Hampden’s ‘Glue Girls’ imagining Tennessee

Posted April 19, 2010, at 8:08 p.m.

The Destination Imagination team of fourth- and fifth-grade girls from Hampden, “The Glue Girls,” is asking for your help to “Go Global” as they work to travel to the DI Global Finals May 26-29 in Knoxville, Tenn.

The team needs “to do some serious fundraising … in a very short amount of time,” wrote team manager Cheryl Fasse of their effort “to raise more than $10,000 to pay for the costs associated with this event,” which attracts more than “15,000 participants from around the world, making it the world’s largest, creative, problem-solving tournament of its kind.”

At both the District and State celebrations, Fasse wrote, “in Breaking DI News!” The Glue Girls were “honored with DaVinci Awards for their outstanding creativity using newspaper in all aspects of their presentation, their captivating performance and for their awe-inspiring structure, which supported 490 pounds and did not break.”

You can help “The Glue Girls Go Global” by making out a check to Destination Imagination and sending it in care of George B. Weatherbee School, 22 Main Road North, Hampden 04444.

For more information, contact Gluegirls@tds.net.

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Mary Laury, executive director of Schoodic Arts for All, reminds readers that the second annual, free, SAA Community Poetry Celebration is at 7 tonight at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor.

Readings will feature “the work of old and new poets, our neighbors and our friends, in validation of poetry as art and intimate conversation, and as an encouragement to the poetic spirit,” Laury wrote.

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Librarian Lyn Smith and Friends of the Pittsfield Public Library will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at the library.

“All members, and prospective members, are invited to attend,” Smith wrote.

The meeting focus will be “How the Friends can support the library” and planning “for future programs and fundraising activities.”

She reminds residents several volunteer positions are available from monitoring the lower-level children’s area to covering books and straightening shelves.

“The time commitment could be scheduled for a couple hours a week or an on-call basis.”

For more information, call the library at 487-5880.

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Congratulations to Dana Currie of Seboeis Plantation who, on her own, worked to have Gov. John Baldacci officially declare April as Primary Immunodeficiency Disease Awareness Month.

Currie, 32, said primary immunodeficiency diseases, known as PIDD, “are a group of more than 150 different types of often widely misdiagnosed genetic diseases.

“PIDD is a classification of genetic diseases where part or all of a person’s immune system is compromised, making it difficult for the body to fight infection,” she said.

After “years of various infections that were persistent and difficult to eradicate,” Currie, at 15, was diagnosed with common variable immunodeficiency disease, or CVID.

At the time, with little information about the disease available, Currie wrote she thought of it as a “death sentence,” but today “I’m evidence that it most certainly is not.”

Currie wishes that “media coverage of this disease will help raise awareness among our community’s children, their parents, adults and the healthcare professionals who care for them.”

For more information about PIDD or CVID, e-mail Currie at currieidf@gmail.com or visit www.primaryimmune.org.

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I’ll have more information about this event nearer the date, but in the meantime, Cathy Goslin wants readers to know reservations and donations are being taken for the Maine Forest and Logging Museum Second Annual Dinner and Auction at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 17, at Black Bear Inn in Orono.

Admission is $50 with half that amount benefiting the museum.

Reservations for tables for eight may be made.

To make reservations or donate an item for the auction, call 974-6278 or e-mail info@leonardsmills.com.

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

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