June 23, 2018
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‘Buy local’ day to benefit Pittsfield Community Theatre

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff

PITTSFIELD, Maine — The town is aiming to maximize the benefit of local spending at local businesses to support a valuable local facility.

Several businesses already have signed up for the firstl Buy Pittsfield Buy Local Day on March 26 and Town Manager Kathryn Ruth is seeking more. Participating businesses will donate a portion of their sales revenues to the Pittsfield Community Theatre, which is in the midst of a major fundraising campaign.

Ruth and others associated with the theater, which hosts movies, live performances and other activities throughout the year, already have solicited several businesses with appeal letters. That effort has resulted in six businesses signing up and several others that don’t have retail components donating a total of $1,125 in cash.

Ruth suggested that area residents take stock of their coming needs and possibly make those purchases during the event on March 26.

“If someone is planning to buy some flowers, maybe a good time to go to the flower shop is March 26,” said Ruth.

Businesses that have signed up to donate a portion of their profits include C. Jones Floral; Corrina’s Country Creations; Heidi Ann’s Flower Shop; New Leaf Naturals; Pittsfield Village Pizzaria; and Varney Chevrolet. Businesses that have given cash donations include William A Cunningham, DMD; the Pittsfield Farmers Market; Sebasticook Valley Hospital; Snakeroot Organic Farm; and Paul K. West, D.C., P.A.

Ruth said Buy Pittsfield Buy Local is expected to have numerous benefits, not the least of which is supporting local businesses. Ruth said she hopes the event becomes an annual tradition.

The Pittsfield Community Theatre on Main Street is trying to raise $750,000 for renovations and repairs. To date, approximately $120,000 of that goal has been collected.

For more information on Buy Pittsfield Buy Local, visit the town office or call Kathryn Ruth at 487-3136. The deadline for businesses to sign up is Friday, March 18, so promotional materials can be distributed early next week.

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