Community News – South Portland Land Trust meeting features ‘Re-Wilding’ presentation

South Portland Land Trust members and the public are invited to the organization’s virtual annual meeting on Thursday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. This year’s annual meeting will feature a special presentation on “Re-Wilding Your Yard and Land” by Anna Fialkov, Program Director The Wild Seed Project

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The annual meeting is a great opportunity to come to learn more about the Land Trust’s goals and activities, to review some of the organization’s achievements for 2021, to honor the many volunteers who have devoted nearly 200 hours throughout the year, and to help elect new officers and board members.

“While this has been a challenging year for all of us, we have taken some significant steps forward for the South Portland Land Trust, ensuring the continued Our focus is on our mission: preserving open spaces, creating and connecting pathways, and engaging our community in the natural world.”

In partnership with Maine Audubon, the state-of-the-art Wild Seed Project offers more in-depth training on transforming lawns and home gardens into layers of native plants. The focus will be on how to adopt conscious practices that benefit wildlife and the health of the planet and plant native trees that support local food webs.

The South Portland Land Trust is a private, non-profit land trust dedicated to preserving open spaces and expanding trail networks that are historically, educationally, recreationally, or environmentally important to the people of South Portland.

For more information and to find a Zoom link, contact the South Portland Land Trust at [email protected] Or visit the Land Trust’s Facebook website and www.southportlandlandtrust.org/.

Senator Carney, Representative Morales hosts South Portland General Office opening hours

Senator Ann Carney, Democrat of Cape Elizabeth, and Representative Victoria Morales of South Portland, will hold office hours Wednesday, December 15, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Activities Room inside the Redbank Community Center in South Portland.

Business hours provide local residents with an opportunity to meet with their representatives to ask questions and obtain assistance with state government services. Carney and Morales will also provide updates on their legislation and the legislature’s work more broadly.

Those who cannot hold the event, but still wish to communicate with Carney or Morales, can reach out at any time. For Carney, call 207-287-1515 or email [email protected] For Morales, call 207-287-1430 or email [email protected]

What: working hours

Who: Senator Ann Carney and Representative Victoria Morales

When: 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 15th

Where: Redbank Community Center, 95 Macarthur Circle West, South Portland

Carney represents Senate District 29, which includes Cape Elizabeth, southern Portland and part of Scarborough. Morales House represents District 33, which includes part of South Portland.

Giving pet food leads to success

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On Saturday, November 20, the South Portland dog owners’ group, SoPoDog, hosted the Barksgiving community pet food campaign to take advantage of the South Portland Food Cupboard.

Representatives from SoPoDog organized tables in front of the Loyal Companion and at Mill Creek Park where people were greeted by “Ambassador” Eliot, an Airdale terrier.

In a November 22 email, SoPoDog said it “would like to express its gratitude to the many citizens and business owners who have generously donated. Over 375 dog and cat food items have been delivered to the pantry, helping to make Eid week Thanksgiving that’s fun for families with pets.”

A truck loaded with donations from the Barksgiving pet food drive on November 20. Bud Ellis, of SoPoDog, and Ambassador Elliott, visit an Airdale terrier with a Barksgiving visitor. Courtesy Pictures

Launching the annual gaming campaign

The South Portland Christmas Toy Drive helped more than 280 South Portland kids wear new warm coats, shoes and toys last year. One hundred percent of the money raised goes directly to the purchase of necessary things for children.

This is the tenth year of leadership and involves a partnership with the South Portland Police Department, the South Portland Police Patrol Association, the South Portland School System, South Portland Professional Firefighters Local 1476, the South Portland Community Center, and Maine Roofing, Inc. , and Evie’s Ferry Village Watering Hole, Port Harbor Marine and Peoples United – Millcreek.

Every year the game drive collects hundreds of toys, shoes and coats that are distributed to families with the help of police officers. This year, the organization anticipates an even greater need as many have suffered at the hands of the pandemic. The organizers are looking for companies, groups or individuals to “adopt children” for this campaign. All the participants need is to decide how many children they want to buy a coat, shoes and some toys for them.

The campaign is also looking for donations of new unwrapped toys, art supplies, teen items and gift cards that can be delivered at any of the label businesses around town. The deadline for donations is Friday, December 10.

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The organizers made it easy to donate this year and have added QR codes to the posters that will take contributors directly to the GOFUNDME website (www.gofundme.com/f/SoPoChristmasToyDrive) or to Venmo’s @so-po-christmas-toy-leader account).

Participants may also make checks payable to: SPPPA Community Needs Fund. Checks and/or gift cards can be delivered or mailed to:
Maine Roofing- 24 Bishop Ave. South Portland, ME 04106.

The annual Game Driving Party takes place at Evie’s Ferry Village Watering Hole, 121 Sawyer Street, South Portland on Saturday, December 11th, starting at 6 p.m. Bring in new games unpacked and have a night of fun and cocktails.

Game delivery locations:
Maine Roving, Inc., 24 Bishop Street, South Portland
South Portland Police Department, 30 Antoine Street, South Portland
South Portland Fire Station – Cash Corner, 360 Main Street, South Portland
South Portland Community Center – 21 Nelson Road, South Portland
Harbor Marine, 1 Spring Point Drive, South Portland
People’s United Bank – Millcreek, 15 Hinckley Drive, South Portland
Snap Fitness, 747 Broadway, South Portland
Team April Cohen, 382A Cottage Rd, South Portland

For more information or to adopt a family, contact Liz Darling at Maine Roofing, Inc. , 207-767-4243 or email [email protected]

The holiday fair is scheduled for December 4

Antique Christmas will be the focus of the annual holiday fair at First Congregational Church in Scarborough (167 Black Point Road) on Saturday, December 4, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

In the parish hall and the church treasury will be breakfast cake and coffee, handmade items with a Maine theme, holiday veggies, Christmas items, quilts, crafts, jewelry, kitchenware, hand knitting, homemade baked goods, candy and biscuits walks.

Proceeds will go to the church’s charitable efforts. Masks are required. For more information, call 883-2342.

Church Tables Selling Wreath

The First Congregational Church in South Portland hosts a wreath sale. Because of the pandemic, the church has been unable to hold the holiday sale. The church is located at 301 Cottage Road with transportation scheduled on Sawyer Street.

The cost is $20 for the wreath with the bow, or $25 for the bow and decorations. Applications are due by November 30th.

To order, write 207-318-1605, Lynne Lanctot, or email [email protected] Pay by cash or check upon receipt. Make checks payable to FCCUCC with the word “Wreath” in the comment line.

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