Bangor’s Flag Day Celebration has new leader

Posted May 18, 2009, at 7:06 p.m.

The torch has been passed, so to speak, with Mary Drew of Orono assuming the responsibility of organizing the annual Flag Day festivities set for 4 p.m. Sunday, June 14, along the Bangor Waterfront.

Drew takes over the duties of coordinating this event from Judy Butler of Eddington who single-handedly organized the event for the past 20 years, keeping a promise she made to the late Sen. Margaret Chase Smith that, even though Butler no longer worked in the building named in the senator’s honor, Butler would see to it that Flag Day was celebrated in Bangor.

Drew wrote that “any groups, organizations, individuals and especially children who would like to take part” in this patriotic event honoring our nation’s flag, “are encouraged” to do so and should call her at 745-1621.

“Let’s take time to honor our flag with songs, dances, poems, essays” and more, Drew wrote.

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Brenda Cartwright invites you to view a two-part, Transition Town Ellsworth film series dealing with peak oil and climate change.

The first presentation is “Power of Community,” 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Ellsworth Public Library, 20 State St.

The second film, also at the library, is “Escape from Suburbia,” 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 28.

Both programs are free and offered by TTE, “a community forum created to explore the issues of peak oil and climate change on a local level.” Cartwright said.

The series, she added, will help answer questions such as “What is peak oil? How does it affect our community? What can I do?”

For information about this series or TTE, call Cartwright, 667-9062, or visit www.downtownellsworth.com.

For information about Transition Towns, visit www.transitiontowns.org.

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The public is invited to hear Tamera Leland, RN, director of nurses at Westgate Manor in Bangor for 30 years, discuss “Approaching Challenges When Caring for Someone with Memory Loss,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Westgate Manor, 750 Union St., Bangor.

You are also invited to attend an open house from 5:30 to 8 p.m. that includes hors d’oeuvres and information about resources available to you while you care for someone in your home.

For information, call Miner at 942-7336.

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The Institute for Civic Leadership in Portland announces an ICL Board Builders program, Beyond the Basics: A Workshop for Experienced Board Members with ICL associate director Suzanne Austin as the presenter.

The workshop begins with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and the conference 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 21, at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., Belfast.

Registration is $70 for individuals or $50 for two or more from the same group.

To register, call Wayne Griffin, 773-3254, ext. 100 or e-mail wgriffin@civicleadership.org.

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Christina Diebold wrote that members of the “Unitarian-Universalist church’s Green Sanctuary Committee” invite you to “celebrate the conclusion of a peace, water and wisdom walk from New York City to Bangor” beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 30, in Bangor’s Waterfront Park.

“The walk is intended to raise awareness about the need for clean water in Burkina Faso and to raise funds for building a well there,” Diebold said.

As that celebration date approaches, I’ll have more information about the event but, in the meantime, if you want to learn “more about this environmental justice project,” Diebold wrote, you “are invited to a free movie on the topic” at 7 p.m. both Friday, May 22, and Friday, May 29, at the church, 120 Park St. in Bangor.

According to the Central Intelligence Agency World Fact Book Web site, Burkina Faso, the former Upper Volta in West Africa gained its independence from France in 1960.

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