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Posted Aug. 25, 2014, at 3:35 p.m.

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Candidate Connection series

BANGOR — FUSION:Bangor will hold a Candidate Connection series of luncheons throughout September and October to connect residents in the Bangor region with their candidates for governor and Maine’s seats in the U.S. House and Senate.

Each luncheon will take place noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The format will allow for 20 minutes of informal networking between the candidate and attendees, with remaining time for the candidate to address the entire group.

The schedule is:

• Sept. 3, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, Democratic candidate for governor.

• Sept. 17, Emily Cain, Democratic candidate for 2nd Congressional District .

• Sept. 24, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, Republican candidate for governor.

• Oct. 1, U.S. Sen Susan Collins, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

• Oct. 8, Bruce Poliquin, Republican candidate for  2nd Congressional District.

Tickets to the Candidate Connection series are $18 and may be purchased at fusionbangorme.eventbrite.com. A limited number of $10 tickets are available using the promotional code “getoutthevote.”

 

“Willy Wonka’ auditions

WINTERPORT — Winterport Open Stage announced that auditions for the fall production of “Willy Wonka” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday Sept. 5, and at 10 a.m. Saturday Sept. 6, at the Wagner Middle School in Winterport. Roles are available for adults and children age 7 and up.

Auditioners should prepare 16 bars of music to be sung a cappella. For information, visit winterport-open-stage.org or email wostheatre@gmail.com.

Civil War Round Table

BANGOR — Members of Richardson’s Civil War Round Table will present “Maine’s Southern Connections” 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Bangor Public Library. The program will focus on the connections that Maine and Mainers had with the Confederacy during the Civil War. Two Mainers served as Confederate generals, and more than one Maine cemetery is the eternal resting place for a Confederate soldier.

The public is invited to attend, and admission is free. For information, call 735-6857.

 

Early registration

BANGOR — Organizers of the annual Maine Chinese Conference, set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18, announced that early-bird registration will end Aug. 31.

The deadline to apply as a presenter and-or exhibitor also is Aug. 31. Those who have  submitted applications, will hear from conference organizers by Wednesday, Sept. 3.

Keynote speakers at the conference will be Yongji Xu, new counselor for education for the Chinese Consulate General in New York City. His topic will be on perspectives of cooperation between China and the United States in education, economy and culture. Nationally known language specialist Dr. Jennifer Eddy of New York City will talk about the best practices and strategies of teaching second languages. Michael Riedel, director of agriculture policy of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, will talk about Maine, U.S. and Chinese business.

The conference also will feature Jay Ketner, New World Languages specialist, Maine Department of Education; Bill Murphy, Gerry Palmer and Ray Pelletier who recently returned from China; and Peter Zhao, visiting teacher of the Chinese Language and Culture Center of Maine’s Confucius Classroom; Chinese teachers from Maine and nationwide; other specialists doing business with China and friends interested in Chinese language and culture.

Entrepreneurs, principals and educators from Harbin, Bangor’s sister city in China, and from other cities and provinces of China also will attend.

For information, visit bangorchinese.com.

 

Battle of the Bands

BANGOR — The third annual Acadia Hospital Foundation Battle of the Bands will be held 7-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St. The event will feature the music of The Stone Doctors, Time Pilots and, new this year, the Maine Street R&B Revue while supporting Acadia Hospital child and adolescent services.

“Last year’s event was a huge success, with 500 people enjoying an evening of wonderful music. Best of all, we raised a significant amount of money in support of our youth services, so it was a win-win,” said Acadia Hospital President and CEO Dan Coffey.

The event also will include appetizers and a cash bar, as well as a photo booth. News Center’s Kevin Mannix will return as an emcee, entertaining the audience as they vote for their favorite band.

Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at emhsfoundation.org. For information, call 973-5055.

Humane society website

BANGOR — It’s now easier than ever to find the perfect pet and support the Bangor Humane Society, the organization dedicated to re-homing and rehabilitating homeless pets with humans.

The humane society launched a new website recently which features an online pet finder, a pet-adoption registration tool and the ability to do it all easily on a smartphone. The new website was designed and developed by Sutherland Weston of Bangor.

For information on finding a pet or becoming a foster home for pets in need, visit BangorHumane.org.

 

Veterans barbecue

BANGOR — The second annual barbecue for patients of the Bangor Veterans Affairs Clinic and Home was held Aug. 13. The event, organized by Ray Dubois of Dexter, was attended by more than 400 veterans, one of whom celebrated his 73rd birthday that day.

Music was provided by the band Sounds Unlimited, featuring John Plummer, a three-year Vietnam veteran and lifetime member of the the Waterville Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The barbecue was tended and cooked by Forest Breton of Belgrade and Paul Pontibrand of Waterville with the assistance of Lynn Dubois and Shane Ashe of Dexter. Barbecue workers included Debbie Pullen, John and Debbie Plummer, Mike and Carol Monegan, Rhonda Gordon, Bob Curtis and Patty Rioux.

Several local businesses donated to the event, including the Waterville VFW.

Those interested in helping with next year’s event may call Ray Dubois at 924-7805.

 

Training for 4-H Youth Science Day

ORONO — University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a train-the-trainer workshop for those interested in leading 4-H National Youth Science Day experiments at their work site. Designed for 4-H volunteers, teachers, library staff and after-school or childcare providers, the workshop will be available through distance learning at sites throughout the state at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11 and Tuesday, Oct. 7, and 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12.

National Youth Science Day is held annually to promote programming that sparks interest and leadership in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

The fee for the training and materials is $25, $10 current 4-H volunteers. Participants earn 0.2 CEU’s for completing the training, and will be asked to host the NYSD experiment within two months of training. Registration and the locations of the workshops are at extension.umaine.edu/register/product/4-htrain-the-trainerworkshop.

For information or to request a disability accommodation, call 581-3877 or email jessica.brainerd@maine.edu.

 

New board member

ORRINGTON — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine announced that Heather Mott of Orrington was appointed to its board of directors. She is the branch manager of BONNEY Staffing Center of Bangor.

As a board member, Mott will serve on the agency’s human resources committee.

Mott is a firm believer in community service and to teaches first aid and CPR with the American Red Cross, something she has done for the past 16 years. Over the past several years, she has helped her 9-year old son Brayden collect toys for the Toys for Tots program. Their efforts have resulted in more than 6,000 toys and monetary donations that are distributed in the Bangor area.

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