Week of April 9, 2018
The Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce exists to promote a healthy business climate through leadership, communication, and education for its member’s in the greater Skowhegan area.
Welcome to the Chamber
We would like to welcome  Thomas College  as the newest member to the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce. Thomas College prepares students for success in their personal and professional lives, and for leadership and service in their communities.
Welcome to the Chamber
We would like to welcome  Cigaret Shopper - Skowhegan as the newest member to the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce. The Cigaret Shopper is a chain of smoke shops with locations all across Maine. They sell cigarettes, cigars, tobacco, pipes, hookahs, vaporizers, beer and more!
Business After Hours
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 5:30 P.M. - 7 P.M. Location: Senior Planning Center, Skowhegan

Enjoy networking in a fun and relaxed environment at Business After Hours. Held in a variety of venues throughout the Skowhegan area, these evening receptions are a great place to meet fellow regional professionals.Find more here
Summer Movie Sponsorship
It is hard to imagine on days like today, that we will be sitting outside on a warm summer night watching a movie with our families. But, in just a few short months the 2nd Annual Summer Movies in Coburn Park series will begin. For those of you who attended an outside movie last year, you know why the thought of this happening again is so exciting. Last summer, from June to August, hundreds of community members gathered weekly
at Coburn Park where the Skowhegan Chamber of Commerce, Bangor Savings Bank, SCARP and Native tree pottery sponsored free movies for families. Included in the screening were bags of popcorn and water. In addition to the movie and snacks, community organizations participated with free give a ways, activities and information. 

In order to make the 2nd Annual Summer Movie Series as successful as the first, we need your help.  We are looking for community members, businesses or agencies to sponsor a movie and popcorn for the community. Please let us  know   if you are able to help offer this fun family opportunity.
Looking for Volunteers
We are trying to do a pilot program here in the Skowhegan Area with Junior Achievement. We need your help to make this happen and be successful, will you join us?

Junior Achievement of Maine  is a statewide nonprofit organization with the mission of inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Our volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work force readiness skills, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Our goal is to bridge the gap between the academic
and business communities and help prepare kids for the real-world and a future career. All programs are free to teachers in Maine and taught by community volunteers who weave in their life and work experience to the age appropriate curriculum's that are delivered during the school day. This past academic year, JA impacted more than 12,600 kindergarten-12th grade students across Maine with the help of 500 community volunteers.

You can find more on Junior Achievement of Maine  here  Find more about the program     here     .

We are looking for 15-20 volunteers. Once we get to that number we will be holding and informational session to learn more. If you can commit to a few hours each school year, please let us know here. We look forward to getting the volunteers, and then going and introducing this to the area schools.
Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting
Come join us at the Cigaret Shopper located at 338 Madison Avenue in Skowhegan for the grand opening of our newest store on May 5 th from 10-3. The Ribbon Cutting will be at 10:30 am.

Local artisan Tom from Maniac glass works will be on hand doing glass blowing demonstrations. Hiram and Solomon cigars, who give 20% back to charity, will be running cigar specials buy 3 get 1, buy 10 gets 3, buy a box get 7 deals. 

Plus many more in store specials and raffles along with hot dogs and soda
We offer a large walk-in humidor with a variety of premium cigars along with a cigar lounge to relax and enjoy your selection. A beer cave with a great assortment of ice cold beverages, great pricing on cigarettes with two and three pack special pricing and a wide selection of alternative smoking products.

Be sure to join us for a great day.  Find more here .
Memorial Day Parade
The Skowhegan Memorial Day Parade is back again this year at 10 AM on Memorial Day, May 28. The parade is to honor those we have lost during a day of remembrance and will feature local veterans, local legislators and local groups in support of veterans. The parade will be followed by a short ceremony at Skowhegan Veterans Park on Water Street. This is a rain or shine event. Find more and register here .
Member News
Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County (HVSC)
2018 Annual Dinner and Auction
Saturday, April 14 at 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Only a few tickets left, make sure to get your today. Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County, a volunteer non-profit based in Skowhegan, caring for those with a life-limiting illness, providing support and solace to the grieving, and educating the community. The majority of those we help are not in a financial position to turn elsewhere for assistance. Please contact them for tickets and a donation/sponsorship to this great event. You can also find more here .
Old Mill Pub
April 15th from 12-2 p.m.
Old Mill Pub Race Car Meet & Greet

Bring the kids and check out the Old Mill Pub sponsored Pro Stock Race Car! Sit in the car, take pictures and meet the driver Kevin Douglass. We'll be grilling up FREE hot dogs for the kids. Don't forget to see Kevin in action (and cheer on the Old Mill Pub!) at the Wiscasset Speedway on Saturday April 21, 2018. Find more here .
Gifford's Ice Cream
March 16th – June 7th
Hours are Sunday – Saturday 12:00 – 9:00

All summer long, we hand-select a flavor of the week. When you order a small (two scoop) cone or dish of our weekly flavor special, it’s only $2.89 (while supplies last – price does not include Maine state sales tax). Stay up to date here .
Skowhegan Rotary Club
Onion Sales are back

The world famous Vidalia Onion is recognized as the world's sweetest onion, because of its high sugar content. Contact us today to place your order.
Island Dairy Treat
The weather is finally changing! 
We are excited to see everyone Soon!!

