Inside Naples


Wild weather

With Easter landing in March this year, one could only assume that it would be chilly. It certainly was that and more. Good Friday brought us a freezing rain storm serious enough to cancel school (we just had a snow day Monday of this week!) While the cool air stuck around, the rain did not.

We had a sunny and brisk Easter weekend and Maine Maple Sunday. I don’t think the temperatures stopped any hardy Mainers from enjoying the fresh syrup at local sugar shacks, although the ubiquitous mud may be a bit taller of a hurdle. I have heard complaints of neighbors getting stuck in their driveways. On the bright side, the pile of snow we usually have until May in a shady spot of our lawn will most likely be non-existent this year.

Bottle drive to benefit band trip

Want an easy way to help the Lake Region High School Band get to New York City? A bottle drive will be held this Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with all proceeds to benefit the band’s trip at the end of April.

Dropoff locations will be set up at the Casco Central Fire Station on Route 121, the Naples Fire Station on Route 302, and the Bridgton Fire Station off Main Street. Donors can also email or call Shannon Avery at or 671-2639 to set up a pickup. Donations can also be made by dropping off their bottles at Marston’s Redemption in Naples. (Just tell them they are for the LRHS band, and they will credit it.). Organizers will also have vehicles going around all four towns. At this writing the group is still working on a donation dropoff location for Sebago.

Naples library update

Are you new to using a computer? The Casco Public Library will be hosting a Computer Fundamentals Training Course granted by the Information Technology Exchange. The two sessions will be 1-4 p.m. on Sundays, April 3 and 10. Register at either the Casco or Naples libraries.

The Cat Coalition of Western Maine will be at the library on Saturday, April 23, at 11 a.m., to talk about their trap/neuter/return program for feral cats. They will also talk about how they socialize and adopt out some of the cats that they trap. The presentation promises to be very informative and interactive, you won’t want to miss it.

Interested in finding out more about your roots? Attend the Introduction to Ancestry Class on Saturday, April 9, from 10-11 a.m.

Need some fun stuff to do over vacation week? Check out the library. There will be the Children’s Movie on Tuesday, April 19, at 4 p.m. Earlier on April 19, you can stop in to learn more about Your Government, Your Neighborhood from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. when Constituent Services Representative Dan Reardon from U.S. Senator Angus King’s office will be there to answer your questions. Also for School Vacation Week, which is April 15-24, the library will host ongoing craft and science stations set up on the children’s floor.

Project Graduation fundraiser

Take the whole family to a fantastic spaghetti supper and help the seniors of Lake Region High School fund their Project Graduation. The dinner will be held at the Oriental Masonic Lodge at 166 Harrison Road on Saturday, April 2, from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are just $6 per person or $25 for family of five or more.

Fundraiser for Galapagos travel group

Please help us save the turtles by painting one! Actually, you can choose any project you want. Visit and choose your project. (Kits start at $25 to $40). Then show up at the Fountain of You Fitness and Event Space at 703 Roosevelt Trail on Sunday, April 3, from 3-6 p.m.

You will paint a small project of your choice and learn how to make chalk paint, and do different techniques to give it a shabby or antique look. Delicious bake-sale items and refreshments will be available for purchase. Please sign up today as the project needs delivery time. 
Please contact Christina Burdwood at 693-1151 to purchase your project.

Two chances for trivia

Who doesn’t love good food, time with friends, and trivia? Two groups from Lake Region High School, in conjunction with Camp Fire Grille, are hosting benefit trivia nights in April. Project Graduation’s Fundraising Trivia Night is on Tuesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. You can go to dinner before the event, and the restaurant will donate 10 percent of the check to Project Graduation. There will also be a Silent and Live Auction.

The Lake Region High School Band is also hosting this fun night on Tuesday, April 19, from 6-9 p.m. Again, you can go early and enjoy dinner as the 10 percent donated will stand on all dinner tickets between 6 and 9 p.m. The band will be selling trivia “helpers” to increase your team odds of bringing home a prize! 
You can reserve your table for one or both of these trivia nights by calling 803-2255.

The Lake Region High School band traveled to the State House in Augusta to perform the Star Spangled Banner, as is a daily tradition to open up the Legislative session. Pictured are Naples state Rep. Christine Powers and clarinet musician Emily St. John from the high school band.