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Community news, June 2

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Poverty forum

The fourth in a series of 11 forums on “Deconstructing Poverty” will be held 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, 37 Miller St. The topic will be food issues. There is no charge and refreshments will be served. The Forum, led by the church’s green sanctuary committee, will feature people from the community speaking out about food issues related to poverty in Waldo County, and will be followed by an open discussion.

The Forum has been successful in provoking discussion within Waldo County about the issues of keeping warm, losing your home and maintaining health. Future Forums include the topics of literacy, raising children, mental health, transportation, living in jail, public school and social class prejudice. For more information, contact Jennifer Hill at 722-3383 or


Rockland Congregational Church will host a benefit dinner to raise money for a missionary training program in Cameroon, founded by the Rev. Dr. Francois K. Akoa-Mongo. For $1,200 a Cameroon student can achieve a four-year degree to become a minister in his area. The benefit pork roast dinner will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the church. The cost is $10, with proceeds going to the Cameroon project. To make a reservation for the meal, call the church office at 594-8656.

Maine Lobster Festival Cooking Contest

Amateur chefs are invited to sign up for the annual Maine Lobster Festival Seafood Cooking Contest. The contest is part of the 64th annual festival, which will be held Aug. 3-7, along the city’s waterfront.

Amateur chefs age 18 and older may compete for more than $500 in prize money. A panel will pick five contestants and their recipes to participate in the contest. Selection is based on creativity, suitability of the seafood to the recipe and simplicity. The recipes can be any dish and must contain seafood found in Maine waters.

The contest will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, in the North Entertainment Tent on the festival grounds. Judging will begin at 11:30 a.m., with prizes announced and awarded around 12:30 p.m. First prize is $200, second prize is $175 and third prize is $150.

The contest audience will have the opportunity to sample the prepared recipes in the cooking area and pick up the contestants’ recipes after the awards are presented.

For contest details and to download an application form, visit or e-mail Kelly Woods at or call 691-7282.

Applications will be considered until July 15. Selected contestants will be notified by July 22.

Sail Power events

Local illustrator and author Sam Manning will present at 7 p.m. Friday, June 3, a talk on “The King’s Broad Arrow,” marking and building masts by hand for the largest sailing vessels. New England and particularly Maine was renowned for the tall straight trees suitable for masts for England’s fleet of sailing ships, particularly its navy. Trees reserved for the navy were marked with the broad arrow and off limits to anyone else.

George Thompson will give a talk, complete with photos, about Alvin, the little submarine that has given us a window on the undersea world. The event is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, June 4. The submersible peers into the depths at life never seen by the human eye.

Both talks are free, but donations are appreciated.

The Rekord, the museum’s restored Norwegian ferry, will take passengers on the first harbor tour of the season on Tuesday, June 7. The tour includes two hours of seagulls, seals and lighthouse, depending on the weather. The tour is free, but reservations are required.

Sharp’s Point South and the Sail, Power and Steam Museum are at 75 Mechanic St. For more information on these events and the Sail, Power and Steam Museum, call 701-7627, email or visit


Grass-fed beef workshop

Holly Noonan will conduct an interactive workshop on the health benefits of grass-fed beef and other pasture-raised animals at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 6, at Aldermere Farm at the main farm barn, 20 Russell Ave. Call the Aldermere Farm office at 236-2739 or email to register for the free workshop and to order grass-fed beef raised at Aldermere Farm.


Plant sale

The Woman’s Fellowship of the First Congregational Church of Searsport are “potting up” many perennials for its annual Plant Sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 10-11, on the Penobscot Marine Museum Green on Main Street.

Some of the varieties that will be available are hosta, sedum, ladies mantle, tiger lilies, day lilies, iris, shasta daisy, lupine, candlestick primrose, and bistorta. The proceeds will benefit the Fellowship’s local charities and scholarships.

Stockton Springs

Historical society meeting

The Stockton Springs Historical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 5, in the society’s meeting rooms at the Colcord House. The program will be “Stockton Men in the Civil War” presented by Jack Merrithew of Searsport. Merrithew, an avid researcher, has gathered material that he has shared with many historical venues including as far away as Gettysburg.

Steel drum band concert

A trip to the Caribbean is just a short drive away, as Flash in the Pans transports listeners with the tropical rhythm of steel drum music 7:30-9 p.m. Monday, June 6, at Fort Point Lighthouse overlooking Penobscot Bay. The band will play a diverse assortment of Caribbean influenced contemporary music. The concert is hosted by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.

Flash in the Pans Community Steel Band is based in Blue Hill. Members of the band volunteer their time to play benefit concerts throughout the Midcoast and Downeast area every Monday night throughout the summer. For more information, visit and

Fort Point Lighthouse is located at the tip of Cape Jellison at Fort Point State Park in Stockton Springs. Bring a picnic, and chairs or a blanket. Visit the remains of the Fort Pownal blockhouse, take a walk on the beach or fishing off the pier overlooking Sandy Point.

The Stockton Springs Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will sell refreshments at the event to raise funds for uniforms and camp.

A poster promoting the concert was designed by Waldo County Technical Center student Colan Merrifield.

For more information, call Jeri Cole at 567-3356.


Historical  society meeting

Longtime Warren Historical Society member Dick Ferren will speak about the many vintage wooden items in the society’s collection at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at the Dr. Campbell House, 225 Main St. Refreshments will be served.  Guests and members are encouraged to bring in their own wooden items for discussion, clarification or identification. For more information, call 273-2726.


Bicentennial fireworks

The Washington Bicentennial Committee is seeking donations to the Fireworks Fund for the town’s celebration on Saturday, Aug. 6. Contributors to the fund so far include Kathleen Ocean, Village Books, Luce’s Village Market, Alan Mendleson, Washington Auto Parts, Damariscotta Bank and Trust, Hall Funeral Home, The First, Viking Lumber, Jere Davis and Charlotte Henderson, Rock Maple Realty, Camden National Bank, E.H. Fortner Woodworking, Camp Med-O-Lark and Sweet Season Café. Fireworks will culminate day-long Bicentennial festivities with music, speeches, exhibits, demonstrations, children’s activities and food — starting with a parade at 10 a.m. Activities are concentrated on the Medomak Camp campus just north of town on Route 220.

The fireworks display will begin at dusk. Donations can be made through June 30 by sending to: Town of Washington, P.O. Box 408, Washington 04574, with “fireworks” in the memo line.

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