July 12, 2024

Applicant withdraws solar farm proposal in Raymond residential neighborhood

By Ed Pierce

An eight-month initiative by residents in Raymond to oppose placement of a commercial solar farm in their neighborhood has resulted in the applicant withdrawing the project from consideration.

In October 2023, Allen Solar LLC proposed installation of a 1MW ground-mounted solar power generation facility on a residential property in the Pulpit Rock Road and Twin Pines neighborhood near Thomas Pond off Route 302. It spurred a months-long controversy between the residents and the solar company, ultimately involving the Raymond Planning Board and the Raymond Select Board.

Nature is rebounding from a
partial timber harvest at the
proposed site of a solar farm
on a residential property in
the Pulpit Rock Road and 
Twin Pines neighborhood 
near Thomas Pond off
Route 302 in Raymond
some 16 months ago. The
solar project developer has
withdrawn his application
to locate there.
COURTESY PHOTO  
Allen Solar, LLC submitted the proposal to the Raymond Planning Board and sought permission to locate the Mainely Solar facility on Roosevelt Trail on a lot owned by Scott and Aimme Allen with access to the project area through a lot owned by Scott Allen using the existing Raymond Marine entrance to Roosevelt Trail. The project was to be situated on 17,817 square feet of land and the company wanted to occupy about 6.8 acres located within the town’s Rural Residential District and portions within the Shoreland Zone, and Limited Residential/Recreation District.

The location itself is hilly, heavily wooded and filled with vernal pools, critical wetlands and streams that run downhill directly into Thomas Pond. It would have required approval from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for filling a small 325-square-foot wetland to support project access. The solar company planned to fence the property and proposed buffers and setbacks to be deployed to minimize visual impact.

Trees at the site were cut down to accommodate the proposed solar farm prompting project abutters to retain an attorney, and to file a complaint with Maine DEP regarding the clearing of trees inside of vernal pools and wetlands on the proposed project property.

Laurie Wallace, who lives next to the site said concerned residents discussed some of their objections to the project at the Raymond Select Board meeting in February and they voiced environmental concerns and placement of such a project in a residential neighborhood. The group requested a town moratorium on ground-mounted large solar projects but the select board said that was something for the Raymond Planning Board to do. During the Feb. 21 Raymond Planning Board meeting, board members requested more time to evaluate a minor change to the buffer for the project from 20 feet to 50 feet.

A vote during the March Planning Board meeting required that the applicant hire a landscape architect to perform a visual assessment from the perspective of several abutters. That happened in mid-April and the architects promised that the report would be furnished to the applicant within a month. The Planning Board also voted to require third-party peer review of the project to verify or discredit the evaluations performed on behalf of the applicant. Attorneys for the Town of Raymond, the abutters, and the applicant eventually hammered out a mutually agreed upon statement of work.

In an effort parallel to the peer review, a petition was started by some of the solar project abutters which would modify the Town of Raymond’s existing solar ordinance prohibiting commercial solar projects in the Rural Residential District and in Shoreland Zoning, effective July 2023. The petition received more than 500 signatures within 10 days, and it presented the Raymond Town Manager with those signatures on May 21.

Raymond residents had first approved a general solar ordinance in 2022 that allowed commercial solar arrays in residential zones. State law mandates that the proposed ordinance amendment must go before the public for a vote and because the petition was turned in too close to the town’s annual meeting on June 11, it was not able to be added to the town warrants because of mandatory public meeting requirements and printing constraints.

In June, abutters received a letter from Raymond Town Manager Sue Look that Allen Solar LLC had withdrawn its application, citing costs associated with connections to CMP and for Raymond Fire and Rescue's requirements for a robust fire suppression system.

“We support energy sources other than fossil fuels. But placing a commercial solar farm in this sensitive ecosystem can ultimately do more harm than good,” Wallace said. “The Thomas Pond watershed feeds directly into Sebago Lake, the source of drinking water for thousands in the Greater Portland region.”

Following the developer withdrawing the project for consideration, the Raymond Select Board voted Tuesday evening to recommend a vote to change Raymond's solar ordinance to keep commercial solar arrays out of the rural residential district and shoreland zoning.

The public will be able to discuss the ordinance initiative at a public meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Raymond Broadcast Studio next to Jordan-Small Middle School. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.<

Dundee Dam gate failure could have lasting severe environmental impact

By Abby Wilson

Dundee Park is a highly valued gathering space for Windham residents and the surrounding community. The park features sports courts, swings, a picnic area with outdoor grills, and a beach along the Presumpscot River.

