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Jill McGowan clothing sale to aid Pittsfield library

By Joni Averill

For several years Jill McGowan and sister Jolene McGowan of Jill McGowan Inc. in Portland have returned to their hometown with clothing from the McGowan line to be sold at discount prices to benefit a project near and dear to the heart of their mother, Ann McGowan, who chairs the Pittsfield Public Library Building Project.

During a two-day event, the sisters donate 20 percent of the proceeds from each sale to the library’s building project.

This year’s sale, their mother reports is 3-7 p.m. Friday, May 8, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at 103 Main St., in the former Heidi Ann’s flower shop.

Ann McGowan and daughter Jennifer McGowan will assist with the fundraiser, and Ann McGowan is pleased to report that “a considerable amount of restoration work has already been completed” at the library, and that groundbreaking for the facility’s expansion project has been “tentatively” scheduled for June.

Made in Maine, Jill McGowan clothing is sold at high-end shops throughout the country.


Mary Bird, program chair of Page Farm and Home Museum, invites you to a free Brown Bag Lunch presentation, The Art of Feed Sacks, at noon Friday, May 8, at Page Farm on the University of Maine campus in Orono.

“Sharon Quinn Fitzgerald will share her research on the history, design and uses of feed sacks and show examples from private collections as well as the museum’s treasure trove,” Bird wrote.

Among those items “will be a contemporary quilt that Sharon created from heirloom feed sack scraps, and a feed sack from the collection” of the late Brownie Schrumpf.


Perhaps this year, more than most, your participation in the 17th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive to “Stamp Out Hunger” can make a major difference in the lives of others.

Tom Rizzo e-mailed that you are asked to leave nonperishable food items by your mailbox Saturday, May 9, where they will be picked up by letter carriers for delivery to area food distribution sites for the needy.

If you have questions about this drive, ask your letter carrier or contact your post office.


Dena Whitehead reports Fourteenth Street School PTO will hold a yard sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, rain or shine, at the Bangor school.

Proceeds from the yard sale, she wrote, will help fund the purchase of new playground equipment for our school.


Hermon High School student council advisors Venise Treadwell and Janice Clain and their advisees invite you to their Spring Dress Swap, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 9, in the HHS gymnasium.

If you have semiformal or prom dresses to donate before the swap, they may be left at the HHS main office in care of Treadwell.

Open to everyone (with the exception of resale shops), the dresses will be available for a nominal donation with proceeds benefiting Children’s Miracle Network of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.

“We hope this will help families in these tough economic times,” the advisers wrote of the event that student council members, including president Rachel Taggart, Kassie Foss, Alex Lynds, Justin Holbrook, Shannon Hall and Caitlynn Barrows, have organized.


All Souls Church music director Kay Byther Eames invites you to hear 14 young pianists in grades six through 12 during the Student Piano Performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the church, 10 Broadway in Bangor.

Students Sandra Blanchette, Paulina Glazman, Sarah Pendleton, Jean Sigler, Patricia Stowell, Tamara Thomas and Joanne Westin will perform on the Arlan A. Baillie Steinway grand piano.

The public is invited and there is no admission.


Ben Dresser e-mailed the Beecher Boys ’n Girls and Cloggers will be fundraising again, this time for members of East Millinocket First Congregational Church.

The Beecher Boys ’n Girls and Cloggers will have you laughing, stomping your feet and clapping your hands when they appear at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the church, 11 Maple St.

Admission is free, but any donations you place in the basket by the door will benefit the church’s music program.

For information about this fundraiser, call Kelly Willigar at 746-9982.

For information about the activities of the Beecher Boys ‘n Girls, call Dresser at 944-5634 or Joe Cannon at 327-1278.

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

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