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Hampden library accepting food in lieu of fines

Posted April 27, 2011, at 6:48 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — The Edith Dyer Community Library has declared the week of May 9-14 Food Not Fines Week, part of a statewide fine amnesty-food drive coordinated by the Maine State Library. Patrons with overdue library items can excuse current fines in exchange for donations of non-perishable food. Food donations will be redistributed to the Hampden Neighborhood Food Cupboard. For more information, visit www.maine.gov/msl/fines.shtml.

Corbin scholarship walk-run scheduled for mid May

LEE, Maine — The Patricia Lynn Corbin Memorial Walk-Run will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Lee Academy in Lee. Registration begins at 11 a.m. on the day of race. Proceeds benefit the Patricia Lynn Corbin Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information, call 738-2252 or visit www.pattysrace.com

UM bicycle Green Ride running free of fees

ORONO, Maine — To highlight the money-saving aspect of commuting by bicycle, there will be no registration fee for the 1st Annual Green Ride at 11:30 a.m.  Sunday, May 1, at the UMaine Student Recreation and Fitness Center.

Two ride courses are available, a family-friendly 3-mile and a scenic 10-mile ride. The group rides are open to the public. Donations are welcome, and proceeds will go toward the purchase of covered bike racks for the UMaine campus, according to sponsoring organizations UMaine Sustainability, Campus Recreation and Auxiliary Services.

The Great Maine Bike Swap takes place before and after the rides, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the recreation center. Bike swap information is available on the Bicycle Coalition of Maine website (http://www.bikemaine.org/). For more information, call 581-3756.

Penquis center offers two destination training seminars

GREENVILLE, Maine — Want to learn how to keep Piscataquis County guests in the neighborhood longer, leaving behind more of their vacation funds and giving them a reason to come back for more adventures? The Piscataquis County Economic Development Council and the Maine Woods Tourism Training Initiative will sponsor two Regional Destination Training seminars for Piscataquis businesses from 9 a.m. to noon at the Penquis Higher Education Center in Dover-Foxcroft and from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Greenville Town Office. Registration is $10.

Greenville seeks mayor for its birthday

GREENVILLE, Maine — The Greenville 175th Birthday Committee is seeking nominations for Honorary Mayor for the town’s birthday Aug. 21-27. The mayor must be a Greenville resident who has made a positive difference in the community. The winner will be honored in the July 4 parade and during the birthday celebration week. Nominations, which must be in writing and must include support for why the nominee should be made mayor, must be submitted no later than June 1 at the Greenville Town Office.

Historian to address Maine calvary in Civil War series

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, in the  Thayer Parkway meeting room in Dover-Foxcroft to continue its series on the Civil War. Wayne Bennett of Guilford, Sons of Union Veterans member and Civil War historian, will speak about Company M, 1st Maine Cavalry. This is the unit in which Col. Calvin S. Douty served, a well-known name in the region. The meeting is open to the public.

Geography, culture of East Asia topic of Brown lecture

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine —  Brad Dearden, associate professor of geography at the University of Maine Farmington, will speak on the geography and culture of East Asia at 6 p.m.  Thursday, May 12, in the James Brown Lecture series at the Thompson Free Library.

The free talk, ‘’The Geography of East Asia and its Effect on Culture” will be in the library’s new addition. Dearden teaches issues in developing regions, the global economy and political geography with regional specializations in East Asia and Latin America.

The lecture series has been endowed with memorial funds donated to the Thompson Free Library in memory of Brown, who lost his life in a boating accident in 2008. The series presents lectures on topics related to history, literature and culture, areas of the humanities of great interest to Brown.

Rosscare wants community to thank older Americans for their service

BANGOR, Maine — Rosscare is acknowledging that May is Older American Month and encourages community members to thank older Americans for their service to the community. Visit Rosscare’s website to learn more on services available to help seniors at www.rosscare.org. For more information, call 973-5758.

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