Greater Bangor community news

Posted Aug. 30, 2011, at 5:44 p.m.


Literacy Volunteers

Demand for adult literacy services in the Bangor and Old Town areas is prompting Literacy Volunteers of Bangor to step up efforts to recruit and train volunteer tutors. Volunteers who are patient and understanding are encouraged to learn how they can make a difference by helping to improve another person’s reading skills.

“Many adults who ask for help have a pretty good reading foundation,” said LV-Bangor Executive Director Mary Marin Lyon, “but what they might be lacking are skills that relate to comprehension or analytical reading or study skills or note taking. All those things are involved in literacy, and many of us take them for granted.”

LV-Bangor matches adult students with tutors. Tutoring is done at a time and place that is convenient to both student and tutor. Learners typically identify their goal, whether it is to fill out an application, study for a high school diploma or simply make incremental improvement to overall literacy.

Fifteen hours of training to become certified as a Basic Literacy tutor will run 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 12-Oct. 24, except for Columbus Day, at the United Technologies Center, 200 Hogan Road. Tutors come from all walks of life and need not have teaching experience.

Two more training sessions will be offered in 2012: 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 11-Feb. 15; and 6-9 p.m. March 28-May 9. The course fee is $35. Scholarships are available. Register by calling Literacy Volunteers of Bangor at 947-8451 or emailing For more information on other certifications and class sessions, visit http://

Grieving children

Pathfinders: Support for Grieving Children, will hold its fall session 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 3-Dec. 12, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 540 Essex St.

Pathfinders offers the 10-week session twice a year to provide grief support for children and their families or caregivers who are experiencing the death of a loved one.

Adults who attend with children meet in their own groups. Teens and young adults can attend on their own as long as they have the consent of their caregiver.

Marking its 17th year, Pathfinders was founded by Maria Brountas and the late Barbara Eames. The program provides bereavement support geared specifically for children, age 4 through young adults.

To help defray costs, there is a $50 fee per family, with a limited number of scholarships available.

Pathfinders is a program of Bangor Area Visiting Nurses and part of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems. Through its members across the region, EMHS advocates on behalf of communities with an integrated, passionate voice. Member organizations share common values and work together to ensure that the highest-quality care is available to all.

For information, call 973-8269 or visit

Library elevator

A lightning surge that disabled the fire alarm recently at Bangor Public Library also has caused problems with the elevator and air-conditioning system, which are not working.

Repairs on the fire alarm were scheduled to start Aug. 29 and take around two weeks.

Patrons who cannot use the stairs may call the library at 947-8336 to have a staff member meet them at their car if they are returning items.

Staff also can have books from the upper floors ready for patrons to pick up at the Children’s Department Desk on the ground floor.

To check whether the elevator is back in service, call 947-8336 or visit http://

‘Pops on the Green’

Husson University and Bangor Savings Bank will present a free community concert, “Pops on the Green,” featuring the Bangor Symphony Orchestra with special guest Motor Booty Affair, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, in Winkin Stadium next to the gymnasium on the Husson campus.

The event also is sponsored by Quirk Auto Group, WLBZ-TV and the Bangor Daily News. Bill Green, host of “Bill Green’s Maine” on WLBZ-TV Channel 2, will be the emcee for the event.

The symphony will perform a variety of pops favorites including selections from the “Sound of Music,” the Beatles and “Star Wars.” Motor Booty Affair and the symphony will perform disco favorites including music by Barry White, Earth Wind and Fire and the Village People. The BSO will perform two pieces of music to honor first responders and veterans.

For more information, visit http:// or call 941-7129.

Kiwanis yard sale

Bangor Breakfast Kiwanis Club will hold its second yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 10, on the lawn at the Fireside Inn, 570 Main St. Those interested in donating items can contact Jim Vashon at 478-2189. Proceeds will benefit local Kiwanis children’s charities.

