Clothing & Toy Swap on Saturday, August 25, 2012: Attention Kids, Moms & Dads & Hipsters

Portland, Maine- A clothing swap will take place Saturday, August 25, 9:00am - 11:00am at Jacobs Chiropractic Acupuncture Center at 138 Saint John Street in Portland. Come join us for a socially responsible morning of wardrobe updates!

Clothing swaps are a great way to unclutter and replenish one's wardrobe, and offer an environmentally-friendly and frugal alternative to shopping. Participants will exchange their admired-but-ignored clothing and toys for clothing they will actually use. We want everyone to get the good stuff!

All donations must be in good condition, washed and folded, without stains and have all their parts please! Registration is encouraged by calling Yvette Schussler (774-6251 , )

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Five Portland Public Schools Offer Free Breakfasts to All Students

Five of Portland’s public schools will offer free breakfasts to all of their students for the first time, beginning in September. Four elementary schools - Reiche, East End, Riverton and Presumpscot - and Lincoln Middle School will provide the free breakfasts.

Students arrive at school at the regular time to receive breakfast. It is served during the first 10 minutes of the school day. This model of breakfast in the classroom started at Reiche School. It has since expanded and should be in place district-wide in the next two years.

Reiche also will offer all students a free lunch daily. The meal costs are subsidized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Breakfast and lunch menus are posted at

Families at all of Portland’s public schools may apply for free breakfasts and lunches, based on family income.

Maine Farmland Trust to host "MaineFare" Celebration in Belfast


BELFAST. Maine Farmland Trust will host an event celebrating Maine's local food traditions, farms, farmers, restaurants, chefs, and happy eaters in downtown Belfast on Friday, September 7th from 9AM to 9PM. "MaineFare" will showcase the work of Maine's best food producers artisan processors.  This event will also engage participants in educational discussions about local food and farming. All members of the public are encouraged to attend.

"MaineFare 2012" is the revival of an event that was held several years in the Camden area.  This will be the first "MaineFare" celebration since 2009.  Maine Farmland Trust seeks to revive the event and re-cast the celebration to focus more on farm-to-table activities and Maine farming, in addition to local food and dining.

Portland schools ditch Styrofoam trays

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Portland Public Schools will no longer use Styrofoam trays in their cafeterias beginning this school year.

The Portland district will replace them with paperboard trays. The additional cost of $30,000 annually will be offset by savings anticipated from district recycling and composting programs.

Reusable plastic trays will be used once a new central kitchen is finished and operates a tray-washing facility.

During the past year, nearly all of Portland's mainland schools have implemented composting, trash separation and recycling of bottles and other refuse from the cafeteria. Those changes have reduced cafeteria trash by 50 to 80 percent.

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Portland declares Gov. Baxter Day

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Baxter State Park.

On Aug. 6, 1962, former Gov. Percival Baxter acquired the 28th and final parcel of land that would constitute the northern Maine park named in his honor. Baxter, who was from Portland, deeded the land to the state as a gift the following month.

Friends of Baxter State Park is partnering with several organizations to mark the anniversary on Wednesday with events that include talks, a visit to the Baxter family cemetery plot, a museum exhibit and a reception and program at the Maine Historical Society.

Baxter State Park consists of nearly 210,000 acres and has 46 mountain peaks, including the highest peak in the state, Katahdin.

Groundbreaking held for Civc Center renovations

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Changes that county officials are hoping will pump new life into the old Cumberland County Civic Center are just about to get underway.

Today a ground breaking ceremony was held to kick off the first phase of the 33-million dollar renovation project. When the work is done, in a little more than a year from now, it will be a bigger building with about 40-thousand more square feet.

The plan calls for expanding it out into the corners and doing away with the stairs. People will enter the building at street level. There will be elevators inside to take you to the higher seats and the six privates suites being added in the corners. Two bunker suites will be put at ice level and 300-club seats will be installed in prime viewing areas.

Southern Maine Senior Expo

Maine Senior Guide will be hosting the Southern Maine Senior Expo Tuesday, September 25, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport. The Expo features 18 different speakers, ranging from Secretary of State Charlie Summers (new state initiative for senior drivers) to talks on downsizing your home and senior sexuality.
Viewers are invited to visit 38 vendor booths to learn about senior-related products, services and resources. AAA is providing a driving school from 8 a.m. -noon ($15), and CHANS will hold a free flu shot clinic all day. Afternoon activities include an antiques appraisal walk-in clinic ($5 per item to benefit the Alzheimer's Association) and free carriage rides around the park.
Expo hours are from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. so that adult children can visit.