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Benefit meal in Orland to aid cancer patients

By Joni Averill

Cancer Support Center of Maine will hold a benefit “BBQ Chicken Pic Nic” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at Alamoosook Lakeside Inn on Soper Road in Orland.

Tickets are $25 but, reports executive director Barbara Vittum, they should be purchased in advance “to adequately prepare the right amount of food and drink.”

Tickets are available at Frank’s Bake Shop in Bangor, at BookStacks and CSCM, both on Main Street in Bucksport, or by calling CSCM at 469-6363.

This event, which features “chicken with all the fixings, salads, desserts non-alcoholic beverages and much more,” Vittum wrote, will offer attendees the opportunity to enjoy “the natural elegance of the shores of Alamoosook Lake and allow the community to come together to support cancer patients and their loved ones.”

You can eat inside or bring your own blanket and eat outside.

George Lirakis of Harborside will entertain with his “folk, Irish and music of the sea,” and beer and wine will be available for purchase.

CSCM serves residents of Penobscot, Hancock and Waldo counties and is kicking off its $100,000 “We Can Help — You Can Help” fundraiser to establish a Direct Client Service Fund for “cancer patients in dire situations” plus outreach and educational programs, Vittum explained.

For more information about CSCM, its services and needs, stop by the office at 147 Main St., call the number, or visit


Gaynor Reynolds and folks at Ecotat Gardens invite you to enjoy the music of Six Basin Street Dixieland Band at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, at Ecotat on the corner of Route 2 and Annis Road in Hermon.

Reynolds reminds you to bring a lawn chair and park in the Annis Road parking area.


“Finding Dorcas: Restoring the OLD Corea Cemetery” is the title of a presentation by Corea Grange member Jennifer Stucker beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, at Corea Grange Hall, 64 Crowley Island Road.

Gail Ruland reports that Stucker will offer “a slide presentation and discuss the work that has been going on for the past three summers to reclaim Corea’s first town cemetery from the alders.”

It is believed the last known burial there was in 1895, Ruland added, and she hopes “people will join us … to share their recollections and family stories and help fill in some of the blanks.”

Refreshments will be served and donations accepted to help with expenses of this project.

For more information, call Stucker at 963-8826 or e-mail


Pat Crowe is one of those involved with planning the 50th reunion of the former Eastern Maine General Hospital of Bangor Nursing Class of 1959, which begins with a tour of Eastern Maine Medical Center at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, on State Street in Bangor.

The evening activities begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7:30 p.m. at the Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road in Bangor.

“Most of the class is still living in Maine,” Crowe said, but attendees are expected from Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho and New Jersey.

Anyone with information on missing classmate Barbara Nickerson Rouleau, formerly of Swanville, may call Crowe at 480-831-2078.


Like many of you, I feel I’ve known Ron Brown, who died Tuesday, all my life.

In reality, I first became acquainted with him when I began working for the BDN sports desk 30 years ago.

When I think of Ron, the former educator and coach who worked in both the private and professional sector, I instantly recall the words of my old high school team motto: “It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game that counts.”

Ron, who died of renal failure at 58, played the game of life just about as well as anyone could wish, given his high expectations for himself and others, and the limitations his body placed on those expectations.

By Ron’s example, alone, and through his teaching and coaching, he emphasized the importance of good sportsmanship, regardless of what is going on around you, or what is going on within you.

To his wife, Shelly Brown, his sister, Debbie Additon, their children, families and friends, I offer my deepest condolences.

Somehow, it’s comforting to think that when Ron entered the ultimate arena, he was wrapped in the comfort of the “Good Sportsmanship of Life” banner.

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

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