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2 chances to help Hermon-area food pantry

Two fundraisers will take place this month to raise money for Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Community Food Pantry in Hermon.

Carol Lackedy reports the first is a snowmobile ride beginning with registration at 9 a.m. and the ride at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Penobscot Snowmobile Club on Bog Road in Hermon, where the ride will also end.

Included with your $20 entry donation for a single sled, or $25 for a family, Lackedy explained, will be “a tasty meal and prizes after the ride.”

“All proceeds will help purchase food and household supplies for families, in need, in Hermon, Carmel, Etna, Levant and Dixmont,” she wrote.

Next is a door-to-door bottle drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, in those communities.

Volunteers are needed to help with this fundraiser, Lackedy wrote, and you can receive more information or volunteer by calling her at 299-5186 or e-mailing

Additionally, throughout February, you can drop off your returnables to benefit Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Community Food Pantry at Llama Ostrich Redemption in Hermon, Carmel Redemption, Railside Redemption in Etna, Levant Corner Store and Orcutt’s Variety in Dixmont.

You are asked to inform representatives of those businesses that the returnables you are depositing are for the food pantry, Lackedy wrote.


Rachael Gordon reports that Texas Roadhouse, 504 Stillwater Ave., Bangor, is a drop box location for Grahamtastic’s annual Laptop Drive for a Maine-based nonprofit that provides laptops for critically ill children.

Donations of “gently used or new laptops are welcome,” and “those who donate laptops are eligible to win one of two grand prizes to be given away at the annual Grahamtastic Dance,” which will be Saturday, Feb. 20, in Portland, Gordon explained.

Prizes include a Red Sox Baseball VIP Prize Pack donated by Dunkin’ Donuts and a new HP G60 laptop donated by Best Buy of Biddeford.

“Grahamtastic’s 2009 Laptop Drive and Dance raised $11,000 and netted 50 gently-used laptops for children across the country,” Gordon said.

Leslie Morissette of Springvale founded Grahamtastic after she lost her young son, Graham, to leukemia, Gordon said.

In 13 years, the program has assisted more than 300 children in 40 states.

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Magic: The Gathering, is “the first modern collectible trading card game of its kind,” reports Jessica Kunkel of The Game Loft, which will host “Magic: The Gathering Tournament” from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at The Game Loft, 78A Main St., Belfast.

Kunkel said the tournament will be moderated by The Game Loft’s senior programs coordinator, Maxim Delaney, and it is open to beginners as well as seasoned veterans.

The fee is $10; refreshments will be sold; and proceeds will benefit The Game Loft.

Walk-ins are welcome, and more information is available by calling The Game Loft at 338-6447 or e-mailing

A program of Spurwink Services for people 18 and under, The Game Loft is funded through contributions of individual donors, parents, families, community members, the city of Belfast, United Way of Eastern Maine, United Midcoast Charities and through collaboration with Broadreach Family and Community Services and the Healthy Maine Fund administered by the state Department of Health and Human Services.


Blacksmithing students can “Make Your Own Fireplace Implement Set” at three workshops 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 21 and 28 and March 7 at the Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum in Orrington, reports Irv Marsters.

Doug Wilson of Little Deer Isle will teach the course to advanced and intermediate-level blacksmithing students.

The cost of the entire workshop is $175, but one Sunday will offer a limited number of openings for the public for $25.

A brown bag lunch is available by reservation.

For complete details, call museum director Robert Schmick at 843-5550 or e-mail

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Now through early March, Bangor Savings Bank Foundation is offering $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 bank branches or at any of the nonprofits listed on the ballot.

Today’s column includes the eligible organizations in the Northern Region: Millinocket Historical Society, Natural Resources Education Center, Piscataquis Regional YMCA, Field of Dreams, Houlton Humane Society, Penobscot Valley Humane Society, Other.

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

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