Church anniversary

Redeemer Lutheran Church will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special music program at 4 p.m., and a gala dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

The celebration will continue with a worship service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

Planners would like to hear from former church members. Updated address and notice of plans to attend may be given to Nancy at 945-3166, Tuesday through Thursday.

Financial peace

Bangor Baptist Church will offer a course through Financial Peace University at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 14, at 1476 Broadway.

Nearly 1.5 million families have taken the 13-week course taught by Dave Ramsey on DVD. FPU teaches families and individuals common-sense principles such as how to make a plan with their money.

For information or registration, call Jamie Myers at 947-6576.

After each lesson will be a small group discussion for accountability and encouragement. Topics include saving for emergencies, budgeting, relationships and money, and getting out debt.

Alzheimer’s fundraiser

Westgate Manor will hold its annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser to benefit the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Bangor Elks Club, Odlin Road. A silent auction will be held 4:30-6:45 p.m.

The price is $7 adults, $5 seniors and those 12-18, and $3 under 12. All profits benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

Westgate Manor is a nursing and rehabilitation center that provides short-term rehabilitative care, long-term care, residential care, respite care and adult day services. The facility supports the Alzheimer’s Association and will have a team at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Hollywood Slots Raceway.

For more information, contact Tammy Leland at 942-7336.

Long-term planning

Jane Skelton, an eldercare attorney, will talk about “Long-term Planning and Tax Planning” at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at Sunbury Village, 922 Ohio St.

The public is invited to attend this free informational seminar on strategies to preserve assets from long-term needs and preserve assets with tax planning.

To RSVP or obtain more information, call Sunbury Village at 262-9600.


Brewer Days

The annual Brewer Days will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 9-11.

Friday activities will include a Youth Hockey family barbecue, Brewer Hometown Band concert, Brewer High football vs. Old Town, a family street dance and block party, and fireworks at 9 p.m.

Events on Saturday will include the Kiwanis pancake breakfast, Youth Soccer League, Brewer Historical Society yard sale, Children’s Carnival, Grocery Olympics, music by Jimmy Barnes and jazz by Susan Patton, a fall cook-off , bluegrass by Original Condition, a water slide and free public ice skating.

• 1 p.m. Fall cook-off results, Brewer Auditorium.

• 1-2:30 p.m. Original Condition, bluegrass music, Stage 1; underwritten by Bath Fitter.

• 2:30-3 p.m. Children’s Money Grab, ages 6-12, Brewer Auditorium stage.

• 3-4 p.m. Giant water slide with Brewer Fire Department, Doyle Field.

• 4-6 p.m. Free public ice skating, Penobscot Ice Arena, Acme Road.

Come to the Brewer Car Days Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 11, sponsored by Troop 15 Boy Scouts, in the Brewer Auditorium parking lot. There will be music, food, prizes, children’s games. No admission fee, but donations will be accepted. $5 is the registration fee per vehicle in show. There will be Make ’n’ Take for kids, wooden car or truck, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., and a Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony at 11 a.m. Preregister for the car show at, or contact Teresa Maybury, 989-0411, or

A full schedule of activities will be listed in the Sept. 8 issue of The Weekly.


Recycling changes

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 21, the town of Dedham will switch to “single stream” recycling.

Rather than separating recyclables by type, residents will combine all glass, metal, paper, cardboard and plastics Nos. 1-7 into one recycling container.

Collection will continue on the third Wednesday of the month, except when delayed by a major Monday holiday. The contractor, Maine Waste Systems, will collect recycling materials in a dedicated compactor-style truck.

More information will be included with the tax bills, which will be mailed on Sept. 1. For information, visit http:// or call 843-6217.


Basket bingo

Bangor Breakfast Kiwanis will hold a basket bingo event at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Hermon High School Gym, 2415 Route 2. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Game prizes will include donated Longaberger baskets. A silent auction will offer several other prizes. The event will feature 12 regular bingo games, two blackouts, two raffles, a 50-50 raffle and a door prize.

Tickets are $10. Proceeds will benefit local Kiwanis children’s charities.

