Pet food pantry open in Caribou animal clinic

Posted Dec. 29, 2008, at 8:02 p.m.

People in the Caribou-Presque Isle area have an opportunity to help the less fortunate care for their cats and dogs thanks to the efforts of several organizations, reports Norma Milton, writing on behalf of the Caribou Pet Food Pantry.

Milton e-mailed that Friends of Madawaska Lake Homeless Cats is sponsoring a pet food pantry, offering supplies for dogs and cats to individuals or families “having a difficult time.”

On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, Milton wrote, you may visit the Caribou Clinic of the Presque Isle Animal Hospital located on Herschel Street in Caribou where you now will find dog food.

After Friday, Jan. 9, when a new shipment of supplies is expected to arrive, you will be able to obtain cat food, cat litter and more dog food “as well as some cleaning supplies,” Milton wrote.

She explained Presque Isle Animal Hospital “is providing free use of their space at the Caribou PIAH Clinic” and that the service is being “provided by the combined efforts” of the homeless cats group and the animal hospital.

Donations of food and supplies to help needy pet owners would be appreciated, Milton wrote.

“If you are able, you might like to drop some items off to help people keep their pets this winter instead of turning them in to a shelter,” she wrote.

For those who would like more information about the work of Madawaska Lake Homeless Cats, that address is 733 South Shore Road, Stockholm 04783.

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Because not everyone has access to a computer, I thank “your friends at River City Cinema” for e-mailing information about its part in the activities surrounding Downtown Countdown 2008, which is open to everyone from 3 p.m. to after midnight New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, in downtown Bangor.

First, you should know entertainment being offered by River City Cinema is free and that refreshments will be available.

The entertainment schedule begins with “After the Thin Man” at 6 p.m. at River City Cinema, 131 Main St., Bangor.

This 1936 film, which runs one hour 53 minutes, stars Myrna Loy, William Powell and Asta the dog with Jimmy Stewart in the supporting cast.

River City Cinema is located at the Bangor Opera House, the home of Penobscot Theatre Company.

The free evening continues, alternating with music by Evergreen at 8 p.m., then Betty Boop Shorts at 8:45 p.m., Evergreen at 9:15 p.m., Betty Boop Shorts at 10 p.m. and Evergreen at 10:30 p.m.

Friends of River City Cinema extend their thanks to Bangor International Airport for supporting this venue.

If you do have a computer and want to know more about all aspects of River City Cinema, visit www.rivercitycinema.com where information about Downtown Countdown is also available.

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Here’s a reminder from Kristin Coffey Canders that the reservation deadline is Saturday, Jan. 3, for anyone wanting to attend “A Mid-Winter’s Dream,” featuring members of the Bangor Ballet, that is planned for Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Husson University Campus Center in Bangor.

Tickets are $45 per person, and tables for eight can be reserved for $360.

Catered by Creative Catering and sponsored by Eaton Peabody law firm and Machias Savings Bank, the evening features a social hour, cash bar, dinner and entertainment by members of the Bangor Ballet.

Reservations can be made by calling Jane Bragg at Bangor Ballet, 945-3457, or e-mail her at janebragg@gmail.com.

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Although this is not the time of year you might be thinking about Easter Seals, the folks at that organization are pleased to report its 2008 Easter Seals Maine Annual Gala and Auction held Nov. 8 at the Marriott at Sable Oaks in Portland was “a huge success.”

In a press release, the organization indicates more than $40,000 was raised at the gala, which “will benefit more than 700 children and adults receiving early intervention and educational and vocational services throughout southern Maine.”

For more information about Easter Seals Maine, call 828-0754 or visit www.eastersealsme.org.

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In October, reports Jon Paradise of the Maine Credit Union League, the league’s Campaign for Ending Hunger and Good Shepherd Food-Bank “celebrated the third anniversary of Maine’s first, and only, Food Mobile,” a truck that has distributed more than three-quarters of a million pounds of food since it began rolling.

To note that anniversary “and to ensure funding for deliveries in the year ahead,” Paradise wrote, the league donated $15,000 to the Food Mobile, “which delivered food to a pantry in every Maine county at least once during the past year.”

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A clarification is needed for yesterday’s lead item regarding the New Year’s Eve Dance and Breakfast Buffet from 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, to 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, at the Anah Temple Shrine on Main Street in Bangor.

Glen Rand called to say that because this is a BYOB event, the invitation to attend this event should state it is for nobles, ladies and guests of Anah Temple Shrine.

Nonrefundable tickets for Shriners, ladies and guests are $30 per person and can be purchased in advance at the Shrine office on Main Street or call Rand at 825-3285.

Proceeds from this New Year’s Eve gathering will support projects of the sponsoring Anah Temple Shrine Drum and Bugle Unit.

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