We will be opening on April 20th

Stay up to date with us here .
Family Violence Project
We encourage you to challenge the phrase "Why doesn't she just leave?" It is victim blaming and like many things, it isn't that simple.
If you or a loved one is experiencing abuse, advocates are always available for support and safety planning at 1-877-890-7788.

Find more here .
Maine Fire Equipment
Summer Promotion! Join us for our Summer Shake Up free milkshake giveaway. We have teamed up with the Snack Shack for FREE MILKSHAKES! From May 14th- September 14th any business day (M-F) that reaches 75 degrees we will give away a coupon for a free milkshake. If it hits 85 we will give away two and at 95 we will give three coupons. To enter all you have to do is like our Facebook post on that degree day and a random winner or winners will be chosen. Coupons must be picked up at our store and can only be redeemed at the Snack Shack in Skowhegan. Here's to hoping we give away a lot of Milk shakes! Find more here .
T-K Fitness Coaching and Training Services
Live Pro-Am Boxing is back at The Skowhegan Community Center on April 28th! Brandon The Cannon Berry makes his return to Skowhegan for the first time in nearly 3 years! Look for other local talent in an action packed night of fights, in what should be the best boxing event to date in the area! Tickets will be $25 general admission, $50 ringside section. Please contact Brandon via Facebook or at Berry's General Store (207-663-4461) for sponsorship details and ticket information. More info will be posted as it comes. Thank you all for the tremendous support. Find more here .
T&B's Outback
It's back!!!! Come in and enjoy some good food!!!!!!! Our full Tavern menu featuring our Kids’ and Adults’ favorites. Home made fries, burgers, wraps and pizza, and so much more, all freshly prepared in our kitchen. Come have fun and come hungry!

Find more here .
Skowhegan / Kennebec Valley KOA
We think it’s the perfect time to start planning your next adventure. Come see us. We know it's really hard to believe with our weather here in Maine today and talk of another storm next week, but as my dad would say, it's just the poor man's fertilizer! Stay calm, camping is coming! Think positive and know we are here to make your reservations!! Find them on Facebook here , or online here .
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Yonder Hill
They are now taking reservations. The Foss family would like to welcome you to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Yonderhill, located in Madison (Skowhegan), Maine. This family owned and operated campground sits on 35 acres of wooded land and offers roomy, somewhat private sites. Whether you are looking to pitch a tent, tow your own RV,  rent one of our fully furnished travel trailers  or  rent one of our five unique cabins , (including a  treehouse cabin ) we have a spot for you.  Find more on Facebook here or online here .
Silverton Sporting Ranch
Are you looking for a getaway where you can enjoy the outdoors, shopping, great food, the arts and film? The cabins at Silverton are a great alternative to staying at a hotel in town.  Cabins that are quiet, cozy and the perfect retreat!
Book your cabin for an area event, spring fishing trip, guys weekend away!

Senior Planning Center
Are you turning 65 and don't know where to start?
Are you paying too much for your medications?
Has it been years since you had a review?
RSVP Today - We can answer ALL of your Medicare & Financial questions.

Find more here .
Dog Not Gone
Get ready for spring with tick-repelling apparel for pets and people at the Dog Not Gone Factory Outlet (40 Dane Ave., Skowhegan). The fabric is treated with permethrin, which is insoluble and effective for up to 70 washings. 

Dog Not Gone has expanded its tick-repelling products for people to include more products for kids. The outlet has a number of discontinued items selling for $10 each, and all other products are buy one, get one half off. 

Hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Somerset Humane Society
Somerset Humane Society has been dreaming of things that would help improve the quality of life for the dogs and cats in their care. 

Margaret Chase Smith Library
Let's Talk About It: Doing Time
Tuesday, April 17, 6 p.m.

Prestigious writers' organization PEN sponsors a contest for writers behind bars to help prisoners retain their dignity and reinvent themselves. Former prison teacher Bell Chevigny selected the best of these submissions from a 25-year period for Doing Time: 25 Years of Prison Writing. 

Find more here .
Skowhegan Free Public Library
The Skowhegan Free Public Library will hold its annual lawn sale on  May 18 and 19  at the Hastings' barn at 538 Malbons Mills Road. All lawn sale proceeds benefit the library. 

They're looking for donations such as toys, furniture, household items, tools, sports equipment, craft materials, puzzles, games, etc. 

Please call 207-474-3949 if you would like to donate. Find more here .
April Programs: The first is for Mike Taylor, Night Sky Photographer. Mike will share with us his beautiful photos of the night sky, along with teaching us the general principles of night photography. Topics to be covered; in-the-field composition, lighting, camera settings, troubleshooting and the features of the night sky, as well as the necessary post-processing techniques. Mike's program will be held  April 9th , at 6pm. Free Admission.

