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Testosterone Replacement Therapy in Saco, ME

As men age, they experience both positive and negative changes. Many middle-aged men learn to let the little things go and focus on family and friendship. They develop new hobbies and reach their peak earning potential. On the flip side, many men undergo unexpected hormonal changes around this same age. That's a hard pill to swallow for a lot of males, but contrary to common belief, having low testosterone isn't reserved for elderly men.

Studies show that around 55% of males suffer from low testosterone. For many, that drop-off happens in their 40s and 50s. But the truth is that testosterone levels can start to decline as early as age 30, leading to various physical and emotional changes such as decreased energy, increased aches and pains, and even sexual performance issues.

If you're a man experiencing symptoms of low testosterone - like ED or erectile dysfunction - you may feel embarrassed, depressed, or like all hope is lost. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Male health clinics like Med Matrix offer advanced, FDA-approved treatments like testosterone replacement therapy in Saco, ME, to help restore your hormone levels. When your hormones are balanced, it's almost like everything clicks back into place without having to take pills or suffer through surgery.

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Did you know that testosterone is the foundation of all male performance? It's the reason why, in your early 20s, you could have a fun night out on the town and wake up the next morning ready to hit the basketball court. It's the reason why you feel the drive to succeed and find a mate.

Unfortunately, testosterone levels start to decline around the age of 35 (and sometimes sooner, depending on various factors). Past that age, your T levels drop even more. 40% of men over 45 have sub-optimal levels, which can have a negative effect on things like your:

  • Energy Levels
  • Libido
  • Workout Recovery
  • Focus
  • Body Fat
  • Strength
  • Ability to Build Muscle
  • More

Many men approaching middle age aren't even aware that their testosterone levels are dropping. Other males simply don't care and begrudgingly accept the new, uninteresting life that looms in front of them. Today, however, more and more men are ditching that mindset and reclaiming their lives with testosterone replacement therapy in Saco, ME.

How Does TRT Work?

One of the most common questions we get at Med Matrix is, "What does TRT do?" Testosterone replacement therapy does what its name implies: It's a science-backed therapy that replaces low testosterone levels in men. The main objective of going on a TRT regimen is to improve your life and wellbeing by balancing your hormones. Also referred to as androgen replacement therapy, TRT helps many men deal with and overcome the debilitating side effects of low T.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy works by giving your body the testosterone it needs to function properly. Without healthy levels of testosterone, the male body can't maintain the natural processes necessary for overall health. In fact, men with low testosterone levels are more prone to serious health problems such as type-2 diabetes and even heart disease.

Until their testosterone levels are restored to normal, most men suffer until they find a solution. That's where TRT comes into play. With balanced hormones, the body can finally begin to heal, causing most symptoms of low testosterone to diminish greatly.

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Med Matrix Does TRT Right

Unlike some male health clinics, doctors from Med Matrix approach TRT in the right way. We provide custom plans and helpful tools that change as your body does. Patients choose our testosterone replacement therapy programs because they are:

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Personalized

When you trust Med Matrix with your TRT plan, you never have to worry about working with inexperienced practitioners or "professionals" who don't have your best interests at heart. Instead, you'll gain access to hormone and peptide protocols based on your biology and goals, delivered by experienced medical doctors. We never prescribe TRT based on someone who matches your height, weight, and age. We conduct advanced testing and craft your plan based on you, not someone else.

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Results-Driven

Doctors from our male health center in Saco make it a point to stay in touch and analyze how your TRT regimen is going. From cutting-edge diagnostics to deep clinical expertise, get the science-backed tools and support you need to reach your peak - and stay there.

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Safe, Easy, & Non-Invasive

Getting on testosterone replacement therapy in Saco, ME, is safe and easy when you work with Med Matrix. You don't have to worry about surgery or long recovery times. Once we get to know you, your body, and your goals with TRT, the only thing you have to focus on is living your best life.

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Joining Med Matrix's testosterone replacement therapy program is as easy as 1-2-3

Testing

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Complete our hormone test and body composition scan so we can track your progress.

Consultation

Consultation

During your consultation, we'll get to know you better, go over your bloodwork, and learn more about your needs and goals as it relates to TRT. This consultation can take place via telehealth or from our male health clinic in South Saco - the choice is up to you.

