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Posted May 03, 2011, at 10:26 p.m.

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2011 Ability Expo

BREWER, Maine — The public is invited to attend 2011 Ability Expo: Maine’s Adapted Recreation Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Brewer Auditorium.

The Ability Expo will highlight many recreation opportunities available to people with disabilities in Maine. Through partnerships with local community leaders, businesses and volunteers, the Ability Expo offers a variety of recreation events free of charge and open to participation by everyone who attends the expo, no matter their level of physical ability.

Organized by Alpha One and the Health, Wellness & Recreation Committee, the Ability Expo has as its mission to create active recreation opportunities for people with disabilities and reveal to the community the many fun, exciting, accessible sports available to children and adults with disabilities.

“We hope that everyone who attends the Ability Expo will leave with a sense of wonder, appreciation, and inspiration for the many recreation possibilities ready to be enjoyed here in Maine,” said Jeremy Libby.

Activities will include goal ball at 10 a.m., Youth in Motion for Youngsters at 11 a.m., wheelchair rugby at noon, wheelchair basketball at 2 p.m., and adaptive bowling, hand-cycling, an air rifle exhibition and exhibits by disability-related businesses and organizations.

Volunteers will include physical therapy and occupational therapy students from Husson University.

For information, contact Jeremy Libby at 800-300-3016 or jlibby@alphaonenow.org.

Food for library fines

Several libraries will participate May 9-14 in Food Not Fines Week, part of

a statewide fine-amnesty-food-drive coordinated by the Maine State Library.

Patrons who return overdue library items will have current and past fines — not including item replacement charges — excused in exchange for donations of nonperishable food to benefit local food pantries.

Participating libraries and the food pantries that will benefit from the nonperishable food they collect are:

• Bangor Public Library, Manna Inc.

• Edythe Dyer Library, Hampden,

• Old Town Public Library, Crossroads Ministries.

• Orono Public Library, Crossroads Ministries.

Many Mainers have been hit hard by the recession. The USDA estimates that 14.8 percent of Maine households, some 195,000 people, are “food insecure,” a number that has increased significantly in recent years. In addition, Maine ranks first in New England in terms of children who are food insecure; 21.1 percent of Maine children under age 18 lack access to sufficient food.

State Librarian Linda Lord said, “Food Not Fines Week is a win-win event: you relieve your conscience of those nagging overdue items, libraries get errant materials back on the shelves to share with others, and together we all help our neighbors in need. Patrons without overdue books are also encouraged to bring donations of food.”

For information, visit http://www.maine.gov/msl/fines.shtml

Bangor

Peace & Justice assembly

The Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine will hold its annual general assembly and vegetarian potluck supper 6-8 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at 96 Harlow St., Suite 100.

Special guest will be Jo Comerford, executive director of the National Priorities Project. The NPP does research and provides information about the impact of federal budget priorities on states and communities. Comerford will talk briefly about how information generated by  NPP has been used in communities around the country. In Maine, the information has been used as part of the “Bring the War $$ Home” coalition activities.

There also will be a brief review of the year and election of the steering committee, which oversees administration of the center. For information, call 942-9343.

Clothing swap

A clothing swap to benefit the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor Sunday School program will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at the church, 120 Park St.

How it works: Bring a bag (or bags) full of clothes. Pay $5 to enter. Lay out clothes in designated size-gender-style piles. Shop and leave with the same amount you came with. For information, contact Jill Packard at 992-3822 or Karen Childs at 949-0733.

“It’s a pretty cool, green idea, especially in a place like Maine where people really do change their wardrobe with the season,” Packard said. Women’s, men’s and children’s clothing will be part of the swap. All sizes, fabrics, colors and vintage accepted.

City of Bangor

Recent retirements from the city of Bangor include:

• Jim Ring, city engineer, 36 years employed with city of Bangor.

• Gisela Murray, finance department, 32 years.

• Aron Larson, public services.

• Atwood “Woody” Woodman, fleet maintenance, 47 years.

• Bruce Domenech, Bangor International Airport, 37 years.

Tanya Pereira is the new business development specialist for the city. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Trinity College and was development coordinator and business development specialist for Eastern Maine Development Corp. Most recently, she was deputy director of economic development for the city of Brewer.

Pereira is responsible for business retention, expansion and attraction; works with the economic development team to help stimulate growth in the city; and will lead communication and outreach on issues such as the proposed arena and civic center, waterfront development and downtown.

Ice Age in Maine

Sunbury Village will host a public program on “The Ice Age in Maine and the Down East Ice Age Trail” by Dr. Harold Borns, at 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, at 922 Ohio St. Borns, professor emeritus of geology at the University of Maine, will give an overview of the glacial history of Down East Maine and slides of sites along the Down East Ice Age Trail, which he helped to create. For information, call 262-9600.

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