Chamber Chatter

April 11, 2017

In This Issue
Ribbon Cutting at Maine Real Estate Choice
Ribbon Cutting at Caswell Conservancy Center
After Hours - April 27, 2017
Save the Date! Annual Dinner Auction
2017 Area Guides are In
Member Highlights
Thank you to everyone for attending the Ribbon Cutting for
Maine Real Estate Choice


To purchase tickets online, click HERE

     2017 Area Guides Are In!
Stop by the Chamber and get yours today!
New Member                  
2 Cottage Street, Bridgton:
We are an "Old Fashioned" Chocolate Shop - We make all of our chocolate confections by hand. This Site is our "virtual chocolate shop". Here you will see many of the regularly available items that are produced in our kitchens and sold in our retail store in North Conway, NH. WATCH FOR OUR NEW STORE OPENING IN BRIDGTON, MAINE IN THE SPRING OF 2017

Member Highlights                   
1 Colonial Mast Road, Naples:
Join us for great family camping at our beautiful, well-maintained location on Long Lake......spend the day at the beach, boating, fishing or just enjoying a book by the lake. At night, relax around your campfire with family, listening to the loons call across the lake. We offer year-round camping with an indoor heated pool, also open to the public.

10 Exchange Street, Suite 208, Portland: 
Discover Maine Magazine, Maine's Original History Magazine, is dedicated to bringing the amazing history of the great state of Maine to readers in every corner of the state and to those from away who love the rich heritage and traditions of Maine.
From the history of Maine's mill towns, to the traditions of family farming and coastal fishing, eight times a year Discover Maine's stories tell of life in the cities and towns across Maine as it was years ago.

Moose Pond, Bridgton :
Fitton Cottages has two comfortable cottages on clear 11-mile long Moose Pond in Bridgton, Maine. Available for rent from May through September. Facing Shawnee Peak Ski Area on Pleasant Mountain, the cottages offer scenic views and access to many summer activities including swimming, boating, fishing, sailing, canoeing, and waterskiing.
85 Camp Pondicherry Road, Bridgton:
Camp Pondicherry in Bridgton is always bustling with activity. This 4 season Girl Scout property sits on 650 acres of pine forest, features a private beach on Adams Pond and a dining hall overlooking the White Mountains. Some of the features of this site include campsites with platform tents, shower house, indoor retreat options, archery range and low ropes challenge course.

376 Main Street, Fryeburg:
Hastings Malia P.A. has been providing top quality, dependable and principled legal services to the Mount Washington Valley and the Maine Lakes Region for generations. Our firm is proud of the range of legal specialties and experience we have assembled but prouder still of our daily commitment to the community and our clients.
Clients of Hastings Malia can be found throughout the region and we are gratified that so many private individuals, families, and businesses  have chosen our office to represent them. Rest assured that we will do everything we can to provide you the same level of commitment and service for generations to come.





how to apply
  1. Visit Jobs In ME to view current openings.
  2. Select the position you would like to apply for. The online application can be accessed by clicking the "Apply Online" button at the bottom of the page.
*Please note:  Norway Savings Bank accepts online employment applications only.
  1. For questions, please contact:
Employment Application includes Affirmative Action Employer Form
Norway Savings Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  Easter Bunny Comes to Firefly Boutique & Towanda's

Meet the Easter Bunny in person on April 15th from 11am-3pm! Firefly Boutique & Towanda's Specialty Foods & Deli invite you to join in on the Easter fun. There will be free prizes for all who come. Do a little shopping at Firefly for yourself & your little one -then hop into Towanda's for a delicious lunch. Located at 103 Main Street, Bridgton, ME 04009.

Public Affairs Update: Minimum Wage, Lodging Tax Update, Paid Parental Leave, & Transportation Infrastructure
Minimum Wage: Just a reminder that the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee will hold public hearings this Wednesday on tip credit and minimum wage bills, starting at 10 am. Committee chairs have provided guidance for those planning to testify as to how the day will proceed. I have included that information below.
1) Testimony during the morning public hearing is not appropriate if it is solely in regards to the minimum wage bills scheduled for the afternoon. However, testimony pertaining to both the tip credit and minimum wage bills may be given in either the morning or afternoon public hearing.
2) Those wishing to testify that have not already signed up to speak through an organizer will be asked to sign in at a table outside the LCRED Committee Room (Room 208, CSOB).
3) In the event that the LCRED Committee room is full, overflow seating is available in Room 220 of the CSOB and in the State House Welcome Center.
4) Each member of the public may speak only once, with a 3-minute time limit. Additional time will be permitted in order to answer any questions from the Committee.
5) If you wish to provide written material to the Committee, please provide 25 copies.
6) Members of the public will be called to testify in the order in which they signed up; however, the order may be alternated between those speaking for and those speaking against. We strongly encourage those of you impacted by changes to minimum wage and the tip credit to contact committee members and to provide testimony on these bills. For more information on the bills and contact information for the committee, please click on the provided link:
Lodging Tax Update: On Wednesday, the Taxation Committee voted on the lodging tax increase as proposed in the biennial budget. The Committee did not take final action on the sales tax expansion. Unfortunately, members voted 10-3 in favor of increasing the lodging tax rate to 10%, starting October 1, 2017. Those members who voted against the increase were Representatives Steve Stanley, Joyce McCreight, and Gay Grant.
It is important to note that this vote is a part of the Taxation Committee's report back to the Appropriations Committee. The Appropriations Committee may choose to either accept that recommendation, change the start date, or reject the increase altogether. Since the final budget package won't be reported out of the Appropriations Committee until the end of May, there is still time to contact your local lawmakers and committee members to let them know of your objection to these tax increases.

