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Midcoast area community news, Aug. 18, 2011

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Communities That Care

Flashing an engaging smile, Emily Johnson has been asking hundreds of locals, “Could I ask you a few questions?” If she hasn’t knocked on your door or come into your business yet, don’t be surprised if you see this friendly woman in the next few weeks.

She isn’t selling anything or gathering information for a marketing firm or political party. Johnson has been out and about in the community as part of one of the data-gathering efforts of the Five Town Communities That Care Coalition in Appleton, Camden, Hope, Lincolnville and Rockland.

Five Town Communities That Care is a small, local, nonprofit committed to promoting healthy behavioral development for youth in order to prevent problem adolescent behaviors such as substance abuse, suicide, violence, delinquency, dropping out of school and teen pregnancy.

Mainstays of the CTC system are a focus on increasing knowledge of the science of prevention, and the use of data to guide decisions. One of the main sources of data is a survey taken by students every other year, but the group also collects a variety of other data.

The current collection involving Johnson seeks to information on ways to engage more sectors of the community in prevention targeting local youth issues. The interview usually takes less than five minutes and involves only three main questions.

Results of the minisurvey will help guide the coalition’s efforts to engage all sectors in the community in seeking solutions to address the often unique issues experienced by the youth who live here.

Five Town Communities That Care has been active since the summer of 2003, and has garnered national attention for its work in helping mobilize the community to address the issue of prevention through the use of the CTC prevention system. To learn more about the group and its efforts, call 236-9800 or visit http:// www.


Open house

The Brooks Historical Society will hold an open house 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug.21, at the Pilley House on Route 7. The event will mark the grand opening of the sheds and tools exhibits, Louise Pilley’s seashell collection, and a large collection of postcards in albums. Freewill donations will be accepted. There will be free refreshments on the porch. For information, contact Betty Littlefield at 722-3633.

Boosters membership social

The members and officers of the Brooks Park Boosters invite the public to a Sunday Social and membership drive at 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Brooks Community Park on Route 139 (Purple Heart Highway).

The afternoon will kick off with coffee, homemade desserts and conversation, followed by a discussion led by Boosters president Frank Champa regarding the details and responsibilities of club membership.

The Boosters are looking for new ideas, new energy, and new members who can provide specific skill sets (such as grant writing) to continue the Booster tradition of community events and involvement.

Every year the Brooks Park Boosters hosts celebrations and events to enrich the town and surrounding communities — these include the Fourth of July, a fall festival, and a townwide Easter celebration.

Questions regarding this event or the Brooks Park Boosters may be

directed to Frank Champa at 722-3893 or


Geocaching festival

Merryspring Nature Center will hold its third annual Geocaching Festival 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21.

Merryspring’s Geocaching Festival features activities suitable for players of varying skill levels. Coordinates for the caches throughout the park will be made available at the event. In addition, trinkets will be offered for placement in discovered caches, but feel free to bring your own fun items to leave in the treasure boxes.

If you already own a GPS unit, bring it with you to the event. If you do not own a GPS unit, but are interested in joining in, several units will be available for the event.

For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit the website at http://


Festival parade winners

The 2011 Lobster Festival Parade results have been announced. The parade took place on Aug. 6 on Rockland’s Main Street as part of the 64th annual Maine Lobster Festival.

Winners were: Commercial category, Walmart; Antique Vehicle, Sam Patterson Paving; Band, Nutmeg Fife & Drum; Marching, Dunlap Highland Band; Nonprofit, Camden First Aid; Novelty, Studio RED; Theme, Rockland Ford; People’s Choice, Harmony Bible Church; Director’s Choice, Hannaford.

Pennies from Heaven campaign

To support after-school programs across the country, J.C. Penney has launched a nationwide philanthropic campaign that invites customers to turn small change into “Pennies from Heaven” by rounding up their purchases and donating the difference local organizations, including the Penobscot Bay YMCA. Donations made through Pennies from Heaven will provide children in need with access to life-enriching after school programs at the Y.

“With budget cuts in education, there’s never been a more important time to support after school programs as a valuable community resource that helps to bridge the education gap,” said Penobscot Bay YMCA Executive Director Troy Curtis. “As local families prepare for the Back-to-School season, we hope they will keep our mission in mind so that the social and academic learning opportunities we provide after school will continue to be available to Knox County students.”

