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Literacy Volunteers of Bangor needs tutors

By Joni Averill

Literacy Volunteers of Bangor reminds you “that roughly 25 percent of our neighbors are functioning at the lowest levels of literacy” and asks you to help improve that statistic by volunteering to become an adult tutor.

LV-Bangor is seeking volunteers for the new school year.

The five volunteer training sessions (with the exception of the first, which is a one-hour introduction) are from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 8 and continuing through Oct. 13 at United Technologies Center, 200 Hogan Road, Bangor.

Executive director Mary Marin Lyon wrote, “We do ask for $25 to defray the costs of the book and materials,” but notes that “scholarships are available.”

She reminds potential volunteers that “tutoring an adult, in reading or the English language, only takes a few hours a week, though the positive effects last a lifetime.”

For more information or to register, call 947-8451.

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Sherri Jackins of Pine Tree Hospice invites members of area nonprofits to a two-day “Big Gifts for Small Groups Conference” Thursday and Friday, Sept. 10-11, with a one-day follow-up workshop Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Congregational Church on West Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft.

Admission is by donation, and preregistration by Wednesday, Sept. 9, is recommended.

Registration forms are available at More information is available by calling PTH at 564-4346 or e-mailing

The conference presenter is Andy Robinson, who “has nearly 30 years of experience working with a variety of nonprofits as a fundraiser, publicist, grant-writer and community organizer,” explained Jackins, adding last year’s conference attendees requested his return.

Conference topics range from “facts and misconceptions about giving, even in a bad economy” to “structuring a major gifts campaign,” she said.

Funded in part by a grant from the Piscataquis Fund of the Maine Community Foundation with other businesses and organizations, additional sponsors are needed to help defray conference expenses, and any donation “would be gratefully accepted,” Jackins wrote.

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People wishing to reserve a table for the Friends of the Boat School Indoor Yard Sale 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, in Eastport must call 853-2518 by noon Friday, Sept. 4, reports John Miller.

Proceeds from booth rentals, the bake table and the Friends Sales Table benefit the Friends of the Boat School and the John Pike Grady Scholarship Fund.

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Phyllis Borns reports Penobscot Valley Branch, AAUW, celebrates its 85th anniversary at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the Gathering Place at Church of Universal Fellowship, 82 Main St., Orono.

The organization began in 1924 as the University of Maine branch and was later called the Orono-Old Town branch.

Borns and Janet Givens, who are co-chairing the celebration, will present highlights from the AAUW convention they attended last June in St. Louis, Mo., and discuss AAUW’s focus for the future, “Breaking Through Barriers” for all women and girls.

Guests include 16 past presidents, five 50-year honorary members and AAUW-Maine president Charmen Goehring-Fox.

Borns wrote that “all former branch members who would be interested in learning of AAUW’s plans for the future are also invited to attend” and reminds readers “membership in AAUW is open to all women and men with an associate degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university.”

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Father Rudy Leveille reports that “plans are completed for the 60th and 59th reunions of the members of the 1949 and 1950 classes” of the former John Bapst High School on Broadway in Bangor.

The Reunion Dinner begins with a social hour at noon Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Muddy Rudder restaurant in Brewer.

Leveille, JBHS ’49, will celebrate a Memorial Mass for deceased members of both classes at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at St. Joseph Church in Brewer.

After Mass, coffee and doughnuts will be served at the home of Bill and Connie Pooler Hughes at 613 North Main St., Brewer.

Leveille wrote the reunion activities “will conclude with an afternoon gathering at the McKenney home in Lamoine, the site of our annual mini-reunions the past 13 years.”

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Contributions are being accepted for the silent auction portion of the annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction to benefit the Maine Alzheimer’s Association beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at the Bangor Elks Club, Odlin Road.

New or used items in good condition, except for clothing, can be donated by calling Sandy Inman at 942-7336.

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

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