Mike Smith, Steve Bartholomew take top prizes in Chili Cook-Off benefit at Gardiner Firehouse

With the first day of spring only three weeks away, the traditional chili contest season is drawing to an end. But this past weekend there was still time enough — and cold enough weather, with even a few stray snowflakes in the air — for one more community cook-off to take place. It was the first one ever for Gardiner Fire and Rescue and the town’s Parks and Recreation Department, and organizers said they were surprised by the enthusiastic turnout . . .

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