The current low water level at Dundee Park
in Windham as a result of a contractor's
dam failure could have a significant 
environmental impact on the area for
year's to come. PHOTO BY
MICHAEL SHAUGHNESSY  

This last attribute makes the park such a vital resource in the summer, but it is also the reason the park was closed last month.

In early June, the Dundee Dam which is a hydroelectric project on the southern end of Dundee Pond, experienced a gate malfunction resulting in extremely low water levels.

“‘I noticed that the river looked like there had been a three-day rain,’ said Mike Parker, a Windham resident downstream from Dundee Dam. “I went to find out where the mud was coming from.”

Parker discovered that the pond levels were very low and during this investigation, the owner of the dam appeared and explained that the dam had malfunctioned.

According to Parker, he was concerned because the park is a public access point to the river. He noticed that putting a boat into the water would be possible, but he said that it would be a nightmare because of the scramble from the water line.

“I visited the muddy exposure and walked it with a fisherman,” he said.

The fisherman told him that the fishing was good because there were many fish in not a lot of water and while on site, he caught a couple of small-mouth bass.

“There has been a change for the worse,” Parker said.

Michael Shaughnessy, the President of the Friends of the Presumpscot River, said the low water level now is troubling.

“It’s like somebody pulled the plug on a bathtub,” he said.

Shaughnessy confirmed that the dam owners went to make a scheduled repair on the upper gate, but the lower gate got stuck in the open position.

“All that sediment goes down and then shoots down the river,” he said.

The water and sediment drain through the gate and into the old rocky riverbed which is used as a trout spawning area.

“Any kind of spawning activity has been decimated by this,” said Shaughnessy.

There have been serious environmental effects but also economic impacts. Shaughnessy voiced his concerns about the resources that Dundee Park provides to the community.

“That’s where the town gives swimming lessons,” Shaughnessy said. He also commented that with a recent drowning in Westbrook, we are all thinking about the importance of learning how to swim.

“It’s important to have access to swimming lessons in a state that has as much water, and as much wild swimming possibilities as we have here. It’s more important than learning to ride a bicycle,” Shaughnessy said.

The community will feel the effects at Dundee Park with swimming closed this summer. but the surrounding ecosystem will suffer long-term.

“Biologically it’s set back for years,” Shaughnessy said.

He is advocating for the town to conduct an environmental study to determine the lasting and expansive impacts.

“You need to have upstream and downstream remediation,” said Shaughnessy.

This survey would also determine future costs of infrastructure or programs that are needed for the park, river, and pond to get back to full biological health.

“If they just focus on filling it up and think it will be just like it was and that won’t happen,” said Shaughnessy. “The major concern is the impact on the fisheries by virtue of the water level going down. Other wildlife will be impacted such as turtles, clams, and birds of prey. The biological life that was lake oriented has been destroyed. The silt is going down impacting the lower impoundment. It’s a lake and there’s lots of water over many acres, then it goes down and now it’s all dried mud. The things that can exist on the lake can’t exist in dried mud.”

The Windham Parks and Recreation Department website describes Dundee Park as “an attractive beach and picnic area with outdoor grills located in a picturesque and unspoiled site along the Presumpscot River.”

While the park reopened with a swimming ban on June 21, the future remains uncertain. Dundee Park may not currently be ‘picturesque and unspoiled’, but community support and environmental studies can help restore Windham’s favorite park. <

Volunteers still sought for Annual Loon Count on Sebago Lake

By Abby Wilson

Seeing a Common Loon is a joy to many, but there is one day each year when over 1,000 people set out onto Maine lakes to catch a glimpse of this bird.

Loons are spotted on Sebago Lake during last year's Annual
Loon Count conducted by Maine Audubon volunteers.
This year's event is Saturday, July 20 and more volunteers
are needed. PHOTO BY ABBY WILSON 
The Annual Loon Count takes place on the morning of the third Saturday of July each year. According to Maine Audubon, the project organizing entity, 1,600 volunteers help out during this 30-minute survey.

Information on the Maine Audubon website says that “observations recorded by our community scientist volunteers provide an excellent ‘snapshot’ of Maine’s loon population.”

Audubon volunteers are tasked to set out on a boat to count loons on various lakes in Maine. But who else is involved behind the scenes to coordinate volunteers and the other aspects of the project?

