Seats left for Friends of Boat School trip to Boston

Posted Aug. 14, 2009, at 5:31 p.m.

Only six seats remain for those who want to take the Friends of the Boat School coach trip to Boston Oct. 9-12 with departures from Calais, Eastport, Machias and Bangor, John Miller reported this week.

The cost of the four-day trip is $399 per person double occupancy for this “action-packed incredible adventure” that includes six meals and accommodations at the new Courtyard Marriott Boston-Billerica.

The tour includes exploring Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall Market Place as and Harvard Square, Miller wrote of the trip under the direction of Amanda Gardner.

Proceeds from the “very affordable and deluxe weekend get-away to Boston suitable for people of all ages” will benefit Friends of the Boat School and the John Pike Grady Scholarship Fund.

For reservations or information, call Miller at The Boat School-Husson University in Eastport at 853-2518, ext. 106.

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Claudia Mahlman reports Lubec Arts Alive 2009, a collaborative effort between the Union of Maine Visual Artists and Lubec residents, is “an interactive community art event” taking place Monday-Saturday, Aug. 17-22, in that Washington County community.

“Everyone is invited to pick up a paintbrush to help create a mural for the Lubec Historical Society, join us for an afternoon of cairn building at Hamilton Cove, or attend a slideshow discussion at the Lubec Memorial Library,” Mahlman wrote.

“Artists-in-residence” for the week will include Natasha Mayers, Robert Shetterly, Alan Crichton, Richard Brown Lethem, Rose Marasco, Kenny Cole, Jill Lavetsky, Diane Dahlke, Mary Bernstein, Barb Sullivan, Karen Adrienne “and more,” Mahlman wrote.

For information, visit http://lubecartsalive2009.blogspot.com.

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“They’re getting closer,” wrote Tom Walsh of the progress being made by Hancock County Habitat for Humanity in helping construct a home for the Fred Rumill family in Franklin.

“They hope to be in before the kids head back to school, the first week of September.

“What remains to be done at the building site is landscaping,” he continued and, “as a final fundraiser, the couple is taking orders for Little Caesar’s pizza kits, which include not only all the fixings for making pizza at home, but also kits for making pies, cookies, bread and other baked goodies.”

Prices range from $12 to $19, and information is available by calling April Rumill at 565-3179 or Fred Rumill at 288-6477.

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Quality Jewelers owner Sonny LeClair has announced his business is conducting an ongoing auction of items on its Web site, and that 20 percent of the proceeds from the winning bids will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

To participate, visit www.qualityjewelers.com.

According to information at that site, Susan G. Komen for the Cure was “previously known as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.”

You can view the items, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, at the store in Penobscot Plaza in Bangor.

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In Wednesday’s paper you may have read the story of 57-year-old veteran Milo firefighter Mark Demers who has cancer and only months to live.

Demers’ one wish is to attend the annual state convention of firefighters, Sept. 11-13, in Kennebunk.

In the story, the 22-year fire department member said he “only missed the first convention, the first year I joined the Fire Department,” and that he “didn’t want to miss his last convention.”

Friends and fellow firefighters, led by former Milo firefighter and current chief of emergency medical services in Etna, Steve DeWitt, are trying to raise $3,000 so Demers and his wife can attend the convention without cost to them.

The firefighters are seeking donations of $25 from 250 people to grant Demers’ last wish.

To help with this effort, you can mail your donations to Town of Milo, c/o Mark Demers, P.O. Box 218, Milo 04463.

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Although “the town’s recent financial issues caused many to believe the annual celebration could not be observed this year without funding from the town,” Hartland Historical Society secretary Jody Trost wrote, “local clubs and individuals decided otherwise,” and the Hartland Historical Society and the Hartland-St. Albans Lions Club will hold Hartland Fun Days Aug. 29.

To make this event a success, the clubs, led by HHS president Wayne Libby and Lion’s Club president Earl Weeks, are seeking volunteers, performers, vendors and craftspeople to participate.

To be part of this event, call Trost at 938-3005.

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

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