Recently I spoke with Maine Troop Greeter liaison Sharon Boucher of the Bangor International Airport marketing department, requesting information about how others can participate in this activity and what is involved when one wants to do something for our troops as they pass through BIA.

Boucher kindly provided me with detailed information concerning Maine Troop Greeter contacts, safety and security issues, and what individuals or organizations should do if they want to donate food or products to the troop greeter room.

Boucher said BIA “provides the greeters with a room in the Domestic Terminal at no cost” and also provides “staff and administrative support, free parking for the greeters during the greetings, and troop flight information.

“Keeping safety and security issues in the forefront,” Boucher wrote, “the airport works with the Greeters to ensure that whatever food and-or products are given to the troops meet the highest safety standards.”

Anyone who wants to donate food or products to the troop greeter room should contact Cathy Czarnecki, treasurer, 848-5901 or e-mail, or contact Clayton Dodge, secretary, 866-4849, or e-mail “to make arrangements and-or get approval,” Boucher wrote.

Monetary donations may be mailed to Czarnecki, Maine Troop Greeters, 287 Godfrey Blvd., Box 6, Bangor 04401.

You also may contact either of those individuals for information about membership in the Maine Troop Greeters.

The greeters suggest, when thinking about what items you might donate to the troops, you consider what is “actually useful and practical” rather than something that might be “cumbersome and inappropriate for troops boarding a flight.”

The troop greeters maintain a list of “Acceptable Donations,” “Acceptable Food” and “Acceptable Candy.” Because of their policies and regulations, home-baked food, expired food, hotel samples, used stuffed animals and unwrapped food-candy cannot be accepted.

In short, before you consider participating in any activity related to the Maine Troop Greeters, for everyone’s safety and security, you should check with one of the individuals listed or call Boucher at 992-4611.

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Sid Stutzman and the Doughty Hill Band of Sangerville invites everyone who wants to support the 2009 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront to attend a benefit concert for the festival at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Next Generation Theatre, 39 Center St., Brewer.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students to enjoy the music of this “multi-generational family band that plays a wonderful blend of acoustic Americana music from old time bluegrass to blues with a little bit of gospel and Sid’s original music thrown in,” according to the release.

Next Generation Theatre is located behind Between Friends Gift Shop and Arts Center.

Call 989-7100 for more information.

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From Pen Bay Healthcare comes word that Quarry Hill Retirement Community will hold a two-day AARP Driver Safety Program for drivers 50 and older from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, and Wednesday, April 15, at the Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill in Camden.

The $10 fee for the course with AARP instructor Don Lunt covers instruction and materials. You do not have to be an AARP member to attend, but you must attend both sessions.

To make a reservation, call 230-6114.

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Sue Glick e-mailed that Gaelstrumm, a five-member New Brunswick-based group featuring Celtic, Acadian, original and contemporary music, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the First Church of Houlton Unitarian Universalist, 61 Military St.

Adult tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Tickets for students are $6, senior tickets are $10. Children under 12 are free with an adult, and refreshments can be purchased.

Advance tickets should be purchased before April 16 and are available at Visions, 66 Main St., and York’s Bookstore on Market Square in Houlton and Fusion Coffee Co. in Woodstock, New Brunswick, or call Glick at 538-9264.

Proceeds will help with major repairs for the foundation and steeple of the historic church.

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Members of Faith Community Fellowship’s Habitat for Humanity project invite you to a Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Mount Desert Island High School Habitat for Humanity Club, 6:30-11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Masonic Hall, High Street, Bar Harbor.

Bill DaButler reports students “in this class build all the walls for Hancock County Habitat, in addition to raising funds for the materials.”

The event will benefit the Plaisted house, he said.

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