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The Weekly Community News for Sept. 5-11, 2013

Historic preservation grant proposals wanted

STATEWIDE — The Maine Community Foundation in partnership with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission New Century Grant Program, is seeking proposals to its Belvedere Historic Preservation Fund.

Grant awards up to $25,000 are available for the preservation and reuse of historic buildings in rural areas that serve as civic, cultural or economic hubs for communities.

The next application deadline is Sunday, Sept. 15. For information, guidelines and an application, visit

Thrift shop reopened

BANGOR — Grace United Methodist Church announced the reopening of the Saving Grace Thrift Shop at the back door of the church at 193 Union St. The Shop will be open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The shop has new merchandise weekly and every Thursday customers and people in the neighborhood receive fresh bread, cakes, pies, salads and sometimes deli meat. Fresh snacks and drinks are available with a place to sit and stay a spell. Newspapers, magazines, and books are available for those who wish to read.

The shop can help those in need of household items and clothing.

Fire department grant

BRADLEY — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced recently that the Bradley Volunteer Fire Department will receive a federal grant in the amount of $6,793 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program . The funding will come through AFG’s Fire Prevention and Safety Program, which provides funding for projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards.  The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death.

Brewer Historical Society

BREWER — Brewer Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Machias Savings Bank Community Room, 581 Wilson St.

Guest speaker will be Bangor Daily News writer David Fitzpatrick. His topic will be “Attracting youth to local history and the critical role of technology we must all embrace and use.”

The meeting is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Giveaway goods

HAMPDEN — Community Church of the Open Door in will hold its third annual, free yard sale 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 7, at the church, Route 1A.

Hosted by the church Missions Team, the Great Giveaway offers hundreds of donated, lightly used items, free for the public to take as needed. Past events have helped hundreds of community members fill needs, from large and small appliances to furniture, clothing, household decor, books and games, sporting equipment, and more. Items may be donated by delivery on Friday, Sept. 6. Pre-sort clothing and shoes for men, women and children in marked containers. For information, call Esther Littlefield at 249-9013 or visit

SIMULCAST Bible class

HAMPDEN — LifeWay Christian Resources will bring Bible teacher and bestselling author Beth Moore to Community Church of the Open Door via SIMULCAST 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the church, 270 Main Road North.

Registration fee is $20 and includes music, worship, fellowship, teaching sessions led by Beth Moore, and Listening Guide.

Bring a lunch or plan to dine at a local restaurant. Childcare is not provided, though nursing infants and their mothers are welcome.

The event is appropriate for mature teens and men are invited.

To register, go to or at the door. For information, call Karen Reynolds at 356-5166.

Wild weavings in the Wildlands

ORLAND — Celebrate Grandparents Day by bringing the grandchildren to an art workshop 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands in Orland. During the Wild Weavings Workshop, Sandi Cirillo will lead children ages 8 to 12 and their adults in gathering natural materials and making weavings to take home. Meet at Wildlands South Gate on Route 1 and be prepared to walk a short way in the woods. Register in advance at 469-6929 or Rain date is Sept 15. Cirillo is a retired art educator and fiber artist living in Searsport. E-mail her at

AAUW meeting

ORONO — The American Association of University Women, Penobscot Valley Branch, announced that it will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Margaret Chase Smith Center, University of Maine.

Shenna Bellows, executive director of ACLU of Maine will be the featured speaker. Bellows was the winner of the Achievement Citation Award given by AAUW of Maine, and is active with the Coalition for Maine Women, Maine Immigration Rights and the Maine Choice Coalition.

Dessert and coffee will be served before the meeting. New members are welcome.

For information, call 866-4557.

Dividing Perennial Plants workshop

STILLWATER — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension the public to a Dividing Perennial Plants workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Rogers Farm on the Bennoch Road. The focus will be on Iris.

Mary Betts will demonstrate how to divide different types of iris and Kate Garland will offer tips and show how to divide other perennial plants.

No reservation is needed and the event will be held rain or shine.

For information or to request a disability accommodation, call 942-7396.

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