River Valley Animal Advocates says thanks
To the Editor,
The River Valley Animal Advocates thanks everyone that helped to make our plant sale/bake sale/raffle held June 4-5 in the parking lot of Rowe's Afternoon Delite a great sucess.
We do two major fundraisers per year, the plant sale and a lawn sale we will be having the Aug. 20th-21 weekend. That sale will be held at the corner of Weld and North streets in Dixfield. Thanks to Donna and Tony Rowe for letting us use their lot for our plant sale, and Tony made us killer fudge as well. Thanks to everyone for all the delicious baked goods. Cindy Archibald's whoopie pies were the first goodies to disappear, but everything was great! Dunkin Donuts also donated donuts.
We had a raffle table this year that included donated items from area businesses as well as individuals. The hit of the raffle items was a basket filled with lottery tickets valued at over $50. The basket, along with other items, was donated by Ed and Kathryn Ziko. Another of our members, Sara Lee, did alot of work collecting donations from local businesses as well as donating items. Thanks to Elaine Benedict and Valarie Warriner for all of their help with the plants. Thanks to all for the hard work. Many thanks to all the businesses that alsomade our raffle possible!
The following is a list of the donations and the winners: Aubuchon Hardware, car wash, won by Kathryn Ziko; Port to Port, $10 gift certificate, Shon Ellis; Log Cabin Crafts, $10 gift certificate, Becky McDonald; Rowe's Afternoon Delite, $30 gift certificate, Judy Virgin; Labonville, polo shirt, Cheryl Knox.
Sara Lee, helmet, won by Valerie Warriner; two men's shirts, Judy Sanborn; green metal shelf, Jeanne Wiken.
Ed and Kathryn Ziko, silver bracelet, Shon Ellis; wall hanging, Shon Ellis; stuffed bunny, Melody Hoover; pitcher, Judy Sanborn; casserole dish, Cindy Archibald; $50 lottery tickets basket, Kate Vining; Greg Zadakis, hamburger cooker, Judy Sanborn.
Snowman/Santa glass figures, Melissa Smith; teapot, Kathryn Ziko; #1 gallon dog treats, Shon Ellis; #2 gallon dog treats, Mark Svenson; #3 gallon dog treats, Devin Mills; #1 gallon cat treats, Wendy Henderson; #2 gallon cat treats, Sara Lee; #3 gallon cat treats, Melissa Smith;
The winning tickets were pulled by Josh and Autumn Pollis
The plant part of our sale hosted a large selection of beautiful perennial and native plants donated to the RVAA by the Town of Canton Park & Trails. The Park & Trails has their plant sale on Memorial Weekend. Last year, they were able to build the beautiful gazebo in the park with their earnings. The Canton Heritage Park is located on Rt. 108 across the street from the Victorian Villa and is full of beautiful flowers all summer. The park is near the entrance to the Whitney Brook Trail that follows
Whitney Brook through the buy-out properties in Canton. It connects to atv/snowmachine trails as well as walking trails along the old railroad beds that go all the way up to Lake Anasagunticook, and to Jay in the other direction.
Most of the plants in the park came from the buy-out properties as well. That's why it was named Heritage Park. The park and the trail system is very unique and was brought into being totally by wonderful volunteers, who continue to upkeep the park and trails. Special thanks to Tom, Jolene and Josh Adley, Sue Gammon, Barbara Sylvester and Carolyn Gray.
As a member of the Parks & Trails I would like to invite everyone from neighboring towns to visit and enjoy the park and trails. We love to see people enjoying the park and trails as much as we do. The Heritage Park is a beautiful place for a picnic, and, the start of the trail is right near by.
Justin Bissel, also a Canton native, has adopted the park and trails as his project in his efforts to become an Eagle Scout. He has put in benches along the trail as well as trail markers to make it even nicer. He also will be building a kiosk to stand at the Park & Ride lot on Route 140 in Canton. It will have information about about the plants, vernal pools and wildlife native to the area as well as information about the trails. The trail is an easy walk for old or young, individuals or groups. Come and enjoy the beauty Canton has to offer.
Thank you also to all the local stores that have our change cans in them for donations, small change makes a big difference to us.
And, thank you to the Bangor Savings Community Matters program. The RVAA was nominated by the Dixfield branch Bangor Savings and we were awarded a $1,000 grant in April. Thank you to all the people that voted for us in that competition as well.
Thank you to all the Animal Angels out there that support our fundraisers and donate so generously to our spay/neuter fund.
We measure all our funds by how many cats can be spayed. This sale will make it possible to spay 20 cats. Those 20 females could produce between 300-480 kittens in one year. Please be an Animal Angel and get your companion animals spayed/neutered.
The RVAA has a therapy dogs program that visits at the local nursing home and hospital. River Valley Animal Advocates can also be found on Facebook.
We can be contacted on Facebook if you would like to join our therapy dogs group, get more information about our group and activities, or check out our great photos of cats that we have helped to be spayed/neutered as well as adoptable cats and kittens. We hold meetings at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the back of the Dixfield Fire Station, and everyone is invited to join us!