Area hosts needed for AFS student program

Posted June 26, 2009, at 9:11 p.m.

Those of us who have been part of the American Field Service high school exchange program, either as host families or a participating student, know well how such an experience enhances our lives.

Nancy Grant of Orono wonders if our readers “know that the world can fit into your home?”

Grant wrote that “you could learn this by hosting an AFS student from one of more than 50 countries,” and she asks that you consider becoming an American host family for AFS.

“AFS families are people who care about youth, education, the future and the world,” she wrote.

“Host families are people who are willing to take time to share with a new member of their family” in a situation that “can create a lifetime friendship with another person and, often, with a different family in another part of the world.”

To learn more about hosting an AFS student, call Grant at 866-4542 or visit the AFS Web site at www.afsusa.org.

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The public is invited to participate in a 2-kilometer walkathon to benefit the family of SeDoMoCha Elementary School first-grader Jonathan Mullis, who is undergoing treatment for brain cancer.

The walkathon begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at the Foxcroft Academy Track in Dover-Foxcroft.

Organizers urge you to “bring your families and join us in the safety of the fenced-in FA Track complex.”

All pledge donations “will benefit Jonathan’s family as they head to Boston for his stem-cell treatment,” and “pledge sheets and more information are available” by calling Chrissy Goodine at 564-0739.

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Betty Littlefield has announced that the first Brooks Historical Society Open House “of the season” is 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at the BHS Museum, the Pilley House, 11 Moosehead Trail in Brooks.

The guest exhibitor will be Phyllis Humphrey Gaul of Gaul’s Antiques in Searsport, who “will show antique signs relating to Brooks history,” Littlefield said, along with “a watercolor of the railroad station” and an unidentified painting of a Brooks homestead titled “Aunt Ware’s House.”

Littlefield added that “a special exhibit, Creating with Fabrics with Brooks Women,” will also be on view, and visitors can also watch videos of Brooks residents and enjoy refreshments, at any time, on the porch.

There is no admission fee to attend this event, “but free-will donations are welcome,” Littlefield added.

For your planning purposes, the society will host Young at Heart Day in August.

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Jill Lang of Pen Bay Healthcare in Rockland is asking readers who might have “antiques, old collections or Grandma’s silverware packed away in the attic” to “consider donating them to the PBH Foundation “as a charitable donation” to be included in an auction “this summer, with proceeds to benefit the foundation.”

The foundation requests items for the auction be donated by Tuesday, July 7.

“During this yard sale season,” Lang wrote, PBH “would like to remind the community that valuable items can be donated to benefit charity health care in our community.”

For more information about this donation request, Lang wrote, you should call Sherry Gagne at 594-6711 or e-mail her at sgagne@penbayhealthcare.org.

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Shirley Page Craig of Brewer called to remind members of Brewer High School Class of 1964 that its 45th Reunion is 6 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at Peakes Hill Lodge in Dedham.

To review information about this very special gathering, you can visit www.classmates.com, call Craig at 989-4519, or write her at 133 Silk St., Brewer 04412.

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Zelma Merritt wrote that members of Caribou High School Class of 1949 are preparing for a reunion scheduled for Aug. 1, and reunion organizers “have been unable to locate a number of classmates.”

Merritt requests that “if any member of the Class of 1949 has not been contacted,” you should “get in touch” with her by writing Merritt, 837 Sweden St., Caribou 04736, or call her at 492-7941.

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Here’s a reminder from members of Bangor-Brewer Kiwanis that your contributions are really needed to help Bangor be the host site for another spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display over the Penobscot River.

The Kiwanians need to raise $25,000 to finance this year’s display, and they are still a few thousand dollars short of that goal.

To make a contribution, mail your donation to Greater Bangor July 4th Corp. in care of Bangor Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 1161, Bangor 04402-1161.

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

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