Community news for Thursday, June 30

Posted June 28, 2011, at 10:03 p.m.

Bangor

Government channel

In order to better serve its residents, the city of Bangor is upgrading its local government channel equipment. During this time, there will be no live broadcasts available.

Regular broadcasts of committee and council meetings are scheduled to resume on July 11. Those with questions are asked to contact the City Manager’s Office at 992-4203 or city.manager@bangormaine.gov.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity has moved its ReStore from Holden to Penobscot Plaza on Harlow Street.

ReStore offers for sale new and reusable building materials and home items at a discounted price with proceeds helping Habitat for Humanity build homes in partnership with low-income families.

ReStore is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

Vacation Bible School

Glad Tidings Church, 1033 Broadway, invites children ages 5 to 12 to Pandamania Vacation Bible School,  scheduled for 6-8:15 p.m. July 11-15 at the church. The event is free. Children will take part in Bible-learning activities, songs, teamwork-building games, treats, Bible adventures, and Bible Point crafts. Preregister online at http://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/gtcbangor or call 947-0324. ext. 15.

Corinth

Strawberry festival

Corinth United Methodist Church will hold its 53rd annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, July 2.  Seatings will be at 4, 5 and 6 pm.  Reservations are required. The menu will include ham, peas, potato salad, coleslaw, rolls, ice tea, lemonade, fresh strawberries and strawberry shortcake.  For reservations, call 285-3191. Cost is $7.50, $5 for children under 12.

Eddington

Town Bicentennial

The Eddington Bicentennial of Incorporation will hold its Homecoming weekend celebration July 22-24.

Organizations and individuals have been asking, “What can we do?”

Planners are looking for floats, bicycles, doll carriages, antique cars, marching units and music for the bicentennial parade, set for 10 a.m. Saturday, July 23.

The Eddington Historical Society has committed to making a float for the parade.

Organizers invited others to gather a group and mount a float about what Eddington means to them or their family. Portray changes in their organization over the years, re-create a business that used to be here or depict one that is still here, or show days when lumber was king and the town was filled with businesses that made lumber products. Other suggestions are fishing on Eddington’s ponds and by the river, hunting in the forests, farming in 1811 and now, and dances of the 19th century and today.

Prizes will be awarded for floats, decorated bicycles and doll carriages, antique vehicles and other categories. The town already has a 1906 fire apparatus lined up for the parade.

For information, contact Sue Dunham Shane, parade coordinator, 843-6441.

For updates about the Eddington Bicentennial celebration, visit http://eddingtonmaine.gov or contact committee members Margaret McKinney, chairwoman; Therese Anderson, Richard Bowden, Denise Knowles, Ralph Russell, Susan Dunham Shane, Russell Smith and Pat Wilking.

Orono

Food preservation

As part of its ongoing efforts to enhance local self-reliance, Sustainable Orono will hold workshops on food preservation 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, July 9 and July 16, in the University of Maine Commercial Kitchen, 5735 Hitchner Hall.

The workshops, which are sequential, will be taught by Jason Bolton, a specialist in food safety with the Cooperative Extension Service, and will cover basic food safety, canning and freezing.   The materials fee of $20 covers both workshops, but scholarships are available to those who cannot afford the fee. To register, contact Theresa Tilton, 942-7396 or theresa.tilton@maine.edu, phone: 942-7396.  Payment should be sent to PCEA, ℅ Theresa Tilton at 307 Maine Ave., Bangor, ME 04401. For further information about the activities of Sustainable Orono, email sustainable_orono@hotmail.com.

Bike paths closed

After 34 years, portions of the University of Maine bicycle paths are closed temporarily to allow for major reconstruction for approximately 11 weeks.

The areas of phased closures include all paved path areas from the campus to Witter Farm Road, Stillwater Avenue and Jefferson Street in Old Town. The phased closures will be organized into three sections with individual sections each closed for three to five weeks.

During each closure period, one section of the bike path will be closed to all pedestrian and bicycle traffic to allow the work. Signs will designate path sections where detours are available. Members of the UMaine campus and surrounding communities are asked for safety reasons to respect posted signs and not use or enter any part of the bike path marked as closed.

The bike path was constructed in 1976. The reconstruction will generally replace the bike path in kind with improvements to restore appropriate grades, drainage and wearing surfaces. Funding for the project is provided by the Maine Department of Transportation and the University of Maine.

Upon project completion, the bike path will serve for another 30 years or more without a similar interruption.

Three phased closures are planned:

• Gannett Road to Witter Farm Road, with a pedestrian-bike detour on Crossover Road to maintain access from Jefferson Street to campus.

• Witter Farm Road to the railroad bed section and railroad bed section from Stillwater Avenue, including the parking lot, to the bunker road, providing a pedestrian-bike detour on the gravel Farm Road through the farm to maintain access from Jefferson Street to campus.

• And the railroad bed section from the bunker road to Jefferson Street, with no detour from Jefferson Street, but access maintained from the Stillwater Avenue parking lot to campus.