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Med Matrix offers competitive hormone pricing and access to other cutting-edge treatments such as peptides and stem cells.

Here are the 5 Biggest Benefits of Going on TRT in Saco, ME

Up to this point, we've talked a bunch about how beneficial TRT can be for men who have declining testosterone levels. But you may be wondering how TRT specifically benefits you and your body. Here are just a few of the biggest benefits of starting testosterone replacement therapy at Med Matrix.

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Higher Levels of Energy

The effects of TRT are not immediate and may not be noticeable at first. However, typically, psychological improvements can be felt within three to four weeks of starting treatment. Most individuals experience reduced fatigue, improved sleep, and an overall feeling of being more rested after about a month of treatment. By this time, you may also notice increased motivation to engage in physical activities, which are crucial for your wellbeing and quality of life.

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Better Sex Life

If there's one thing that men hate most about having low testosterone, it's that their ability to perform in the bedroom becomes compromised. In fact, diminished sexual function, including low sex drive and erectile dysfunction, is one of the most common reasons why men seek treatment for low T. That's for good reason: Recent research shows a strong correlation between libido and testosterone levels.

Fortunately, testosterone replacement therapy in Saco, ME, can enhance healthy sexual relations with your spouse or partner. Increased testosterone levels in men often lead to increased sexual activity. At Med Matrix, many of our patients report having a higher sex drive within the first three to four weeks of treatment. Many men also reported having stronger and longer-lasting erections.

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More Mental Clarity and Focus

Testosterone has a significant impact on cognitive performance, including memory, concentration, and reasoning. When testosterone levels are low, mental function can suffer. When you begin TRT, the heavy cloud that has been hanging over you can start to dissipate. Mental focus, cognition, and memory show signs of improvement after the first few weeks of treatment. Feelings of depression and sudden mood swings start to subside within three to six weeks. By 18 to 30 weeks, you will notice a significant improvement in self-confidence and mental clarity, as well as an inner strength that is more prepared to face life's challenges.

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Normalized Blood Sugar Levels

When experiencing hypogonadism, your insulin sensitivity may be compromised, leading to fluctuations in blood sugar levels and an elevated risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Testosterone replacement therapy boosts your insulin sensitivity, enabling your body to efficiently absorb glucose from your blood after a meal.

Typically, significant improvements in blood glucose levels and insulin sensitivity are observed after about three months, with the full effect manifesting after a year. Also, remember this: TRT has been shown to increase your motivation. The tiniest spark of motivation can propel you to become more physically active, further boosting your insulin sensitivity.

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Healthy Red Blood Cell Count

Your body produces red blood cells through a process called erythropoiesis. When you suffer from hypogonadism (low T), red blood cell production can slow, leading to anemia. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can help improve red blood cell count, reduce fatigue, and stabilize blood pressure. Results may vary based on age and dosage, but improvements are typically noticeable after three months, with peak benefits at nine to 12 months.

We should note that some TRT patients have higher hematocrit levels than normal (>51%) and need to donate blood regularly as a result. That's why it's important to work with seasoned male health doctors - like those at Med Matrix - when you're considering TRT in Saco, ME.

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Build Bigger Muscles

Who doesn't want a great physique? Diet, rest, and exercise are crucial for success. However, when your testosterone levels drop below the normal range, your strength decreases, your body mass decreases, and your once-unstoppable endurance diminishes. Testosterone plays a key role in improving these areas.

Do You Have These Symptoms of Low Testosterone?

Are you used to blasting through your day with productivity and positivity? Have you noticed that you're losing muscle mass and the desire to be with your spouse? Has your partner been complaining that you're too irritable to be around? If you're usually not a curmudgeon, your body is probably trying to tell you something. It could be time to speak with a doctor about testosterone replacement therapy in Saco, ME. Keep a running tally of whichever of the following symptoms you notice happening in your life.

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Two words that send shivers down the spines of every man are "erectile dysfunction." Unfortunately, when your T levels are lower than they should be, this is one of the most common symptoms that men must endure. Being unable to get it up isn't just embarrassing - it can be downright depressing and lead to issues with mental health. It's a hard topic to discuss, but a personalized TRT plan from Med Matrix can help.

Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Nowadays, we know better. Most doctors understand that low energy levels can be linked to low testosterone levels. If you're finding it difficult to engage in activities you used to enjoy, like playing with your kids or going for a workout, it could be a sign of low testosterone. Sure, it's normal to feel tired from time to time. But persistent fatigue and a serious lack of drive might mean something more.

A study from 2011 revealed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep may experience a 15% reduction in testosterone levels. Additional research found that almost 15% of workers get five hours of sleep or less per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss can negatively impact testosterone levels and wellbeing. The big takeaway here is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but struggle to sleep through the night, you may be one of those men.

Many people over the age of 50 experience memory loss and lack of concentration. It's a normal part of aging. However, those signs can also mean you have low T. A study from 2006 discovered that males with low testosterone levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. This suggests that low testosterone can contribute to reduced cognitive ability. If you can't stay focused on tasks or can't recall words like you used to, have your testosterone levels checked. You could be a prime candidate for TRT.

If you're like millions of other men, coming to grips with hair loss isn't something you want to do. Closely related to hormone imbalances and testosterone decline, hair loss is stressful and embarrassing. It's often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Too much DHT in your body can cause hair follicles to stop production, causing them to die. Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing altogether. While you can't alter your genes, you can address low testosterone in your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and solutions like peptides and stem cells can stop your head from shedding hair.

Gynecomastia, also known as "man boobs," is the enlargement of male breast tissue, often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. Elevated estrogen levels during andropause, also known as male menopause, usually occur due to a lack of testosterone. If you're a man between 40 and 55 and feel embarrassed about having large breasts, ask your doctor about TRT. When combined with a healthy diet and exercise, it could be the solution to your problem without needing surgery.

Live Life on Your Own Terms with Help from Med Matrix

Just because you're getting older doesn't mean you have to accept a decline in your health and wellbeing. Our male health clinic was founded to give patients like you - men suffering from low T - hope that life can get better. With our doctors and male health practitioners by your side, it's easy to take the first step.

When combined with healthy life choices and regular exercise, TRT in Saco, ME, is one of the best ways to turn back the hands of time without going under the knife. If you're looking to bridge the gap between an unsatisfying past and a promising future, it's time to contact our male health clinic.

Men with low T choose Med Matrix because we:

  • Prioritize Custom TRT Prescriptions
  • Get a Full Understanding of Your Needs and Goals
  • Provide Compassionate Care from a Team of Licensed Doctors and Experts
  • Specialize in Affordable Male Health Services

Unlike some TRT clinics, we know that your health and wellness goals are unique. At Med Matrix, you'll never have to worry about a "set it and forget it" approach. We're with you every step of the way. If you're ready to reclaim the best parts of being a man, contact our office and ask about setting up your testosterone replacement therapy consultation today.

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Latest News in Saco, ME

Saco City Administrator proposes budget that would decrease mil rate

Saco City Manager John Bohenko has proposed a fiscal year 2025 budget that would lower taxes for most city homeowners.Bohenko gave an overview of the budget proposal at Monday night’s City Council meeting. The suggested $73.3 million budget, which includes municipal spending, school department expenses and county taxes, would be an increase of nearly $1.1 million from the current fiscal year budget.The proposed budget would decrease the mil rate from 14.75 to 14.07.Th...

Saco City Manager John Bohenko has proposed a fiscal year 2025 budget that would lower taxes for most city homeowners.

Bohenko gave an overview of the budget proposal at Monday night’s City Council meeting. The suggested $73.3 million budget, which includes municipal spending, school department expenses and county taxes, would be an increase of nearly $1.1 million from the current fiscal year budget.

The proposed budget would decrease the mil rate from 14.75 to 14.07.

The decrease in the mil rate in the suggested budget would mean a property tax decrease for 85 percent of homeowners, said Bohenko. Should the budget be approved as proposed, a homeowner with a median house value of $515,000 would experience a tax reduction of $355.35, he said.

The fifteen percent of residential property owners who are enrolled in the State of Maine Senior Tax Stabilization Program may experience an increase due to the repeal of the program, said Bohenko.

The reduction in the tax rate is primarily fueled by new and increased city revenues totaling $3 million, coupled with the return of City TIF funds, said Bohenko. The increase in revenue includes an increase in state revenue sharing, recreation department fees, Rapid Renewal excise taxes, motor vehicle excise taxes, and interest earnings, as well as the use of the city’s fund balance and a transfer from the city’s enterprise fund.

