Cumberland/North Yarmouth Lions Club holds annual citrus sale

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CUMBERLAND — The Cumberland/North Yarmouth Lions Club is holding its 14th annual fresh Florida citrus sale, proceeds of which benefit college scholarships and Project Graduation for Greely High School’s senior class.

The club, which has awarded more than $154,000 to date, sells 20-pound boxes of oranges, grapefruit or a combination of both. Each box costs $20.

The club has sent order forms to homes in Cumberland and North Yarmouth, and orders must be sent back by Dec. 5. The club expects delivery of the fruit by Dec. 19, when the boxes will be delivered to buyers’ homes.

“We (sell) as few as one box, and I’ve had one person order 30 boxes one time,” said Joe Loring, a Lions Club member who is co-chairman of the citrus club committee with Ralph Oulton.

The club generally gives between $8,000 and $10,000 in scholarships each year to Greely graduates, Loring said. The club also raises funds at a crafts fair in August and at the Cumberland County Fair in September; it additionally runs a booth at the Twin Brook Recreation Area during autumn events.

Loring said grocery stores tend to sell the fruit for about $1.75 a pound, while that sold through the club is only $1 per pound.

Along with buying fresh fruit, Loring said, people placing orders through the club’s sale are “helping out a good community cause.”

The order forms go to Lions Club member Herb Foster. Call him at 829-5423 with any questions.

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or [email protected].

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.