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The Focus Group at Next Generation Theatre

Friday, June 17, 2016 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: Next Generation Theatre, 39 Center St., Brewer, Maine

For more information: (207) 989-7100; nextgenerationtheatre.com/now-showing

Local improv troupe will perform its unique style of improvisational comedy that will knock your socks off! Get ready for a night of laughter and fun!

Admission $5; Beer and Wine available for purchase (21+)

MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY

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Buggin’ Out at Merrymeeting Fields Preserve- June 11

Saturday, June 11, 2016 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Merrymeeting Fields Preserve, Chopps Point Road, Woolwich, Maine

For more information: 207-442-8400; kennebecestuary.org

WOOLWICH- Up your Naturalist quotient! The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) is pleased to invite the public to join the Maine Entomological Society at Merrymeeting Fields Preserve in Woolwich on Saturday, June 11 at 10:00am to noon. Get familiar with what spineless creatures make their home in the preserve– insects, spiders, and more! Also discover what plants these invertebrate species rely on in this mixture of field and woodland habitat. Free and open to all ages.

Merrymeeting Fields Preserve boasts mixed woodlands along with two former farm fields maintained by KELT for nesting birds, small mammals, and a plethora of insects. Participants will join local naturalists in small groups to explore the forest and flowering fields to learn more about local plants and insect species.

There will be time to gather together for questions and to share any interesting discoveries. Bring along favorite insect and plant ID guides, bug barns or clear plastic containers, nets, magnifying lenses and cameras. There is a optional afternoon exploration session after 12:00pm. If staying for this optional session, please bring a bag lunch and beverage.

The program is a rain or shine event. Register by June 9 to Becky Kolak at 207-442-8400 or bkolak@kennebecestuary.org. Merrymeeting Fields Preserve is located on Chopps Point Road in Woolwich, approximately 0.9 miles from the intersection of Chopps Point Road and Route 128. This program was generously sponsored by the Merrymeeting Bay Trust.

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a membership supported organization dedicated to protecting the land, water and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary. It maintains nine preserves for public enjoyment and has protected 2,668+ acres of land since founding in 1989. FMI visit www.kennebecestuary.org or call (207) 442-8400.

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Bog Bridge Building with KELT on National Trails Day! June 4

Saturday, June 4, 2016 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Lilly Pond Community Forest, High Street and Getchell Street, Bath, Maine

For more information: 207-442-8400; kennebecestuary.org/stewardship-series-2016

BATH- The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) invites the public on Saturday, June 4 at 9:30am to join the final workshop in the spring stewardship series, Bog Bridge Building Demonstration and National Trails Day Walk. The workshop will be held at Lilly Pond Community Forest in south Bath. Celebrate National Trails Day with KELT by learning how to prevent wet feet and protect trails from erosion through the use of bog bridges.

Participants will learn hands-on construction techniques and build much needed bridges along the Marshall Lane trail. If there is time and interest, join KELT’s Stewardship Coordinator, Cheri Brunault, on a guided walk afterward through the preserve to learn its conservation story, the land trust’s approach to building trails, and fun forest facts about the property.

This event is free and open to public thanks to the generosity of the Merrymeeting Bay Trust. Registration is required by June 2 due to the limited class size. Please contact KELT at 207-442-8400, email bkolak@kennebecestuary.org, or online at www.kennebecestuary.org/stewardship-series-2016 to sign-up. This is a rain or shine event and the course framework is geared for adult participants.

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a membership supported organization dedicated to protecting the land, water and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary. It maintains nine preserves for public enjoyment and has protected 2,668+ acres of land since founding in 1989. FMI visit www.kennebecestuary.org or call (207) 442-8400.

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MDOT crews to begin overnight paving on I-95 in Augusta on May 31

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Department of Transportation crews will begin overnight paving operations on Interstate 95 in Augusta, Sidney and Waterville, beginning on Tuesday, May 31.

The project will begin on I-95 northbound beginning 0.50 miles south of the Western Avenue overpass at mile marker 109 and extend 16.61 miles northerly to the Webb Road Bridge in Waterville at mile marker 126.

At the same time, I-95 southbound will be paved beginning 0.05 of a mile north of the Trafton Road Overpass at mile marker 126 and extend southerly 6.41 miles to 0.03 of a mile south of the Dinsmore Road overpass at mile marker 118.

