The Fourth of July brings parades, fireworks and family gatherings. This year, plan to head to Fryeburg Village for the annual parade. Participants travel up Bradley Street to Main and then down Portland Street to Pine and back to Bradley Street. For those who’d like to join the fun, contact The parade begins at 10 a.m. Line-up is at the American Legion Hall at 9:30 a.m.

Fryeburg Recreation’s Casino Night, originally scheduled to take place on June 29 has been canceled. Sorry, everyone.

On April 20, Kimberly and Justin Bishop made the life-changing journey to Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland, Maine, with their 7-year-old daughter, Melanie. Melanie had been sick throughout the winter with a persistent cough.

In addition, in the week prior to her admission to Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Melanie began to develop unexplained bloody noses and unexplained bruising. With the myriad of symptoms and no clear answers, Justin took it upon himself to do some research, and he discovered that Melanie had many indicators associated with childhood leukemia.

Soon after, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She has already undergone several rounds of chemotherapy and has two years worth of treatments ahead. The lives of Justin, Kym, Melanie and Melanie’s brothers, Trent, Kyle and Gavin, have greatly changed in the last few months.

Several fundraisers are in the works to help this young family, including “Melanie’s Heart in Our Hands” taking place on Saturday, July 13, at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds from noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 5 to 18 years old, and free for kids under the age of 5.

There will be a raffle and for-sale stuff donated by generous friends and local businesses, plenty of food, including burgers and dogs, ice cream cups, cold drinks, and lots of picnic side dishes, face painting, music (with Sharon Novak), a giant bouncy house, corn hole games and more.

If you’d like to help in any way, check out “Melanie’s Heart in Our Hands” Facebook page for details. Please plan to head to the fairgrounds to support this local family on July 13.

Presented by the Fryeburg Business Association, the 2019 Bradley Park Concerts begin on July 9, featuring Hot Damn Duo, a very talented couple with a full band sound, performing great country music, as well as songs from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Enjoy cake and ice cream, served by the Rotary Club of Fryeburg after the show.

The second in the concert series takes place on Tuesday, July 16. Studio Two will perform a re-creation of the Beatles appearance, sound and onstage banter. Grab a chair or blanket so you can comfortably enjoy this great show with your family and friends. Free concerts take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with a rain location at the Fryeburg Fire Station.

“From every mountain side

Let Freedom ring.”

— Samuel F. Smith, “America”

Happy Fourth of July everyone.

Robin Johnson can be contacted at

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