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Shriners to hold public New Year’s Eve event

By Joni Averill

Looking for something special to do on New Year’s Eve?

Herb Hopkins, music director for the Anah Drum and Bugle Corps, e-mailed that in addition to “Nobles and Ladies,” the general public is cordially invited to attend a New Year’s Eve Dance and Breakfast Buffet from 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, to 12:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 1, at the Anah Shrine Center on Main Street in Ban-gor.

The event is sponsored by Anah’s Drum and Bugle Unit, and will feature “national recording artist Danny Harper … with multi-award-winning Kayla Wass and her country band,” according to Hopkins’ release.

The entertainment will feature “traditional and modern country music.”

Nonrefundable tickets are $30 each, and Hopkins suggests you purchase your tickets now, since Shriners expect this event to sell out.

Tickets are available at the Shrine Office on Main Street or by calling Glen Rand at 825-3285.

If you want to charge your tickets, you can do that only at the Shrine office.

Hopkins added that party favors, ice and soda will be provided.


Elderly residents of Eastside Rehabilitation and Living Center on Mount Hope Avenue in Bangor are sitting by the phones, awaiting your child’s call to Santa and Mrs. Claus, reports Suzanne Plourde.

Playing the roles of those North Pole residents for two years now are Eastside residents operating the Ho Ho Hotline.

“There is absolutely no charge for the calls,” Plourde wrote.

“The Hotline keeps residents busy and allows them to share the excitement of Christmas with young children.”

The program has been going on since Dec. 17, and calls will be accepted between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. today, Tuesday, Dec. 22, and Wednesday, Dec. 23.

The Ho Ho Hotline number is 659-1822.


Ann Carter wrote the Dennysville Festival Choir will present The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Dennysville-Edmunds Congregational Church.

The choir, directed by Colin Windhorst, includes members from all corners of “coastal Washington County and Campobello,” Carter wrote, and is “accompanied by organist Laurel Storm” with percussionist Peter Phillips.

The public is cordially invited to attend.

“For many in the area,” Carter added, “this service has come to mark the real beginning of Christmas, which is why it is scheduled as close to Christmas Day as possible.”


Amy Briggs reports Ellsworth United Methodist Church will present a “living Nativity scene” 6:15-6:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, before its Christmas Eve service on the lawn of the church at 21 Hancock St., Ellsworth.

The presentation “will include a tableau of the Nativity with Christmas carols as a musical backdrop,” Briggs wrote. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside.

“All are welcome,” she continued. “Bring the family and enjoy some hot cocoa and other holiday refreshments.”

For more information, e-mail Briggs at or Susan Yaruta-Young at


Warren Center for Communication & Learning director of audiology Amanda Samoluk reminds gift-givers to consider toys “that will not permanently damage the ears” of children.

Samoluk suggests, because “children’s toys are often extremely noisy,” that you be sure to “purchase carefully.”

She notes, for example, that “some type of battery-driven toy guns can create noise levels between 110 and 135 decibels,” which correspond “to the noise generated by a heavy truck, a rock concert or an airliner at takeoff.” She reminds readers that many workplaces require employees “to wear hearing protection where noise lev-els exceed 85 dB.”

If you think a toy is loud, “it will also be too loud for your child” and could “constitute a direct danger to children’s hearing.”

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

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