Winterport

Senior Citizens meeting

The Winterport Senior Citizens will meet at noon Thursday, July 7, at Columbia Hall, next to St. Gabriel Catholic Church on lower Main Street. Bring a bag lunch. The group will tour the Winterport Winery at 1 p.m. The event is free. For more information, call Linda Nardi at 223-5578.

Area

Veterans benefits

So many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they’ve earned. There’s so much to know and so many changes from one year to the next. That’s why the nonprofit Disabled American Veterans (D-A-V) offers help. The DAV Mobile Service Office will be at the following locations to provide the best counseling and claim filing assistance available. Like all D-A-V services, help from the Mobile Service Office is free to all veterans and members of their families.

• July 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., American Legion Post 147, 353 Main Street, Madawaska.

• July 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wal-Mart, 781 Main St., Presque Isle.

• July 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., American Legion Post 80, 80 Central St., Millinocket.

• July 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Bangor Career Center, 45 Oak St., Bangor.

• July 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Maine Veterans Home, 1 Veterans Way, Machias.

For information regarding these events, contact DAV National Service Officer D. Brandon McKinney at 623-5725.

Maine Fitness Awards

The Maine Governor’s Council on Physical Activity has announced the winners of its 13th Maine Fitness Awards, an initiative that not only recognizes individuals and organizations for promoting physical activity but increases awareness of the health problems associated with non-activity.

Council co-chairman Dr. Erik Steele said the awards were established to improve the quality of life for all individuals in Maine by promoting healthy lifestyles through increased levels of physical activity, sports and leisure activities and by supporting the cooperative efforts of schools, communities, businesses and health institutions.

“With two-thirds of Maine adults and one-third of Maine children being overweight or obese, physical activity can play a large role in fighting this new epidemic. The annual Maine Fitness Awards recognize the people and programs that play an outstanding role in supporting a healthy Maine,” he said.

The awards for six categories including youth-based, community and workplace, were presented during a celebration at the State House Hall of Flags this spring.

The winners of the 13th Annual Maine Fitness Awards are:

• Youth — School Category: Toe Token Tuesday, Mildred L. Day School, Kennebunk.

• Youth — Community Category: Scarborough Youth Sports Forum, Scarborough.

• Special Populations Category (tie): Houlton Band of Maliseets Fitness Program, Littleton and Morning Exercise at Mt. Ararat High School, Topsham.

• Community Category: New Balance “Move More Kids” Program, Norridgewock.

• Adult Category: Seacoast Management, Topsham.

• Lifetime Achievement Category: Jon Cahill, founder and director, Gym Dandies, Scarborough.

• Healthy Workplace — Medium Business Category: Lohmann Animal Health International, Winslow.

• Healthy Workplace — Large Business Category: St. Mary’s Health System, Lewiston.

Runners-up are:

• Youth — School Category: Middle School of the Kennebunks, Kennebunk.

• Community Category: Washington County: One Community, Machias.

• Healthy Workplace — Medium Business Category: Huhtamaki, Waterville.

Nominee recognition went to After School Clubs, Hichborn Middle School, Howland; Center for Therapeutic Recreation, Portland; Dana Tardif’s Golden Sneakers Strength & Balance Fitness Class; Bangor Parks & Recreation Center; Gov. John Fairfield Elementary School, Saco; HealthWays, Regional Medical Center at Lubec; Ida Messerman, People Plus, Brunswick; Inland Hospital, Waterville; James F. Doughty School, Bangor; Jodi Cornelio, Turner; Kennebunkport Consolidated School; Marden’s Corporation, Rumford; Michael Lecompte, Lewiston; Middle School Physical Education Program, Fort Kent; SAD 1, Presque Isle; Richie Carlsen, Aerofit Gym, Vinalhaven;  Rx Laughter: Preventing Hardening of the Attitudes, Seacoast Management Co., Topsham; SAD 22, Hampden; Sargent Corp., Stillwater; Scarborough Wellness; St. Joseph’s College of Maine, Standish; United Way of Mid-Maine-Wellness Circle, Waterville; Waldo County General Hospital’s Journey to Health Program, Belfast; Wellspring Fitness, Portland; Wendy Watkins, Bangor/Brewer Athletic Club, Brewer.

Coastal pump-out stations

Maine is one of 25 states receiving Clean Vessel Act grants this year with a $352,000 allocation.  The funds will be used to continue operation and maintenance of existing pump-out stations, promote the program, and install 10 new stations.

Rockland will get increased pump-out capacity to handle the small cruise ships and recreational boaters that visit the harbor every summer.

“We really appreciate getting help from the federal government on this,” said Rockland Harbor Master Ed Glasier. “This will make it easier for vessels to comply with rules prohibiting discharge of sewage in Maine waters without putting an additional burden on local taxpayers.”

The new stations will be at Bangor City Dock, Bar Harbor Town Dock, Bath Maritime Museum, Bucksport Town Dock, Rockland City Dock, Bucks Harbor Marine, Boothbay Marina and Pulpit Harbor.

 

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