Although it is their regular, monthly meeting, wrote Diana Arney, Hancock Woman’s Club members consider their March gathering “a very special one,” and they invite everyone to attend and enjoy the program.

The club meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 4, at the Community Center in Hancock.

Special guests will be AFS Intercultural Programs exchange students from Italy, the Czech Republic and Chile, who will be introduced by their AFS adviser, Candice MacBeth.

The exchange students, Arney wrote, “will share experiences of their year of living in Maine and attending Ellsworth High School.”

Refreshments will be served after the program, and the Hancock Woman’s Club will conduct its regular business meeting after that break.

Arney encourages members of the public to attend.

“It’s always fun to hear what the students think of their year of living in Maine,” she wrote.

For more information about this meeting or the Hancock Woman’s Club, which is a member of the General and Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs, call Arney at 422-9993, e-mail her at or call Hancock Woman’s Club president Jackie Nicholson at 422-6852.


Sandra Gordon of Waldo County Healthcare Inc. invites family members, neighbors or friends who are caregivers to “join other caregivers to share experiences or concerns at the monthly Waldo County Family Caregiver Support Group.”

That group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in the conference room of Waldo County Home Health & Hospice.

That facility is “located in the professional building across the street from Waldo County General Hospital at 119 Northport Avenue in Belfast,” Gordon said.

Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch, and drinks will be provided.

For more information about the meeting, or about the caregivers group, call Waldo County Home Health & Hospice social worker and support group organizer Margie Spencer-Smith at 930-2500, ext. 4795.


Rabbi Darah Lerner and members of Congregation Beth El invite you to Shabbat Across America-Canada beginning with a vegetarian potluck Shabbat dinner at 5:30 p.m. and a Shabbat service at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 5, at Congregation Beth El, 183 French St., Bangor.

According to information provided by the congregation, “tens of thousands of people at hundreds of locations across North America, as well as soldiers on active duty around the world, are expected to participate” on that day in this National Jewish Outreach Program.

The event, the release explained, “has been designed to introduce Jews with limited background in observance to the joy and beauty of the Jewish Sabbath” and, this year, the program has been extended to include military bases.

You are asked to register for this event and let your hosts know whether you will be able to bring a dish to share by calling 945-4578 or e-mailing


Here’s a reminder the Washington County Community College 2010 Polar Bear Dip is 1 p.m. Friday, March 5, in Passamaquoddy Bay near Calais.

Sponsored by the WCCC Student Senate in cooperation with local businesses and organizations, proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House in Bangor.

According to the WCCC Web site the first dip in 2000 raised $1,600.

Since that time, more than $130,000 has been collected to help support the Bangor facility serving families of children receiving medical treatment.

For more information about this event, participating in it or making a pledge, call WCCC Director of Student Life Fran Tracy at 454-1054 or e-mail


Brief and to the point was Nancy Pare of Orono who wrote that the “Orono Health Association needs volunteer drivers.”

“We transport people to see their doctor or dentist at no expense,” Pare said.

If you can help, she asks that you call 866-4648 and, to those who do, she says “thank you.”


As a reminder to our readers, as I have written earlier, now through March 2, 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 “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 names of two organizations eligible under the “other” category: In the Downeast Region, Springy Pond Farm Hippotherapy and Alternative Education and, in Greater Bangor, Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Community Food Pantry.

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