UM math department cookbook aids colleague

Posted June 14, 2009, at 9:02 p.m.

During a December vacation in Hawaii, Sergey Lvin, a member of the mathematics department at the University of Maine in Orono, was hit by a “very large wave” and suffered a spinal cord injury that has left him paralyzed, according to information provided by his UMaine colleagues.

Hospitalized in Hawaii, flown to Boston for surgery and transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor to begin rehabilitation, Lvin is now at home and “making good progress,” according to his colleagues.

In the meantime, Andre Khalil reports, an account has been established to help the family “defray the massive, uninsured expenses” related to Lvin’s accident.

That account, Benefit for Sergey Lvin, is at University Credit Union on Rangeley Road in Orono.

While anyone can donate to the account, members of the UMaine math department also are offering an opportunity to purchase a collection of their best recipes in “Cooking for Sergey.”

The cookbook can be downloaded at www.math.umaine.edu by clicking on the Cooking for Sergey link.

Direct contributions to help the family can be made by e-mailing cookingforsergey@yahoo.com; writing a check to Benefit for Sergey Lvin and mailing it to or leaving it with Khalil, Dept. of Mathematics, 324 or 333 Neville Hall, University of Maine, Orono 04469.

Donations also may be mailed to Cathy Brown, 14 Tallwood Drive, Milford 04461, and a receipt for tax purposes can be provided to anyone who makes a contribution.

Their colleagues and friends want everyone to know that the Lvin family is “deeply grateful for your kind support.”

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Nancy Winter Spooner e-mailed that Bucksport High School Class of 1956 will meet for lunch at noon Tuesday, June 16, at the Bucksport Senior Center.

To sign up, call Spooner at 584-3803.

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Susan Clifford of the American Cancer Society reminds readers two activities are open to the public during the Relay for Life of the Katahdin Region on Friday, June 19, at Stearns High School in Millinocket.

First is the Cancer Survivors Lap at 6 p.m. for cancer survivors, and second is the luminaria ceremony at 10 p.m. when candle lanterns will be lit to remember those who have died of cancer and those who have survived.

For more information, call ACS at 800-ACS-2345 or visit www.relayforlife.org/katahdinme.

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Immediate fundraising is essential for members of the Milo Historical Society as they work to acquire matching funds for a grant to help repair their museum, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Kathryn Horne Witham said.

One fundraiser will be a baked bean and ham supper 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, June 19, at Milo Town Hall.

Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12 for the meal prepared by “some of Milo’s best cooks,” Witham wrote.

Tickets are available at the door, and “any shut-ins from Milo” who would like to have their meal delivered the night of the supper can call Witham at 943-2112 “a day or two prior to the dinner” to make those arrangements, she wrote.

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June Fiske reminds readers that the sixth annual Canoe Hullabaloo begins with a concert and barbecue Friday, June 19, at Riverside Park in Old Town.

Activities on Saturday, June 20, include a car show, food vendors, children’s games, musical and dance entertainment “and the opportunity to try your skill on the river” in an Old Town Canoe Co. kayak or canoe.

The sponsoring Friends of the River Coalition welcomes anyone who would like to be a vendor or have a display booth on Saturday.

For more information about vendor or booth opportunities, call Fiske at 827-5144 or e-mail JEMFisk@aol.com.

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

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