"We are blessed to have City Administrator John Bohenko on board with this new administration. His years of experience, serving over 20 years in Portsmouth in the same capacity, has been invaluable in helping us create a path forward for Saco that benefits all of our hard-working residents, families, children and senior population," said Mayor Jodi MacPhail.

Monday night’s meeting was the first of many discussions regarding the municipal budget. The City Council will review the budget in a series of workshops beginning on Monday, April 6, and propose changes. A public hearing is scheduled for May 6. For more information on the Saco fiscal year 2025 budget process, go the city’s website.

Saco Bay News Publisher Liz Gotthelf can be reached at [email protected].

Saco, Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach announce road closures for Saturday

With more severe weather expected Friday night and Saturday, local municipalities have announced road closures for Saturday.The National Weather Service is forecasting exceptionally high tides, and Saturday’s noon high tide is expected to be nearly one foot higher than the high tide on Wednesday after storm activity. This, along with a potential three feet of storm surge and water inundation, could pose a significant risk of coastal flooding on Saturday....

With more severe weather expected Friday night and Saturday, local municipalities have announced road closures for Saturday.

The National Weather Service is forecasting exceptionally high tides, and Saturday’s noon high tide is expected to be nearly one foot higher than the high tide on Wednesday after storm activity. This, along with a potential three feet of storm surge and water inundation, could pose a significant risk of coastal flooding on Saturday.

Old Orchard Beach

Road closures in Old Orchard Beach will be implemented starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday along the immediate coast, said town officials in a press release. East Grand and West Grand avenues, and all areas of Ocean Park will be restricted to local traffic. Old Orchard Street will be completely restricted to traffic from the Town Square to First Street and will be restricted to local traffic from First Street to Saco Avenue. Additional road closures will occur as high tide approaches and may last for several hours, said town officials.

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The City of Saco announced travel restrictions in coastal areas, which city officials say are still recovering from flooding earlier this week.

Beginning 9 a.m. on Saturday, Seaside Avenue from the Old Orchard Beach town line to Ferry Road, Ferry Road from Bayview Road to Seaside Avenue, and all side roads in these areas including Bayview Road and the Camp Ellis neighborhood, will be restricted to local traffic until further notice.

Biddeford

In Biddeford, city will be closing all streets leading down to coastal areas beginning at 9 a.m. These road closures will be located at Hills Beach at Breakwater, Bridge Road at the intersection of Old Pool Road, Maddox Pond Road at Pool Street, Elizabeth Road at Pool Street, Fortunes Rocks Road at Pool Street, and Granite Point Road at Pool Road.

Biddeford city officials are asking coastal residents who wish to leave their home on Saturday to do so before 9 a.m. and to not return until 3 p.m.

Portions of Fortunes Rocks Road were damaged due to the storm earlier this week and city officials said the section between Elizabeth Road and Maddox Pond Road will remain closed for repairs until further notice.

Saco Bay News Publisher Liz Gotthelf can be reached at newsdesk@sacobaynews.com.

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Holiday festivities in Saco, Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach continue this weekend

A light parade, breakfast with The Grinch, and a Christmas concert are among the holiday highlights this weekend.BiddefordThe Alumni Band will present Visions of Sugar Plums, a holiday concert featuring First Parish handbell ringers and St. James choir at 7 p.m. at Biddeford Middle School Performing Arts Center, 25 Tiger Way.The annual Biddeford Firefighters IAFF Local 3107 "Night of Laughs Comedy Show" will be held at 8 p.m. at the Biddeford Eagles Club, 57 Birch St. The event will feature three Boston based...

A light parade, breakfast with The Grinch, and a Christmas concert are among the holiday highlights this weekend.

Biddeford

The Alumni Band will present Visions of Sugar Plums, a holiday concert featuring First Parish handbell ringers and St. James choir at 7 p.m. at Biddeford Middle School Performing Arts Center, 25 Tiger Way.

The annual Biddeford Firefighters IAFF Local 3107 "Night of Laughs Comedy Show" will be held at 8 p.m. at the Biddeford Eagles Club, 57 Birch St. The event will feature three Boston based comedians who have appeared on Letterman, Leno, Comedy Central and more. Money raised goes to year-round programs supported by the Biddeford Career Firefighters, and tickets to the 21+ event can be purchased at the door.

