Friends to help family who lost home to fire

Posted Feb. 23, 2009, at 6:55 p.m.

During the early afternoon of Jan. 30, Brian and Pam Davis of Northeast Harbor, their teenage son, Jay Wescott and their toddler daughter Drew lost their Maple Lane home to fire.

“The family lost everything that they owned,” wrote Trasi Colson, a member of the Mount Desert Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization who is working with others on a dance and silent auction fundraiser to help the family recover from this loss.

The silent auction will be from 7:30 to 10 p.m., and the dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Holiday Inn in Ellsworth. Admission is $5.

Many businesses and individuals donated items for the auction, and the Midnight Rose Band also donated its services so that the event could have live music, Colson wrote.

Among the donated items up for bid are an acoustic guitar from Mainly Music in Ellsworth, a one-night stay at Eagles Lodge in Ellsworth, pottery bowls by Chris Breedlove of Hall Quarry, a gift certificate for Richard Parks Gallery in Ellsworth, passes for Bangor’s Maine Discovery Museum, crushed stone from Tom Wallace of Mount Desert, a gift certificate for Downeast Billiards in Ellsworth, a ski pass for Sugarloaf and much more, Colson wrote.

“There will also be door prizes throughout the night, as well,” she added.

Colson explained that “the event started as just a raffle and dance, but with the overwhelming support from the community, we decided that a silent auction-dance would suit the event more adequately and allow the public to get just the item, or items, that would fit them,” all while helping a young family get back on their feet.

For more information about this event, or other ways you can help the Davis-Wescott family if you are unable to attend the benefit, call Colson at 479-6655 or e-mail isartnosloc@yahoo.com.

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Although the Week 7 Lose and Win meetings for people participating in that program to improve the health of residents in Hancock County was canceled by the weather, there still were winners, reports Iris Simon.

The Bucksport Post Office “First Class Losers” retained the Victory Stick for averaging the most pounds lost during the previous week, followed by two Deer Isle-Stonington teams, “Just Scalin’ It” and “The Burnt Cove String Beans.”

For the Week 8 meetings on Thursday, Feb. 26, Anne Hook will discuss walking for fitness with the Mount Desert Island and Ellsworth teams at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital cafeteria in Ellsworth, and Dr. Charles Zelnick will discuss stress and your health with the Deer Isle-Stonington participants at the Island Community Center in Stonington.

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Here’s a reminder from Erin Rice of the Pine Tree Society that applications are available for the 2009 Pine Tree Camp season at the PTC facility in Rome.

Since 1945, Pine Tree Camp has offered traditional summer camping opportunities to Maine people with disabilities and its “open door policy ensures that families can send their child” to camp “regardless of their ability to pay,” Rice said.

Enrollment is on first-come, first-served. Applications for residential or day camp are available at www.pinetreesociety.org or by calling 443-3341.

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Rochelle Runge of the Maine Commission for Community Service reports it is conducting a photo contest to celebrate volunteerism in the state of Maine. The theme is “Volunteers in Action.”

Members of the public are encouraged to submit a photo depicting volunteers serving the community by Wednesday, March 18, Runge wrote.

Full contest rules and information about how to enter the contest are available at www.maineservicecommission.gov. The winning entries and honorable mentions will be displayed at the State House during the presentation of the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards on April 21 in Augusta.

If you do not have access to a computer and want more information about this contest, write Runge at MCCS, 187 State St., Augusta 04330, call her at 287-8933 or fax her at 287-8059.

For 22 years, Runge said, the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards “have celebrated and recognized the exemplary work of Maine’s most dedicated citizens.”

The program, administered jointly by MCCS and the governor’s office, “recognizes and honors the valuable contributions of Maine’s extraordinary volunteers while inspiring others to follow their example.”

“It is our sincere hope,” Runge continued, “that photo submissions will serve to further highlight the impact of volunteer service on the State of Maine.”

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

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