Meals for Me program seeks volunteer drivers

Posted Dec. 11, 2008, at 6:01 p.m.

Meals for Me has issued a plea for volunteer drivers in Etna, Dixmont, Dedham, Corinna and Greenville, and for dining room help in Holden.

Carol Higgins Taylor wrote that Meals for Me, a program of Eastern Area Agency on Aging, “is a experiencing a shortage of volunteers” to assist with this “nutrition program that serves noontime meals to seniors either in community dining rooms or through home delivery.”

Volunteers are needed to set up, serve, clean up and deliver meals to the elderly who are homebound, Taylor said.

She also wants potential volunteers to know that your “volunteer time is very flexible,” and that it can be as much or as little as you wish, from “an hour or two a week” to an hour or two a month.

To volunteer to assist with this essential program that benefits the elderly in our area, call Jody Speck or Vanessa Field at 800-432-7812.

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Deanna Partridge of Hammond Street Senior Center e-mailed that Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant is featuring HSSC for its next Good Neighbor Night, when a percentage of its profits will benefit HSSC.

Miguel’s Good Neighbor Night for HSSC is 4-10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at the restaurant on Hogan Road.

The public is invited to attend and no special ticket or membership affiliation is required, Partridge said.

For more information about HSSC, or to make a donation, call 262-5532.

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From Kelly Cioe of U.S. Cellular we learn that from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, associates of U.S. Cellular will be at the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, 26 Cedar St., to help “reconnect families who have been unable to communicate with each other by providing phone access to those who would not normally have the re-sources to make phone calls.”

“U.S. Cellular associates will bring wireless phones” to the shelter and help “individuals with placing free local, or long-distance, phone calls.”

“In addition,” Cioe wrote, “the company will donate $300 to help stock the food shelves this holiday season.”

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Calais Bookshop reports David Sullivan will be signing copies of his new, illustrated history, “St. Andrews: An Historical Scrapbook,” from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at the store, 405 Main St.

For more information about this or other coming events, call Calais Bookshop, 454-1110.

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Laurie Carpenter, youth services librarian for the Orono Public Library, wrote about two coming events for children, hosted by the library and the Orono Parks and Recreation Department.

First is a Tea with Santa, 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Keith Anderson Community House.

“Children, preschool through 5, are welcome to join us for tea and cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus,” Carpenter wrote.

“Your child will have the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap and tell Santa” what he or she “wants for Christmas,” and “Mrs. Claus will distribute a small gift to each child” attending.

However, preregistration is required by calling 866-5065.

The next event is for children in grades one-five who “are welcome to make gingerbread houses” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, the Community House.

Preregistration also is required. Call the number above, Carpenter wrote, so your child can “make an edible holiday decoration.”

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With the holidays approaching, and everyone shopping for toys and games for children and teens, Amanda Samoluk, director of audiology, and Mary-Anne Saxl, director of development and marketing for the Warren Center for Communication and Learning in Bangor, remind our readers that “noisy toys are not for delicate ears.”

They encourage you to ensure that “you purchase toys that will not, prematurely, damage the ears of your children and grandchildren,” and they encourage you to “purchase carefully.”

“When used in ordinary play,” their press release states, “some types of battery-driven toy guns can create noise levels between 110 and 135 decibels corresponding to the noise generated by a heavy truck, a rock concert or an airliner at take-off. Less, but consistent, noise from music boxes or robots (85-95 dB) can also be dam-aging.”

As an important reminder, the women point out that “in many workplaces, employees are required to wear hearing protection where noise levels exceed 85 dB.”

They explained that “noise-induced hearing loss is cumulative; it happens, gradually, over time” which is why “it is important to start protecting your child’s hearing at an early age.”

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