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Mark your calendars for this great event to benefit the Pine Tree Camp!
January 31 , Feb 1 & 2
Auction, Chicken BBQ, Youth Ice Fishing Clinic, Celebrity Egg Ride, Radar Runs, Beauty Pageant, Fireworks, Drag Races ! RaveX !!
The Chamber has met with representatives of Pine Tree Society & will be supporting this great cause.
SVCC will have a booth at the center of activities to hand out Chamber members information.
If you would like to have your information, such as brochures and/or business cards at our booth, please contact
Pat at 368-4698 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All information must be at the Chamber by Jan 24.
Pine Tree Society will have booths available for interested businesses, so to register your space please contact
Jeremy Lucas 207-443-3341 or email@example.com
Schedule of events :
Dysart’s Ride In to Benefit Pine Tree Camp
Sunday, January 26
Spaghetti Supper: Dysart’s Truck Stop and Restaurant. $10 per ticket includes spaghetti dinner with all the sides. 5:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.
Friday, January 31
Ride- In Auction: Auction preview begins at 5:00p.m. with the live auction beginning at 6:00p.m. Food concession is available. Newport Recreation Center, Newport
Saturday, February 1
7:00a.m. Meridian Splendor Masonic Hall. FMI contact Kelly Carter 852-0647
“All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffet”: Join us as we kick off the celebrity egg ride with an all you can eat breakfast of eggs, pancakes, home fries, Texas toast, doughnuts, fruit, coffee, milk and juice provided by the Hungry Hollow 76ers Snowmobile Club, Horseback Road, Levant. FMI: Steve Galen 884-8340.
Q106.5 Egg Ride and Parade:
Celebrity egg riders will leave Hungry Hollow 76ers Clubhouse in Levant at 9:00a.m. and arrive at the Newport Recreation Center at 11:00a.m. Make your Q106.5 Egg Ride pledge today! Call 991-9500.
Begin at 10:30a.m. at Sebasticook Stream at Durham Bridge Road. $25 registration fee/ class, plus MSDRA event/points fee of $15 and $5 tech fee. FMI 278-4512.
Rave X Outer Limit Freestyle Tour:
Join us for the high flying freestyle team from Rave X! This freestyle performance will not be a disappointment! Gates will open at 11:00a.m with the first show beginning at 1:00p.m. There will be two separate freestyle performances. Do not miss this high flying show! FMI: Call Jeremy Lucas 386-5941.
Courtesy of P&L Market, 11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. $8, Newport Recreation Center
Pine Tree Camp Pageant:
1:00p.m., Contestants must pre-register, registration fee $15. Call Chris Ayer at 368-2058. Newport Recreation Center
Cost is $6 per person, which includes main entrée, salad, roll, dessert and drink.Hosted by Bud’s Shop ‘N Save. 4:30p.m. to 6:00p.m., Newport Recreation Center
6:15p.m. The lake in front of The Rec Center, sponsored by Sebasticook Valley Federal Credit Union.
Sunday, February 2
“Hooked on Fishing” Kid’s Icefishing Clinic:
Join Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife as they host a clinic for kids to introduce them to the sport of icefishing. There will be game wardens on hand to help and ME IF&W will have tip-ups, bait and augers available for those that do not have equipment. All kids are welcome whether it’s their first time icefishing or not. This will be held at the Durham Bridge Road end of Sebasticook Lake.
FMI: Jeremy Lucas 386-5941.
As you know, HealthySV in partnership with the Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce launched a Recreational Trail Map Project in April 2013. Many towns expressed an interest in the project but had a difficult time recruiting enough volunteers to assist with trail data collection.
I am very happy to report that HealthySV and the Chamber have reached out to Venture Crew 63, led by Ron Potvin of Newport. Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women 14 years of age OR 13 years of age and have completed 8th grade and under 21 years of age. Venture Crew 63 has agreed to help us complete the Trail Map Project!
If you have an interest in attending a training or have a community volunteer who would like to attend, please let me know. In addition, if you or your town would like to assist the Venture Crew by helping them identify local trails to map please let me know! Linking the youth to people who have knowledge of the local area will help us be successful!
The revised target date for completion is April 2014. One year after the launch of the project, and we will have a valuable product at the end that will help us promote outdoor recreation opportunities across the region.
Thank you for all your help and commitment to the project. A special thank you to those who were able to submit trail data to Levi this summer!
Karen Hawkes, Healthy SV
487-3890 ex 2733
SVCC Strategic Planning Committee and Healthy SV are very pleased to announce the Recreational Trail Map Project is coming along very well!
This productive partnership has come together….with the Chamber’s Strategic Planning Committee working to promote Recreation , Relocation and Retirement in Sebasticook Valley, and the Healthy SV Coalition planning to create a Recreational Trail Map, we have become partners to both promote recreation in the valley and further the development of the Trail Map.
We plan for the map to highlight and clarify the diverse & beautiful outdoor recreational opportunities on our valley trails! It will also generate a new source of revenue for all our area businesses by bringing people to our area for fun and recreation in all four seasons.
Plans are to have the Recreational Trail map in print by early 2014 for distribution, with links for websites. We have enlisted the professional assistance of Levi Ladd of St Albans, a GIS analyst, & he will be working with us & creating the map for us.
