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Month: September 2022

Cafe Club coming to Paris Elementary School

Healthy Oxford Hills is rolling out a wonderful program at Paris Elementary where adults in the community “adopt” an elementary school class to eat lunch with at school once a week. 

This program started in 2019 at Rowe and took a hiatus for the pandemic. They now would like to roll out this program to Paris Elementary, but are having a much harder time finding volunteers. 

Would you be willing to volunteer just 30 minutes of your time each week to spend with the kiddos? They have found this program to be hugely beneficial to the students, but they need help from the community!

If you’re interested, please contact Holly Stuhr at Healthy Oxford Hills:

Friends of the First Baptist Church Painting Auction

The Brogan’s were the winners of the Friends of the First Baptist Church Deb Deshon Painting raffle at the Hannibal Hamlin Birthday Event on August 27th.  

Mike and Janet have graciously donated the painting back to the Friends to raise more money for the upcoming church building projects (Steeple Roof Maintenance, Outside Building Painting and Restoration, etc.)

Therefore, the Friends Board of Directors has decided to sell the painting. Current bidding is up to $800. We will keep the opportunity open until midnight September 30th. If anyone is interested in making a bid higher than $800, please email Kevin Carleton at It is a beautiful painting of the church and I hope that it finds a good home. This is a framed original 24×30″ oil painting by local artist Deb Deshon.

Hannibal Hamlin Birthday Event Thanks

Please accept my sincere thank you and appreciation for all the sponsors and volunteers that made the 2022 Hannibal Hamlin Birthday Fund Raiser an amazing success.

As you know, we must fund raise every dollar that we spend for the annual operation, maintenance and preservation of this 200 plus year old church/meeting house and common. To achieve a successful outcome for an event like this, it takes leadership, funding, planning, creativity, volunteers, sponsors and a whole lot of help and dedication from many people. The bottom line for net profit from this event was $20,436 which is almost triple the result from 2021. Please see the list of sponsors and volunteers below that helped to make this event a huge success.

Sandra and Gary Bahre who brought Jerry Mathers of “Leave it to Beaver” fame to the event which provided a huge draw of people to help more than triple the attendance and fund raising from the previous year.

Nancy Cushman who led the entire effort of overseeing the planning, organizing, fundraising, sponsorships and committee meetings.

Committee Members Ken Hoyt, Amber Dionne, Sue Oakes, Kenny Grant, Terry Hoyt, Sheryl Morgan, CarlaRose Dubois, Chris Losso, Rosemary Losso, Linda Richardson, Brian Partridge and Jancie Cazneau, Deb Witham

Friends of the First Baptist Church Board Members Skip Herrick, Lesli Olson, Karen Kothe, Mark Kikel, Hank Emerson and Mike Black

Sponsors Head Invest, Goodwin Motor Group, Texas Instruments, Speedway Inc, Deb Deshon, Baker Newman & Noyes, Ripley and Fletcher Ford, Gorham Savings Bank, Cross Insurance, Oxford Federal Credit Union, WOXO, Valley View Orchard Pies, Hannaford, Dig Maine Gems, Flagship Cinemas, Jonah Thurlow and Dick Decato

Maine State Cake Decorating Championship Volunteers – Will Beriau, Tanya Hazard, Kelly Pride, Rachael Crowley, Meg Broderick

Event Volunteers – Jan Brogan, Mike Brogan, Peter Roy, Jeff Richardson, Brooks Lynch, John Moffett, Jeff Orwig, Norm Hutchins, Steve’s General Store, Tim Simms, Senator Rick Bennett, Mike and Sue Morin, Terri Carleton, Chad Martinez, Mary Smith, Annie O’Connor, Terry Downs and Jon Thompson.

As they say, it takes a village to accomplish the level of success that we gained for this event. All day long I looked across the green and saw families together, kids playing, people watching the various performers and everyone enjoying the food and of course the cake. Again, thank you to everyone who helped with the huge success of the Hannibal Hamlin Birthday Celebration.


Kevin Carleton
President, Friends of the First Baptist Church of Paris Hill.