April 23, 2018
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Photo courtesy of Winterport Clippers
Photo courtesy of Winterport Clippers
The Winterport Clippers guild will host its third quilt show 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Frankfort Congregational Church, Route 1A. The show will feature more than 100 quilts, such as these from the 2011 show, made by guild member. The show also will offer raffles, including large baskets of fabric, notions, and books; and wall hangings and a large, bed-sized quilt. There will be many items available for purchase, including fabric yardage, notions, books, magazines, jelly rolls and coordinated fat quarter bundles. Members also will have finished quilted items available for sale. Show admission is by donation of $3 at the door. Lunch will be available for purchase from the ladies of the church. The guild was organized in 2006 and currently has approximately 30 members. The group meets twice each month to work on various projects, in addition to a weekly sewing day. Current projects range from making blocks for Quilts of Valor, a charity supporting veterans, to a full size mystery quilt. Over the past 10 years, guild members have sewed and donated more than 100 quilts to Bags of Love, a charity that gives comfort items to children who are in crisis due to neglect, abuse, poverty or homelessness.


Benefit soccer game

BANGOR — The eighth annual Bangor High School girls soccer alumnae game will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Bangor High School. The game will consist of two 30-minute halves featuring the current Bangor girls varsity squad against alumnae of the program.

Admission to the game is free, but donations will benefit the Danielle Marie Thompson Scholarship Fund.

Concessions will be available at 5 p.m. and will include cheeseburgers, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, drinks and baked goods. Also, a raffle will take place during the game.

The alumnae soccer game was established in memory of Danielle Marie Thompson, class of 2003, who died Jan. 3, 2007, after a brief illness during her senior year at the University of New Hampshire. Before attending the UNH, Danielle was a four-year soccer team member and captain of the Bangor High School varsity girls soccer squad.

Alumnae who wish to participate in the game are asked to register in advance. A $20

participant fee will go to the scholarship fund and will include a T-shirt. To register, call

or email Pam Tweedie at 947-7245 or Tweedie321@aol.com.


Family block party

BANGOR — Elm Street Neighborhood will present its fifth annual family block party noon-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, on Elm Street, between Stillwater and Mount Hope avenues, where the street will be blocked to vehicular traffic.

The party will feature a live band, talent show, streetwide potluck dinner and barbecue, watermelon eating contest, tug of war, water balloon toss, pickleball, bounce house, bicycle parade and a few more surprise events. Donations will be accepted. An addition to the gathering this year is a pickleball set purchased with donations from the 2013 event.

The Elm Street Neighborhood annual Family Block Party was started in 2010 to get neighbors together for summertime fun, to allow neighborhood children to play together in the street on a summer day, as some of their parents and other adults did during their childhoods.

Rebecca Croce, president of Elm Street Neighborhood annual family block party, and of the Fruit Street School PTO, said in a press release, “Typically shy kids are participating [in the event] when they might not have been comfortable to do so a couple of years ago, and in addition to the number of people who attend, the excitement around the event has grown. Our kids were asked once which was better, the block party or Christmas and it was a tough decision [for them]. Everyone on the street looks forward to it every year. Even neighbors who have kids in high school still attend and come up with ideas for this once per year event.”

WeeBeez, formally Mt. Hope Variety Store and General Rental of Old Town have sponsored The Elm Street Neighborhood annual family block party in the past.

For information, call Rebecca Croce at 944-3122, or email rebeccacroce@gmail.com.


Before and after school programs

BANGOR — Bangor Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for its 2014-2015 school year, Kids Cave Before and After School programs at its facility at 647 Main St.

The programs are for children in kindergarten through grade five and will begin Tuesday, Sept. 2, and run Monday through Friday to the end of the school year.

After school times are 3-6 p.m.; before school, 7 a.m.

Kids Cave offers transportation to and from all city of Bangor elementary schools. The program also offers homework time, snacks, fun and other surprises. After school, children are bused to the Parks and Rec Center.

A Kids Cave open house will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the recreation center.

For information about cost, go to BangorParksandRec.com or call 992-4490.


Ride for the Wet Nose

BREWER — Eleven-year-old Matthew Gross is hitting the road again for the animals of the Bangor Humane Society. This will be the third year that Matthew has done the Ride for the Wet Nose benefit bicycle ride.

In the previous two years, Matthew has raised more than $2,300 and is on track to raise more than $1,000 this year.

The Ride for the Wet Nose will take Matthew through Bangor, Holden and Orrington on a 25-mile loop that will begin at Pats Bike Shop, 373 Wilson St., in Brewer. The ride will begin at 9:30 a.m Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Matthew’s family adopted an 11-year-old beagle from the Humane Society, and Matthew felt there was something more he could do to help the animals at the shelter. He decided at age 10 to do a bike ride to raise funds by asking people for donations.

Last year’s funds went to feed the animals at the shelter for a month, said Susan Bell, director of the Bangor Humane Society.

For information or to provide support, call Matt’s father, Jason Gross, at 299-5118.


