SKOWHEGAN — Gifford’s Ice Cream has teamed up with Hight Dealerships and Animal Medical Clinic to learn an area charity referred to as the Candy Desires Mission. For the fifth yr in a row, this charitable giving marketing campaign will concentrate on offering kids in-need with a brand new guide, PJs and toys to open in the course of the holidays. Gifford’s, Hight and Animal Medical Clinic are working collectively to unfold the phrase about Candy Desires and serving to to gather donations by means of Dec. 6. Donations will be dropped off at:
• Hight Chevrolet, 29 Madison Ave., Skowhegan;
• Hight Ford, 242 Madison Ave., Skowhegan; and
• Federated Church, 13 Island Ave., Skowhegan.
Be aware that kids’s caregivers can join reward baggage by calling the Skowhegan Federated Church at 207-474-2776.
“As we head into the vacation season, Gifford’s is worked up to accomplice with native family-owned and operated companies to offer again to the group we had been born and bred in,” stated Lindsay Gifford-Skilling, chief govt officer of Gifford’s Ice Cream, in keeping with a information launch from Gifford’s. “That is our house and being a part of this undertaking means rather a lot to us. We hope that different group organizations and Skowhegan residents will assist us in giving again to Candy Desires to make the vacations additional particular for youths in our city as we proceed to navigate pandemic challenges.”
“If there’s a silver lining to the COVID epidemic, it’s how our group has come collectively to assist our fellow neighbors,” stated Sam Hight, in keeping with the discharge. “We, the Hights, are at all times honored to assist these fantastic, native applications.”
“Through the vacation season it’s pure to be glad about all that we’ve and for us meaning serving to our group that has given us a lot. We take the dedication to our group very critically, and we really feel giving again is a accountability,” stated Reid Gibson, proprietor of Animal Medical Clinic, in keeping with the discharge. “It is a good time of yr to accomplice with two different native companies who share our identical values. We wish to assist kids in want and encourage vacation spirit in these making an attempt instances.”
In line with the discharge, since 2016, the Candy Desires Mission has given presents to kids in Skowhegan in the course of the vacation season with the hopes of lifting their spirits and bringing households collectively. In its first yr, the undertaking donated 114 units of PJs and books to area people members. In 2019, this system donated over 400 reward units. This yr, they’re doing all they’ll to make a fair bigger donation.
Deb Tanner, Skowhegan Space Center College trainer and founding father of the Candy Desires Mission.
“I’m so thrilled to have Gifford’s, Hight’s, Animal Medical Clinic, Charlie and Sons, and Skowhegan Schooling Affiliation on board this yr,” stated Tanner, in keeping with the discharge. “Having the assist of native organizations means rather a lot to me and different Candy Desires organizers. Thanks for serving to make what generally is a robust season a little bit brighter for Skowhegan residents.”
Donations for Candy Desires Mission can be accepted by means of Dec. 6. These eager about giving can present PJs and an age-appropriate guide and toy of their donation package deal. For those who plan to wrap your reward, please word the gender and dimension for the PJs, in addition to the meant age of the guide and toy. Distribution of toys can be carried out on Dec. 14.
For extra details about Candy Desires, contact Tanner at [email protected].
Searching for different methods to offer again to the Skowhegan group this season?
• Skowhegan Schooling Affiliation Toy Drive: To additional profit the Candy Desires Mission, the affiliation will host a toy drive in any respect Skowhegan faculties. Donations are being accepted by means of Dec. 6 in any respect Skowhegan faculties. The affiliation appreciates all of the contributions by all college workers and group members to this drive.
• JingleFest 2020 Stuff the Trailer Towriffic Toy Drive: Gifford’s is supporting the Skowhegan Info Middle/Chamber of Commerce and partnering with United Means of Mid-Maine for JingleFest 2020 and this yr’s Stuff the Trailer Towriffic Toy Drive. Anybody that drops off toys Dec. 12 at Skowhegan Info Middle/Chamber of Commerce, Hight Dealerships, Charlie and Son Gross sales and Service, or T&B’s Outback/Central Maine Household Enjoyable Middle, can be entered to win a $100 reward card to George’s Market.
