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Benefit will support Angel Flight Northeast

Fundraising chairman Herb Albert and co-chair Lori-Ann Chandler invite you to a bean supper benefit for Angel Flight starting at 4 p.m. and continuing until the food runs out Saturday, Feb. 20, at the American Legion Hall in Madawaska.

Proceeds from this event, for which you can either eat in or take out for $6 each, will benefit Angel Flight Northeast in northern Maine.

Angel Flight Northeast provides “free air transportation, in private aircraft, by volunteer pilots, so children and adults may access life-saving medical care,” according to the information provided by the sponsoring American Legion Post 147, of which Albert is also chairman.

“In addition to the pilots’ enormous generosity in paying their Missions’ plane, fuel and airport costs,” the release explains, “it still costs Angel Flight approximately $300 to put one Angel Flight mission in the air.”

For that reason, attendees are encouraged to be as generous as possible by making additional donations to help support Angel Flight.

More information about this event, or Angel Flight Northeast, is available by calling 728-7663 or 316-3477.


Deanna Partridge reports that Hammond Street Senior Center’s second annual “Banish the Winter Blahs” Book & Movie Sale and Swap runs through Feb. 19, and she hopes you’ll stop by.

With more “titles from which to choose” than Partridge can count, “all items are priced to move, and all sales go directly back into classes and programs for area seniors,” she said.

The sale-swap is open to the public 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, through Friday, Feb. 19, at HSSC, 2 Hammond St., Bangor.

“Most titles are only $1 and a swap pass is just $5 per 20 equivalent items,” she wrote.

Bulk sales on paperbacks and VHS movies are planned for Friday, Feb. 19.

Among the available books and movies are those of various genres from “westerns, romance, business, spirituality, cartoons, health” to “new release to mint-condition classics.”

This is an opportunity to “stock up” on your “book and movie library, on the cheap.”

For more information, call HSSC, 262-5532 or visit


Merlene Sanborn of Brownville, Piscataquis Project Linus coordinator, e-mailed that “it’s time for Blanket Day 2010,” and invites you to participate in that event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Penquis Higher Education Center in Dover-Foxcroft, “as we make 100 blankets for Maine kids.”

Attendees should bring their own sewing machines and can “choose from three fun and easy classes, work on your own project, or adopt a project in progress,” Sanborn said.

“A light breakfast and lunch will be available, by donation,” courtesy of the Women’s Fellowship of the Congregational Church.

“We welcome your donations of blanket-making supplies,” Sanborn wrote, adding that you are invited to “come and see some old friends, make some new ones and maybe win some fabulous prizes.”


The second of the four-month Bluegrass Special Concert Series, presented by James/William Productions, is 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Keith Anderson Community Center on Bennoch Road in Orono, reports Kadee Reynolds.

The program features The Muellers, with special guests Original Condition.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Reynolds wrote, advising you to “come early to guarantee seating” because “the first concert sold out!”

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and members of the military with identification, free for children age 12 and under.

You can purchase snacks and homemade refreshments, and coffee sponsored by Tim Hortons.

The Muellers, “Maine’s nationally [renowned], touring, bluegrass band,” features “five of seven children, plus Mom and Dad,” Reynolds wrote, adding that Original Condition returns after its January appearance as “a total crowd-pleaser!”

A portion of the proceeds benefit the Bluegrass Music Association of Maine Bluegrass Music in the Schools program.

For more information about this concert, the series, or BMAM, call Jim Leighton, 944-3128, or Bill Thibodeau, 949-0868.


Now through early March, Bangor Savings Bank Foundation is offering a total of $100,000 to be divided among 68 local nonprofit organizations through its Community Matters More Campaign.

Maine residents can vote, online, by going to and scrolling down to Bangor Savings Bank-You Matter More: Support Your Community, at any of the 52 Bangor Savings Bank branch offices or at any of the nonprofits listed on the ballot.

Today’s column includes the eligible organizations in Greater Portland-Lewiston-Auburn: Susan Curtis Foundation, Greater Portland Landmarks, Seniors Plus-Lewiston, Iris Network, Goodwill, Maine Children’s Cancer Program and Other.

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

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