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Readeres’ Theater to perform ‘Nickel and Dimed’ in Blue Hill


BLUE HILL, Maine — As part of the Blue Hill Public Library’s monthlong Life in the Margins series, the Library’s Play Reading Group will present a Readers’ Theater performance of the play “Nickel and Dimed” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at the library. This is the Play Reading Group’s first ever public performance. The play is written by Joan Holden and is based upon Barbara Ehrenreich’s book of the same name. It illustrates the struggles of the working poor in America and in Maine.

The Friends of the Library has generously agreed to pay for the rights to perform the play and the cost of scripts. For more information, call 374-5515 or Michael Donahue at 374-5248.

Book signing on tap in Blue Hill

BLUE HILL, Maine — Dr. Lou Pack will talk about his new book, “Arthritis Revolution: Latest Research on Staying Active Without Pain Medication or Surgery” at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at the Blue Hill Public Library. Pack practices medicine in the greater Atlanta, Ga., area and spends time in the summer in Blue Hill.

The book was prompted by Dr. Pack’s ambition to educate arthritis sufferers and teach other physicians what they can do to help their patients. The book is intended for people who want to prevent arthritis, as well as stop its progression, decrease painful symptoms (often without medications or surgery), and improve their levels of activity or sports performance.

Books will be available for sale and signing and Pack will be available to answer individual questions as time allows. For more information, call 374-5515.

Guest speaker to meet with Belfast Historical Society

BELFAST, Maine — The Belfast Historical Society program meeting hosts guest speaker Les Fossel at 7 p.m. Monday, June 27, at the Belfast Free Library, Abbott Room. The topic for his presentation will be “It’s a Neat House, But What Is It?” with a focus on identifying key elements that date and define style in old houses. Fossel is the owner of Restoration Resources, a company based in Alna which offers old house inspections, consulting and educational services.

This meeting also will serve as the Belfast Historical Society’s annual meeting. The meeting will start promptly at 6:30 p.m., and membership is encouraged to join at 6:15 for light refreshments before the meeting.

Belfast Historical Society programs, which are free and open to the public, are held every fourth Monday of the month, April through October. For information, visit

Cancer support group to meet in Ellsworth

ELLSWORTH, Maine — The Beth C. Wright Cancer Center will host a support and resource group for people affected by breast cancer from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at  3 High St. in Ellsworth. The group will meet every fourth Thursday of the month. The group will be facilitated by the Bangor Y Caring Connections program. For information, call 664-0339.

Brooks Historical Society to hold open house June 26

BROOKS, Maine — The Brooks Historical Society open house will take place from 1 to 4 p.m., June 26, at the Pilley House on Route 7.

New Exhibits will include Staples’ Sleigh Made in Brooks 1888, Dow Family Memorabilia, Children’s Dinner Plates circa 1900, videos of Brooks’ residents, old theater curtain and vintage gowns. Refreshments will be served and donations will be accepted. For more information, call Betty Littlefield at 722-3633.

Community Development Block Grant

BURNHAM, Maine — The application for a Community Development Block Grant Housing and Assistance Grant has been approved for Burnham. The $300,000 grant will allow the town to establish a Housing Repair and Replacement Program to distribute funds, available to income-eligible single-family homeowners. The focus of the program will be to assist residents in rehabilitating their homes. Homeowners interested in applying for the program will be able to pick up applications at the Burnham town office beginning July 1. For information, call Carlton at 433-0425.

Bangor Hydro plans Beals Island service interruption

BEALS ISLAND, Maine — Bangor Hydro has scheduled a planned interruption in service for all of Beals Island from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 20. Crews will test the lines, which feed the island from the mainland in an effort to identify lingering issues. For more information or questions, call 973-2020 or 800-440-1111.

Summer Solstice gathering to aid Bucksport cancer center

BUCKSPORT, Maine — Williams Pond Lodge Bed and Breakfast will hold a Summer Solstice gathering to benefit the Cancer Support Center of Maine from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 at the lodge.

Donations will be accepted. Space is limited. Call 469-6363 by Monday, June 20 for reservations.

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital appoints new imaging manager

BLUE HILL, Maine — Amy Houghton has been named manager of Blue Hill Memorial Hospital’s Imaging Department.

A Castine native, Houghton has an undergraduate degree from the University of Maine in child development and family relations, as well as a degree in radiologic sciences from Eastern Maine Community College. She has worked in the imaging department for seven years.

Rehab Manager Named

BLUE HILL, Maine — Mark Hankinson has been named manager of Blue Hill Memorial Hospital’s Rehabilitation Services Department.

Hankinson has a BS in physical therapy from Northeastern University and an MBA from Husson University.  He has 13 years of experience as a physical therapist and has worked in a variety of clinical settings ranging from small companies to large medical centers.

Before accepting the position in Blue Hill, Hankinson served as therapy coordinator for Community Health and Counseling Services in Bangor, where he supervised physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists in four offices covering a 200-mile radius.

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital to offer training

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Maine Coast Memorial Hospital will offer American Heart Association Heart Saver CPR and First Aid training classes are being offered at the hospital.

CPR classes will be offered from 5:30-9 p.m. Monday, June 27, for a fee of $40 and First Aid training will be offered from 5:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, for a fee of $30. Both classes will be held in the Classroom (Door C) of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital at 50 Union St. in Ellsworth.

The same courses will be offered again on Aug. 29 and Aug. 31 for those who are unable to attend in June.

These courses meet the CPR and First Aid requirements for boat captains, divers and fishermen. Class size is limited. To register, call Michelle Mahon at 664-5588 or email

Blue Hill Garden Club to hold tour

BLUE HILL, Maine — The Blue Hill Garden Club will host a garden tour with an artistic twist from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 12.

The tour will feature five area gardens featuring different arts themes, including photography, music, painting and poetry.

Tickets are $20. For information, visit or contact co-chairs Donna Dupuy, 374-2247, or Ruth Miller, 374-2003,

Prominent Marine ecologist to speak at MERI

BLUE HILL, Maine — Dr. Jeremy Jackson, one of the world’s pre-eminent marine ecologists,  give a talk titled “Brave New Ocean: The Future of the Ocean Past” at .7 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at the Marine Environmental Research Institute.

The lecture is part of the MERI Ocean Environmental Lecture Series.

Dr. Jackson is director of Center or Marine Biodiversity and Conservation and William E. and Mary B. Ritter Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, and a senior scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. He has written more than 100  scientific publications and five books.

The lecture will be preceded by a reception at 6 p.m. for the speaker and for distinguished marine biologist Dr. Nancy Knowlton who will sign her new National Geographic book: “Citizens of the Sea: Wondrous Creatures From The Census of Marine Life.”

‘Crystal Ball’ to celebrate 15 years

SURRY, Maine — The Institute for Humane Education will host a community party in celebration of its 15th anniversary from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at the institute on the Surry Road.

Titled “Envisioning the Future: The Crystal Ball,” the event will provide information about the organization and its accomplishments over the past 15 years to envision and create a brighter future through knowledge, conscious decision-making and education.

Funds raised through the event and the silent auction will IHE’s 15th anniversary campaign and will be used to expand its graduate programs and to create new online courses, community programs and enhanced resources for teachers and students.

Tickets are $50 per person or $20 for IHE graduates. They can be purchased online at or by calling 667-1025.

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