Skate with Santa at University of New England’s Harold Alfond Forum Ice Arena from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2- 3:30 p.m. Reserve your tickets online.

Menorah lighting from Thursday, Dec. 7 to Thursday, Dec. 14. at City Square, across the street from City Hall. The menorah will be lit at 5:30 p.m., except Saturday and Sunday, when it will be lit at 4:15 p.m.

Old Orchard Beach

Second annual Breakfast in Whoville, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. and 10-11 a.m. at The Ballpark, 7 Ballpark Way. A full breakfast with Grinch waffles will be served, and there will be music and games and an appearance by The Grinch. Tickets can be purchased at www.oobrec.com .

Elm Street Light show runs 4:30-9 p.m. at 3 Elm St. Tune into 93.3 to listen to holiday music while watching coordinating Christmas light show. Donations accepted with a portion of proceeds going to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.

Saco

Saco Main Street is hosting the annual Holiday Festival and Parade of Lights.

Dyer Library, 371 Main St., will have arts and crafts from 9:30 to noon, and next door, the Festival of Trees will be on display at the Saco Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A trolley will run from the train station to Saco Museum, making stops along the way from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. During this timeframe there will be specials at downtown businesses, story time with Santa every 20 minutes at the Saco Main Street office at 15 Pepperell Square, holiday photo ops at Vic and Whit’s park, and children’s activities at Saco Scoop.

The Salvation Army band will play from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Main and Storer streets.

The Parade of Lights, featuring more than 80 lighted entries, begin at 6 p.m. The parade travels from the intersection of Beach and Middle Streets, down Main Street, to Pepperell Square.

Ferry Beach Conference and Retreat Center is hosting a winter craft fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 5 Boardwalk Drive. Come shop more than 40 craft vendors, the Ferry Beach bake sale, decorate cookies, and take pictures in the holiday scenes. Lunch will also be available for purchase.

Saco Bay News Publisher Liz Gotthelf can be reached at newsdesk@sacobaynews.com.

Local Spotlight: Michael and Vera Kalagias

Vera and Mike Kalagias stand outside Pizza by Michael in Saco. The couple is retiring later this month. PHOTO BY RANDY SEAVER The owners of one of Saco’s most iconic businesses are getting ready to hand over the reins to a new owner.On Sunday, November 26, Michael and Vera Kalagias, the owners of Pizza by Michael, will officially hang up their aprons for the last time.The Kalagias family started the business in 1966. Michael’s father, Stalios, moved to ...

Vera and Mike Kalagias stand outside Pizza by Michael in Saco. The couple is retiring later this month. PHOTO BY RANDY SEAVER

The owners of one of Saco’s most iconic businesses are getting ready to hand over the reins to a new owner.

On Sunday, November 26, Michael and Vera Kalagias, the owners of Pizza by Michael, will officially hang up their aprons for the last time.

The Kalagias family started the business in 1966. Michael’s father, Stalios, moved to Saco from Lowell, Massachusetts, and decided to purchase the building on Common Street. He opened the pizza shop on the ground floor and raised his family in an apartment on the second floor.

“This is literally where I grew up,” Michael laughed during a recent interview. “I remember when my dad and all his cronies would hang out here, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.”

In October, Vera announced the upcoming transition on the restaurant’s Facebook page, and the news spread like wildfire throughout the tri-community area. Hundreds of people reacted, sending messages of support and congratulations to the couple. There was only one pressing question: Would the new owner keep the same recipe that the Kalagias family has been using for nearly 60 years?

“The love and support from the community has been overwhelming,” Vera said. “I never would have imagined that so many people feel such a strong connection to our small, family business.”

Michael, 65, graduated from Thornton Academy in 1976. Two years later, he purchased the restaurant from his father. “I thought, I’ll try it for a year (Laughs). Mike and Vera (Gallant) were married in 1987, but the restaurant consumed most of their time.

“We basically never saw each other,” Vera laughed. “He would be in the restaurant early in the morning, doing all the prep work. I would take over for him in the afternoon. That’s how it is; six days a week, almost 12 hours per day.”

Mike and Vera both say they are looking forward to retirement. They are expecting their first grandchild in February, and they decided it was time to slow down and enjoy life. Vera says she and Michael are planning some travel, including possible trips to Greece and Italy.

