Legion guest speaker to address post-traumatic stress disorder

Posted Nov. 09, 2009, at 5:42 p.m.

American Legion Auxiliary Argonne Unit 138 and American Legion Argonne Post 138 invite the public to hear Ralph Grover, a registered nurse, discuss the very important topic of post-traumatic stress disorder at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at Victoria Grant Civic Center at Abbott Park at the end of Park Drive in Winterport.

Grover, a team leader for the Bangor Veterans Center on Harlow Street, is a U. S. Navy veteran who was a critical care nurse for 18 years, reports Tammy Higgins. He has worked at the Veterans Center for more than 10 years as a counselor and a team leader.

Higgins reminds readers that post-traumatic stress disorder is a “very important subject [that affects] not only the veteran but the families as well.” She emphasizes the importance of “education about this disorder” in order to deal with it.

If you have questions, call Tammy or Phil Higgins at 223-5733 or 299-6822 for more information.

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Bangor Area Breakfast Rotary Club will hold its second annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Brewer Auditorium.

Dr. Steve Andrew reports “the public is invited and encouraged to attend” the meal, which is $7 for adults, $4 for children under 12.

“Thanks to the generous support of the Cole Land Transportation Museum, veterans with walking sticks will enjoy breakfast free of charge,” Andrew said.

All proceeds benefit the Bangor Area Breakfast Rotary’s Keep Kids Warm Program.

Tickets are available from any member of Bangor Area Breakfast Rotary and at the door.

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Amy Briggs invites gospel fans to hear the male gospel group Ernie Couch & Revival, of Nashville, in concert 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Ellsworth United Methodist Church, 21 Hancock St.

Briggs wrote, “This live band performs their music in a unique blend of styles to ensure everyone present enjoys the concert.”

Admission is a suggested offering of $10. Proceeds benefit local church mission projects supporting area food pantries and assisting families during the holidays.

For more information, call Briggs at 266-4347 or e-mail nightingale70@gmail.com.

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Kristie Miner of Westgate Manor invites the public to recognize National Alzheimer’s Month by attending Healthy Caregiving, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at Westgate Manor’s Residential Care Center, 750 Union St. in Bangor.

Discussing “Resources for Healthy Caregiving” will be elder specialists Janet Lewis and Deb Poulton with Cynthia Smith discussing “Tips for Health Aging.”

For more information, call Miner at 942-7336.

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Marge Ahlin reminds interested individuals that Downriver Theatre Company continues its presentations of George and Ira Gershwin’s 1930s musical “Strike Up the Band” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, and Friday, Nov. 13, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 14, at the Performing Arts Center at the University of Maine at Machias.

“This is a town and gown endeavor,” Ahlin wrote of the cast and crew who range in age from 10 to 92 and represent UMM and 10 area communities.

UMM music professor Gene Nichols leads the band for the production directed by Jay Skriletz.

Tickets are available at the door and are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, $5 for children under 12.

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Executive director Cynthia Scott reports Pine Tree Hospice board of directors’ 2009 annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Abel Blood’s in Dover-Foxcroft.

The presenter will be Erin Callaway, coordinator for Evergreen, the Pine Tree Hospice Center for Grieving Children and their Families, which is marking its first anniversary.

Reservations should be made by Thursday, Nov. 12. Call 564-4346 or e-mail wecare@pinetreehospice.org.

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

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