February 11, 2020
Chamber Chatter
In This Issue

Ribbon Cutting-A La Mexicana in Bridgton
2020 Maine Lakes Winter Carnival
2020 After Hours Schedule
New Members
Member Highlights

Ribbon Cutting
A La Mexicana

243 Portland Road, Bridgton

Thursday, February 13th at 9:00am


Sponsored by:
Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce

Stop by one of the participating businesses (list provided by the chamber) and locate the animal. Fill in the blanks on form (provided by the Chamber ) and return to the Scavenger Hunt Table by 3pm. We will draw names from the most complete forms. 

2 Prizes: Snowshoes for a boy and Snowshoes for a girl. 

Please fill in your name and phone number so we can contact the winners on Tuesday following the Winter Carnival!

Your button is your raffle ticket! You'll be entered into our drawing for cash and other prizes. Your button will also get you into our ICE Bar (sponsored by High Wire Hydroponics) serviced by Campfire Grille in Bridgton, Old Town Hall to see magician and juggler, rides on our horse drawn carriage and more! Stay and watch Freezing for a Reason and FIREWORKS! SEE YOU THERE!

Schedule of Events!

8am Register Kids Fishing Derby 
Sponsored by Unc’l Lunkers
Register at Unc’l Lunkers Bait & Tackle 8 Gage St. Bridgton –
9am Fishing Derby starts on Highland Lake
12pm – 6pm Ice Bar on Highland Lake
Sponsored by High Wire Hydroponics, Serviced by Campfire Grille
     Live Music by Christian Martin 2-5pm
                                           *Button Required – no one under 21 !
11am – 3:30pm Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides
Sponsored by Chalmers Insurance Group
Rides by Meadow Creek Farm *Button Required!
11am Register for Frozen Five Race
Sponsored by Team Long Run
11am – 3pm Sign up for the Scavenger Hunt!
Sign up to get your form at the Chamber table on Highland Lake. Visit the businesses downtown listed on the form and locate the “special” animal in the store. Return your filled out form to the Registration table at Highland
Lake by 3pm.
12pm Sign up for Freezing for a Reason
11am Juggler at the Old Town Hall 26 N. High St. Bridgton
Performance by Richard Hagerstrom *Button Required
Sponsored by Everlast Roofing
1pm Polar Dip to benefit Harvest Hills Animal Shelter
2pm Magician at the Old Town Hall 26 N. High St. Bridgton
Performance by Philip Smith *Button Required
Sponsored by Macdonald Motors
6pm Fireworks on the Lake –
Sponsored by Bridgton Hospital, Hancock Lumber, Norway Savings Bank, Evergreen Credit Union, HEB Engineers
For safety purposes, NO ONE IS ALLOWED ON THE LAKE!
ALL DAY – Music & Food
Children 5 & under no button required

*Main Street Mercantile will be hosting wine night from 4-7pm*

Thank you to our Sponsors!
High Wire Hydroponics – Ice Bar
Bridgton Hospital - Fireworks
Hancock Lumber - Fireworks
Norway Savings Bank - Fireworks
HEB Engineers - Fireworks
Evergreen Credit Union - Fireworks
Locations Real Estate Group - $500 Cash Prize
Dead River Company - $250 Cash Prize
Unc’l Lunkers Bait & Tackle
The Town of Bridgton
Campfire Grille – Tee Shirts
Rocci Plumbing – Tee Shirts
Long Lake Marina – Tee Shirts
Sports Haus Snow & Water – Tee Shirts
Chalmers Insurance Group – Horse Drawn Wagon
Everlast Roofing - Juggler
Macdonald Motors - Magician
Team Long Run
The Bridgton News
Lake Region Boat Storage & Prop. Maint. Services
Thank you for your generous donations!
Sammy’s Scoops
Bavarian Chocolate Haus
Shawnee Peak
Ski Hot Ski Shop
Modern Woodman
Gene Bahr Creations
Bridgton Books


