Articles by Joni Averill

Eda Stoll (right) and Linda Applebee with quilts and teddy bear, which are included in the "Bags of Love" given to children who are removed from their homes by social service agencies for their own protection.

Carmel woman makes Bags of Love for children removed from their homes

By Joni Averill on Aug. 02, 2011, at 4:50 p.m.
When children are removed from their homes for their own protection by social service agencies, they often leave in a hurry with nothing except the clothes on their back, Eda Stoll of Carmel explained when she contacted me to pass along information about “It’s My Very Own,” a program that …

Raising funds for Islesford Neighborhood House a love story

By Joni Averill on July 26, 2011, at 1:58 p.m.
There is something about a love story, whether it is about people, places or things, that is good for the soul. And when you happen upon a love story that is about people, places and things, well, it just doesn’t get any better. This three-dimensional love story came to me …

Trinity Church auction benefits Hancock County HomeCare & Hospice

By Joni Averill on July 19, 2011, at 2:09 p.m.
Last winter, with the holiday season approaching, Pauline Cooke of Castine began thinking about “those who were going to be forgotten,” she told me, “and my first thought was of hospice; the demands on someone in hospice care,” everything from medical expenses to food and fuel which, in her decidedly …

‘Boarding for Boobies’ trio surpasses fundraising goal on first day

By Joni Averill on July 17, 2011, at 5:37 p.m.
VERONA ISLAND — Three very hot, tired but happy and smiling young men stopped at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17, in the middle of the bridge between Bucksport and Verona Island to take photos of Fort Knox, across the river in Prospect, before pausing to rest in the shade on …

Nonprofits and travelers benefit from fundraising trips

By Joni Averill on July 12, 2011, at 5:27 p.m.
You get it! Readers are responding to this newest BDN page as we hoped they would. When Positively Maine debuted at the end of June, Nancy Ziegenbein of Bangor wrote me that it “was as if you had been reading my mind!” As one of this area’s leading volunteer trip …

3 friends ‘Boarding for Boobies’ for their senior year last hurrah

By Joni Averill on July 05, 2011, at 4:03 p.m.
Three Skowhegan teens and lifelong friends who will enter their senior year of high school in the fall have come up with an interesting, and slightly unusual, way to celebrate that milestone. Connor Reeves, Ethan Johnson and Jacob Weese will hop on their long boards and leave Sunday, July 17, …

Positively Maine emphasizes commitment to community

By Joni Averill on June 28, 2011, at 2:08 p.m.
Welcome to Positively Maine, where one day a week in print and every day online readers of the Bangor Daily News will learn about opportunities to be of service in their communities either by volunteering with a nonprofit organization or attending a fundraiser to benefit someone in need. Positively Maine is …
Rachel Koncinsky

Brianna Rachel Fund for Kids golf tournament helps provide the little things in life

By Joni Averill on June 17, 2011, at 5:14 p.m.
Eleven years have passed since 6-year-old Brianna Rachel Koncinsky lost her two-year battle with brain cancer. After her death, members of her family established the Brianna Rachel Fund for Kids with a mission of “assisting with the nonmedical needs of chronically-ill and hospitalized children and their families.” Brianna, who knew what …

Summer Solstice to be celebrated early in Bangor

By Joni Averill on June 16, 2011, at 10:09 p.m.
The longest day, as well as the shortest night, of the year is known as the Summer Solstice and it occurs, this year, on Wednesday, June 21. And while many communities host gatherings to recognize this event on that day, it is not something that has occurred in the Bangor …

ALS calendar raffle offers daily prizes worth more than cost of ticket

By Joni Averill on June 14, 2011, at 5:54 p.m.
Starting July 1 and continuing, each day, through Aug. 13, a different prize will be drawn during the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis calendar raffle, with all proceeds benefiting the Northern New England Chapter of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association. According to information provided by raffle co-coordinators Cathy Billings, Michelle Libby and  Donna …

