diabetes educators.
The classes are designed to present general information about diabetes and help patients manage the disease. Patients will also be introduced to a diabetes support system. Topics to be covered include an overview of the disease, treatment options, diet and nutrition, glucose monitoring, eye care and other aspects of living successfully with diabetes.
Pre-registration and pre-assessment is required for all people attending the classes. To learn more about the program and to register please call Elaine Drew at 647-6064.
Successful blood drive
The blood drive sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bridgton-Lake Region, on behalf of the American Red Cross, was a remarkable success, thanks to the generosity of local citizens who turned out to donate blood. The drive was held on Aug. 18 at the Masonic Hall in Bridgton. A total of 47 units of blood were collected, surpassing the intended goal by 20 pecent.
The Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club meets weekly at the Bridgton Community Center (Depot Street, behind Reny’s) on Thursday mornings at 7:15. If you are interested in the club and its activities, visit lakeregionrotary.com.
Free Tai Chi
Limber up for fall, improve your balance and relieve stress. Join the new beginner Tai Chi Maine classes sponsored by the Bridgton Recreational Department starting on Thursday, Sept. 8. The classes are free and are held Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. at the old Bridgton Town Hall on North High Street.
Tai Chi Maine is a nonprofit organization that aims to give back to the community. Although all its classes are free, donations to support the Bridgton Food Pantry are always welcome. Members of Tai Chi Maine collected $1,320 during the first half of this year and presented the pantry with a check for that amount in August.
Check out taichiinmaine.com for more information.
Hospital CEO honored
David Frum, president of Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital, was named as one of the nation’s “Top 50 Critical Access Hospital CEOs to Know” in 2016 by Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading industry publication. The announcement noted that the named leaders are “at the helm of organizations regularly recognized for the quality and safety of their services.”
“I’m proud of the focus we have on quality patient care and safety – and, it is always nice to be recognized for that good work,” Frum said. “The residents of western Maine are the true beneficiaries of our exceptional quality and service – and I am truly honored to serve as CEO for these two hospitals.” Frum has more than 25 years of experience working for hospitals in Maine, Texas, Kentucky and Georgia.
Earlier this year, Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital received a National Health Association Top Critical Access Hospital Award and Becker’s recognized Bridgton Hospital as one of the “Top 50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know.” Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital are both nonprofits affiliated with the integrated healthcare system of Central Maine Healthcare.
Blast from the past
The 71st Glidden AAA Revival Tour featuring pre-1943 automobiles will stop for a coffee break in Bridgton on Thursday, Sept. 15. Depot Street (behind Reny’s) will be closed to traffic from 7:30-10:30 a.m. so that the antique cars can park along the road and be on display to the public. Car and history buffs will be able to view the antique autos and talk to their owners during their stay in town.
The tour is the oldest, largest and most prestigious antique car event in the country and features hundreds of rare, restored pre-1943 automobiles. This is the first time since 1998 that the tour has been in New England. The event will begin in North Conway, N.H., and travel around that area as well as parts of western Maine, including Bridgton.
For more information about the tour go to http://www.gliddentour.org.
Highlands special offer
Bridgton Highlands Country Club is now offering an end of season special on memberships for next year. If you purchase a membership for the 2017 season after Sept. 1, you can play the remainder of the 2016 season for free. The club, which is open to the public, has a variety of membership options to suit just about anyone.
The Highlands golf course, featuring beautiful mountain views, was originally created in 1925-26 with nine holes by noted golf course designer A.W. Tillinghast. It was later expanded to 18 holes and re-opened for play in 1994.
More information about the Club, its facilities, and membership offers can be obtained by calling 647-3491 or online at www.bridgtonhighlands.com.
The 71st Glidden AAA Revival Tour featuring pre-1943 automobiles will stop for a coffee break in Bridgton on Thursday, Sept. 15.