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Entries, sponsors sought for chili cook-off

By Joni Averill

Plans are under way for a chili cook-off from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Faith Community Fellowship in Trenton, reports Bill DaButler.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Plaisted family Habitat for Humanity project in Ellsworth.

For this fundraiser to succeed, your participation is needed in several ways.

DaButler wrote that “FCF is looking for sponsors and chefs to participate” in the cook-off.

The event will offer “competition between restaurants and businesses as well as competition” among the cooks who enter their own homemade chili, he said.

If you would like to sponsor the cook-off or enter your chili, DaButler wrote, you can call 669-2182 or e-mail billd@wnsx.net.

Guest judges will include WABI-TV 5 meteorologist Todd Simcox and Brian Langley of the Union River Lobster Pot.

If you cannot participate but want to make a donation to this fundraiser, you can write a check, with Plaisted Home on the memo line, and mail your contribution to Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 343, Ellsworth 04605.


Simpson Memorial Library director Becky Ames e-mailed the Bangor Daily News recently expressing the thanks and gratitude of everyone associated with that Carmel institution and the residents of the surrounding communities it serves for helping make 2009 a busy and successful year for the library.

From the many programs available to children and adults to its fundraisers and the contributions of individuals, businesses, organizations, foundations and students, library representatives express their sincere appreciation for your support.

To everyone who helped continue and strengthen the work of this library, Ames wrote, the staff and trustees extend their thanks and “best wishes for 2010.”


Last month, Virginia Joles and Lisa Miles, representatives of The CAUSE, presented a check for $1,715 to Easton School superintendent Frank Keenan.

The CAUSE, Central Aroostook United for Student Emergencies, is a newly formed resident group that focuses on assisting students in Easton, Fort Fairfield, Mars Hill, Ashland, Washburn, Limestone, Caribou and Presque Isle.

Joles explained in an e-mail that The CAUSE assists students “who may be in need of appropriate clothing, hygiene products, medical needs, school supplies or emergency assistance to recover from a catastrophic family event.”

A September charity auction held by The CAUSE raised approximately $20,000 to be allocated to participating schools.


Hospice of Hancock County board president Ken Schweikert and executive director Jody Wolford-Tucker reminds readers that HHC, founded in 1980 and based in Ellsworth, counts on your contributions to fund 75 percent of its operating budget.

“The words of support offered by those we’ve served through our patient care, bereavement and community education programs mean a great deal to us,” they wrote in the organization’s annual appeal message.

“We consider it a privilege to serve our neighbors at such powerful times in their lives. Our volunteers are committed and caring individuals who bring these services, free of charge, to those in need.

“The support of our community, both financial and collegial, has allowed us to thrive into our 30th year.”

To learn how you can help support this most worthwhile organization, visit www.hospiceofhancock.org, call 667-2531, fax 667-9406 or e-mail info@hospiceofhancock.org.


Among last summer’s fundraisers that have had a positive impact on individuals and families in our readership area is the Swing Fore Life Tournament to benefit The Acadia Hospital in Bangor.

Alan Comeau reported that the August tournament at Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono raised more than $15,000 “to help support Acadia Hospital’s Keep the Promise campaign.”

The largest fundraising event of the year for The Acadia Hospital, the event receives the sport of several sponsors including its major donors, Affiliated Healthcare Systems, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust and WVII-TV.

The Acadia Hospital is a private, nonprofit psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment provider.

For more information visit www.acadiahospital.org.


While some Maine Army National Guard families had a happier Christmas thanks to a donation from Bangor authors Stephen and Tabitha King that brought soldiers home for the holiday, other Mainers are helped by the Kings daily.

Good Shepherd Food-Bank of Auburn reported a September grant from the King Foundation enabled the food bank to replace the outdated freezer system at its Brewer food distribution facility (which the Kings helped launch in 1999), which serves approximately 170 of the Food-Bank’s 600-plus partner agencies, mostly in northern and northeastern Maine.

We are fortunate, indeed, to have such caring neighbors as Stephen and Tabitha King.

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

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