Bangor area community news

Posted June 07, 2011, at 7:47 p.m.

Bangor

43 years of service

After 43 years of service to families and the Bangor Housing Authority, Elsie Coffey, friend of Penquis and the Bangor community, has retired.

The children at the Penquis Child Development Center, in the Elsie C. Coffey Center, designed and handcrafted a quilt and presented it to Coffey during a retirement party hosted by the children and staff at Penquis Child Development. Coffey was instrumental in the development of the multiclassroom facility on Davis Road.

As the director of the Bangor Housing Authority, Coffey worked to acquire funding through the office of Housing and Urban Development to build a multiclassroom facility. She demonstrated the great need for a child care facility to serve the families living in the Capehart housing community.

She partnered with Penquis Child Development, and in September 1999, the Elsie C. Coffey Child Development Center was opened. The facility has grown and today serves up to 80 children from age 6 weeks to 5 years.

In her retirement, Coffey plans to spend more time with her family and grandchildren and would like to volunteer on area advisory boards and committees. She also has promised to return to the Elsie C. Coffey Child Development Center to read to the children.

“Elsie certainly knows how to bring out the smiles on the children,” said Jean Bridges, director of Penquis Child Development. “I’d like to thank her for all she has done for Penquis children and families. We will forever be indebted to her for all of her support for nearly four decades.”

Irrigation assistance

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service reminds agricultural producers that the sign-up deadline for irrigation assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program is approaching.

For lands with an irrigation history, EQIP offers technical and financial assistance to growers for irrigation-related practices such as irrigation sprinkler systems and irrigation storage reservoirs. Applications are accepted continually, but only applications received by July 1 will be considered for funding in fiscal year 2012. Applications received later will be considered for funding in 2013.

Those interested in the EQIP Program should visit their local USDA Service Center, listed online at http://offices.usda.gov or in the phone book under United States Government, Agriculture Department, to complete an application and begin the conservation planning process.

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