May 21, 2018
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Brewer food cupboard seeks donated larger space

By Joni Averill

Volunteers of the Brewer Christian Food Cupboard are asking readers whether anyone out there needs “a tax write-off.”

Cindy McEwen says if you do, you can receive that tax incentive by providing BCFC with free space “to serve the needy in our community.”

After more that 25 years of service, BCFC is looking for a larger space, in Brewer, McEwen explained of the facility that has been housed in a 10-foot-by-20-foot “closet generously provided by St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church at 21 Holyoke St., Brewer.”

McEwen said the food cupboard has averaged 261 individuals a month as clients this year, “and, because it is our vision to give more food to each person, we have outgrown our space.”

The food cupboard serves residents of Brewer, Orrington, Holden, Dedham, Eddington and Clifton “who are in need of supplemental food.”

The food cupboard volunteers wonder whether “some charitable person, or company, may have a building or small piece of land, located in Brewer, to donate to us.”

If you are that individual or business owner, call Jim Roche at 949-4944 to discuss this situation.

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Gail Ruland reports that “in celebration of the International Year of Natural Fibres 2009,” a Fiber Arts Show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 28, through Sunday, July 5, at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor, and fiber art creation exhibitors are invited to participate.

Daily demonstrations of fiber art techniques are planned for 1 to 4 p.m. with knitting on Monday, June 29; quilting, Tuesday, June 30; spinning, Wednesday, July 1; rug hooking, Thursday, July 2; and weaving Friday, July 3.

If you would like to be an exhibitor, call Ruland at 963-7849 or e-mail

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Patricia Murphy, executive director of Eastern Maine AIDS Network, reports that EMAN is participating in National HIV Testing Day with free, rapid, HIV antibody testing, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 26, at EMAN, 370 Harlow St., Bangor.

Results will be available “in approximately 20 minutes,” Murphy wrote of this program that includes counseling and safer-sex supplies.

An annual campaign of the National Association of People with AIDS, this year’s state of Maine focus, Murphy wrote, encourages and empowers women to make HIV testing “a routine part of their annual checkup.”

For information about National HIV Testing Day, visit

For EMAN information, visit

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The Corinth United Methodist Church annul Strawberry Festival will offer seatings at 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the church, 275 Main St., and reservations are required.

The cost is $7.50 for adults, $5 for children under age 10. Make your reservation by calling the church office at 285-3557.

The facility is handicapped-accessible.

Proceeds from this event, Susan Darling wrote, “help CUMC fund meals for friends, which is served Monday and Wednesday at the church dining hall.”

If you have questions about this ministry, she added, contact the church office.

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Lois Hand Doughty e-mailed that members of Hermon High School Class of 1969 are unable to locate some classmates, “and would appreciate any information anyone can provide.”

Doughty says the Hermon Alumni All-classes Reunion 2009 will be July 17-18 and will honor HHS Classes of 1939, 1949, 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989 and 1999.

Among the HHS ’69 “missing” are George Wescott, William Doyle, Dennis Frost, Joline Gray, Myra Wartluff, William Harris, Kenneth Fitz, Neil Greenacre, Robert Miller, Peter Treadwell Roy Hallett, Michael Berry, Karen Rich and Kathy Rich.

If you can help locate these individuals, you are asked to call Doughty at 942-0033, or Ruth Parsons Rambo at 942-1015.

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

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