Maine Coast Memorial Hospital of Ellsworth registered nurse Jan Watson was recently diagnosed with Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, or HHT, “and is in need of a liver transplant,” wrote Debbi Walsh.

To help with expenses associated with this illness, members of Ellsworth Elks Lodge 2743 have donated the use of their function hall to host a Spaghetti Benefit Supper to support Jan Watson’s Liver Transplant Fund.

That event takes place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Elks Lodge, 317 High St., Ellsworth.

The fundraiser includes a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, music by the Gristmill Boys and homemade desserts.

“Bring yourself, your family and your appetite,” Walsh wrote.

If you cannot attend, but would like to help, make out a check payable to NTAF Northeast Liver Transplant Fund and, in the memo section, write “in honor of Jan Watson” and mail it to NTAF, 150 N. Radnor Chester Road, Suite F-120, Radnor, Pa. 19087.

For more information about this event, or how to make a contribution to help Watson, call Walsh at 460-1803 or Heather Perry, 214-4854.

To learn more about HHT, visit


Interim minister Mary Angela Davis invites the public to a Pennywise Book and Bake Sale With Nice Puzzles from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in Memorial Hall at First Congregational Church, 132 Somerset Ave., Pittsfield.

For more information, call the church office at 487-6947.


On behalf of The Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum and Fields Pond Audubon Center, Irv Marsters invites you to enjoy the Underwater Aquatic-Life Program, the organizations’ annual Fire And Ice Festival, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Fields Pond in Holden.

Admission is $5 for the event, which includes harvesting ice blocks with members of Curran Homestead “using ice saws, ice pikes, ice tongs and a sled to transport the ice to the ice house that still stands connected to one of the ells of the Curran barn,” Marsters explained.

The newly constructed Fields Pond Smithy will be open with several blacksmiths there to answer your questions.


An “Ole Fashioned” Bean Supper with ham, coleslaw, potato salad, rolls and dessert is planned for 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Sherman Recreation Department to benefit the Katahdin High School of Stacyville Class of 2012.

Erroll Hunt reports that as part of this event, sponsors have invited two of Sherman’s centenarians to be special guests for the dinner.

Fred Goodwin who, according to the release, is “known for his antler collection,” celebrated his 101st birthday Jan. 3, and Dot Tozier, who taught school for many years, will be 101 on Feb. 22.

Area residents are invited to attend the fundraiser, enjoy the company of old friends and home-cooked food and support their local school.

For more information, call 538-6755 or 365-4307.


A variety of traditional dishes celebrating Mardi Gras will be featured at the next meeting of Women of the World at noon Monday, Feb. 8 at the Church of Universal Fellowship on Main Street in Orono, reports University of Maine WOW coordinator Mireille Le Gal.

WOW is open to all international women, including Americans, and luncheon fees are $4 for a mother and children over 10, $2 for children 6-10 and free for children under 6 attending with mothers.

WOW is sponsored by the Office of International Programs, and more information is available by calling Le Gal at 581-3423.


Stacey Hussey, office manager for H&R Block, e-mailed that the business is “hosting a food drive” now through April 15, “at our Bangor and Brewer H&R Block offices,” to benefit Manna Ministries of Bangor.

As an “incentive” to make a donation to Manna, Hussey wrote, “we are offering $25 off their tax preparation fees for anyone who brings in a donation.”

H&R Block Bangor offices are at 15 Perkins St., 693 Stillwater Ave., and 70 Springer Drive.

The Brewer offices are at 244 State Street and 24 Walton Drive.


President Gladys Knowles reports that American Legion Auxiliary Unit 200 of Hermon is offering its second $500 scholarship for a Hermon High School senior.

Scholarship applicants who live in Hermon, Levant and Carmel may apply, and home-schoolers also are welcome to apply.

Applications are available by calling Knowles at 848-5597 or Diane Benson at 884-7325.

The application deadline is May 1.

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