May 23, 2018
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No Eastern Maine Soap Box Derby this year

By Joni Averill

People who were involved with the Eastern Maine Soap Box Derby received a letter recently informing them its “board of directors has decided not to hold a race this year,” according to information provided by former EMSBD race director Vicki Vroom.

“This difficult decision was made given the overall lack of response for assistance in the organization and fundraising efforts,” Vroom said.

“Please know that this was not an easy decision to make, and many options were exhausted before finally reaching this decision.”

However, Vroom wants to make sure that any racers “interested in continuing with the All American Soap Box Derby” are not left out in the cold.

She encourages you contact representatives of the Northern Maine Soap Box Derby, who will hold their event in June in Houlton.

“They can be contacted through a link” off the EMSBD Web site at “or by contacting their race director, Daniel Emerson, at 532-6591,” Vroom said.

She added, “The possibility of racing in 2011 will be addressed at a later time,” and that anyone interested in continuing this event should e-mail Hartley Webb at

It is Vroom’s hope that enough support will “bring the race back to Buck Street in Bangor in 2011.”

In conclusion, Vroom wrote that representatives of EMSBD “thank everyone who has helped with the race” during the last 14 years.


Barbara Sutton reports that Southern Aroostook Cultural Arts Project is launching “Southern Aroostook Echoing Silence,” which she describes as “a creative writing group to help nurture and develop authors, poets and novelists in our community.”

The first meeting of this organization is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, at Visions, 66 Main St., Houlton.

“The group is welcoming all writers, regardless of style and regardless of age,” Sutton wrote. “It is our desire to nurture all budding authors and poets.

“We encourage high school and college students to attend, if they have the passion for the pen.”

For more information, call Sutton at 532-9119.


According to information provided by John Batty, the next meeting of the newly formed Aktion Club of MidCoast Maine will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, at the Stella Maris House in Rockland.

“This meeting will be to sign up more members and elect the board of directors from the members in attendance,” Batty wrote.

Plans for future meetings and events are on the agenda for this organization that is open to anyone 18 or older who has a disability and wants to be part of this community service organization sponsored by the Rockland Kiwanis Club.

For more information, call Batty at 691-6989 or e-mail


Preregistration would be appreciated for any girl interested in attending What’s in Your Future, for youngsters in grades four through eight, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, at Challenger Learning Center, 30 Venture Way, Bangor.

Jennifer Therrien reports that at this Girl Power event you will meet women working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Refreshments will be provided, and there is no admission fee.

To register or learn more, call 990-2900, ext. 1.


Here’s a reminder from Carol Higgins Taylor of Eastern Area Agency on Aging, based in Bangor.

If you know of an inspiring senior, the deadline to nominate him or her for the EAAA George Hale Silver Frame Award is Wednesday, March 31.

Categories are Artistic-Creative, Fitness Enthusiast-Adventurer, and Life-Long Community Learner-Community Supporter-Entrepreneur.

Nomination forms are available at or by calling 941-2865.

You can also send a letter describing why this person is a candidate for this award to Noelle Merrill, EAAA, 450 Essex St., Bangor 04401.

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

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