June 22, 2018
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Downeast Circus Band is coming to Bucksport

By Joni Averill

Everyone will enjoy the Downeast Center Ring Circus Band Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 10, at the Bucksport Performing Arts Center at the end of Miles Lane.

That’s a guarantee!

University of Maine at Machias associate professor of music Gene Nichols and more than 40 other performers, including well-known local musicians such as Don Blodgett of Orland and musicians from New Brunswick to Florida, will bring you to your feet as you clap and sing along with them.

And while the concert is free, Bob Pentland of Lamoine reminds attendees any amount you feel comfortable donating will benefit music scholarships awarded to students residing in Hancock, Penobscot and Washington counties.

Pentland reports the program has grown from two scholarships 12 years ago to 22 in 2008 and to date has awarded approximately 118 scholarships.

Special program support has been provided by the town of Bucksport, Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bangor Band and the Brewer Hometown Band.

Circus Band secretary and treasurer Martha Pedrick will preside over the award announcements, Pentland wrote.

Students interested in applying for scholarships should e-mail her at mpedrick@mindspring.com or write Joni Wardell, 480 Castine Road, Orland 04472.


Barbara Falls e-mailed to let our readers know that the “shelves are overflowing with household items at bargain prices” at Holy Family Thrift Shop, 9 a.m. 1-p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays on Carroll Street in Old Town.

“You can get most clothes for 50 cents a pound,” Falls wrote, “plus there are weekly clothing specials priced slightly higher.

“Proceeds serve the area needy.”


Doug Johnson wrote the Stonington Public Library seventh annual House Tour, Exploring Oceanville, is 1-4 p.m. Friday, July 10.

“This is a major fundraiser for the library,” Johnson wrote. The self-guided tour features “six Oceanville homes as well as the Oceanville Baptist Church.”

For tickets, call Mary Blackmore, 367-2409; the library, 367-5926; or e-mail stoningtonlbrary@stonington.lib.me.us.


Next up for the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts summer and fall concert series is a benefit celebrating the Friends of Unity Wetlands 5th Anniversary, reports Mark Tardif.

Peggy Seeger appears at 7 p.m. Friday, July 10, at the center, 42 Depot St., Unity.

Tickets are $15 and are available through www.unitymaine.org/theatre; by calling 948-SHOW; at the Music Gallery, Waterville; Crosstrax Restaurant, Unity; Cobbossee Coffee, Hallowell; Java Joe’s, Augusta and at The Old Mill Pub, Skowhegan.


Writing for the Maine Commission for Community Service, Rochelle Runge reminds readers VolunteerMaine AmeriCorps VISTA Project is recruiting individuals “to fill AmeriCorps VISTA positions across Maine.

“These positions offer a living allowance and many other benefits,” Runge wrote of what she describes as “a great opportunity for someone looking to gain new skills while giving back to the community.”

The release states “AmeriCorps benefits can include a $900 living allowance, health care, training, career skills and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award worth up to $4,725 to pay for college or to pay off student loans.”

You can learn about these opportunities and apply online at www.AmeriCorps.gov.

For more information about the VolunteerMaine VISTA Project, call Meredith Eaton, VISTA Leader, 941-2800, ext. 207, or e-mail meredith@unitedwayem.org.


David DeMerchant and members of the Caribou High School Class of 1959 Reunion Committee need your help.

Their 50th Class Reunion is planned for Saturday, Aug. 29, but they have been unable to locate several of their classmates, DeMerchant wrote.

Among the CHS ’59 “missing” are Chester Albert, Sonda Holmes Hill, Marvin Jacobs, Jerry Kidney, Kathleen Maguire Young, Joyce McIntyre Shephard, Harlan “Bud” Lombard, Jack Long, Huntley Pierson, Eldora Rockwell Scott, David Steeves and Betty York Moody.

Anyone with any information about these individuals can write Liz Gagnon Stickles, 70 Spring St., Caribou 04736, call her at 492-4141, or call DeMerchant at 498-3406.


Lisa Gleeson of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine wrote to thank supporters for helping raise $85,378 during the Walk for Wishes May 28 at nine Maine locations.

“Despite the job losses, salary freezes, gas prices and the stock market,” Gleeson wrote, and “despite the pouring rain that came down from the sky, Mainers stepped up to the plate” to raise “more money this year than last year!”

Enough funds were raised, Gleeson explained, “to grant about 14 wishes to Maine children facing life-threatening medical conditions.”

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

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