Upcoming classes at Adult Ed
Understanding Medicare- Tuesday April 4 @ Lake Region Vocational Center, Naples
Get your questions answered about the Medicare benefits. Lots of great and important information!
Natural Brass Embossed Jewelry- Tuesday, April 4 @ Crooked River School, Casco
Create stunning and unique brass embossed jewelry. In this class you will make your own pendant.
Indian Cooking Night- Wednesday April 5 @ Lake Region Vocational Center
The exotic flavors of India are too tempting to resist! Send your taste buds on a flavor world tour, no passport required!
3 in 1 Leather Wrap Bracelet Class- Wednesday, April 5 @ Crooked River School, Casco
Learn to make this fun and versatile piece of jewelry that can be worn as a bracelet or necklace. You will leave class with your very own gorgeous and unique creation.
Preregistration is required for all classes
Your Passion is Calling!
Academic classes and College Prep are available at all of our sites.
Call our office @ 627-4291 to find out more .

Hospice 5k & Remembrance Walk
Sunday May 7th in Farmington
Sunday May 21st in Auburn

Don't forget to register by APRIL 2nd to get your free T-shirt

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 Easter Sunday Masses
in Bridgton

First Congregational Church - 10am
Grace Christian Church - 10am
Lake Region Vineyard Church - 10am
Pleasant Mountain Presbyterian Church - 9:30
St. Peter's Episcopal Church - 9am

Diabetic Shoe Clinic
The Bridgton Community Center is offering a diabetic shoe clinic by appointment on Wednesday, April 19 from 10:30 am to 2 pm.
Covered by Medicare Part B and sponsored by Step Lightly & ProMedical.
Are you diabetic on Medicare? If so, you are entitled to one pair of therapeutic shoes plus inserts each calendar year, paid for by Medicare. Come pick a shoe style and get measured at a clinic.
All widths available.

Important: Please bring the following
1)   Medicare Card
2)    Primary doctor's name, address and phone number
3)    Primary/Secondary insurance card (if you have on)
Please call 647-3116 for appointment or FMI.  


Have you used your member to member discounts

SCORE of Oxford Hills
Business Counceling Services free for all Chamber members
Westwood Cottages
A 20% discount on cottage rental rates during June, Late August and September depending upon availability.

Point Sebago Resort
15% Discount for any Spring / Fall Theme Getaway Weekend Package or Summer Vacation lodging in a Park Home: Call 800-655-3822. Mention Chamber Discount.

Bridgton Highlands Country Club
10%discount to all Chamber Members & Employees for Greens Fees, Cart Rentals and Pro Shop Merchandise


Ham with Pineapple and Pineapple Glaze

1 cup dark brown sugar (packed)
1/4 cup Pineapple Balsamic Vinegar (Tasteful Things)
1/4 cup Sweet Cream butter (Tasteful Things)
1 tsp ground clove
7-9 pound smoked ham
1/2 cup water
Fresh Pineapple Rings
Salt and Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Line a large roasting pan with foil. Making 1/2-inch-deep slits, score ham with a diamond pattern. Place ham in the pan and add 1/2 cup of water. Cover the ham with pineapple rings, securing each ring with a toothpick. Cover with foil and roast for 45-60 minutes.
Combine brown sugar & Pineapple Balsamic Vinegar in a small saucepan. Bring to a low simmer, stirring until the sugar melts. Add Sweet Cream butter and whisk until smooth and uniform. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat, keep warm.
Uncover ham and baste ham with glaze, sprinkle ground clove over the ham. Continue to roast ham and pineapple until deep brown and glazed, brushing ham with glaze every 10 minutes for an additional 30 minutes. Transfer ham to large platter. Remove Pineapple rings and serve with ham.


Oxford Hills SCORE announces a business workshop -"Buying & Selling a Business'" - April 27th .
For more information click on following link: 

Oxford Hills SCOREannounces a business workshop -"QuickBooks Basics - A Four Part Series" - Starting May 15th.
For more information, click on following link:

Saturday, April 22 at 10am-12:30 PM
  It's that time of year again!!!! AM Enterprises is hosting the 3rd Annual Earth Day Clean Up in Harrison!!!

**SIGN UP for your FREE T-SHIRT** (first 75 people) by emailing your shirt sizes to AMEINC@OUTLOOK.COM. Adult and kid sizes available.

The Olde Mill Tavern and Ruby Slippers Cafe and Bakery have teamed up to offer us a BBQ chicken lunch after the clean up this year!!!!

We will meet at the fire station at 10am, break up into small teams and branch out on various routes around Harrison to clean up our Community! Trash bags will be provided.
BRING WATER BOTTLES and WORK GLOVES. Kid wagons have been helpful in the previous years as well!

Last year 94 people came out and cleaned up 1,010 pounds of trash. Let's do even better this year!!!


Now hiring:
Reliable and needs to be able to work weekends, certain days and or nights!

Now Hiring

Seasonal staff  -  line cooks and housekeepers. For more information go to our website to see requirements, applications, etc. 

2017 Maine Blues Fest Volunteers Needed!
Contact: Anita Preble, MBF Volunteer Coordinator at

Saturday September 30, 2017 on the beach at Point Sebago!
Dear Chamber Members
We are eagerly awaiting summer while surrounded by snow. If you like the concert programs we are presenting, purchase your season tickets today.
Season tickets include a 20 percent discount, invitations to exclusive receptions with musicians and to open rehearsals as well as select seating.

Join us for our 45th summer in the Lakes Region.
Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival - 45th Anniversary Season
Program I: July 11 'Inspiring Mozart'

Program II: July 18 'Influential Friendships'

Program III: July 25 'A Postcard from Russia'

Program IV: August 1 'Schubert's Extraordinary Year:

Program V: August 8 'Celebration'
. Looking forward to sharing the festival with you.

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