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Reception to recognize former city manager

When I returned from vacation, I had a voice mail from former Bangor City Council Chairman Frank Farrington asking that I remind readers the public is invited to a “thank-you reception in recognition of Ed Barrett’s years of service to the city of Bangor,” which is 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at Bangor Civic Center.

Barrett retired recently after serving 22 years as Bangor’s city manager and is now the city administrator in Lewiston.

I contacted Bangor City Hall and confirmed the reception is free and open to the public and features hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

According to the invitation, “in keeping with Ed’s wishes, this event will provide an opportunity for those in the community, with whom he has worked, to extend best wishes and thanks.”

For planning purposes, those who want to attend are asked to RSVP by e-mailing

The invitation also states, “no gifts, please.”

Farrington, in a follow-up e-mail to me, wrote he believes that this reception is a chance for those whose lives Barrett has touched, to extend “best wishes and thanks.”


Sherri Jackins of Pine Tree Hospice in Dover-Foxcroft e-mailed to report its Grief Support Drop-In Group has a new name, and meets at a new location.

Now known as the Adult Grief Support Group, it now meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, at PTH, 883 West Main St., Dover-Foxcroft.

Facilitated by two trained PTH volunteers, Jackins said no preregistration is necessary to attend this group, although “we do appreciate speaking with you prior to your coming,” which you can do by calling her at 564-4346.

The next meeting is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the location above.


Diana Arney wrote Hancock Woman’s Club meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Community Center in Hancock.

This is a great opportunity for interested women to meet our members and learn more about our many activities,” Arney added.

After the regular business meeting, “everyone will enjoy an evening of board games and refreshments” and, if you want more information, you can call Arney at 422-9993 or president Jackie Nicholson at 422-6852.


According to Erin Rice of Pine Tree Society, the Pine Tree Camp snowmobile ride-in to benefit Pine Tree Camp “attracts community members from all over the greater Newport area” and beyond.

That event, coordinated by Harvey Chesley, begins with registration at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 7, in Newport.

The Pine Tree Society Web site states most activities take place at Sebasticook Valley Community Center, 81 North St., Newport, “unless otherwise noted.”

Detailed information is available at

The weekend-long fundraiser features breakfast in Levant and Newport, the Q106.5 celebrity egg ride, a snowmobile parade, chicken barbecue, pageant, public supper, fireworks, radar runs and an awards ceremony, all to benefit PTC, a summer camp for Maine children and adults with disabilities.

Since 1974, this event has raised more than $3.5 million for PTC, which was established in 1945 on North Pond in Rome.

For information about the Levant breakfast, call Steve Galen, 884-8340.

For information about the Newport breakfast, call Jerry Leighton, 296-2085.

To make a pledge for the celebrity egg ride, call Q106.5 at 991-9500.

For information about the snowmobile parade, call Gary Braley, 368-5808, and for pageant information, call Erika Crawford, 341-1559.

Public supper information is available by calling Florence McWilliams, 368-4733, and radar runs information is available by calling Bill and Lisa Sawyer at 278-4512.

The event sponsors include Q106.5, Sappi Fine Paper, BDS Waste Disposal, Bud’s Shop ’n Save and P&L Country Market.

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

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