May 26, 2018
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Orono students going to national debate meets

By Joni Averill

Congratulations to members of the Orono High School Speech and Debate Team who qualified, through previous competitions, to represent Maine at two national tournaments.

Team members Norah Bird, Carson Foley and Thomas Gillette will represent Maine in the National Catholic Forensic League national tournament May 28-30 in Omaha, Neb., in a tournament open to both public and private high schools nationwide.

They also will compete in the National Forensic League national tournament June 13-18 in Kansas City, Mo.

Coached by Lyndsy Shuman, the team is raising funds for these members to participate in those events.

First up is a 24-hour read-in beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, April 9, and running through 6 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in the Orono High School library.

According to the release, the team is challenging community members and local business to contribute a per-hour amount to support the read-in.

To become a read-in sponsor or to make a donation to the team, checks may be made payable to Orono High School with Speech and Debate Team on the memo line and mailed to the school, 14 Goodridge Drive, Orono 04473.

For more information, or if you would like to assist in this or other fundraising efforts, call Shuman at 992-3166, or e-mail


All Souls Students in Service to Jesus Christ, known as ASSIST-JC, will hold its 10th annual Lobster Stew Dinner with seatings at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at All Souls Congregational Church, 10 Broadway in Bangor.

Tickets are $14 and can be reserved by calling the church office at 942-7354. Takeout orders will be available.

ASSIST-JC volunteer Melissa Huston reports that this is “just one of many fundraisers” throughout the year to help the students “support their annual mission trips,” which “alternate each year between an international location and a homeland project.”

Last year, the group “built three homes, a kindergarten classroom,” held “a vacation Bible school” and conducted a “free medical clinic in Honduras,” Huston wrote.

“This year, the group returns to Eastport … to assist with numerous home-improvement projects within the community.”

For information about this program, visit


Members of Congregational Beth Israel invite you to their next Coffeehouse at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the synagogue, 144 York St., Bangor.

Cantor Deborah Marlowe will discuss “What Makes Jewish Music Jewish,” at this event, which includes coffee and light refreshments.

For more information about Congregation Beth Israel’s adult education class offerings, visit or call 945-3433.


Cathleen Bauschatz reminds readers the Penobscot Valley branch of the American Association of University Women will hold its 59th annual book sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in the vestry of Church of Universal Fellowship, 82 Main St., Orono.

Attendees should enter the building off Juniper Street.

Admission is free, and a light lunch and snacks will be available for purchase.


Mark Tardif of Unity College reports that the fourth annual Unity College Sportsman’s Conference and Dinner will be held 4-10 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St.

VIP tickets for this game meal provide preferred seating, preferred dining choices and reserved seating during the presentations. Those tickets are $25 each.

Regular seats are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event, and tickets for individual events are $15 for the general public, $10 for students.

Reserved tickets are available by calling John Sullivan, 948-SHOW, or by e-mailing

You should specify which events you are interested in attending.

The Sportsmen’s Conference is 7-10 p.m. and will feature falconer Scott McNeff and Maine humorist Gary Crocker.

All proceeds benefit Hunt-of-a-Lifetime, Operation Game Thief and Catch-a-Dream.

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

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