2017-10-06 / Community

A Window on the Past

Walk for Preservation is Sunday in South Portland
By Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society

The Bug Light 5K Run/Walk will take place this Sunday, Oct. 8 at Bug Light Park. We hope residents will turn out to support preservation in South Portland. Registration fees support both the South Portland Historical Society and the South Portland Land Trust, which work together on this annual event. With the proceeds, our two community nonprofits help to preserve history, open space and trails in South Portland.

We are very grateful that the Bug Light 5K is again being sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The 5K starts at 9 a.m., plus a kids’ fun run will take place at 8:30 a.m., so please arrive early if you haven’t already registered to allow plenty of time to sign up and get your bib number. Same day registration will be $35 per person and goes directly to support the work of the two local nonprofit groups. These groups help maintain walking/biking trails, work on parks and open spaces and preserve our local history for future generations. They are both directly working on projects that improve the quality of life for all residents.

Our title sponsor, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, has supported the race with its financial contribution and volunteers. There are additional race sponsors that are providing added benefits. Any registered runner or walker can get a free pain consultation from Back in Motion Physical Therapy, as well as a post-race massage from Soma Massage & Wellness who will be set up right near the finish line. Additional returning sponsors include Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance, Bennett Law Firm, and Coca Cola of Southern Maine. Our media partner for the event is WPOR 101.9 Today’s Country.

We hope to see you on Sunday. You’ll get some exercise, enjoy the spectacular views of the harbor, and spend a pleasant morning with your friends and neighbors in support of South Portland.

Also, don’t forget to plan a visit to the museum at Bug Light Park soon. The museum will continue to be open daily through the end of October, but will then be open only on Saturdays and Sundays in November and December. The days are numbered for the “Our People: At Work and Play” exhibit; please come and see it before the museum closes down for the season and that exhibit is removed to make room for a new exhibit in 2018.

For more information on any of our events, visit us on Facebook at South Portland Historical Society or call 767- 7299.

Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo is executive director of South Portland Historical Society.

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