Community News


Author Talk: Susan Deborah King
Thursday, April 6th at 6:30 p.m. (Prince Memorial Library)


Prince Memorial Library will host poet Susan Deborah King on Thursday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. She will read from and discuss her fifth collection of poems, Dropping into the Flower.

Her new book focuses in detail on many varieties of flowers, and through them explores many aspects of life: love, mortality, ecology, myth, history, politics, healing, grief, and the transcendent. Formerly a Presbyterian minister and psychotherapist, Susan teaches writing and leads retreats on creativity and spirituality. She divides her time between Cumberland and the Cranberry Isles with her husband.

The Author Talk is part of a monthly series featuring local authors who discuss their latest book, their inspiration and the writing process. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact the library at 829-2215.

Foundation 51 Annual Community Adult Spelling Bee
Thursday, April 6th @7pm (Toddy Brook)

This isn't your old school spelling bee! No standing under the spotlight alone as you sweat over whether the "i" comes before the "e." Just like bees in a hive, we believe in teamwork and our Adult Spelling Bee is a friendly competition among teams of up to four people, vying for the Ranger Bee Trophy while raising funds for education within our community. So go ahead, form a team and start brushing up on the dictionary.
Don't feel like competing? That's okay, you can sponsor an interested party -- perhaps a group of teachers, rescue workers, your book club, or neighbors. All adults within the Cumberland-North Yarmouth community are welcome to participate. Spectators are welcome too! We've infused this year's bee with some fun additions like trivia questions and a raffle. We almost forgot to mention costumes! Although not required, if you show up in costume, you'll be entered to win a door prize!
*We are welcoming all teachers and administrators within the district complimentary registration, so grab some colleagues, form a team and get ready for a fun night with some spelling, lots of laughs, and a chance at the trophy!*
Registration is $35 per person, proceeds benefit Foundation 51. Complimentary snacks and a cash bar provided. 

For official rules and more information, 
click hereSign up today!

Join the Chebeague & Cumberland Trust for Spring Fever at Frog Pond & Salamander Swamp!

To mate in Frog Pond & Salamander Swamp on the other side!

One of the first true signs of spring is the sound of frogs. When the frogs awaken from their winter freeze, they head to vernal pools to mate and lay their eggs. The sights and sounds of these vibrant wetlands are one of the greatest spectacles in Maine's natural world. Vernal pools are not only critical to all species of frogs, but also salamanders, turtles, insects and other animals. Come experience the burgeoning of spring with us at CCLT's Frog Pond & Salamander Swamp. We need volunteers to help the frogs and salamanders safely get across Range Road!

To learn more about vernal pools read:

Maine Audubon's Vernal Pool fact sheet

DATE: To be determined by the frogs!
Since we must wait for nature to tell us when this is going to happen, please email Leah McDonald at if you are interested in coming and provide your cell phone number for a text message. We will send a notice as we get closer to the date and on the night they are moving. The frog activity usually occurs on a March or April rainy evening when temperatures are around 45-50 degrees and the ice has melted on the pond.

What to Bring:
Children are welcome and encouraged to come, pets are not.
Boots and headlamps/flashlights/reflective gear are recommended.

Directions & Parking to Frog Pond & Salamander Swamp:
Located at the corner of Range Road and Idlewood Drive in Cumberland, Maine. To avoid driving over the frogs and salamanders crossing the road to the Pond, please park either on Idlewood Drive or at the Rines Forest entrance.

Val Halla Open House
Saturday, April 8th at 11am-3pm
Come join us for the 52nd Annual Val Halla Open House on Masters Weekend!
Find out more about what Val Halla is all about! 
  • Meet people you haven't seen in 6 months; 
  • Get information on memberships and daily play passes;
  • Join the VH Golf Association and receive your GHIN handicap; 
  • Sign-up for events and VHGA tournaments; 
  • There will be raffles for the Scholarship Fund;
  • Get information on adult and junior golf programs. 
  • And shop preseason merchandise bargains! The sale will be in the Junior Golf Room downstairs...and Margaret will be making deals!

Mark your calendar, you don't want to miss out!  

Get Out! Nature Walks


Get Out! Nature Walks are volunteer-led regular trips with trained master naturalists and other skilled volunteer leaders. These trips are a program jointly offered by both the Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust and the Royal River Conservation Trust. The nature walks are well planned, no-cost, guided adventures at preserves in the Towns of Chebeague Island, Cumberland, Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Pownal, New Gloucester, Durham, or anywhere else we decide to roam. Get out! Nature Walks is for new residents, neighbors, and novices or experts of all ages who want to get to know our organizations and explore new preserves.

For more information, detailed schedules and updates visit us on Facebook or go to our websites:

Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust

Royal River Conservation Trust

Cumberland/North Yarmouth Lions Club Announces New Fundraiser: Spring Ca$h Raffle! 

The Cumberland/North Yarmouth Lions Club has been exploring replacement ideas for the Cabin Fever Dinner which has run for a number of years. The Club decided that it is hard to pass up good old fashioned hard cash, so the Spring Ca$h Raffle was born! First Prize will be $1,000! Second Prize- $500 and Third Prize- $250.
The Lions Spring Ca$h Raffle tickets will be on sale now through May 8, 2017, when the winning ticket will be drawn at the annual Lions Club Charter Night Dinner. The details are very simple- tickets cost $10 each and can be purchased online at: CNY Lions Raffle

Tickets can also be purchased from any Lions Club member or by contacting: 
Darla Hamlin at or Marilyn Matthews at 207-329-6838,
Proceeds from the raffle will go towards all the many community programs the Club supports including- Greely Senior Scholarships; the Community Food Pantry; support of our area seniors; and other community projects. All the money raised stays 100% local!
The Cumberland/North Yarmouth Lions Club also wants to invite any community member living in the Cumberland and North Yarmouth area to please consider joining the Club. Guests are also welcome at the bi-weekly meetings anytime. For more information go to:
Good Friday Habitat for Humanity Walk
Friday, April 14th - Registration: 7:00AM-3:00PM
Location: Congregational Church in Cumberland (282 Main Street, Cumberland)
Distance: 3-mile, 5-mile, 10-mile, and 20-mile routes
The Good Friday Habitat for Humanity walk has been a tradition in this community for over 30 years! This year we are adding a twist, the opportunity to run! This is a fun run, without bibs or timing, but is a great new way to see the course. This is an annual opportunity to enjoy a walk with family, friends, and community members in Cumberland, North Yarmouth, and Yarmouth, as well as to to help raise funds for this worthwhile cause and have a great time with old and new friends.

The walk/fun run starts at 7 am and 3/5/10/20 mile routes are available. More info to follow later, but please email if you have any questions. To sign up online to participate, enroll at: 2017 Good Friday Walk

Cumberland Historical Society Scavenger Hunt 

The Cumberland Historical Society is excited to be sponsoring their first local scavenger hunt on Friday evening May 19th!  Teams in cars will be taken on a fun, and very interactive adventure throughout the town.  The cost will be $10.00 per person and the proceeds will benefit the Historical Society's GHS Scholarship Fund. 
If you like to solve riddles, like to laugh and think you know a little bit about our town, then you won't want to miss out on the night.  Space will be limited, so pull your team together and get ready for a super fun night.  To sign up and request a registration form, contact Judy Gagnon at or call 400-9334