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Community news July 21

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Produce deliveries

Like many people this time of year, Sue Blais and her husband Nap at Shakey Ledge Farm have begun a project called The Good Harvest, under the Maine Harvest for Hunger Program. Along with the help of other gardeners and farmers in the area, they plan to make fresh vegetables available free to those who otherwise won’t have them. The seeds and seedlings were donated. ISue’s sister, Nancy Clark, also is growing extra produce to donate to the project.

If you, or someone you know in the wider Belfast area, is unable to tend a garden, or is unable to get out to buy fresh vegetables, call Debbie Mitchell, 338-1255. Vegetables will be delivered to those who can’t get out to get them. To volunteer to deliver vegetables, to help Sue with the garden or if you have extra produce to share, call Debbie.

Festival volunteers needed

The Maine Lobster Festival is seeking companies and student service groups to volunteer at the 64th annual event set for Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 3-7, in Rockland.

Volunteer help is needed to help staff the Eating Tent at the festival on Saturday, Aug. 6. The Eating Tent, the heart of the operation, takes a large number of volunteers to run. Small or large companies may volunteer and will be recognized for service with their name on a sign at the entrance to the tent. The four-hour shifts are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2 to 6 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m.

Student groups also are needed to help pick up and clean the Eating Tent. Student groups are invited to volunteer and should include five to six middle-school age children with one or two adults to supervise. The festival will donate $100 to the student group per four-hour shift.

To volunteer or to help to another aspect of the Maine Lobster Festival during the event, call Paulette Sylvester at work at 596-2010 or at home 594-7035, or sign up online at

Mid-Coast Audubon Gardening for Birds and Butterflies Tour

Tickets are still available for Mid-Coast Audubon’s fundraising garden tour at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 23. The tour begins in Bremen. Stops will include a meadow property adjoining a tidal salt marsh, a shady forested site, and a mixed riverside garden with field, water feature and many diverse plantings. Meet Dr. Steve Kress, author of “The Bird Garden” and “The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds,” and founder and director of Audubon’s Project Puffin.

Lunch is included in the ticket price of $30, $10 children under 10. Tickets may be purchased at Louis Doe’s Hardware in Newcastle or by calling Susan Schubel at 380-1370 by Wednesday, July 20. For more information visit,


Celebration on the Common

The First Baptist Church of Belfast is planning A Celebration for Habitat on the Common 4-7 p.m. Sunday, July 31, to mark Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County’s completion of its first home in Waldo County and to raise funds for a second home to be built in Searsport.

Organizers are planning a family celebration with music, both secular and non-secular; Bible stories for children and other surprise entertainment. The Belfast Fiddlers will be among the groups performing.

Bring chairs or a blanket for seating; have your own picnic on the Common or purchase hot days, doughboys or cold drinks from organizers. The event is free but donations to Habitat will be accepted.

Poverty forum

“Raising Children” will be the subject of a continuing forum on “Deconstructing Poverty” sponsored by the Green Sanctuary Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast. The program will run 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at the church on Miller Street, next to the public library. The program is free and open to the all.

For more information, contact Hill at 722-3383 or email

Belfast Historical Society

“Folk Instruments of Britain” will be the topic at the Belfast Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, July 25, in the Abbott Room, at the Belfast Free Library. Tom Seymour, local musician, author and naturalist, will present a musical performance and discussion using traditional instruments of the British Isles. He will play and explain the history of the Uilleann (Irish) pipes, penny whistle, and pipe and tabor.

Belfast Historical Society programs, free and open to the public, are held the fourth Monday of each month, April through October. Those unable to attend the program are invited to tune in to “Window on History” on BCTV-2 at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, or watch the film at


Ragged Mountain plans

After a six-month review of all aspects of the project to redevelop the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area, the committee charged with the redevelopment project will give a presentation presentation about the project at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at the Snow Bowl. The

public is invited to attend the presentation or to offer comments to committee members or to the staff at the parks and recreation department over the next two weeks. The redevelopment committee expects to provide a status report on the project to the Camden Select Board at the regular meeting Tuesday, Aug. 2.


