A pair of Mainers have hidden $20,000 somewhere in the state and they’re inviting treasure seekers to come and get them.

The creators of the treasure hunt and of the company behind the hunt, Dirigo Treasures LLC, are Kurt and Kelly Stokes, of Newcastle, the Lincoln County News reported.

The couple spent three years exploring and photographing locations around the state before creating an elaborate hide-and-seek game.

“We created the game to celebrate Maine’s 200 years of statehood,” Kurt Stokes told the newspaper. “What better way to celebrate Maine than to get people out of the house, out of their town and exploring parts of the state they never knew existed?”

Finding the Dirigo treasure will involve solving a secret, a riddle and a puzzle. Getting started means ponying up for a deck of cards or flash cards for $19.99 or $39.99 respectively, with a dollar from each sale going to the Maine Cancer Foundation.


A 1928 church has been renovated into a four-bedroom home, complete with a large stained-glass window portraying Jesus.

The sale of the home in St. Petersburg, Florida, is slated for closing at $1.3 million later this week, listing agent Bryan Belcher told the Tampa Bay Times.

The home’s great room features high ceilings with the church’s original exposed scissor trusses, and comes with a few pews, the newspaper reported.

“It’s such a unique property. As soon as you walk in through the front door into the main great room, it’s just ‘wow,’ because of how high the ceilings are,” said Belcher, who works for Coastal Properties Group.

Belcher said Bluewater Builders purchased the church for $580,000 in 2018, intending to tear it down and use the lot to build new homes.

The developers instead demolished part of the structure, got rid of the parking lot and built three homes. But they kept the original church intact, converting it into a home, and added a new saltwater pool, the newspaper reported.

Angie Conner, who is president of the Crescent Heights Neighborhood Association, said that in the effort to save the original structure, the developer worked with members of the American Church of the Beatitudes Baptist church, as well as with the neighborhood association and preservationists.

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