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Day: October 14, 2020

MILO — For more than 40 years, the Milo Ecumenical Food Cupboard has provided for families in our community. One might wonder about the food cupboard’s continued existence, but the need now is greater than ever. We once served between 50 to 70 families a year, and this November we expect to provide 225 families with Thanksgiving boxes. We invite you to be a part of helping us to help our neighbors.

Specifically, the food cupboard needs a new location. For years, this all volunteer organization has been housed in the basement of the Park Street Methodist Church in Milo. This means that clients must enter and exit via a narrow staircase. Our volunteers must navigate this same staircase when they assist in carrying out the groceries for our clients as well as unloading the heavy boxes of food delivered from our wonderful partners: Good Shepherd, Tradewinds, Elaine’s Café & Bakery,  Penquis, Shaw’s, Ripley Farms and Sam’s Club. Eliminating stairs would ensure easier access for our clients as well as save the backs and shoulders of our faithful volunteers! Additionally, a new location potentially will provide a larger indoor waiting area for our clients, an important consideration as we anticipate the upcoming winter season.

Please consider volunteering a few hours of your time on Thursdays between 7 a.m.  and 1 p.m. to help us. As we are working to assist our families on a weekly basis, we are also working to secure the funds for our new location, and your donations are critical to our efforts. Any assistance at all is greatly appreciated; please make checks payable to the Milo Ecumenical Food Cupboard PO Box 116 Milo Me 04463.

Published: Oct. 9, 2020 at 4:41 PM EDT

OLD TOWN, Maine (WABI) – The Piscataquis Regional YMCA is partnering with the Old Town-Orono YMCA to consolidate support and resources.

It’s a cost savings measure in the face revenue losses due to COVID-19.

The facilities will remain independent but will share leadership and use similar models for programs and service.

One notable change is the Piscataquis YMCA will eliminate their CEO position.

Deb Boyd at the Old Town-Orono facility will oversee those duties in both locations.

She spoke with us about the plan and how it will play out moving forward.

“So we’ve started for a six month time period and then we’ll have the ability to assess and just see how it’s working and have the ability to renew if we wish to do that, and then we’ll just see where we go from there.”

A task force made up of community and board members will make the decision on whether to keep the plan in place.

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