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Peace group to report tonight on El Salvador

By Joni Averill

After a November trip to El Salvador by a nine-member delegation of Mainers sponsored by Peace through Interamerican Community Action of Bangor, Jon Falk reports those delegates will share their experiences with the public 6:30-8 tonight at PICA, 170 Park St. in Bangor.

Falk said the public is invited to hear what residents of Bangor’s sister city of Carasque “have to say about how immigration and free trade are affecting their community, the threat to Carasque posed by mining, and their hopes for the upcoming Salvadoran presidential elections.”

Falk added the delegation included staff members of the Maine Fair Trade Campaign and the Maine People’s Alliance.


Faculty and staff of Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden will hold a recognition-benefit spaghetti dinner for longtime Reeds Brook Middle School maintenance man Larry Hoyt of Frankfort, who “is battling cancer, and his doctor bills are mounting,” wrote Deb Roy.

The benefit is 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the school, and admission is $5 for individuals or $15 for families.

The fundraiser will feature “live music and raffles for both children and adults,” Roy said.


The next Sandwich Seminar, free and open to the public, offered by Downeast Senior College, features Ellsworth lawyer Roberta Kuriloff, who will discuss estate planning for seniors, wrote Senior College president Fran Trefts.

The seminar will begin at noon Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Ellsworth City Hall.

Beverages will be served to go along with the sandwich you bring, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions after the seminar.

For more information, call Trefts at 422-2259.


Here’s a reminder from Sara Yasner that the United Way of Eastern Maine 10th annual Camp Fair is 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Bangor Civic Center.

The snow date is Feb. 25 at the same site.

The fair is free and open to the public. Representatives of 70 camp programs from throughout Maine will be available to answer questions and offer activities and giveaways for attending children.

United Way’s Camp Bangor Program, funded by the Libra Foundation, offers scholarships up to $500 to families with children in Bangor schools, enrolled in grades four, five or six, for any of the camps in the 2009 Camp Bangor Directory.

For information, call Yasner at 941-2800, ext. 212, or e-mail saray@unitedwayem.org.


Louisa Carl and representatives of River School, Belfast’s independent high school, invite you to a Treat Your Sweetie and Yourself Valentine’s Day Silent Auction 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at River School in the Belfast Center, 9 Field St.

The snow date is Feb. 12 at the same location.

You can e-mail or phone in your silent auction bids until 6:30 p.m. the day of the auction.

Carl reminds readers “the auction focuses on gifts and services that people can give as Valentine’s Day gifts, or that they can just enjoy for themselves.”

Auction items range from massage sessions to flowers and chocolates.

To learn more about River School visit www.riverschoolbelfast.com.


Lanie Pickering invites you to participate in a blood drive she will hold in honor of her late father, Sherman Pickering, on his birthday.

The drive will be 1-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Orland Methodist Church.

It includes “a crockpot buffet for all volunteers and donors,” along with juice and cookies for the donors, Pickering wrote, adding that one lucky donor will earn up to $250 worth of heating supply, courtesy of the American Red Cross.

Pickering explained that when her dad “was sick from cancer, he received many blood transfusions,” some of which “prolonged his life which, in turn, gave everyone in his life, and himself, more time with each other.”

“We were able to laugh more, smile more, hope more, love more and tease and taunt each other more.

“I am so thankful for every drop of blood my father received, via transfusion, and I would just like to be able to help others benefit as we did by them.”

For information or to make an appointment, call Lanie Pickering at 461-5005, or the American Red Cross at 800-GIVE-LIFE.


Ella Waitt invites you to join the Bangor Nature Club in greeting Robert Duschesne, president of the Penobscot Valley chapter of Maine Audubon, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at First Congregational Church, 35 Church St., Brewer.

Duschesne’s slide show topic is a tour he led across Manitoba to Churchill Park.

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