Island Falls church celebrates 150th anniversary

Posted Oct. 16, 2009, at 5:15 p.m.

Best wishes are extended to members of Whittier Congregational Church of Island Falls who are celebrating the church’s 150th anniversary.

Church clerk Patti Hartin reports the anniversary will be celebrated “with a worship service at a special time” at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, followed by an 11:30 a.m. luncheon and a 1 p.m. program of celebration at the church.

“All are welcome,” Hartin wrote.

The program of celebration includes music, letters of remembrance from former ministers, a church history and a time for stories and anecdotes.

The celebration includes refreshments and a display of church memorabilia.

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Julie Brownie e-mailed that Stetson Historical Society will hold an open house 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today at the museum.

Attendees can purchase food, view displays and identify a collection of unlabeled photographs from the town office.

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If you’re headed for southern Maine, New Gloucester Community Fair co-director George Carman invites you to the ninth annual event, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at New Gloucester Fairgrounds, 106 Bald Hill Road.

Food, fireworks, a car show, public safety demonstrations, a service honoring members of the military and fire, rescue and police personnel and Vintage Day on Sunday are part of the fun.

Most of all, Carman wants readers to know every child younger than 12 receives a wristband for entry in a raffle for “a 20-inch bike every hour,” he wrote, adding that you must be present to win.

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Master flute player, storyteller and humorist Hawk Henries is the featured speaker and musician for the 10 a.m. service Sunday, Oct. 18, at Union Church Parish House, 55 Summit Road in Northeast Harbor.

“The public is invited and all ages are welcome,” wrote Shirley Beccue, adding “audience participation is definitely welcome.”

She said that Henries, who is a member of “the northeastern Algonquin tribe called the Nipmuc, has performed extensively in this area as well as nationally and internationally.”

Performing his own songs, Henries also will talk about life lessons he has learned as a musician and flute maker.

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Trio Elista of the Maine Women’s Balkan Choir features its co-directors, Elitsa Stoyneva of Bulgaria, Kirsten Stockman of Bar Harbor and Anne Tatgenhorst of Winterport.

Tatgenhorst reports that the trio will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church.

The suggested donation is $8 for adults, $5 for students, free for children younger than 12.

Tatgenhorst wrote that Stoyneva, who “has won seven gold medals for her traditional Bulgarian singing” and has performed internationally, is preparing for a return home but that the trio is preparing for a late-October concert in Canada before she leaves.

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Ann Carter of Charlotte e-mailed that visitors are welcome and refreshments will be available when the St. Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at Methodist Homes Recreation on Palmer Street in Calais.

For more information call 214-4540.

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Bonnie Hersey e-mailed to let readers know Birdsacre-Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary in Ellsworth is one of the beneficiaries of a “charitable giving campaign called Beyond the Finish Line,” which has been added to the Mount Desert Island Marathon.

That certified run is Sunday, Oct. 18, beginning in Bar Harbor.

“Marathon runners, businesses and individuals can make tax-free contributions directly to the chosen organizations using a new online system,” Hersey said.

“The goal of the campaign is to raise $100,000,” or $10,000 for each charity.

Hersey asks you to visit www.mdimarathon.org for more information.

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Jill Lang of Pen Bay Healthcare reports that Monday, Oct. 19, is the deadline for registering for a women’s health screening day, which is Friday, Oct. 23, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center Women’s Health Building, 3 Glen Cove Drive, and at the PBMC Radiology Department, both in Rockport.

The free, less-than-one-hour screening includes a “clinical breast exam, Pap smear and mammogram,” Lang wrote, asking women to call 800-350-5180 “and press 1 to see if you qualify.”

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Bangor Grange invites you to hear Zevulon in concert, featuring “great bluegrass, country and gospel,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at the Grange Hall, 1192 Ohio St., wrote Rolf Staples Sr.

A $10 donation is requested for this event, at which free refreshments will be available.

“The Grange is a nonprofit, family-oriented group,” Staples wrote, and more information is available by calling him at 973-3976.

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

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