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Jewel Box Gardeners extend an invitation to tea

By Joni Averill

The Jewel Box Gardeners “is a new fellowship of garden lovers dedicated to the enjoyment and cultivation of gardens in Stillwater and Old Town,” wrote Nancy Leavitt.

This new group will hold “educational sessions for their members and an annual plant swap,” Leavitt said in inviting you to learn more about the Jewel Box Gardeners at an introductory tea at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 27, in Stillwater.

“This club is open to all who enjoy plants and gardens,” she said, and “if you are interested in attending the first meeting,” call her for more information at 827-6088 or e-mail


Tom Testa, president of the Rail Heritage Preservation Trust, invites you to its annual membership meeting and open house 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at Washington Junction off Railroad Siding Road in Ellsworth.

In addition to the meeting, the gathering commemorates the 125th anniversary of “the first train to roll into Ellsworth on the Maine Shore Line-Calais Branch Line Railroad,” Testa wrote.

You can learn about the project, board a caboose and coach and volunteer for the 2009 work season for which, Testa says, “no experience is necessary.”


This week, Belfast Garden Club invites you to enjoy the gardening and cooking skills of Barbara Walch and Charlie Krause, reports Nan Cobbey of the club.

You can enjoy the couple’s Fire Flower Gardens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 26, at 33 Knox Station Road in Thorndike, where the couple has resided for 20 years on their 10 acres.

“Their vegetable gardens are certified organic” by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Cobbey said, and chef Krause will offer “an array of appetizers” for garden guests.

A suggested donation of $3 is payable at the garden. More tour information is available at local businesses, at the Belfast Visitors Center, the birdhouse at Post Office Square or at or call chairwoman Gina Fry, 338-5345.


Kristie Miner of Westgate Manor invites your support as its staff participates in Kindred HealthCare’s 2009 Camp 4 A Cure campaign.

Miner invites you to camp out with the Westgate staff by bringing “your tent, flashlights, beverages and excitement” to the event that begins with a kickoff parade at 10:45 a.m. Friday, June 26, at Westgate, 750 Union St., Bangor.

A picnic lunch with residents is 11:30-12:30 p.m. that day, and a cookout is 4 to 6 p.m. during which donations will be graciously accepted for the Westgate Memory Walk Team’s participation in that September fundraiser.

The campout fun begins at 6 p.m. with Duane Nickerson leading campfire songs, followed by more entertainment and s’mores, Miner wrote.

If you plan to camp out, you are asked to call Tammy Leland at 942-7336 “so we can plan breakfast,” Miner wrote.


Taunton Bay Education Center in Hancock is offering some family- and children-oriented programs this summer, said summer program director Beverly Johnston.

These programs “will help families living in the communities surrounding the bay to learn more about the unique qualities of the bay and to provide information and activities that will lead families and children to be supporters and stewards of this natural gem we live near.”

The public is invited to the first lecture in the summer program at 7 p.m. Friday, June 26, at the education center in Hancock.

City College, City University of New York, developmental psychologist William Crain will discuss his book “Reclaiming Childhood: Letting Children Be Children in Our Achievement-Oriented Society.”

The next day, Johnston said, a family-oriented program designed “to promote the connection between children in the community and Taunton Bay” will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 27, at the education center.

There is no admission fee to attend either program.


Ann Carter reports the St. Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club annual field day is 2 p.m. Saturday, June 27, to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at the Alexander School parking lot on Route 9.

“Visitors are always welcome,” Carter wrote, adding that you can contact Mike Sanford at 427-3058 for further information.


Audrey Peasley wrote that the Keepers of the Old Baptist Church in Brooksville will hold a yard sale 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the clubhouse on Brooksville corner.

For more information about this event or the work of The Keepers, call Peasley at 326-8864.

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

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