Brooke Adam, Marley Cloutier, and Anne Heissenbuttel are Loon Restoration Interns for Maine Audubon.

Cloutier is a recent graduate of the University of New England’s Animal Behavior program and enjoys the subjects of ornithology and geographic information systems.

A large portion of this job entails monitoring nesting loons on lakes, which is important for many reasons.

"We have seen an uptick in lead poisoning,” Cloutier said.

“Fish Lead Free” is an initiative that encourages fishermen to stop using lead in tackle by facilitating exchange programs and delivering presentations. According to the Fish Lead Free website, “Lead poisoning is a leading cause of death for adult Common Loons in Maine.”

The Loon Restoration Interns assist nesting pairs of loons by installing rafts which help to mitigate challenges such as wildlife predation and boat wakes.

“There are two different types of rafts” says Cloutier. One is made out of a wire type material, similar to a lobster trap and the other is composed of cedar.

The rafts are floating platforms that contain soil, moss, grass, and sometimes small trees like willows to encourage better nesting productivity of loon pairs.

Some rafts have an avian guard which gives them coverage from birds of prey like eagles, but also to provide shade.

For Adam this year’s loon count is actually my introduction into a career of ornithology.

“This is a really fantastic opportunity to get my foot in the door for conservation,” she said. “We rely on volunteers to know what the pair is up to. They tend to be the first people that tell us when a pair is nesting, when a pair has arrived, when a pair gets on the natural nest or on the raft. A lot of it is up to our volunteers because we’re only a small team and we have this nice network to help us cover lakes all across Maine.”

The 2024 Annual Loon Count is scheduled for 7 a.m. Saturday, July 20. The interns will be helping to survey and coordinate for bodies of water including Sebago Lake- Maine’s deepest and second largest lake.

“Counting a lake the size of Sebago is a lot of work though as referenced by it only having been done twice in 40 years. Every year, the great challenge is to come up with the necessary number of counters,” says Brad McCurtain, the volunteer coordinator for the Sebago Lake Annual Loon Count.

With only two surveys to pull numbers from, there is not yet enough data to understand loon population patterns on Sebago Lake.

McCurtain says it is critical information right now as we’re trying to build a baseline of Sebago’s loon health and population.

“From there, the data can be studied, and we can better assess if what we’re doing now is leading to a growing, stable or declining population on the lake,” he said.

Cloutier said they still have a few spots left to cover on Sebago Lake. The lake has 49 survey areas and at least one counter is required per area.

“We are grateful to have returning volunteers this year on Sebago Lake and to have new interested parties that are enthusiastic about coming out this month. We encourage people to volunteer, get involved- it’s great for the community too. You get to meet a lot of people doing this.” says Cloutier.

Adam said the count is open to pretty much anyone so long as they have a kayak, paddleboard, motorboat, or any way to get out on the lake and survey.

“It’s really wonderful to see how many people really do care about the loons in our state. I sure did not know before I was involved in this project that there were this many people that really love loons and really want to see them succeed in Maine,” says Adam.

There are people that have been monitoring loons since the inception of the project in 1983. But new volunteers are encouraged.

To contact Maine Audubon and sign up to help out for the Annual Loon Count or to inquire about the volunteer needs of a lake near you, email the organizers at conserve@maineaudubon.org. <

Former Windham librarian publishes first book

By Masha Yurkevich

Nutrition is something we all want to work on, but one of the hardest parts is knowing how to prepare it. Is it ripe? Is it ready? Is it even edible? Diana Currier–McInnes is on a mission to change that with her first book called “Simply Produce.”

The former Children's Room 
Coordinator at the Windham
Public Library, Diana
Currier-McInnes, has
published her first book called
"Simply Produce." It offers
essential cooking methods
for vegetables and the best
ways to freeze fruits.
COURTESY PHOTO
Throughout her life, she has had many interests and passions, but throughout all of them, she has always stayed focused on good health, whether it be herself or trying to help other people. She takes a very holistic approach, whether it be essential oils, teas, or, of course, eating well. Most of her spare time is spent reading and researching about food and other holistic health.

“It all started during COVID,” says Currier–McInnes. “I’ve been compiling the information for years and I said it’s either now or never. I took my information from a vast number of reputable books and sources and organized it into a simple, very easy to read guide. I wanted it to be very straight forward for people, because most people are too busy and want a quick answer right away. My goal was to keep it as short and sweet as possible with a lot of good and valuable information.”

