Friends and community members will hold a benefit supper and auction for Avis and Terry Noyes of Oakfield 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at Oakfield Community Center.

Admission is by donation for this buffet-style meal.

Avis Noyes is being treated for cancer, and neither she nor her husband, who are the parents of a 10-year-old daughter, are able to work during this process.

In talking about the difficulties Avis is going through, Barb White of Merrill told me this young woman “is a very well-known local community volunteer” who has worked with such organizations as the American Red Cross, hospice, Toys for Tots, Head Start and area food pantries.

“Avis is always ready to help with any suppers, auctions or fundraisers,” for fellow community members and the local fire department, White added.

If you are unable to attend but would like to help this family through a difficult period in their lives, call Barb White at 757-8347 or Ruby White at 757-8871.


The deadline to cast votes for the Bangor Savings Bank Community Matters More program is Tuesday, March 2, according to Carol Colson of Bangor Savings Bank.

To refresh your memory regarding what I have written before, 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 bank branch offices or at any of the nonprofits listed on the ballot.

Today’s column includes the name of an organization that is eligible under the “Other” category in the Northern Region: Monticello Grange 138.


Jane Jarvi e-mailed that the Friends of the Edythe Dyer Library Bookshop will be open from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday mornings and the first Saturday of each month in the basement of the library at 269 Main Road North, Hampden.

That means the bookshop will next be open Tuesday, March 2, and Saturday, March 6.

Each month will “have highlighted features and specials,” Jarvi wrote, adding that gardening will be featured in March.

“Through the generous contributions of gently used books from our reading community,” Jarvi wrote, “the shelves are overflowing and ready for patrons to peruse.

“A wide variety of genres and topics are highlighted throughout the store, as well as audio and visual materials.”

Jarvi reminds patrons to mark their calendars for the semiannual spring book sale planned for May 15.


Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church outreach committee chair Chris Henderson invites you to its first Empty Bowl fundraiser, 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, March 6, in the Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 44 Kennebec Road, Hampden.

Admission for the meal of soup, rolls, desserts, coffee and tea is $7 for adults, $4 for children.

“Empty Bowls is a grass-roots movement to help end hunger,” Henderson wrote.

Hampden Academy art students, under the direction of art teacher Pat Craig, “have donated handmade bowls for this event,” Henderson wrote, adding that each attendee “will get a ticket for the free drawing of the handmade bowls.”

Proceeds benefit the Hampden Neighborhood Food Cupboard and the Help for Hampden Fund distributed through Hampden Congregational Church.

Henderson wrote that the food cupboard is open 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays, at the church on Main Road North in Hampden.

The emergency assistance Help for Hampden Fund was “established in 2004” to help residents of Hampden, Newburgh and Winterport” by providing assistance with “fuel, rent, car and furnace repair,” Henderson added.

“It is part of the safety net to help local residents,” and it now assists more than 25 families.

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