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Breakfast to kick off Bowl for Kids Sake event

By Joni Averill

Program director Bill Browning of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Maine invites “people who support mentoring” to a buffet breakfast and team gathering for its Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser, scheduled for March 28-29 at Family Fun Lanes in Bangor.

The Bowl for Kids Sake Kickoff Breakfast is 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Family Fun Lanes in Bangor.

Browning explained that BBBS is a program of Downeast Health Services in Ellsworth, and that Bowl for Kids Sake “is the signature fundraising event for BBBS.”

“Andy Meucci of Family Fun Lanes has hosted” this event for more than 20 years, Browning added, and Meucci “hopes the kickoff breakfast will encourage more participants and more donations.”

Additionally, Browning wrote BBBS “wants to bring attention to January as National Mentoring Month,” and reports that “all who attend” the kickoff breakfast “will learn about strategies for teams to raise money, including prize and raffle incentives,” and “have the opportunity to meet experienced BFKS team captains and even do some bowling.”

Anyone interested attending the breakfast, forming a team or helping in any way can call the BBBS Bangor office at 947-2063.


Iris Simon of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital’s Health-Link program reports 27 teams recorded “an accumulated loss of 485 pounds for their first week of Lose and Win, a 10-week program in Hancock County to lose weight and develop a healthy lifestyle.”

First-place honors went to the Burnt Cove Market String Beans and second went to The Inn-Credible Shrinking Women and Kevin, while The Schoodic Shedders from Downeast (don’t you just love those team names?) were third.

“Smart Shopping” will be discussed at satellite meetings Thursday, Jan. 22, at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor and MCMH in Ellsworth, while Cheryl Wixson presents “Making Eating Memorable” at Deer Isle-Stonington High School.

For more information, call 667-2474 or visit www.mainehospital.org and click on Lose and Win.


The Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church general fund benefits from, and you get to enjoy, the HHUMC’s Jubilation Singers Annual Chicken Pie Supper from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the church, 44 Kennebec Road, Hampden.

Sue Fraser is coordinating the event, which is $7 for adults and $4 for children, and features chicken pot pies, cranberry sauce, cakes, coffee and tea.

Prepared by more than 30 church members over a two-day period, the Voice Choir and director Becky Mallory do everything from food preparation to serving and cleaning up.


Peggy Sturman, diaconate chairwoman of First Congregational Church in Millinocket, wrote that the church members will hold a Public Fish Chowder Supper for “those wanting a change from the usual beans and franks.”

The supper is 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Millinocket church.

The menu includes fish chowder, biscuits, “pie and more,” Sturman wrote.

And for those who would rather enjoy this special meal at home, takeouts are available for pickup by calling the church at 723-5591.


Maria Staples of Penquis reminds readers that January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

“Cancer of the cervix is highly preventable,” Staples wrote.

“A Pap test is used to find cell changes in the cervix. It can find problems that can be treated before they turn into cervical cancer. A Pap test also can find cancer early. If cervical cancer is found early, it’s easier to cure.”

The Penquis Breast and Cervical Health Coalition offers education and information about no-cost mammograms and Pap tests to eligible women through the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program.

MBCHP pays for tests for women ages 40 to 64 with no insurance or women whose insurance does not cover these tests.

Call Staples at 973-3586 or call 800-350-5180 for more information.


Erin Rice of Pine Tree Society reports that applications are now being accepted for the 2009 Pine Tree Camp season.

Since 1945, Rice wrote, PTC, which is located in Rome, “has been providing a traditional summer camp experience to Maine people with disabilities,” adding that PTC’s “Open Door Policy ensures that families can send their child to Pine Tree Camp regardless of their ability to pay tuition.”

PTC offers residential and day camp opportunities.

Applications are available at www.pinetreesociety.org or by calling 443-3341. Campers are enrolled first come, first served.

For more information at the Pine Tree Society programs and services, call the number above or visit the Web site.

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

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