2018-05-17 / Editorial

Did You Hear?

by Alex MacPhail


Did you hear? Camp Ellis, despite its winter woes, was open and busting with summer style activity on a near flawless day as patron's of Huots celebrated Mother's Day with seafood and beverages along the jetty, where the Saco River meets the Atlantic Ocean. (Alex MacPhail photo) Did you hear? Camp Ellis, despite its winter woes, was open and busting with summer style activity on a near flawless day as patron's of Huots celebrated Mother's Day with seafood and beverages along the jetty, where the Saco River meets the Atlantic Ocean. (Alex MacPhail photo) Did you hear? With Mother’s Day weekend approaching the last few weeks, Saco Valley Shopping Center was teeming with activity on all fronts, as shoppers filled the parking lots in preparation for the holiday.

York County Federal Credit Union employees took time out of their day to enjoy an afternoon painting, interaction and fun at Painting With a Twist as part of a “Painting with a Purpose” community fundraiser. According to YCFCU Saco branch Senior Teller Manager Michelle Woodcock, who helped organize the event, branch employees donate time throughout the year to participate in fundraisers and events that benefit local charities.

“It’s important that we are out in the community,” Woodcock said of the employees, who were filing in and adorning themselves with aprons and paint supplies.

“It helps out a lot and allows us a chance to give back,” said Woodcock of the afternoon at the local painting studio, which features an instructional painting class following an instructor on stage.

Not all participants were with the credit union, according to owners Becky Daniels of Buxton and Lisa Villandry of Biddeford. “

The classes are open for everyone during the fundraiser, which includes a cash bar, and we encourage them to participate,” Villandry said.

One such participant, Kim Trask of Arundel, was rewarded with a round of applause by becoming a “VIP,” earning an embroidered apron for having visited a set amount of times.

“I’ve met a lot of people and it’s a great stress reliever,” said Trask of her time painting.

The painting fundraiser, which was the third time York County Federal Credit Union participated, ultimately netted almost $500 for the credit union crew, adding to the more than $55,000 already raised this year. Next up is the annual Run to End Hunger 5K, which will be held Saturday, May 19 in Alfred, which will benefit York County Shelter Programs.

Did you hear? Earlier this past Saturday, May 12, in the adjacent parking lot, the Saco Farmers Market was in full swing as it opened for the season with various vendors lining the lot selling items from local farms and businesses. The market, which is held every Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon near the Spring Street entrance, features organic, locally grown vegetables such as carrots and potatoes, various meats and eggs, plants/ seedlings, cheeses and more. As patrons made their way around the tables and pop up tents, Janice Wright of Lyman looked over the offerings from Wyndswept Farm while carrying a bag of already purchased items.

“It’s good to have things like this where you can talk to the person who actually grew it and find out where it came from, how it was grown, what was used. That’s important to me,” she said.

The market, which is one of the oldest in Maine, expands during summer to Wednesday mornings. For more information on the Saco Farmer’s Market, visit www.sacofarmersmarket.com.

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