• Charlie and Sons Toy Drive: Charlie and Sons Gross sales and Service will host a toy drive the weekend following Thanksgiving (Friday, Nov. 27 by means of Sunday, Nov. 29) at Walmart, 60 fairgrounds Market Place, Skowhegan.
Madison Dunkin’ provides $1,000 to The Folks Who Care Meals Cabinet
MADISON — Native Dunkin’ franchisees Colleen and Ed Bailey lately made a $1,000 donation to the The Folks Who Care Meals Cabinet, that serves residents of Madison, Anson, North Anson, Embden and New Portland. The reward was offered in the course of the grand reopening of the Dunkin’ at 146 Primary St. in Madison. Shannon Drury accepted the donation on behalf of the meals cabinet.
The Madison Dunkin’ acquired a whole transform and now has inside and drive-thru digital menu boards, Dunkin’s revolutionary faucet system for chilly teas and coffees, new tables and seating for patrons, and entrance counter bakery circumstances.
Augusta/Gardiner KOA Journey wins President’s Award throughout annual conference
Kampgrounds of America, the world’s largest household of family-friendly, open-to-the-public campgrounds, has introduced that the Augusta/Gardiner KOA Journey has earned the 2021 KOA President’s Award. This prestigious award was offered Nov. 17 at KOA’s Annual Worldwide Conference, in keeping with a information launch from Kampgrounds of America, based mostly in Billings, Montana.
The KOA President’s Award is offered to these campgrounds assembly distinctive high quality requirements and who obtain excessive customer support scores from their tenting visitors. KOA surveys lots of of 1000’s of campers every year concerning their KOA tenting expertise.
“Our campground homeowners and their staffs work so exhausting to make sure each visitor has a very distinctive tenting expertise, so it’s a pleasure to acknowledge this work,” stated KOA President and CEO Toby O’Rourke, in keeping with the discharge. “Our President’s Award is pushed by camper suggestions and, particularly this yr, it actually factors to the work that’s been achieved to make sure every camper has the perfect out of doors expertise. These KOA homeowners have made the suitable investments of their campgrounds to make them the easiest in North America.”
KOA is celebrating its 58th anniversary in 2020.
Northern Gentle Inland Hospital meets Gold Star Requirements of Excellence
WATERVILLE — Northern Gentle Inland Hospital has been acknowledged for assembly the silver degree for efforts to ban smoking and tobacco use on campus and addressing affected person tobacco use.
The award is a part of the annual Gold Star Requirements of Excellence program and the MaineHealth Middle for Tobacco Independence Breathe Straightforward Initiative. Thirty-three hospitals, 5 well being care organizations, and 5 particular person Gold Star Champions had been acknowledged for efforts to handle tobacco use and secondhand smoke publicity, in keeping with a information launch from the hospital.
That is the sixth yr that Inland Hospital has been awarded displaying a longstanding dedication to addressing tobacco use and publicity.
Award ranges are based mostly on greatest observe standards comparable to a smoke and tobacco-free campus coverage, annual screening for tobacco use, referral to tobacco therapy and supporting worker schooling associated to tobacco therapy.
“We applaud the continuing efforts of Maine hospitals and well being care organizations to handle tobacco use, secondhand smoke publicity and nicotine dependence by assembly the Gold Star Requirements of Excellence,” stated Kristen McAuley, tobacco prevention providers director for the Middle for Tobacco Independence, in keeping with the discharge. “Addressing tobacco use has continued significance in the course of the present pandemic, because the U.S. CDC states that being a present or former cigarette smoker will increase your danger of extreme sickness from COVID-19.”
For extra details about the Gold Star Requirements of Excellence, go to BreatheEasyMaine.org/GSSE. This system is funded by Maine Prevention Providers, an initiative by means of the Maine Middle for Illness Management & Prevention working throughout the state to affect tobacco, substance use, and weight problems.
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