June 20, 2018
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By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist


Declaration on display

BANGOR, Maine — Sometimes referred to as this country’s birth certificate, the Declaration of Independence is the symbol of liberty, with important phrases such as “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal …”

On Saturday, May 7, the public may view one of only 26 original Dunlap broadsides printed the night of July 4, 1776. The document will be on display 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Stairwell Gallery at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St.

There will be an accompanying video featuring Morgan Freeman, Reese Witherspoon, Kathy Bates, Michael Douglas, Ed Norton and other Hollywood stars.


This particular copy, library officials said, was found when a flea market shopper bought a framed painting for $4, and while inspecting a tear in the lining behind the painting, discovered a folded Dunlap broadside.

It was purchased at auction in 2001 by Norman Lear, creator of TV shows “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude,” “Silver Spoons” and “Who’s the Boss.” Lear bought the broadside with the intent of touring the document around the country so that people could experience it firsthand. Bangor Public Library is proud to have been chosen as Maine’s location for displaying the document.

Snow, ice control

Bangor International Airport’s snow team was recognized for its excellence in snow and ice control during the 2011 International Aviation Snow Symposium on April 20 in Buffalo, N.Y.  The team received a Balchen-Post Award in the Small Commercial Airport Category.

Bangor International’s snow crew removed 94 inches of snow this past winter — that was before the April 1 storm that dropped 13 more inches on Bangor. During the qualifying period for the award which ends in March, BIA’s round-the-clock efforts included 13 storms in excess of 2 inches and four ice storms. The 2010-2011 snow season dropped almost double the amount of snow over the previous season. Bangor’s snow crew had no closures, maintaining the airport’s long-standing reputation of always being open..

Blue Hill

Water-quality monitors

The Marine Environmental Research Institute seeks volunteer water quality monitors to help protect the health of Blue Hill Bay. Volunteer monitoring is an opportunity to learn about the watershed and is a great family activity. For more information about becoming a volunteer, call 374-2135.


Talk for caregivers

When so much focus is directed toward caring for a loved one, the health of the caregiver can be sacrificed. At 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, Amy Cotton, nurse practitioner and director of Rosscare, will present “Red Flags for Your Health: What Caregivers Need to Know” at the Bucksport Square Apartments.

“Providing care to an aging loved one can result in a variety of stress-related health problems for caregivers,” said Cotton. “Changes such as feeling anxious, lack of energy or difficulty sleeping could be red flags that health issues are developing. Staying well includes taking action to prevent health risks associated with caregiving and seeking early treatment if a health change arises. This program will offer strategies for adult caregivers to improve their health and wellness.”

The informational event is free, and all ages are welcome. However, those attending are asked to RSVP to 631-2881.

The event is part of the Caregiver Wellness Workshops hosted by Eastern Area  Agency on Aging and funded by the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation grant.

Children’s fair

The 2011 Children’s Fair, “Language Leads to Learning,” will be held 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at Jewett School Gym on Bridge Street and Broadway. Parents, guardians, grandparents, aunts, uncles or special friends are encouraged to bring their babies, toddlers and preschoolers for a fun-filled morning of creative play.

Activities include music, Literacy Olympics, arts and crafts, puppets and nursery rhymes, baby play area, natural world explorations and prizes. Adults will learn about the variety of valuable resources and services that are available locally and regionally for young children.

“Learning to become a good reader is critical for students to be successful in school,” said Marcelle Marble, principal of Miles Lane and Jewett Elementary Schools. “Putting books in the hands of children and helping family members support reading in the home are key ingredients to support successful readers.”

To ensure that all children have access to the resources needed to be successful readers, the Bucksport Bay Early Childhood Network members sponsored the development of First Book- Bucksport Bay, which provides access to new books for children in need.

First Book has distributed more than 80 million books throughout the United States and Canada.

The Bucksport Bay Early Childhood Network sponsors the children’s fair. Network members include Jewett & Miles Lane Schools, Bucksport Area Child Care Center, Child & Family Opportunities — Bucksport Head Start/ Resource Development Center, Downeast Health Services’ Maine Families Program, United Way of Eastern Maine, Bucksport Bay Healthy Communities Coalition and community volunteers. For more information, call 469-6682.


Dolls club annual tea

The Maine-ly Dolls Club will hold its third Girls and Dolls Tea at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Hampden Congregational Church, Route 1A. The theme is “My Favorite Things” and the event is open to girls and women of all ages.

Light refreshments and tea will be served. Club members will display dolls from their collections, including American Girl dolls, travel dolls, paper dolls and Barbie dolls. Attendees may participate in a craft project they can take home. Attendees are urged to bring a favorite doll.

Admission is $10 at the door. Space is limited and preregistration is required at 866-7781 or Sue@mainelydollsclub.org. The Mainely Dolls Club was founded in 1985 in Hermon.


