Upper Saco Valley Land Trust joins the global GivingTuesday Movement

FRYEBURG — The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage a spirit of giving and to celebrate generosity worldwide. #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, occurring this year on Dec. 1. After the widely recognized shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the holiday giving season.

Two new Realtors sworn in at annual meeting of Western Maine board

State Rep, Nathan J. Wadsworth of Hiram spoke to more than 80 Realtors at the Western Maine Board of Realtors' annual meeting Nov. 4. Wadsworth, a Realtor with the Maine Real Estate Network in Standish, serves as the House Chair on the Energy Committee.

Connie Eldridge, president of the Western Maine Board, swore in two new Realtors, Jamie McIver of At the Lakes Real Estate, and Mary Sohl from Anne Plummer & Associates.

After the meeting, held at the Olde Mill Tavern in Harrison, a continuing education class covering new legislation and regulations was held.


All About Money: Budgeting for the holidays

By Deborah Doucet
I truly hope that you all have reasons to be thankful this year. I know I do, and for a lot of people, this is the time of year where they set aside a few moments at the holiday dinner table to express those thanks — although I think it's really the retailers that end up being the most thankful for the start of the holiday shopping season.
People can go a little crazy during the holidays, and they end up buying things that they would never dream of any other time of year. Don't get me wrong. I love the holidays and I have had a lot of fun over the years buying gifts for family and friends. I used to have this aunt whom I just adored, and every year I would stuff a stocking for her with the silliest things I could find, and she absolutely loved it. Here's the thing, though: I never borrowed money to stuff her stocking, and that's what makes all the difference. There are some of you who prefer to use a credit card for shopping and then pay it all off when the bill comes in; this is not about you. This is for the people who either go into or increase their debt over the holidays and struggle the rest of the year trying to pay it off.

Planning board grants hotel project six-month extension of conditional approval

By Tom Eastman
CONWAY — The Conway Planning Board has granted a six-month extension of a conditional approval for a proposed four-story hotel at the former Fandangle's Restaurant site.
The extension moved back approval to March 24, 2016. That was required because the board's conditional approval granted in September 2014 was due to expire Nov. 13.