Overeaters Anonymous to celebrate Unity Day

Posted Feb. 22, 2010, at 7:57 p.m.

Members of Overeaters Anonymous invite you to join them in celebrating Unity Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Brandow Room on the second floor of Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor.

According to information provided by OA, registration begins at noon and, if you wish, you may dine in the EMMC cafeteria.

A microwave is also available for people who bring their own food.

The event will feature two guest speakers and a raffle and, at 2:30 p.m., “OA members, worldwide, will pause and join hands in an expression of unity,” the release states.

Organizers report “this will be a wonderful day of people coming together to share their experience, strength and hope as they recover from compulsive overeating.

“The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively.

“We welcome everyone, and our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive overeating one day at a time.”

The OA program is based on the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous, and OA members use first names only.

For more information, call Janet at 945-3470 or Linda at 848-5012 or visit www.oa.org.

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WomanHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease area coordinator Alice Page invites the public to join in honoring women from all over Maine who have participated in its Red Scarf Project.

That event is at noon Thursday, Feb. 25, at Spectacular Event Center on Griffin Road, Bangor.

Admission, including lunch, is $12. Reservations can be made by calling Page at 852-7456.

“Heart disease in the number one killer of women,” Page reminds readers.

Through the Red Scarf Program, a scarf is placed in a WomenHeart bag with educational materials, including risk factors and warning signs, and given to heart patients in several Maine hospitals, Page said.

Red Scarf recipients are especially encouraged to attend to recognize those who for the past three years have been part of the Red Scarf Project.

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A benefit Dinner and Silent Auction is being held by Bankers Life & Casualty Co. “for one of their own, Katharine Holden, who has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer,” wrote branch manager Lawrence Gagnon.

The Holden benefit is 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Hermon High School on Route 2, and admission is by donation for the dinner of spaghetti, salad and assorted desserts.

Married to Richard Holden, the Carmel couple has two children, Gagnon said of the company employee who is now on a leave of absence from the Bangor office.

“If you cannot attend,” but want to help the family with expenses during this difficult time, Gagnon wrote, donations can be made to the Katharine Holden Cancer Fund at Brewer Federal Credit Union, 77 North Main St., Brewer, or mailed to that account at BFCU, P.O. Box 189, Brewer 04412-0189.

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Now through early March, Bangor Savings Bank Foundation is offering a total of $100,000 to be divided among 68 local nonprofit organizations through its Community Matters More Campaign.

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, at any of the 52 Bangor Savings Bank branch offices or at any of the nonprofits listed on the ballot.

Today’s column includes the eligible organizations in the Greater Bangor Region: Bangor Y, Hammond Street Senior Center, Community Care, The River Coalition, Amicus and Acadia Hospital Youth Suicide Prevention Program.

This completes the list of the organizations that registered for this campaign.

To date, I have received information requesting write-in votes (Other) from Penobscot Valley Senior College, Lindsey Almenas Scholarship Fund and Marine Environmental Research Institute.

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

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