For more than 20 years, according to information provided by those who know her, MaryEllen O’Connell of Bangor has worked as a physical therapist in our community and the surrounding area.
Now, Karen Cole reports, the single mother of two “is battling a brain tumor and lung cancer,” and others are doing what they can to help.
A benefit spaghetti supper for O’Connell will be held 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Good Samaritan Agency, 100 Ridgewood Drive off Stillwater Avenue in Bangor.
Admission is by donation.
For more information, call Cole, 947-1594; Gloria Meucci, 942-9106; or Jacci Spearing-Williams, 991-3375.
Barbara Waters wrote that “the biggest special event in the 25-year-plus history of St. Martin’s Thrift Store of Millinocket” is an open house, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at 112 Maine Ave.
“This out-of-the-ordinary Saturday opening and sale” highlights “the store’s expanded offerings,” Waters said, ranging from formal gowns for any occasion to Christmas items, furniture, clothing and household products.
Door prizes, holiday music and an opportunity for “people who work a 9-5 job throughout the week” are part of this event in response to the “economic downturn the tri-town area is suffering through,” Waters said.
Volunteers hope the room showcasing gowns and accessories will be helpful for “high school and college-age girls” preparing to attend “winter school dances,” Waters said.
Pastor Lois Field reports that Christian Community Church will hold its annual Christmas Craft Fair 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the American Legion Hall on Grove Street in Dexter.
A morning brunch will be followed by a chowder lunch served with sandwiches.
Norma Robinson and Amy Ross are directing the event, which benefits church ministries and offers crafts, a children’s table, books, movies and more.
There is no admission. For information, call Pastor Field at 924-7309 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barbara Piehler invites readers to the First Congregational Church of Lincoln annual Holiday Fair and Beef Stew Lunch 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at 19 School St.
The Kitchen Cafe is open 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to eat in or take out.
New and “gently used items” will be found in Grannie’s Attic along with many other items and a silent auction table.
Corky Pinette of Patten e-mailed that the Church of the Good Shepherd’s Annual Harvest Bazaar is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Watson Hall, 116 Main St., Houlton.
A turkey pie luncheon will be served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The cost of the meal is $7 for adults, $4 for children under 12.
If you can help by donating or cooking a turkey or donating squash, call Frannie Grant at 532-3906.
The bazaar, which offers food, crafts, jewelry, raffles and more, also features live music.
More information is available by calling Grant or the Rev. Leslie Nesin, 732-4348.
Parish administrator Michele Daley e-mailed that the St. Andrew and St. John Episcopal Church second annual Baked Bean Supper to benefit Westside Food Pantry is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at St. John’s, 315 Main St., Southwest Harbor.
Admission is $8, free for children under 5 for this traditional meal.
All proceeds benefit food vouchers for pantry recipients, Daly said.
The Westside Food Pantry is a church outreach program serving residents of Southwest Harbor, Tremont and Mount Desert.
Ben Dresser e-mailed that Ammadamast Grange will hold a “Dinnah and a Show” with a baked bean dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the Beecher Boys ’n Girls and Cloggers at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Grange in Enfield.
Admission for both is $10. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Ammadamast Grange Scholarship Fund.
For more information call Doris Shorey, 732-3194, Shirley MacDougal, 732-5070 or Vivian Sibley, 732-3848.
For information about the Beecher Boys ’N Girls, call Dresser, 944-5634, or Joe Cannon, 327-1278.
All riders must have proof their horses are up to date on shots and Coggins tests to participate in the 5.5-mile UMaine Standardbred Drill Team Trail Ride.
That event begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at the University of Maine J. F. Witter Research and Teaching Farm on College Avenue in Old Town, reports Nonni Daly.
The cost is $20 per rider with additional pledges requested, and proceeds benefit the Spirit of Hope Horse Refuge in Winterport “for their winter needs of hay and grain.”
For information, call Drill Team president Rebecca Powers, 522-0677, or e-mail Rebecca.Powers@umit.Maine.edu.
Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; email@example.com; 990-8288.