May 24, 2018
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Organizations partner to provide landscaping

By Joni Averill

Partnerships make a difference, and one that may interest you is a joint effort between Ellsworth Garden Club and Habitat for Humanity of Hancock County.

Mary Blackstone wrote Ellsworth Garden Club invites the public to hear a presentation by Habitat for Humanity of Hancock County executive director Jimmy Goodson at 7 p.m. Monday, May 24, at the Sleigh Barn at Woodlawn Museum on Surry Road in Ellsworth.

There is no admission fee, and refreshments will be served.

Goodson will discuss Habitat for Humanity and a grant the garden club received to provide landscaping for affordable housing projects.

“Landscaping, in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity, is a project supported by National Garden Clubs, Inc.,” Blackstone said.

Club members also are preparing for a plant sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 29, at Donald Little Memorial Park, located at the triangle of State, Birch and School streets in Ellsworth.

For a half century, the park has been “owned and maintained” by the garden club, Blackstone wrote, and proceeds from this sale benefit the Donald Little Memorial Park Endowment Fund.


Director Fred Heath invites you to enjoy Spring in the Park, a band concert featuring “good music by good musicians and experienced players,” at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 23, in Webster Park across the river from downtown Orono.

It is suggested you bring your own chairs to the center, which is free and open to the public.

However, if it rains, the concert will be inside the Keith Anderson Community House on Bennoch Road.


Members of the Chapin Park Neighborhood Block Party committee have announced their planning meeting is 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, in the second-level conference room of Phillips-Strickland House and Boyd Place at 21 Boyd St., Bangor.

Organizers of this event hope as many people as possible will attend and are seeking $50 business sponsorships to support this community event.

If you can help financially, make checks payable to Bagley & Grant and mail them to Cheryl Grant, 18 Forest Ave., Bangor 04401.

For information about the Block Party, call Grant at 942-3728; Theresa Soucy at Frank’s Bake Shop, 947-4594; or Bill Miller at Miller Drug, 947-8369.


Corky Pinette calls this event “our annual rite of spring.”

Members of the Church of the Good Shepherd invite you to their annual fiddlehead supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, in the church’s Watson Hall at 116 Main St., Houlton.

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

The menu includes fiddlehead quiche, ham, steamed fiddleheads, potato salad, homemade rolls, drinks and desserts.

And, if you wish to purchase frozen quiches for later use, you can do so for $11 each.


When I read the obituary of Malaka “Tookie” Russell, formerly of Pittsfield and one of the most outstanding members of the Maine athletic community, my sadness at her passing was softened by the realization she lived a long and productive life, one that positively influenced so many others.

If ever there was a perfect role model for young women, Tookie was it.

In January 1980, when I was a rookie female sports columnist assigned to write profiles of leaders in that field, Tookie was one of my first interviewees.

From that time forward, Tookie was someone I always could turn to for guidance and help.

I will be forever grateful for her generosity in sharing her life story with me and shepherding me into the special world of female athletics.


For those who may have missed this announcement which appeared in my column earlier this week, it is repeated here.

The format change will be explained to our readers in a later column.

Notice to my Readers: My column format will be changing in June and press releases no longer will be coming to me.

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

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