Air tour 1931-32

Alexander Sanger will give a slide-talk about his grandmother Margery Durant and her air popularization tour across Europe, the Middle East and Africa in 1931 and 1932 at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the Rockland Public Library.

Margery Durant was the daughter of William C. Durant, founder of General Motors. She was a friend of Amelia Earhart. Perhaps inspired Earhart, the goal of Durant’s trip, three years after Lindbergh’s Atlantic crossing, was to demonstrate that air transportation was feasible, inexpensive and safe. Margery hired veteran aviator Charles LaJotte and they used two planes, a Lockheed Vega and a Sikorsky S-38 Flying Boat. They first flew from England along the Mediterranean through Italy, North Africa, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Turkey and Romania. The second portion of their trip took them along the Nile River as far south as Port Bell In Uganda on Lake Victoria.

Along the way, Margery took hundreds of photographs using glass lantern slides and black and white film. The photos were discovered recently after having sat in Margery Durant’s caretaker’s attic for more than half a century.

The presentation, featuring many of Margery Durant’s color images, reveals the world as seen by this intrepid explorer and believer in future of air travel. Admission is free.

Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice. Call the Library at 594-0310 for more information.

Steamboats talk

The Sail, Power and Steam Museum will present a talk by Charlie Ipcar at 7 p.m. Friday, July 22, at the museum, 75 Mechanic St. His subject will be the steamboats that used to ply the Maine waters. His presentation will feature vintage photographs of steamboats, crews, island stops along the coast and will be introduced with an original song as a tribute to this history.

For more information, call 594-0200, email or visit

Stockton Springs

Steeple fund events

Work will begin soon on preliminary repairs to the understructure of the Stockton Springs village church steeple. The repairs are needed before work on the steeple can be done. Work will continue as funds are available.

In support of the steeple project, a yard sale and food sale will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at the Walter Trundy ball field. Those who wish to donate items for the yard sale, call Mary Jane Costigan at 567-3205. Clothing will not be accepted. Arrangements may be made for pick up. Donations of baked goods and other food items may be brought to the food table the day of the sale.

An auction, also in support of the steeple project, will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Stockton Springs Elementary School. Mark Bradstreet will serve as auctioneer. Preview of items up for bid will begin at 2 p.m. To donate items for the auction, call Marion Fisher at 567-4040.

Organizers of the steeple project events said support of the community and surrounding towns has been outstanding and that everyone is looking forward to reaching the lofty goal of a steeple back on the town’s 158-year-old church.


Family Fun Day

The Family Fun Celebration will take place 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at Swan Lake State Park.

The popular event will feature games, music, raffles and special appearances by the Belfast Fire Department and everyone’s favorite, Smokey Bear. It’s free with paid park admission.

For more information, call Swan Lake State Park at 525-4404.


DAR to honor Knox

The Lady Knox Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the Revolution will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Village Cemetery on Erin Street to join others to remember General Henry Knox on the occasion of his birthday. The chapter will be one of several groups that will lay wreaths at Knox’s grave. State DAR, SAR and Masons also will be represented.

The ceremony is organized by the Thomaston Historical Society and will be followed by a reception held at Montpelier, the General Henry Knox Museum. After the ceremony, Lady Knox Chapter will conduct a short business meeting held on the grounds of the cemetery. DAR members and interested persons are invited to attend. In case of rain, the meeting will take place at Montpelier.


Family History Association

The annual meeting of the Old Broad Bay Family History Association will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, in the downstairs conference room at the back of the Knox-Lincoln County Cooperative Extension of the University of Maine, 377 Manktown Road.

A brief business meeting will include elections to the executive board and the board of directors. Peg Kearney will give a program at 10 a.m. on “An Imperfect Union: The Eighteenth Century Origins of the Two Maines.”

Kearney will discuss the Charter of 1691, the Waldo Patent and the political, social and legal controversies arising from these documents in Waldoboro and throughout Maine.

Jean Lawrence will speak about her new book, “Citizens Who Heard the Call to Political Service: Waldoboro, Maine 1773-2010.”

There will be refreshments and snacks, and time for the exchange of genealogical information. A $5 donation to cover costs will be accepted at the door. All are welcome.

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