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  • A FOOD REQUEST — Nonperishable food is needed now to stock the shelves at the new location of the Harrison Food Bank. The future food bank will be located in the Ronald G. St. John VFW Post 9328 at 176 Waterford Road — that is where donations can be accepted. (De Busk Photo)

Sweden food pantry opens doors to Harrison

By Dawn De Busk
Staff Writer
SWEDEN — Resident Shirley Crow knows the importance of being a good neighbor. 
After all, like so many people in the Lake Region communities, she works at a food pantry. Crow helps to operate the Sweden Food Pantry. 
When she heard about the closure of the Harrison Food Pantry this fall, she knew that it would be a natural transition to offer food distributions to Harrison residents.
The food pantries in most towns are set up to serve only residents of that town. 
“We don’t have any restrictions that way. We have people from Lovell, Stow, Stoneham and even Fryeburg. So, we are open to taking people from Harrison,” Crow said. “That’s what being neighbors is about.”
The Sweden Food Pantry is located in the Sweden Community Church United Church of Christ, 137 Bridgton Rd. 
The Sweden Food Pantry is open twice a month, on the first and third Wednesday of the month. The pantry is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
People are allowed to do shopping from the selection of food laid out on the tables, Crow said.
The church is easy to find, she said. “It’s right on Route 93, also called Bridgton Road,” she noted.
The next food distribution at the Sweden Food Pantry is Dec. 7.
“We do require a driver’s license, and one utility bill or another form of ID,” Crow said.
“We use the program, Temporary Food Assistance Program (TFAP). And, we have to report to them,” Crow said, explaining why there are ID requirements. 
“We had four new people the last time we were open, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I don’t know if they were from Harrison or not,” she said.  “We service between 40 and 50 people a month. We have at least 75 names on the list. Some come once, some once a month,” she added. 
Crow commented on the Catch 22 of working at a food pantry.
“You are open, hoping you close. But, I worked at a food pantry in Worchester for five years. So, I know there is a growing need,” she said.
At the previous food pantry, where Crow volunteered, they “handed out maybe two grocery bags of food.”
People using the Sweden Food Pantry get a nice bounty, she said. 
“What we do now, everyone gets at least two banana boxes full,” Crow said.

    Pantry closure leads to volunteers setting up food bank

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer HARRISON — The Harrison Food Pantry closed its doors in September, leaving a void for residents who depended on the bi-monthly food distributions. Community members have been working hard to fill that void by setting up the future Harrison Food Bank, which will be located at the Ronald G. […]

  • Town Hall sign: Can electronics fit with historical preservation?

    By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer Use of an electronic message board on the Bridgton Town Hall grounds on North High Street is still in play. While selectmen initially were somewhat cool to the idea of replacing the current events board with modern technology at last week’s board meeting, they remained open-minded if an aesthetically-pleasing […]

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    Doors open to new Casco Town Hall

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — As residents doing town business have already noticed, the new Casco Town Hall is open. If a Casco citizen were to park in front of the old office, it would not be much of an inconvenience. In fact, the drive to the new office is short and […]

  • 230 YEARS OF COMBINED SERVICE provided by longtime Bridgton Lions Club members (front, left to right) Steve Collins (33 years), Al Glover (58), Bob Pelletier (11), Dean Brown (33); (back row) Bob Hatch (33), Allen Hayes (35) and Bruce Jones (27).

    90 years of service, something to roar about

    By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer Al Glover vividly remembers how he was lured to be a Lion. “I caught a girl cheating my first year teaching here (Bridgton High School), and I was told the principal wanted to see me. I thought, ‘Gee, word travels fast in this place.’ So, I went down to […]

  • Town to “explore” what lurks behind Bridgton Town Hall walls

    By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer Jeff Frye wants to take a more surgical approach to determining if the Town Hall walls as structurally sound or not. Initially, the town was on track to seek bids for the removal and disposal of the white vinyl siding at the North High Street building. Then, the town […]

  • Patty Wininger (left) and Karyl Langill

    Q&A: Community H.E.L.P. looks to make a difference

    By Zoe Silvia BN Intern Community H.E.L.P. is a tiny nonprofit shop on Nulty Street in downtown Bridgton. Run by the director and founder, Patty Wininger, and several other volunteers, Community H.E.L.P. offers deals to low income families or individuals. Wininger is retired, as are many of the other volunteers such as Karyl Langill, whom […]

  • Might Naples budget support sidewalk snow removal?

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — If the temperatures in the Lake Region had been a little bit colder these past few days, residents would be digging out. And, as has been the case for years, the snow would cover the sidewalks on the Naples Causeway. One Naples resident said she would like […]

  • Norman Strobel

    Shootings leave two men dead

    CASCO — A man seeking vengeance against an ex-girlfriend resulted in a fatal shooting Sunday in Naples. Norman J. Strobel was shot and killed by Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office deputies after a confrontation at a mobile home on Songo School Road in Naples early Sunday morning. Strobel was being sought in connection with a shooting […]

  • BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR — Jessica Jones, owner of Firefly Boutique in Bridgton.

The Jones File
Age: 39 

Grew up in Marblehead, Mass.

Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Society, Ethics and Human Behavior with a Minor in Human Rights from the University of Washington;
Attended Northwest Aviation Academy in Washington, achieved private pilot license, commercial and instrument ratings; 

House cleaner for four years while going to college (own business using all natural products)
First jobs: working for a toothbrush factory, pizza joint, selling art at the Seattle public market, making hors d’oeuvres, waitress at several restaurants such as the International House of Pancakes (awful sticky job);

Traveled extensively through Southeast Asia, South America, Central America, Mexico, Caribbean, parts of Europe and Africa and most of the United States; started backpacking at age 18 through South America
Moved to Bridgton in 2005 from Seattle to be with boyfriend, Rick;
Owner of Firefly Boutique, Main Street, Bridgton.

    One on one with…Business Person of the Year, Jessica Jones

      By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer Even though Jessica Jones came from four generations of retailers, she never considered following that same path. At first. Then, she changed her mind. It proved to be a wise career choice. Today, Jessica is the proud owner of Firefly Boutique, located on Main Street in Bridgton, and […]

  • Bridgton Police Department Officer Phil Jones (left).

    One on one with…BPD Officer Phil Jones

      By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer When Phil Jones learned he had been accepted to represent Maine at the International Special Olympic Games in Austria this coming March, he was overwhelmed. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But, there was a catch. While running a torch from province to province and giving speeches along the way would […]