Also, there is a very interesting website we plan to add our valley trail system information on . This will increase our exposure to people looking for recreational areas:
www.mainetrailfinder.com , which right now has absolutely no information for Sebasticook Valley. That will change !!
After several planning meetings between the SVCC Strategic Planning Committee and Healthy SV the area Town Managers were invited to an information session to identify and discuss each town’s recreational assets, and to confirm interest and participation levels. Towns have been submitting information, and recommending volunteers for GPS training to map the area trails.
Still in the planning stages , but so far the map will include the following for each participating town :
Hiking / Walking Trails
Cross Country Ski Trails
Boat Launches (trailer & carry-in)
ATV/ Snowmobile Trails
Rescue Helicopter sites
The next step is to gather , organize and survey the information, as some trails are already in existence and marked, others need to be identified. Therefore, we have asked each town have volunteers ready to participate in this information gathering. We have also set up GPS training session by Levi so all trails will be officially registered in the GPS system.
For further information, please contact :
Pat @ 368-4698
Please keep reading to learn about some of the highlights of recent and upcoming events.
Best wishes for a happy June~ From the NCC Staff
The Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce was very pleased to host Governor Lepage on May 21st in Newport for a roundtable discussion on the business climate in Maine with SVCC Board Members and Town Managers. The Governor also brought along George Gervais, Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development and John Butera, Senior Economic Advisor.
The discussion was very productive and included a range of business topics that was very informative for all in attendance. The personal connection with the Governor was very rewarding as he took the time to speak one on one to many of the people there . He was very engaging and easy to talk to and everyone came away knowing he is working hard for the people of the State of Maine.
The Governor also informed us that on every Saturday , 8 am to noon, he has “Constituent Time.” Anyone can come to see him, in a 15 minute time slot, to bring to him questions and concerns . Please use this link for more information or to sign up :
Also, at this meeting George Gervais provided a great phone number for all your business questions and any assistance you may need on business issues : Red Tape Hotline 624-7486 .
The Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to announce another benefit to our Members : we are developing a Member to Member Discount program to encourage the “Buy Local” campaign and to support our fellow businesses.
United Insurance-Lehr Agency and the Law Office of Michael A. Wiers are both signed up to offer discounts to fellow members. For more information, please go the to right side of our Home page and look for Member to Member Discount.
If your business would like to participate please contact the Chamber at 368-4698 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to have fun, spend an evening with great people, AND learn to play the Ukulele ? Come to the Newport Cultural Center every 2nd & 4th Wednesdays 6-8 pm .
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The Events Calendar button in the menu bar has been updated again!
Steven Covey, Knight Kiplinger, Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci. What do these respected leaders have in common? They all understand the intrinsic value of being a member of a local chamber of commerce. They’re chamber members themselves, they know the power of chambers, and they use chambers in their businesses.
If you missed the Chamber’s First Cash Mob, we visited with Bill Pelkey at The Dog House Drive-In on Route 7 in Newport on July 10. What a great time with great food and great company! We like to think we gave Bill’s business a boost, possibly doubling his attendance for his weekly Classic Car Cruise-In on Tuesdays. And we know we introduced some great food to a few Chamber members who hadn’t yet tried Bill’s classic fare.
Check out the photos on our Facebook page and in our Gallery, too.
For six years, the Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce has hosted its “united” fundraiser inPalmyra, but for 2012 that venue will change to the Moosehead Trail Motor Lodge, Route 7 in Dexter, on Nov. 3.
Over the six years, the combined effort of several non-profit agencies collaborating with the Chamber has returned about $78,000 in funding to the region. This year’s effort will include Sebasticook Family Doctors (dental program), the Sebasticook Valley FCU’s Ending Hunger inMaine, the Corinna Bicentennial Committee, CRD Warriors (Corinna athletic team),NewportCulturalCenter’s Friends of the Library, Newport Woman’s Club (scholarship fund), Stetson Historical Society,HartlandConsolidated School’s Teachers-on-the-Run and thePalmyraCommunity Center.
These groups will be gathering sponsorship ads and auction donations that are presented in “the party you don’t want to miss!” annually on the first Saturday in November for the largest fundraiser of its kind in centralMaine.
The corporate sponsor for the event in recent years is Skowhegan Savings Bank, and will be again this year.
The application period for Sparkle participants has ended and the kick-off committee meeting for planning was held Tuesday, June 19. Area businesses who have supported Sparkle in the past can expect to hear from committee members as they begin soliciting for donations. New sponsors are always welcome and will be sought out to help support the effort.
Annually several businesses have donated food products for the hors d’oeuvres and a caterer will be selected soon. Sponsorship ads can range from $50 for a simple listing to a $500 page in the program booklet. All proceeds are shared between the Chamber and the participating non-profits, with the largest portion shared equally among the smaller groups. Lastly, each group is expected to sell a designated number of tickets to the event, at $35 per person or $60 for a couple. Early ticket buyers are entered into a drawing for a free ticket to next year’s event.
The Chamber’s Steering Committee recently visited the Moosehead Trail Motor Lodge for a very successful Business After Hours hosted by the Lodge.
For more information on Sparkle, any Chamber event or membership, please visit the Chamber website at www.ourchamber.org or friend them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.