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Community news Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011

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30 years of radio

WHCF Radio is celebrating 30 years of ministry in Maine and the Maritimes. On Aug. 10, 1981, WHCF signed on the air at 5:30 a.m. as the first full-time Christian radio station in Maine.

WHCF marked its 30th anniversary on Aug. 6 with a sold-out concert featuring Laura Story, who wrote the No. 1 worship hit “Indescribable,” recorded in 2004 by Chris Tomlin. Her No. 1 hit “Mighty to Save” is, to this day, the most sung song at churches, according to CCLI. Her song “Blessings” is the No. 1 song on the Christian Radio charts, and it’s the No. 1 downloaded Christian song on iTunes.

The story behind “Blessings” is that Story’s husband was hospitalized with a brain tumor in 2006. The faith she sang about for years was put through the unexpected fires of fear and loneliness.

The anniversary concert included personal video messages from Dr. James Dobson, Dr. David Jeremiah, Howard Dayton and Chris Tomlin.

‘A Veteran’s Story’

The public is invited to attend “A Veteran’s Story,” a program by retired Lt. Col. Charles Knowlen, at 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, at Sunbury Village, 922 Ohio St.

Knowlen will present a personal story and slide show relating his experience as a career Army officer and pilot. The story is told from the perspective of a military man, husband and father as his family traveled with him throughout the United States and abroad. His career ranged from the ROTC program at the University of Maine to his final two years at the Pentagon. It includes periods of separation during wartime duties.

Blue Hill

Meal and movie

The public is invited to attend a free meal and movie sponsored by the Alliance for Democracy, The Simmering Pot at the Congregational Church and Local Stock Food Co-op on Monday, Aug. 22.

The event begins with the meal at 2:30 p.m. at The Simmering Pot. Participants then will stroll down to Blue Hill Public Library at 6 p.m. for free dessert and the movie.

“Farmageddon” tells the story of small family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, organizers said.

Heather Retberg from Quill’s End Farm in Penobscot will lead a discussion after the film about measures small family farms have taken locally to protect themselves and how to help.


Benefit auction

On Friday, Aug. 12, Food AND Medicine will hold its second annual benefit auction to support the Solidarity Harvest at 20 Ivers St. Since 2003, Food AND Medicine’s Solidarity Harvest has brought healthful, local food to laid-off workers and other families facing hard times during the Thanksgiving season.

Bid on more than 50 items donated by local businesses and community members, such as hotel, golf and ski certificates, homemade food and crafts.

Through eight years of cooperation among farms, unions, religious groups and local businesses, Food AND Medicine has been able to distribute more than 4,000 Thanksgiving meals to families from Lewiston to Bangor to Caribou.

Last year, more than 100 volunteers stepped up to help bake fresh bread and desserts, prepare food baskets and deliver them to families in need.

The Aug. 12 event will begin with a barbecue at 4 p.m. The auction is at 5 p.m. For information, call 989-5860 or visit

Alumni reunion

The Brewer High School Senior Alumni Reunion will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Jeff’s Catering and Banquet Center. Graduates or students who have been “out of” Brewer High School for 50 years or more are welcome. After the dinner and meeting, entertainment will be furnished by ventriloquist-comedian Elwin Thomas, a Brewer High grad.

Reservations may be made with Gail Stewart at 948-2575.

Down Memory Lane

Senior alumni of Brewer High School, those who have been out of school for 50 years or more, may attend the trip “Down Memory Lane” free.

Participants will leave the new Brewer Community School on a Cyr Bus motor coach at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, for the one-hour tour sponsored by People’s United Bank.

The trip, hosted by the Brewer Historical Society, will take historical society members and Brewer alumni in an air-conditioned coach as they visit and reminisce about Brewer locales near and dear to their hearts.

Seating will be limited to the first 50 alumni who make reservations. Call David Hanna at 989-2245 or email

Old Town

Antique appraisal

The Old Town Museum will hold its first antique appraisal show with professional appraiser Bruce Buxton 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at 353 Main St.

“Folks are welcome to bring all sorts of antiques,” said Carol May. “The only exceptions are stamps, coins, bottles and books.”

There is a maximum of three antiques per person. The cost for appraisal is $10 for one item, $18 two items or $25 three items — cash or check. Proceeds will benefit the Old Town Museum.

Large items that cannot be brought in can be appraised by Buxton through high-quality photos, supporting information and documentation.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. No preregistration is available. Antique enthusiasts should be there when doors open.

To find out more, email or call 827-7256. Regular hours are 1-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday.


Busy land trust

Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust welcomed new officers, staff and three new board members; and recognized two volunteers at its 18th annual meeting on July 10 at Alamoosook Lakeside Inn.

GPMCT recognized Geo Atwood of Bucksport as Volunteer of the Year for his dedication to volunteer work in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands since 2009. Atwood, a member of GPMCT’s Stewardship Committee, has lent his carpentry and chain saw skills nearly every week, and spent dozens of Tuesday afternoons helping teens from KidsPeace on community service projects in the Wildlands. Most recently, Atwood helped coordinate the construction of GPMCT’s new outhouse with Bucksport High School students.

David Gross of Bucksport and Hampden received the Legacy Award for five years as board president. Gross led the group through a campaign to purchase the 4,300-acre Wildlands property 2005-2007, and continues to help the trust prepare for national accreditation. His father, Stuart M. Gross, founded the trust in 1993.

GPMCT members elected a new president, George Schelling of Orland; and chose Sarah LeVine of Surry and Belmont, Mass., as vice president.

Schelling has lived on a small farm in Orland since the early 1970s, was chairman of the Orland Planning Board for several years and is an attorney with Gross, Minsky and Mogul in Bangor.

LeVine is retired from Harvard Graduate School of Education where she was research associate for 27 years. She spends much of each year on Toddy Pond, where she is historian of the Toddy Pond Association.

Members elected three new trustees to the board: Bob Mercer of Bucksport, retired biology teacher and recent president of Bucks Mills Rod and Gun Club; John Wedin of Lucerne, chairman of the Dedham Planning Board and Branch Lake steward for the city of Ellsworth; and Jack MacBrayne of Orland, retired from the pulp and paper industry, and active on the Orland Planning Board.

The land trust welcomes new Wildlands Steward Tricia Rouleau of Ellsworth; forester Roger Greene of Stockton Springs; and summer intern Georgia Doucette of Orland and Cumberland, a student at Bates College.

Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust conserves land, water and wildlife habitat for northwestern Hancock County. The trust has a donor matching all new local membership gifts. Memberships start at $25. Dues and contributions may be mailed to GPMCT, PO Box 266, Orland, ME 04472; or donated online at http://

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