Noteworthy news for Wednesday, Nov. 9

Posted Nov. 08, 2011, at 3:22 p.m.

The Salvation Army is seeking Bell Ringers for the holiday season Nov. 17 through Dec. 24. Those interested in assisting the organization with its charitable work should stop by the Salvation Army facility at 65 South Park St., Bangor, to fill out an application, or call 941-2990 for information.

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Teachers and staff of SAD 22 will take on the Harlem Superstars basketball team in a fundraising event at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at the new Hampden Academy gym. The exhibition game will pit the SAD 22 Dream Team against the family fun of the Superstars.

The Dream Team is made up of Regan Nickels, Dawn Moore, Richard Glencross, Chris Gould, Bryan Campbell, Andy Plaisted, Brittany Philbrook, Adam Knowles, Tanna Ross, Bonnie Keaton, Meghan Schall, Teri Briggs, Dean El-Hajj, Scott Flagg, Aaron Jellison, Jason Lundstrom and Matt St. Pierre as Sparky the Fire Dog.

The Harlem Superstars are a traveling basketball comedy team providing showtime fun including autographs, slam dunks, a halftime show, dancing and tricks.

The event is a fundraiser for the school health curriculum, The Great Body Shop. Tickets are $7 in advance from SAD 22 schools in Hampden, Newburgh and Winterport, or $8 at the door.

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Artist, author and nurse Barbara Buza of Ellsworth, will exhibit of her watercolor and acrylic paintings and her recently published book, “The Twelve Days of Christmas as Scene in Maine,” through Dec. 5 in the cafe at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor. Buza will exhibit 16 of the paintings used to illustrate the book. One of the illustrations in the book depicts Buza’s fellow nurses as the gift on the 12th day of Christmas. Net proceeds from the sale of the book will be used to help establish an art center in Ellsworth.

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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins met with Elizabeth Cote of Bangor on Nov. 7, in her Washington, D.C., office to discuss leadership, women in the public service and the shared experience of coming from Maine to Washington. Cote moved to Washington to become a White House Fellow at the Department of Health and Human Services. Cote’s brother, David Cote, was honored by Sen. Collins earlier this year when she presented him with the Military Times Marine of the Year award at a ceremony in Washington which Cote and her mother attended.

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The Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association in Newcastle recognized its volunteers on Nov. 5, with a brunch in their honor. More than 100 volunteers donate many hours to the association to help with all aspects of the organization. Volunteer Lee Murch of Whitefield was honored for his 18 years of service as the Water Quality Monitoring Program’s courier. Every other Tuesday from May to September, Murch picks up water samples throughout the middle and upper watershed and drives them to the Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory in Augusta.

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Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor has named Mary Brann Collins as development and communications director. Collins, a native to Bangor, comes to the center from the American Folk Festival where she served as development director. She also has worked at United Way of Eastern Maine and the American Red Cross. At the senior center, Collins will develop and implement annual fundraising and donor cultivation events and initiatives to sustain and increase donors, corporate sponsors and overall financial contributions. The Hammond Street Senior Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity. For information, call 262-5532, email info@hammondstreet.org or visit hammondstreet.org.

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