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Posted Aug. 18, 2014, at 2:22 p.m.

Weather station

BANGOR — Bangor area television and press weather prognosticators are now free to take their weekends off because the Maine Air Museum is taking over for them on Saturdays and Sundays, said museum Chuck Byrum in a press release. The museum now has its own weather station. Now museum visitors will know which way the wind is blowing and how fast. This came about when Trenton-based RainWise Inc. donated a professional weather station to the Maine Air

Museum. No more windsocks.

The public is invited to visit the museum 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays to see for themselves which way the wind is blowing. Guess how fast the wind is blowing and test your accuracy against that of the RainWise weather station.

The museum is located on Maine Avenue just north of the Hammond Street intersection. It offers more than 50 Maine aviation related exhibits designed to educate and entertain people of all ages. Admission is $3, $1children, $6 family, free to active duty military and their families.

For information, go to maineairmuseum.com.

 

‘Ageing in Bangor’

BANGOR — The city of Bangor will host a panel discussion on “Aging in Bangor” at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Bangor Public Library.

The discussion will address community concerns of particular interest to the elderly and those with an interest in how a community can support its residents, nonprofits and businesses as the population ages.

Panelists will be:

• Len Kaye, director of University of Maine Center on Aging.

• Officer Jason McCambly, Bangor Police Department community relations officer.

• Linda Oliver, head of reference, Bangor Public Library.

• Dr. Maureen Sauvage, St. Joseph Internal Medicine.

• Dyan Walsh, director of community services at Eastern Area Agency on Aging.

Topics may include public safety, living an active lifestyle, how to access information and community resources, and how the municipality of Bangor can better support its aging residents.

The event is free to the public and will include time for questions and answers, and commentary from the audience.

For information, contact Ben Sprague, Bangor City Council chairman, at 852-1405 or benjamin.sprague@bangormaine.gov, or Dyan Walsh at 992-0110 or dwalsh@eaaa.org.

 

New board members

BANGOR — The Maine Community Foundation announced that it has elected Yellow Light Breen of Holden and Martha Dumont of Windham to its board of directors.

Breen is executive vice president and chief strategic officer at Bangor Savings Bank.

Dumont most recently oversaw global sales and research activities for CreditSights Inc.

To for information, visit mainecf.org or call 877-700-6800.

 

Hard Hat Happy Hour series

BANGOR — Raise a glass in support of local businesses the Downtown Bangor Partnership will host a Hard Hat Happy Hour series in support of West Market Square businesses during the final months of construction. Organizers said business owners and their employees have been patient as the city of Bangor does necessary construction in West Market Square and the partnership wants to show its appreciation. Each Wednesday, 5-7 p.m. through Sept. 3, the series will rotate to a different restaurant or bar in West Market Square. Gift certificates to local businesses and parking passes will be raffled each week.

The schedule is:

• Big Easy Lounge, 24 Broad St., Aug. 27.

• Paddy Murphy’s, 26 Main St., Sept. 3.

The revitalization of West Market Square is a joint effort between the city of Bangor and utility companies that began in April and is scheduled for completion in late September. The project includes replacement of pre-Civil War water and sewer infrastructure, upgrading electrical services and enhancing the accessibility and aesthetics of the square.

For information on the Downtown Bangor Partnership, got to downtownbangor.com.

 

Support for autism services

BANGOR — The Autism Community Services Program announced that it has received donations from the Greater Bangor Open. On July 23, Heather Wheaton and Brooke Hamlin staked out at the sixth tee, collecting donations for the program. Golfers participating in the GBO’s Pro/Am were given a free sleeve of golf balls if they made a donation and landed on the green on their tee shot.

In total, $333 was collected and will be used to fund the Parent Support Groups that meet October to May. Program officials expressed gratitude to the Greater Bangor Open and to organizer Rob Jarvis for continuing support.

 

Grant recipients

BANGOR — The Penobscot County committee of the Maine Community Foundation recently awarded $88,909 in grants to 12 nonprofits, including Penobscot Theatre Company, to develop a high school internship program.

Other grant area recipients are:

• Four Directions Development Corp., to increase affordable housing development capacity in Wabanaki communities.

• Maine Discovery Museum, for development of a pre-kindergarten program with area schools.

• Penquis CAP Inc., to create a library of videos to help youth with autism spectrum disorders.

The Penobscot County Fund is a permanent endowment that supports projects to strengthen communities in Penobscot County. Applications to the fund are reviewed by a committee of local leaders. The next proposal deadline is Feb. 15. Application and guidelines are at mainecf.org.

The Penobscot County Fund is built through donations from the community. To donate to the fund, contact Laura Reed, MaineCF foundation officer, at 564-3236 or lreed@mainecf.org.

 

Special town meeting

CORINTH — The Town of Corinth will hold a special town meeting, pertaining to the purchase of a pumper truck for its fire department, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, Town Office conference room, 31 Exeter Road.

 

Fall Frolic

HOLDEN — Holden will hold its fifth annual Fall Frolic 7-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Holden Town Grounds, 570 Main Road, to the historic Holden Town Hall restoration project.

It will feature a pancake breakfast, a free Touch-a-Truck Show, Maine Forest Service helicopter touch down, live and silent auction, Meet Maine Authors for book signings, Hermon Pans Steel Drum Band, magic show, singer Erica Clark, Top Hat II Dancers, Step in Time Cloggers, singer Dola Hinckley, used book sale, children’s games, bounce houses, tractor rides, food and other vendors, Pompeii pizza all day, RE/MAX hot air balloon rides, The Mainely Country Band and more.

A craft fair also will be part of the festivities. Table rental space is available for $20, $5 extra for each additional table. Applications to take part in the craft fair are at the Holden Town Office or at historicholdentownhall.org.

Admission to the event is free.

To donate an auction item or to help sponsor the Holden Fall Frolic, call Pat at 843-5518. To join in the free Touch-a-Truck show, call Chris at 447-2205 or Angel 843-1143.

 

Stuff the Bus

OLD TOWN — The McDonald’s restaurant in Old Town will hold a Stuff the Bus event 1-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, in the parking lot. Members of the community are invited to donate school supplies. The goal is to fill the Cyr bus with school supplies, which be distributed to local schools.

 

Gateway Seniors

ORONO — The public is invited to stop by the Gateway Seniors booth on  Orono Festival Day at 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. Sign up to volunteer for a two-hour shift. Buy raffle tickets and win discounts at local eateries. Brochures and activity schedules will be available. Register for activities that are mostly free of cost. Face painting will be available for the young at heart.

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