Bangor’s Hilltop School marks 140th birthday

Posted Oct. 20, 2009, at 6:56 p.m.

While Bangor is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, other long-standing institutions are marking memorable dates as well.

Roberta Priest, interim director of Hilltop School, cordially invites the public to attend its annual open house 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Hilltop School on Ohio Street.

The school used to be called the Bangor Children’s Home. And “this year we will acknowledge the 140th anniversary” of the venerable institution as well as celebrate 34 years operating as Hilltop School, Priest wrote.

“We will be having a commemorative cake” as well as displaying a few in-house artifacts of “times gone by,” she wrote.

Among the guests will be retired Hilltop Executive Director John Fahey, who served the organization for 18 years.

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The public is invited to the next Marine Environmental Research Institute Ocean Environment Lecture Series. It will begin with an art opening reception at 6 p.m. and the lecture will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at MERI on Main Street, Blue Hill.

Wildlife photographer Gary Harmatz will present “The Life and Times of Baby Harp Seals.”

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In recognition of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Gwen LaPointe of Eastern Maine Development Corp. said several agencies are collaborating on outreach activities “in observance of this important occasion.”

The Bangor Career Center will hold “Disability Mentoring Day: A Celebration of Success,” 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the center, 45 Oak St., Bangor.

LaPointe said that “this will be an all-day event for student and adult job-seekers with disabilities.”

Featuring keynote speaker OJ Logue of the University of Maine and a Dress for Success Workshop with Wal-Mart representative Melanie Davis, the free event requires preregistration. Real-time captioning will be available.

To preregister or for more information, call 561-4006 or e-mail glapointe@emdc.org.

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Anne Crimaudo reports that the Searsport Animal Fund Endowment, or SAFE, will hold a silent auction and raffle 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at Union Hall on the corner of Union and Reservoir streets in Searsport.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

The event benefits SAFE, “whose mission is to help our neighbors feed their dogs and cats … [and the event] will also help our town’s animal control efforts,” Crimaudo wrote.

More than 100 auction and raffle items range from paintings to oil changes and legal services for a will.

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Victoria Eastman e-mailed that the Milo Elementary Parent Teacher Organization will hold its annual fall auction at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the school gymnasium, 18 Belmont St.

“We have some great volunteers” working on the fundraiser, Eastman wrote, adding that “we are thrilled with the wonderful, handmade crafts that have been generously donated” by the pupils’ family members.

She said local business owners and others have contributed to the event, which offers tickets to the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Pirates, the Maine Discovery Museum, University of Maine football and the Collins Center for the Arts, along with a book signed by Stephen King and a Boston Red Sox baseball photograph signed by Kevin Youkilis.

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Jeanne Edwards reports that “all Mayflower Society members and prospective members are invited” to attend the fall meeting of the Constance Hopkins Colony of the Mayflower Society.

That meeting begins with a meal at noon Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Monticello Fish and Game Club.

After a brief business meeting, Caribou High School history teacher Stephen Burden, “will present a program on the Hopkins Family,” Edwards wrote.

If you want to attend, you must make reservations by today by calling Deborah Barnes at 476-6332.

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The Verona Island Women’s Club 25th annual Christmas Craft Fair will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Verona Island Town Hall.

For information, call Cora Webster, 469-3740, or Marlene Smith, 469-7992.

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Passadumkeag Grange 586 will hold a day of fundraising 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Passadumkeag Community Building, 34 Pleasant St.

Beatrice Mottram reports that food, crafts, other items and a light lunch will be available.

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Lorraine Lindstedt says the Grist Mill Boys will present an Old Time Bluegrass and Gospel Music Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Milbridge United Methodist Church on Wyman Road.

Admission is free, Lindstedt wrote, but your freewill offering will benefit Washington Hancock Community Agency’s fuel assistance program, known as The Heating and Warmth Fund, or THAW.”

For more information about THAW, call WHCA, 664-2424 or 546-7544.

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

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