Benefit to assist local woman with back injury

Posted Jan. 12, 2010, at 6:24 p.m.

Among the many people I remember fondly from my days as a Bangor Daily News sports columnist is Sharon Dauphinee, of Bangor.

Years ago, Sharon was an active member of the Women’s Maine State Golf Association and also one of its most entertaining, delighting us all at the end of a long, hot day singing as she strummed her guitar.

I know many others must have their own special memories of this woman who devoted herself to her profession as a registered nurse for more than 30 years.

About eight years ago, while assisting a patient, Sharon suffered a severe back injury that left her in a great deal of pain and unable to work.

There is possible relief in the form of laser spine surgery, but it is not covered by insurance and is performed at only three sites in the U.S., her sister Patti Lane told me.

So Sharon Dauphinee’s friends and family are working hard to fulfill their motto of “Helping Sharon get BACK to living.”

To make this possible, supporters are trying to raise $20,000 to cover expenses.

They have been selling items online and on eBay, and you can find full information about their efforts at circleoffriendsonline.com.

Right now, however, you can help Sharon by attending a benefit dinner, dance and silent auction beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Eagles Club in Brewer.

All proceeds from this fundraiser and others may just help this lovely lady get back to living life as she knew it.

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Liz Grandmaison e-mailed that Bangor Area Children’s Choir is holding auditions for singers ages 9-12 for its Treble Choir from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 540 Essex St., Bangor.

Artistic director Steve Weston will conduct what Grandmaison describes as “a low-stress process” that will be “comfortable for walk-ins.”

“Children can expect to sing with, and for, Weston, and to do a few simple musical assessments,” she said.

The choir is preparing for its first performance of the season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Columbia Street Baptist Church in Bangor. The concert is open to the public. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

For more information about auditions or Bangor Area Children’s Choir, call Weston, 992-7472 or visit www.bangorareachildrenschoir.com.

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Rich Kimball reports Brewer Youth Theatre is one of the “first high schools in the country” to present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” which is “one of the funniest shows we’ve ever done, with quirky, memorable characters and great music.”

“There are some adult situations, and a few instances of strong language,” Kimball cautions, “so it may not be appropriate for younger audiences.”

The BYT production is at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan 15, Saturday, Jan. 16, and Jan 21-23, at Brewer Middle School, 5 Somerset St.

Admission at the door is $5 for adults, $3 for students.

The show features Jacob Joy, Tess McLaughlin, Kyle Holyoke, Brianna Philbrick, Alek Sayers, Rachel Caron, Kate Weigel, Alex Cole, Kaileigh Tremble, Jillian McNally, Andrew Cote and Emily Irving.

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Members of Mimi King’s and Ruth Peterson’s Calvary Baptist Church Sunday School class are holding a Warm Hearts-Warm Hands Day 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Family Center, 12 Family Lane, off Center Street in Brewer.

Church members have donated hats, mittens, sweaters, boots and blankets for individuals and families who might need “a few extra layers during the cold winter months,” the women wrote.

Anyone who wants to take advantage of these donations is welcome to stop by.

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Terry White leads the effort of members of the Bangor High School Class of 1970 Reunion Committee as it prepares for its 40th class reunion on July 31.

White e-mailed that he “is missing many addresses for classmates, and the list is too numerous” to be included here.

So, White wrote, he is “asking for anyone who graduated” from BHS in 1970, “or has a connection, in any way,” with members of that class, to call him at 296-2929 or e-mail shonko49@aol.com and provide what information you can.

White said that the last time the class met was in 1995 for its 25th reunion, “and the locations of some of the 369 who graduated has changed.”

White wants to ensure that all class members are invited to attend the 40th reunion, and he hopes our readers can help.

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

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