Norway Savings Bank presents $15,000 to Western Foothills Land Trust to support Snow Groomer purchase

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Lee Dassler, Executive Director of Western Foothills Land Trust accepts a $15,000 check from Karen Hakala, SVP of Marketing at Norway Savings Bank.

Norway, ME – On Friday, December 17th, Karen Hakala, Senior Vice President of Marketing presented Lee Dassler, Executive Director of the Western Foothills Land Trust a $15,000 grant, payable over three years, to help purchase a state of the art PistenBully snow groomer. The Trust has signed a lease-to-own arrangement with Kassaboher of Auburn. With its tiller capacity and snow “harvesting” ability to gather snow onto the trails, the machine enables the Trust to turn hard-packed, icy snow into soft, skiable terrain.

The Trust is actively fundraising to help cover the cost of purchasing the equipment and creating a maintenance fund. The Oxford Hills Nordic Ski community has already raised $35,000 to cover the first year of the four-year lease agreement.

“We wholeheartedly support initiatives like this that help expand winter tourism and healthy local lifestyles in the Oxford Hills,” said Dan Walsh, President of Norway Savings Bank. “We decided to surprise Western Foothills Land Trust with a three-year, $15,000 commitment to help them reach this goal, and we hope other local businesses will contribute to this cause as well.”

“At Roberts Farm Preserve, we have over 25 kilometers of ski trails along the scenic south shore of Pennesseewassee Lake and we are currently in a multi-year project to link the ski trails to downtown Norway, said Lee Dassler. “In addition, both high school and middle school ski teams hold practices and events such as biathlon and skijouring. One of the keys for creating prime Nordic skiing is the quality of grooming.  Thanks to Norway Savings Bank and the Oxford Hills Nordic Ski community, we  will be able to continue to offer more days of skiing, as safer and more accessible terrain, and greatly enhanced conditions.

Anyone who would like to donate or to learn more, please contact 739-2124.

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About Norway Savings Bank

Founded in 1866, Norway Savings Bank is a leading mutual banking and financial services company headquartered in Norway, Maine. As of September 30, 2021, Norway Savings Bank had $1.712 billion in total assets. Norway Savings Bank has 24 branch locations and operates divisions in trust and investment services, personal banking and business banking. In 2016, Norway Savings Bank was honored as one of the Best Banks to Work For by American Banker and Best Companies Group as well as one of the Best Places to Work in Maine. In 2020, Norway was recognized with the “Best Wellness Employer – Gold Certification” for the second year in a row by Wellness Workdays. BauerFinancial has designated Norway Savings Bank the “Best of Bauer” for earning and maintaining its highest 5-star rating for 31 continuous years. For more information, visit