2018-05-24 / Editorial

Did You Hear?

by Alex MacPhail


Cub Scout Pack 311 held a Bike Rodeo last week at Fairfield School in Saco as a part of their monthly meeting. Those who participated included, from left, Anthony Tarr, 7 from Dayton Elementary School, Asher Schuenke, 8, who attends Fairfield School, future Scout, 3-year-old Wyatt Carey, Sam Gorhman, 7, from Young School and fellow Young School attendee, 7-year-old Maxwell Boucher. (Alex MacPhail photo) Cub Scout Pack 311 held a Bike Rodeo last week at Fairfield School in Saco as a part of their monthly meeting. Those who participated included, from left, Anthony Tarr, 7 from Dayton Elementary School, Asher Schuenke, 8, who attends Fairfield School, future Scout, 3-year-old Wyatt Carey, Sam Gorhman, 7, from Young School and fellow Young School attendee, 7-year-old Maxwell Boucher. (Alex MacPhail photo) Did you hear? Saco Cub Scout Pack 311, which represents the children of Saco, Biddeford and Dayton, held their own “Bike Rodeo” at Fairfield Elementary School off Beach Street in Saco Thursday, May 17.

According to Recruitment Chairman Maria Durocher, of Dayton, the pack, which is chartered by the Saco Fire Department, was going to miss the big bike rodeo held this past weekend at Saco Public Works due to a previously scheduled bottle drive, so instead, during their regular third Thursday of the month pack-meeting, more than 20 7- and 8-year-olds took to the elementary school parking lot to learn about responsible bicycle riding from their den leaders, earn badges and have some fun in the process.

“It’s all about friends and allowing them a chance to get together, outside of school,” said Dayton resident Jillian Johnson, whose 7-year-old son, Anthony Tarr, participated in the event.

That sentiment was echoed by Saco resident and Tiger Den Leader, Ryan Gorhman, whose 7-year-old son Sam also participated.

“He loves it,” Gorhman said, “being able to get out and do things like this, it’s fun.”

The event led into the pack’s bottle drive fundraiser over the weekend that will help pay for costs associated with the various group activities held throughout the year, which include an upcoming camping trip to Homestead Campground on Route 5 in Biddeford on the Saco River, the first week of June. It will feature an open-to-the-public informational event for interested families 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 3. For more information on Cub Scout Pack 311’s activities, visit www.pack311saco.org.

In other community news, did you hear? Reegan Hussey, 19, of Biddeford, an Independent 4H member, held a volunteer open house at her “Goating Around” barn located on River Road in Biddeford Sunday, May 19, as a way to allow local youth interested in animals and farming a chance to learn about raising goats. Reegen graduated second in her class at Cheverus last year and just completed her first year of college at St. Anslem in Manchester, New Hampshire, studying natural sciences.

She said she was shy growing up, but always loved animals, so she became involved with the 4H program (an agricultural program dedicated to helping youth learn) at a young age and began raising and showing goats at events such as the Fryeburg Fair, Cumberland Fair and at fairs as far away as Vermont, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

“I was really scared at first,” said Reegan, “but it really helped me in being more confident and being able to perform and speak in public,” something that was not lost on her as she prepared to lead the attending children through the learning process of the care and handling of goats. According to Reegan’s mom, Tami, she has raised goats since she was 5 years old.

“(Reegan) had lactose issues as a young child, and we found that goat’s milk was something she could digest, and, well, one thing led to another,” said the elder Hussey.

Reegan is job-shadowing with Dr. Kip Temm at York Veterinary Clinic in Arundel (as well as working at Long Horn Horse & Pet Supply in Buxton) and said she traveled home from New Hampshire to Biddeford every weekend this past spring to tend to the goats.

“It was important to me and it’s really something I love doing,” said Reegan, whose future plans include attending veterinary school for large animals.

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