Class of 1964 reunion

BREWER — Brewer High School class of 1964 will hold its 50th reunion Friday through Sunday Sept. 5-7. Organizers have been unable to contact these classmates: Robin Blaisdell, Nancy Carvel Pennington, Robert Cossette, Linda Danforth, Carolyn Drake Harlow, Marie Drew Buelling, Douglas Dwelley, Paula Dinsmore, Elaine Gaudette York, Donna Goodwin Holland, Thomas Hall, Sandra Hamel Kennett, Sandra Hall Walker, Frank Lemoine, Sue Ann Lyons, Percy Marquis, Gary Memmellar, Suzanne Pooler Demody, Robert Reynolds, Beverly Roberts, Michael Rose, Donna Small, Louise Smith, Rodney Spencer, Glenda Stanley, David Thurston, Terrance Toole, Linda Wakefield and Charles Walsh. Anyone who knows how to contact any of those people are asked to call Shirley Page Craig at 356-4855, Judy Duplisea Street at 570-4993 or Nancy Kenney Connolly at 843-0622.

Classmates who have not been contacted and would like to attend the reunion, should call any of the numbers provided.


Senior alumni reunion

BREWER — The annual Brewer High School Senior Alumni Reunion will be held Friday, Aug. 15, at Jeff’s Catering and Banquet Center, 15 Littlefield Road. All former students who have been out of Brewer High School for more than 50 years are invited to attend.

After a social hour, dinner and meeting, entertainment will be provided by the Retro Rockers, featuring a live performance of popular songs from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

Reservations may be made by calling Gail Stewart at 948-2575.


Race for the Cure

BREWER — Komen Maine, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure statewide affiliate, announced that registration for its  Race for the Cure events is open to race participants and volunteers. The 5K events, for runners and walkers, will be held in Portland on Sunday, Sept. 14 and in Bangor on Sunday, Sept. 21.

Komen Maine’s purpose is to combat breast cancer through raising funds for breast health education, screening, treatment programs, and state and national research. Many of the funds are used for Maine women underinsured or uninsured. The money raised through the two annual Race for the Cure events will support this important mission.

“These are important events for our state with 75 percent of net funds remaining in Maine to fund breast cancer education, screening, and treatment programs, and the remaining 25 percent is invested in evidence-based breast cancer research,” said Victoria Abbott, Komen Maine’s acting executive director, in a press release.

The Portland race, starting in Payson Park, will begin with registration at 7:30 a.m. The Bangor race begins from the Bangor Waterfront where registration will also begin at 7:30 a.m. Each event will include a 9 a.m. survivor ceremony to recognize the women who have fought or are fighting breast cancer.

Volunteers are needed for all aspects to support the race, including assistance with registration, directing race participants through the course, and setup and cleanup of all materials and supplies.

Interested race participants and volunteers may sign up at komenmaine.org. To learn more about the race details or make a donation, visit the website.


Firefighters grant

CORINTH — The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded a grant of $142,500 to the town of Corinth through its Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. The grant will fund a new pumper truck, equipped to project water on burning buildings, according to a press release issued recently by U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud.


Blueberry Festival

HOLDEN — Holden Congregational Church, 9 Ryder Bluff Road, will host its annual Blueberry Festival 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the church. Features of the event will include crafters selling handmade crafts, a giant yard sale in the parking lot, the Ladies’ Home Circle bake sale and a Blueberry Pie Contest with prizes for the winning bakers.

The kitchen crew will serve blueberry pancakes, and many desserts throughout the day. For information, contact Zita Osgood at 570-6094.


Boys, girls club

OLD TOWN — Penobscot Boys and Girls Club today announced recently the launch of the Great Futures Campaign to mobilize the community in support of children to empower them to achieve great futures. Through the campaign, the organization seeks to ensure that children and teens have access to a safe place after school and during the summer where they can build the knowledge, skills and behaviors needed to put them on the path for success.

“Penobscot Boys and Girls Club has been serving both Native and non-Native youth from communities as far away as Presque Isle, Houlton, Princeton, Eastport and the Bangor area with afterschool, summer and outreach-diversion programs for more than 13 years. During that time, we’ve seen the positive impact that occurs when young people have access to a safe place with caring adult mentors and enriching programs during out-of-school time,” said Joseph Knapp of the Penobscot Boys and Girls Club. “We want today’s generation to be successful in school and in adulthood, to be healthy and active, and to develop the strong character skills they need to become future leaders for our country.”

Penobscot Boys and Girls Club is asking the public to help the organization reach more children. For information about the Great Futures Campaign, visit greatfutures.org. For information about Penobscot Boys and Girls Club, contact Knapp at jojoknapp1818@yahoo.com or 817-3279.


Social Security talk

ORONO — An interactive presentation on social security offered by members of the Maine People’s Alliance will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Orono Public Library, 39 Pine St.  The presentation will address questions such as:

• Is social security really broken?

•  Have you heard that social security is running out of money?

• Are monthly benefits adequate and enough to live on?

•  What can we do to protect and expand social security?

For information, call Amelia Mitter-Burke at Maine People’s Alliance at 990-0672 or email amelia@mainepeoplesalliance.org.


Book talk

SEARSPORT — 1816 is called “the year without a summer.”  During that summer wild temperature swings produced snow and frost which killed crops and caused famines and food shortages worldwide. Author Mayra Donnell will talk about her children’s book, “1816: The Year That Summer Never Came” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Main Street Gallery, Penobscot Marine Museum, 40 East Main St.  Donnell’s novel tells the story of a young girl who records in her diary what Maine life was like in the bizarre weather of the year 1816, with ice and frozen apple blossoms in May and a snow storm in June.  Learn the true story of the massive volcano eruption which most scientists now believe caused the year of unusual weather. Admission is free.

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