Retired police officer to give media workshop

Posted April 01, 2010, at 6:59 p.m.

Retired Bangor Police Department Drug Abuse Resistance Education Officer Dan Frazell wants parents, guardians and other adults to know that “locally, for the first time in a long time,” he will be making his presentation, “How the Media is Killing Our Children.”

The free event will be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, at Center Drive School in Orrington.

“Anyone is welcome,” Frazell wrote, provided attendees are older than 18, because “parts are very graphic and explicit.”

During his D.A.R.E. years, Frazell “put together a workshop for parents and teachers about the media and its impact on kids.”

He has given this presentation “nearly 700 times, all across Canada” and in nearly “every state in America,” he wrote.

Frazell said that the program is “a fast-paced presentation that covers all the hot topics of the day that parents really should be aware of,” from “texting to sexting to video games to Facebook.”

“I will point out all the dangers that are associated with” all the new technology available to our children today, he said.

For more information, visit www.howthemediaiskillingourchildren.com.

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Librarian Pat Brightly reports that Friends of the Whitneyville Public Library will hold a public turkey dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at the Hillgrove Community Center in Whitneyville.

Head chef Nate Pennell is in charge of turkey cooking and preparing the mashed potatoes, stuffing, peas, carrots and pies, while Janet O’Neal is responsible for the dinner rolls.

Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children younger than 12, and proceeds will benefit the library’s 2011 budget.

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Members of Bucksport Senior Citizens are planning to take a bus trip to Cape Cod May 17-21, and “we still have a few seats left,” wrote Myrtle Pendleton.

The $435 cost of the trip includes meals, motel, transportation and gratuities.

The tour will depart from Bucksport and will pick up travelers in Bangor and Belfast.

Reservations must be made by Monday, April 5, and can be made by calling 469-0703 or 469-7559.

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Second Congregational Church of Brewer secretary Leigh Osgood wants readers to know that a free potluck breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 4, at the church, 607 South Main St.

The meal will follow the Easter Sunday sunrise service at 7 a.m. at the church. The regular worship service will be at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, call 989-7930.

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Freeport poet Ken Nye, who has Parkinson’s disease and whose mother recently died of Alzheimer’s disease, will address both meetings of the Midcoast Parkinson’s Support Group and the Alzheimer’s Support Group at Quarry Hill Retirement Community in Camden, reports Jill Lang of Pen Bay Healthcare.

Nye will visit the Parkinson’s Group noon-1:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, on the first floor of Quarry Hill’s Anderson Inn.

He will visit the Alzheimer’s group at 6 p.m. at the same site.

The Parkinson’s group, Lang explained, is for people with Parkinson’s disease, their families, friends and caregivers, and meets from noon to 1:45 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. Attendees are asked to bring bag lunches; drinks and desserts will be provided. For information, call Suzanne Miller, 230-6224.

The Alzheimer’s group, Lang wrote, “provides information and support to area residents who have loved ones coping with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.”

It meets 6-7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Quarry Hill and 3-4 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland.

For more information, call Cheri Alexander, 230-6237.

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St. Mary’s Catholic Church is holding a one-man production featuring Leonardo Defilippis depicting the life of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, at the church on Ohio Street in Bangor.

The production celebrates the Year of the Priesthood as declared by Pope Benedict XVI, reports Anne O’Reilly.

Admission is a freewill offering and the presentation that is suitable for ages 9 and older, O’Reilly wrote.

For more information, call Jody Chasse at St. Mary’s, 945-5018, or e-mail stmarysbangor@roadrunner.com.

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Woodlawn Museum will hold a tree identification workshop with foresters Keith Kanoti and Jim Ecker from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, April 9, at Woodlawn on Surry Road in Ellsworth.

The indoor-outdoor workshop will be held rain or shine.

Admission is by donation, and reservations can be made by calling 667-8671.

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

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