2018-04-12 / Editorial

Did You Hear?

by Alex MacPhail


Visitors enjoy hot dogs, American chop suey, baked brown bread, beans, coleslaw and more, all served up by volunteers at a bean supper held at Saco Grange 53 on North Street Saturday, April 7. Proceeds benefit the grange and various activities it supports throughout the year. (Alex MacPhail photo) Visitors enjoy hot dogs, American chop suey, baked brown bread, beans, coleslaw and more, all served up by volunteers at a bean supper held at Saco Grange 53 on North Street Saturday, April 7. Proceeds benefit the grange and various activities it supports throughout the year. (Alex MacPhail photo) Did you hear? Saco Grange Hall was hopping this past Saturday, April 7 as grange members and volunteers hosted a public bean supper to benefit and support the hall, which hosts many groups and activities throughout the year. According to grange officer Sandy Leeman, the grange is more than just a venue and, while central to the grange’s mission of providing space for nonprofit groups such as Scouts, crafters/quilters and more, its members also serves the community.

“There are so many things that can be done to help out and this is one of them,” Leeman said of the well attended supper. “It gets people out and together.”

One of the volunteers, Kelsey Ealey, a Navy veteran from Saco who advocates for student veterans and is an officer with the grange, felt it was a great way for her to give back to her hometown.

“We hit all aspects of community involvement,” said Ealey while volunteering on the food service line at the supper. “It allows me a chance to help other young veterans like myself and stay involved.”

According to officer Kathy Purdy, the hall also hosts a public Acoustic Jam the first Thursday of every month, a free clothing give away for residents in need from multiple counties and year-round bottle drives that are donated to various local groups. For more information on grange activities, visit www.grange.org/sacome53.

In other community news, Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education, with campuses located at Old Orchard Beach High School and the Learning Center in Saco (on Common Street) is kicking off its spring and summer classes this April for residents of Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Ocean Park and Dayton. It offers vocational programs, such as the CRMA and other certification courses, educational programs such as the high school equivalency exam and enrichment courses such as wine tastings, cooking and fitness classes.

“It’s all about offering something the community can get excited about,” said Manager and Marketing Coordinator Janice Erickson, who helps hand pick courses.

“We do a lot of research on what is happening in the world, as well as our surrounding communities, and really try and partner with people and groups who are willing to explore.”

Erickson said some of those partnerships have even lead to off site classes being introduced, such as an upcoming gardening class to be held at Moody’s Nursery in Saco, and a course on how to properly taste and identify beer where participants will visit Banded Horn, Barreled Souls, Foundation and Rising Tide breweries. For more information on classes, schedules and programs, call 934-7922 or visit www.http://oobsaco.maineadulted.org.

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