Bangor shelter thanks community for support

Posted Jan. 19, 2010, at 6:59 p.m.

People driving along Main Street in Bangor soon should see a large banner “suspended outside our building,” expressing the appreciation and conveying “a tremendously sincere thank you to the community” from members of the Bangor Area Housing Shelter Board, wrote executive director Dennis Marble.

“We have communicated many times in the past, and it is even more true today, that the shelter and those it helps depend on local, private support,” Marble wrote.

“As a percentage of revenue, the sum of all federal and state shelter support” BAHS receives “provides less than 27 percent of our funding,” Marble explained.

“We are continually helped by the efforts of local businesses,” such as Hollywood Slots, which provides the shelter with, among other things, “a lot of the food we serve through our soup kitchen,” Marble wrote.

The BAHS board also thanks representatives of “Hannaford’s at the Airport Mall for giving the large donations that we, in turn, give out through our food cupboard,” Marble continued, “and St. Joseph Hospital and its laundry department for ensuring we have clean sheets, pillowcases and towels every single day of the year, at no charge.

“These three generous businesses exemplify the community support that is so valuable to our efforts and it is our hope that by singling them out this time, we are, in fact, saying thank you to all.”

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Here’s a reminder that a benefit baked bean supper for Francis Limoges and family of Guilford will be held 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Masonic Hall in Guilford.

Admission is by donation.

Limoges, an active member of the Guilford-area community, was a longtime burner technician for McKusick Petroleum before facing a major illness and receiving treatment in Boston.

Raffle tickets for several impressive items ranging from a Rinnai heater to a handmade quilt are $3 each or two for $5, and the drawing will take place at the supper.

Raffle tickets 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.

For more information about the raffle or the supper, call Tootie Bennett, 876-3073, or Karen Graham, 943-2390.

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The public is invited to hear Annaliese Jakimides discuss “How to Write an Artist Statement” when the Bangor Art Society meets 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in the Bangor Public Library Lecture Hall on Harlow Street, Dave Haskins wrote.

Jakimides’ presentation will include “components of a good statement, with exercises for developing material to help one write a compelling artist statement,” Haskins said. Attendees should “bring paper and pencil.”

Jakimides, an award-winning writer and mixed-media artist with work in private collections throughout the world, is editor of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts monograph series and writes the “Last Word” essay for Bangor Metro.

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Stephanie Jesiolowski e-mailed St. Paul the Apostle Parish will hold a gourmet brunch, “Jazz on a Winter Day,” with seatings at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at All Saints Catholic School on the campus of St. Mary Catholic Church on Ohio Street in Bangor.

Tickets are $10 each or $20 per family. There is no charge for children under 5.

“All proceeds will help the parish youths attend World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain,” Jesiolowski wrote.

The benefit host will be Rich Tozier, and it will feature the Piero Brovarone Jazz Trio featuring Piero Brovarone, Elias Cottle, Lovey Williams and vocalist Carol Millet.

The menu includes eggs Benedict, French toast, scrambled eggs, breakfast meats and pastries.

Anyone interested in purchasing tickets is asked to call St. John’s Catholic Rectory in Bangor at 942-6941.

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Stephen Andrew reports that “interest has been building in the first Paul Bunyan Pond Hockey Tournament” scheduled for Jan 30-31 at Bass Park in Bangor.

Because of that increased interest, Andrew said, Bangor Area Breakfast Rotary Club is adding an 18-to-20 age division, and those interested in participating in the tournament can receive more information and register online at www.pbpondhockey.com.

Andrew wrote that Bangor Area Breakfast Rotary “is pleased to welcome Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway as a major sponsor of the tournament,” and said all proceeds will benefit Camp Capella in Dedham, “which provides diverse recreational and educational opportunities to people with disabilities.”

More information is also available by calling Ryan McPike at 843-3796 or e-mailing info@pbpondhockey.com.

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

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