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Maine Troop Greeters film showing in Orono

This is the Maine premiere weekend for Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapill’s documentary, “The Way We Get By,” that features some of our now-famous Maine Troop Greeters, and the public is invited to view the film.

The screenings are 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, and noon Saturday, April 11, at Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine in Orono.

Tickets are $7 and free for members of the military. A question-and-answer period follows each screening.

The screenings are hosted by Bangor Savings Bank and Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Information is available at www.thewaywegetbymovie.com, and information and tickets also may be ordered at www.collinscenterforthearts.com.

According to all the information I have received by mail, e-mail and online, you will be moved by the story of three seniors, Bill Knight, Joan Gaudet and Jerry Mundy, “as they battle with the critical issues common to the nation’s ever-growing aging population,” and how their part in greeting soldiers and Marines passing through Bangor International Airport can change a person’s life.

Since March 2003, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, volunteers have greeted more than 1 million servicemen and servicewomen at BIA.

In tomorrow’s column, I will highlight information provided by Sharon Boucher of BIA marketing department about how readers can join the Maine Troop Greeters and-or participate in their activities.

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From Heidi Powell we learn that the Peninsula Community Orchestra and Peninsula Junior Orchestra will appear in concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Emlen Hall, Bay School in Blue Hill.

“The 40-plus members of these orchestras include string players from all over the Hancock County area, ages 4 through adult,” Powell wrote.

Also performing will be the George Stevens Academy Strings Class.

The concert is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the concert and “families are welcome to attend,” Powell wrote.

Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the orchestra’s scholarship fund.

For information or directions, e-mail Powell at fiddleheadheidi@hotmail.com or call her at 479-2845.

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Breanna Pinkham of Schoodic Arts for All says SAA is calling “for poems from the peninsula” to be submitted for posting now through April 30 in Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor in celebration of April as Poetry Month.

Original poems of 42 lines or less should be “presented on a poetry board, available to be read by all.”

Entries may be submitted Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays this month or you may mail your entry to Penny Altman, P.O. Box 208, Prospect Harbor 04669. For information, call 963-7344.

Poets are invited to read their work at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, at Hammond Hall.

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Amy Lorenzo said last month’s Hampden Children’s Day Committee Bowlathon “was a tremendous success,” raising about $3,500, and the committee thanks the participants for their support.

The committee’s next meeting is 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in the conference room at Edwards Shop ’n Save in Hampden, “and you are invited to attend,” Lorenzo wrote.

Also planned is a fundraiser golf tournament Saturday, June 6, and anyone who wants to participate is asked to call Jason Frisch at 433-5186 or 862-5444.

The 30th annual Hampden Children’s Day is Saturday, Aug. 15.

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Deanna Partridge reports Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor is in the midst of its “biggest fundraiser of the year” to help replace its “100-year-old boiler furnace system.”

And while the intent is to raise “at least $15,000” to replace that system, Partridge wrote HSSC is “hoping to raise twice” that amount.

To raise those funds, HSSC is raffling two summer vacations.

First prize is a weeklong golf vacation Aug. 14-21 on Cape Cod, which includes both a queen suite with private kitchen and bath, and a studio suite with a private kitchen and bath.

Second prize is a weeklong vacation July 10-17 at The Falls at Ogunquit, a one-bedroom suite with kitchen, bath and fireplace.

Third prize is 10 rounds of golf through Dec. 31 at several New England courses, and fourth prize is $500.

Raffle tickets are $5 or a book of five for $20.

The drawing is 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, at HSSC.

Ticket may be purchased 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, at HSSC, 2 Hammond St., Bangor by calling 262-5532 or e-mailing deannap@hammondstreet.org. Cash, credit cards and checks will be accepted.

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

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