By Jon Mercier, Designated Broker / Realtor

It’s the worst-kept secret in the world: Maine Source Homes & Realty is a MAJOR fan of the Androscoggin Land Trust! That’s why we LEAPT at the chance to co-sponsor this year’s Great Falls Boats ’n Brews River Race.

What’s the race all about? In a nutshell—LOTS of fun for a GREAT cause! This year’s 7-mile race down the Androscoggin River was held on Saturday, June 24.  In addition to getting their laps wet and having an unforgettable time, racers were able to see, first-hand, memorable sections of the Androscoggin River, including the iconic Lewiston canals.

Before the race, some people asked us why we co-sponsor this particular event. We told them, “We don’t have a good reason. We have THREE!” They are:

#1 … We strongly support the Androscoggin Land Trust.

The primary purpose of the “Boats ’n Brews” race is to help financially support the incredible work of the Androscoggin Land Trust. I personally believe in their work so passionately that I am a board member. And everyone at Maine Source Homes & Realty deeply supports their mission to cherish, preserve, and conserve this part of our beautiful natural world.


#2 … We are passionate about our community—and want others to be.

At Maine Source Home & Realty, our job is to sell people on the idea of moving into the Lewiston-Auburn area. The “Boats ’n Brews” helps us do just that; it’s a wonderful asset for our community. We also think it’s very important for people here to continue to enjoy the area’s trails, woodland, wetlands, and more—and to pass that love and respect on to future generations.


#3 … We want to spotlight the FANTASTIC environmental comeback of the Androscoggin River.

Unfortunately, the Androscoggin River once had a reputation for being badly polluted. But it has made an incredible comeback—a comeback hailed by Game & Fish Magazine as “a terrific environmental success story.” So we’re working to change people’s understanding of the present nature of the river. We want people who are thinking of moving into the Lewiston-Auburn area to understand what a wonderful resource the river is once again. And that’s true not only for people who kayak and canoe, but for everyone who cherishes what a great, iconic river can add to a community.

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