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Old Town family needs help with daughter’s care

By Joni Averill

The family of John and Gia Guido of Old Town are going through a very trying time right now, and friends are doing what they can to help.

A little more than two weeks ago, the Guidos rushed their 4½-year-old daughter, Phebe, who had a very high temperature, to a walk-in care facility from where she was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, and it was discovered she has diabetes.

Phebe was placed in an induced coma because of blood clots in her head and leg, and it was determined she would have to undergo an amputation below the knee of one leg; surgery that, according to her Caringbridge Web site, took place on Tuesday, March 30.

John Guido recently became unemployed and his minimal insurance most likely won’t be enough to cover all the medical bills, to say nothing of taking care of his family’s needs at this time.

According to Guido’s friends Joe and Karen Pouliot, Phebe’s parents have been by her bedside all this time, and the Pouliots have been doing what they can to help.

A donation jar has been placed at Tim’s Little Big Store on Route 2 in Old Town, and updates on Phebe’s condition are available at

You can also call the Pouliots, at 817-6008, for information.


Now through Friday, April 9, reports Mark Tardif of Unity College, the public is invited to view the Mark Kelly Exhibition at the Leonard R. Craig Gallery on the Unity campus.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Kelly’s art is an “exhibition of two-dimensional work,” Tardif wrote of the images that “are experimental drawings, some of which involve scorching the paper with matches.”

For more information, call associate professor Ben Potter at 748-3131, ext. 239 or e-mail


Esther Faulkner will discuss watercolor from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Visions Gallery, 66 Main St. in Houlton.

Barbara Sutton reports this event is part of the Southern Aroostook Cultural Arts Project Lecture Series, which offers community members “free workshops and presentations on various art forms and cultural activities.”

More information is available by calling Sutton at 532-9119.


General Federation of Women’s Clubs members the Miosac Club and the Cosmopolitan Club invite you to attend their joint annual High School Art Show from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Center Theater in Dover-Foxcroft.

Cosmopolitan Club member Roxanna Gerrish wrote that students of Piscataquis Community High School in Guilford, Penquis Valley High School in Milo and Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft “will showcase their art,” which will be judged by Suzette East of Brownville Junction.

Prizes will be awarded, and refreshments will be served.


Members of the handicapped-accessible Veazie Congregational Church will hold a spaghetti and meatballs supper from 4:45 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the church, 1404 State St.

Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children. Information is available by calling Lucille Cardin at 947-8878.


Brownville Community Church members invite you to attend a spaghetti supper fundraiser at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the church, 84 Church St.

There will be an auction after the supper, and admission is by donation. The proceeds will go toward the installation of “new carpeting in the sanctuary,” Audrey Chadwick said.


Joyce Hillman e-mailed that reservations are being taken for the Monroe Community Church public supper featuring a Greek menu at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the church on Route 139.

Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling Hillman at 525-9908.

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

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