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Nominate a Red Cross Real Hero by Sept. 18

By Joni Averill

The deadline for nominating the most heroic person, or people, you know for the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross 2009 Real Heroes Awards is Friday, Sept. 18.

Chapter executive director Shannon Flavin Cox reminds readers that “Real Heroes” are Maine residents “whose acts of courage, kindness and selflessness have helped save lives, or enriched our communities,” and that their heroic acts must have taken place between July 2008 and Sept. 1, 2009.

The awards will be presented during the 13th annual Real Heroes Breakfast Nov. 19 at the Bangor Civic Center.

Nomination forms are available by calling PTC at 941-2903 in Bangor, 667-4737 in Ellsworth or 594-4576 in Rockland, at or at any PTC office.

You are reminded that nominees must live, study or work in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Knox, Waldo, Hancock or Washington counties.

Having been a regular attendee at this very special annual event, which never fails to bring me to tears, I can attest to the fact that there are some wonderful people in our area who are very deserving of this award, and I hope the nominations are plentiful.

This event is co-sponsored by WABI TV 5 and its sister station, the CW.

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Violist Margret Hjaltested and pianist Bruce Potterton are the performers for this week’s Mary Potterton Memorial Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, at Lubec Congregational Christian Church.

The intermission refreshments will be provided by Quoddy Regional Land Trust, and you can obtain information about transportation by the Concert Boat from Eastport by calling 853-4574.

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Susan Jonason of Avalon Village reports that the first of its new monthly House Concert Series is 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the Manor House at Avalon Village in Hampden.

Admission for nonresidents of Avalon is $8 and advance reservations are requested since seating is limited.

For reservations, call 862-5100, ext. 11.

This performance features the Blue Hill father-daughter duo of Walter and Chloe Gaffney-Kessell, who have released a new CD, “2 Voices, 1 Guitar.”

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Richard Newcomb of Friends of Hamlin encourages anyone interested in the man who served as vice president during Abraham Lincoln’s first term to attend the commemoration of Hannibal Hamlin’s 200th birthday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the site of Hamlin’s birthplace on Paris Hill.

If you’ve never visited this part of our state and do appreciate Maine history, it is worth the trip to my hometown area, especially Paris Hill, which offers beautiful views of the White Mountains and has many lovely old homes, an old granite jail built in 1822 that serves as the Hamlin Library and Museum and a church with a Paul Revere bell.

Many events are planned for the day, Newcomb wrote, and you can call him in Hampden at 862-3633 for more information.

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Mark Tardif of Unity College reminds golfers the Unity Barn Raisers fourth annual Golf Classic begins with registration at 8 a.m. and golf at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at Natanis Golf Course on Webber Pond Road in Vassalboro.

The fee is $100 per golfer and includes a cart, gift bag and lunch.

Prizes include $10,000 for a hole-in-one, a 50-50 putting contest, closest to the pin, low gross top three, low net top three and a 50-50 raffle.

To register, call 948-9005 or e-mail

Charlie Schaefer and Bob Cartier, both of Unity, are co-chairing the event which will help “support economic vitality, rural vitality and community health and wellness in the western Waldo County area,” Tardif wrote.

For more information about Unity Barn Raisers, a nonprofit community betterment organization, visit

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

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