Sponsors for the event are still needed. Bangor Breakfast Kiwanis members continue to solicit funds to purchase the Longaberger baskets, which start at $100 each, although any donation would be appreciated. Silent auction items also are being accepted.

For tickets or more information, contact Jim Vashon, 478-2189; or Milt Kirk, 951-2265. The mailing address is Bangor Breakfast Kiwanis Club, PO Box 2712, Bangor, ME 04402.


Interim pastor

Holden Congregational Church has announced the installation of Leslie Anne Chatfield as interim pastor of the Dedham-Holden Common Parish.

The parish will offer church school for the nursery class, age 1-3, through eighth grade 9:30-11:15 a.m. Sundays, beginning Sept. 11. Children age 1 through grade six are taught from the Spark curriculum series. Seventh- and eighth-graders study the curriculum titled “Our Confirmation.”

Holden Congregational Church offers an adult Bible sharing class at 10 a.m. Sundays, and worship 11 a.m.-noon. Fur further information, call Donna Hall at 989-3078.


Greek dinner

A Greek dinner will be served at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Church of Universal Fellowship, 82 Main St.

The Orono Festival Day event will benefit Orono Community Gardens, which supports income-sensitive elders in Orono by providing them with locally grown, fresh vegetables throughout the summer.

Tickets are $7 each or $21 for a family of up to five. They are available at The Store Ampersand, Mill Street; and 9 a.m.-noon Fridays at the Church of Universal Fellowship. Tickets may be purchased with cash or checks made out to Church of Universal Fellowship.

The menu will include spanakopita, spinach pie; salad of baby greens; Greek baked beans with honey and dill; carrots a la Grecque; tzatziki, yogurt sauce with roasted potatoes; baklava; and Greek cookies.


Combined service

The Searsport and North Searsport United Methodist churches invite the community for a special Sunday worship service on Sept. 4. Rather than separate worship services on Labor Day weekend, the two churches will combine for a Labor Day Hymn Sing at 10 a.m. at the North Searsport United Methodist Church.

Worship will be outside, weather permitting, and participants will work together to construct a “musical sermon” about the work they are called to do.

The North Searsport United Methodist Church in located at the intersection of Mount Ephraim Road and the Loop Road, seven miles from downtown Searsport, and near the North Searsport Fire Station. For more information, call the church office at 548-2239.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County held a Habitat Lobster Gala on Aug. 21 on Steamboat Landing in Belfast. Along with a lobster or steak dinner, attendees were treated to blues music by the Juke Rockets.

The event raised more than $2,300 toward construction of a second home in Waldo County, which will be located in Searsport.

The Knights of Columbus, Belfast Council 3942, of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Belfast, also made a recent donation to Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County. The gift represented the proceeds of a recent K of C pancake breakfast.

Stockton Springs

Historical society

The Stockton Springs Historical Society will hold a Labor Day picnic on Sunday, Sept. 4, at the home of Marion Fisher, 136 Middle St., at the shore.

Hot dogs, calico beans, assorted cold drinks and tableware will be provided by the hostess. Participants are asked to bring a favorite picnic dish to share. RSVP to 567-4040.


Pro-life brunch

The Pro-Life Education Association will hold a brunch 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Senator Inn and Conference Center in Augusta. The event is open to the public.

The keynote speaker will be Rita Diller, national director of American Life League’s Stop Planned Parenthood project. The AFL opposes clinics sponsored by Planned Parenthood and the Family Planning Association because they provide abortions.

Diller has challenged Planned Parenthood at every turn, organizers said, and has more than 26 years of experience in pro-life work. She serves as a consultant to many groups and shares techniques that have been developed to oppose clinics across the country.

The brunch will include a review of the Legislature’s recent actions regarding several pro-life bills and the challenges ahead to achieve a pro-life culture, organizers said.

Tickets are $15. Reservations are required by calling Gerry Thibodeau at 989-1290 or Patricia Truman at 622-6772.

Recommend this article


Similar Articles