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‘Marden’s Lady’ to help raise funds for museum

By Joni Averill

Today, we have the latest news from Caribou Historical Society president Joe Bouchard on efforts to complete the fundraising for “Building the Barn” behind the CHS museum on U.S. Route 1.

In July, $8,000 remained to be raised for the facility that, among other things, will house the 1959 Conestoga wagon used for Caribou’s centennial that year and its sesquicentennial a half-century later. The total cost of the barn is approximately $40,000.

Joe wrote “the response has been great” to the society’s request for individual donations of $100 or more for this project and, when I spoke this week with CHS treasurer Dennis Harris, he told me only about $4,000 remains to be raised.

So, it’s on to the next fundraiser for Joe, Dennis and fellow CHS members, and Joe wants you to know its going to be a delightful one for every member of the family.

“I contacted this Birdie Googins, The Marden’s Lady,” he wrote of Scarborough comedian Karmo Sanders. “Every place she has performed she has packed the house, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed her.”

Joe also got in touch with the Canadian group the Wednesday Night Fiddlers of Perth, New Brunswick, who range in age from 7 to 70, and the result is a fun evening of comedy and music to benefit “Building the Barn.”

CHS will present Birdie Googins and Wednesday Night Fiddlers followed by a meet-and-greet at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at the Caribou Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and are available at Caribou Chamber of Commerce, Dead River-Food Trend, Caribou One-Stop, Marden’s in Presque Isle, Ezzy’s Music Shop in Van Buren and the Harvest Market in Fort Fairfield.

More information is available by calling 498-6156 or 800-722-7648.

“Everyone is looking forward to the event,” Joe said, adding that “everything seems to be coming together, and we should commence ‘building the barn’ within the next two months.”

If you are unable to attend but want to help CHS raise that final $4,000, make out a check to CHS and mail it to Joe Bouchard, 877 Main St., Apt. J6, Caribou 04736; CHS, Route 1 Caribou, 04736; or Dennis Harris, CHS Treasurer, 1189 Main St., Washburn 04786.

If you donate at least $100, your name will appear on a plaque located inside the barn but, as Joe has previously stated, any amount would be greatly appreciated.


Five years ago, readers were asked to send a “shower of cards” to wish Lula Bunker of Cambridge a happy 100th birthday.

Today, Lula’s daughter, Marita Bunker Farrar and her brother, Robert Farrar Jr. are asking readers for another “shower of cards” as Lula celebrates her 105th birthday on Friday, Sept. 10.

A resident of Cambridge since April 1, 1936, Lula and her husband were wed 77 years before he died five years ago.

Lula enjoys reading the Bangor Daily News, watching television and plays Liverpool rummy at least three evenings a week, Marita reported.

I extend my sincerest happy birthday wishes to Lula, and hope you will do the same by sending your greetings to her at P.O. Box 35, Cambridge 04923.

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

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