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Snow Bowl maintenance day June 4

Posted May 20, 2011, at 9:52 p.m.

CAMDEN, Maine — To celebrate National Trails Day, the Camden Snow Bowl will host a trail maintenance day at 9 a.m.  Saturday, June 4.

All volunteers will head out with one of several local organizations, Friends of Pathways, Mid-Coast Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association, Georges River Land Trust or Coastal Mountains Land Trust, to clean trails before a 12:30 p.m. barbecue lunch.

The public is welcome.  For information, call 236-3438.

Rockland gets renovation grant

ROCKLAND, Maine — The city recently received a $300,000 grant to renovate multifamily homes.

Soon landlords will be able to apply for the money, which will help older housing stock meet city safety codes. This might include mold or lead paint removal, making buildings energy-efficient or making buildings handicap-accessible.

From 2002 to 2009, Rockland rehabilitated 10 apartment buildings with a total of 54 units with this type of grant.

Pen Bay wins Heart Association award

ROCKPORT, Maine  —  Penobscot Bay Medical Center recently received the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients.

To receive the award, the hospital achieved 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality achievement indicators and got 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Stroke Quality measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.

Rockport auction to benefit Habitat for Humanity

ROCKPORT, Maine — Twelve playhouses will be auctioned starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 28, to benefit Midcoast Habitat for Humanity. The event also will include a barbecue celebration with guest speaker, The Sunshine Lady, Doris Buffett. The Teachers band will play.

Entertainment runs 4-6 p.m. and the auction follows at the old Rockport Elementary School field at the corners of Routes 90 and Route 1.

Next free hoop jam Friday at Harbor Park

CAMDEN, Maine — The Harbor Park in Camden and HoopME! was host to the hoop jam on an unexpectedly sunny Friday, May 13. This was the first of many hoop jams throughout the summer. The jam had a crowd of both new and seasoned hoopers twirling and spinning to music while overlooking the harbor.

The next free hoop jam is 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, May 27. Some hoops provided.

Pen Bay raffle to support cancer care initiatives

ROCKPORT, Maine — Now through June 23, the Pen Bay Healthcare is hosting a raffle to support cancer care initiatives in the midcoast. Tickets are $5 and offer a chance to win gift certificates for two area restaurants, including Paolina’s Way, Amalfi and Prism Restaurant and Gallery.

Cancer Care Raffle proceeds will help fund community outreach programs, including

mammograms for women referred for screening who are without insurance coverage.

For more information call 594-6799. Winners will be drawn Thursday, June 23.

Penobscot School offers French immersion

ROCKLAND, Maine — Traditional games, music and songs, presentations, cooking and a special moment with high school students will provide a deep immersion into French language and culture at a June 3-5 immersion weekend offered at Penobscot School. The course is conducted entirely in French.

The weekend costs $245 and includes all materials and six meals. Accommodation is separate. Enrollments are accepted for the Saturday session only at $85.

For more information call 594-1084 or visit www.penobscot.us.

10-year-old celebrates birthday by giving the presents

ROCKPORT, Maine — Kasey Emery of Camden celebrated her tenth birthday in an unusual way. Instead of presents, she asked her friends and family for donations for a portable DVD player for pediatric patients at Penobscot Bay Medical Center.

With these donations she also provided new DVDs and books for these young patients.

This is not the first time Kasey has decided to forgo presents for her birthday. Last year she filled the back of her family’s minivan with donations to the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League. She said she was initially inspired to give because of a school project.

Asked why she decided to give to others in need on her birthday, Kasey replied that she had enough for herself, and that she wanted to ensure that children are comfortable while they stay in the hospital.

Mindfulness program offered to reduce stress

ELLSWORTH, Maine — The Hancock County Diabetes Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, in the board room at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.

Jane Gerlach, Certified Nurse Midwife, will introduce Mindfulness Stress Reduction. Everyone has some stress in their lives, even if you do not you have a chronic illness such as diabetes. Come join us and learn how you can reduce your stress by learning about mindfulness and how to practice it.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 664-5475.

Plant, bake sale to benefit Blue Hill library

BLUE HILL, Maine — Friends of the Library and the Library board of directors are holding a plant and baked goods sale — including “breakfast goodies” — from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, on the Blue Hill Public Library’s front lawn. This event raises money for a variety of library programs and depends on donations of sale items from the community. Donated plants can include bushes, small trees, divisions of perennials, seedlings, or any plants that would interest other gardeners.

If you would like to help out, donations of perennials for the sale can be delivered to the library May 20-26, and seedlings can be dropped off May 26. Anyone who would like to volunteer, needs help dividing perennials or has questions, call 667-3446, or email libraryplantsale@roadrunner.com.

Presentation on color at Blue Hill library

BLUE HILL, Maine — The Blue Hill Public Library will host a talk entitled “The Rays Are Not Colored — Newton, Goethe, and Color Theory” by Andre Strong, co-owner of Red Gap Used and Rare Books, at 4 p.m. Friday, May 27, in the Library’s Howard Room. A discussion will follow.

Strong inherited some of the books from his grandfather who was from Lyon, France, an expert on color who studied it in college there, later coming to the U.S. and teaching color theory at a trade high school in New York City. Strong has added to the collection over the years. For more information, call 374-5515.

Program for cancer patients offered in Ellsworth

ELLSWORTH, Maine — An  interactive teleconference program entitled “Taking Care of Life’s Business,” a program for those facing cancer and other illnesses, will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the higher education center in Ellsworth. The presenter is Jan Pilotte, Family Nurse Practitioner from CCOM. Registration is required for this program. For more information or to register, call the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center at 664-0339.

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