Orrington Masonic lodge seeks funds for flags

Posted Feb. 14, 2010, at 7:41 p.m.

Before Monday, March 1, Bob Lobley of Orrington told me, enough money needs to be raised so members of Ralph J. Pollard Masonic Lodge of Orrington can complete a Community Betterment Project.

The organization wants to place 72 American flags on Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. poles from the Brewer-Orrington town line “for about three miles to the U.S. post office on Route 15” in Orrington.

The flags cost $38 each and, to date, 24 of them have been acquired through a matching grant from the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor.

Lobley, who is chairman of this project, recently mailed a letter to local businesses in Orrington asking for assistance in raising the funds, and is now asking for contributions from individuals as well.

“The VFW members,” Lobley wrote, “being few in numbers and older veterans, have wanted to see this project done for several years; in memory of those who had served and those who are now serving our country to keep us safe at home.”

Lobley added that the organization plans to have the flags in place before Memorial Day, and will need to take them down “after Veterans Day in November.”

To contribute to the project, make checks out to Ralph J. Pollard Lodge and mail it to Robert Lobley, chairman, 279 River Road, Orrington 04474-3049.

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Jill Lang of Pen Bay Healthcare reports “Dancing with Parkinson’s” is being offered for “those with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders,” from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Thursdays, now through March 25, at Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill Retirement Community in Camden.

The next class is Feb. 18.

The classes are “tailored to those with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders” and will “combine rhythmic, fluid movements with music chosen to excite and inspire,” Lang wrote.

The program is “accessible to all,” including individuals using “canes, walkers and wheelchairs,” she wrote, adding “no experience is necessary.”

The cost is $5 per class, and a sliding-scale fee is available.

For more information, you can call the instructor, Katie Tranzillo, at 915-9371.

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According to information on its Web site, “in early March, Bangor Saving Bank Foundation will give a total of $100,000 to 68 local nonprofit organizations,” through its Community Matters More Campaign.

Individuals can vote for up to three nonprofit organizations that are registered in eight regions throughout the state, or a write-in entry in the “other” category.

To be considered as a write-in nomination, the organization’s program must be “open to all, nonsectarian, Maine-based or with operating offices within Maine and registered as a 501(c)(3) organization,” according to the Web site.

“The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation reserves the right to verify and/or reject ballots.”

Starting with today’s column, I will list the nonprofits for which you can vote, with the understanding that “voting is open to Maine residents only,” and that “there is a limit of one ballot entry per resident with up to three votes on a ballot. Duplicate entries will be removed,” as the Web site states.

Maine residents can vote, online, by going to http://www.bangor.com/YouMatterMore/Voting.aspx and scrolling down to Bangor Savings Bank-You Matter More: Support Your Community.

Carol Colson of BSB reports you also can cast your votes at any of the 52 BSB branch offices or at any of the nonprofits listed on the ballot.

Here, today, are the organizations registered for grants in the Down East region: The Ark, The Grand, Schoodic Arts for All, Special Children’s Friends, Ellsworth Historical Society and Open Door Recovery.

For disclosure purposes, I am a corporator of Bangor Savings Bank.

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

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