May 22, 2018
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Used book, plant sale June 11 at Rockland Public Library

ROCKLAND, Maine – The Friends of Rockland Public Library annual Book, Botanical & Bake Sale will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Saturday, June 11, on the front lawn of the Rockland Public Library. We are the best source for previously read bargain books in Rockland. Come see the wonderful selection from all genres. It’s also not too late to get that garden started as there will be a large assortment of annuals and perennials available.  Proceeds benefit the Rockland Public Library.

For more information, call 701-1312.

Author to discuss book at Jesup Memorial Library

BAR HARBOR –  Steve Perrin, author of a new book on introspection, “Know Thyself: Adventures in Getting to Know My Own Mind,” will give an illustrated talk, “Looking Inward: Learning to Live with My Own Mind,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor. For more information, call Ruth at 288-4245 or

Nature writer to read from her book at Lubec Library

LUBEC  — Maine nature writer Susan Hand Shetterly will read from her latest book, “Settled in the Wild,“ at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at the Lubec Library.

Signed copies will be available for purchase.

Student loan repayment program available

ELLSWORTH – Washington County residents who have recently completed post-secondary education and are building a professional and personal life in Washington County are eligible to apply for student loan repayment awards of up to $5,000 from the Gracie Fund at the Maine Community Foundation.

In exchange, recipients participate in volunteer activities while working in their preferred field.

Deadline for applications is July 15. Complete guidelines and application form are available through the Maine Community Foundation and the Sunrise County Economic Council, which jointly administer the Gracie Fund. For more information, call 877-700-6800 or visit

Book ‘Ghosts of Acadia’ released

MACHIAS — Dr. Marcus LiBrizzi, professor of English at the University of Maine at Machias, has released his new book, “Ghosts of Acadia.”

“Ghosts of Acadia” explores 21 ghost stories notable for their terrifying elements and legendary qualities. Fifteen of these tales come from Mount Desert Island, and six stories come from other parts of the Acadia region. Settings include Bar Harbor, Schooner Head, Seal Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Hull’s Cove, Tremont, Bass Harbor, Seal Cove, Compass Harbor, Winter Harbor, Bucksport, Cherryfield, Jonesboro, and Machiasport. Subjects of the tales include fatal mansions, death caves, ghost ships, a haunted object, a cursed lighthouse, and lots of vengeful phantoms.

LiBrizzi has previously published “Dark Woods, Chill Waters: Ghost Tales from Down East Maine,” the book that inspired an ABC Extreme Makeover – Home Edition episode in Milbridge, Maine. His other books include “Lost Atusville: A Black Settlement from the American Revolution,” and “The Nelly Butler Hauntings: A Documentary History.”

“Ghosts of Acadia” is published by Down East Books and is available for purchase online, at booksellers everywhere, and at the Murdock Bookstore on the UMM campus.

Diabetes support group to meet in Ellsworth

ELLSWORTH – The Hancock County Diabetes Support group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, in the boardroom at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. Jane Gerlach, Certified Nurse Midwife, will introduce us to Mindfulness Stress Reduction.  Learn how to reduce stress by learning about mindfulness and how to practice it.  The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 664-5475.

Mustangs to be featured Saturday in Ellsworth

ELLSWORTH – The Coastal Mustang Cruisers will be meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 4, behind McDonald’s in Ellsworth. There will be more than 30 Mustangs from a 1965 Shelby GT350 worth more than $200,000 to an ultra rare Factory Race 2000 Cobra R with only 300 made. The vehicles will be at  the corvette car show in Bar Harbor. For more information, call Howard at 733-1033.

Iceland focus of program

BAR HARBOR – The Hancock County International Club’s June program presents Linda Morrison’s Iceland tour at 7 p.m. Friday, June 10, at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor. For more information, call 288-4245 or visit

$7,000 in grants awarded to 10 nonprofits

CALAIS — Members of the Jobs for Maine’s Graduates programs at seven Washington

County schools awarded grant checks totaling just over $7,000 to 10 area nonprofit organizations at a ceremony Wednesday at Washington County Community College.

The grants were made through the Jumpstart Our Youth student philanthropy program created and funded by Unity Foundation, UniTel Inc. and Maine Community Foundation.

Schools participating and their nonprofit grantees include: Calais High School to the Calais Skate Park and Calais Elementary School Rec program at Greenland Point; Machias High School to Literacy Volunteers of Washington County; Shead High School to Little Dana Bowen Community Park; Woodland High School to Heart to Heart Clothing Store; Washington Academy to Washington County Children’s Program; Beatrice Rafferty Elementary School to Passamaquoddy Food Pantry; and Rose M. Gaffney School to Wee Care Baby Center and Down East Child Care.

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