Family to be featured in American Jamboree

Posted Dec. 29, 2009, at 6:29 p.m.

Supporters of the Milo Veteran’s Memorial Project invite you to the American Jamboree featuring the Higgins Family “as a prelude to our regular jam session,” Ron Knowles wrote of the event to benefit that Milo community project.

The Higgins Family performs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, at Milo Town Hall.

Admission is by donation, and “dancing is allowed,” Knowles wrote.

Before the jamboree, doors open at 4 p.m. for a meal offered by the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 41, and the fundraiser also will feature a 50-50 raffle.

Knowles thought readers would be interested in knowing that Lisa Higgins was “raised in Sebec” and that her husband, Pard Higgins, is “originally from Frenchboro.”

The couple now resides in Sullivan and has been performing together, along with daughter Katie, since 2003.

Knowles continued that Lisa Higgins made her “first public appearance” at Milo Town Hall when she was 8, and that “this will be the first appearance since that time.”

He also points out that, this year, the Maine Academy of Country Music awarded the Higgins Family the Dow Humanitarian Award, “for their charitable contributions,” and that the musicians also were presented the Group of the Year award and Lisa was named the Female Vocalist of the Year.

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Natalie Knox reminds readers The Ark Animal Shelter’s “Free Over Three” adoption program ends Thursday, Dec. 31.

The Ark is located at 60 Barber Lane in Cherryfield.

Today and tomorrow, Knox wrote, you can adopt any shelter cat over 3 years old for free.

“All cats have been tested for FIV-FELV, spayed or neutered and vaccinated,” she wrote, adding that “each adoptee” comes with free information about cats, free food, treats and a toy.

To see photos “of your future cat family members,” wrote Knox, visit www.thearkpets.org.

For adoption hours, call The Ark at 546-3484.

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Bangor Center Corporation Downtown coordinator Shirar Patterson reminds area residents there are a variety of activities to entertain you and your family during Bangor’s Downtown Countdown 2010 throughout the day and evening Thursday, Dec. 31, at 14 Bangor locations.

Those sites include Hollywood Slots, Bangor Y on Second Street, Union Street Brick Church, Bangor Opera House, Maine Discovery Museum, Charles Inn, Hammond Street Senior Center, Java Joe’s, Bagel Central, University of Maine Museum of Art, City Hall council chambers, Unitarian Universalist Church, Bangor Public Library and the Midnight Ball Drop in West Market Square.

You can park and ride for free if you leave your car in the Pickering Square parking garage and then take the BAT city bus to any event location.

For details, including activities and types of entertainment offered, visit downtownbangor.com.

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Although the Orono Bog Boardwalk, located in Bangor City Forest and on adjacent University of Maine property, closed for the season at the end of November, boardwalk director Jim Bird wants readers to know the boardwalk “enjoyed a very successful season … with more than 30,000 visitors taking advantage of the beauty of a walk through a northern peat bog.”

Each year, Bird continued, UMaine faculty and other “boardwalk guides “lead school and other groups on guided walks,” teaching them “about birds, plants and trees, hydrology and photography.”

The 2009 boardwalk “educational events culminated with the first-ever Bogfest,” Bird wrote, “where children and adult visitors participated in a variety of learning activities related to geology and natural history of the bog.”

He also wrote that “the boardwalk would not be in operation without a dedicated core of volunteers who help maintain it and use their knowledge and expertise to educate visitors on Bog ecology,” nor would it “exist without the generous donations of visitors.”

On behalf of “the boardwalk management team,” Bird thanks “all of our volunteers and the many visitors to the boardwalk.”

The boardwalk will reopen for its eighth season on Saturday, May 1, 2010.

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Congratulations to everyone who organized and supported the mid-November Christmas for Families fundraiser at Hancock Memorial Post 207 in Trenton.

“The total from this year’s Christmas Families fundraising,” Bill DaButler reported, was $7,052 to help families in need during the holidays.

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“Need a hall for a special occasion? We have just the place for you,” the note states.

“Reasonable rent and kitchen available.”

For information about the availability of Old Town Riverside Grange 273, at 1266 North Main St. in Brewer, call Carl Moon at 827-3698.

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

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