Noteworthy News for Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011

Posted Dec. 27, 2011, at 5:37 p.m.

The Christmas spirit was alive and well at Good Samaritan Agency in Bangor on Thursday, Dec. 22, as Teen Parent Education Program students gathered for the annual holiday party. To continue a long-standing tradition, the students welcomed Santa by singing a jolly rendition of “Jingle Bells.” The students and their young children opened many gifts donated by local groups. Santa visited with the children and posed for pictures before heading out to his next stop. Husson University sponsored the party by providing funds to purchase the breakfast buffet and other party related items. Gifts for the students and their children were donated by Eastern Maine Health Systems, UpTown Business and Professional Women, NALS of Northeast Maine, St. Teresa’s Church, Zonta and June W. Doody. Santa services were provided by Lew Payne.


The Shoestring Thrift Shop, 10 Brimmer St. in Brewer is seeking volunteers to work 2½ half hours a month. Store hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Shop proceeds benefit a scholarship fund for area students. For information, call 745-7208.


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High schools from throughout Maine are teaming up with the American Cancer Society to host Coaches vs. Cancer games for the coming winter and spring sports seasons. Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. High school athletic programs seeking to join the initiative, may call Erika Gould, youth initiative coordinator for the American Cancer Society, at 373-3728 or email


Dysart’s Truck Stop & Restaurant’s cookbook “Cooking With Dysart’s” won Lewiston-based printer Penmore Lithographers 2011 Pinnacle Award on Nov. 15. The cookbook, written by Allison Frazier and Mary Dysart Hartt, includes recipes for restaurant favorites, stories from behind the scenes in the kitchen, and anecdotes of the antics of employees, customers and the truckers who have made Dysart’s a go-to place for travelers. Dysart’s donates all proceeds from the sale of the cookbook to local cancer charities in memory of Dysart’s founder, Dave Dysart. The cookbook is available at Dysart’s Truck Stop & Restaurant off exit 180 of I-95 in Hermon, at Dysart’s convenience stores and at


The Patawa Club of Bangor recently presented a check for $1,511.32 and a collection of socks to Spruce Run in Bangor. The donation to the agency for women dealing with domestic abuse was from proceeds from a fundraising event the club held in November.


The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation is supporting the efforts of the Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott to build a residential facility on its campus. The foundation awarded a $25,000 pledge, payable over five years. The gift is in addition to a $2,500 gift from the foundation last year, boosting the center to the halfway point in the $2.2 million campaign to build Heartwood Lodge. The LEED-certified building has been part of the center’s vision since the facility was established in 1999. Currently, the center has no ability to house people overnight on campus, which limits programming options. Classroom space for the center’s yearlong high school program, The Community Year, also is inadequate. The center has not been able to fulfill its potential to serve as a retreat center or to offer weeklong immersion programs. Heartwood Lodge, a multipurpose building, will augment the campus by addressing those deficits. The building also will provide space for multiday programs, summer camps and retreats. The center partners with the University of New England, the Association for World Education, Road Scholar (Elderhostel), Calais High School, The Community School in Camden and other educational organizations with similar missions. For information, visit

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