Pine Tree Quilters offer bus trip to Vt. festival

Posted April 11, 2010, at 6:56 p.m.

Payment must be received by Thursday, April 15, for anyone who wants to participate in the Pine Tree Quilters Guild bus trip to the 34th annual Vermont Quilt Festival to be held June 25-27 at the Champlain Valley Exposition Building in Essex Junction.

Tina Mann reports registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and is $372 for quad occupancy, $395 for triple occupancy, $442 for double occupancy and $584 for single occupancy.

You can register online at www.mainequilts.org, call Mann at 441-2971 or e-mail tmann@fairpoint.net.

The trip includes pickup and drop-off locations in Bangor, Augusta, Auburn and Portland, and you do not need to be a registered guild member to take the trip.

For readers “unfamiliar with the Vermont Quilt Festival,” Mann wrote, “it is the oldest and largest quilt show in New England.”

Hundreds of quilts and more than 80 vendors as well as exhibits, demonstrations, a retail area and lectures are offered, she wrote, and the trip also includes a visit to the Shelburne Museum.

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Kristie Miner of Westgate Manor in Bangor reports that the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, is conducting a free 12-hour training program for family caregivers of people with dementia titled “Maine Savvy Caregiver.”

The sessions are being held statewide and participation in the training includes participation in a research project to evaluate the program by completing a pre- and post-training survey, the release states.

Preregistration is required and it is important to attend all six classes in the series.

The first sessions in our area are 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, April 15, at Phillips-Strickland House, 21 Boyd St., Bangor; 1-3 p.m. that day at Dirigo Pines, 1 Alumni Drive, Orono; 9-11 a.m. Friday, April 16, at the Don & Beth Straus Center, 16 Community Lane, Southwest Harbor; and 1-3 p.m. that day at Maine Seacoast Mission, 127 West St. in Bar Harbor.

To register, call Cindy Beck at 800-272-3900 or 772-0115, ext. 22, or e-mail cindy.beck@alz.org.

Other April sessions will be conducted in Norway, Bethel, Fryeburg and Rumford.

May sessions will be in Lewiston, Poland, Auburn and Farmington.

July sessions will be conducted in Carrabassett Valley and Durham, and August sessions will be held in Machias, Dover-Foxcroft and Greenville.

For information about this program, contact Beck.

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Janet Blood of Eastern Maine Community College invites you to celebrate National Library Week by attending Books2Eat: A Good Read and a Good Eat from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in Rangeley on the EMCC Bangor campus, Sylvan Road.

Admission to the show, presented by EMCC’s Friends of the Library, is $10 to cast a vote for your favorite edible books.

Sue McKay will auction the professional entries with proceeds benefiting Friends of the Library.

EMCC culinary arts students will serve other goodies while you judge the entries and after the judging and auction you can “taste browse” the remaining books.

For information, call Blood at 974-4606.

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To my dear friends Bob and Fran Clukey, their children, grandchildren and all who knew and loved Bob’s mother, I offer my condolences on the recent death of Leona Clukey, who founded one of the first nursery schools in Bangor, serving generations of individuals who fondly recall the time they spent with her.

Although I did not get to know Leona until my adult years when I moved here, my extended White family’s connection to the Clukeys is much longer, going back to Leona’s high school days with an aunt and summers at their respective camps on Phillips Lake.

One of the blessings of life is shared memories that can help ease the pain of loss.

We are fortunate Leona left us all so much to share.

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

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