Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets

The Town of Waldoboro is asking local residents who would like Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets, coats and boots for kids (including high school), or to register for the toy program, to please do so by Nov. 3. This year, those who apply for food baskets will get both Thanksgiving and Christmas with the one form. Within a day, the town already had 53 food basket requests, 39 families requesting winter gear, and about 50 toy requests.

For those who wish to help the town fill these requests, you can make a monetary donation at the town office for any of the programs. Town Manager Julie Keizer stressed that they cannot accept food donations, and local residents should direct those donations to the Waldoboro Food Pantry. After all the forms are collected, there will be a gift wish list available for those who would like to donate a new, unwrapped toy for a child from birth through 18.

Cookie decorating

Katie’s Kakes is having afternoon Halloween cookie decorating on Oct. 22, 29, 30, and 31, with games and treats. Those interested need to pre-register for a one-hour spot by calling 207-790-1407. The cookie packs are $10 for four cookies and decorations, and Katie’s Kakes is at 9 Friendship Rd.

Medomak Exchange looking for volunteers, plus Good Things Thrift and Craft news

The Medomak Exchange is looking for volunteers who are interested in helping at the Good Things Thrift and Craft Shop or at the Free Clothing Closet. This is truly local support, as the items sold at Good Things support the Medomak Exchange, which houses the Free Clothing Closet, the Waldoboro Food Pantry, and the Medomak House. Donations of gently used or like-new items are welcome as well.

There was an open house at Good Things Thrift and Craft Shop to host members of the Waldoboro Business Association for a walk through, enjoying some refreshments, and to learn more about the Medomak Exchange. The shop features a full home’s worth of household items and décor, while the garage has all sorts of furniture.

The Waldoboro Food Pantry had a luncheon to thank its volunteers coordinated by Janet Lee and featuring fresh-caught lobster from an anonymous donor. It was a full house and greatly appreciated by attendees.

Waldoboro 250th Anniversary Committee meeting

The Waldoboro 250th Anniversary Committee meets every other Monday at the Waldoboro Town Office with the next meeting on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. Seth Blodgett is heading up the “Welcome Home” parade and encouraging people to register and participate. Spots are available for re-enactors, dancers, theater groups, youth and community groups, sports teams, area businesses, antique and special automobiles, and more. Blodgett can be reached at 207-542-7095.

Businesses who wish to help sponsor any part of the two-day event should contact Bob Butler at 207-837-1785. Bill Maxwell oversees minting a commemorative coin that he hopes to be available before the holidays so people can purchase them as gifts. The original print will be 300 copies and sell for $20 a coin. Proceeds from the coin will help support the festivities, which will include live music starting after the parade and going into the evening.

A local arts display for the anniversary weekend is being coordinated by Jan Griesenbrock, 207-542-3275. One goal is to find a centralized location for display. Committee chair John Blodgett said that it appears too early in the season to get a carnival set up, but he is making an effort to see if there is a way to secure some rides, bounce houses, and create some other activities for children. As always, volunteers are needed to make the event a success. Jessica Pooley handed out “Save the Date” cards and will be delivering some around town.

New weather station

The town has a new weather station that the shellfish committee put up. You can check the weather station by going to Weather Underground and looking for Waldoboro, Clam Capital of Maine.