All work will be performed Monday through Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. On Sundays, the operations take place from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Motorists should use caution in these areas as there will be uneven pavement prior to the paving. In addition, message boards will alert travelers seventy-two hours in advance of any overnight ramp closures.

The project includes pavement milling, hot mix asphalt overlay, bridge work with drainage and safety improvements that will also include guardrail work.

This $11.3 million project is being performed by Pike Industries of Fairfield.

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TERRI PALIN IMPROVES SENIORS’ LIVES WITH SILVER SNEAKERS PROGRAM

The benefits of exercise to promote good physical and mental health of seniors is well known. No one wants to grow old unable to stand and walk. Your best hope to avoid that scenario is exercise. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring, exhausting, or risky. It just has to help you maintain flexibility and strength so that you can participate easily in the basic activities of daily living with good balance so as to not fall and break bones. We all want to remain independent in our own homes. Gone are the days of thinking, “I’m old now, so I can’t walk well or do much of anything anymore. Falling is just a part of being old.”

Let’s look beyond those thoughts to the Healthways Silver Sneakers Fitness Program offered at Community Fitness in Guilford. It is available to those 65+ years of age. Exercises improve strength and flexibility of muscles and joints throughout the body. According to instructor, Terri Palin, “Participants in Silver Sneakers use chairs, small balls, bands, and light-weight props in class. The program can be done from a seated position, if needed, and is designed to accommodate all fitness levels, including those with physical limitations or who may require assistive medical equipment.” Assistive medical equipment may include a walker, cane, or supplemental oxygen.

Besides fitness, the other positive aspects to Healthways Silver Sneakers are the fun and friends you may have when you are a member of the group. Once a month, members participate in a potluck lunch that is open to the entire Guilford community, thereby further expanding the opportunity for fun, friendships, and social interaction. Palin has also included the element of “family” in the program because “so many of the participants live alone with no family in the area.” When someone is sick, a “get well” basket may be put together. We all like to feel remembered when we are ill and can’t be at class with the friends who treat us like family.

Palin holds special credentials to teach the Silver Sneakers class from Healthways, a well-being improvement company offering programs for changing lifestyles to treat and reverse chronic diseases. In her fifties, she is not quite a senior yet, but she has a passion to help older people maintain and improve physical abilities. Terri is also A Matter of Balance Master Trainer. Having been in those classes with her, I can say that she has a warm personality and a wonderful sense of humor, both of which help her students make gains without even knowing it. The atmosphere she creates makes improvements effortless for participants of her classes. The pace is relaxed and never hurried.

One class member said about the program, “I can take a shower now without having to have one hand on the grab bar.” Another commented, “If I lose my balance, I can catch myself much better than before.” A five-year veteran of the class, Hilda Mulherin, remarked, “After four surgeries in one year and almost no muscle control left, I decided to join Silver Sneakers. It was the best decision I ever made.”

In keeping with the Skeleton Crew’s goals to help people reverse the condition of osteoporosis and maintain balance to prevent falls and broken bones, the organization will welcome Terri Palin and Hilda Mulherin and her husband to speak about the Silver Sneakers program. Information about how you can become part of this program will be available. The event is at 12 noon on Friday, June 3, at the Abbott Memorial Library in Dexter. It is free as is the bone-healthy lunch that will be offered. For further information, call Liz Breault at the library at 924-7292.

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Brothers, Some Good Times, and The Last Huraa, Marty Reynolds ’17

Friday, June 3, 2016 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 4, 2016 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 5, 2016 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland, Maine

For more information: 207-775-3052; meca.edu

Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art | ICA at MECA, William Sloane Jelin Gallery

Current painting senior at the Maine College of Art, Marty Reynolds was introduced to graffiti in the sixth grade which kept his attention all through high school. He gives a lot of credit to those years, learning a lot about process, working large scale, and most importantly how to be self disciplined and passionate about what he’s doing. Experimenting with oil paint in high school, it was not until Spring semester sophomore year that Marty took Philip Brou’s Figure Painting class and got hooked on the medium. Learning as much as he can about the human figure and oil paint is an ultimate goal. He’s extremely excited and curious about where his painting practice will take him next.