National research shows that one out of four students in the U.S. is on their own between 3 and 6 p.m. each day. The Pen Bay Y provides children and teens with a safe and nurturing environment around caring adult role models. Combining play with academics, the Y’s after school program promotes creativity, a love for learning, social and emotional development, and character building. The nation’s Y’s are a leading resource for parents looking for educational, meaningful and fun activities outside the classroom.

The Penobscot Bay YMCA is one of 1,100 after school organizations matched with a local J.C. Penney store that will benefit from the proceeds raised during the Pennies from Heaven campaign. As the leading corporate advocate for the after school issue, J.C. Penney is leveraging a cause marketing campaign to bolster national support through broadcast, print and online advertising as well as an engaging digital experience on The first pennies from heaven event kicked off July 31 and will run through Aug. 27.


‘Bikes for Books’ winners

Rockport Public Library recently completed its summer reading program. For the grand finale, members of St. Paul’s Masonic Lodge were on hand for the second annual “Bikes for Books” award ceremony. The lodge worked all year to raise money to buy bikes and helmets for this program. Each child who attended the event received a helmet.

Children who signed up for summer reading were given forms to fill out each time they completed a book. By the end of the summer reading program, almost 400 books were read. Ten bikes were awarded during the raffle to Tessa Meil, Thor Gabrielsen, William Gardner, Gail and Greta Curtis, Sam Maltese, Eli and Charlotte Hood, Ava Tobias and Carter Goss.

Teddy bear picnic

Rockport Public Library and the Rockport Booster Club will hold a back-to-school teddy bear picnic 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, in the park across from the library at 1 Limerock St.

Children are asked to bring their teddy bears to the picnic although the Booster Club will provide extra bears as needed. There will be a special teddy bear house, face painting and snacks. Liza Walsh will read books about going to kindergarten as well as “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic” by Jimmy Kennedy, illustrated by Alexandra Day.

The rain date is Wednesday, Aug. 24. For more information, call Liza Walsh at 236-3642.



KnitMaine-ia Fashion Show needs your favorite hand-knit or crocheted items

“Fun and fabulous” best describes the second annual KnitMaine-ia fashion show which will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at Searsport Shores Campground. The event kicks off Fiber College in Searsport and is organized by the Women of St. Margaret’s in Belfast. Come enjoy a fantastic variety of hand-knitted and crocheted garments and accessories.

Tickets are $10, which includes a wine and cheese reception after the show and can be purchased in advance. Limited seating will be available, so advance reservations are recommended.

All proceeds will benefit New Hope for Women. In addition, hand-knit gloves, mittens, scarves and hats are being collected to be donated to the women and children who receive services from New Hope.

Submit your favorite piece(s) or accessory to show off your handiwork by Aug. 28. Submission forms can be found at http:// or contact


Mushrooms at the fair

Union Fair, set for Aug. 20-27, for the first time will have a day full of mushrooms on Friday, Aug. 26. The fair’s exhibition hall will feature exhibits, demonstrations and talks focusing on small-scale agriculture in Maine. Presenters will offer demonstrations and talks about mushrooms.

David Spahr of Washington will talk on edible and medicinal mushrooms at 1 p.m. He brings 40 years of experience foraging and collecting mushrooms and is the author of “Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada.”

Candice Heydon of Damariscotta, owner of Oyster Creek Mushroom Co., will give a presentation at 3 p.m. on growing mushrooms in Maine.

Greg Marley of Rockland will give a presentation on edible mushrooms. His focus will be on those available to some degree in nearly everyone’s backyard, especially on the most common and flavorful “foolproof” mushrooms which he calls Maine’s Sumptuous Seven Easy Edible Mushrooms. He is the author of “Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares: The Love, Lore and Mystique of Mushrooms.”


Guided walking tour

Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, and Maine State Historian Historic New England, will give a walking tour of historic Wiscasset 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. The tour will begin at Castle Tucker and proceed down through the village to the Nickels-Sortwell House. Light refreshments will be served in the Nickels-Sortwell solarium and garden at the end of the tour.

Admission is $25 for Historic New England members, $30 for others. Preregistration is required. Space is very limited, so call 882-7169 or visit to reserve your place.

The admission price includes tours of Castle Tucker and the Nickels-Sortwell House. Visitors interested in touring both houses before the walking tour should arrive at the first house no later than noon. Anyone interested in taking one house tour before the walking tour should plan on arriving for that tour no later than 1 p.m. Guest passes will be issued to those who want to tour the houses at a later date.

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