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Tickets on sale at All About Games

Sept-2014-006Cassie Lincoln (left) and Floyd Hotham (right), posing with quilter Sue Woehler (center)

This heartwarming quilt could be warming your bed. The theme is old fashioned board games and it will be raffled off on December 19, 2014 to benefit The Game Loft, Belfast’s downtown youth center. The quilt will be on display at All About Games. Tickets cost $5.00 each or are 5 for $20.00. The quilt was made by Susan Woehler of Belfast, a proud grandmother of a Game Loft member. Displaying the quilt are Game Loft members Cassy Lincoln of Lincolnvile and Waymon “Floyd” Hotham of Swanville, and quilt maker Susan Woehler (center). The Game Loft serves 240+ youth per year with non-electronic games, enrichment activities, and meals and snacks. All services of The Game Loft are free to all participants. Tickets are on sale at All About Games, 78 Main Street, Belfast or from Game Loft board members, staff and volunteers. For more information please call 338-6447.

The Loft is funded in part with support from the City of Belfast and other Waldo County municipalities, United Midcoast Charities, United Way of Eastern Maine and many individual donors and other foundations.


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Game Loft Founders Receive Award

On October 18 The Maine Afterschool Network presented an award to Ray and Patricia Estabrook of The Game Loft for “their tireless dedication to the ongoing sustainable afterschool programming at The Game Loft, Belfast, Maine.” The Game Loft is an afterschool program serving youth from the ages of 6-18 in Belfast and at RSU 3 in Thorndike. The mission of The Game Loft is to promote Positive Youth Development through non-electronic games and community involvement. Currently The Game Loft serves more than 200 enrolled youth. The Game Loft is a locally owned community organization.Copy of Award Picture

The Maine Afterschool Network is a state wide initiative dedicated to seeing that every school-age child in Maine will have access to quality, inclusive, affordable programs during out-of-school time that meet the needs of the child, the family and the community. The Maine After School Network was created in response to the out-of-school time needs of school age children and youth in Maine. The network supports programming that meets the physical, social-emotional and education needs of the school-aged population. The network is a collaboration with individual and organizational partners across the State, including the Department of Education, The Departments of Health and Human Services, The Governor’s Children’s Cabinet (Departments of Corrections, Education, Human Services, Behavior and Developmental Services, and Public Safety), The Maine School-Age Care Alliance, the Maine Chamber of Commerce, The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and disability Studies, and the Maine Parent Federation and Maine roads to Quality.

Spurwink, The Game Loft embrace independence


For Immediate Release
August 29, 2012

Nonprofits put youth oriented collaborations ahead of formal partnership effort

PORTLAND and BELFAST—Spurwink and The Game Loft are pleased to announce the next phase of a community-based partnership that began in 2009. Effective Oct. 1, The Game Loft will begin operating as a stand-alone entity, retaining its name.

Since both groups serve the needs of youth, Spurwink and The Game Loft will continue working together through collaborations and cooperation to ensure that young people in Waldo County continue to receive the best possible prevention services.

“Spurwink has furthered its mission by providing administrative and financial support to The Game Loft and the community,” said Dawn Stiles, president of Spurwink. “They do amazing work and we wish them continued success with their important mission. We look forward to collaborating with The Game Loft going forward.”

Patricia Estabrook, who co-founded The Game Loft in 1998 with her husband, Ray, said that the current economic landscape requires new ways of serving kids.

“The Game Loft will continue serving youth between the ages of six and 18 in Belfast four days a week,” Estabrook added. “We will also serve the youth of Unity one day per week.”

About Spurwink
Spurwink is a nationally accredited non-profit organization providing behavioral health, educational and residential services for children, adolescents, adults and families. With a commitment to quality services and the recruitment of caring, compassionate professionals, Spurwink has gained a reputation for excellence in evidence-based treatment and service delivery throughout New England. For additional information, visit

About The Game Loft
The Game Loft is an out-of-school-time program providing positive youth development through games and recreational activities. Established in 1998, The Game Loft uses non-electronic games and community service to create a safe environment and a sense of community for young people. For more information, visit

MLK Day 2012: Issues On Trial



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Martin Luther King Day will be a day on, not a day off for Waldo County residents who participate in The Game Loft's annual “Issues on Trial” program. This year's trial will focus on ethnic diversity and discrimination in the 1850's. The trial focuses on fictional rum-seller Patrick Dolan who is accused of murdering Constable Hiram Ruggles after a political rally erupts into a riot in New Salem, Maine. Although the facts of the trial are mythical, the issues of immigration, ethnic tensions, temperance, and politics are important issues in Maine history. More than 40 teen and adult volunteers representing different sectors of the community will participate in bringing history to life. Volunteers are needed to act as jury members or observers and to express their views on non-violence and diversity during a reflection period after the trial. This trial is the culmination of a 30-hour learning enrichment program for high school students run by The Game Loft.

The event will be held from 1-4:30 pm at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship hall on Miller Street in Belfast. There is no cost and refreshments will be served.

The event is sponsored by The Game Loft, the Maine Commission for Community Service, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, and sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank. For more information please call Patricia Estabrook at 338-3800.

Game Loft Attends Community Resources Fair

Game_Loft_Community_Resources_Fair3Saturday, October 29th, Game Loft advisory board members Angie and Joe Mitchell were joined by Game Loft member Taran Evans for a display at the first annual Waldo County Community Resources Fair. Organized by Reverend Joel Krueger and Dr. Kate Winters, pastors at First Church in Belfast, the event brought together social service organizations of all types from Waldo County. The Game Loft's table was a hit, and Angie, Joe, and Taran answered many questions about the Game Loft's mission, schedule, and activities. We'll look forward to attending this event next year!

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