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Posted Oct. 25, 2011, at 4:35 p.m.

Bangor

Harvest festival

A Harvest Festival for all ages will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at First Assembly of God, 614 Finson Road. Activities at the free event include hay rides, bounce house, bonfire, games, candy, face painting, crafts, petting zoo, paint ball and refreshments. For more information, call 947-1029.

Veterans Day Parade

BANGOR — A Veterans Day Parade has been planned for Friday, Nov. 11, in Brewer and Bangor.

The parade will form at 9:30 a.m. in the Brewer Shopping Plaza on Wilson Street. All veterans, veterans groups, groups of descendants of veterans and others who are interested in honoring veterans are invited to form up, said retired Lt. Col. Kevin Harris, senior Army instructor for the Junior ROTC at Bangor High School.

Gov. Paul LePage will lead off with the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Purple Heart recpients and veterans groups promptly at 10:15 a.m.

The parade will move down Wilson Street, across the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge, and turn down Main Street in Bangor to the reviewing stand at West Market Square, Broad Street. A brief ceremony will be held there.

The parade will proceed up State Street, turning right onto Exchange Street, where it will disband. The route is 1½ miles long, and the parade will conclude at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Festival of Lights Parade

The Rotary Club of Bangor will host its annual Festival of Lights Parade at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, along Main Street downtown. The event will feature smiles, lights and abundant good cheer.

Organizers invite marching bands, small and large floats, dancers and performing groups to participate. Groups may represent traditional scenes celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, New Year’s, Solstice, Kwanzaa or any winter happening. The dazzling event brightens the season for the thousands of spectators who line the streets of Bangor.

Get an application for this year’s parade at the club’s website, http://www.bangorrotary.org. Email bmcdade@bpl.lib.me.us if you have further questions about the parade or completing an application to participate. Applications, or intent to participate, are due by Thursday, Nov. 10.

To help defray transportation cost, the Rotary will contribute $500 to the first five school or non-profit marching bands who register and participate in the parade. There is no fee to participate.

Brewer

Gem-mineral show

The Penobscot Mineral and Lapidary Club will hold its seventh annual Gem and Mineral Show at 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, and at 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Brewer Auditorium on Wilson Street. The cost of the show is $ 1 and children under the age of 12 are admitted free.

About 20 vendors will be selling rocks, mineral specimens, gemstones, beads, gold and silver jewelry and other related products.

The show also features door prizes, silent auctions, mineral raffles, children’s activities, and a fluorescent mineral display

Food and refreshments will be available at the concession stand. If you have questions or would like more information, you may call Lance Shope at 989-3342 or Jim White at 866-2546.

Hermon

Pantry fundraiser

The Hermon Veterans Memorial Park Committee organized a food drive fundraiser benefiting the Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Food Pantry. The event, which included a parade, cookout and food drive, was held Sept. 24 at the Veterans Memorial Park on the Billings Road.

Participating in the parade were Brownies Troop 1285, Boy Scout Troop 25 and Cub Scouts Pack 25, all of Hermon, Hermon Rescue Squad and Hermon Fire Department. Danforth’s Supermarket provided the carts for the shopping cart brigade. Food donated by students at Hermon Middle School, Hermon Elementary School, Veterans Park Committee members and a local businessman helped to fill the shopping carts that were then pushed down Billings Road.

Among the event contributors were Pepsi, Danforth’s, Maine Distributors, Hannaford, Coca Cola and Tim Horton’s which supplied product for the cookout as well as Davincci Signs, which provided signage for the event.

This event came at a time when food supplies at the food cupboard are limited and will help local families in Hermon, Carmel, Etna, Levant and Dixmont.

If your group, organization or business would like to donate food supplies to the pantry or if you or someone you know needs food assistance, contact Carol at

Lackedyc@fc.husson.edu or 299-5186 or Gladys with the Veterans Memorial Committee at 848-5597.

Indian Island

Water-project funding

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced funding for rural water projects to create jobs and improve rural water and wastewater systems in 26 states. The announcement was made on Secretary Vilsack’s behalf by Jonathan Adelstein, USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service Administrator.

“Clean water is a basic necessity for the health and economic growth of our rural communities,” Vilsack said. “Constructing and improving rural water systems benefit communities by providing reliable access to clean water and create jobs that strengthen economies.”

The Penobscot Indian Nation will receive a USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Grant in the amount of $562,500 to replace sewer mains on Oak Hill Road and Wabanaki Way. The project includes replacement of approximately 2,600 linear feet of deteriorated sewer lines. This project will improve the operating efficiency of the treatment plant and provide environmental benefits to the Penobscot River watershed.

USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel said, “I am pleased

USDA Rural Development could partner with the Penobscot Nation in funding critical upgrades to its wastewater infrastructure, providing its members with a safe and reliable wastewater system while preserving the health of the Penobscot River.”

Orrington

‘Day of the Dead’

A “Day of the Dead” party, based on the Mexican holiday, will be held 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Orrington Public Library, 15 School St., off Center Drive.

Come take part in fun and crafts and learn about folk art and traditions associated with the holiday. Light refreshments will be served.

Orrington Public Library is located at 15 School St., off Center Drive. For information, call the library at 825-4938.

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