Saturday February 15th
Bridgton Town Hall Gym

Open to Boys and Girls age 9 to 14
Proof of Age Required

Winners Advance to the State Competition

For More Information call 207-787-1344
Chamber After Hours Schedule

January 23               NONE SCHEDULED
February 27             OPEN (no Sue)
March 26                  Key Bank & Break Room                                           Bridgton
April 23                    Gallery 302                                                           Bridgton                              
May 28                    Community HELP                                                        Bridgton                   
June 25                   Songo River Queen II                                                    Naples
July 23                      DMC Livery Service at the chamber                            Bridgton                              
August                   NO AFTER HOURS
September 17          Bridgton Rotary                                                                  TBD
October 22               Bridgton Hospital                                                                Bridgton
November 19           Bridgton Public Library                                                      Bridgton        
December               NO AFTER HOURS                                                                                                      
Most After Hours are held on the fourth Thursday of the month. However, in September, we hold it on the third Thursday due to Brewfest occurring the following weekend. In November, we also have it on the third Thursday due to Thanksgiving.
Our “After Hours” program was developed to provide our members with the opportunity for socializing, networking, and getting to know each other.
Please note all of the above dates and make plans to join us at each location, hosted by a fellow Chamber member, from 5 PM to 7 PM. For more information please contact the Chamber at either 207-647-3472 or officemanager@mainelakeschamber.com
New Members
Ski Hot Ski Shop & Lake Region Paddle
We are a super passionate group of skiers who have been lucky enough to make our passion a lifestyle! Let us share our 100+ years of experience with you!
DMC Livery Service
DMC Livery Service is a company in Western Maine owned by Dana Chandler and his Son Marc Chandler. Along with owning DMC Livery Service they run and own Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service. We have served the community for 20 yrs. and want to continue the same great service you see in our funeral homes in our Livery Service.
Ru Merrill - Associate Member
Louise “Ru” Merrill is a Maine native, raised on Bailey Island and later lived many years in the Moosehead Lake Region of Northern Maine where she owned and operated Merrill Properties on Moosehead, enjoying working with buyers and sellers. In 2013 she moved to the Sebago Lakes Region to be closer to family. Ru loves the ambiance and spirit of the people who live and visit the lakes region. For great communication and results, Ru will work hard for you.
Main Street Mercantile
The way shopping should be. We sell antiques, vintage items, collectibles, books, furniture, re-finished sewing machines, sportsman items, large variety of decor and much more. Nestled in the heart of Lakes Region area of Bridgton, Maine.
A La Mexicana
A La Mexicana restaurant in Raymond & Bridgton Maine is all about offering delicious Authentic Mexican food. We are family-owned serving our exceptional Mexican recipes in Maine since January 2011. Inspired from our origins in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, A La Mexicana restaurant infuses a festive family-friendly atmosphere with an enticing cuisine. We offer an extensive menu from combination plates, sizzling fajitas, burritos, quesadillas, homemade Mole, tacos, succulent seafood plates and vegetarian entrees and more. Our bar features domestic and imported beers, genuine Mexican drinks and refreshing Margaritas.
A La Mexicana is also a great place for your birthday or retirement party, office luncheon or rehearsal dinner.
Randy's Wooster St. Pizza Shop
With fresh ingredients, a variety of options, and some unconventional creations; Randy's Wooster Street Pizza Shop takes pride in our menu and in our restaurant.

There is never a time where Randy's Wooster Street Pizza Shop is not offering deals, specials, or coupons for delivery, take-out, or dine-in making it affordable for a family on a budget or for anyone looking for great food at a decent price.
Sammy's Scoops
Proudly serving Ice Cream Machine ice cream in over 30 flavors. Non dairy options available. Premium soft serve. Sundaes. Shakes. Specialty sundaes. Our very own Jumbo ice cream sandwich. Loyalty card gets you a free ice cream after 10 items purchased!
Member Highlights
HEB Engineers, Inc.
Founded in 1974, HEB Engineers specializes in civil and structural engineering and land surveying. Located in the beautiful Mount Washington Valley, we provide services to municipal, federal, and private clients. Throughout the years, HEB has built a reputation for quality service and the firm has grown from a one-man operation into a diversified consulting firm with offices in North Conway, New Hampshire and Bridgton, Maine. Today's well-established civil, structural, and surveying professionals are licensed in multiple states and the firm is committed to providing state-of-the-art survey and engineering services. We take pride in our proven ability to deliver innovative and cost-effective designs and solutions to our clients.