Bangor Band launches 153rd season June 14 at Bangor Public Library

By Joni Averill on June 12, 2011, at 7:28 p.m.
Our historic Bangor Band, one of the oldest continuously performing community bands in the country, opens its 153rd season at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at the Bangor Public Library on Harlow Street. Under the leadership of its conductor, Dr. Fred Goldrich of Trenton, the band has 10 free concerts on …

Forgotten Felines works to help control Maine’s feral cat population

By Joni Averill on June 10, 2011, at 7:22 p.m.
This is a new description of an organization for me, but most appropriate, I believe,  and I’m surprised I have not run into it before. Forgotten Felines, a 501(c)3 organization based in eastern Maine, is what its founder Pam Hansberry of Stockton Springs describes as a “paper-only organization.” That means Forgotten Felines …

Flag Day Celebration to be conducted on Bangor Waterfront

By Joni Averill on June 09, 2011, at 4:24 p.m.
For 23 years, Bangor has been host to an event celebrating a day that is federally recognized but that is not a federal or state holiday: Flag Day. The city’s Flag Day celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, on the Bangor Waterfront. In case of inclement weather, the …

Two Bangor High School debaters financing own trip to national competition

By Joni Averill on June 07, 2011, at 3:09 p.m.
Two members of the Bangor High School Forensic Team who qualified to compete in the National Forensic League Tournament June 13-18 in Dallas, Texas, are financing the trip themselves. And while junior Rami Blair has raised the money he needs, freshman Jan Tompkins only has half of the $1,000 it …

Brewer school staff hosts benefit supper for couple with cancer

By Joni Averill on June 05, 2011, at 7:56 p.m.
For nearly 16 years, youngsters attending Capri Street School in Brewer have been greeted each day by the warm and welcoming presence of Dawn Jordan, “the lunch lady,” as she refers to herself. Hundreds of little ones have been part of her life, and they a part of hers, as …
Courtney Harvey with the mock-up of the cover for her first novel.

Thoughts from an unabashed fan of Bangor’s newest author

By Joni Averill on June 03, 2011, at 5:49 p.m.
Methinks we have a budding celebrity in our midst, and I just had to meet her. In fact, I was excited and feeling like a fan when I arrived at her Bangor home. After my visit, I offer this recommendation to all of our famous Maine authors: Move over. Make way …

Enthusiastic cyclists tackle 85-mile Sunrise Trail for Downeast Health Services

By Joni Averill on June 02, 2011, at 5:35 p.m.
Here’s a tip of the cyclist’s helmet to Dave Norwood of Ellsworth and every other hale, hearty and determined soul who will be joining him Saturday, June 4, on the 85 miles of the Sunrise Trail from Washington Junction in Hancock to Ayers Junction in Pembroke to raise funds for Downeast …

Brewer church collecting supplies for tornado victims relief

By Joni Averill on May 31, 2011, at 5:04 p.m.
Daily, we see images and read of the devastation suffered by residents of Joplin, Mo., after a force E-5 tornado touched down there just over a week ago, as well as what people living in other Midwestern and Southern states are dealing with following more tornadoes, floods and severe storms …
Paddlers getting ready to launch into North Pond at the 2010 Paddle for Pine Tree Camp makeup event.

One of the great Maine summer traditions is attending camp

By Joni Averill on May 27, 2011, at 10:32 p.m.
One of the grandest of all Maine traditions is the summer camp experience, especially for youngsters, but even better still for individuals who have disabilities. Here in Maine we are so fortunate that, for 66 summers, people with special needs have had the opportunity to attend Pine Tree Camp on …

Female Marine veteran’s service memoir a fitting Memorial Day observation

By Joni Averill on May 27, 2011, at 2:54 p.m.
Monday, May 30, is Memorial Day, a federal holiday set aside to honor the men and women who have died in service to their country. There are many ways to remember those who have lost their lives while on military duty. Some of us attend or participate in parades, listen …