April 25, 2018
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Spruce Run event to honor two with awards

By Joni Averill

The registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 9, for those who want to attend the Spruce Run Association Annual Meeting, which is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, at Buchanan Alumni House at the University of Maine.

A donation of $10 a person — or more if you wish — will be graciously accepted, and you can make your reservation by calling Bev Wilson at 945-5102, or e-mailing bwilson@sprucerun.net.

Spruce Run is entering its 36th year as a domestic violence agency serving residents of Penobscot County.

Training coordinator Francine Stark encourages you to join everyone associated with this organization that works to “change attitudes, save lives and end abuse,” and attend this event during which Shawn Yardley will receive the Spruce Run Partners in Change Award, and Nancy Johansen will receive the Michele Alexander Award.

The evening also features hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, and entertainment by Women with Wings.


Young dancers who want to participate in activities of Robinson Ballet Live are invited to audition in two age groups on the same date at the same site.

Auditions for dancers age 12 and up are 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan 10, at Robinson Ballet Studios, 107 Union St., Bangor.

Auditions for dancers ages 9-11 are 1 to 1:45 p.m. that day at the studio.

Julie Lisnet reports RBC “is adding an afternoon children’s program this year that will feature the ballet ‘The Little Tailor,’ along with several original pieces” that will be presented in a children’s matinee on April 4 at the Bangor Opera House and on April 11 at The Grand in Ellsworth.

Additionally, Lisnet wrote, RBC is presenting a special program Thursday, April 9, at Hermon High School and ‘all dancers chosen to be in ’The Little Tailor’ need to be available” for that performance.

If you have questions or need more information, call Maureen Robinson at 989-7226.


Jean Girmscheid, fundraising chair for the Sorrento-Sullivan Recreation Center in Sullivan, invites you to a Chowder, Chili, Stew Night at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Recreation Center, 1776 U.S. Highway 1 in Sullivan.

Admission to this mouthwatering event is $9 for adults, $5 for children under 10.

The menu can’t be beat, especially if you enjoy any or all of the following: lobster stew, fish chowder, corn chowder, chili, soups, jambalaya, salads, breads, drinks and desserts.

Girmscheid reports that proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit renovation projects and help with the cost of heating the community center.

She also reminds area residents, and our readers who enjoy public meals such as this, to “look for more suppers this winter.”


Women of the World will meet at noon Monday, Jan. 12, at the Church of Universal Fellowship on Main Street in Orono.

WOW coordinator Mireille Le Gal of the Office of International Programs at the University of Maine said the meeting “will celebrate Dia de Los Reyes Magnos, a traditional Mexican holiday,” and that “dishes highlighting this holiday will be served.”

Luncheon fees are $4 for women and children 10 and older, $2 for children ages 6-10, no cost for children under 6 attending with mothers. No reservations are required.

For people who might not be familiar with this organization, it is “a group of international women, including Americans, who gather, once a month, around an ethnic lunch,” Le Gal explained.

“A cultural program featuring the country-theme represented” often follows the lunch, and the organization “is a great place to meet women from around the world, and the perfect opportunity to learn about new cultures and discover new cuisine,” she added.

For more information about this organization sponsored by the Office of International Programs at the University of Maine, call Le Gal at 581-3423.


We have good news from Mary Marin Lyon, executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Bangor, now celebrating 40 years of providing volunteer tutors to help area residents improve their reading and English language skills at no cost.

Marin Lyon reports LV-Bangor recently received a $4,000 grant from Bangor Savings Bank “to help provide low literate families with a ‘starter’ library of age-appropriate books” through its “Voices in Reading Program.”

The program offers “literacy instruction to functionally illiterate adults with young children in order to break the cycle of intergenerational illiteracy,” she said.

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