Guided by a dedication to our clients, our staff, and our community, we strive to provide exceptional service and innovative solutions to our clients. HEB became an employee-owned company in 2006, and this philosophy of commitment to our clients and each other can be seen throughout the firm.
High Wire Hydroponics
We specialize in supplying the highest quality organic and hydroponic grow products including Fox Farms, Cyco, House and Garden,  and plenty more. See an extended list below. If you don't see something on here that you use, don't be afraid to call us to check if it's in stock. Even if we don't have it in stock, we most likely can get it. Some of the wholesalers that we use are, Hawthorne, Hydrofarm, and Harry’s Hilarious Hydro.
We are here to help with all of your indoor and outdoor gardening needs from soil to hydro and anything in between! Custom garden design and set up available.
Find us just off 302 in the Sebago Lake region.
Unc'l Lunkers Bait & Tackle
Welcome to Unc'L Lunkers Bait and Tackle in Bridgton Maine. We are in the lake region of southern Maine close to North Conway and not far from Sebago Lake to the south. Don't be fooled by the "lake" region name for the area, we have more lakes than a lot of states right here. You have to understand that the 'Lakes" region is in our neighoring state. Sorry we don't advertise for them. Within ten minutes of the shop there are at least four good size lakes, four ponds and numerous streams waiting to be fished. If you wanted to travel a bit more you will find to many lakes to list. Not to bad for a little corner of the world. 
In addition to that we have Sebago Lake right here in our backdoor.
Campfire Grille
Campfire Grille is a family friendly full service restaurant in the Maine Lakes Region... featuring creative American comfort food, fun cocktails, craft beers on tap, a super friendly atmosphere and Complimentary Local COACH Service on the weekends...Come on in and Gather Round our Campfire!
Northeast Snowmobile & ATV Rentals
Since 1848, Hancock Lumber is a sixth-generation, family-owned business in Maine with a timberland operation, a sawmill division, and a network of lumberyards including their signature showroom, Home Again by Hancock Lumber in South Portland.
The Bridgton News
An independent weekly newspaper published each Thursday, serving Bridgton and surrounding Lake Region towns of western Maine since 1870.
Title:   Financial Cash Flow Projections Workshop
Date:   Thursday, February 13, 2020
Time:  6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Location:  Norway Town Office ,
19 Danforth Street, Norway, ME 04268
Cost: Free!
Short Description:  In this free Cash Flow workshop, you will learn how to prepare detailed financial projections, cash flow reports, and startup cost projections. These projections are crucial in creating a business plan.
Workshop Sponsor: Norway Savings Bank 



A great way to earn money AND be involved in the Electoral process!

POSITION :              VOTE REPORTER for the Maine

LOCATIONS:           Bridgton Town Office—Bridgton,

DUTIES :                   Call in county vote results as they are released throughout the night. In preparation, a brief rehearsal call must be completed before the Election.

DATE :                         Tuesday, March 3 rd , 2020
TIME :                         7:30 pm until final vote results ar e released
PAY :                            $85 for the evening
If you are interested or have any questions, please email Rebecca Lan at rlan@edisonresearch.com
Please include name and phone number in any emails. 
Vote Reporters must be responsible, punctual and polite, with own transportation. No previous experience necessary but must be 18 or older to apply. PAID PROMPTLY after the election.
C ollege is Possible
Don’t put college on the back burner any longer!

