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Norway Savings Bank Makes Surprise Year-End Gift to LELT

Norway Savings Bank (NSB) has made a special year-end gift of $10,000 to Loon Echo Land Trust (LELT) in support of Tiger Hill Community Forest, the Trust’s current conservation project. The gift from the bank will be matched by a generous anonymous donor, doubling their impact on this important project.

Pat Weigel, President of Norway Savings Bank with Matt Markot (LELT Executive Director) and Maggie Lynn (LELT Development and Outreach Manager).

The land, to be owned and managed by LELT on behalf of the community, protects sensitive wildlife habitat and historic working forestlands, and will be open to the public for recreation. 

The unexpected gift was part of NSB’s “Sharing Success” year-end giving.

Watch NSB deliver good news to local non-profits and organizations, including LELT!

“2019 was another very good year for the Bank, which is a testament to our employees, customers and communities,” said Patricia Weigel, President and CEO of NSB. “Reinvesting in our communities is at the heart of what we do.”

The gift from NSB will directly benefit the communities they serve. Once conserved, Tiger Hill Community Forest will secure close-to-home recreation opportunities for Sebago residents and visitors, support local jobs in tourism and forest-products, and also protect the water quality of Sebago Lake, the drinking water source for the greater Portland area.

Fundraising for the project has been done in collaboration with The Trust for Public Land. Tiger Hill Community Forest has received generous support from Portland Water District, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, the Nature Conservancy in Maine, Highstead Foundation, Sebago Clean Waters, an anonymous foundation, Norway Savings Bank, and many individual donors.  

Donations to support Tiger Hill Community Forest can be made here, or sent to Loon Echo Land Trust, 8 Depot Street Suite #4, Bridgton, ME 04009.

19th Annual Loon Echo Trek Recap

Over 70 runners and hikers braved the elements to participate in the 19th Annual Loon Echo Trek on Saturday, September 14th.

“We’d like to thank our Trekkers, volunteers, and sponsors for making the 19th Annual Trek a fun and successful day,” said Matt Markot, Loon Echo Land Trust’s Executive Director, “spirits were high despite the weather.”

Trekkers traversed Pleasant Mountain from Denmark’s Southwest Ridge trailhead to Bridgton’s Shawnee Peak ski area. Participants completed the six-mile mountain ridge course in support of our conservation efforts. Trekkers also have the opportunity to crowdfund to support their hike and run. Top fundraisers John Keller and Tom Gilmore brought in over $1,000 for LELT.

Since its beginning in 2000, the Loon Echo Trek has been our largest annual fundraising event. Hiking the trails at Pleasant Mountain trails has been part of the event since 2007. The “Trek” showcases the conserved land and our extensive trail network on Pleasant Mountain in Denmark and Bridgton.

Runner Frank Farrell reflected on the beauty of the course, “While running, the view from the peaks made me stop in my tracks and look around.”

GrandyOats Granola was featured at the Main Summit Rest Area.

Snacks and volunteers greeted Trekkers at three “rest-stops” at each of Pleasant Mountain’s peaks along the mountain ridge. A taco bar lunch and beer donated by Allagash Brewing Company welcomed participants and volunteers at Shawnee Peak’s Blizzards Pub as well as door prizes from local businesses such as Bridgton Books, the Good Life Market, Pleasant Mountain Camping, Portland Water District and more.

The 19th Annual Loon Echo Trek would not have been possible without the support of presenting sponsor Norway Savings Bank and other top sponsors Shawnee Peak, Migis Lodge, and the Bridgton News.

Next September marks 20 years of the Loon Echo Trek, and we are excited to grow the event with the support of the local business community and volunteers. More information about the Trek, as well as photos from this year’s event, can be found on our Facebook page and on the Trek page of our website.