Square dance graduation

The Levi Rounders Square Dance Club of Hermon and Greater Bangor completed its second beginners class of the season on April 25 with a graduation ceremony for new members Keith Ewing, Exeter; Camilla Arelia, Trenton; Kathy Yanny, Bangor; and Gerri and Gil Viitala of Greenbush.

Because of the new lesson structure, the club runs two classes a year, taking about three months for each class, as opposed to the former structure of several months for each class. This class started on Jan.10.

According to Bob Brown, club president, the new format helps students learn at a quicker pace and retain what they learn each week. “It’s all about getting them out dancing and having fun,” he said.

Since April 2010, the LVRSDC has graduated 29 new square dancers, most of whom have joined the club and are still dancing. The next beginner class is due to start 6:30-8:30 p.m. the first Monday after Labor Day, Sept. 12, at Penobscot Job Corps Academy, 1375 Union St., Bangor.

The LVRSDC will hold its next dance 7-10 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Hermon Elementary School on Billings Road in Hermon. Jim Belanger will be calling mainstream and Sandy Burke will be cueing rounds for the evening.

This dance will benefit troops in Afghanistan, and all donations will be accepted by the club, monetary as well. Needed are: baby wipes, disposable razors, shaving cream, AA and AAA batteries, hand-held fans, socks (white, over the calf), magazines, books, puzzles, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, Chapstick, A+D ointment, nonaspirin, cough drops, duct tape, playing cards, foot powder, zip-lock bags (quart and gallon), items for letter writing, food that will not melt, ramen noodles, drink mixes, protein bars, jerky, trail mix without chocolate, hard candy and gum. The club will cover the cost of shipping.

“We’d really like to see the general public be involved in helping us by coming to this dance with their donations,” said Bob Brown. “We never charge for spectators at our dances and would like to get as large a supply of these items as possible.”

For information, contact Bob Brown, 447-0094; or Cindy Fairfield, 631-8816.


30 years of Windover

Windover Art Center will host an open house and celebrate 30 Years of art 1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at 3001 Kennebec Road.

Tour the Birch Tree Theater, the Art Barn, the Pottery Studio and the Thomas Abercrombie Darkroom. There will be refreshments and activities after the 4 p.m. cookout and

“If you are a Windover alumni, bring something you made from the past,” suggested Mari Abercrombie, director. “We have 30 years of black-and-white negatives to share, and old videos dating back to the ’80s.”

For information, call 234-4503, email Abercrombie at windover.art@mac.com or visit the website at http://windoverartcenter.com

Old Town

Quilt show

Orono Quilters will hold a quilt show 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the United Methodist Church, 744 Stillwater Ave., Old Town. Admission is $3. Featured quilter will be Ardis Abbott. The event will include a quilt raffle, a “penny” raffle, vendors, a lunch counter, and gently used magazines and books for purchase.

Donations to Project Linus will be accepted in memory of Mark Sanborn.


1964 class reunion

The Orono High School Class of 1964  will hold its 47th reunion at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Gilman Falls Avenue, Old Town. Class members will meet for their usual casual get-together at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Pat’s Pizza in Orono. The group also welcomes those from the Orono High Classes of 1962, 1963 and 1965 to attend the June 18 reunion and share OHS memories. To register before May 30, call Rosemary Sullivan Sidelinker  at 866-5848 or Marge Young Parcak at 942-9417.


Aged manure sale

It’s one of the most popular fundraisers all year in Winterport, and all for a good cause.

Argonne Post No. 138 American Legion once again will hold its annual aged manure sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, May 7 and 14, at the Winterport Fire Station.

The price is $5 for 50 pounds of aged manure, ready just in time for gardening. Al proceeds benefit American Legion charities, according to sales chairman Jim Foley.


Street-stream cleanup

The Bangor Area Storm Water Group welcomes volunteers to help protect local water resources during the sixth Regional Street and Stream Cleanup. Youths and adults, local organizations, groups and individuals are welcome. Volunteers meet for a short safety discussion before heading out to the cleanup sites. Volunteers receive free T-shirts, gloves and safety vests to wear during the event.

After cleanup activities, groups will attend a free barbecue lunch and celebration of the volunteers’ hard work.

Last year more than 300 volunteers participated. Volunteers are invited to meet:

  • Hampden, 9 a.m. May 7, town office community room, 106 Western Ave. Contact Bob Osborne, 862-6527, planner@hampdenmaine.gov
  • Veazie, 9 a.m. May14, Veazie Salmon Club. Allan Thomas, 947-2781, arthomas@veazie.net
  • Brewer, 8 a.m. May 14, Brewer Auditorium. Contact Ken Locke, 989-5417, klocke@brewerme.org
  • Orono, 9 a.m. May 14, Orono town office. Contact William Murphy or Ruth Vaughan, 866-5051, wmurphy@orono.org, ruthv@orono.org

The Regional Stream Cleanup is coordinated by the Bangor Area Storm Water Group with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Penobscot County Soil & Water Conservation District. All funds are raised locally through donations. No taxpayer funds are used.

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