L ake Region and Fryeburg Area Adult Education’s College Transitions program offers opportunities to help prepare students for college level work.
·         Career and College Advising: An opportunity to meet with an advisor to research careers that fit your skills and interests, and explore educational programs that will get you closer your goals.
·         College Success Class: A blended learning class combining face-to-face classroom sessions with online learning assignments and interaction. This course will focus on the essential skills of a successful college student which will include study skills, time management, decision making strategies, financial literacy, career pathways exploration and academic readiness . This class fulfills a required college graduation credit at both Central and Southern Maine Community Colleges.
·         ACCUPLACER Prep: Work with an instructor on skills to prepare you to successfully take your ACCUPLACER
placement tests.
Interested students should call the Adult Education office at #207-627-4291 or email Rhonda.jacobson@lakeregionschools.org
ServSafe Certification
Now conveniently
offered right
 in our community!
March 4, 2020
 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Lake Region Adult Education Building
(behind Lake Region Vocational Center)
$145 (plus 7.95 for book)
Contact HRS directly for registration

A leader in Excel training is coming to town!

2016 Excel 1: Friday   
         Date:     March 6
         Time:    9 – 4:30

2016 Excel 2:   Friday
Date: March 20
          Time: 9-4:30                                       

Location :    Lake Region Adult Education Building
(behind Lake Region Vocational Center )
Enroll in these full day classes.
Hands-on and instructor led, VTEC Training is a recognized leader in business &computer training field. Learn from the best!
Call VTEC directly for registration and course information
207-775-0244 -   https://www.vtec.org/
“We’ve had our employees attend VTEC trainings,
and it was a solid investment in our employees’
professional development. They’re top-notch!”
Lee Eastman, General ManagerEverlast Roofing, Bridgton, ME

Lake Region Adult & Fryeburg Area Adult Education
1881 Roosevelt Trail, Naples, Me 04055
Need Help Hiring?
Whether you need to make an urgent hire for the fall/winter or are planning ahead to next year's summer season, Maine Tourism Staffing Solutions (MTSS) is the workforce arm of the Maine Tourism Association. It is the first and only non-profit staffing agency in Maine dedicated to direct hire placements at hotels, restaurants, and other tourism-related businesses in our state. Find the great people you need so you can get back to running your business!
We would love to discuss your recruiting strategies and devise options tailor-made to your business needs.  
For more information Contact
Staffing Specialist, Kathryn Ference at 207-446-3214 or  kference@mainetourism.com
Summer Rec Is Shifting Our Daily Routine:  Register now
Our program model is geared around guided Free Play with an emphasis on fun, physical activity, education, and sociability. During our day children will have the ability to participate in any of the various activities offered and move about each supervised station at their leisure. Staff will coordinate multiple stations including but not limited to physical activity, arts and crafts, dancing, singing, outside play, PE games, and more.
Enrichment Trips, STEM projects, swimming at the lake and other great programs will be offered weekly.
We believe moving to a Free Play model will help our children develop their creativity and critical thinking skills as well as increase their independence and confidence as a person. Decision making, collaborative abilities, and social skills also have been proven to increase with free play.
Our goal is to help develop our children intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. Our program will challenge critical thinking, encourage and help express ideas, develop empathy, understand self-regulation, and with physical activity help improve muscle control, coordination, and confidence.
If you have any questions please let us know @ rec@bridgtonmaine.org or 207-647-1126
Click HERE to view their website and upcoming events
and activities!
                        Youth Services
Every Week:
Tues : Tunes for Tots 10:00 am-11:00 am at Youth Department
Tues:  LEGO Club 3:30 pm-5:30 pm at Computer/Youth Services
Tues: Story Book Club 4:00 pm-5:30 pm at Meeting Room
Fri:  Preschool Storytime 10:00 am-11:00 am at Meeting Room and Children's Room
Adult Services
Every Week:
Tues:  Technology Help 10:30 am-11:30 am
Tues: Knitting and Needlecraft 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Wed:  Conversational Spanish 4:00 pm-4:45 pm
Click HERE to view their website for activities and dates!
Do you have something going on in your neck of the woods? Let us know !
  • We will put your event in our weekly Chamber Chatter
  • Deadline for the chatter is Friday!
  • Your event will post the upcoming Tuesday
Call the Chamber at 207-647-3472 or email to officemanager@mainelakeschamber.com
Have you joined our Member 2 Member program? Contact the Chamber today for more information or to participate in this awesome program!