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Beacon Community News, April 28, 2011

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‘Window on History’
The Belfast Historical Society and Museum will premier its new program, “Window on History,” Tuesday, May 3, on Belfast Community Television, BCTV-2.

The Belfast Historical Society’s monthly presentations about the city and its history will be available to viewers at 7 p.m Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. The presentations, open to the public and held at the Belfast Free Library’s Abbott Room April through October, will be televised during the four weeks after each public presentation.  On-demand viewing at the Belfast Historical Society’s website, www.belfastmuseum.org, also will be available. Or watch each month’s “Window on History” on a DVD that can borrowed from The Belfast Free Library.

“Window on History” is made possible by a gift from one of Belfast’s oldest manufacturing firms, Mathews Brothers.

For more information, call the Belfast Historical Society and Museum at 338-9229.

Transportation forum

Need a ride? Join Waldo County folks 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center to share your observations and ideas about community transportation in Waldo County at a Brown Bag Lunch Forum. The meeting, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Waldo County Community Transportation Working Group and the UMaine Hutchinson Center.  For more information, email juliane.dow@comcast.net.


Cleanup Day

The annual Spring Cleanup Day in Camden’s Amphitheatre and Harbor Park will be held 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30. Volunteers are invited to help clean up the parks in preparation for spring.

“It sure makes a difference to get some help in making the place look good for the summer,” said Dave Jackson, director of the parks. “Bring your own work gloves and tools. Pruners and lawn rakes will be especially helpful.”


‘On Golden Pond’ preview and luncheon

Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St., will host its weekly Lunch and Learn Program at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 27.  After the luncheon, members of the cast of the Lincoln County Community Theater’s spring performance of “On Golden Pond” will offer luncheon guests a sneak preview theatrical performance of the play, which opens May 13 and runs through May 22. The production is under the direction of local director, actress and singer Ruth Monsell.

Advance luncheon reservations are required. Call 563-1363 to make reservations. The cost is $6 for those younger than 60, $4 others.

Lincoln County Community Theater, in residence at Lincoln Theater, will hold an opening night benefit of the play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, in partnership with Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center.

Tickets for the opening night benefit are $12 and available at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center beginning Wednesday, April 27.


Film and discussion

The Rockland Public Library and the Adas Yoshuron Synagogue will co-sponsor a screening and discussion of the film “Vasermil” at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the library.

The film by Mushon Salmona, named after the soccer stadium located in Be’er Sheva in southern Israel, tells the story of three teenagers who pin their hopes on soccer as a way out of an unforgiving environment. They all live in a tough neighborhood.

The three teenagers are recruited by the coach of the local soccer team to take part in the Youth Championship, traditionally held on Independence Day at the Vasermil stadium. In order to win the tournament, they will have to play as a team, overcome their differences, and get over their sense of inferiority and prejudice.

After the film, there will be a discussion with Israeli cinematographer Yoav Kosh, whose cinematography credits include approximately 25 feature-length movies and dozens of television shows, drama series and documentaries.

Admission is free. Special accommodations for people with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling the library at 594-0310.

Benefit auction

The Eastern Maine Railroad Station Maine Spring Auction will be held Monday, May 2, at the Pearl Restaurant at Rockland’s Public Landing. Desserts will be served at 5:30 p.m., with the live auction at 7 p.m., featuring Rockland senior auctioneer Bruce Gamage.

Donated items up for bid include digital cameras, a wearable VHF marine radio, historic items, local crafts and a pair of Michael Good silver earrings.

Station Maine’s young ambassadors will be on hand to talk about its programs as well as to entertain.

Proceeds will benefit Station Maine. For more information, call 691-2037.

Humane Society fundraiser

Trackside Station Restaurant and Loyal Biscuit Co. teamed together on April 18 to host a

fundraiser, “Pints for Paws,” to benefit the Humane Society of Knox County.

In just three hours on a Monday night, nearly 200 people came through the doors, enjoyed

dinner, purchased raffle tickets and, as the name says, paid for 212 pints of beer to benefit the


The final tally of money raised to be donated to the Humane Society of Knox County was $1,057.37.

Participants also filled a van with items on the humane society’s wish list, such as bleach, paper towels, cat and dog food, toys and more.

Trackside and Loyal Biscuit Co. plan to host another “Pints for Paws” event in the fall.

Barn raising

A barn raising will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum. Volunteers have been working all winter on the post-and-beam structure that will house the museum’s dozen make-‘n-break early gas-powered machinery, 10 steam engines and other mechanical contrivances.

More volunteers are needed for the final push. Any and all volunteers are welcome — bring a hammer. Pizza lunch will be provided. When the frame is up and braced off, members, volunteers and donors will enjoy a wine toast and hors d’oeuvres  4-6 p.m.

For more information on the event, call 701-7627 or email sharpadventures@att.net.


Healthy Kids Day

The Penobscot Bay YMCA hosted Healthy Kids Day on April 16 for children and parents in the midcoast. More than 200 people attended the event and partnered with 30 local groups and businesses. The Y kicked off the event with its first Kick Up Your Heels for Kids Dash, with eight teams participating. Team Market Basket won the Golden Boot Award with a time of 11 seconds. Each team had to run 50 yards linking arms. Several teams dressed in costume.

