Guilford to hold benefit for community member

Posted Jan. 07, 2010, at 7:38 p.m.

Raffle tickets are being sold, and a benefit supper is planned to assist Francis Limoges and family, of Guilford.

Limoges “is battling a major illness and is currently receiving treatments in Boston,” e-mailed Tootie Bennett.

Raffle tickets are $3 each or two for $5 and are available at Harmon’s Shell, Milo; Riverside Shell, Guilford; Johnson Burner Service, Harmony; and Monument Square Shell, Bear’s Den Restaurant and McKusick Petroleum, all in Dover-Foxcroft.

The drawing will be conducted during a baked bean supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Masonic Hall in Guilford. Admission for the meal is by donation.

Bennett wrote that Limoges “has been active in the Guilford area” and has been “a longtime burner technician for McKusick Petroleum.”

Among the raffle prizes are a Rinnai heater donated by Webber Supply, a $100 gas card from McKusick Petroleum, an oil painting donated by Carmen Smith, a matted and framed Super Bowl document from Dave Lockwood of the Greendoor Gallery and a handmade lap quilt donated by Bev Kaufman.

For information about the raffle or the dinner, call Bennett at 876-3073 or Karen Graham at 943-2390.

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Chorus member Carolyn McKinnon reports Bangor Community Chorus is preparing for its 40th anniversary season.

As it readies for its spring concert, the chorus plans its first rehearsal for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at First United Methodist Church, 701 Essex St., Bangor.

Conducted by Joshua Schmersal and accompanied by Colin Graebert, Bangor Community Chorus holds rehearsals at the same time, each Tuesday, at the church.

“New members, as well as former members, are invited to take part in this special anniversary season,” McKinnon wrote.

“The old songs of performances past, as well as memorabilia, will be featured.”

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Carol Higgins Taylor reports Eastern Area Agency on Aging will hold a slide show and informational meeting for anyone who might be interested in traveling to Greece next fall.

The presentation will be offered twice on the same day, at 3 and 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at EAAA, 450 Essex St., Bangor.

If possible, you are asked to RSVP by Tuesday, Jan. 12, “so we can be sure to have enough refreshments,” Taylor wrote.

Call EAAA at 800-432-7812 to make your reservation.

Those who take the 15-day trip will visit “Greece’s most important Classical age monuments,” Taylor wrote, as well as having time “to meander the winding streets, vineyards, boutiques, marketplaces and beaches and explore the grandeur of Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games.”

Individuals who “are interested in taking the tour or just curious about the destination” are welcome to attend.

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Shirar Patterson of Bangor Center Corp. has announced that BCC, in partnership with the city of Bangor, has opened the Pickering Square ice rink for the 2010 season.

The rink is located between the parking garage and the Freese’s building in downtown Bangor, and use of the rink is free for any community member.

Support for the project is provided by Lane Construction.

Skating is “at your own risk, and proper skating footwear is required,” Patterson wrote.

Benches are available for changing into skates, and no athletic activity is permitted “including, but not limited to, ice hockey,”

On-street parking is free, although there are time limits, and the first two hours of parking in Pickering Square Garage are free.

For information, visit www.downtownbangor.com.

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This week, Kelly Cioe e-mailed me that two Maine schools have been among the leaders, ranking in the top 100 in voting, for the U.S. Cellular Calling All Communities campaign in which 10 winning schools will share $1 million.

According to the U.S. Cellular Web site, “The 10 schools with the most votes will receive $100,000 to use however they choose.”

Cioe wrote that Oxford-Cumberland Canal School in Westbrook is ranked 56th, and Mountain Valley Middle School in Mexico just “slipped out of the Top 100 last week.”

“I know there are many, many others,” she continued. “They just haven’t hit the Top 100 list.”

”I know Bangor and Brewer high schools” have received votes, she said. “No one is out of the game yet. A lot can happen in the last two weeks.”

Anyone 18 or older can visit a U.S. Cellular store to obtain a voting code to use online.

No purchase is necessary, and voting ends Friday, Jan. 15.

Official rules are available at www.uscellular.com/callingallcommunities.

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

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