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Noteworthy news for Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011

In honor of National Adoption Awareness Month, Good Samaritan Agency donated two adoption books to the Bangor Public Library. Included in the donation were “Raising Adopted Children” by Lois Ruskai Melina and “Wished for You: An Adoption Story” by Marianne Richmond. The books are available at the library. A display of adoption-related literature also is on display at the library. For more information, call the agency at 942-7211 or 800-249-1811 or visit goodsamaritanbangor.org.

In anticipation of the holiday season, the Camden office of Wells Fargo Advisors, 87 Elm St., will collect nonperishable food items for the Camden Area Christian Food Pantry. It is estimated the pantry has provided food for more than 634,000 meals to area families in Appleton, Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, Rockport, Searsmont, Union and Washington. Donations will be accepted until Friday, Dec. 16. For information, call 236-2021.

The Toymakers of Maine, a mission of the United Methodist Church in Bangor, continues to provide hardwood toys to 38 hospitals in Maine, the Ronald McDonald House and to organizations around the world. The toymakers donate their time to fashion the toys from donated waste hardwood. Toymaker Thomas Christensen of Bangor said the effort is in need of funds to purchase the 50,000 wooden wheels and axles used yearly for the cars and trucks. Monetary donations may be sent to Toymakers, United Methodist Church, 703 Essex St., Bangor 04401.

The Owls Head Transportation Museum raised more than $50,000 at its annual Great Fall Auction held Nov. 5 at the museum. Proceeds from the sale benefit the museum’s educational programs and services. The museum accepts donations to its auction throughout the year including home furnishings, workshop tools, antiques, used vehicles or similar items. The museum will pick up larger donations virtually anywhere in New England. For information, call 594-4418 or visit owlshead.org.

The Millinocket Historical Society fifth annual calendar includes photos depicting people, places and scenes around Millinocket from the town’s earliest days to modern times. Sales of the calendars benefit the society’s museum and will assist in the ongoing project of completing the purchase and renovation of a new home for the museum. The cost of the calendar is $9 plus $2.75 shipping and handling for mail orders. To order, send a check to MHS, P.O. Box 11, Millinocket 04462.

Gary Theriault, academic instructor for the Penobscot Job Corps medical-business cluster in Bangor, participated in two charity bike rides this year. He attached his Job Corps patch to his riding gear in honor of staff and students who donated to the charities. In June, Theriault rode in Trek Across Maine, a three-day, 180-mile ride from Sunday River Ski Area in Bethel to Belfast to benefit the American Lung Association. Students and staff donated more than $240 to the cause. On Oct. 9, Theriault biked 54 miles to raise money for cancer research during the Dempsey Challenge, which started and finished in Lewiston. Staff and students gave more than $125.

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