Tuesday, Feb. 23, is the deadline to purchase tickets for the Andy Santerre Down East Snow Ride, Banquet and Auction, which is Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Elks Lodge in Ellsworth, reports Velma Orcutt.

Tickets are $25 each and guarantees “a seat for the auction” after the banquet, Orcutt wrote.

No banquet tickets will be sold at the door.

Tickets may be purchased by calling Orcutt, 546-7205; Mike Reisman, 667-0339; Starr Yeaton, 667-5526; Nancy Merritt, 483-4426 or Merton Bagley, 460-2239.

Sponsored by the Narraguagus Snowmobile Club and the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, proceeds will help purchase grooming equipment for Down East Sunrise Trail and benefit Wright Center programs.

The event includes a snow ride beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. and the ride at 10 a.m. that day at Allen’s Blueberry Freezer on Washington Junction Road in Ellsworth.

The fee is $30 per sled.

Lunch will be available for $5 a person at noon at Cherryfield Elementary School.

“The entire event is open to the public,” Orcutt wrote, “with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.”


Librarian Lyn Smith reports that “if you are looking for an opportunity to help your library, there are several volunteer positions available” at the Pittsfield Public Library.

“The time commitment could be scheduled for a couple hours a week or on an on-call basis,” Smith added.

“We are seeking volunteers to monitor the lower-level children’s area, to cover books, to straighten shelves, and to help with story time.”

For information, call the library, 487-5880, or attend the next meeting of The Friends of the PPL at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the library.

“All members and any other interested persons are welcome,” Smith wrote.

The meeting will include “discussion about how The Friends can support the library, and plans for future programs and fundraising activities.”


Susan Clifford of the American Cancer Society in Topsham reports it is in the midst of its new “50 Days of Daffodils” campaign, which began Feb. 1 and runs through March 22.

During “50 Days of Daffodils,” you can order daffodils and daffodil products for the Daffodil Days fundraiser.

Ten fresh daffodils are available for a $10 donation; three minidaffodil bulbs in a soil-filled pot are $15; 10 daffodils and a Boyd’s collectible stuffed bear for a $25 donation; a Gift of Hope, a daffodil bouquet delivered anonymously to a cancer patient undergoing treatment, for $25 and up; and a Bear Hugs for Hope, a special edition, collectible Boyd’s bear, delivered to a child with cancer, for $25.

Orders must be placed by Friday, March 5, by calling the ACS at 800-227-2345, for delivery by March 22. More information is also available by calling community executive for the ACS, Crystal Derocher, at 373-3719 or e-mailing Crystal.Derocher@cancer.org.

The campaign, Clifford wrote, is also an opportunity to inform the public of the work of the ACS in helping patients “stay well, get well, find cures and fight back against cancer.”


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 may vote online by going to http://www.bangor.com/YouMatterMore/Voting.aspx 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 the York County region: Stone Soup Food Pantry, York Historical Society, Sacopee Valley Health Center, Dyer Library-Saco Museum, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine, West End House Camp for Girls and Other.

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