2009 special for Bangor Daily News family

Posted Dec. 31, 2008, at 5:45 p.m.

Welcome to 2009, a special year for everyone associated with the Bangor Daily News as we join our publisher, Richard “Rick” Warren, in preparing to celebrate this family-owned newspaper’s 120th anniversary on June 18.

In these ever-changing times, we take great pride in being part of Bangor Publishing Co., which is continuing to bring the news of our community, state, nation and world into our homes through the printed page.

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Patrick Myers, executive director of Center Theatre for the Performing Arts in Dover-Foxcroft, has announced the Slightly Off-Center Players, a community theater group, is conducting auditions for its production of “Almost, Maine,” by John Cariani.

The auditions begin 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at Center Theatre, and rehearsals begin the next Saturday, Jan. 10, at the theatre.

“Adults of any age are encouraged to audition, and should bring a monologue,” Myers wrote.

Special audition times are available for those who cannot make the Jan. 3 date, he added.

The play opens Thursday, Feb. 19, and runs through Feb. 28.

For more information call the Slightly Off-Center Player’s artistic director, Rhonda Kirkpatrick, at 564-8943.

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From the staff of Eastern Maine Community College comes word that the EMCC Library Gallery Art Exhibit Series starts off 2009 with an exhibit featuring the works of Leigh Butler of Bangor.

Titled “This is my Father’s World,” Butler’s paintings in pastels will hang from Monday, Jan. 5, through Friday, Feb. 27, in the EMCC Library Gallery on the second floor of Katahdin Hall on the EMCC campus in Bangor.

According to the release, Butler, who is a member of Pastel Painters of Maine and the Bangor Art Society, has exhibited her pastel and acrylic works in many galleries and shows, and is an artist who “takes joy in capturing her coastal Maine experiences on paper.”

If you would like to meet the artist and hear her discuss her work, you are welcome to attend an artist’s reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the gallery.

For more information about this and other art exhibits at EMCC, call Janet Blood at 974-4606.

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Lucy Wilson e-mailed to remind members of Penobscot County Chapter 374 of the American Association of Retired Persons that the group will meet at noon Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the Bangor Elks Lodge, 108 Odlin Road.

Wilson wrote that members are asked to bring a dish to share for a potluck lunch, and also to “bring an item you no longer want” to be placed in an auction.

Anyone with questions about this meeting, or this organization, is welcome to call Lewis Bayley at 947-0608.

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From Mike Lange comes information for girls and boys 8 to 13 who love basketball and are especially adept at shooting foul shots.

If you haven’t already started practicing, then you should start now if you want to enter the 33rd annual Skowhegan-Madison Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot that begins with signup at 2 p.m. and competition at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at Madison Memorial High School.

The Elks Hoop Shoot, Lange wrote, is a free-throw shooting contest open to boys and girls in three age categories: 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13 who live in SAD 12, SAD 13, SAD 54, SAD 59 and SAD 74.

Lange explained that competitors’ scores are based on the most shots made in 25 attempts, and ties are broken with shoot-offs in rounds of five.

The youngest contestants compete from four feet in front of the regulation foul line, he added.

The winners of this local competition advance to the state championship, where the best shooters move on to the regional and national championships.

Names of the national champions are engraved on plaques at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

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Looking back at some of your accomplishments in 2008, here’s a tip of the Tim Hortons cap to everyone who supported Camp Day, last June, at the Brewer restaurant owned by Marc and Andrea Nicknair.

The Nicknairs reported that more than $2,700 was raised “in our store, alone, to help send our two young ladies, from Brewer, to the Tim Hortons Camp in Kentucky.”

Funds were raised through counter coin boxes and fundraising activities, including coffee sales, on that special Camp Day.

Chainwide, the Nicknairs wrote, more than $8.8 million was raised to support the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation that enabled more than 13,000 children to attend a summer camp last year.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.net; 990-8288.

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