The Last Huraa mimics Leonardo Da Vinci’s depiction of the Last Supper, his painting provided a jumping off point for producing a composition that would be easily recognized based on its fame and novelty like status in society. The decision to replace Jesus and his disciples with partying college students is obvious. There is no getting around the fact that The Last Huraa parodizes Leonardo’s painting and the original biblical story. However, specific decisions about varying the paints application and additional content were made in attempt to hold the viewer’s attention and ask why? Hoping that over the course of their time spent with the painting, their interpretation of the work transforms from a simple parody to an open ended narrative that confronts the viewers own life.

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Let’s Talk Healthcare Decisions – Town Hall June 8th

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Location: The Dyke Center at Husson University, 1 College Circle, Bangor, 04401

For more information: 207-941-2865

Register by June 1st! Call EAAA: 207-941-2865 or 1-800-432-7812

Do you feel like you’re making the right health care choices? Are you comfortable asking your doctor questions? Join local health care leaders for an open Town Hall meeting to discuss making informed decisions!

Discussion Topics:

– Antibiotics: Will They Help or Hurt?

– Back Pain: X-Rays and MRIs

– Patient Advocacy: Asking the Right Questions

– Prescriptions: Do’s and Don’ts

Speakers Include:

– Kathy Bragdon, RN, BSN, Executive Practice Director for Community Care & Geriatrics at PCHC

– Kathy Day, RN Retired, Patient Safety Advocate

– Heather Evans, DO, Medical Director for Family Medicine at St. Joseph Healthcare

– Felicity Homsted, PharmD, BCPS, Chief Pharmacy Officer at PCHC

– David Koffman, MD, Medical Director for Internal Medicine at St. Joseph Healthcare

Join us! This event is FREE but you must call to register and secure your spot. Please call EAAA (Eastern Area Agency on Aging) by June 1st.

Questions? Registration? Call EAAA: 941-2865 or 1-800-432-7812.

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Cars & Coffee: Acadia Region Corvette Club

Saturday, June 11, 2016 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Seal Cove Auto Museum, 1414 Tremont Road, Seal Cove, ME

For more information: 207-244-9242; sealcoveautomuseum.org/events

An opportunity for proud drivers to show off their own special cars, and all auto enthusiasts to congregate to kick tires, peer under hoods, and enjoy coffee with their fellow car-lovers. Attending the June gathering will be special guests from the Acadia Region Corvette Club. All are welcome, with or without their own antique or vintage automobile. There will be autos of all sorts, something for everyone to enjoy and admire

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Theater Summer Drama Camp in Dover-Foxcroft open for enrollment

DOVER-FOXCROFT – Center Theatre’s Summer Drama Camp sessions are scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 11-22 and Aug. 1-12 at the East Sangerville Grange. Each session wraps up with an evening performance at Center Theatre, open to the public, with admission by donation. New this year, through a partnership with the Piscataquis Regional YMCA, an afternoon adventure camp will be offered immediately following drama camp each day, with pickup 5-5:30 p.m.

“Y staff will take over and keep the kids busy all afternoon with games and activities,” said Patrick Myers, executive director of the Center Theatre. “We might even squeeze in a trip to the beach.”

Drama camp coordinator is Beth MacNeil. David Murray will direct “The Fairy Tale Network” by John Woodward during session one, which is geared toward younger children with less experience. Bobby Keniston wrote and will direct “Totally Terrific Tall Tales” during session two, which is aimed at older campers with more experience.

“But there will be plenty of opportunities for all ages in both sessions,” said Myers.

The oldest of all Center Theatre programs, Drama Camp has been running every summer for nearly two decades. The East Sangerville Grange has been a sponsor since day one. Over the years, numerous local children and summer residents have attended the camp with many returning year after year. Classes are open to children from kindergarten through the ninth grade. The wide range of ages provides unique educational moments and opportunities for growth for all students.

Center Theatre is seeking high school students interested in being drama camp interns in return for valuable work experience, community service hours and the chance to have a lot of fun.

The goal for drama camp is to immerse children in many exciting aspects of theater, including team building, improvisation, theater games, exercises, music and dance. The belief that creativity and cooperation are as important as the final production is central to the camp experience, which is focused on learning, interaction and enjoyment.

Drama camp costs $250 for the first child, $225 for each additional sibling, and $475 for one child in both sessions. The afternoon Y Camp costs $200 per session per child; $160 for Y members. A $100 deposit is required per child at the time of registration. Some scholarships are available. Registration and internship forms may be picked up at Center Theatre, or downloaded at centertheatre.org. For information, call the theater at 564-8943, or stop by 20 East Main St. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays.

