2018-03-15 / Editorial

Did You Hear?

by Alex McPhail


Biddeford Intermediate School fifth grader Micayla Budd shows off a handmade pottery dish, which was available for sale Sunday at the Community Soup-er fundraiser held at Pepperell Center in Biddeford. (Alex McPhail photo) Biddeford Intermediate School fifth grader Micayla Budd shows off a handmade pottery dish, which was available for sale Sunday at the Community Soup-er fundraiser held at Pepperell Center in Biddeford. (Alex McPhail photo) Have you heard? The Stone Soup Food Pantry in Biddeford will get a much needed boost as Heart of Biddeford, with assistance from Saco Main Street and Saco Biddeford Savings, came together to present their fourth annual Community Soup-er fundraiser this Sunday, March 11 at Pepperell Center in Biddeford.

According to Delilah Poupore, executive director of Heart of Biddeford, the yearly event helps raise much need funds for local hunger programs by bringing together restaurants that donate their favorite soup dishes and are served by volunteers to ticket buying patrons, with proceeds benefiting various local food pantries. The fundraiser, held in community space donated by Doug and Laura Sanford, owners of Pepperell Center, began as a small community style soup dinner as a collaboration between Biscuits & Company and HOB.

Stacey Cooper, owner of Biscuits & Company, explained her motivation to help.

“Everybody deserves to eat, but only if we can eat.”

That fact was not lost on residents Mary Adcock of Biddeford and Shirley Sauer of Ocean Park who attended the event last year as well.

“We love the food and we were really looking forward to it again this year,” Adcock said. We love the biscuits, the soup and the idea of being able to help out.”

Last years recipient, Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center in Biddeford, which received approximately $1,600 from last year’s event, was represented this year by Development Associate Linda Edgerton.

“This is a really great time,” said Edgerton of volunteering. “It’s our way of paying it forward.”

Those in attendance were also afforded the opportunity to take home handmade pottery bowls crafted by students at Biddeford Intermediate School.

In other community news, a combination of warm temperatures during the day and cooler temperatures at night in February have created ideal conditions for a long, successful maple syrup season, according to

Keith Harris of Harris Farm in Dayton.

“This has been the second earliest maple syrup harvest in the last 31 years” said Harris, who is gearing up for Maine Maple Syrup Weekend held March 24 and 25th.

Featuring an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, handmade maple sugar covered doughnuts and various maple confections, as well as wagon rides provided by the Farmer’s Draft and Pony Club, it’s an “all hands on deck” approach with between 25 to 30 family members who pitch in to serve the thousands of maple syrup fans that will visit over the course of the weekend. According to Harris, even this recent snow and cold spell has helped by “prolonging the season, ensuring high quality in both the color and taste,” Harris said. Visit www.mainemapleproducers.com for more information on participating maple producers in Maine.

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