Other activities included emergency vehicle tours, Maine State Police K9 demonstrations, recycled crafts, seed planting, storytelling, log rolling, swim team demonstrations, obstacle courses, rock climbing, healthy snacks and more.

YMCA camp scholarships

The Penobscot Bay YMCA raised nearly $25,000 in 2010 to support its Camp Scholarship Fund. With the generosity of the community, more than 200 children, who otherwise would not have had this experience, enjoyed a week of summer camp.

Y Camps provide children with opportunities to make new friends, learn new skills and build self-esteem. This summer, the Y wants to provide the camp opportunity to children and families in its community regardless of ability to pay. Thus the Y requests donations to achieve that goal. Make a donation by sending a check to: Penobscot Bay YMCA, P.O. Box 840, Rockport, ME 04856 or donate online at www.penbayymca.org. For more information, call 236-3375.


Green Fair

The Searsport Lions Club will host a Green Fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Lions Club on Prospect Street. The fair will showcase businesses and organizations that offer earth-friendly products and services. Admission to the event is one nonperishable food item, which will be donated to the local food cupboard. The club’s kitchen will be open. Free tables still are available to exhibitors with earth-friendly products and services. For more information, call 567-3241.


Fourth of July celebration theme

The Thomaston 4th of July committee asked the community to vote on two themes for the 2011 celebration. “GVHS Yearbooks,” in memory of Georges Valley High School, which will close this year, won the vote. The underdog theme was “Dog Days of Summer,” for the two Thomaston dogs that went missing for several days during a fierce snowstorm in one of the roughest winters the Northeast had experienced in years. A last-minute flurry of votes for GVHS broke the tie between the two themes.

Community members may start planning for parade participation now. “GVHS Yearbooks” is an opportunity to remember and celebrate past decades of the school’s history from its opening in 1963. The school’s yearbook was The Triton. Sports teams, styles, traditions, fads, organizations, music, dance and theater through the years offer many subjects for creating floats, marching acts, costumes and decorations. Past yearbooks also can offer ideas.

“This celebration will be like an encompassing, living, moving yearbook, a moving tableau,” said committee member Catinka Knoth. “It also provides a way for the community to connect as it makes the transition to a new consolidated high school arrangement.”

The committee has set up a Facebook page, Thomaston Maine 4th of July Celebration, in addition to its website at www.thomastonmaine4thofjuly.com. Check for updates, ask questions, give feedback and share ideas. Information also is available by calling committee chairwoman Julie Russo at 354-8763.


Historical society meeting

The Union Historical Society will present the program “Maine’s Historic Churches” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday May 4, in the Old Town House, Town House Road, Union.

Christi A. Mitchell of Whitefield, architectural historian with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission in Augusta, will present an illustrated talk on the variety of religious institutions in Maine listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Although often recognized as architectural landmarks, many of Maine’s religious buildings are significant for historical, artistic or humanitarian associations. From neighborhood churches to cathedrals, the talk will examine the wide spectrum of religious buildings in the state and consider how they reflect cultural and social history.

Since 2001, Mitchell’s primary responsibility has been to coordinate nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and architectural surveys throughout the state. She advised the Union Historical Society throughout the process of having the Old Town House listed on the National Register. She also provides assistance to members of the public who have questions about the technical aspects of maintaining historic properties, as well as administering the Historic Preservation Barn Grant program. Mitchell’s early career included prehistoric archaeology in New England and Hawaii and four years as the cartographic associate at the Osher Map Library in Portland before becoming a restoration carpenter in Lincoln County, where she gained detailed knowledge of the built environment. She has a master’s degree in American and New England studies from the University of Southern Maine, with a concentration on the intersection of architecture and social history.

After the meeting, refreshments will be served by hosts Lyle and Jan Cramer. All Union Historical Society meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, call 785-5444 and leave a message or visit www.midcoast.com/comespring.

Plant sale donations

The Vose Library is seeking plants and garden-related items for its annual plant sale, 8 a.m. to  noon Saturday, June 4, on Union Common. Proceeds from the sale support the yearly operating budget of the library. Volunteers are available to help dig and re-pot plants if needed. Potting now will allow the plants to look their best by June. No donation is too big or too small. For more information, call 785-4832.


Duck Race

Unity Area Rotary Club’s annual Duck Race will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, on Sandy Stream. Tickets will be available for purchase at various places around the area or by calling Charlie Schaefer at 948-2982. Tickets are $5 for two ducks, $10 for five ducks. Prizes are first, $150; second, $100; and third, $50, as well as gift certificates.


Spring gardening fair

The annual Tree and Shrub Sale and Fair will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Waldo County Technical Center, 1022 Waterville Road. Trees, shrubs and locally grown perennials will be on display for purchase. Experienced Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. Also, shop at a variety of other vendors and purchase seedlings at the Tec Center greenhouse. Pick up organic compost from the Waldo County 4-H group. For more information, call 338-1964, ext. 3, or visit www.waldosoilandwater.org.

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