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"Hello, It's Santa Calling..."
Machias, Maine -- "Hello, It's Santa Calling..." is a holiday program sponsored by the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce. Come sign up children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other special little ones for a "real" telephone call from Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus or an Elf.
Calls will be made by volunteers with the Chamber and can be made to anywhere in the continental United States. A call costs $10 for one child and $15 if there is more than one child in the household. Part of the proceeds will go to area food banks for holiday dinners.
Sign up at the Machias Bay Chamber office at 11 Main Street, Machias. By providing personal information, such as nicknames, pet's names, etc., the call can be more meaningful to the child. Call 255-4402 for more information. Deadline is December 16.
The Machias Bay Chamber is accepting new/used/good condition ice skates that will be given free to anyone who needs them as part of the Chamber's ice skating rink project. The rink, 36' x 96', has been ordered; benches are under construction; and, with Mother Nature's help, it will be frozen and ready to go for Machias Holiday events and Santa Parade in early December. There is a donation box for skates at the Chamber office, 11 Main Street, Machias.
Eggs & Issues
Hunger and Obesity in Maine will be the next topic in the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs and Issues series.
The solution to Maine’s “brain drain” may be as simple as feeding a child well. Hunger and obesity are more than moral issues – they are a healthcare issue, an education issue, and ultimately, an economic issue. With 1 in 4 children in Maine living with food insecurity, are we hamstringing a quarter of our future workers? How does this affect your business?
The forum will be held at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Helen’s Restaurant. The panel of speakers will be Alf Wakeman, pediatrician at Down East Community Hospital; Joseph Ferrier, nutrition specialist at Washington County: One Community; and Mitchell Look, principal at Rose Gaffney Elementary School in Machias. The panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer session.
The public is welcome. Guests purchase their own breakfast.
The Machias Chamber of Commerce hosts the Eggs and Issues forums each month. Previous topics have included the Free ME proposal and Washington County advocacy. Upcoming discussions include Surviving the Slow Season, Competing with a Digital Marketplace, Increasing Customer Service, and the Bold Coast Byway. For more information, call 255.4402.
Live, work, shop and play in all four seasons. Experience our working waterfronts and picturesque harbors. Visit our pre-Revolutionary War sites. Take a deep breath and relax along Maine’s Bold Coast.
From glacial lakes to saltwater bays and tidal marshes, this is the real - the magical - Maine you have been dreaming of. Lobsters, blueberries, fresh garden produce - the Machias Bay area is teeming with bounty. Hiking, kayaking, canoeing, birding, whale watching...the magic awaits you. Whether you are visiting or relocating, we welcome you to our very special part of the world!
The Chamber's restoration of Station 1898 continues, as this vintage railroad station, located in the heart of the Machias Bay area and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, is returning as a local treasure. In the fall of 2013, the Chamber had the interior painted to seal in lead paint, and electricity was restored. A Harvest Fair and Wine Tasting Festival, the first of many events to come, was held in the station in Oct. 2013. The Beehive Collective also held several of their Gabfestry workshops in the station. Three grants to restore both the exterior and interior of the station have been submitted and more will follow. The Chamber hopes that these renewed efforts will return the station to its rightful place as a landmark in Washington County and the hub of Machias. Once completed, the station will become the permanent home of the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and will serve Washington County visitors on US Route 1 as well as those on the Downeast Sunrise Trail and the Two Rivers Nature Preserve.
Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce
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