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‘Real’ Middle East topic of Orono church event

By Joni Averill

The public is cordially invited to “learn about the real Middle East from real people” when members of Church of Universal Fellowship host a two-part “public dialogue on the real Arab World, not just terrorists and tyrants, but real people,” wrote Wendall Tremblay of the program titled The Real Middle East.

You are invited to meet with “two Orono locals, Ali Aghamossa, who owns the Orono Pharmacy, and Hind Derar, a graduate student and teacher of Arabic” at the University of Maine in Orono, who “will make brief presentations and then lead a discussion about the Real Middle East,” Tremblay wrote.

You can attend either or both programs, which begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, at the church on Main Street in Orono.

Tremblay said the men “will talk about the history, culture and religions of some of the many countries that make up what we know as the Arab World.”

The hosts believe the free presentation offers discussion on “a timely topic with two articulate and knowledgeable people,” Tremblay said, adding church members are excited about the program and hope people will attend.


Good luck to all Maine Future Farmers of America competitors who are participating, 1-5 p.m. today in the Agricultural Mechanics portion of the Maine FFA State Competition in the welding and automotive departments at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor.

Elizabeth Clayton of EMCC reports 20 students, ages 14 through 18, will compete in teams of four in the “skill components of Agricultural Mechanics” that breaks “down into welding, small engine repair, parts identification and electrical” in a competition that involves “both hands-on and written tests.”


The Rev. Suzie Gowie and members of First Congregational Church of Brooks invite you to their Flea Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the church.

Table rental is $10. More information and table rental reservations can be made by calling 342-5223.


Members of St. James Episcopal Church Outreach Committee are conducting their annual Baby Shower for Crossroads Ministries in Old Town and are asking that you contribute items to help Crossroads help others.

Community members can drop off donated items between 9 and 11:30 a.m. on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, at St. James Episcopal Church on the corner of Center and Main streets in Old Town.

Outreach team leader Paula Baines wrote that the requested baby necessity items include diapers, training pants, baby wipes, baby shampoo, powder, lotion, diaper rash cream, formula and baby cereal.

You are invited to attend the church’s Mother’s Day celebration at 10 a.m. and the extended coffee hour at 11 a.m.


The public is invited to attend the Skowhegan-Madison Elks Lodge annual Mother’s Day ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at the lodge, 21 Silver St., Skowhegan.

Mike Lange reports the ceremony “will be followed by the announcement of the 2008-09 Mother of the Year by past Exalted Ruler Julie Washburn,” and “the new honoree will be crowned by last year’s Mother of the Year, Deborah Tanner of Skowhegan.”

Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. More information is available by calling 474-3111 or e-mailing


Members of the Hermon Fire Department Auxiliary are gathering items for their fourth annual yard sale on May 30, and they would appreciate your contributions.

Ann Byers, Mary DiBona and Vickie Gonyea report “we are in need of clean, saleable items,” and if you have something to donate, you can call “to arrange for pickup or to make arrangements for you to deliver to us.”

They ask that you do not drop off items at the fire station because there is “no place to store them there.”

To make a donation, call Byers, 848-5067; DiBona, 848-5106 or Gonyea, 848-5615.


Joanne Jordan of the Maine Cancer Foundation reminds readers to be looking for the 40,000 pink tulips that will “bloom at 70 public garden sites across Maine” this month, as part of the foundation’s Pink Tulip Project.

“The project commemorates the challenge of breast cancer and the celebration of hope that research and education provide,” Jordan wrote. “Signs are posted at each Pink Tulip Project site.”

There are six sites in Bangor. Others are in Bar Harbor, Blue Hill, Greenville, Guilford, Houlton, Lincoln, Madison, Milbridge, Millinocket, Milo, the University of Maine, Orono and Washington County.

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

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