Variety show to benefit Prentiss woodsman

Posted April 06, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.

Prentiss Township woodsman Dick Jipson recently suffered a stroke brought on by an aneurysm in his brain which required surgery and will keep him out of work for at least a year, according to family and friends.

Belinda Raymond and Ben Dresser are among those helping in a community effort to raise funds to cover expenses during Jipson’s long recovery.

Raymond and Dresser report the Beecher Boys and Girls Hillbilly Band and Cloggers, and Friends, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Lee-Winn Elementary School in Winn.

Admission is by donation for this delightful variety show presented by a group of fun-loving, talented volunteers who take pride and pleasure in the opportunity to help those in need.

For more information about the Hillbilly Band and Cloggers, visit http://www.HillBillyBand.com.

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Speaking of community support, Hewesway Farm owner Dana Hewes of Carmel wrote the Bangor Daily News recently “to thank each and every person who donated money, food, help and time with my benefit supper at the Carmel Snowmobile Club on March 7.”

In February, his barn roof collapsed because of heavy snow.

Hewes thanks WABI-TV for its efforts that helped “increase our turnout,” and extends “a special thanks” to his “close friend,” Valley View Septic owner Ralph Hall, “Anah Temple Second Section, Bangor Elks Lodge 244, Northwood Power Equipment of Hermon,” and family members and friends, as well as strangers, who came to his aid in so many ways.

“Again, thank you to you all,” he wrote.

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Lynn Rogers and members of River City Harmonizers invite “women singers to join the chorus to sample our unique blend of barbershop-style harmony.”

The chorus meets 7-9 p.m. Thursdays at Reedemer Lutheran Church, 540 Essex St., Bangor, so the next meeting is Thursday, April 9.

RCH is recruiting singers for “a spring show in May, with other barbershop choruses,” Rogers said of the format of “four-part, a cappella blend of harmonies that play about the lead part, which usually has the melody.”

If you are interested in singing barbershop-style “to entertain at shows, festivals, nursing homes, hospitals and benefits,” you are very welcome to join this group.

“Whatever voice range, we have a part for you,” Rogers wrote, adding that “you don’t need to be able to read music, but must be able to carry your part.”

She encourages all interested women to come “sample the singing and ring some chords” by joining RCH on Thursday.

For more information, call 884-7733.

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Unity College invites you to its third annual Sportsman’s Conference and Wild Game Dinner beginning with an art show and appetizer at 4:15 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St.

Included in the dinner menu will be duck, goose, deer, moose, beaver and bear, and Maine artists “will display nature-themed sculptures, fully mounted animals and other forms of art,” wrote Mark Tardif.

Two seminars will feature Brian Smith, president of the Maine Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, and Lee Kantar, head deer biologist for the state of Maine.

Tickets are $25 for the Gold, VIP, all-access pass, $20 for the seminar and wild-game fixings, and $15 for individual event access.

To reserve tickets, call John Sullivan, 948-SHOW, or e-mail jsullivan@unity.edu. Your tickets will be available at the door.

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Cathy Goslin reports Maine Forest and Logging Museum is seeking donated auction items for its dinner and auction May 18 at the Black Bear Inn in Orono, and that donations must be received by April 29.

Dinner tickets are $50 and reservations also must be made by April 29.

For information, call 974-6278 or e-mail info@leonardsmill.com.

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

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