Bangor July 4th fireworks

Posted June 22, 2011, at 1:50 p.m.

As in years past, the public is being asked to support the annual fireworks display on the Fourth of July along the banks of the Penobscot River.

The Bangor Fourth of July Corp. is a nonprofit arm of Bangor area Kiwanis Clubs, which work to put on the city’s celebration. Tony Bernatche, corporation president, said the city of Bangor has contributed $5,000 toward the 2011 display, to be provided by Central Maine Pyrotechnics of Hallowell. The goal is to have 40 percent more fireworks than last year, he said.

To accomplish that, the corporation is soliciting local business owners and individuals to raise $25,000. Checks may be sent to Bangor Fourth of July Corp., P.O. Box 2712, Bangor, ME 04402-2712.

The Bangor Daily News will publish an update on Wednesdays in June showing the total donated and the amount left to be raised.

Center gains grant

The  Directors of the Maine Community Foundation have approved a grant of $5,000 for the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine in Bangor. The award is for a one-year sustainability coordinator position to expand and strengthen volunteer involvement in fundraising efforts and center activities through recruitment, training and documentation for long-term sustainability. The grant is made from the Penobscot County Fund at the recommendation of fund advisers.

“With the support of the Maine Community Foundation, we anticipate the Peace & Justice Center’s continued growth as a vibrant hub for democratic citizen activism into the coming decades, ” said Kay Carter, Steering Committee member of the center.  “As a grassroots, shoe-string organization we depend on volunteers to create and maintain a shared space, resources programs and activities which link groups and individuals concerned with peace,  justice and a sustainable environment. This grant will help us to build on the strong foundation created during the past two decades.”

According to Carter,  the center’s recent move to 96 Harlow St. in Bangor has increased visibility and access for those interested in learning more about  how they can become involved.   For the past 22 years the center has served as a shared space for many groups without a home of their own and has supported the formation of new groups, including Veterans for Peace and the Voices for Peace Choir. Through the center’s monthly newsletter, website and email action alerts, groups and individuals share information. People from throughout the area use a volunteer-coordinated lending library of alternative magazines, books and DVDs located in the center.

Hampden

Art show planned

Works by 10 local artists will be displayed and offered for sale at a show on June 24-25 at historic Harmony Hall, 24 Kennebec Road.  A reception to meet the artists will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 24, and the show will continue 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 25.  Sponsored by the Hampden Garden Club. Admission is free. For information, call 862-3467.

Newburgh

Library summer hours

The Newburgh Community Library will observe new hours during the summer. Beginning June 29, it will be open on Wednesdays only, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Story hour for the children will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. This will integrate the library hours with the new Town Office hours. The Saturday hours will be discontinued while school is out.

Old Town

Special yard sale

The Animal Orphanage 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. But 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.

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