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Peony Society tour

The Peony Society of Maine will offer a garden tour 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, June 11 and 18, at 23 Ohio St. Directions will be available there to other gardens for the tour. Speakers will be: 1 p.m. June 11, horticulturist Katherine Gallant, University of Maine Cooperative Extension; 1 p.m. June 18, Stephanie Burnett, assistant professor of horticulture, UM. After each program, there will be a drawing for a free peony. Admission is $2.

Adopt-a-Cat Month

The Bangor Humane Society is filled with wacky kittens, adventuresome adolescents, captivating young adults and mature comfort-seekers — cats of all ages and personality types awaiting the purr-fect match-up.

The Bangor Humane Society is joining the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in declaring June Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month. The humane society has planned feline-oriented specials and promotions this month to increase awareness of the increasing feline population at the shelter and to boost adoption rates of adult felines. All are welcome to come by to meet and mingle with dozens of cats awaiting their forever homes. If they happen to meet that simpatico cat, that kindred spirit, BHS counselors will be happy to facilitate the adoption.

For information, visit the Bangor Humane Society at 693B Mount Hope Ave. or call 942-8902.

Summer library hours

June 11 is the last Saturday that Bangor Public Library will be open until September.

The library will switch to summer hours beginning June 18:

• 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

• 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Fridays.

• Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Note the new opening time of 10 a.m. These hours will be in effect until Tuesday, Sept. 6. For questions, contact the library at 947-8336 or visit the website at

Big Brothers Big Sisters

In January, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine added Penobscot County to its service area, joining Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties. The agency also has added to its staff by hiring Matt Donahue as the school-based mentoring manager.

Donahue, a Bangor native, earned a bachelor’s degree in public management from the University of Maine and will complete a master’s degree in public administration in August. He is a member of Alpha Delta, a community service-based fraternity; a Senior Skull and the vice president of the Class of 2010 Council. He is entering his 11th year as a volunteer umpire for Little League baseball and serves on the Bangor Parks and Recreation advisory committee and special committee on comprehensive planning.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to stay in Maine and to be able to give back to the community that supported me so much in my life,” Donahue said. “The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine staff and volunteers are tremendously dedicated to the mission and it is a pleasure to join them. The long-term impact we have on youth in our community is a remarkable accomplishment and something I am proud to work toward.”

As part of the expansion, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine has opened an office at the Bangor Y on Second Street.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentoring services to children ages 5-14 facing adversity. Many come from single-parent or divorced families with low income, and struggle socially and academically. Some have behavioral challenges, perform poorly in school, have low self-esteem, or may distrust others or disregard authority.

Matching these children with an older youth or adult allows them to receive support, guidance, encouragement and a positive role model as they learn to become confident and caring members of their family, school and community. Big Brothers Big Sisters nurtures each of these matches with training, activities and professional support.


Program on library

Brewer Historical Society will offer a program with Donna Rasche at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at First United Church, 40 South Main St.

The topic will be Brewer history, genealogy and Maine history materials at Brewer Public Library. Come see local materials that were discovered during the library move to its location on Main Street. Refreshments will be served. For information, contact Robert Schmick, 843-5550, or visit


Summer Read Program

Reading during the summer helps children to maintain and improve reading skills. The Summer Read Program is a great way to encourage children to read, and it’s fun.

Children ages 1-14 are encouraged to sign up for a fun-filled program at Simpson Memorial Library, 8 Plymouth Road. This year’s theme is “One World, Many Stories.” The kickoff event will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Golden Harvest Grange, Route 2.

The special guest will be Jordan Benissan, a master drummer originally from Togo, West Africa.

Weekly activities will be held 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 21-Aug. 2, at Simpson Memorial Library. Summer Read Program participants will participate in Carmel Days on Aug. 6, with a float in the parade.

For information, contact librarian Becky Ames at 848-7145.


Auction for exchange program

The Baron’s Auction, a biannual fundraiser to benefit the Adams School student exchange program with the village of St. Castin, France, will take place 4-7 p.m. Thursday, July 7. It will correspond with the extended Independence Day holiday to welcome more seasonal residents and guests, and to complement Castine’s summer social calendar.

According to co-chairmen Amy and Tom Gutow, the auction will be an evening social under a large tent on the Castine Town Common. Adams School students, with parent supervision, will provide complementary child care at the school during the event for auction guests.

Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will feature signature cocktails paying homage to the namesake of the auction and the town of Castine, Jean Vincent D’Abbadie, le Baron de St. Castin, who lived in Maine in the mid-17th century while on commission by King Henri IV to set up trade in North America.

After a silent auction a live auction will feature antiques, contemporary items, entertainment opportunities, vacation stays, artwork and photography, local crafts and services. Donations featuring the talents and trades of local residents such as cooking classes, in-home gourmet meal preparation and cruises with area yachters will add to the community spirit of the event.

A preview period, 4 to 5 p.m., will enable guests to strategize and prepare to bid on services and goods. Featured auction items and a special raffle will be showcased online before the event.

Admission, at $15 for individuals, $25 for a household, will entitle guests to a bid paddle. Tickets will be available at the door, and advance tickets are available. Advance ticket information also will be available through The Baron’s Auction website. Proceeds will benefit rising seventh- and eighth-grade students at Adams School as they prepare to travel to St. Castin, France, in the spring of 2012 as part of a educational and cultural exchange program with Castine’s French sister community.

The sister-community relationship was established years ago by Castine historical enthusiasts and revitalized through a proposed school exchange program in 2007 by former Adams School Principal Todd Nelson. Since then, Adams School and St. Castin students have traveled internationally to visit their counterparts as part of an English- and French-language immersion program.

