February is here along with the cold and snow which means the plans for the new year are just heating up. With great success last year in many projects, events, BAH’s, and more we are excited for all new and annual events to come this year.
The rollout of the Key card discount program for local businesses is underway and will be really getting in to full swing in the coming weeks. There are many events coming too like Business After Hours at the Old Mill Pub and c0-sponsered by the Skowhegan Lions’ Club on Feb. 9th and, of course, the 39th Annual F.A.B. Fair (Feb. 20) and more. Hopefully some of these events can not only get you out of the cold but fill your bellies, minds, hearts and more in continuing the momentum from last years acomplishments. We look foward to seeing you at these and other great events in the coming weeks.
Any questions about upcoming events please check out events calendar on the webpage or contact us at 207−474−3621.
The following is a copy of the weekly member e-newsletter called the SACC News & Notes. These are written by the Executive Director Cory King, so the word ‘I’ refers to him. Of course, Cory gets help from his volunteers writing the updates too, and he greatly appreciates the help.
We hope this update will keep you more informed on what is happening in our region. Enjoy!
SACC News & Notes
Friday, January 22nd, 2016
It’s starting to look a lot like Winter
The John T. Gorman Foundation
Study on Elderly Important for Many Mainers
This year the SACC is going to aim to bring more information on issues facing all of Maine and the business community. With our aging population, an interesting study was just completed and some of the trends may be of interest to some of you. The information is here for those that wish to review it or take action:
The John T. Gorman Foundation issued a new report today called “A Portrait of Wellbeing: The Status of Seniors Maine”. The study highlights economic, housing and social factors impacting older adults across 10 regions within the state. Some highlights are: Maine has a higher percentage of seniors with low incomes than neighboring states, seniors in Northwest Maine and Southeast Cumberland County are more likely than seniors across Maine to live alone, and seniors in Penobscot County are somewhat less likely to live alone , low-income seniors consistently fare worse than their higher-income peers on indicators of well-being as well as three times more likely to live alone. The full report can be found here: http://www.jtgfoundation.org/uploads/images/resources/Data_Book_Maine_Seniors_Count_JAN-19-16_FINAL.PDF
Get your very own Skowhegan Indian!
The Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce a new fundraising partnership featuring the work of local whittler, Sharon Kimball. The artistry is amazing as Sharon has created three pieces of art for the Skowhegan-lover in your family. The three pieces are various-sized depictions of Bernard Langlais’ iconic masterwork, The Skowhegan Indian. Sharon has created three sized works to scale including a …17-inch, an 11-inch and a 4-inch ornament-sized Indian. The proceeds from the sales of these statues will go towards an evolving maintenance and stewardship account for the Indian to beautify the statue, the area around it and for continued maintenance through the years. Each piece is hand-whittled and unique to the owner of that piece. There is nothing like it around.