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Lion of Judah Summer Youth Tackle Football Camp

Monday, June 27, 2016 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, June 30, 2016 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, July 1, 2016 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Lion of Judah Football Camp, 380 S. Main St., Brewer, Maine

For more information: 2074782758; lionofjudahfootball.org

June 27- July 1st at the University of Maine Machias boys ages 8-14 can learn the fundamentals of American Football and the fundamentals of God’s Word. The Lion of Judah Football Camp is a unique experience for players who want to learn to play well and play safely. The day begins at 8AM and ends 5PM. During that time players will participate in American football drills, scrimmages and games. There will be group prayer, a Bible lesson and inspiration American Football movies like Remember the Titans and Woodlawn. All equipment is provided and players need only bring cleats (rubber football shoes, soccer or baseball OK) Lunch, two snacks and water. There will time for swimming at the UMM pool daily and a family cook out on ‘Game Day’ when the Machias Campers will play the Orrington Campers Friday July 1. To register your son go online at: www.lionofjudahfootball.org or call 207-478-2758.

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Lion of Judah Summer Youth Tackle Football Camp

Monday, June 20, 2016 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, June 23, 2016 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, June 24, 2016 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Lion of Judah Football, 380 S. MAIN ST., Brewer, Maine

For more information: 207-478-2758; lionofjudahfootball.org

ORRINGTON — Lion of Judah Summer Youth Tackle Football Camp for boys ages 8 to 14 will be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 20-24, at Calvary Chapel Athletic Field. Players will learn the fundamentals of American football and the fundamentals of God’s word. Modeled after the the National Football League’s Junior Player Development program, all equipment will be provided. Scrimmages and games will be played every day, and the camp will include time for swimming, teaching and inspirational football movies such as “Woodlawn” and “Remember the Titans.” The program designed to stress the fundamentals of safe and effective blocking and tackling. An exhibition game versus the Machias area campers will be played Friday, July 1. The deadline for registration Wednesday, is June 15. To register, go to lionofhudahfootball.org or call 478-2758.

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Grange building in Auburn named to National Register of Historic Places

AUBURN — Danville Junction Grange 65 in Auburn has been entered, as of April 5, in the National Register of Historic Places according to Kirk F. Mohney, director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. The designation indicates that the property h as been documented, evaluated and considered worthy of preservation and protection as part of the nation’s cultural heritage.

Danville Junction Grange 65 building has served the community of Danville, a village in auburn, for 118 years. The building was erected by members of the Grange between 1898 and 1901 to serve as a meeting hall. The two-story building is essentially vernacular in style but reproduces the functional plan common to many Grange buildings of this period. Danville Junction Grange 65 was listed in the national register under Criterion A, at the local level of significance, for its current and past role in the social and entertainment history of Danville Junction.

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Former Grange building named to National Register of Historic Places

FAYETTE — The former Starling Grange 156 in Fayette has been entered in the National Register of Historic Places according to Kirk F. Mohney, director of t he Maine Historic Preservation Commission. The desigination indicates that the property has been documented, evaluated and considered worthy of preservation and protection as part of the nation’s cultural heritage.

Now known as Starling Hall, the former Grange was listed on the national register on April 5 for its significance in association with local social history as a fraternal organization and as a venue for local entertainment and recreation.Starling Hall is a modest building which has been an important social and community center in Fayette since 1879. Built in that year by members of the recently formed Starling Grange 156 the building soon proved too small to host adequately events. Therefore, it was enlarged in 1900. With a first floor dining room and kitchten, and a commodious hall and stage in the second floor, the vernacular wood frame building had both the functional interior plan that supported Grange functions and could host public events from town meetings to school graduations. The Grange owned the hall until 1987 when it was sold to the town of Fayette. It continues to be used for community activities.

 

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Carver Memorial Library to hold book sale

Saturday, May 28, 2016 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Carver Memorial Library, 12 Union Street, Searsport, Maine

For more information: 207-548-2303; carver.lib.me.us

SEARSPORT — Carver Memorial Library will host its monthly book sale 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at the library, 12 Union St. It will feature books on travel. As always, it will include a wide selection of fiction and nonfiction titles. For information, call 548-2303.

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Poland Grange building named to National Register of Historic Places

POLAND — Excelsior Grange 5 in Poland was entered in the National Register of Historic places as of April 5, according to Kirk F. Mohney, director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. The designation indicates that the property has been documented, evaluated and considered worthy of preservation and protection as part of the nation’s cultural heritage.

