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Midcoast community news, Sept. 22, 2011



Parents meeting

The Appleton Library will hold a parent meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, to discuss ideas for this year’s Children’s Story Hour. Story Hour is offered 10-11 a.m. Thursdays during the school year for youngsters from birth to age 7. Story Hour has historically been managed by parent volunteers who weekly take turns reading stories to participating youngsters, and by personal choice, offering a simple snack or craft activity. The new Appleton Library boasts a beautiful and comfortable children’s area overlooking the river, and an outdoor area and covered gazebo for simple outdoor activities.

The library has been awarded a $2,000 Early Childhood Reading Grant by Target stores to be spent over the next two years on quality picture books for Story Hour, so there is an air of excitement in the library as it expands to meet the literary needs of its youngest patrons. Bring your ideas and suggestions for planning a morning that is important to both care-givers and children alike. For more information, visit www.appleton.lib.me.us or call 785-5656.


Electronic waste disposal

Do you have old and broken electronics around your house that you would like to dispose of but don’t want to have to pay a per-item fee to do so?

Mark your calendar. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, the Belfast Rotary Club will sponsor its third electronic waste collection event at the Belfast Public Works Dept. parking lot at 115 Congress St.

There is no charge of individuals to drop off their electronic waste and there is limited pick-up service available for those who can’t get there.

Business owners who have electronic waste they want to dispose of should contact eWaste Solutions at 615-3099 for a fee schedule.

The Rotary Club will be accepting donations at the eWaste event to help them with club operating expenses and their many community projects.

EWaste Recycling Solutions LLC of Auburn is working with the Rotary Club on the project. They will have staff at the collection site to pack and transport the items, including televisions, computers and monitors. Club members will be available to help with traffic and unloading vehicles.

Care-a-Van rally

The Common Ground “Bring the War Dollars Home” Care-a-Van will be greeted with a rally at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, in front of the post office. In case of rain the rally will be held at the UU Church on Milller Street. The focus of the event is restoring democracy and cutting the huge military budget to provide for domestic investments and human needs. Speakers slated for the event are: Erin Herbig, State Representative for Belfast; John Piotti, director of Maine Farmland Trust and former representative; Ellie Goldberg, Maine Children’s Alliance, Lucy Poulin, founder and director of H.O.M.E in Orland; Dud Hendrick, Veteran’s for Peace; Bruce Gagnon, Maine Peace Action; and Meredith Bruskin, poet and activist. Bring yourself, a chair if you want one, and be prepared to sing. All are welcome.


The First Church in Belfast, UCC is hosting a Hootenanny Public Supper at 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the upstairs Fellowship Hall. The menu will include roast pork, mashed potatoes, green beans, squash, stuffing, gravy, and topped off with apple crisp with ice cream for dessert. Cost for adults is $10; for children 12 and under, $5. The free local, live entertainment will start at 5:30. The church is located on the corner of Spring and Court Streets and is handicapped accessible using the Court Street entrance. For more information, call 338-2282.

Historical society meeting

“Belfast — Then and Now” is the topic at the Belfast Historical Society meeting

at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at the Belfast Free Library, Abbott Room. Kevin Johnson, photo-archivist at the Penobscot Marine Museum will present vintage images of Belfast selected from the Charles R. Coombs and Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company collections paired with recent photographs of the same scenes. Johnson has been working on cataloging and digitalizing both photograph collections and has been doing presentations of these historic images throughout the state.

Belfast Historical Society meetings are free and open to the public and are held on the fourth Monday, April through October. Those unable to attend the program are invited to tune in to “Window on History” on BCTV-2 at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Or watch the film on the museum website, www.belfastmuseum.org, which offers new programs each month.


Fundraising dinner

The Searsport Historical Society will serve an elegant dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Crary/Carlon/Coleman House on Sears Island Road. The choice of entree is boeuf bourguignon or shrimp & scallop Alfredo with summer vegetables and homemade desserts. The price is $25, and seating is limited. Tickets are available at The Antique Mall and Left Bank Book Store. There will be a small auction and entertainment afterward. Proceeds will benefit the “Barn Project.”

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