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Piscataquis Community Elementary School to jump-rope for heart

Posted April 11, 2011, at 7:50 p.m.

GUILFORD, Maine — Pupils in kindergarten through grade six at Piscataquis Community Elementary School will participate in the ‘’Jump Rope for Heart’’ program from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14. The program encourages cooperative activity and community service by integrating critical thinking skills with physical activity and fun.

‘’Jump Rope for Heart’’ is a national program jointly sponsored by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and the American Heart Association.

Parents, teachers and staff, and members of the H.U.G.S. parent group will participate in the event.

Dover-Foxcroft Reading Group to meet on April 14

DOVER-FOXCROFT —The Dover-Foxcroft Reading Group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at Thompson Free Library to discuss ‘’Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed’’ by John Vaillant. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call Thompson Free Library at 564-3350.

Tenebrae ecumenical service to start Holy Week of Easter

GREENVILLE — For the fourth consecutive year, churches in Shirley and Greenville have united for a Holy Week ecumenical service, Tenebrae.

Holy Family Catholic Church, People’s United Methodist Church, Union Evangelical Church, Church of the Open Bible, and New Life Church, all of Greenville, and the Shirley Community Church will participate in the service at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Greenville.

The Tenebrae service will include candles, scriptural readings and chants to help congregants reflect on the Lord’s Passion.

For more information, contact Debi Lynne Baker at 695-2460.

Easter weekend book sale at Thompson Free Library

DOVER-FOXCROFT — The Thompson Free Library will hold a book sale from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, April 22, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23. The sale will feature mostly 10-cent items: pre-read and donated books, videos, children and young teen books, and audio books. Patrons are asked to bring a nondenominational “Happy Easter” card to the library to be delivered to the nursing home on Saturday. Anyone who wants to donate items for the sale may contact the library.

Prince Edward Island trio to appear in Dexter

DEXTER, Maine — The Prince Edward Island Fiddle Camp Road Show will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, May 2, at Ridge View Community School on Fern Road in Dexter.

The road show, which will feature four stops in Maine, consists of three master musicians influenced heavily by Acadian, Cape Breton, Irish and Scottish traditions. The trio will be in the school that afternoon conducting a workshop with young musicians.

The Abbott Hill Ramblers will provide the opening act for the evening show. Admission is by donation, with suggested amounts of $8 for adults, $5 for students.

For more information, call 277-3961 or 562-4445.

Moosehead Roots members hear genealogical reports

GREENVILLE — The April 9 meeting of Moosehead Roots highlighted the personal genealogical research some of the local members have conducted.

Patty Bradford, whose family roots are in Appalachia, has found through DNA research that through maternal lines she is of Western European Ashkenazi Jewish descent.

Amanda Graham presented a project that involves further organization of Greenville cemetery records and maps, with the eventual goal of having the records and maps online.

Georgine Butman displayed artifacts from her family heritage, including a treasured bugle played by an ancestor in the Civil War and by later generations of family musicians. The bugle served to be the spark that lit the fire for her ancestry research.

Jim Dunton’s research led him to connections to the early history of Maine and Massachusetts, including ancestor Ebenezer Hall, the first white settler on Matinicus Island.

The group will meet next on June 11 when Maine Genealogical Society President Jack Battick will talk about researching World War II ancestors.

P.E.T.S. to hold perennial plant sale May 21 in Dover-Foxcroft

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Prevent Euthanasia Through Sterilization, or P.E.T.S., will hold a perennial plant sale starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Dover-Foxcroft Fire Station.

P.E.T.S. also will hold its annual yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the fire station.

Collections are being taken for both the yard sale and the plant sale. Anyone who wants to donate for either should call Phyllis at 564-8072 or Mary at 564-8092, evenings.

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