The Excelsior Grange 5 building has served the town of Poland since 1914. Erected that year to replace and earlier Grange hall that had burned, the two-story building displays restrained Georgoan Revival stylistic details on the exterior and the functional interior plan common to many Grange buildings. It is one of a very few architect designed GRanges in Maine and is probably the only Grange designed by the Lewiston-based architect Harry S. Wilkinson, who was a native of Poland.

Throughout the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries, the Grange or Patrons of Husbandry, was an important social organization with an emphasis on agricultural education, and progressive community and social activities. Its influence was widespread – ultimately 588 Granges were established between 1875 and 1985, but the focus of each Grange was on assisting local communities. The Grange hall was a place for Grange members to hold meetings, and in many communities, including Poland, it became a center for community activity. Although interest in the Grange began to wane after World War II, the Poland chapter remains active and it also has an important role as a Pomona Grange, a regional level of the organization that has oversight of subordinate Granges in the area.

Excelsior Grange 5 was listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its current and past importance in the social and entertainment history of Poland. That the building was designed by Harry S. Wilkinson imparts additional significance with the area of architecture.

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23rd annual David Harding Memorial Golf Tournament sponsors announced

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Cathy Planchart, VP

Corporate Communications & Community Relations

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust

P.O. Box 1089, Ellsworth, ME 04605

207-667-0660 x4655 / cplanchart@bhbt.com

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Bar Harbor Bank & Trust invites you to play in the 23rd Annual David Harding Memorial Golf Tournament on Tuesday, June 7 at Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor. Hosted by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, the proceeds from this charity tournament benefit the Park Street Playground Project.

This charity golf tournament has attracted a broad base of community support. Tournament sponsors include Carroll Harper Associates, Inc.; CD&M Communications; Consumer Title; Cross Insurance; Dead River Company; Gross, Minsky & Mogul, P.A.; Lynam Insurance & Real Estate; Maine Coast Memorial Hospital; Maine Camp Outfitters; MPX; and Royal Promotions. In addition there are over 30 hole sponsors and more than 20 amazing raffle and silent auction items have been donated. If you are interested in participating in the tournament, please contact Cathy Planchart at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust 667-0660 x4655.

This is a scramble format tournament with a 12:00 noon shotgun start and is open to women and men. Registration is $90 per person and includes golf cart, gifts, evening barbeque and prizes. There are prizes for 1st and 2nd Gross, 1st and 2nd Net, Ladies 1st Net, and Mixed 1st Net – $2,200 in total! There are two hole-in-one contests; one for a 2016 Chevy Trax LT all-wheel drive from Darling’s Chevrolet and another for a Vespa Scooter from Stanley Scooters. The hula “skirts” are back this year by popular demand and there will be a silent auction. To register to play in the tournament, please call Cathy Planchart at 667-0660 x4655, go to any branch of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, or online at BHBT.com.

The Park Street Playground Project is a joint venture under the direction of the Bar Harbor (Mount Desert Island) Rotary Club. In 2011, local mom, Amy Schwartz, established the project hoping to remodel and revitalize Bar Harbor’s public playground. Amy and Rotary’s mission is to create a safe and accessible outdoor environment, promoting health, imaginative play, and developmental learning for the children of Bar Harbor and neighboring MDI communities. In 2016 the Bar Harbor/MDI Rotary Club assumed leadership of this community project with the goal of completing it in 2017. The playground is located next to the MDI YMCA in Bar Harbor.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is a true community bank with more than $1.5 billion in assets. Founded in 1887, the Bank offers a full range of financial services for individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations throughout Maine with 14 branch locations, from Topsham to Lubec. Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Member FDIC, is a subsidiary of Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE MKT:BHB) and was named one of the 2016 Top 200 Publicly Traded Community Banks in the nation by American Banker magazine. For more information call 1-888-853-7100 or go to www.bhbt.com.

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American Guild of Organists presents Member Recital at First Congregational Church of Camden

Sunday, June 5, 2016 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm Street, Camden, Maine

The Bangor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present a member recital on Sunday, June 5, at 4:00 pm, in the sanctuary of the First Congregational Church of Camden, located at 55 Elm Street.

The organists will be performing on the church’s Faucher organ, Opus #17. At press time, participating AGO members include the following organists: Doug Beck, Kevin Birch, Kay Eames, Joan Kroehler, Matthew Mainster, Clayton Rodgers, Jane Schroeder, and Ann Small.

