Chamber Chatter

September 12, 2023

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Chalmers Insurance Group has been recognized as a 2023 Best Place to Work in Insurance by Best Companies Group and will be featured in the November issue of Business Insurance magazine.


And while this might seem like an internal accolade, we believe it's a testament to the wonderful clients like you that we have the privilege to serve.


Every day, we're inspired by the trust you place in us. It's that trust which motivates our team to provide the best service, foster a positive work environment, and maintain our commitment to excellence. This recognition is as much yours as it is ours.


With roots that go back 166 years, we've always believed in doing right by our community. This award reaffirms our belief in the path we've chosen - a path illuminated by the relationships we've built with you.


As we take a moment to reflect on this honor, we want to extend our deepest thanks to you for being a part of our journey. Your feedback, your loyalty, and your trust are the pillars of our success.


We're excited about the future and remain dedicated to providing you with unparalleled service in the years to come.


From all of us at Chalmers Insurance Group, thank you for being a part of our story. Here's to many more chapters together!


Bridgton Easy Riders Snowmobile Club 2023 CLUB OF THE YEAR!!!!

Bridgton Easy Riders chosen Maine’s Snowmobile Club of the Year!
Bridgton Easy Riders Snowmobile Club has been named Snowmobile Club of the Year by the Maine Snowmobile Association. Club Correspondent, Bill Preis accepted the award at the Annual MSA Directors Meeting in Brewer, Maine on Saturday April 29th. 288 Clubs were considered for this honor.
The Bridgton Easy Riders was also recognized for being the 8th largest Snowmobile Club in the State of Maine, with 167 Members. The Club has doubled its membership in the past 5 years. Bridgton Easy Riders also sold the 2nd largest number of annual Super Raffle Tickets in the State, helping to raise money for snowmobiling around Maine.
The honor of being chosen Snowmobile Club of the Year is especially meaningful as the Bridgton Easy Riders celebrates its 50-year anniversary.
There have been many changes since the Club started. Back then, trails were groomed by dragging metal bed springs behind snowmobiles, but today the Bridgton Easy Riders owns a fleet of 3 Tucker Groomers with heavy-duty hydraulic drags that can lay down a white carpet of snow at least 8 feet wide.
The Club also produces the Lakes Region Snowmobile 500-mile Trail Map, which includes the 9 surrounding towns. The Club had two successful snowmobile trips, this year, to Millinocket in February and Caribou in March.
All Club work, including trail maintenance, signing, and grooming, is done by hard working volunteers. The building and maintaining of a trail system is expensive, paid for by memberships, fundraisers, and grants.
We want to thank the Town of Bridgton, the snowmobiling community, and the members of The Bridgton Easy Riders for their tremendous support. The Bridgton Easy Rivers is an active, growing, hard-working, fun-loving Club that likes to ride.
Bridgton Easy Riders meets the 2nd Friday of each month from September through April, at Bridgton Community Center. The Fabulous Pot Luck Supper at 6PM is followed by the business meeting at 6:45 PM. Information, videos and photos of many past Club activities can be found on the Bridgton Easy Riders Facebook page below. We hope to see you there.
Bill Preis
BER Club Correspondent
Do you love trails? Support Loon Echo Land Trust by participating in the Trek for the Trails, presented by Norway Savings Bank! The Trek is one of the best ways to celebrate and give back to the trails you love. The 2023 Trek for the Trails doesn’t have a registration fee. Everyone can participate, regardless of income, availability, or fitness level – just people getting outside, on their own time, to help support LELT trails. Sign up now:
So how does the event raise money for the trails? LELT receives $1 from local business sponsors for each mile walked, biked, rolled, or hiked during this two month long, community-wide celebration. Funds will go directly to building and maintaining our Lake Region trails system. Everyone who signs up for the Trek is entered into a raffle to win great prizes from local businesses including a 2023-2024 season pass to Pleasant Mountain Maine Ski Area!
Want to go the “extra mile”? Make your miles go further by raising money from family and friends. All Trekkers who fundraise will receive an extra raffle ticket for each $50 raised. Fundraising from family and friends is easy and a shareable page will be created for you when you register.
SAVE THE DATE: Trek Kickoff Party, Thursday, September 7th from 4:30 to 7 at STANDARD GASTROPUB in Bridgton. Live music, giveaways, and more!


The Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club will host its 14th Annual Golf Classic at Bridgton Highlands Country Club on Saturday, September 16, with registration starting at 8:00 a.m.  “It’s not too late for Golfers to Register,” remarked Rotary President John Eliassen. For more information or to sign up, email Lisa Ryan, Committee Chair, at"

Eliassen continued, “Rotary’s Motto is SERVICE ABOVE SELF.   The Golf Tournament is the club’s biggest fundraiser each year and helps us to prepare and host Community Kettles, donate winter coats and boots to youngsters through the elementary schools, provide dictionaries to 3rd graders in Naples and Bridgton, offer scholarships at Lake Region High School and address Veteran’s, Substance Abuse and Child Safety issues and much more. We are so pleased to partner with many local businesses including the following Platinum, Gold and Silver sponsors, and Bronze Sponsors too numerous to mention right here.”

Platinum: Coleman Industries, Norway Savings Bank, and State Farm – Matt Vierra

Gold: Aroma Joe’s, Bear Mt. Inn & Barn, Clement Bros. Lawn and Landscape, Dirty Bristles Chimney Sweep, Inc., Dyer Excavation and Septic Services, Edward Jones – Jessica L. Putnam, Hancock Lumber

Silver: Chalmers Insurance Group, Great Northern Docks, Heritage Real Estate, J.Decor, Kettle Cove Marina, Kurt Christensen Custom Homes, Inc., Main Eco Homes, McIver Electrical Contracting, Southern Maine Retirement Services, Sunrise Property Services, USA Mortgage.

More information about the local club is at or its Facebook Page.



Stop by the Greater Bridgton Chamber office and grab one of these beautiful maps of our lakes. These are done by Sam Merriam of Great Northern Docks! $20 each! We also have maps of Arrowhead Lake, Cobbossee Lake, Little Ossipee Lake, Little Sebago Lake, Brandy Pond, Maranacook Lake, Thomas Pond,Thompson Pond and Trickey Pond and



2023 Schedule


2023 Schedule

Black Cat Road                                                                                                         

July 21, Friday 7pm 

Bill Roorbach with Lucky Turtle-Authors Series                                                

July 23, Sunday 5pm

Kids Musical Theater Camp-ages: 7+                                                                   

July 24-28, MO-FR 10-2pm

Kids Musical Theater Performance THE POINT-Family Fun Day                

July 29, Saturday 1pm

Mad Agnes                                                                                                                  August 4, Friday 7pm

Krysia Tripp & Judy Saiki-Chamber Series                                                       

August 6, Sunday 3pm

Sally Williams with Faces of Founders: Hiram, Maine-Authors Series          

August 13, Sunday 5pm

Dam Jam REVIVAL with Breakin’ Strings, blues guitarist Samuel James and Jonathan Sarty & the Cold River Radio Band                                                                                                    

August 20, Sunday 3-8:30pm

Ameranouche                                                                                                             August 25, Friday 7pm

Art Opening- Pine Tree Daydream                                                                         Friday, September 1 5-7pm 

The Bruce Marshall Group-Labor Day Weekend Show                                     September 2, Saturday 7pm

Poets Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Katherine Hagopian Berry & Meghan Sterling  September 3, Sunday 5pm 

Will Woodson & Caitlin Finley                                                                               September 8, Friday 7pm

Kerri Arsenault with Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains-Author Series   September 10, Sunday 5pm

Julian Loida-Giverny Tour                                                                                      September 15, Friday 7pm.

Amy Neswald with I Know You Love Me, Too-Author Series                            September 17, Sunday 5pm

Dead Girls The Musical with Lynne McGhee                                                       September 22, Friday 7pm

Jennifer Lunden with American Breakdown-Author Series                               September 24, Sunday 5pm

Jocelyn Pettit & Ellen Gira                                                                                      September 28, Thursday 7pm

Sip n’ Clay for Beginners – Workshop Series:                      

October 3, 10, 17, 24 Tuesdays 5:30-7:30pm

Sip n’ Clay for Advanced --Workshop Series:                       

October 5, 12, 19, 26 Thursdays 5:30-7:30pm

FallFEST Feast & Fundraiser                                                                                               

September 30 6-8pm

Hiroya Tsukamoto                                                                                                     October 28, Saturday 7pm

Wreathmaking Workshop with Micki Warner                                                    November 2, Thursday 6-8pm

Peaceful Means with Heather Pierson & Leah Boyd                                           November 3, Friday 7pm

Jolly Holiday Handmade Bazaar                                                                            November 11, Saturday 10-3pm


Available Services at BCC -
Medicare Enrollment, Affordable Care Act Enrollment,  Rent/Utility Relief, (CARES Act) and
Senior Lunch-to-go on Wednesdays!

Please feel free to contact us by telephone

207-647-3116 or email 


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