April 26, 2018
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Mental illness education offered for families

By Joni Averill

The National Alliance for Mental Illness of Bangor is sponsoring its free 12-week Family Education Course beginning Monday, July 13, at Acadia Hospital in Bangor.

“Trained family members have taught this course for 14 years now,” Nancy Grimes wrote. It has educated more than 220 families in the Bangor area.

“People with an illness, and their families and friends, are urged to consider this course.

“In addition to learning about all the major mental illnesses, students will learn about the brain’s biology, medications, self care, treatment and recovery, and much more.”

If you are interested in participating, register by calling Tammy Jipson at 951-9153.

Grimes added that, last May, the local NAMI team, The Beautiful Minds of Bangor, “joined 54 other NAMI teams” in raising more than $130,000 in NAMI’s Walk for the Mind of America campaign.

“This funding helps to continue our education programs, statewide Crisis Hot Line, police Crisis Intervention Team training and last but not least,” Grimes wrote, “it helps NAMI Maine fight to make Maine a place where there is no stigma about mental illness and people can get equal quality of medical help and treatment services.”


Today is the final day you can view a U.S. flag “made by Newport residents during the American Civil War, between 1861 and 1865,” wrote Joanna Tarrazi, director of the Newport Cultural Center.

The flag is on display at NCC, 154 Main St.

The flag has 34 stars and has been on display since Flag Day, June 14, “to honor all who have served our country,” Tarrazi wrote.


Preceding next week’s Jonesboro Bicentennial activities, Suzanne Plaisted reports the American Girl Pageant will be at 6 tonight at the University of Maine Performing Arts Center in Machias.

Fifty entrants are competing in three age categories: 5-7, 8-12 and 13-18.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 5 and under and seniors 65 and older.

According to the registration, the pageant purpose is “to remind young women of their self worth and the importance of remaining true to themselves.”


Ron Knowles reports American Jamboree will hold the first “Maine Country Music Hall of Fame Show north of Bangor” 2-6 p.m. Sunday, July 12, at the Milo Town Hall.

Admission is a donation at the door for the event that benefits the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame Museum in Mechanic Falls.

Performers will include Hall of Famers Fred “Tommy” Thompson, Lucky “Tim” Farrell, Slim Andrews, Sonny Bickford, Bob Elston, Ginger Mae, Jackie King, Lefty Dean, Bing Crosby, Elton Record, Dick Henderson, Russ Adams and Norm Decoteau.

The benefit includes refreshments and a 50-50 raffle.


Nancy Herr invites you to the Ruggles House Society Ice Cream Social 1-3 p.m. Sunday, July 12, at 146 Main St., Columbia Falls.

The event includes “free tours and ice cream to thank supporters, and to introduce new visitors to the historic house museum,” Herr said.

For more information, call 483-4637.


A benefit supper for Scott Ames of Orland begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 12, at Toziers II in Bucksport.

Admission is $5 for meals of beans, hot dogs, turkey, pasta and potato salads, finger rolls, desserts, tea and coffee.

Paula Bartley said that the 47-year-old Ames, who is diabetic, has had a stroke and heart attack.

The fundraiser includes a raffle and silent auction, and more information is available by calling 469-3792 or 469-7792.


Gillyin Gatto reports a free Reiki clinic will be held the second Sunday of each month “with doors opening at 2:30 p.m. for practitioners” and sessions for clients at 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., which means the next clinic is Sunday, July 12, at St. Aidan’s Community Room in Machias.

Practitioners who would like to participate or individuals who would like to make an appointment should call Gatto at 255-4515 or e-mail bobcatpath@207me.com.

The clinic is sponsored by Reiki master Walt Loring and facilitated by Gatto, who is a Reiki III practitioner.


Toni Mailloux reminds members of the Swan Lake Association that its meeting begins with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Monday, July 13, at the Swanville Town Office.

You are asked to “bring a dish to share,” Mailloux wrote.

After dinner, at 6:30 p.m., Susan Gallo of Maine Audubon will discuss “Birds on the Lake.”

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

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