April 23, 2018
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Resolved to lose weight? Try OA’s program

By Joni Averill

With the arrival of each new year, many of us make well-intentioned resolutions, and it is my guess the one resolution that tops them all is “to lose some weight.”

If you’ve been thinking about that, but believe you need some help, perhaps Overeaters Anonymous is just the ticket for you.

I had a delightful conversation recently with Jean, who has been an OA member for 17 years.

Jean expressed her wish that anyone who wants to learn more about this organization will either dial 211, visit oa.org or attend one of the local OA meetings.

Jean told me OA meets four times a week in Bangor.

The first meeting is 7 p.m. Sundays at St. Joseph Hospital “across from the cafeteria,” Jean said with a chuckle.

OA meets at 10 a.m. Mondays in the Willette Conference Room, Building 1 at St. Joseph Healthcare Park, 900 Broadway, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the home of a Bangor member, and at noon Thursdays at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 540 Essex St.

“Of course,” Jean said, there are meetings “all over the state.” You just have to call or visit the Web site to find them.

For readers unfamiliar with the organization, the OA Web site explains its “Program of Recovery.”

“Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive eating using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. Worldwide meetings and other tools provide a fellowship of experience, strength and hope where members respect one another’s anonymity. OA charges no dues or fees; it is self-supporting through member contributions.

“OA is not just about weight loss, gain or maintenance or obesity or diets. It addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is not a religious organization and does not promote any particular diet. If you want to stop your compulsive overeating, welcome to Overeaters Anonymous.”

If you want to make a change in your life, perhaps joining Jean at OA is the place to start.


Ella Waitt wrote that the public is invited to join members of Bangor Nature Club when they meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at North Brewer-Eddington Methodist Church, 31 Main Road, Eddington.

The speaker will be Joni Dunn, “showing her photographs of nature,” Waitt said.

“Come and relax” and enjoy “early afternoon entertainment,” she said, adding that refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.


You are invited to enjoy “Bangor, Brush with History,” and the debut of the Celebration of ART pre-opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, beginning at Bangor City Hall, 73 Harlow St.

This is a free event.

Shirar Patterson of Bangor Center Corp. reports this “Premier Exhibit,” organized by photographer and art gallery owner Rod Rodrigues, features the work of 75 Maine artists who have produced 100 new, original works for this event.

After the opening reception, at which local musicians will perform and a brief introduction of the festivities will be made, attendees will be guided by “historic Bangor figures in period dress” to the other four venues.

The exhibit will remain open during regular business hours through April 15 at five downtown venues: Bangor City Hall, Bangor Opera House, Bangor Public Library, Maine Discovery Museum and the gallery …by DESIGN.


Scott Levy reports that Penobscot Theatre Company is inviting playwrights to submit works for its fourth annual Northern Writes New Play Festival opening June 21 at Bangor Opera House.

Plays or musicals in development will be considered for staged readings during the festival, and 10-minute, one-act and full-length work will be considered.

All submissions must be postmarked by Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.

For more information, visit www.penobscottheatre.org or e-mail info@penobscottheatre.org.

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

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