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Pittsfield Weekend of Healthy Events – Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 14-15

Posted Sept. 11, 2013, at 9:17 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:48 p.m.

How much healthy exercise and healthy informational events can you have in one weekend? There are three great events taking place in Pittsfield the weekend of Saturday – Sunday, Sept. 14-15. The first event is the 5th Annual Sebasticook Regional Land Trust Farm & Habitat Tour on Sat., Sept. 14 beginning at 9:00 am at 130 Leighton Street. Then Sebasticook Valley Health’s Third Annual Community Fair will be held 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at 130 Leighton Street. The third event is Sebasticook Valley Federal Credit Union’s 5th Annual 5K Run/Walk Race which begins promptly at 8:30 am Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Industrial Park Entrance.

The Farm & Habitat Tour, presented in partnership with Healthy Sebasticook Valley, features a 30-mile leisurely bike ride with rest stops and tours at farms and nature preserves, or a guided paddle on the Sebasticook River. Both events will begin at 9 AM in Pittsfield at the Sebasticook Valley Community Health Fair tent on Leighton Street. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 15.

Registrations will be accepted beginning at 8 a.m. the day of the ride, but people are encouraged to register early to ensure they receive this year’s tour t-shirt. The registration fees for either the bike or paddle tour are $15 per person or $30 per family (up to 2 adults and unlimited children).

Participants may download a registration form at www.SebasticookRLT.org or request a form by emailing or calling Sebasticook Regional Land Trust, at jennifer@sebasticookrlt.org or 948-3766. Registration forms are also available at the Trust’s Facebook page.

There will be four bicycle tour stops this year including Balfour Farm in Pittsfield, Avalon Acres Orchard & Farm of St. Albans and Madawaska Bog in Palmyra. All stops will offer locally produced or sourced refreshments, and hosts will be available to answer questions and provide assistance. A bicycle support vehicle will be available to attend to minor bike repair, first aid needs and weary riders.

The Donahue Family’s Balfour Farm is a certified organic dairy, where the main focus is to provide high quality fresh milk, yogurt and cheeses to the community. The cows on Balfour Farm are a mix of Normande, Red and White Holstein, and Jersey cattle. The cows are fed a primarily grass-based diet, including rotational grazing on the farm’s 100 acres.

Avalon Acres Orchard & Farm on the southern shore of Big Indian Pond features a variety of fruits and berries, including pick-your-own apples in the fall. Owners Mark and Wendy Sheriff purchased the farm in 2005 and look forward to introducing riders to this family-owned and operated orchard with over 350 fruit bearing trees, highbush blueberries, vegetables, small animals and more.

A Wildlife Management Area owned by the State of Maine, Madawaska Bog’s 295 acres offers habitat for abundant waterfowl, wading birds, deer and other wildlife. A wildlife biologist will be at the site to share information about the bog, its inhabitants and allowable uses.

For those who would rather be out on the water, there will be a guided paddle along the Sebasticook River beginning in Pittsfield. Please note that the paddle will likely last no more than 2 hours and will end sooner than the bike tour. Paddle participants must provide their own boat and wear a personal flotation device (PFD). For more information, contact Jennifer at 948-3766.

SVH Community Health Fair “Caring for Our Communities” will take place by the Hospital at 130 Leighton Street. There will be lots of free information and items at the fair including Free Adult Health Screenings for Bone Density, Blood Pressure and Glaucoma; Community Resources for Health Information; “Taste of the Market” cooking demonstrations; Provider Services at SVH and in the Community; Healthy Eating Information and Free samples plus much more. Seasonal Adult Flue Shots will be provided for $22 or free when you bring your Medicare card. This event is a winner with so much helpful information! Contact Laurie at 487-3890 Ext. 2731 for more information.

Ssebasticook Valley FCU’s 5th Annual 5K Run/Walk – Ending Hunger in Maine one step at a time is Sunday, Sept. 15′s event starting at 8:30 am. All proceeds from this 5K will go to the Ending Hunger in Maine Campaign. SVFCU was able to raise over $17,000 for this cause from events such as the 5K Run/Walk. All of the money raised was given to food pantries and other end hunger initiatives and organizations in our communities, such as snack pack programs in the schools to help children and a local farm share program that helps the elderly.

The 5K will start at the entrance to the Pittsfield Industrial Park, proceed down Somerset Ave, loop around Birchwood Terrace (down Arbor Lane, left onto Hamilton Drive), to Hartland Ave., down Sebasticook St., to Main St., then onto Somerset Ave. to the finish line back at the credit union.

This is a relatively flat and moderately fast course.

The entry fee is $20 after Sept. 7, 2013. With your entry fee, you will receive a t-shirt.

You may instead have people sponsor your run/walk by getting pledges:

With $20 in pledges, you will receive a t-shirt, with $50 in pledges, you receive a t-shirt and an insulated grocery bag. At $100 in pledges you will receive the t-shirt, insulated bag and a very nice stainless steel water bottle, and $150 and above in pledges, you will receive the t-shirt, insulated grocery bag, stainless steel water bottle and an SVFCU 60th Anniversary folding chair.

In conjunction with the 5K Run/Walk, SVFCU will be holding a Food Drive to benefit local food pantries. For every non-perishable food item you donate you will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Hannaford Gift Card!

If you have any questions, call Kelley Carter at 487-5576 ext. 118 or Mindy Nyman at 487-5576 ext. 100

For Registration forms, course map, and more info please visit: www.svfcume.com

Lots to do this weekend in Pittsfield!

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