A free-will offering will benefit the AGO Young Organists Scholarship Fund. For more information about the concert, contact Matt Mainster at matt@camdenucc.org.

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Bishop, priests and deacons gather to honor priest ‘jubilarians’

BAR HARBOR — More than 85 priests and deacons, and several seminarians of the Diocese of Portland, listened as Bishop Robert P. Deeley thanked priests who are celebrating milestone anniversaries since their ordinations to the priesthood at the annual Celebration of the Eucharist Mass for Priest Jubilarians on May 24, at Holy Redeemer Church in Bar Harbor.

During his homily, Bishop Deeley expressed his gratitude to all of the clergy present for answering the call to vocations of service, particularly the four jubilarians in attendance:

* Fr. Raymond D. Auger, a Biddeford native celebrating his 60th anniversary after retiring from active ministry in 2000.

* Monsignor Paul F. Stefanko, judicial vicar, director of the Diocesan Tribunal, and pastor of St. Joseph Parish (St. Joseph Church, Bridgton; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Fryeburg) and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish (St. Catherine of Sienna Church, Norway; Our Lady of Ransom Church, Mechanic Falls; St. Mary Church, Oxford), who is celebrating his 40th anniversary.

* Fr. Joseph W. Cahill, parochial vicar of Stella Maris Parish (St. Vincent de Paul Church, Bucksport; Our Lady of Holy Hope Church, Castine; St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Stonington), St. Joseph Parish (St. Joseph Church, Ellsworth; Blue Hill Mission, Blue Hill; Our Lady of the Lake Mission, Green Lake; St. Margaret Chapel, Winter Harbor), and Parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord (Holy Redeemer Church, Bar Harbor; St. Peter Church, Manset; St. Ignatius Church, Northeast Harbor), who is also celebrating his 40th anniversary.

Fr. Timothy J. Nadeau, pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish (St. John Church, Bangor; St. Mary Church, Bangor; St. Joseph Church, Brewer; St. Teresa Church, Brewer; St. Matthew Church, Hampden; St. Gabriel Church, Winterport), who is celebrating his 25th anniversary. Fr. Nadeau will become pastor of Prince of Peace Parish (Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Holy Cross Church, and Holy Family Church, all in Lewiston) on July 1.

“In a special way, we give thanks for what has been and what will be as you continue to live out your lives in faithful ministry, bringing Jesus to others,” said the bishop. Bishop Deeley also thanked all of the priests present for recognizing that a vocation to the priesthood is a gift from God. “It is not primarily a gift to an individual. It is a gift to the Church. It is a gift given for the good of the Church,” he said.

Fr. Auger, who was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Daniel J. Feeney on May 26, 1956, in Portland, agreed that his 60 years as a priest are a “great gift” and encouraged others who are deciding whether they are being called to the priesthood to engage in an active discernment. “Don’t sit back and wonder. Go talk to a priest,” he said. “When I went to the seminary, I didn’t know for certain that I would reach my goal, but I wanted to know for myself if God was calling me to be a priest. I went in and I was happy. There were struggles along the way, but you have to persevere to reach your goal. I’ve had a wonderful life. It’s not for everybody, but go find out.”

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34 days until Fresh Air trips begin

Thursday, June 30, will mark the beginning of Fresh Air summer experiences for thousands of children and their volunteer host families as The Fresh Air Fund kicks off its 140th summer of serving New York City children. By volunteering as a host family in North Central Maine, volunteers can share the pure joys of summer with a Fresh Air child. The Fresh Air Fund is seeking more families to apply by July 1 to give children from New York City a Fresh Air experience in August.

Fresh Air summers are filled with children running barefoot through the grass, gazing at star-filled skies or swimming for the first time. Each summer, nearly 4,000 children visit suburban, rural and small town communities along the East Coast from North Carolina to Maine and Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program.

“Being able to run around outside is a freeing experience for our Fresh Air child. I still enjoy watching her face as she takes joy in the simple things, like roasting a marshmallow or jumping into the lake,” said a Fresh Air host mom.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Fresh Air children are boys and girls, 7 to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are 7 to 12 years old and stay for one or two weeks. Children who are re-invited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and enjoy extended trips.

For information, contact Lynne Dailey at 314-2173 or visit freshair.org.

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