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Auction to benefit Old Town Rotary charities

By Joni Averill

More than 150 items are up for bid in the third annual Old Town Rotary Club Auction with doors opening at 4:30 p.m., dinner at 5 p.m. and the live and silent auctions at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Best Western Black Bear Inn in Orono.

Admission is $15. Tickets are available at Carl’s Barber Shop and Gossamer Press in Old Town, and at the door.

Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Oak Street Softball Field Restoration Project, Crossroads Ministries and other Rotary charities.

According to information provided by Jennifer Fogel and Dave Wollstadt, the “celebrity auctioneer will be the ever-popular Rev. Bob Carlson,” and items up for bid include furniture “handcrafted by Rotarians or friends of Rotary, including a swing set, 4-shelf oak bookcase and a teak and ash blanket chest.”

A detailed list of items is available at the club’s Web site,

“The Oak Street Field project is a community-wide effort to refurbish the softball field at the Leonard Middle School,” Wollstadt said of the field used by “150-200 girls on 11 local Little League, American Softball Association and school teams,” and the effort is “just $18,000 shy of its $140,000 goal,” he added.

Crossroads Ministries serves people in Greater Old Town who need help with “flood, clothing and hope.”

During the past two years, this event has raised more than $30,000 for Rotary donations to the Old Town Save the Pool Campaign, the Maine Youth Fish and Game Association and Penobscot Community Health.


Today is the last day you can make reservations to attend the East Sangerville Grange Mother’s Day Gourmet Dinner at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at the Grange.

The dinner, which features corn pancakes with sea scallops in cream, and chicken with fennel and rosemary en papillote, will be cooked and served by the “very talented” members of the Grange, according to a release, and the meal will be followed by “the famous Grange Desserts.”

The cost of the five-course meal is $30, and all proceeds benefit the Grange.

To make your reservations, call Alan Bray, 564-2722.

The Grange recently received a $5,000 donation from a community member and Grange members want to match this donation to make needed repairs to the building.

“We already did quite a bit of work on the building this year,” Bray reported of repair to the chimney and foundation, and the installation of a vapor barrier beneath the building.

However, he added, “This old hall needs lots of tender-loving care, and this dinner is a great way to help the Grange while celebrating our mothers.”


Beanna Pinkham of Schoodic Arts for All announces the group “is kicking off its busy season” with the Aurora Jazz Project at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Hammond Hall, 427 Main St., Winter Harbor.

Admission is $15 for adults, $7 for students, free for children under 12. Part one of six of the Schoodic Arts for All Jazz & Classical Concert Series, a season pass is $75.

For information, call 963-2569, e-mail or visit

Pinkham describes this program as “funky, freewheeling, cool bop crossed with a jam band. Miles meets Soulive at a Monk show.”

Aurora Jazz Project features Mark Tasker on trumpet, Colin Graebert on keyboards, Austin Hodges on drums and Gaylen Smith on bass.


Ethelyn Treworgy reports Three Rivers Kiwanis Club of Milo and Brownville will hold its ninth annual variety show, “Classics from Yesterday and Today,” 7-9 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Milo Town Hall Arts Center.

Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children, $20 for families.

Proceeds benefit Reading is Fundamental programs for SAD 41 elementary schools.

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

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