March 22, 2018
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Couple to discuss earthquake experiences

By Joni Averill

Readers may recall the March Bangor Daily News story of Orono residents William and Jennifer DeSisto and their family, who experienced the magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile on Feb. 27.

William DeSisto, an associate professor at the University of Maine, had begun a six-month sabbatical in January and was joined by his wife, son Billy, 15, daughter Isabella, 13, 11-year-old son Nathan, 11, and son Jason, 6.

Billy DeSisto was able to relay quite a bit of information about how the family was coping with the disaster through e-mails to his Orono High School teachers and the BDN.

The family was able to return to the U.S. in April and now will share their experience with members of the public.

Pastor Steve Smith reports the DeSistos “have some very interesting stories to tell,” and he invites you to meet with the family at 7 p.m. Friday, June 4, at the Orono United Methodist Church at 36 Oak St.

Bill DeSisto told me he and his wife will offer a slide presentation, including maps, that he hopes will be “very informative,” and while plans are not yet firmed up as to the extent of the children’s participation, there will be an opportunity for young people to ask questions and learn about what this family endured during one of the strongest earthquakes ever registered.

The public is invited to attend, and light refreshments will be served after the presentation.


If you happen to be in downtown Limestone this morning, stop by the final book sale, which is running from 9 a.m. to noon at the Robert A. Frost Memorial Library at 42 Main St. in that Aroostook County community.

Joanne Worthen reports that the library still has items to sell from a previous book sale and that, in this clean-out-the-shelves event, you will find “historical romances, medical romances, fiction, nonfiction, hardcover books, paperbacks and VHS tapes” as well.


If you live in the Mount Desert Island area and have a strong desire to quit smoking, you have an opportunity to get some good advice from a very knowledgeable source.

Kathleen Mulligan, community health educator for Mount Desert Island Hospital, has announced its Wellness Program is holding two quit-smoking clinics featuring “a certified tobacco specialist from the Mayo Clinic in Boston.”

The first clinic is noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, at the Side Street Cafe, 49 Rodick St., Bar Harbor.

The second clinic is 6-7 p.m. the same day at the Bar Harbor Club, 111 West St.

Seating is limited for each clinic, so you must call Mulligan at 288-5082, ext. 1624, to reserve your space.


I have a short addendum to the story leading yesterday’s column about the Friends of the University of Maine Women’s Basketball Black Bear Lobster Picnic, which is noon Sunday, June 20, at Union River Lobster Pot Restaurant in Ellsworth.

Friends member Connie Kelsey also wanted to remind golfers to put a “save the date” memo on their calendars for the friends’ annual golf tournament, which is planned for Monday, Sept. 20, at Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono.

For information about either event, call the UMaine women’s basketball office at 581-1107.

Also, my apologies for confusing the names of the hosting restaurant owners, who are Brian and Jane Langley, and the friends board members, who are Bill and Julie Bromley.


Members of the Brewer Garden & Bird Club are conducting their annual perennial plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at the Brewer Historical Society building on Wilson Street in Brewer, located across the street from Gold Star Cleaners.

Carol Smith reports that plants offered are from the gardens of the club members “so you can be sure your plants will grow in our area,” and that the club “will also be offering a garden-related raffle item this year.”

In the meantime, Brewer Historical Society members will have a white elephant table and will offer coffee, tea and muffins for sale inside the building.


Here is an item residents of the Glenburn area should put on their calendars:

Pastor Greg Du Bois reports Glenburn Evangelical Covenant Church will hold a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at the church, 911 Hudson Road, Glenburn.

Admission to the public event is by donation, and your generosity could help save a life, perhaps even your own.

Pastor Du Bois reports that “100 percent of donations will be given to the Glenburn Fire Department toward [the] purchase of Jaws of Life rescue equipment.”

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

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