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Supper, auction to assist Island Falls family

By Joni Averill

Friends of lifelong Island Falls resident Laurie Breton are doing what they can to assist her family as she faces breast cancer, and you can help by attending a benefit potluck supper and auction from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at the VFW Hall in that community.

The daughter of local residents Robert and Evelyn Dunphy, with two grown children and five grandchildren, Breton recently underwent surgery and has begun chemotherapy treatment.

Adding to their difficulties at this time is that her husband, Paul Breton, “was laid off from his job at National Starch when that company closed,” Cleo Skolfield said.

The fundraiser also will include a raffle of a quilt made by Laurie’s mother. If you cannot attend but want to make a donation or purchase quilt tickets, you can call Skolfield at 463-2186 or Evelyn Dunphy at 463-2440.


Lincoln Memorial Library will welcome Carly del Signore of Tide Mill Farm discussing organic gardening as part of the library’s “Learn! At Your Library” series at 7 tonight at the Dennysville facility.

Admission is free.

For information, call 726-4263.


Today is the registration deadline for a Women’s Health Screening Day on May 7 at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport.

The free screenings are for women age 40 to 64 who meet income guidelines and have no health insurance, insurance with high deductibles or insurance that does not cover certain tests, according to Linda Zeigler, women’s health educator for Penobscot Bay Medical Center.

To register, call 800-350-5180 and press 1.


The Stearns High School Performing Arts Booster Club will hold its second dinner auction “to benefit the kids in the performing arts” of Stearns of Millinocket and Schenck of East Millinocket high schools, Millinocket Middle School and Millinocket’s Granite Street School, reports auction chairman Kevin Gregory.

The barbecue meal is 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1, in the Stearns cafeteria; the auction is 1 p.m. in the auditorium.

The meal is $6, and the auction features more than 200 items ranging from “outings, lodging, dining, artwork and services” donated by businesses “from around the state,” Gregory wrote.

Jimmy Pratt of Sherman is the auctioneer. For information or to make donations, call Gregory at 723-5178 or e-mail


Parents and guardians should check with Maine Discovery Museum to see whether tickets remain for the Bangor Ballet “Tea Party in Paris,” during which the dancers will showcase “excerpts of their spring performance.”

There are two seatings, at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Maine Discovery Museum on Main Street in Bangor.

Tickets are $10 for museum members, $16 for nonmembers.

For information, call 262-7200.

The presentation includes “a mini-dance lesson, a tea party with lemonade and tea treats, and Paris-inspired crafts,” said Kristin Coffey Canders.


The deadline is May 1 to register for participation in the sixth annual Margaretta Days Festival 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at the University of Maine in Machias.

Sponsored by the Machias Historical Society, Valdine Atwood reports “the festival celebrates … the first Naval Battle of the American Revolution.”

Carlene Holmes is chairwoman of the event. She invites crafters, food vendors and “period demonstrators” to participate.

For information, e-mail or call 255-3433 or 263-5886.


Audrey Chadwick e-mailed that “A Taste of Chocolate” will be held 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Brownville Community Church.

Featuring “18 stations of chocolate goodness” prepared by several restaurants and “many talented church members,” admission is “10 tastes for $5, or five tastes for $3,” Chadwick wrote.

Half the proceeds raised through a raffle of a Special Mother’s Day Basket, worth more than $200, will benefit CancerCare of Maine.

Raffle tickets are available from church members, Chadwick said.


Sonia Erskine reports the Dixmont Scholarship Association will hold a public supper 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at the Dixmont Snowmobile Clubhouse.

Admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children under 12 for the baked bean-casserole meal.

Proceeds benefit scholarships for Dixmont senior high school students who are continuing their education.


Rory Schmand and Michelle Patterson remind readers Saturday, May 1, is the registration deadline for donations for a tag sale to benefit the Pirate Rec Day to raise funds for recreation programs for Piscataquis County children.

Call 876-4025 or 343-0035 for information.

Jon Deane is heading up a bottle drive. Information is available by calling him at 876-2097.

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

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