Alton’s fall cleanup will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1. Have all acceptable materials at curbside by 7 a.m. Pile metals separately from bulky waste.
Unacceptable items are: gas containers, propane cylinders and any metal that contains liquid, auto parts, TVs, computer monitors, microwaves, mercury vapor tubes and wood waste. Carpet must be cut, rolled and tied in 4-foot sections.
Acceptable items include: couches, mattresses and small amounts of sheetrock in bags. Freon must be removed before pickup of refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners. For questions about appliances with freon, call Maine Waste Systems at 659-2381.
Electronic waste can be dropped off at the town office 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 1; or during office hours Monday, Oct. 3; Wednesday, Oct. 5; and Thursday, Oct. 6. Acceptable items are computer monitors, TV monitors, speakers, mercury lamps, batteries (excluding alkaline), mercury devices including thermometers and thermostats and fluorescent lamp ballasts. For questions, call the town office at 394-2601.
Remembrance and Hope
The public is invited to attend a gathering of Remembrance and Hope featuring music by Joshua Nelson at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, in Sekera Auditorium at John Bapst Memorial High School, 100 Broadway.
Organized by a area Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders, the event will be an opportunity to reflect on the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania; and to express the shared hope that people of faith can bring, even in the face of tragedies.
There is no admission charge, but suggested donations include cold cereal, hot instant cereal or toiletry and personal care products is requested to benefit Hope House. For information, call 945-9694.
Recycling electronic waste
A free electronic waste recycling event will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Challenger Learning Center of Maine at 30 Venture Way near the airport in Bangor.
Challenger Learning Center of Maine is partnering with eWaste Recycling Solutions LLC of Auburn, which is approved by the Department of Environmental Protection.
The event is free, but officials hope that those using the service will consider a donation to CLC of Maine, which is a nonprofit educational organization.
Items accepted include: electronic devices and lighting, televisions of all sizes, microwave ovens, CPUs, computer monitors, photocopiers, printers, toner and ink cartridges, fax machines, scanners, laptops, keyboard-mouse-computer peripherals, stereos, DVD players, cellphones, remote controls, VCRs, projectors, digital cameras, tape players, PDAs, speakers, telephones, two-way radios, answering machines, camcorders, CD players, electric typewriters, game systems and pagers.
Items not accepted are smoke detectors, batteries or fluorescent lights.
The event is open to residents from any community.
CLC officials suggest that those who bring items consider a donation for recycling: computers, $15; printers, $25; TVs, $15; phones and pagers, $5. CLC staff and volunteers will be on hand to accept charitable donations during the event.
Free recycling is available for individuals only. For businesses, a fee schedule is available by calling Rick Clark at eWaste Recyling Solutions, 449-1709.
For more information, call the Challenger Learning Center at 990-2900, ext. 3.
Talk on Latin America
At 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, Peninsula Peace and Justice will host two speakers at Blue Hill Public Library: Lisa Sullivan, the Latin America coordinator for School of the Americas Watch, and Ken Jones, a professor of teacher education at the University of Southern Maine. Sullivan will share insights on how people in the U.S. may learn from the people of Latin America. Jones will report on his delegation to Honduras earlier this year.
For more information, call 326-4405 and visit www.soaw.org.
Old Home Sunday
East Bucksport United Methodist Church invites the community to share in its annual celebration of ministry and service, “Old Home Sunday,” beginning at 3 p.m. Sept. 11 at the church on Church Road off Route 46.
There will be a hymn sing, special music and remembrance time 3:30-5 p.m. At 5 p.m. a chicken barbecue meal will be served. A freewill offering will be received for the hymn sing and for the dinner. Call 469-3589 for more information or check with a church member.
Children’s church registration
Franklin Street United Methodist Church will hold a children’s church and worship registration 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the church office, 71 Franklin St.
Beginning Sept. 11, the fall’s theme will be “OWL” — “Our Wonderful Lord” — and the biblical focus will be on Old Testament characters beginning with Moses.
The group will be split into two groups — pre-kindergarten through fourth grade in the children’s area, and grades five-eight. The “tweens” will do life application studies to deal with social choices, family issues and self-esteem issues that they may be facing growing up, with a biblical and faith-based focus.
