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Tayla Pelletier, left, and Gwen Rogers and Alivia Benish, pictured in photo at right, are finalists in Lakes Region's Got Talent and will perform Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Magic Lantern in Bridgton.

Lake Region’s Got Talent finals

Congrats to Alivia Benish, Tayla Pelletier and Gwen Rogers of CenterStage in Raymond. They made it through the first two rounds of Lake Region’s Got Talent and will be competing in the finals this coming Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Magic Lantern in Bridgton. Come support and vote for their pieces. Gwen and Tayla perform a jazz/acro piece and Alivia, a jazz piece.

Also competing in the competition were Alice Boudreau and Ally Troiano, who performed one of their own choreographed pieces, and Isabelle Bedford, who performed a jazz piece. All of the girls will be performing their pieces at upcoming competitions in March.

Snowshoe hike

Join Loon Echo Land Trust staff for a popular snowshoe hike at the Intervale Forest in Harrison on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. The Intervale Forest is part of the spectacular Crooked River Preserve.

Participants will be exploring the interior of this unique parcel, where careful timber management has occurred for generations.  Loon Echo biologist Paul Miller will help identify winter birds of the Intervale and will also “name those tracks” of winter creatures found within the preserve if conditions allow. The tour will work its way to the Crooked River and, along the way, the leaders will discuss the Sebago salmon and the importance of the Crooked River to this world-famous species.

The entrance to the Intervale parcel is located on Scribners Mills Road in Harrison, a half mile west of the Crooked River if coming from Otisfield, or seven-tenths of a mile east of Maple Ridge Road from the west.  Guests should bring snowshoes, warm layers of clothing, water and snacks.
 
Loon Echo Land Trust protects land in seven towns in the northern Sebago Lake region of Maine.  Its mission is to conserve the region’s natural resources and character for current and future generations.  Loon Echo protects 6,700 acres of land and manages 31 miles of trails that are open to the public for walking, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hunting and fishing, as well as snowmobiling and ATV’ing on certain designated trails.

For more information about this event, contact Jon Evans at stewardship@lelt.org  For more information about other Loon Echo events, visit lelt.org or call the office located in Bridgton at 647-4352.

New library hours and delivery service

While we all shovel snow, turn up the heat and travel through the winter, the library will be changing its hours on Monday and Wednesday. Winter hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, with Saturday hours from 9 a.m-4 p.m. Later hours will resume in March. Knowing the winter can be especially difficult for traveling and getting out, the library also offers delivery service;  contact the library at 655-4283 for more.

Tayla Pelletier, left, and Gwen Rogers and Alivia Benish, pictured in photo at right, are finalists in Lakes Region’s Got Talent and will perform Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Magic Lantern in Bridgton.