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Time to collect a ton of pasta for those in need

By Joni Averill

Once again, the staff of Cumulus Broadcasting is joining forces with four area Hannaford supermarkets to conduct their “Ton of Pasta Food Drive for Manna,” which will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan 10.

The food items will benefit Manna Ministries of Bangor, which serves people in need in Greater Bangor.

Nelson Jewell of Cumulus reports that it will be broadcasting live that day on these stations and from these locations: WQCB Q106.5 at Hannaford in Brewer; WEZQ 92.9, at Hannaford at the Airport Mall in Bangor; WWMJ I-95, at Hannaford on Broadway; and WBZN Z107.3 at the Hannaford in Old Town.

Last year, Nelson wrote, more than 3 tons of pasta was collected during this food drive.

He reminds you that one box (or 1 pound) of pasta “can feed a family of four, easily.”

The sponsors request that listeners “stop by and donate boxes of pasta, and sauce” at one of those sites, and he reminds you that sauce in plastic bottles is preferred.

Nelson also reminds readers that, particularly “at this time of year, food cupboard supplies are running low,” and that “there is no organized food drive, in the area,” until next May when the National Association of Letter Carriers conducts its annual food drive.

Nelson added, “Cumulus Broadcasting realizes that, this winter, in particular,” with the difficult state of our economy, that “many Mainers are faced with terrible decisions as to whether to pay for food or fuel.”

He wrote, “Maine has a terrific tradition of Mainers helping Mainers, and we at Cumulus Broadcasting wish to be the conduit for such a display” of generosity and caring.

Nelson urges you to “join us … as we collect a ton of pasta!”

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The warmth and handicapped-accessibility of the Veazie Congregational Church welcome all who would like to attend its pubic baked bean and casserole supper from 4:45 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at the church, 1404 State St.

Lucille Cardin reports admission is just $6 for adults, $3 for children.

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Whether you are an old “ham” or someone who thinks you might just get interested in getting into this particular hobby, this year, Ann Carter of Charlotte and members of the St. Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club want you to know they welcome newcomers to join their club.

In fact, you are most welcome to attend the organization’s monthly breakfast meeting, which begins at 7 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Wickachee Restaurant in Calais.

Then, if you decide to get involved, you should know that the SCVARC monthly business meeting begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Methodist Homes Recreation Center on Palmer Street in Calais.

Carter wants members to note that this meeting starts “a half-hour earlier than usual,” and that there will be “several new ‘hams,’ who recently passed their tests for licensing, who will be welcomed” at this meeting.

Refreshments will be available.

For more information about this organization, call Carter at 214-4540, or write her at 49 Smith Ridge Road, Charlotte 04666.

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Friends old and new are most welcome to attend the 100th birthday party for Charlotte Bane of Guilford, which will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Abbot Town Hall.

Mrs. Bane’s daughter Millie Carr of Guilford will be host for the event, and she requests that those who plan to attend please bring “cards only” to this special fete for the area’s newest centenarian, who was born and raised in Abbot.

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Brewer Community Service Council president Ellie Bertolaccini e-mailed that organization extends its thanks to “to all the citizens of Brewer, the schools, churches, Boy Scouts and the Brewer Home Town Band who contributed food and money to our annual Christmas basket project.”

Bertolaccini reports that, through your kind donations, BCC was able to prepare “95 baskets for the less fortunate in our community.

“You made their Christmas a little nicer,” Bertolaccini wrote, and those receiving the holiday gift baskets “truly appreciated it.”

Bertolaccini and members of BCC “also thank Nat Perry and David Russell for organizing the collection,” and members of the Brewer Public Works Department “for picking up the food,” and members of the Brewer Parks and Recreation Department “for delivering baskets to our shut-ins. It was a great community effort!”

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

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