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Hancock Woman’s Club seeks handmade mittens

By Joni Averill

Hancock Woman’s Club is issuing a “Calling All Knitters” appeal for hand-knit mittens to fill its Mitten Tree for its annual Hancock Grammar School programs.

“Each year,” writes Diana Arney, “children gather in the library to hear a seasonal story and to choose a pair of cozy mittens from the decorated tree.

“We especially need larger mittens, sizes 8 to 10.”

The request deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 1.

If you can help, call Nancy Kephart at 422-9555 to arrange for pickup.


Paul Tormey reports Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra will present its fall program at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at Hauck Auditorium at the University of Maine in Orono.

Directed by Rebecca Edmondson, the young musicians “will present a lively program of classical music and well-known tunes from Broadway and film scores,” Tormey wrote.

The concert is free, but donations to support BYSO are always appreciated.

For information, e-mail


Jennifer Therrien of Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor reminds students the team registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 30, for youths in grades seven through 12 to enter the 2010 Team America Rocketry Challenge.

Teams are invited to design, build and fly a rocket that reaches an altitude of 825 feet, stays aloft for 40-45 seconds and returns an unbroken, raw egg.

For information, e-mail or call 990-2900, ext. 3.


Jim Killarney of Cross Lake will be Polling for PAWS when he poles his 20-foot Old Town Tripper canoe up the Cross Lake-Mud Lake Thoroughfare on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, in the St. John Valley, to benefit PAWS Animal Welfare Society.

Killarney is asking for pledges for the nonprofit PAWS Society that seeks to “spay-neuter feral or abandoned cats” and hopes to “build a permanent central location appropriate for short- and long-term housing of domestic pets,” explained PAWS board member Priscilla Daigle.

PAWS serves St. John Valley communities from Allagash to St. David.

To make a contribution, you can make a check out to PAWS Animal Welfare Society and mail it to P.O. Box 94, Fort Kent Mills, 04744.

Donations can also be made online through PayPal at


Peg Robertson reports the Blue Hill Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will hold its annual Thanksgiving pie sale at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, at the BHFD.

Proceeds will benefit the Christmas Angels program, Robertson wrote, adding “donations are welcome and may be left in the Robertson Room.”


Speaking of Blue Hill, Table owners Rich and Cary Hanson report their Farmhouse Bistro will donate $1 a glass of Con Sur Pinot Noir, now through Thanksgiving, to the Cancer Support Center of Maine in Bucksport.

For reservations, call 374-5677.

For information about the services of CSCM, call Barbara Vittum at 469-6363.


The fourth annual Open Studio at Essentially Felt benefits Penobscot Theatre Company, reports Mary Turner.

The Open Studio is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 27-29, at 865 Pushaw Road, Glenburn.

Featured artists include Turner, Janice Jones, Heather Kerner, Maureen Buzzeo, Ginny and John Hackney, Christina Heiniger, Bingbing Li, Jackie Haines and Sandy Spiller.

Offerings range from jewelry to hand-felted slippers, and 15 percent of all sales will be donated to PTC.

For information, call 942-0365 or e-mail


Woodlawn Museum announces its first Run for the Leftovers, a post-Thanksgiving race, begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at Woodlawn, Route 172, Ellsworth.

Runners can choose a 3K, 4K or 5K route, and the event will end with a pie festival of leftover pies you are asked to bring to share.

There is no fee, but donations will be accepted for Woodlawn trail maintenance.

For information, call Peter Keeney, 288-3909, or e-mail


Millinocket Regional Hospital Auxiliary president Joyce Given reports its 16th annual Love Light Tree project is under way and the tree lighting ceremony is 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the MRH main lobby entrance.

For a small donation, you can purchase lights for the tree outside the MRH main lobby.

The fees are $3 for one light, $5 for two lights, $8 for three lights and $10 for four lights.

White lights are in memory of someone, green in honor of an adult, red in honor of a child and blue for friendship.

Checks can be sent to Terry Given, MRHA Treasurer, 106 Prospect St., Millinocket 04462.

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

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