Weekly community news, June 27-July 3

Posted June 26, 2013, at 2 p.m.

Firefighter grants to Old Town and Hampden

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that the Old Town Fire and Rescue Department and the Hampden Fire Department will receive funding through the Assistance to Firefighter Grant program. Old Town will receive $49,400 and Hampden will receive $38,000.

Old Town will use the funding for a new diesel exhaust system that will keep harmful fumes out of firefighters’ living quarters. Hampden will install an air system that will fill breathing tanks used during dangerous and life threatening situations

Summer Meals Program

BANGOR-BREWER — Good Shepherd Food Bank will provide free meals to Bangor and Brewer youth at five sites throughout the summer.

A kick-off event will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. riday, June 28, at Capehart Community Center, Bangor Housing Authority, 161 Davis Road in Bangor.

Through partnerships with the Bangor Housing Authority, Bangor Public Library, Bangor YMCA and the Brewer Housing Authority, meals will be offered at the Bangor Community Center in Capehart, the Griffin Park playground, the Bangor Public Library, the Bangor YMCA and Rinfret Drive in Brewer. Sites began operation June 24 and will be open daily Monday through Friday until Aug. 29.

For information,  Mike Myatt, Bangor Housing Authority, 942-6365, or Clara McConnell Whitney, Good Shepherd Food Bank, 272-3865.

Seminary holds its final commencement ceremony

BANGOR — Bangor Theological Seminary held its 194th commencement exercises on June 22, in the Gracie Theatre at Husson University. The ceremony marked the end of one era and the beginning of a new as the seminary presented diplomas to 47 students, who made up the final senior class for BTS as a degree-granting institution. Bangor Theological Seminary has served as a center for theological education since 1814.

With campuses in Bangor and Portland, BTS is an ecumenical seminary founded in the congregational tradition, and a closely-related seminary of the United Church of Christ. After July 1, the seminary will become The BTS Center, operating as a nonprofit charitable organization in Maine. While The center will not offer theological degrees, its mission is an educational venture “to equip and support clergy and laity for theologically grounded and effective 21st century ministries.” For information, contact Robert Grove-Markwood, executive director, at 227-3507, or email bob@thebtscenter.org.

Computer classes at the library

BANGOR — These computer classes will be held during July at Bangor Public LIbrary:

• Facebook Basics, 2-3:30 p.m. Monday, July 1.

• Getting the Most From Google, 2-3:30 p.m. Monday, July 8.

• Protecting Yourself Online, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9.

• Skype for Beginners, 2-3:30 p.m. Monday, July 15.

• Investment Tools: Morningstar and Value Line, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17.

• EBay Basics, 2-3:30 p.m. Monday, July 22.

• Working with Photos and Video, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23.

• Computer Basics, 2-3:30 p.m. Monday, July 29.

• Computer Drop-in Lab, 2-3:30 p.m. during July.

Advance registration is required by calling 947-8336, ext. 126.

New book

BANGOR — Bruce A. Fleming of Bangor, who grew up in Medway and attended Schenck High School, has released his new novel, “Milliken Mills:The Aftermath,” the second in a series. He has also released his short horror novella, “The Camp.”

For information, got to Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and Tower.com, or follow him on Twitter @BruceAFleming.

Volunteers needed for festival

BANGOR — Applications for volunteers are being accepted for the KahBang music, art and film festival set for Aug. 8-11 on the Bangor Waterfront, August 8-11. Volunteers will work in three shifts five to six hours long at various events during the festival. For information and to access a link to apply, go to kahbang.com/volunteer.

Applicants must be 18 years old or older and able to attend one mandatory information session before the festival. Volunteers will have the opportunity to attend festival events when not working and will be provided with free accommodations at the campsite if requested. Applicants must pay a $10 processing fee with their application. Accepted volunteers will receive a special edition volunteer T-shirt.

 Bus trip to see ‘The Music Man’

HAMPDEN — Hampden Senior Citizens are organizing a bus trip to see “The Music Man” on Sunday, July 28, at the Blue Hill Town Hall in Blue Hill. The bus will leave at 11 a.m. from the Skehan Center at Old Hampden Academy. The cost is $27 and includes bus fare, show ticket, tip for the driver and tip for a meal at Governor’s Restaurant.

The trip is open to the public. Reservations must be made by Monday, July 8, by calling Emma Holt at 862-3126, or Rose Marie Graham at 862-3478, or send payment to: Emma Holt, 113 Western Ave., Apt. 27, Hampden ME 04444.

Volunteers needed repaint trail blazes

HOLDEN — Volunteers are needed to walk the trail and repaint the trail blazes 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, June 29, at Fields Pond Audubon Center. Snacks will be provided.

Nature center offerings

HOLDEN — These events will take place at Fields Pond Audubon Center:

• Family Ramble with environmental educator Cyndi Kuhn, 11 a.m.-noon, Saturday, July 6.

$5 member family, $10 nonmember family .

• Summer camps, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Water World, July 8-12; The Big and Small of it All. July 29-Aug. 2; EcoExplorers, July 15-19; and Natural Expressions, Aug, 5-9. For children age 6-12. $200 weekly to members, $250 others. Advance registration is required. Financial assistance is available. Apply at maineaudubon.org. 989-2591.

Art camp

NEWBURGH — WIndover Art Center announced that it has openings in all sessions through Aug. 23 for children ages 6 and up. Week long sessions 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday include pottery, photography, drawing, painting, glass work, nature studies, theater and more. Bus transportaion is available from Bangor and Hampden. Fori nformation, go to windoverartceneter.org   or call 234-4503.

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