WATERVILLE — The 14th annual Fantasy Baseball Trip to benefit the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville will be held Wednesday-Sunday, July 29-Aug. 2. Games will be July 29, White Sox at Red Sox; July 30, Tigers at Orioles; July 31, Braves at Phillies; Aug. 1, Braves at Phillies, and Aug. 2, Nationals at Mets. Cost is $860 with a $160 deposit required. A monthly payment plan is available. Trip organizer Vaughn Clark may be reached for signup or information at 872-0075 or 649-0084 or by email at


BANGOR From May through October, the Maine Athletic Club is offering individual 1-on-1 hourly basketball lessons in shooting, rebounding, passing, position play and fundamental skills. Sessions will include secrets to help players improve skills, especially shooting techniques. A one-hour session is $30 for one player, $15 each for two or $10 apiece for three players. Lessons are scheduled from 5-6 p.m., 6-7 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. using the former Bangor Auditorium hoops. Contact Bob Cimbollek at 356-6787 or for more information.

PORTLAND — The 2015 Blue Wave Summer Basketball League for boys and girls in grades two through eight will be held June 22-Aug. 3. There will be a one-hour practice and a game each week. No weekend practices. Divisions by grades. Cost is $150, with a 25 percent discount for families with more than one child in the program. Player evaluations will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Guild Hall Gym for girls; and 9-11 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at Guild Hall Gym for boys. To register or for information, visit

FORT FAIRFIELD — The dates for this year’s Tiger Basketball Camp in Fort Fairfield have been set for 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 22-26 for the boys, and June 29-July 3 for the girls, at Fort Fairfield High School gyms. The camp is open to all boys and girls currently in grades one-eight. The boys and girls camps will be limited to the first 125 applicants. The camp fee of $130 includes the camp instruction, meals, awards, camp T­-shirt and a Camp Basketball, as well as the ending “Family Barbecue” awards. Contact Larry Gardner at 551­-5001 or email for more information.


DANFORTH — The 34-Mile Baskahegan Stream Canoe Race from Kossuth to Bancroft will run in conjunction with the East Grand Adventure Race, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. May 9, East Grand School, 31 Houlton Road. One division: experienced, canoe or kayak. Entry fee $20 per person, which includes trophies, T-shirt, lunch. Proceeds benefit East Grand School’s outdoor education program. Sponsored in part by SunEdison, Woodie Wheaton Land Trust, Machias Savings Bank and Ski Rack Sports. Registration deadline: Friday, May 8.

PRESQUE ISLE — The eighth annual Aroostook River Fun Run canoe and kayak race, an eight-mile flatwater event from Thomas Brewer Park in Washburn to Presque Isle Fish and Game Club, will be held Saturday, May 16. For those who prefer to pedal or run, an untimed excursion along the rail trail is offered. Proceeds will benefit area Scouts who assist as volunteers on race day. Registration 8 a.m. at Thomas Brewer Park and race begins at 10 a.m. Lunch and awards at Presque Isle. Courtesy bus available to shuttle racers back to Washburn. Fee is $10 for participants if pre-registered, $15 on race day. For information, contact Michael Gudreau at 540-6142 ( or Mark Putnam at 764-4471 ( or download a registration form from the PI Rotary website


FORT FAIRFIELD — The 18th annual Memorial Day Golf Scramble sponsored by Fort Fairfield Athletic Boosters will take place on Saturday, May 23, at Aroostook Valley Country Club in Fort Fairfield. Four-person scramble with a noon (U.S. Time) shotgun start. Registration will be 11-11:45 a.m. The field is limited to the first 40 teams. Entry fee is $65 per person and includes a steak or chicken barbecue.More than $5000 in prizes will be awarded to the top 10 net teams and top four gross teams. In addition, golfers will have a chance to win a 2015 Honda Civic supplied by Griffeth Honda for a hole ­in ­one and a $10,000 cash hole-in-one sponsored by the Par and Grill. Contact Larry Gardner at 551­5001 or email for more information.

CHARLESTON — Second annual Ernest H. Philbrick Memorial Golf Tournament, with 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. tee times, Saturday, May 30, at WhiteTail Golf Course in Charleston. The entry fee is $215 per team, which includes 18 holes, cart (limited availability) and lunch. Scramble format. Contests and door prizes. For information or to receive a registration form, contact Michael Rowe at 285-7978 or 355-5457. All proceeds benefit the Ernest H. Philbrick Memorial Scholarship Fund.

VASSALBORO — Mid-Maine Chamber businesses at the Chamber’s annual Golf Classic, noon-6 p.m. June 1, at Natanis Golf Course, 735 Webber Pond Road. For information, call 873-3315, email or visit

BREWER — The Brewer Parks & Recreation Department is offering Golf “Fore” Women, a four-week lesson program to be held Mondays beginning June 1, at Pine Hill Golf Club. There will be 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. time slots. The group lessons are designed for players of all levels and will include fundamentals for the beginner as well as tips for the experienced player by PGA Professional Mark Hall. Registrations will be accepted upon a first-paid first-served basis, and class sizes are limited. Fee is $55 for Brewer residents and $70 for non-residents. Registration information is available by contacting the Parks & Recreation office at 989-5199.

