Noteworthy News for Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012

Posted Feb. 07, 2012, at 10:42 a.m.

Bunny Gibson and Anne Roberts Spencer recently were named to the board of directors of the Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor. Gibson worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 33 years, retiring in 2007 as postmaster in Hampden. In addition to volunteering at the Senior Center, she directs the Step In Time Cloggers. Spencer retired from Gross, Minsky and Mogul, P.A. three years ago. She also volunteers many hours at the center. To learn more about the Senior Center, call 262-5532, email info@hammondstreet.org or visit hammondstreet.org.

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Shoestring Thrift Shop, 10 Brimmer St. off South Main Street in Brewer, is accepting donations of spring and summer clothing for the whole family during business hours, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Proceeds from the shop benefit local scholarship funds. For information, call 745-7208.

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Kohl’s Department Stores is accepting nominations through March 15 for outstanding young volunteers for its 2012 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program. Children ages 6 to 18 may be nominated at kohlskids.com. Nominators must be 21 or older. Through the program, Kohl’s will award more than 2,200 young volunteers more than $440,000 in scholarships and prizes to honor children who have made a positive impact on their communities.

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Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, in partnership with its employees and directors, donated $10,900 through the bank’s Community Commitment program during 2011. Nonprofit organizations receiving funds included Maine Search and Rescue Dogs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Maine, Town of Gouldsboro heating assistance fund, Keep Kids Warm program of the Bangor Breakfast Rotary, Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, Humane Society of Knox County, Rockland Recreation Department, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event in Hancock County, Meals on Wheels and Helping Hands in Deer Isle, Robert and Mary’s Place, MDI Community Campfire Coalition, Eastern Area Agency on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program in Washington County, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Washington-Hancock Community Agency’s Thaw Fund, Ark Animal Shelter and Island Connections.

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In response to a need to help offset cuts to the federal low income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, Maine’s credit unions made a contribution of $30,000 to the Keep ME Warm Program. The program is a collaboration of the 10 United Way organizations in Maine and the 10 Community Action Programs. The funds will purchase nearly 9,000 gallons of fuel for families across Maine. For information, visit mainecul.org.

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The Maine Community Foundation’s Penobscot Valley Health Association Fund celebrated its 15th anniversary by awarding grants to two Bangor-area nonprofits. At a reception at the Isaac Farrar Mansion in Bangor, association advisers presented a grant of $10,000 to Shaw House and a $5,000 grant to the Bangor Y’s Interact Leaders Club. Penobscot Valley Health Association Fund grant applications are now being reviewed by the community foundation’s Penobscot County Committee. The deadline for application is Wednesday, Feb. 15. For information, visit mainecf.org or call toll-free 877-700-6800.

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