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Family thankful for benefit dinner in Orrington

By Joni Averill

Last month, the public was invited to attend a benefit spaghetti dinner for Debbie Wheeler of Orrington who was diagnosed with melanoma.

Wheeler recently completed her radiation treatments and is now at home, according to her brother Wayne Adams.

Adams e-mailed me recently, on behalf of “the Wheeler, Adams and Merchant families” to express their thanks to “all the volunteers who helped organize and orchestrate” the benefit for the Wheeler family, which was a tremendous success.

“Many people donated their time to help set up, cook, serve food or man stations throughout the dinner,” Adams wrote.

The family also thanks “the area businesses, churches, organizations and communities” that contributed to the fundraiser.

“We thank all of you for the effort put forth in this benefit for the Wheeler family,” he added.

If you were unable to attend but would like to help the family with the expenses associated with Debbie Wheeler’s illness, you can donate to the Wheeler Family Fund, Merrill Bank, 191 River Road, Orrington 04474.


Wanda Kirkpatrick Crowell of Holden wonders whether there is any interest in some historical sports material in her possession.

Crowell, a 1969 Brewer High School graduate who attended the University of Maine at Presque Isle and the University of Maine in Orono, has scrapbooks that belonged to the late Brewer High School physical education teacher and coach Lura Hoit, for whom the indoor pool in Hampden is named.

However, Crowell believes she is not the best person to retain the scrapbooks since they would appear to have more historical value to either Hampden residents or Castine residents.

“I did play basketball for Lura at Brewer,” Crowell said, adding she was given the scrapbooks for safekeeping.

However, Crowell believes it is time to pass them along.

The scrapbooks include articles about Hoit when she played basketball for Eastern Maine Normal School in Castine during the 1920s, Hoit’s EMNS letter “and many other things she collected,” Crowell said.

Crowell also has a letter written by Diann Perkins about the history of Olympic Sports Day in Maine, and one from Steve Ross, who was associated with the Maine Association of the AAU, “writing about the history of women’s track and field,” Crowell said.

Both letters were hand-written, to Crowell, to help in preparation for a speech she had to make while in college.

At a time in our lives when many of us are downsizing and cleaning out, we come across items we find difficult to part with, which is why Crowell hopes someone will express an interest in this material and call her at 989-2743, or write her at 93 Cottage Shore Drive, Holden 04429.


The Good Samaritan Agency of Bangor held its 10th annual Women’s Golf Tournament on a beautiful mid-June day, and had one of the best results ever, raising $7,000, reports golf committee member Heidi LeBlanc.

In her letter of thanks to those who participated in that event, including our foursome representing the Bangor Daily News, Heidi reminded us that proceeds from the fundraiser “support Good Samaritan Agency’s services for single parents, our child care center and adoption program,” and the fact that this special, local organization “has assisted single parents and families interested in adoption, throughout the state of Maine, for 107 years.”

For women golfers planning to show their support for the Good Samaritan Agency by participating in next year’s tournament, Heidi encourages you to mark your calendar for that 11th annual event, which will be Friday, June 24, 2011, at Bangor Municipal Golf Course.

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

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