North Yarmouth cribbage tournament to benefit memorial park

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NORTH YARMOUTH — Cribbage is a game enjoyed by many, and in North Yarmouth it’s going to raise money for a local cause.

Net proceeds from the town’s first municipal cribbage tournament, to be held Saturday, Feb. 13, will benefit the North Yarmouth Veterans Memorial Park.

The event will be held 9 a.m.-noon at the former North Yarmouth Memorial School, 120 Memorial Highway. The entry fee is $10 for adults and $5 for juniors; the deadline to enter is Monday, Feb. 8.

The North Yarmouth Events Committee is sponsoring the tournament, with support from Stones Cafe, North Yarmouth Variety and Louie’s Grille. The North Yarmouth Memorial Park Corp. will provide coffee and refreshments.

Steve Palmer, a selectman who is organizing the event with residents Darla Hamlin and Audrey Lones, said he “thought it would be a winter activity people would look forward to,” adding that the town has “an excellent venue” to host the event, and a group of enthusiastic volunteers to make it happen.

Given the work done to promote the park by the veterans committee – on whose executive board Hamlin serves – the cause “seemed like a natural first choice” this year, Palmer said.

The North Yarmouth Memorial Park Corp. is an independent, nonprofit corporation that oversees long-range planning and protection of the park. Located at the corner of Memorial Highway (Route 9) and Parsonage Road, the park was created in 1949 on five acres provided by Henry Sweetser.

The corporation has been seeking current or past North Yarmouth residents who serve or have served in the U.S. armed forces – or who have a loved one, living or deceased, who has – to fill out a form on the website’s Veterans Registration section.

If this year’s game is successful, other nonprofit organizations can hopefully benefit from future tournament proceeds, Palmer said.

Registration is available under the Events section at northyarmouthveteransmemorialpark.org. Contact Palmer for more information at 829-5004 or spalmer@northyarmouth.org.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

A cribbage tournament on Saturday, Feb. 13, will benefit the North Yarmouth’s Veterans Memorial Park. Eric Robinson, president of the North Yarmouth Memorial Park Corp., is shown in this December 2015 photo.

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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.