Currier-McInnes is the former Children’s Room Coordinator at the Windham Public Library.

Inside “Simply Produce,” readers will discover essential cooking methods for vegetables and learn how to freeze fruits for long-term enjoyment. Seasonal availability charts help you make the most of nature's bounty year-round, while lists of organic and conventional options empower you to make informed choices. Fun tips and intriguing facts add an extra layer of fascination to your culinary adventures. This book will teach you how to select fresh quality vegetables and fruits, store the items properly to maximize shelf-life which includes the process of ripening fruits, options for cutting and preparing produce, and basic cooking instructions for vegetables and freezing methods for fruits.

“Simply Produce is your ultimate guide to selecting, storing, and savoring an array of 77 fresh vegetables and fruits,” says Currier-McInnes. “This user-friendly book, complete with vivid full-color photographs, puts the power of nutritious and delicious eating squarely in your hands.

This book simplifies the art of selection and preparation. With easy-to-follow steps and straightforward techniques, you'll gain mastery over the lifecycle of your favorite produce, ensuring peak flavor, optimal nutrition, and extended shelf life.”

Currier-McInnes knew right from the start that this book was going to be the first of many, a series Spark Health 360.

“I think this is a great way to start for anybody who wants to eat more fruits and vegetables. How do I do that? What does that mean? I want people to use this book for themselves to see that, ‘oh this isn’t so bad; alright, this is how you buy avocados, this is how you prepare bok choy’. I want to make people’s lives as easy as possible. I want to help them help themselves”, says Currier-McInnes.

She is currently working on her second book and there will be 10 books altogether, which will include all the other whole foods, such as grains, nuts, soy products, salts, oils.

“How do you buy them? Which ones are the good ones? Which ones should you stay away from? There are so many ‘wow’ moments that I’ve learned, and I can’t wait to share them with people to educate them,” Currier-McInnes says.

She aims to encourage and empower people to take care of themselves through her writing.

Food is not only about the health aspect, it is to be enjoyed as well, which is why Currier-McInnes is also taking this from a culinary perspective.

“It’s going to be delicious and nutritious,” she says.

But not everybody is ready to take this route, says Currier-McInnes.

“You can’t force something on someone; it’s more important that people take charge of their own lives and start enjoying their food more,” she says.

The “Simply Produce” book is available and can be purchased at all nine Sherman’s Maine Coast Bookshops. <

July 5, 2024

RSU 14 Backpack Program thwarts childhood hunger through take-home meals

By Masha Yurkevich

Studies have shown that even mild hunger can significantly impact a student’s school performance, behavior, and cognitive development as well as absenteeism, concentration and grades. This need was identified and thus, the RSU 14 Backpack Program was launched in 2011 as an effort to combat childhood hunger in our community.

RSU 14 is grateful for the support of community members
in funding the RSU 14 Backpack Program, which provides
food for children in need when school is not in session.
From left are RSU 14 Superintendent Chris Howell, donors
Bruce and Gail Small, and Marge Govoni of the RSU 14
Board of Directors. SUBMITTED PHOTO
“There are children that leave school on Friday and truly don’t know when their next meal will be, possibly not until Monday morning back at school,” says Ryan Roderick, District Chef for RSU 14. “The idea behind it was that although we may have a robust school nutrition program, there are still many more meals that school lunch doesn’t provide, most notably over the weekend.”

The Backpack Program is aimed at fulfilling that weekend need with nourishing snacks and easy to cook meals. Well–fed children are more energized and feel more secure, and this enables them to be better learners and have more success in school, Roderick said.

“The way the program works is we collect donations from the community, and we use those funds to purchase foods from various vendors. Hannaford has been a great partner over the years,” Roderick said. “We then have local volunteers that come by and pack the bags every week and our RSU 14 school staff help to make sure the bags get distributed to each school and child in need.”

Each bag generally includes some sweet and savory snacks, fruit cups, juice, shelf stable milk, cereals and a heartier meal option like macaroni and cheese, tuna, peanut butter, pasta with tomato sauce, and so on.

“My role in the program is to coordinate with Marge Govoni and purchase some of the food items from our other vendors,” Roderick says. “I also coordinate with our RSU 14 courier, Phil Hebert, to pick up and deliver the large orders from Hannaford. I also work with Marge to create our cycle menu; we wanted to make sure it has as much variety as is feasible in order to keep the offerings interesting. We often tweak it throughout the year, making sure to keep the costs as low as possible while still offering healthful and hearty foods that kids will eat and can feel confident in preparing themselves if necessary.”