AUBURN — The 13th annual Shawn Walsh Memorial Golf Classic, 9:30 a.m. shotgun start, Monday, July 20, Martindale Country Club in Auburn. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. Banquet and auction starts 3 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities range from $100 Tee Sponsors to the $5,000 Shamrock Sponsorships. Golf player levels are $150 for an individual and $600 per team. To register, visit Online payment is available. For information, contact Frank Jordan, tournament director, at 745-8501 or email


BREWER — The Penobscot Ice Arena is taking signups for its Summer Youth Hockey League and Summer Youth Hockey Camp. The Co-Ed Summer Youth League is for Mite, Squirt, Peewee and Bantam Levels. The league starts June 1. Cost is $150, including a jersey. The Penobscot Jr. Pounders Summer Camp is for Learn to Play, Mite, Squirt, Peewee Levels. The camp runs 9 a.m.-noon, July 13-17. The cost is $225. To sign up, visit or sign up after 4 p.m. weekdays at the rink 90 Acme Road. For information, e-mail:


PORTLAND — D1 Finish Line girls lacrosse camp for students in fifth through 11th grade, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 22-25, at 239 Park Ave., Portland. Come train with the U.S. team’s Kayla Treanor and a powerhouse lineup of coaches. For information, email


ROCKLAND — The Oceanside Boosters will hold the annual Mariner Mother’s Day 5K Road Race Sunday, May 10, at Oceanside East High School. Walkers will start the course at 9 a.m. and runners will begin at 9:15 a.m. A free Kids Fun Run will be held at 8:30 a.m. for youths up to age 10. Participants are encouraged to preregister and receive a free T-shirt if registered before April 26. Cost is $20 for adults and youth ages 11 and up. On race day, the costs will be $25 per person. No entry fee for kids up to age 10. Registration can be done online at, or email for a copy.

GRAY — Patriot 5K race organizers want the all-time Maine 5K record set on its fast and mostly flat lap around scenic Crystal Lake on May 16 and are ready to tack a $1,000 bonus onto the cash prizes to the first runner to break the existing mark: 14:15.72 for men, 16:06.18 for women. The race starts at 9 a.m. Runners can register at The sixth annual Patriot 5K, known as P5K, will be capped at 1,200 runners this year. The 2015 entry fee is $20 in advance and $25 on race day, if the race is not filled.

AUGUSTA — Not Your Ordinary 5K Sunday, May 17, in the heart of Augusta. Registration opens at 8 a.m. at Capitol Park and the 5K kicks off at 9 a.m. for a timed run or walk with challenges along the route. This out-of-the-box fundraiser pushes you and your teammates to complete challenges that may include puzzles, art, construction, athletic feats, and problem-solving throughout a 5K course. Individuals and teams of up to six participants are encouraged. The early-bird, non-refundable registration fee through the end of March is $20; $25 thereafter. The race benefits Natural Resource Council of Maine. For information or to register, visit:

CAMDEN — Registration has opened for the third annual Run For Your Life Challenge, a mountain adventure race that will be held May 23, at the Camden Snow Bowl’s Ragged Mountain. It is organized by Midcoast Maine first responders with children’s obstacle course new this year for ages 4-12. Registration is $50 per person and is limited. Register online at, or call Camden Fire Department, 236-7950.

FALMOUTH — Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland’s annual Falmouth Foreside Run and Walk is Saturday, May 9. The family-friendly 5K race will run along Foreside Road in Falmouth, with St. Mary’s Church as its start and end point. The first place male and female runner will each win $300. Second place male and female will receive $200 each, and third place male and female will get $100 each. Runner pre-registration is $25 for individuals and race day registration is $30. Family registration is $75 for four or more runners.To sign up to run or walk, visit and click on Falmouth Foreside 5K Run and Walk under the Events tab.


BANGOR — Softball tournament to benefit CityReach Bangor Men’s and Women’s Recovery Homes, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. May 23, Union Street Complex, 1373 Union St. Co-ed double elimination softball, with umpires provided. Register teams by May 14. First 10 teams accepted for competition. Registration fee is $250 per team with at least three women per team; $225 if registered by April 30. Concessions, 50/50 raffle. Tournament winner receives a trophy and $250 donation to the charity of their choice. To register, contact Heidi at 505-1298.


BANGOR — The Bangor Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for its T-Ball Program. Children ages 4-6 meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 17-June 11, at Union St. Athletic Complex. The fee is $25 for Bangor Residents and $35 for non-residents, with a $10 late fee for registrations after May 12. There will be a meet and greet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. There will be no practice, just parents/kids meeting for expectations and how the program works on this date. No registrations will be accepted on this date. You can register online at or at 647 Main St. For information please call 992-4490.


ORRINGTON — The Bangor YMCA will host its annual Tri for the Y Sprint Triathlon 8 a.m.-noon Sunday, July 19, beginning at Brewer Lake boat launch in Orrington, to help raise funds for Bangor YMCA. Tri for the Y is a USA Triathlon-sanctioned event. Early registration discount available until April 19. Triathletes will swim 750 meters in Brewer Lake, enjoy the beautiful out and back course through Orrington in the 12.4-mile bike, and enjoy the views from the shores of Brewer Lake in the 3.1 mile out and back run. Register as an individual triathlete, as part of a two- or three-person relay team or sign up to be a volunteer on race day. To register, visit For information, visit the Bangor YMCA Triathlon website or email Audrey Co at

Joe McLaughlin

McLaughlin (right) is a Stearns High School and University of Maine graduate who worked for three years at the Aroostook Republican and News in Caribou as a reporter and editor. He has worked on the BDN...