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Noteworthy news for Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011

The 11th annual nine-hole Women’s Golf tournament sponsored by Good Samaritan Agency last June at Bangor Municipal Golf Course was a great success, raising $7,000 for the agency that provides services for single parents and supports a child care center and an adoption program.

Good Sam has assisted single parents and families interested in adoption throughout the state of Maine for 107 years.

Golf committee member Debbie Giguere reports the 12th annual event is planned for Friday, June 22, 2012, at Bangor Municipal Golf Course.

For information about the tournament or about the services provided by Good Sam, write Good Samaritan Agency at 100 Ridgewood Ave., Bangor 04401, call 249-1811, or email goodsam@mint.net.


The Susan G. Komen Maine Race for the Cure-Bangor and Survivor Sponsor Hollywood Slots have announced that Gini Hodsdon of Bangor is its fifth and final “Survivor of the Week” in connection with the 15th annual event held Sept. 18 along the Bangor Waterfront.

Hodsdon was diagnosed with breast cancer when the Komen Race in Bangor began 15 years ago.

“I really think you have a predisposition,” she said.

“Cancer doesn’t run in my family, on either side. I think it was just God giving me a wake-up call that I was too lackadaisical in my life. I was too laid back.”

After feeling a lump and visiting her primary doctor, everything happened quickly so Hodsdon knew “there was some concern on their part. I was diagnosed a day and half later,” after a biopsy and mammogram.

Hodsdon was devastated. But she underwent surgery the third week of August 1996 and everything went very well.

“Looking back, I was extremely lucky. Somebody upstairs was looking out for me,” she said.

After surgery came chemotherapy and four months of radiation.

Hodsdon has been cancer-free for 14 years, but she is “still very conscious of it,” she said.

“Every time I think about putting it on the back burner, my scar reminds me. I can’t ever let it slip my mind.”

To find out how to get involved with the 2012 Komen Maine Race for the Cure, visit komenmaine.org or call 262-7117.

Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway was the Survivor Sponsor for the 2011 Race.

As part of its support, Hollywood Slots held a reception the night before the race for survivors participating in the race and a guest.


Competitive Energy Services has donated a large gas grill to The Acadia Hospital.

The grill is located in the outdoor patio area of the hospital and already has been used for employee and patient cookouts.

“The grill allows us to prepare food more efficiently for many people at one time. This addition will enable us to better utilize our patio and enclosed grounds during the warmer months. We are grateful to receive this thoughtful gift from Competitive Energy Services,” said Acadia President and CEO Daniel Coffey.

“We’ve had a long-term relationship with EMHS and Acadia Hospital,” said Jon Sorenson, a managing partner with Competitive Energy Services and University of Maine graduate. “Providing the grill was a way for us to give back and help support Acadia’s mission of caring for those living with mental illness and addiction.”

CES, headquartered in Portland, has helped The Acadia Hospital manage its energy purchases and use for 10 years.

With its guidance, Acadia has converted its heating facilities to natural gas, which decreased fuel costs and increased boiler efficiency, leading to saving nearly $1 million over that period of time. In addition, switching to cleaner-burning natural gas has reduced the hospital’s carbon footprint and overall air emissions.

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