The community can help in two very simple ways. The first is by donating; the rise in food cost over the years has been crushing for everyone and this program is no different.

“We do not accept food donations in an effort to be consistent and equitable with our offerings to the children” says Roderick. “We like to remind anyone who donates that every single cent goes directly to purchasing food and bags to put the food in, this program is run entirely by volunteers and there are no administrative fees or costs applied.”

Volunteering is another way that the community can help. If you are interested in volunteering to help pack bags on a weekly or intermittent basis, please reach out to RSU 14 volunteer coordinator Michelle Jordan at Mjordan@rsu14.org.

“The Backpack program is mostly in need of funding, we are currently looking for more regular donors, ideally local businesses looking to sponsor us and our kids,” says Roderick. “For reference, it costs us about $10 to fill a bag for one child for one weekend. It costs about $300 to fill bags for one child for the entirety of the school year. We currently help about 120 children across the RSU 14 school district.”

To be deemed eligible, a family can self-identify on the Free and Reduced form or directly, via phone call or email to the school nutrition program or their child’s school, teacher, counselor, administrator.

“We also have a team of RSU 14 staff that are trained and have experience identifying signs of hunger that can recommend a child for the program,” says Roderick. There is always an opt-out letter for recipients in the case that their circumstances change, or they feel they don’t require any additional help.”

Roderick says that he has learned a lot from being a part of this amazing program.

“I think it’s a wonderful example of the strength of our community and our school district and how much they care for the future of our children,” he said. “I think it also opened my eyes to a bigger lesson, even when it appears our towns may be thriving, growing, improving, there are still plenty of people and families that are just getting by, that could use just a little bit of breathing room in order to really succeed. And often it is those people, and those families that were given a lift that can then turn around and help the next person because they understand and appreciate how much it means.” <

In the public eye: Deputy Fire Chief a key component to public safety in Windham

Editor’s note: This is another in an ongoing series of Windham and Raymond town employee profiles.

By Ed Pierce


Windham Fire Rescue Deputy Fire Chief John K. Wescott never knows what he will encounter on each call but proceeds with the same level of commitment and service every time.

Deputy Fire Chief John K. Wescott has
served with Windham Fire Rescue for
22 and a half years and his job is to
oversee department operations,
provide town fire prevention and
inspections and to manage the
schedules of department personnel.
SUBMITTED PHOTO    
Wescott has served as a fulltime firefighter in Windham for more than 22 years and is tasked with overseeing department operations, fire prevention and inspections and scheduling of department personnel. It’s a tough assignment, but one Wescott continues to embrace with professionalism and expertise

“In my opinion being firefighter/AEMT is the best job in the world. I love what I do,” Wescott said. “Having a career as a firefighter is very rewarding and some may say it’s more of lifestyle than an occupation. There are many things that I enjoy in fire service, however, helping people when they need it the most is the most rewarding part of the job.”

He says working with the Windham Fire Rescue team is gratifying.

“In command school they always emphasized that your human resources are the most challenging part of leadership,” Wescott said. “In the Windham Fire Rescue Department, we have an outstanding group of men and women, and they make it easy for me in this respect. However, in command school they never taught scheduling. Scheduling folks in a combination fire rescue department is as challenging as it gets. There are many moving pieces to it.”

Born and raised in Westbrook, Wescott graduated from Westbrook High School in 1982. He went on to attend Southern Maine Vocational College where he earned a diploma in Machine Tool Technology. In 1996, he earned an Associate of Science degree in Applied Fire Science from Southern Maine Technical College and in 2014, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Administration from Columbia Southern University.

“At the time I applied to the Town of Windham I was working at the SAPPI paper mill in Westbrook as a sergeant in the plant protection department,” Wescott said. “My older brother was a call firefighter in Windham, and I always heard good things about their progressive department. I caught wind that they were creating a fulltime Deputy Chief position, so I applied.”

The time he spends on duty is demanding and his job is 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days every year.

“It’s a lifestyle that is not for everyone. You have to be committed and all in,” Wescott said. “I’m without a doubt certainly one of the lucky ones. I am wholeheartedly supported by my wife and our three daughters. My wife Jennifer grew up in a firefighting family that goes back two generations. Her father was the Chief of Westbrook Fire Department, and her three brothers were all in the service as well, so she understands the demands of the job. I’m very lucky and fortunate to have these folks in my life, and they are my support team. This includes their spouses and our 4 grandchildren. These are the ones that keep me grounded.”