New families or children are encouraged to participate in Bible time, craft time, puppetry and music. Adult Bible teaching worship also is held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the church. A musical praise service will be held at 4 p.m. Sundays beginning Sept. 18. Musicians are welcome. Call the church office at 469-3622 for information or to register.
CPR and first aid
Eddington Fire Department will present “Community CPR & First Aid,” a free class offered to the public to increase CPR and First Aid awareness and preparedness. On completion of the class, participants will receive an American Heart CPR and First Aid card.
The class will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Eddington Fire Department, 906 Main Road. While there is no cost to attend, donations are appreciated to benefit future community events. A lunch of hot dogs, chips and soda will be available by donation. CPR pocket masks will be on sale. $5 for key chain mask; $10 for pocket mask.
Register by calling the Eddington Fire Department, 843-5251; or the town office, 843-5233.
Road to be closed
The Bog Road will be closed to through-traffic Thursday and part of Friday, Sept. 8-9, in order to replace the railroad crossing. The Bog Road runs from Route 2 in Hermon, passing through Hampden to Newburgh Road in Hermon.
The Newburgh Road is called Shaw Hill Road on the Hampden side of I-95. Addresses No. 826 and higher can be reached from Route 2 in Hermon. Addresses No. 795 and lower, as well as Smith Road, Treadwell Acres, Wheeler Road and Pond Road can be reached from Newburgh Road.
From Route 2 in Hermon, take the Klatt or Swan Road to Newburgh Road. From Hampden, take Shaw Hill Road from Route 9.
Old Town United Methodist Church will hold a giant yard sale and free neighborhood barbecue on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 744 Stillwater Ave. Doors open at 9 a.m. for the yard sale. The barbecue begins at 11:30 a.m. under the big tent, and both events end at 1 p.m.
At 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, worship services will be held under the tent next to Stillwater Avenue. Immediately afterward, inside the church, a short dedication ceremony for the newly restored stained-glass window from the old church on Brunswick Street will be held. All are invited to attend.
For more information, call 827-3559.
A 9-11 tribute featuring patriotic songs will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Old Town Museum, 353 Main St. The program will be free. For more information, visit http:// www.oldtownmuseum.org.
Shoe box gifts
On Sunday, Sept. 11, Operation Christmas Child representative Oksana Nelson will share how a simple shoe box gift changed her life and how area residents can touch the lives of children in need worldwide. Once an orphan in Russia, Nelson now lives in America and travels to share her story and the impact that a simple gift can have on the life of child.
Area youth and volunteers will gather to celebrate the estimated 1,400 gift-filled shoe boxes that will be collected this year for children. Through Operation Christmas Child, volunteers are helping to make Christmas a little brighter for hurting children in 100 countries.
Events are scheduled for:
• 10 a.m., East Orrington Congregational Church. Organized by Reina Boudreau, 825-3404.
• 10:30 a.m., Lighthouse Church of God. Organized by Herb Gerow, 825-9001.
Area 6 quilters
Bear Paws Quilting Chapter will host the Area 6 fall meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at East Orrington Congregational Church, 38 Johnson Mill Road.
The program will feature Barbara Duffy, “The Gadget Lady,” talking about quilting gadgets. Those attending are invited to bring a brown-bag supper. Beverages and dessert will be provided by Bear Paws.
A donation of $3 at the door is requested to help defray expenses.
The block drawing will be a 12 ½-inch-by-12 ½-inch, unfinished size, fall-themed block. Participants are asked to bring projects they have been working on, as well as a favorite gadget.
Nonmembers are welcome. For more information, call Khris LaChance, Area 6 representative, at 223-5424.
The Maine Community Foundation, in partnership with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission’s New Century Grant Program, is seeking proposals to its Belvedere Fund.
Grant awards of up to $25,000 are available for the preservation and reuse of historic buildings in rural areas that serve as civic, cultural or economic hubs for communities.
The deadline is Sept. 15. For information, guidelines and application, visit the “For Nonprofits” section at http:// www.mainecf.org.