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Bangor area community news, July 14


Brewer Days Car Show

The Brewer Days Car Show, sponsored by Troop 15 Boy Scouts, will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, in the Brewer Auditorium parking lot on Wilson Street.

There is no admission fee, but donations will be accepted. The registration fee is $5 per vehicle in the car show. Check-in is 9-11 a.m.

Categories are: Antiques up to 1949, Street Rods, Best of the ’50s, Best of the ’60s, Best of the ’70s, Best of the ’80s, Best of the ’90s and Best of the 2000s.

Activities will include awards and a silent auction. Awards will include People’s Choice, judged by spectators; and Eagle Scout’s Choice. A Make ’n’ Take activity for kids, a wooden car or truck, will be held 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

A Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Features will include NSRA Safety vehicle inspections, and a Kids’ Corner with games, crafts, a coloring contest and prizes.

Preregister for the car show at For information, contact Teresa Maybury, 989-0411, or


The East Corinth Academy-Central High School Alumni Association will meet 4-8 p.m. Saturday, July 30, in the cafeteria of Central High School off Main Street.

Activities will include tours, a 50-50 scholarship raffle, memorial service, dinner, business meeting and program.

Tickets are $10. For information, email


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 cream 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 Town

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe have announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a combined $137,750 in grant funding to the city of Old Town for improvements at Dewitt Field.

“Maine’s aviation infrastructure keeps its residents connected with the rest of the country and the world,” the senators said. “These FAA grants will help these small airports make the necessary upgrades and developments to improve their air travel services and passenger safety.”

The grant will provide federal funding to update the airport master plan and identify future needs at the Dewitt Field, Old Town Municipal Airport.


20 years at Curran Farm

Celebrating its 20th anniversary year, the Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum volunteers invite the public to join in two days of Summer Festival and Open Farm Day on Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24.

While hosting the Maine Antique Tractor Club and Western Maine Blacksmith Association members and their families, the volunteers and guests will offer a range of living history demonstrations, activities and exhibits for visitors of all ages.

In addition to small farm animals, Model T rides, scavenger hunts, live bluegrass music, great barbecue food, the two days will feature antique tractor exhibits, a blacksmith roundup and the farm’s most recent farm-family collections. Volunteers will welcome back for a visit Brian Higgins, the Curran Farm’s first museum director, for a tour of the facilities.

Higgins now resides in California and is well-known to many area history buffs for his work with the Curran Museum, as Joshua Chamberlain, Maine’s role in the Civil War, and the Brewer Historical Society especially.

Admission each day for members and donors is $3 adults, $2 students, with a maximum family cost of $10. For nonmembers, the daily admission is $5 adults, $3 students, maximum family cost of $16. Admission includes all activities, rides, and events except the noon barbecue and the special Saturday evening events.

The optional program at 4 p.m. Saturday includes a comedy father-son team for adults and children, a baked bean-pig roast supper and a fun-filled “Woodchoppers’ Degree.”

The supper is sponsored by A Wee Bit Farm of Orland, a local farm dedicated to supplying all-natural meat products nitrate-free. The cost is $7, $4 students. At 6 p.m., “Hang on to your hats for the Woodchoppers’ Degree” with Francois Theriault, sponsored by Karen and Irv Marsters of Bangor Letter Shop (who have completed the degree).

No woodsworking experience is needed. There is a $20 fee for taking the degree and the certificate of completion. Both the supper and the Woodchoppers’ Degree have limited participation. Preregistration is recommended by calling Irv Marsters, 745-4426, or send a check to Curran Homestead, P.O.Box 107, Orrington 04474.

Local food movement

BLUE HILL — “Ingredients: A Documentary Film,” will be shown at 6 p.m. Monday, July 18, at Blue Hill Public Library.

The film shows how the local food movement takes root. At the focal point are the farmers and chefs who are creating a sustainable food system. Their collaborative work has resulted in “great-tasting food and an explosion of consumer awareness about the benefits of eating local,” organizers said.

The event includes a free meal 2:30-6 p.m. at The Simmering Pot in the Congregational church. Participants will go to the Blue Hill Public Library’s Howard Room at 6 p.m. for free dessert and the movie. The event is sponsored by Alliance for Democracy and The Simmering Pot. It is free.


Service dog training

Nekia Hafford, 26, of Lincoln got a great deal on a service dog, and now community members are helping raise money to have the dog trained.

Piper, an Irish mastiff puppy, needs 1½ years of training before she can be a service dog for Hafford, who has multiple sclerosis, anxiety and other health problems. The breed usually costs some $700, but Hafford was able to buy the dog for $100 from Meg Curtis, who manages the Penobscot Valley Humane Society.

Hafford is a 2004 graduate of Lee Academy and mother of a 3-year-old. She and her family are trying to raise funds for the dog’s training.

The training will be done by Heaven Sent Services in Levant, which is affiliated with Tail Waggin Training.

An account has been set up at TD Bank North. Contributions to the “Piper Project” will be designated for the training and care of the service dog.

Piper’s training will begin on July 16.

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