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Bangor area community news for July 7, 2011


Husson Family Reunion

The first Husson Family Reunion will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at the Campus Center at Husson University, One College Circle. Participants are asked to bring a lunch.

Patsy L. Husson of Hampden, whose husband, Jim, is a grandson of the late Chesley Hayward Husson Sr., points out that Husson, a native of Lynn, Mass., founded Husson College in 1933. He mortgaged his home and purchased the school previously known as the Bangor Maine School of Commerce.

Husson family members will attend the reunion from all over the country. The program will include a slide show of Hant’s Harbour, Newfoundland, where Chesley Husson’s parents were from. His father, George Edwin Parsons Husson Sr., arrived in Boston between 1897 and 1902, according to what he told census takers.

Patsy Husson started out with two pages of information on the Husson family and is in the process of writing a book, a project that surely will be of interest to the community as well as the Husson family.


Rise and fall of Eastern Corp.

Pauleena MacDougall, director of the Maine Folklife Center at the University of Maine, will present “The Rise and Fall of Eastern Corp.: The Story of American Industry in the 20th Century,” during the meeting of the Brewer Historical Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at First United Methodist Church, 40 South Main St.

Using historical documents and oral histories, MacDougall has been working on reconstructing the story of Eastern Corp. with an eye toward understanding industrial and de-industrial processes in 20th century America.

“Historical documents provide the larger economic and political context, while oral histories help us understand how the workers viewed, responded to or shaped the processes of industrialization as the larger forces of globalization and other political and economic forces affected the industry,” MacDougall said.

She finds that oral histories also provide insight into employees’ work ethic and pride in the products they produced, as well as the knowledge of their job. Formal aspects are those that might be found in a manual describing the machine or the work the person is doing, while informal knowledge is learned by experience on the job and generally passed from one worker to another in the workplace.

“My approach to the study of the Eastern Fine Paper Co. includes historical research into larger historical questions that help us understand American industry in general and oral histories with workers that addressed their skills, knowledge, the culture of the mill and their reaction to the process of de-industrialization,” MacDougall said.

MacDougall has a doctorate in American history from the University of Maine and is a faculty associate in anthropology at UMaine, where she teaches courses in folklore.

Since 1979, MacDougall has published numerous papers on the Penobscot Indian language, culture and history, and a book, “The Penobscot Dance of Resistance: Tradition in the History of a People,” published by University Press of New England in 2004.

MacDougall is editor of the Maine Folklife Center’s annual monograph series, Northeast Folklore, and oversees publications, research and public programming at the Maine Folklife Center.  She serves on the board of directors of the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront and assists the festival by organizing the Folk and Traditional Arts and Narrative Stage components of the program generally featuring aspects of our regions’ culture. Research interests include Native American language and folklore, working-class history and folklore, folklore and the environment, and history of the discipline.


Garden tea party

Ecotat Gardens and Arboretum will hold its annual garden tea party 2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 16, on the corner of Annis Road and Route 2. Rain date is Sunday, July 17.

Tickets are $18, $10 age 12 and under.

Tea sandwiches, scones with clotted creme and preserves, and dessert prepared by Island Garden Catering will be served. Clayton Hardy will play the dulcimer, and Chapel Hill Floral of Bangor will provide a fresh floral arrangement as a door prize.

To purchase tickets for reserved seating, call 848-5946 or 852-3933 or email


Old bridge

The last pieces of the bridge that once spanned Kenduskeag Stream at the intersection of Route 15 and Stetson Road in Kenduskeag were dismantled last week by demolition specialists from J.E. Butler of Holden.

The steel bridge was the starting line for the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race since it began 45 years ago. A detour is in place until construction of a replacement bridge is completed.


Scottish Tattoo

The Friends of Fort Knox will present the popular Scottish Tattoo bagpipe performance, featuring four bands, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9. The St. Andrews Society of Maine and the Friends of Fort Knox sponsor the Scottish Tattoo. Tickets for the tattoo are $10, $5 age 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the fort gift shop or by calling 469-6553.

On Saturday, July 16, join the professional Pirates of the Dark Rose 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for a day of swashbuckling sword fights, duels, cannon fire and pirate ship attack. The pirate ship Must Roos will let loose cannon fire on the fort as it sails the waters of the Penobscot River in search of booty.

