May 28, 2018
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Stars come out for Phillips-Strickland House

By Joni Averill

Tickets are still available for anyone who would like to enjoy an evening of entertainment by attending “Dancing for The Stars” with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the event beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at Gracie Theatre at Husson University.

Admission for this event, which benefits residents of the nonprofit Phillips-Strickland House in Bangor, is $40, and reservations can be made by calling Sharon Nickerson at 941-2820 or e-mailing

Your hosts will be George Hale and Stephanie Lanham, and it will be my pleasure, for the second year, to serve as one of the “judges” with Bruce Thompson and Ric Tyler.

But, of course, it’s the “entertainers” everyone comes to see and, so you are urged to join the fun and cast your votes, $1 per vote, for one of these teams: Dr. Geoff Gratwick and Judith-Anne Dysart; Dr. Ben Zolper and Annette Anderson; the Rev. James Haddix and Cindy Madore; Dr. Penny Lamhut and Dan Crocker; Sharon Zolper and Terance Lee; Ed Darling and Stacy Wakely; and Jill Quirk and Brian Veneziano.

The team collecting the most votes wins but, ultimately, through your generosity, it’s the residents of Phillips-Strickland House who are the true winners.


The public is invited to hear a discussion about Environment & Dementia, led by Dr. Toby Atkins, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, at Acadia Assisted Living & Memory Care Community, 932 Ohio St., Bangor.

Dr. Atkins, of Penobscot Community Health Care, specializes in Family Practice and Geriatric Medicine.

According to a press release, topics include “environmental effects on persons with dementia, deciding when it is time to consider new living arrangements and the various housing options available for you or your loved ones.”


Herbert Jordan, Hermon High School Class of 1960, is seeking “people who may have been in our class at one time” to attend the class’s 50th reunion on July 17.

Any interested classmates are asked to call him at 848-3345.


Registration is open for singers to join the Schoodic Summer Chorus, directed by Anna Dembska.

Mary Laury of the sponsoring Schoodic Arts for All reports the four-part, mixed a cappella chorus “is open to everyone who loves to sing.”

Rehearsals are 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays beginning May 25, at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor, and the chorus “will perform at the Schoodic Arts Festival in August,” Laury explained.

The cost is $120, and full and partial scholarships are available.

To register or receive more information, contact SAA by calling 963-2569, e-mailing or writing SAA, 427 Main Street, Winter Harbor 04693.


Bette Hoxie, executive director of Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine Inc., and The Kinship Program, reminds interested individuals its annual spring training conference, “History Without Mystery,” is Thursday, May 21 and Friday, May 22, at Point Lookout in Northport.

For information, call 800-833-9786 or 827-2331, fax 827-1974 or e-mail

Attendees can include foster, adoptive, birth and kinship parents, social workers, case managers, judges, attorneys, adoption workers, child welfare advocates, educators and others.


Debbie Tripp Gilman reports Old Town High School Class of 1971 is hosting its 40th reunion Aug. 6, 2011, and needs classmates’ mailing addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

People with that information can call Gilman at 394-2481 or e-mail or e-mail Debbie Nason Calligan at

“Then and now photos, up to five, to be added to a slide show,” can be e-mailed to Kim Mitchell at

To help defray costs of the reunion, checks can be made payable to Old Town High School Class of 1971 and mailed to Calligan, 41 Sylvan Way, Manchester 04351.

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

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