According to Wescott, the biggest misconception people may have about his work involves fire inspections of commercial properties.

“Some may think that a fire inspection violation will lead to properties being closed or some type of fine,” he said. “This notion is far from the truth. Quite the contrary, the Windham Fire Rescue inspection model is to communicate, educate and help our partners in commercial business to make their properties fire safe. We want every business in the town to succeed but we also want the businesses to be fire safe. We will work with these businesses to solve their fire safety issues.”

Wescott says that through the years he’s learned that a job as a firefighter will humble you very quickly, and to succeed there must be a team effort, and not individualism.

“In the HBO series Band of Brothers, Dick Winters made the comment in his interview with the cast and said someone asked him ‘Are you a hero?’ and his answer was ‘no, but I served with a bunch of hero’s.’ The same metaphor holds true here in the Windham Fire Rescue, I work with a bunch of heroes every day.” <

Youth 'small business' concept thrives in Raymond

By Kendra Raymond

With temperatures climbing into the 80s recently and our thoughts wandering to all things summer: barbecues with family and friends, days near the water, and staying cool, what better way to find refreshment than a visit to a kid’s lemonade stand? Or how about a friendship bracelet or two? Raymond residents are in luck; several such small business stands are sprouting up all around our community.

Raymond children Addy and Olly Neal 
showcase their friendship bracelet
inventory at a roadside stand near
their home.
PHOTO BY KENDRA RAYMOND  

“Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert said, “If life gives you lemons, don't settle for simply making lemonade - make a glorious scene at a lemonade stand.” Even if you aren’t a lemonade fan, stopping in at a stand can be a positive experience for all involved. Why not take a minute out of your busy day to visit with the young entrepreneurs, give a donation, or make a purchase? Likely, you won’t regret it. Beyond buying a great product, you might just learn something new, make some new acquaintances, or even end up with a treasure you never knew you needed. Plus, it’s a great feeling to support youth development.

A set of young businesspeople in a Raymond neighborhood seem to have the system streamlined pretty well. The brother-and-sister duo can frequently be seen set up at the mouth of their driveway selling the most delicious ice-cold lemonade and sometimes packaged snacks. They have great signage and a lot of curb appeal. Customers are always impressed with their impeccable customer service skills. Plus, the youngsters are polite and friendly. What’s not to like?

At another location along the route, people often come across an industrious young lady and her younger brother selling some well-made loom band bracelets. Knowing that you can never have enough friendship bracelets, many make the stop. The bracelets are presented well, and in a variety of color combinations – something for everyone’s taste. I am always impressed with the proprietor’s commitment to maintaining an inventory, handcrafting skills, making change, and her polite and efficient interactions with the customers. Seems like a win-win to me.

“The best part about my bracelet business is hanging out with my brother,” said Addy Neal. She added that her three-year-old brother Olly is a great addition to the bracelet stand, lending a hand with setting it up. “He also yells, ‘Bracelets for sale’ which makes people stop,” she said. Their father Jake Neal agrees that the kids make a great team. He said that he is proud to see them working together.

In a different area of town, an iced tea, lemonade, and baked goods stand serves as a fundraiser for a local animal rescue group. The seller said that he’s been running the stand for a couple of years and that all money raised goes directly to help animals. He said that every little bit helps, and he drops off the donations about once a month.

“Lemonade Day” is an innovative program designed to support youth in starting their own lemonade business. It aims to develop skills in the areas of problem solving, communication, self-esteem, goal setting, philanthropy, and math.

The Lemonade Day website says: “Starting a lemonade stand can help kids develop important entrepreneurial skills, such as financial management, marketing, and communication. Through this experience, children can learn to create a business plan, set prices, manage inventory, and promote their product. These skills can be applied in future endeavors and serve as a foundation for a successful career in business. These are all key in knowing how to start a lemonade business.”

The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) website is filled with resources to support financial wellness in youth and provides education and programs to help parents teach kids about healthy use of money.

To learn more about getting started with a lemonade business, visit the Lemonade Day website: https://lemonadeday.org/blog/how-to-start-a-lemonade-stand

Visit the FAME website to access resources to help kids learn about money: https://www.famemaine.com/financial-wellness/grow-your-students-or-childs-financial-wellness/elementary/ <