Friends of the late Shane Foster of Orrington, who was just 30 when he died of a heart attack the end of February, will hold a fundraiser to assist his fiancee and their two young daughters.

Jane Worcester reports the Benefit for Shane Foster will be from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Exiles Motorcycle Clubhouse on Green Lake Road in Dedham.

Donations will be accepted at the door.

The event will feature “all kinds of food” from “chili to seafood chowder,” Worcester said, as well as an auction of items including gift certificates “or anything anyone would like to donate,” and there will a cash bar, bake sale, pie auction, 50-50 raffle and live entertainment, as well.

Anyone who would like to contribute, in any way, is welcome to bring items the day of the event or, if you prefer, you can leave them with Worcester at the Brookside Grill on South Main Street in Brewer and she will see that they get to the fundraiser.

“I will also take cash donations,” Worcester said, for which a receipt will be provided.

If you cannot attend and you want to help this young family, you can make gifts in his memory to the Shane E. Foster Memorial Fund, care of Brewer Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 189, Brewer 04412.

For more information about how you can help, call Worcester at 299-6905.

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The public is invited to attend a presentation by Jane Pierce about her cross collection at the monthly Ladies’ Luncheon at Avalon Village at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at Avalon Manor House, 50 Foxglove Drive in Hampden.

The cost of the luncheon of eggs Florentine plus dessert is $8, and reservations must be made by today by calling 862-1505.

Since 1970 the Bangor resident has been collecting crosses from family and friends from all over the world, and each cross has its own story and history.

Knowing Jane, I can promise you that her presentation, after the luncheon at 1:30 p.m., will be as delightful as she is.

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Once again, Iris Simon reports, the “First Class Losers” of the Bucksport post office claimed the “Victory Stick” for averaging the most pounds lost during Week 9 of the Hancock County Lose and Win program.

In second place was the “Burnt Cove String Beans” of Deer Isle-Stonington, and tied for third were the “Coastal Med Tech Dream Team,” and the “Shedders with Sweaters” representing College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor.

To mark the end of the 10-week program and to note the fifth anniversary of Lose and Win, Simon wrote, all teams will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 12.

The Ellsworth-Mount Desert Island teams will meet at St. Andrew Lutheran Church at the junction of Routes 1 and 184 in Ellsworth, and the Deer Isle-Stonington teams will meet at a site to be announced.

“Both locations have a variety of events planned, along with healthy snacks,” Simon reported, adding that “awards will be given to teams and individuals who have lost the most pounds during the 10-week program.”

Lose and Win is sponsored by a coalition working to improve the health of residents of Hancock County, and more information is available at www.mainehospital.org or by calling 667-2474.

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Marine Environmental Research Institute reports the next in its 2009 MERI Ocean Environment Lecture Series features Dr. Shelly Tallack, who will address the subject, “The Northeast Regional Cod Tagging Program: Can Collaborative Research Contribute to Fisheries Assessment and Management?”

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at MERI, 55 Main St. in Blue Hill.

The public is invited to meet Dr. Tallack, a fisheries expert, before the lecture at 6 p.m. at the MERI Center and enjoy refreshments in the Ocean Art Gallery.

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Bob Duchesne e-mailed that Linda Welch of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge is the featured presenter for “Atlantic Puffins and their Nesting Islands” when the Penobscot Valley Chapter of Maine Audubon meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at Bangor Public Library.

The public is invited to enjoy this free presentation.

“Five nesting islands lie just off the state’s coast, including two under the supervision of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge,” Duchesne said.

“These colorful birds are a delight to natives, and substantially boost Maine’s tourism economy.”

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.net; 990-8288.