Castine’s Adams School students traveled to France in 2008 and 2010, and St. Castin students visited Castine in 2009. Because of French school issues, St. Castin students were unable to visit this year, but the St. Castin community is prepared to welcome Castine students again in 2012. Trip planning is in its early stages, but parent organizers are committed to raising funds to enable all seventh- and eighth-grade students to participate, regardless of ability to pay and separate from school funds. Expenses will include travel for chaperones.

Tom Gutow accompanied the 2010 student group to France and will serve as a chaperone on the 2012 trip.

“This is a dramatic experience for all of our children,” said Gutow. “An immersion experience like this is something that can be life-shaping for these students and impacts even those students who are well-traveled. As they look to high school and onward to college, a brief glimpse such as this, into the lives and cultures of others, can be a pivotal moment for their outlook on the world, their career aspirations, and their sense of the value of their own community.”

Organized by more than 20 parent and friend volunteers, The Baron’s Auction welcomes offers to assist the event, from volunteers to a location for storage of donated items. Donations of services, antiques, art objects and contemporary goods and crafts are encouraged. Event sponsors are encouraged to show their support for the program while promoting their services to the community. Those who want to assist, serve as an event sponsor or donate an item or service for the silent or live auction may contact Amy Gutow, 326-8062, or


Used book sale

Friends of Edythe Dyer Library will hold a used book sale 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the library, 269 Main Road North. Prices will be 50 cents to $2, with books in every genre for every age.


Grange plaque

Enterprise Grange will hold an open house to install a plaque recognizing the hall as on the National Register of Historic Places at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 12. The event will honor the late Wendell Hanscom and family. Refreshments will be served, and there will be live music. For information, call 825-4514.


Gardening questions

A panel of experts from the University of Maine will be available to answer gardening questions at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, during Public Night at the Garden at the Rogers Farm Demonstration Garden, 914 Bennoch Road, Stillwater. Specialists in ornamental plants, pests and plant diseases will talk about home gardening and field questions.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m., rain or shine, but visitors are encouraged to come early to tour the extensive demonstration gardens. There will be time available to ask questions and discuss gardening issues. Bring along plant and-or insect samples for identification.

Also scheduled are: “Food Preservation: Jams, Jellies and More,” on Tuesday, July 12; and “Art in the Garden” celebration, Tuesday, Aug. 16.

The Demonstration Garden, open dawn until dusk daily, features plots maintained by volunteers from the Master Gardener program of the UM Cooperative Extension. For information, call the Extension office 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays at 942-7396 or 800-287-1485.


Upward Bound

In a long-standing tradition, high school students from rural Maine and urban Massachusetts will gather June 26-Aug. 3 at the University of Maine to participate in the Upward Bound Math-Science Program. One highlight is a group research project featuring experimental design and research taught in an inquiry-based setting.

The subject is food, nutrition and exercise. Participants will examine biochemistry and how food works in the human body. They will investigate nutrients to learn whether typical diets provide sufficient health and energy benefits. By examining their own diets and those of others in the program, student researchers will develop questions and hypotheses which they will test by collecting and studying data from food journals kept by program volunteers.

“We also will be working with one of UMaine’s athletic trainers, who will help us take baseline measurements related to flexibility, strength and speed,” said Kelly Ilseman, assistant director of UM’s Upward Bound Math-Science Program. “We will learn which training methods are most effective in improving performance.”

“The students will learn about ways to improve — simple things that can be done at home or in a residence hall room,” she said. “As we consider what we eat and how we use our bodies, we will also discuss the journey from farm to plate and the environmental impact of our food choices.”

Jason Munster, former Upward Bound Math-Science student and staff member who is a Harvard doctoral student, will provide insights on the relationship between food and the environment as it relates to climate change.

Other speakers will include Dr. Clifford Rosen, a UMaine graduate who is director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research at Maine Medical Center Research Institute. He also will introduce a summer internship program available for Upward Bound alums who are undergraduate college students majoring in biomedical science-related fields.

Rosen and Munster will speak during a session 8-11:30 a.m. Friday, July 8. UMaine professor emerita Katherine Musgrave, who still teaches UMaine classes at age 90, will share the story of her personal and professional journey 9:15-10:15 a.m. Monday, July 11. Locations for these sessions have not been set.

Upward Bound supports participants in preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The goal is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and postsecondary education. For information, visit

Restorative Justice

The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast and the University of Maine’s Peace and Reconciliation Studies will co-sponsor the third Summer Institute in Restorative School Practices, Tuesday through Thursday, June 28-30, at the Augusta Civic Center.

The institute will address restorative school practices and restorative discipline. Within a whole school approach, these practices build caring school communities that support students, staff and administrators in feeling connected and respected, which enhances learning outcomes, said Barb Blazej, a peace studies lecturer at UM and director of the UM Youth Violence Prevention Project.

Under restorative discipline, school discipline becomes part of a learning environment emphasizing accountability and support, rather than punishment and exclusion. The institute will include presentations, discussion, activities, hands-on practice, videos, a panel of teachers and administrators using restorative practices, and opportunities to experience the “community circle” process.

Jen Cyr of the Joseph A. Leonard Middle School in Old Town said the circles empower students and result in rich conversations and multifaceted lessons. “Whether I’m observing or participating, each time I walk away, I am more firmly convinced that restorative practices are more than a philosophy,” Cyr said. “At the school, the circle has come to symbolize our strength, respect and trust as a learning community. It has elevated our school both academically and behaviorally.”

For information, contact Blazej at  581-2625 or

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