Bangor celebrations to honor our nation’s flag

Posted June 10, 2009, at 5:44 p.m.

People in our area have two wonderful opportunities to celebrate Flag Day, Sunday, June 14.

The first event, hosted by Children of the American Revolution Moses Greenleaf Chapter, is a Flag Retirement Ceremony at 1 p.m. that day, at Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor.

Windy Keith reports participants will include Boy and Girl Scouts, the Bangor Fire Department, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, Hermon Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Honor Guard, the 195th Army Band of the Maine Army National Guard, the state president of the Sons of the American Revolution and members of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Keith hopes this event, in which flags no longer in useable condition are burned, will help “bring a sense of awareness” about how the American flag “is supposed to be handled,” under a variety of circumstances.

The public is invited to attend.

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The next event is a Flag Day celebration organized by Mary Drew of Orono, who invites you to join in celebrating our flag at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 14, along the Bangor Waterfront.

The rain location is the Bangor Parks and Recreation Center on Main Street.

This event, Drew explained, features “the Marine Corps League, musician Hal Wheeler, the Dirigo Wind Band with vocalist Thomas Gillett,” excerpts from President Lincoln’s speeches, the Mary Drew Dancers, the Carousel Cloggers and readings about the flag by pupils of Glenburn Elementary School.

“Betsy Ross” and “Martha Washington” will be there, and Drew hopes “people will take the time to join in the celebration” of all that our flag stands for.

“This is a great opportunity for families to bring kids and celebrate Flag Day on the Bangor Waterfront.”

If you wish to participate, call Drew at 745-1621 or e-mail psdrewmk@aol.com.

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Roberta Griffiths reports Friday, June 12, is the deadline to purchase tickets for the Presque Isle Sesquicentennial Celebration Progressive Supper beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 14, with guests leaving their cars in the municipal parking lot on Second Street.

There you will board buses to travel to the participating historic churches.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served at Presque Isle Congregational Church and Bethany Baptist Church.

The second course is at State Street Baptist Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church with the main course being served at Grant Memorial United Methodist Church, and dessert at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Tickets are $10 and are available at Goin’ Postal, Aroostook Centre Mall and the Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce.

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Sherry French e-mailed information about the Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce Outdoor Expo and Family Fun Day.

That event begins with registration for a 5K race at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 13, on the campus of Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft.

The day includes softball games, lots of food, relay and other races, a variety of contests from putting to pie-eating, and ends with a 7 p.m. dance at the Red Barn.

Young children will enjoy everything from a bounce house to patting a puppy.

You can register and receive more information by calling PCC at 564-7533.

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Representatives of Quarry Hill of Pen Bay Healthcare invite you to help celebrate its seventh anniversary with a 1940s-style Big Band Bash, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at the Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill in Camden.

Admission is free, and the event will be inside if it rains.

For information about this residential facility for adults 55 and older, call 230-6116 or visit www.quarryhill.org.

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Lunches, plants, large furniture and just about everything else awaits you at the fourth Charlotte Fire Department and Rescue Big Yard and Bake Sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at the CFD.

This fundraiser is sponsored by the CFRD Auxiliary to benefit the work of the department.

To donate items in good condition, call Ken Carter at 454-7823, or to donate large items, call Jeff Orchard at 454-3536. Televisions and computers, however, are not being accepted.

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Jim Bird reports Orono Bog Boardwalk volunteers are hosting their sixth annual yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 13, at 139 Main St., Orono.

The rain date is the next day.

“This annual sale helps us raise money for the operations and maintenance of the Orono Bog Boardwalk, as well as for our endowment,” Bird wrote of this fundraiser that features “something for everyone.”

To donate items, call Bird at 866-2578.

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

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