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Blue Star Mothers seek donations for troops

By Joni Averill

Our area Blue Star Mothers are busy again, doing all they can to make life more comfortable for our troops serving abroad.

Ellen Celli of Bangor, vice president of Blue Star Mothers Chapter 1, wrote the organization is seeking “personal hygiene items to be sent in Christmas boxes,” which can include “travel size soap, shampoo, hand sanitizers, combs, baby wipes, etc.”

These items help “keep our troops’ morale up and let them know they are not forgotten,” Celli wrote, adding “full-size donations of these items are also welcome.

“We never want our troops to feel they are abandoned, and want to send them what they are asking for.”

Also on the list are new paperbacks and “letters of encouragement.”

The Blue Star Mothers are also seeking “addresses of troops that are serving anywhere, in any service capacity,” since many of them “do not receive any mail or gifts and we want to put a smile on as many faces as we can.”

For donation information, or to have someone pick up your contributions, call Celli, 989-4720, Lanta Hachey, 827-3336, or Dee Hancock or Sheila Merrill at 848-0932.


Deanna Partridge announces Hammond Street Senior Center of Bangor is the beneficiary of the Big Band Dinner and Dance 4:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Bangor Elks Lodge, 108 Odlin Road.

Tickets are $15 or $25 for two and are available at HSSC, 2 Hammond St., or by calling 262-5532.

The event is limited to 200 guests. If it is not sold out, tickets will be available at the door.

With a grant and event sponsorship from SAM’s Club “and the generosity of Brian Nadeau and the Queen City Big Band members who are volunteering their talents,” Partridge wrote, all proceeds from ticket sales benefit HSSC programs and activities.


Jennifer Therrien of Challenger Learning Center of Maine reminds interested parents that its After-school Engineering programs for children in grades three through five take place 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17 at CLC, 30 Venture Way, Bangor.

The cost is $48 and a snack is provided. Sibling discounts are available.

Registration is required.

Call 990-2900, ext. 1.


Cancer Care Center and Women’s Health of Pen Bay Medical Center host their sixth annual Victorian Tea and Breast Health Fair at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Berry Manor Inn on Talbot Avenue in Rockland.

No registration is required for this free event, reports Jill Lang of Pen Bay Healthcare. The event includes a bra-fitting clinic, consultants on breast self-examination, lymphedema and nutrition, stress reduction, Feng Shui, massage, reflexology, skin care and more.

For information, call 594-6889 or visit


Woodlawn Museum has announced that Darlene Springer will present “Views from Ellsworth Past,” 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at Woodlawn, Route 172 in Ellsworth.

Space is limited, so call 667-8671 to reserve your seat.

The program is free, but all donations will benefit Woodlawn programs.


Schoodic Arts for All announces that its Last Friday Coffeehouse features Nova Scotia bluesman Morgan Davis at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Hammond Hall on Main Street in Winter Harbor.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and mingling. The suggested donation is $10 and free for children younger than 12.

The award-winning entertainer’s repertoire includes humorous blues songs.


Capt. Josh Lyle of The Salvation Army of Bangor announces its office is accepting applications for Christmas Toys and Foods 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, through Nov. 19, at 65 South Park St., Bangor.

No appointment is necessary but proof of residence, income and dependants is required for applications.

For information, call 941-2990 or go to www.use.salvation

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

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