MILO, Maine (WABI) – Hope is the word of the day Saturday as the new Dyer Hope House food pantry opened their doors in Milo.
Now named after longtime organizer Hope Dyer and her husband, the center used to be known as the Milo Ecumenical Food Cupboard.
But, they outgrew their old home in a local church basement, and needed a new center with easier access.
They’re now a registered charity, and the new building is a much better fit.
They get their food from local stores and donations, and they’re open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday.
Hope has been involved with the group for more than 20 years, and she’s very excited for what the future of this pantry now holds.
”It’s so much easier to do food cupboard now. We still get people that come in here, and they are desperate. They have nothing in their cupboards,” said Hope Dyer.
“It means a lot to them to have a place that they can come to when they’re in need,” said Andrew East, a longtime volunteer.
Hope says seeing her family’s name on the sign is a little overwhelming.
“We’ve just been here, making sure people have got food,” said Dyer.
The group can always use more volunteers you can find out more information on their Facebook page.
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SEBEC — Jimmy Mike and Barbara Mauzy wish to thank the community for their support of the second annual Jimmy Mike Whoopie Pie Sale Fundraiser. The amount raised in 2020 was just over $1,400, but this year the whoopie pies and accompanying Sebec Village Associates yard sale raised $2,143! Buyers were so extremely generous, and some simply donated money without taking any whoopie pies.
Half of the money was given to the Sebec Village Associates to assist with repairs and improvements to the Sebec Reading Room, and the other half was donated to Dyer’s Hope House — the food pantry in Milo.
There was a tie for the most generous donation so Tricia and Rene Lacau and Mary Bilunas and Paul Travers will receive a gift of three dozen whoopie pies of their choice. Keep this in mind and mark your calendar as the third annual Jim Mike Whoopie Pie Sale Fundraiser will be held on Sept. 24, 2022. You, too, could be gifted whoopies for three months!
WHOOPIE PIE FUNDS — Jimmy Mike, right, presents John Cram a $1,071.50 check to Dyer’s Hope House. This money was raised by the generous purchases of whoopie pies on Sept. 25 in Sebec.
The Milo Historical Society is very pleased to announce the completion of a very noteworthy project. In June the Society was contacted by a representative of OCI Yearbook Project with a proposal to scan, free of charge, our entire collection of Milo High School yearbooks. OCI stands for Oklahoma Correctional Industries, located in Lexington, Oklahoma: https://www.ocisales.com/non-destructive-scanning OCI provides rehabilitation and job training to low risk offenders. One of their projects is OCI Records Conversion which offers scanning of high school yearbooks to libraries, historical societies and high schools, not only in Oklahoma but across the country. OCI provides this service free of charge, including the shipping charges.
In August Milo Historical Society members met to box up the Society’s collection of Milo High School yearbooks, “The Breeze”, and shipped them off to OCI. As mentioned, all shipping costs were covered by OCI. A few weeks later the Society received the returned MHS yearbooks, in perfect condition, along with three DVD copies of the scanned yearbooks, dating from 1896 to 1968. Seth Barden, Milo Historical Society’s webmaster, has uploaded the entire collection to the Milo Historical Society website. The Society proudly maintains a collection and display of Milo High School memorabilia and is now very pleased to be able to offer this collection of MHS Breezes to the public.