Literacy Volunteers of Bangor to train tutors

Posted Jan. 08, 2010, at 5:35 p.m.

Training begins Wednesday, Jan. 13, and continues for six weeks for anyone who would like to become a Literacy Volunteers of Bangor tutor, reports executive director Mary Marin Lyon.

“Prior teaching experience, foreign language skills and-or a degree in education are not required,” Lyon added.

Training for the first certification in 2010 for Basic Literacy Tutors, who help an adult improve his or her reading, runs from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 13, and continues for six weeks, at United Technologies Center, 200 Hogan Road in Bangor.

While the course fee is $30, scholarships are available.

Registration can be made by calling LV-Bangor at 947-8451 or e-mailing www.lvbangor@utc.utc4.k12.me.us.

Perhaps you’ve already made New Year’s resolutions, Lyon wrote. If so, she encourages you “to consider expanding” those resolutions “and help a fellow community member improve” his or her literacy by becoming a Literacy Volunteer.

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Looking for a place to dine tonight?

Lucille Cardin and members of Veazie Congregational Church invite you to their church supper of spaghetti and meatballs from 4:45 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the church, 1404 State St. in Veazie.

Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children, and the facility is handicapped-accessible.

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Reservations are required by Saturday, Jan. 16, for anyone who wants to attend the Annual Gathering & Recognition Dinner for the Curran Homestead, which is planned for 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at Oriental Jade Restaurant in Bangor.

The dinner is generously sponsored by Bangor LetterShop, so there is no charge for Curran Homestead members, donors and honored guests to attend, but admission for others who want to attend is $15 for adults, $8 for children.

Reservations may be made by calling Karen Marsters, 947-0749, or Irv Marsters, 745-4426, or e-mailing irv@bangorlettershop.com.

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Chris White, of Bucksport, called this week to inform readers that representatives of Ski Museum of Maine, which is “now located in Kingfield,” continue to seek Maine ski history items, and that the museum is “particularly in need of mannequins, both male and female but, especially, male,” so the museum “can display a 10th Mountain Division soldier of World War II.”

White reminds us that “Mainers were an integral part of that historic division” of the U.S. military.

“Anyone who can help,” White said, is asked to call Ski Museum of Maine at 491-5481 or John Christie, at 624-5183.

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Members of Brewer High School Class of 1960 need help in locating some of their classmates for their 50th Class Reunion, reports Doris Seymour.

That grand celebration is planned for Friday, Aug. 20, at the Muddy Rudder Restaurant in Brewer.

Several people are among “the missing” and, Seymour pointed out, names for female class members may have changed, since they came from the most current list available to reunion organizers.

If you have information about the whereabouts of any of the missing members of BHS ’60, you are asked to call Seymour at 989-1294 or e-mail aboutthathair@aol.com.

Among the BHS ’60 missing are Beverly Brown Berg, Sally Clement, Richard Foster, Joan Gibson, Ronald Graves, Dale Green, Patricia Jellison Butterfield, Beverly Johnston, Sally Jones Elliot and Rose Marie Lewia.

Also being sought are Michael Maker, Carleen Marquis Averill, Penny Memmelaar Spencer, Anna Roberts Scheppach, John Robinson, Eleanor Rowell Phelps, Earl Sanborn, Raymond Severance, Joyce Teague, Pamela Welch Townsend and Charles Cook.

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Brad Ryder of Epic Sports recently made a presentation to Alan Comeau of The Acadia Hospital that enabled Acadia Recovery Community, a homeless shelter in Bangor operated by The Acadia Hospital, to purchase sleeping bags, day packs, wool hats and gloves for ARC clients.

Nearly $9,500 worth of items were purchased for just over $6,000 with Epic Sports discounting the remaining amount, equaling a $3,438 in-kind donation.

The Acadia Hospital, a private, nonprofit psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment provider, is a member of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, according to a press release, that “works with its affiliated organizations to ensure the highest quality care is available to all who need it.”

More information is available at www.acadiahospital.org.

“Epic Sports is pleased to participate in this program to assist the homeless in our community,” Ryder stated.

“The need is great this time of year, and we appreciate the efforts of Acadia Recovery Community to assist those individuals.”

Epic Sports is an outdoor specialty retailer in downtown Bangor.

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

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