May 25, 2018
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UMaine to hold its 209th commencement on May 7

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine’s 209th commencement, scheduled for Saturday, May 7, will fill Alfond Arena with graduates and spectators for each of its two sessions.

One of Maine’s largest single-day, indoor annual events, UMaine commencement celebrates the accomplishments of those graduating from Maine’s flagship university.

Traffic will be exceptionally heavy, especially coming from the south. Those traveling to Orono for either session are asked to allow a good deal of extra time and plan on arriving early. Doors will open at 8 a.m.

Backpacks and strollers are not allowed in Alfond Arena, according to UMaine police. The commencement floor level is not accessible to spectators for any purpose, including photos. Shuttle buses will provide transportation to Alfond Arena from the Steam Plant parking lot, the Belgrade parking lot, the Collins Center for the Arts parking lot and the Hilltop parking lot.

Tthe Black Bear Shuttle bus will run on its normal pattern from downtown Orono through campus, providing another way to get to Alfond Arena. For more information, call 581-3571 or visit

Mother’s Day baby shower to benefit Women’s Mission Center

OLD TOWN, Maine — The St. James’ Episcopal Church of Old Town and the Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church are teaming up for a Mother’s Day baby shower for the Indian Women’s Mission Center on Indian Island in Old Town after the 10 a.m. services, Sunday, May 8.

The churches will accept donations of baby necessity items between 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 8. The mission serves 400 families on Indian Island and surrounding Old Town through its food pantry. For more information, call  947-0087 or 862-4195.

Stillwater Artsapalooza to take place in Orono

ORONO, Maine — The Stillwater Artsapalooza festival of visual and performing arts will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 25, in downtown Orono.

Stillwater Artsapalooza is a fun-filled way to kick off summer by seeing and hearing some local artists and groups perform or display their work.

For more information, visit

Free prom, formal dresses available in Brewer

BREWER, Maine — Giggey Girl Gowns profit organization is providing free prom and formal dresses for local girls. More than 130 dresses are available for the girls, and 24 have been given away so far. The event is open 1-3 p.m. Saturday, through May 15.Throughout the rest of the year, it is open by appointment. For more information, call 902-2421 or email

RSU 87-SAD 23 board to meet at Carmel school

CARMEL, Maine — The RSU 87-SAD 23 board will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, at Carmel Elementary School. For more information, email

UM bike paths to close for reconstruction

ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine bike paths will close temporarily to allow reconstruction for 11 weeks beginning May 31. The areas of phased closures include all paved areas from the campus to Winter Farm Road, Stillwater Avenue and Jefferson Street in Old Town.

The closures will be organized in three sections, with individual sections each closed for three to five weeks. For more information, call 581-3756.

Baked bean supper at East Orrington church

ORRINGTON, Maine — The East Orrington Congregational Church will hold a public baked bean supper from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the church, 38 Johnson Mill Road in Orrington. The price for supper is $7 for adults, $3 for children under 12.

Brain injury, stroke support meetings announced

BREWER, Maine — The Brain Injury and Stroke Support group will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month at Maine Center for Integrated Rehab, Twin City Plaza on Wilson Street in Brewer.

This group is open to the public and is sponsored by MCIR, Alpha One and the Brewer Rehab & Living Center. Survivors and families are invited to join a supportive and educational environment to offer others encouragement and information as well as learn from the group and speakers. For more information, call 989-2034 or visit

Orrington historians to embark on field trips

ORRINGTON, Maine — The Orrington Historical Society will hold bimonthly field trips at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, beginning May 12 through September, at the town hall, 29 Center Drive. OHS has its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, and on the third Tuesday of each month, at the Orrington town hall.

For more information, call 825-8965.

History professor to discuss Declaration of Independence

BANGOR, Maine — UMaine associate professor of history Liam Riordan, an early American history authority with expertise on the Revolutionary era, will give a talk and PowerPoint presentation titled “Does the Declaration of Independence Matter Today? The

Dunlap Broadside in 2011” at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Story Room of the Bangor Public Library.

A copy of the Declaration of Independence, one of only 26 of the original Dunlap broadsides printed the night of July 4, 1776, will be displayed in the Stairwell Gallery at the library throughout the day. For more information, visit (

Bangor library event to celebrate Dunlap broadside

BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Public Library will have a gala celebration in honor of the arrival of the original 1776 Dunlap broadside, a copy of the Declaration of Independence, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the library. For more information, call 947-8336, ext. 111.

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