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Weight-loss program participants recognized

By Joni Averill

Congratulations to members of the 25 teams who have completed the 10-week Healthy Hancock Lose and Win program in which they “accumulated a loss of 1,155.2 pounds,” Iris Simon wrote.

“This brings the total lost, in five years, to 11,618.2 pounds.”

This year’s overall team winner was “Burnt Cove String Beans” of Deer Isle-Stonington, which also claimed the overall titles for individuals losing the most weight, male and female.

The “Fit for Life” Kids Peace team, captained by Jamie Sponberg, “was honored at the Ellsworth Celebration for averaging a loss of 13.8 pounds,” Simon wrote, and it also was announced that each team member “attained their goal during the program and that they would be continuing to meet to continue their lifestyle changes.”

Other teams posting honors were the “Schoodic Shedders,” captained by Stacie Young; “11 Carats” of Mount Desert Island Hospital, led by Yvonne Tabb; and “Shedders with Sweaters,” College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, captained by Marie Stivers.

“It was great to hear the success stories,” Simon wrote, adding that “the evening ended with encouragement to all for the next 42 weeks.”


You have to give members of Monroe Community Church high marks for creativity when it comes to public supper fundraisers, because they go out of their way to make them interesting and inviting.

For example, Sharon Smith wrote, the next church supper will be served “at Trattoria Monroe, our Italian restaurant” which, of course, is really in the church hall on Route 139 in that community.

“Trattoria Monroe” will be open 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the church, and admission is $10. Reservations are required and must be made by calling Smith at 525-3264.

A trattoria, Smith reminds readers, “is a small, family-type restaurant, serving simple, family-style meals, which is right up our alley.”

The menu is delightful, consisting of “Italian wedding soup, with those little meatballs,” Smith wrote, “homemade Italian bread, a green salad with pesto and tomato crostini, cannelloni with ham and spinach filling, eggplant rollatini with ricotta filling and assorted homemade cheesecakes, biscotti and espresso for dessert.”


Rebecca Berry of Bucksport e-mailed me two pieces of information of interest to people in that area or with any connection to it.

First is the news that friends of BookStacks owner Andy Lacher are planning another fundraiser, this time featuring the band Tree By Leaf with special guest Maureen Moreshead at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Alamo Theatre in Bucksport.

Tickets are $15 and are available at Alamo, the Orland Market or by calling 469-0924.

Lacher fell on Christmas Eve, injuring his knee and ankle, and has been homebound since that time, Berry wrote. Because he has no insurance, members of the community have been doing what they can to help him cover the costs incurred by this accident.

Next, Berry announced that the 10th edition of “the Narramissic Notebook Project is under way” and, if you would like to have your submission of poetry, a short historical piece or photographs of the area included in this issue, you should contact her by e-mailing or write her at NNP, P.O. Box 1042, Bucksport 04416.

Berry requests you include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you want your submissions returned. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, April 19.

If you have any questions about this project, call Berry at 469-7286.


Susan Darling invites you to a public baked bean supper 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Corinth United Methodist Church, 275 Main St.

Darling wants readers to know CUMC is “an active, visible presence in our area, ministering to children, youth and older adults through the Meals for Friends, the Puppet Ministry’s support of Manna Ministries, Compassion International and the LifeJackets program.”

Proceeds from this supper, for example, “will support our ‘connectional’ ministries within the United Methodist New England Conference” that includes summer camp programs and international missions.

For information, call the church office at 285-3557.


Marie Murphy of Bangor called to report that, unfortunately, because of her illness, the 2009 Freese’s reunion has been canceled.

This reunion, for former employees of the former Bangor department store, is expected to be held next year, she said.

If you have questions or want more information, call Murphy at 990-0124 and leave a message.

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

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