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Auction to benefit Aroostook family council

The nonprofit Aroostook Council for Healthy Families will hold an auction beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Chan Center at Cary Medical Center in Caribou.

There is no admission fee, and snacks and drinks will be available for purchase, said Heidi Pratt of the council.

Among the items up for bid will be a cedar chest, greens fees for Caribou Country Club, a family membership for County Physical Therapy, a homemade quilt, framed photographs, a home theater system, gift certificates, homemade items “and much more,” Pratt wrote.

For a complete list of auction items, visit

Aroostook Council for Healthy Families is “a free home-visiting program” for new parents who live in Aroostook County, Pratt explained, adding that the agency has “to come up with ways to raise some of our own monies to provide these services to the families … in our area.”

The program assists new parents in their homes with everything from activities to promote brain development and fine and gross motor skills to language, social and emotional skills.

“We also connect our families with other programs available” to them, “such as the Infant See program, which provides a free eye exam” for any child younger than 1, Pratt added.

For more information about this organization and the programs it offers, visit the Web site above.


Heartiest congratulations and best wishes go out to Lillian Caruso of Millinocket who, on Monday, celebrated her 99th birthday with family and friends at her home.

Mrs. Caruso is the mother of two children, grandmother of six, great-grandmother of 19 and great-great-grandmother of six, who all keep her very busy and happy.

She still enjoys cooking for herself and others, playing cards, doing puzzles and has made 11 quilts for her children and grandchildren.


From Sandra Johnson and supporters of River City Cinema comes word that “RCC is starting a series of movies” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at the Brick Church on Union Street in Bangor.

Admission is $5, “and there will be popcorn and more,” Johnson wrote.

The film “The Hurt Locker,” she said, “was nominated for nine Academy Awards and is a riveting portrait of the courage of the military’s unrecognized heroes: the technicians of the bomb squad.”

Johnson added that the film is “a fictional tale inspired by real events.”


Carol Lackedy of Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Community Food Pantry in Hermon called to report that, because of requests from participants, the date for its door-to-door bottle drive has been changed to Saturday, Feb. 27, in the communities it serves: Hermon, Carmel, Etna, Levant and Dixmont.

The original date was Sunday, “and many groups couldn’t help that day,” Lackedy said.

“We are still looking for volunteers to go door-to-door,” she added, and you can offer to help by calling her at 299-5186.

Through the end of the month, returnables can be dropped off (stating they are 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.


Tammie Carter reports a benefit supper to raise funds for “the youth group’s mission trip to New Orleans” is 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Union Congregational Church on North Street in Ellsworth Falls.

The young people of that church, Carter said, “will be helping with construction in some outside communities that are still in need” after Hurricane Katrina.

While the final details have yet to be worked out, the group hopes to travel to Louisiana in July.

Carter reminds supporters the group will conduct a bottle drive on March 20 and its second annual indoor yard sale on May 2.

For more information, call the church office at 667-3691.


Melanie Spencer is foundation coordinator for “the new Education Foundation for SAD 22,” she wrote in announcing that group “would like to hear from you, if you are an alumnus of Hampden Academy.”

Spencer said that “the Foundation is developing a list of graduates as far back as 1940.”

She asks Hampden Academy graduates to provide “your name, including a maiden name, if appropriate; current address; e-mail address and year of graduation” and e-mail it to or mail it to MSAD 22 Education Foundation, 24 Main Road North, Hampden 04444.

Spencer also requests “if you have information on fellow classmates, please feel free to contact the foundation with that information as well.”

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

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