The festival will feature a treasure hunt, pirate parade (all are encouraged to attend dressed in pirate attire), and contests for best-dressed and most authentic-sounding pirate. Regular fort admission and a $3 per person event donation is requested, because pirates love their gold. Those planning to spend the day may want to bring a lunch.

The charge for the pirate ship sail is $20 a person for an hour cruise and cannon firing. The ship leaves from the Bucksport town dock, and tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 469-6553.

Another popular event returning to Fort Knox is the second Psychic-Paranormal Faire, to be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24. The event will feature cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, TV personality and author of “Mysterious America.” Joining Coleman will be the author of “Ghosts of Acadia,” Marcus LiBrizzi; East Coast Ghost Trackers paranormal investigation group, UFOologists; and psychic Sky Taylor. Visitors to the faire also will be able to consult psychics who will be on-site for the event.

The Friends of Fort Knox work in partnership with the Maine Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks and Lands for the benefit of Fort Knox. For a complete list of Friends of Fort Knox events see the organization’s website at


Bread wheat production

The University of Maine will hold a field day 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at Rogers Farm on Bennoch Road highlighting its research on bread wheat production for farmers, crop advisers and others in the agricultural community.

UMaine agricultural researchers and Cooperative Extension faculty will present field research and information on bread wheat. Specific topics will include growing wheat in rotation with dairy feed and forage crops; bread-wheat varieties; top-dressing nitrogen trials; alternative weed management strategies for wheat; frost-seeding clovers into winter grains; and microbial soil inoculants for wheat.

UMaine presenters will include Ellen Mallory, Extension sustainable agriculture specialist; Rick Kersbergen, Extension educator; Tom Molloy, research associate; Eric Gallandt, associate professor of weed ecology and management; and graduate student Aaron Englander.

The event is free and registration begins at 5:45 p.m. with refreshments. For more information, contact Ellen Mallory at 581-2942.

A Cooperative Extension video at also includes information about developing locally grown wheat for bread, with discussions about Maine bread-wheat crops and milling.

UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all, in accordance with program goals.


Community calendars

The Winterport Woman’s Club is accepting listings for its next Community Calendar.

WWC has offered the Community Calendar for more than 50 years and it is one of the fundraisers for the club, which helps support Hampden Academy scholarships and other causes throughout Winterport.

The calendar includes many local businesses’ ads with phone numbers, so it is a great resource for community members.

Those who would like to list their own or others’ birthdays, anniversaries, In memory of and veteran notations on the calendar may email details to Mary Lester at

Include month, day, name and it should be in print, and whether it is a birthday, anniversary, memoriam and-or veteran.

The 2012 calendars will be for sale on Election Day and throughout the community for $5. Those who would like more information about the calendar or the club may contact Kathy White at 223-5746 or Mary Lester at 223-4104.


Garden walk

Waldo County General Hospital Aid will hold its 21st annual Garden Walk 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, July 8, rain or shine. The walk will feature eight gardens in East Belfast, Searsport and Stockton Springs. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 day of walk. Tickets are available at Mr. Paperback in Belfast, Brambles, Left Bank Books and Waldo County General Hospital. Proceeds benefit the hospital. For more information, call 930-6739 or 338-2785.

Civil War talk

The Ellsworth Historical Society will present “The Navy in the Civil War” with Jack Battick, professor emeritus, University of Maine, at 7 p.m. Monday, July 11, in the dining hall at Meadowview Retirement Complex, 25 Tweedie Lane, Ellsworth.

Meetings of the Ellsworth Historical Society are open to all. The society encourages members and guests to attend this talk and remember the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War and its lasting effect on the country’s history.

For further information, contact the Ellsworth Historical Society at, President Terri Cormier at 667-8235 or Vice President Linda Grindle at 667-5716.

Membership is $20 a year and may be sent to Ellsworth Historical Society, P.O. Box 355 Ellsworth 04605, along with contact information. Donations are appreciated to help preserve the area’s history.

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 offers help. The DAV Mobile Service Office will be at these locations to provide the best counseling and claim filing assistance available. Like all DAV 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., Walmart, 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.

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