The second is a program called Lessons from Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center. Laura Suomi-Lecker, an educator and outreach coordinator with Avian Haven, will talk about how Avian Haven was able to help injured eagles, owls, hawks, loons and other songbirds, and what you can do locally. The program will be held on Monday, April 23 rd   at 6:30. This is a free program.
Strand Cinema  
The following schedule is good for
Friday April 13th to Thursday April 19th

Please note that we are open all week during school vacation!

Rampage (PG-13)
Friday-Thursday Night at 6:45
Saturday-Thursday Matinees at 12:45 and 3:45

Blockers (R)
Friday-Thursday Night at 7:00
Saturday-Thursday Matinees at 1:00 and 4:00

A Quiet Place (PG-13)
Friday-Thursday Night at 7:15
Saturday-Thursday Matinees at 1:15 and 4:15


An opportunity has presented itself to (possibly) be on an epsiode of a TV show shown nationwide and we need your help! We are looking for any "ghostly" encounters that you may have had at the Strand Cinema. We're looking for rumors, folklore, and stories that may have some history behind them. Please feel free to message us on Facebook or send us an email here . Thank you in advance!

Please visit our website here, or Facebook here.
Lake George Regional Park
This summer Lake George Regional Park will offer a new park concession stand featuring ice cream. 

They'll also be inviting food trucks to the East Side some days to satisfy visitors' beachside and post-Pinnacle-hike cravings. Watch their emails, Facebook posts, and signage on Route 2 that indicates, "Food Truck Today!"

Skowpendous Family Fun Night - April 20th

Join us for the14th Annual Skowpendous Family Fun Night on April 20th from 5-7:30. Free admission and activities include climbing wall,children's crafts and games, wood fired pizza, give a ways and so much more.

Community Heroes
Tuesday, April 17  at 10:30 AM - 12 PM

Join us to read with a police officer, explore community emergency vehicles and meet your local heroes. Find more here .
Somerset Public Health
Interactive Improvisational Theater

April 13th

Somerset Public Health
Monday, April 23, 1 p.m.  
Madison Junior High School 
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Every year, 4,300 underage youth die in the U.S. as a result of alcohol use. Research shows that the more young people are exposed to alcohol marketing, the more likely they are to start drinking or, if already drinking, to drink more. 

Join Somerset Public Health for this important discussion. Open to parents, students, and the community. Find more here .
Community Information & Dates to Remember
Pardon the Innovation: An Entrepreneur Spotlight
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 5:00-8:00pm
Thomas College, Spann Commons Summit Room

Thomas College- Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation  has partnered with  Cynergy  and  KV Connect  to create this free event to spotlight five Entrepreneurs in Central Maine as well as announce the winner of our 2018 Thomas College Innovation Challenge. 

Drug Take Back Community Event
Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.   
Multiple locations (see below) 
Help reduce the risk of substance misuse by safely and anonymously dropping off unused or expired medications.

Skowhegan Police Department
Somerset County Sheriff's Office
Somerset County Sheriff's Office-Madison Division
Somerset County Sheriff's Office-Jackman Division
Redington-Fairview General Hospital
Fairfield Police Department
Pittsfield Police Department
Maine State Police, Troop C Barracks

Accepted items: prescriptions, samples, OTC meds, vitamins, medications for pets, lotions, ointments, liquids in leak-proof containers.

Not accepted: needles and other sharps, bloody or infectious waste, medication from businesses and clinics, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers. 

Organized by Somerset Public Health and the Maine Sheriffs' Association. Find more here .
Slow Money Maine on the Road 
Wednesday, May 2, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.         
KVCC, Alfond Campus, 677 Skowhegan Rd., Hinckley

Slow Money Maine connects investors with local agriculture in the state. 

For entrepreneurs, funders, mentors, and interested community members. This event will include networking, guided discussions, and an early lunch followed by tours of local food producers.

Tickets cost $20, to help with expenses.  Register online now. 
Cornville 10 mile Yard Sale
35th Annual 10 plus mile yard sale expanding from the West Ridge Road in Cornville from Route 150, to the Malbon Mills road in Skowhegan to Route 2 and beyond. This includes lots of side roads along the way. Saturday and Sunday May 19th and 20th 8-5 RAIN OR SHINE!!!!

May 21

Join us for an introduction to timber framing. Learn a basic knowledge of timber frame joinery, care and use of hand tools and sharpening methods while you learn to build and raise a timber frame pergola. Students will lay out joints on timbers, cut, and shape joints using saws, and learn rule of thumb techniques for joinery.

Skowhegan Moose Festival
Jun 8, 2018 - Jun 10, 2018

We’re thrilled that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (IF&W) selected Skowhegan to host the 2018 Moose Permit Lottery!

On June 9, the lottery will come to the historic Skowhegan Fairgrounds—a fitting tribute to the fair’s 200th anniversary and a fantastic kickoff to the summer tourism season. Find more here .
Cheese, Brews, and Bread
June 24
Come enjoy an afternoon filled with samples from some of Maine's local cheesemakers, bread makers, and one of Skowhegan's local breweries, Bigelow Brewing Company. 

Demonstrations of bread making will be going on throughout the day as well as special cheese and beer pairings! Cheese, bread, and beer will all be available for purchase. This is a great opportunity to learn more about how your local cheese and bread are made.  Find more here .
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