June 21, 2018
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Judicial nominee

Gov. Paul LePage has nominated Gregory Campbell of Hampden, assistant district attorney for Penobscot and Piscataquis counties, to serve as a judge on the Maine District Court.

Before becoming an ADA in 1985, Campbell served as special assistant United States attorney and assistant attorney general. He served in the private sector for two years at Richardson, Troubh & Badger and is a graduate of Bates College and the University of Maine School of Law.

“I am pleased to appoint Gregory Campbell to District Court,” said LePage. “He brings to the bench broad experience. As an assistant district attorney, Campbell prosecuted complex felony jury cases and in his 25-year career has tried more than 200 trials which have provided him with a great deal of knowledge. I believe he will be a fine addition to the court.”

Judicial nominees must be reviewed by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary and confirmed by the full Senate. The Judiciary Committee is likely to hold Campbell’s hearing at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 2. If confirmed Campbell is expected to be assigned to Bangor District Court.

Astronauts Ball

In celebration of the beginning of summer and the 25th anniversary of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, the Challenger Learning Center of Maine will hold its fourth annual Astronauts Ball 6-11 p.m. Friday, June 24, at the Hilton Garden Inn.

“We are excited to be featuring not one, but two very special guests at this year’s Astronauts Ball,” said Susan Jonason, executive director. “The founding chairman of the CCSSE program, June Scobee Rodgers, widow of Challenger 51-L commander Dick Scobee, is coming to Maine to attend. June has just written a book about her amazing life, “Silver Linings: My Life Before and After Challenger 7,” and will sign copies with proceeds from sales going to the center. June is one of the most inspiring people one could ever meet. The center is thrilled that she will be with them to celebrate.

“Our special guest astronaut is Rick Hauck, who is not only attending the Ball, but has donated the grand prize for our raffle drawing,” Jonason said. “Some lucky winner will receive a package that includes lunch with Rick and five of their best friends, a mission party at Challenger and a framed display of souvenirs from Rick’s STS-7 mission, when he was pilot of the Challenger shuttle during June of 1983. The mission included the first flight of an American female astronaut, Dr. Sally Ride. Rick is providing an autographed photo of the crew, a mission patch, inscription and the actual cue card that was attached to the flight control panel of Challenger. This is a prize that is priceless for some lucky person. We’re also raffling two round trip tickets to Orlando, courtesy of Allegiant Air. Mike & Mike from Kiss 94.5 FM are serving as emcees for the evening, ensuring fun for all of our guests. The atmosphere at the Hilton Garden Inn will be positively cosmic with the help of our event designer, Simply Unforgettable Events by Mackie.”

The Astronauts Ball will feature lively music by Brian Catell and Jump City Jazz, a celestial menu, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and “cool space stuff.”

“This event is a fundraiser for the Challenger Learning Center of Maine in our mission to inspire Maine’s students in the fields of science, math, engineering and technology,” Jonason said. “Proceeds will help us in our efforts to serve thousands of students each year with Challenger’s space science missions.”

Tickets are $75 each and may be reserved at 990-2900 ext. 4 or info@clcofme.org with the subject Astro Ball. For information about Challenger Learning Center of Maine, visit www.astronaut.org.

Farewell, Anne

Anne Mundy, head of the children’s department at Bangor Public Library, will retire on June 1 after 30 years of service.

Mundy graduated from University of Maine at Farmington in 1971 with a double major in early childhood education and home economics. She taught kindergarten and Head Start before joining the Bangor Public Library in 1980. She earned a master’s degree in library information science in 1990 from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. In 1991 she was appointed head of the children’s department and throughout the years expanded library programming to reach every age level and spread the joy of reading to thousands of children and parents.

Mundy was born in Patten, one of six children. She got her love of nature from her parents, Wallace and Marilyn McCourt, who were farmers. She married Jerry Mundy in 1995 and they have six children, Patrick Madore, Joshua Madore, Jessica Madore, Martha Madore, Lisa Reinhard and David Mundy.

Mundy is a Master Gardener and a member of the Peony Society of Maine. She is looking forward to spending more time with her 11 grandchildren, reading, working in her garden and taking piano lessons. She will be greatly missed by all.

Helping Hope House

Penobscot Community Health Care has recognized St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bangor for partnering with Hope House to provide monthly meals at the shelter.

“I have never observed this level of kindness and compassion towards the homeless as shown by the Bangor community,” said Hope House Director Mike Andrick.

The Hope House serves three meals a day to homeless people residing at the shelter with the help of area businesses, civic groups, churches and individuals, but more help is needed. Those who would like to volunteer to provide one meal per month may contact Andrick at 217-6713 ext. 467.

The Hope House also is in need of these products for its clients: sunscreen, men’s socks, personal hygiene products, and 12- or 16-ounce bottled water.

The Hope House is a 69-bed shelter, with 25 additional cots, that has a recovery-focused model including on-site integrated health care consisting of medical care, medication management, therapy groups and case management, in addition to housing.

