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Machias' artist of the month to be honored at reception

MACHIAS, Maine -- Whiting watercolorist Carol Grochmal will be the March Artist of the Month at the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce Gallery. A reception with the artist will be held on Friday, March 7, from 5-8 p.m.

Grochmal said she has "been painting watercolors forever. My favorite subjects are old buildings, but that often changes. Painting brings me such enjoyment."

Grochmal has studied with Susan Pecora of western Massachusetts and Ellie Carbone in Washington County. She has also participated in art classes through Sunrise Senior College.

The Chamber is located at 11 Main Street, Machias, and Grochmal's work will be exhibited throughout the month of March.

Third annual Hancock County Food Drive kicks off March 1

The Third Annual Hancock County Food Drive kicks off March 1 and it couldn’t happen at a better time. More than 44 percent of Hancock County children qualified for reduced school lunches in 2013 but hunger doesn’t go away at the end of the school day.  Those children often go to bed hungry and spend the weekend that way. Fifteen percent of all Maine households lack access to nutritious food.  During the winter that number goes even higher as Mainers struggle to pay for heating their homes. The prolonged periods of frigid temperatures, rising fuel prices and the number of storms have combined to make it even more difficult this year. That creates an extra strain on local food pantries and community meal sites which have seen their numbers swell in recent months.

Join WLBZ 2 at the Eastern Maine Sportsmen's Show

Join WLBZ 2 at the Eastern Maine Sportsmen's Show

WLBZ 2 will be at the 76th annual Eastern Maine Sportsmen's Show March 7 through 9 at the University of Maine Field House in Orono. We'll once again be there with our Big Ol' Fish booth inviting folks to stop by and have their picture taken with our Big Ol' Fish.

Every person who has their photo taken will receive, while supplies last, a fishy zipper pull courtesy of Branch Pond Marine and WLBZ 2.

All the pictures will be posted right here on the Around Town section of our website.

Every year more than 150 vendors, ranging from sporting goods dealers to hunting and fishing guides, gather at this event. It's a great place to see the latest hunting, fishing and outdoor products. Show hours are Friday 4 to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 8pm and Sunday 9am to 3pm.

For more info, check out the Penobscot County Conservation Association.