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Habitat updates

Buddy Hall, owner of Anglers Restaurant in Searsport, has offered to donate 10 percent of his proceeds from the restaurant on the last Wednesday of the month through October to Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County. Remaining dates are Aug. 31, Sept. 28 and Oct. 26. Patrons can enjoy a midweek treat at Anglers Restaurant and help Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County raise funds for Searsport’s Habitat home.

In addition there will be a Celebration for Habitat 4-7 p.m. Sunday, July 31, on Belfast Common, overlooking the harbor. Admission is free, but a hat will be passed for Habitat donations. There will be food, music and storytelling. Musicians will include the Belfast Fiddlers and others.

The Habitat Lobster Gala will be held Sunday, Aug. 21, at Steamboat Landing by the Belfast Boat house. The menu will feature lobster, clams, corn on the cob, chips and homemade pies. Steak also available.

Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased from any Habitat board member, or call the Habitat office at 338-2344, email contact@habitatofwaldocounty.org.


30th class reunion

Belfast Area High School Class of 1981 will hold its 30th reunion Saturday, July 30, at the Belfast Shrine club, Northport Avenue. The cost is $10 per person in advance or at the door. For more information, email Laurie Boguen Smith at lismith@fairpoint.net or call 342-3223.


CHS alumni banquet

The deadline for buying tickets to the 2011 CHS Alumni Banquet is Sunday, July 31. Tickets will not be available at the door.

The banquet will be held Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Point Lookout Resort Erickson Building, 57 Atlantic Highway (Route 1), Northport. The tickets are $30 per person. Checks may be made out to CHS Alumni Association and sent to Pat Ayers, 11 Colorado Ave., Camden 04843, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Note class year on the check. Those needing transportation, may call Pat Ayers at 236-3192.

Alumni from out of town who would like overnight accommodations at one of the Point Lookout cabins may call the reservations office at 789-2000.

Adult summer reading

The Camden Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program for 2011 will reward readers of a broad “American Cultural Journey” theme this summer. The library encourages adults to read by offering readers a chance to post a reading response on the “book review board” and a chance to win raffle prizes and door prizes.

The Grand Prize in the raffle will be a pair of tickets to David McCullough’s talk in Camden on Saturday, Aug. 13, plus a signed copy of his newest book, “The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris.” McCullough’s appearance in August will be the culmination of a full summer of lectures, movies, concerts and the summer reading program, all supporting the theme, “An American Cultural Journey.” The library also will offer raffle prizes of gift certificates to Sherman’s Books and The Owl and Turtle Bookstore.

Raffle tickets and a chance for door prizes will be awarded for registering for the Adult Summer Reading Program and also one ticket for each book read; two tickets for each history book, including historical fiction; and three for any David McCullough book. The Grand Prize drawing will be Thursday, Aug. 11, at the “Architecture of Paris” talk with Christopher Glass. Adults may register and begin reading at any time.


Board member

The Humane Society of Knox County announced that local business owner Heidi Vanorse was elected to its board of directors.

Rockland native Vanorse has an accounting degree from Thomas College in Waterville. She has worked in banking for 15 years, most recently as vice president, branch operations, for Midcoast Federal Credit Union. In January 2010, she and her husband purchased the Loyal Biscuit Co. in Rockland, and recently opened a new Belfast location. As a result of the success with the Loyal Biscuit Co., Varnose was awarded the 2010 Rising Star Award by the Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce. She is a board member of the Maine Lobster Festival, and she previously served on the boards of the Rockland Rotary and the Midcoast Habitat for Humanity.


Old German Church service

The Old German Church, Route 32 South, will hold its annual service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7. The service is sponsored by the German Protestant Ladies Auxiliary, assisted by the Waldoboro Woman’s Club.

Leading the service and bringing the message will be the Rev. Beverly Blaisdell, pastor of the Waldoboro United Methodist Church.

A brief service of Holy Communion will be offered after the final hymn and blessing. Donations will be accepted. Free refreshments will be served after the service on the lawn adjacent to the church.

Nearby, the historic cemetery includes graves of early German settlers, including Heyer, Schuman, Gross and Winchenbach and other families. Volunteers from the German Protestant Ladies Auxiliary and the Waldoboro Woman’s Club will act as hostesses during July and August when the church is open 1-4 p.m. seven days a week. The beautiful Old German Church mugs made by Alan Eastman of Waldoboro will be on sale for $10 each at that time and at the Aug. 7 annual service.

For more information, call 832-7742.


Warren Historical Society

“Early American Garden Design: Popular Landscaping in Colonial and Victorian America” will be the topic at the Warren Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the Dr. Campbell House, 225 Main St.

Diana George Chapin will present a collection of slides and will talk about how gardening has changed over the course of American history. Her slides illustrate popular landscape design techniques of the Colonial and Victorian eras and will help anyone with an old home or an interest in heirloom gardening to develop their landscape using traditional design techniques. Her slides showcase many of the old-fashioned flowers among the collection growing at The Heirloom Garden of Maine, which Diana owns and operates with her mother, Sandy George.

Their nursery and greenhouse is located on a 90-acre farm originally settled by a soldier of the American Revolution around 1800. The two women collect, preserve and propagate more than 300 varieties of flowers, bulbs, vegetables and herbs that were common in early American gardens. They offer plants and early American-style decorations through their farm.

Warren Historical Society meetings and programs are free and open to the public. Members and guests are urged to bring a dessert featuring edible flowers or herbs to share at the end of the meeting. For more information, call 273-2726.


Nooks and crannies

Peek into unexpected corners of Castle Tucker on a Nooks and Crannies Tour 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, July 29. Led by site manager Peggy Konitzky, the in-depth tour will include rooms and stories not included on the general tour. See additional bedrooms and unique connecting spaces on three floors of the 30-room mansion. Advance reservations are required. Space is limited. Admission is $10 for members of Historic New England, $15 others. To reserve a place, call 882-7169 or visit http://www.historicnewengland.org/.

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