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Searsport library seeks help for centennial events

By Joni Averill

Carver Memorial Library trustee Priscilla King wrote me recently about events that are being planned to celebrate the 100th anniversary next October of this Searsport facility.

King explained the centennial “activities will include laying a new walk with memorial-honorary bricking, publishing a booklet, and unearthing the copper box from the cornerstone of the building, bringing to light the items placed in it a century ago.

“After the old box is open and examined,” King continued, “a new box will be buried.”

She then went on to explain that “the committee working on the centennial booklet would like people who have used the library to submit their recollections of times spent there, whether it was just yesterday, or 50 years ago.

“Our plan is to publish some of these [recollections] on a couple pages in the book.”

Any information you can supply that would help in this effort can be mailed to King at P.O. Box 203, Searsport 04974, or e-mailed to her at pmking1221@myfairpoint.net.


“All area residents are invited to attend what promises to be an interesting and entertaining talk,” Diana Arney wrote about the next meeting of the Hancock Woman’s Club at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at the Hancock Community Center.

The speaker will be resident innkeeper Rich Malaby, “who will talk about the history of The Crocker House, and share an insider’s view of operating an historic country inn,” Arney wrote.

Refreshments will be served after the program, and the business meeting will be conducted after that.

For more information, call Arney at 422-9993, or HWC president Jackie Nicholson, 422-6852.


Orono Land Trust volunteer Peggy Markson invites the public to join OLT members at their annual meeting beginning with refreshments served at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 2, at Keith Anderson Community Center, 19 Bennoch Road, Orono.

A short meeting will be followed by a presentation by Maine State Climatologist and University of Maine professor emeritus of biology, ecology and climate change, Dr. George Jacobson.

The presentation will offer “an overview of the influence of climate change on Orono landscapes, and a fascinating history of Maine through time, putting the present and future landscapes in perspective,” Markson wrote.

Also, at this meeting, “three outstanding volunteers and local landowners” will be recognized, Markson added.


From members of the parent-teacher group of Charlotte Elementary School, known as “Charlotte School Friends,” comes word they are sponsoring a penny carnival titled the Fool’s Fair, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 3, in the school gymnasium at 1006 Ayers Junction Road.

The event features dozens of games, face painting, a jail and bail event, cakewalks and more, and prizes will be awarded for all games and activities.

Youngsters will enjoy an Easter egg hunt, and refreshments include hot dogs, popcorn, sweets and beverages.

The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.


Patricia Beckwith reports Harmony Hill will appear in concert to benefit Ronald McDonald House of Bangor at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at Morgan Hill Event Center in Hermon.

Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 848-7100.

Tickets at the door will be $12, and pre-show dining is available for $25.

Members of Harmony Hill are 17-year-old Catherine Strauch, vocals and fiddle; 18-year-old Morgan Smith, vocals, mandolin and percussion; and 15-year-old Jacob Stutzman on mandolin.

Morgan’s father, Brian Smith, plays lead guitar and bass, and Jacob’s father, Craig Stutzman, plays guitar, bass, and sings as well.

For more information, call Beckwith at 942-9003 or visit www.ronaldmcdonaldhousebangor.org.


The kind and generous community members of Otis and Mariaville are hosting a potluck benefit dinner for Leroy Colson at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Beech Hill School.

Ann Austin explained that Colson, who “has lived and worked in this community all of his life,” recently suffered a heart attack.

For more information, call Austin at 537-5222 or Laura Salisbury at the Otis town office, 537-2211.


Those of you who were unable to attend a recent benefit supper for 27-year-old Becky Engroff Mabry of Holden, who is seriously ill, can still make a donation to help this young wife and mother.

Judy Heath reports people unable to attend that event can send a check to Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church, 4 Houlton Street, Patten 04765, and just “earmark it for the Becky Engroff Mabry Benefit.”

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

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