“At a certain point, you just sort of know when it’s time to stop,” Michael said. “The long days take a toll.”

“And lifting 50-pound bags of flour and 40-pound blocks of cheese isn’t as easy as it used to be,” Vera said.

How will Pizza by Michael change under the new ownership?

“We think it’s going to be pretty seamless. The new owner is excited and ready to jump in with both feet,” Vera said. “We’re so happy to find a buyer who is so excited to carry this business forward. The name and phone number will remain the same.”

But what about the food?

“I don’t think there are going to be many changes,” Vera said. “We have been working closely with him; and he’s learning how to make the dough, the sauce and the meatballs using the same recipes we use.”

Are you planning to move after retirement?

“No, I don’t think so,” Vera said. “Mike and I grew up in this community. We love Saco, and we raised three children here. We have deep roots and a very fond connection to this city.”

How has your business changed over the last 50 years? It seems like almost every day we’re hearing about a new pizza place in Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach. Has that hurt your business?

“I think we noticed little bumps here and there, but we have enough of a loyal following that always kept us going,” Michael said. “Sure, people might try a new place, but they always seemed to come back. We’ve always enjoyed a good word-of-mouth reputation, even among seasonal residents and area campgrounds.”

“I think people enjoy good customer service, a consistent product and reasonable prices,” Vera said.

What are your most popular pizzas?

“Probably, the pepperoni,” Michael said. “And cheese.”

After a long day, do you ever order a pizza?

“No,” Michael laughs. “I don’t think we’ve ever done that.”

You’ve been running this business 45 years. Any favorite memories?

“We’ve had customers from England, Germany and all over the world,” Vera said. “One time, Senator Collins stopped in for a pizza. I think we’ve been really very lucky to have such great employees and great customers. We wouldn’t be here today without them.”

Any plans for retirement?

“We’ve got some projects to do around the house,” Vera laughs. “This year will be one of the first Christmas Eves that we don’t have to work. So, that’ll be nice.”

Randy Seaver can be contacted at randy@randyseaver.com.

Local Spotlight runs every Monday, highlighting a person of interest from the community. If you know a community member who you think deserves to be in the spotlight, contact publisher Liz Gotthelf at newsdesk@sacobaynews.com.

Greek Bazaar in Saco set for Saturday

SACO — If you didn’t get your baklava fix at the St. Demetrios Greek Festival in July, you have a second chance at the church’s annual Bazaar this weekend.The Greek Bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 186 Bradley St., Saco. Frozen savory dishes and breads need to be ordered ahead of time online until Nov. 15.Tra...

SACO — If you didn’t get your baklava fix at the St. Demetrios Greek Festival in July, you have a second chance at the church’s annual Bazaar this weekend.

The Greek Bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 186 Bradley St., Saco. Frozen savory dishes and breads need to be ordered ahead of time online until Nov. 15.

Traditional Greek pastries will be available for purchase in-person the day of the event. Selections will include the always popular baklava – phyllo dough layered with walnuts, spices, and honey syrup; paximathia, a Greek version of biscotti with walnuts and cinnamon, kourambiethes, butter cookies rolled in powdered sugar, as well as other types of cookies, cakes and sweet bread.

A team of dedicated bakers have been working countless hours to make the delicacies – including about 1,000 pieces of baklava, said parishioner Vanja Somerville.

“Everything is made here, at the church. We’re blessed with a commercial kitchen,” she said.

Many of the volunteers have been baking for the church sales for years, and some are following the footsteps of their mothers. On Monday, the women chatted amiably and worked together as a well-oiled machine, expertly cutting up baklava into triangles and arranging the individual pieces on trays.

“This is a family here,” said Paula Arabatzis, wife of parish priest Basil Arabatzis. The annual bazaar has been a church tradition for decades, she said.

The Greek Bazaar will also feature a craft table, a small Greek market and a specialty table featuring homemade baked goods.

The sale is run by The Ladies of St. Fotini, a church group that supports the needs of the church as well as many charitable efforts. The group partners with local schools to provide warm winter clothing to children in need, runs a scholarship fund, helps children of the parish go to summer camp, and donates to the Ronald McDonald House and local food pantries.

Publisher Liz Gotthelf can be reached at [email protected].

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