The Hope House is the community safety net in Bangor, managing the city’s overflow of homeless people from other shelters. Hope House is running at 130-percent capacity serving up to 100 homeless persons a night.

Alumni Evensong

Former choristers from St. John’s Episcopal Church are invited to sing at the Alumni Evensong at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at the church. Music is available, and organizers are hoping for a good turnout of past choristers this year, the one-year anniversary of Fred Jones’ death.

Those who can’t sing that Sunday are welcome to come to the service, or to send a note about what they are doing and what choir meant to them. Financial contributions are welcome at Evensong, with funds to benefit the Fred Jones Choir Scholarship Account.

Music will be: Introit: S231; Hymns 473 and 603, Psalm 72 (Blue Parish Psalter); Morely Preces and Responses, Mag. and Nunc in A by Sumsion and Anthem: “Lo, God is Here” by Francis Jackson (Anthems for Choirs 1, page 88).

Rehearsal is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2. Warm-up for Evensong is 2:45 p.m. June 5. Awards will be given at the reception afterward. Evensong will directed by the new organist-choirmaster, Douglas Beck. For more information, call 947-0156.

1940s-style wedding

On May 16, Ross Manor, a continuing care community, hosted a 1940s-style wedding as a fun event for residents. Staff dressed in 1940s attire, made a 1940s-style wedding cake and danced to music from the era. Pictures of residents at their own weddings were on display.

The bride and groom were portrayed by Brian & Cheryl Oliver, the best man by employee Wayne Cyr and the maid of honor by employee Lorraine Labbe. Joe Wiesheit was the minister and played 1940s music on the piano.

Blue Hill

Law enforcement, safety

Friends & Neighbors will address “Law Enforcement & Public Safety” at their next meeting 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at Blue Hill Public Library. They will be joined by Kathleen Billings-Pezaris, Stonington town manager, in a discussion of traffic law enforcement, school zone safety, crime prevention and emergency services.  All residents of Blue Hill are welcome.

The newly formed Blue Hill Friends & Neighbors met on May 3 for an information session on “Public Water Access & Waterfront Facilites.” Harbormaster Denny Robertson shared a brief history of Blue Hill harbor and the waterfront industry that marked the development of the area.

He reported that the rebuilding of the town wharf now under way includes an additional 16 feet of length on the face of the wharf so that two boats will be able to dock at the same time. A new double-width ramp will allow larger boats to be launched. Still under consideration is a crane for use in loading lobster traps and other bulky objects. A scale model of the town wharf design is on display at the firehouse and Robertson encourages residents to stop in and take a look.

Phil Black, chairman of the Blue Hill Marine Resource Committee, spoke of the committee’s history of attempting to acquire waterfront property for working and recreational purposes such as those on Parker Point Road and adjacent to the South Blue Hill wharf.

Selectman Jim Schatz said the board was working to obtain public access on Woods Pond and they are in the process of reviewing old deeds for any right-of-way that may have been overlooked.

Director of the Island Heritage Trust, Mike Little, shared how Deer Isle secured two waterfront properties, Causeway Beach and Lily Pond. He said that because selectmen were reluctant to use town funding, a group of year-round and summer residents, fishermen, realtors and community organizations came together to raise the money. The properties were then given as a gift to the town of Deer Isle.

Blue Hill Friends & Neighbors is a community-based action group which provides support and offers solutions for enhancing the quality of life for residents.


Historic trees

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a tour of Castine’s historic trees 10 a.m.-noon Friday, June 17, with Jan Ames Santerre, Project Canopy coordinator with the Maine Forest Service. The tour begins at the oldest post office in the United States.

She will lead a tour of the historical elms and the many other noteworthy trees that can be found in Castine, one of the few towns in the country where a large number of elms survive, many of them more than 150 years old. Participants will visit and measure the next elm to be crowned champion in the “Maine Register of Big Trees.”

The event is free and open to all, but registration is requested through the UM Extension office in Cumberland County at 800-287-1471 before Monday, June 13.

This tour is an organized outing of the Maine Tree Club, an educational outreach program established by UMaine Extension, the Maine Forest Service and Viles Arboretum. The club is designed to teach people of all ages how to identify 50 trees of Maine over a two-year period; how to best care for trees on their property and in their community; and to better understand the importance of trees to Maine, its ecosystems and economy.


Benefit music night

Crocker Creations Country Music Night at Morgan Hill Event Center, featuring the Wildwoods Band, will be a benefit for the Girl Scouts of Maine.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with music and dancing 7-11 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Morgan Hill Event Center, 82 Morgan Hill Lane, Route 2.

Tickets are on sale at Morgan Hill for $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Cash bar, snacks for sale and 50-50 raffle will be available. Credit cards are accepted. Call 848-7100.

The Wildwoods Band won the 2010 Down East Country Music Association Band and Vocal Group of the Year, qualifying them to compete in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., where they won the 2011 North American Country Music Association’s Traditional Country Band of the Year. In 2010 the DECMA also named the band the Vocal Duet of the year, Male Vocalist and Trio of the year.

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