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Noteworthy news Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011

With 200,000 Maine residents living at risk of hunger, including one in every four children, Gov. Paul LePage has declared September Hunger Action Month, and Good Shepherd Food-Bank, based in Auburn, is urging all Mainers to heed the governor’s proclamation and take action.

“Hunger is a serious problem in each and every community throughout Maine,” said Rick Small, president and CEO of Good Shepherd Food-Bank. “And for that reason, it’s up to each and every Mainer to help solve the problem.”

Throughout the month, Feeding America’s nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, including Good Shepherd Food-Bank, is working to engage citizens to take action and help spread the word about how pervasive hunger is in every community.

Nationwide, 50 million Americans suffer from food insecurity and Maine ranks ninth in the nation in the number of food insecure households.

Good Shepherd Food-Bank asks Mainers to take the “Skip a meal — Feed a neighbor” pledge to raise awareness about hunger.

By taking the pledge, you are agreeing to forgo one meal on Sept. 28 to make a connection with how it feels to go without food — even for a short period of time. Participants also are asked to consider donating what they would have spent on that meal to help Good Shepherd Food-Bank and its network of partner agencies feed our hungry neighbors throughout the state.

To learn more about the “Skip a meal — Feed a neighbor” pledge, and for many other ways to get involved during Hunger Action Month, visit


The Susan G. Komen Maine Race for the Cure-Bangor and Survivor Sponsor Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway have named the first two of five individuals to be honored as “Survivors of the Week” in connection with the 15th annual event planned for Sunday, Sept. 18, along the Bangor Waterfront.

The first Survivor of the Week honoree is Joan Roberts of Bangor, one of the co-founders of the Bangor race.

In 2008, just before she turned 50, Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer and later underwent surgery.

She helped co-found the Komen Maine Race for the Cure in 1997 after Rosemary Baldacci participated in a Komen Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C.

Roberts was a founding member of The Komen Maine Race for the Cure and served as one of the first chairs of the Maine race when just a handful of people met in living rooms to plan the event.

Since then, the race grew to a record-breaking 5,600 participants in 2010, raising more than $330,000.

The second Survivor of the Week honoree is Michele Rowles of Brewer, co-chairwoman of the 2011 Bangor Race.

Rowles was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2006, began treatment the end of August and attended her first Komen race in September of that year.

She considered that event “a very empowering moment,” and then joined the race committee as a volunteer in 2007.

Rowles chaired the Blues for the Cure concert in support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 2008 and, for the past three years, has co-chaired this race with Denise Hodsdon.

After chemotherapy, a lumpectomy and continued treatment, on Aug. 23, she celebrated five years being cancer-free.

To learn how to become involved with the Komen Maine Race for the Cure, visit or call 262-7177.


Writing on behalf of H.O.M.E. Inc. in Orland, Sister Marie Ahern reports the Hancock County organization that has been assisting those in need for 41 years now has a need of its own, and she is hoping there is someone among our readership who may be able to help.

“One specific help would be a counselor-therapist who might give us one morning a week to assist some of our more desperate people,” Sister Marie wrote.

If you can help, you are asked to contact her by calling 469-7961, writing P.O. Box 10, Orland 04472, or emailing

H.O.M.E. Inc., according to its website, was established in 1970 as a craft cooperative and has since grown to become a multifaceted organization involved in economic reconstruction and social rehabilitation.

From a single retail store selling goods created by home crafters, it has evolved into a small community offering jobs, food, education, temporary shelter and home ownership to people and families in need.


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