Women’s centers to celebrate 30th anniversary

Posted March 04, 2009, at 8:48 p.m.

Thirty years ago, Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community was known as the Maine Displaced Homemakers Program, wrote regional manager Jane Searles.

Plans are under way statewide to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this program, and the local celebration will be 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at the ballroom on the University College of Bangor campus.

With that announcement, Searles wrote, comes a “shout out to our former graduates, from the early ’80s to now, former staff and volunteers,” to let those people know that “we want to hear from you, and we want you to attend this great event.”

The anniversary celebration will be Women, Work and Community’s opportunity “to thank our hundreds of graduates, staff, volunteers, partners, legislators and businesses who have helped to make this program the success that it is today,” Searles wrote.

The event will “also recognize our local champions” Janyce Boynton of Bangor, who is “a graduate, tireless volunteer and business owner,” and Steve Stanley of Medway “who, as a former legislator, was one of our biggest champions in the Maine Legislature, and still sings our praises.”

Area women who are featured in the organization’s profile book, Donna Mionis of Levant and Grace Keown of Dixmont, will be introduced, and the late Maureen Waltz of Eddington will be remembered for her contributions to the program.

Anyone who plans to attend the April 30 celebration is requested to make a reservation by calling 800-442-2092 or 262-7840, or by e-mailing searles@maine.edu.

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River City Cinema has two more offerings you’re sure to enjoy when it presents “Caramel,” a Satellite Award nominee for best foreign language film, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the Bangor Opera House, 131 Main St.

Then it’s Melissa Leo, Academy Award nominee for best actress, in “Frozen River” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the opera house.

Admission for each film is $5, and refreshments will be available.

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The second program in the Bangor Museum and Center for History series of historic home restoration and renovation is 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the Bangor Public Library. The snow date is March 17.

The museum’s curator Dana Lippitt reports the series is free and open to the public through the sponsorship of the Bangor Daily News and the Bangor Public Library.

For this program Bob Kelly of House Revivers will discuss windows, siding and doors, including “various aspects of the building shell and what is, and isn’t, appropriate for an old house” ranging from “aesthetics to energy, roofing, chimneys, porches, foundations, roofing and more,” Lippitt wrote.

“The series is designed for historic homeowners, those who plan to purchase historic homes and for those who just love historic houses,” she explained.

For information about this and other BMCH programs, visit www.bangormuseum.org or call Lippitt at 942-1900.

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Norma Milton wrote that “a beautiful, queen-size kitty quilt, handcrafted by Cynthia Harvey of Caribou,” is being raffled to help support the Madawaska Lake Homeless Cats spay-neuter program for low-income family pets, either dogs or cats.”

Tickets are $1 or seven for $5, and can be purchased now through Tuesday, March 10, at Beaulieu’s Garage on South Main Street in Caribou, where you can also view the quilt.

After that date, the quilt will be moved to another location. The drawing is May 1.

You can also purchase tickets by calling Milton at 896-5650 or mailing a check or money order to Quilt, Norma Milton, 773 South Shore Road, Caribou 04783. “Your tickets will be mailed back to you,” Milton wrote in urging you to “help with this worthy cause” that has “issued 17 fully-paid spay vouchers to low-income families since Jan. 1.”

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Anne Russenberger-Keefe reports Woodlawn Museum will participate in Women’s History Month when it holds a lecture by University of Maine Ph.D. student Shannon Risk, who will discuss “Ellsworth, Maine and the American Woman Suffrage Movement,” 7-8 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at Woodlawn on Route 172 in Ellsworth.

Admission is your donation. Because space is limited you are asked to call Woodlawn at 667-8671, or e-mail events@woodlawnmuseum.org, to reserve a seat.

Risk will discuss the national efforts of suffragists “to gain the attention of politicians and the sympathies of the public,” and “women like Ann Greely, Sarah Jarvis and Charlotte Hill of Ellsworth,” and their role in the 19th century movement and how that participation influenced the lives of women today.

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

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