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Calling all servicewomen to Waterville luncheon

By Joni Averill

All servicewomen “of any rate or rank,” no matter when or how long they served in the military of the U.S., Canada or Great Britain, are invited to attend the All Servicewomen’s Luncheon at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Waterville Veterans of Foreign Wars post on Water Street.

According to information provided by Lucille Greer, this is the 22nd year this event has been held “by Maine Unit 41 WAVES National,” and the second year the group has been joined by Women Veterans of America.

The guest speaker will be Capt. Grant Delaware, Maine Army National Guard, team leader, embedded Army troops, Afghanistan deployment, Greer said.

Attendees are invited to bring a guest. The luncheon fee, for vegetable lasagna or pot roast, is $15 each, and the reservation deadline is Oct. 20.

Checks may be made out to Maine Unit 41 WN and mailed to President Janet Michaud, 82 Dunham Road, Vassalboro 04989, and more information is available by calling her at 649-3085.

Greer wrote that the meeting offers former or present servicewomen an opportunity to learn “what is going on in the services today, and benefits available to those of us who received our honorable discharge papers.”


New members are always welcome to join Penobscot Valley Ski Club, reports Sally Burke.

The club’s first meeting of the season will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Church of Universal Fellowship in Orono.

After a spaghetti supper, members will discuss plans for a major fundraiser, the PVSC Ski Sale, which will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Bangor Parks and Recreation on Main Street.

Attendees will “learn about upcoming events this season, including the learn-to-ski, alpine racing and Nordic programs, and the fabulous February Quebec trip,” Burke wrote.

“Bring a dessert to share, if you are able,” she said, and RSVP by Sunday, Oct. 11, at maineamy@yahoo.com if you plan to attend.

For information, call 234-2326.


Merle Adams, assistant director of United Technologies Center in Bangor, wants readers to know its College and Career Fair targeting high school and middle school students and their parents in the Bangor area will be noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the center, 200 Hogan Road.

The annual parent-teacher conference and open house offers young people and their family members “an opportunity to interact with our faculty, university, college, military and business/industrial representatives,” Adams said.

Information will be available for a variety of postsecondary educational opportunities and career paths, from the automotive industry to health and hospitality.

“With the extremely high post-secondary drop-out rate,” Adams wrote, “it is imperative that we continue to reach out to students, parents and the communities at large.”


Speaking of opportunities available at United Technologies Center in Bangor, Mary Marin Lyon reports that Literacy Volunteers-Bangor is seeking English language tutors for that program, which has a waiting list of students seeking tutoring.

English Language Learner Tutor Training and Certification classes are 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Wednesday, Oct. 14, through Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the center, 200 Hogan Road.

Previous teaching experience, foreign language skills and-or a degree in education are not required. The course fee is $25, and scholarships are available.

You can register by calling LV-Bangor at 947-8451 or e-mail www.lvbangor@utc4.k12.me.us.


Sheree Brown reports that Solon Congregational Church needs vendors for its ninth annual holiday craft fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Solon Elementary School on Route 201.

Vendors who register by Thursday, Oct. 15, receive the “early bird rate” of $15 for an 8-foot-by-8-foot space. After that date, the fee is $20.

To reserve your space, call Brown at 672-5586 or e-mail sabrown_scc@yahoo.com.

Vendors may include “all types of crafts” from homemade products to holiday decorations.


Among our other common activities, it was my pleasure to have been a Bangor Y volunteer with the late Louise Getchell Farnham of Brewer, who died last week.

Years ago, as “Bangor Y Moms,” we cheered, baked and supported our little ones in a variety of Y activities and sports.

As our children grew, Louise and I continued to share in those activities, but by that time we were cheering from opposite sides.

All in the spirit of good sportsmanship, and recalling earlier, delightful memories of our children’s Y experiences, we often compared notes after a Bangor-Brewer game.

To Louise’s family and close friends, I extend my sincerest sympathies.

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

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