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Incorporation Day

The big celebration for Corinth’s Bicentennial will be held July 14-17, but activities for Incorporation Day are scheduled for 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 21.

A chicken barbecue will be sponsored by the Corinth Volunteer Fire Department at 4:30 p.m. The cost is $6. Music will be provided by the 195th Army Band.

A ceremony at 6:30 p.m. will include government speakers, a reading of the Wingate poem, a reading of the bicentennial poem and presentation of the bicentennial baby quilt.

The American Legion Post in Corinth will hold a flag retirement ceremony at 7 p.m.


Bicentennial events

The town of Carmel and its residents will celebrate the town’s bicentennial with a variety of activities this weekend.

Friday, June 17:

• “Our Town: Carmel,” a musical about growing up in Carmel put on by the children of Carmel, 7 p.m., Carmel Elementary School.

Saturday, June 18:

• Breakfast snacks (pastries, milk, juice and coffee) available at 8 a.m., Golden Harvest Grange Hall, 928 Main Road. Historical displays at the Grange will include clothes, toys and farm tools.

• Parade: Lineup will start at 9 a.m. at the Route 2-Damascus Road  intersection across from the Carmel Campground. At 10 a.m., the parade will travel down Route 2 past the town office, then turn down the Five Road to the rec field.

• Carmel history, starting at 9 a.m., historical society house, 18 Plymouth Road. Richard Shaw will give a talk on Auto Rest Park at 3 p.m.

• Simpson Memorial Library open 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with high tea at 2 p.m.

• Quilt show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Congregational church, 39 Plymouth Road; Saw Lady demonstration at noon.

• Square dancing demonstration, 11:30 a.m., Grange Hall.

• Dedication of Civil War Monument, 12:45 p.m.

• Boy Scout encampment at fire station all weekend.

• Fire Department opened with trucks and history at the fire station after the parade.

• Pig scramble, other old-time games, 1:30 p.m., rec field.

• Baked bean supper, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Masonic Hall.

• Rocking Ron and the New Society Band, 7-11 p.m., street dance at town office (rain location elementary school).

Sunday, June 19:

• Zevulon Family Band, 2-3:30 p.m., rec field (rain location elementary school).


‘Fill the Bus’

Come fill the bus with bottles and cans 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 18, at the Squire in Holden. Proceeds will benefit HAM, the Hemophilia Association of Maine, and the local family that organized it, the Gideons. The school district has lent a bus to be filled.

Organizers describe Tracey and Jeff Gideon as a phenomenal family that has volunteered in the community for years. Although the Gideons help in many ways, they are best known for organizing the Holbrook Regional Recreation League for T-ball and Farm League programs.

Their 3-year-old son, Devin, was diagnosed with severe hemophilia at 4 days old. He must receive biweekly infusions of Factor 9 to ensure that his blood clots properly. Those with hemophilia are endangered by something as small as a common bruise or a black fly bite.

The Gideons created HAM to provide education and information in rural Maine for other families that live with bleeding disorders. For more information, visit

For information on the fundraiser, call Annie Goodwin at 843-0851.

Old Town

Special yard sale

Many people are familiar with the Animal Orphanage, which takes in stray animals from the Old Town-Orono area and gives them a safe place to live while they wait for a home of their own.

What many don’t realize is that some are not adoptable for various reasons and live permanently at the shelter. Volunteers have a lot of dedication, but expenses are high.

A yard sale to benefit the Animal Orphanage will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Old Town Garage on Airport Road.

Organizers welcome everyone to stop by and pick up some treasures for the whole family.


Retirement for Libby

SAD 22 and the residents of Newburgh will hold a celebration for Lois Libby to wish her well in her retirement as town clerk after 32 years of dedicated service to the town of Newburgh.

The event will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at Newburgh Elementary School on Route 9. Cards, stories and memories are welcome. Light refreshments will be available.

Libby worked from a small desk in her kitchen for many years and opened her door to residents looking for hunting and fishing licenses and last-minute registrations well after 5 p.m. and all through the weekend. If she was home, the “office” was open.


Antique appraisals

Rosscare Healthcare Charities and Dirigo Pines will hold an Antique Appraisal Show 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Dirigo Pines Retirement Community. All proceeds will benefit Rosscare’s Lifeline Help Button program.

The Lifeline program provides services to more than 800 elderly and disabled residents of our community. Should an individual experience an emergency, help can be summoned by pressing the button on the Lifeline unit. The Lifeline program has allowed many to stay in their homes longer and safely.

The Antique Appraisal Show will feature Bruce A. Buxton, a licensed auctioneer known for his entertaining and lively style. Buxton and his staff will not buy or sell any items at the event, guaranteeing an unbiased assessment of the antiques. The fee for appraisal is $10 for one item, $18 for two items, $25 for three items.

The public is invited to bring items to be appraised. For more information, contact Steve Bowler at 866.3400 or Healthcare Charities at 973.5055.


Fort Knox project

The Friends of Fort Knox board of directors has announced plans to proceed with the restoration of a closed powder magazine located adjacent to the northernmost spiral staircase within the fort. The powder magazine has been off-limits to the public for decades because of rotted wood floors and walls.

Leighton Construction Co. in Orrington will replace the rotted wood flooring and wall planks. Every effort will be made to retain and preserve as much of the original powder magazine wood and fixtures as possible. In addition, interpretive materials such as replica powder barrels and electric illumination in the magazine are in the plans.

The powder magazine represents one of the main storage areas where black powder was stored for use in the Rodman and 24-pound blank Howitzer cannon batteries. Powder magazines were constructed of wood and made use of copper fixtures to guard against any unintended spark that could cause an explosion.

The powder magazine project will be a major milestone in the Friends of Fort Knox’s ongoing restoration and preservation efforts. The project, once completed, will open up the last area of the fort that historically provided public access. Past efforts of the group to open areas of the fort that were closed to the public because of safety concerns include the Officers Quarters, Long Alley demibastion, enlisted men’s quarters, cistern rooms and an area on Battery B adjacent to the retaining wall.

The Friends acknowledged Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust and the Messler Family Foundation for providing financial support for this project. The Friends work in partnership with the Maine Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks and Lands, which owns Fort Knox.


Seniors club

All senior citizens of Winterport are invited to join the Winterport Seniors Club for a potluck lunch at 11:30 a.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at Columbian Hall, next to St. Gabriel Catholic Church on lower Main Street.

Membership for one year is just $2, plus 50 cents per meeting attended. There is no charge to attend the first meeting. Tickets are available on raffle items.

The group is planning a bus trip to Bar Harbor on Tuesday, June 21. A reservation fee of $12 is required, but $10 of that is refunded when getting on the bus. Those taking part in the trip buy their own lunch.

A cookout is being planned this summer at Swan Lake State Park.

For information, call Linda Nardi at 223-5578.

Curtis Family Reunion

The descendants of Henry and Mary Jane (Ross) Curtis of Carmel and Plymouth will hold a family reunion at noon Saturday, July 16, at St. Gabriel’s Church Hall, 235 South Main St., Winterport.

The alcohol-free event will include a potluck luncheon. For information, contact George or Margie Morse at 223-5642.

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