Wounded Warrior Project participant to speak

Posted March 05, 2010, at 5:33 p.m.

Blue Star Mothers of Maine Chapter 1 of Bangor invites the public to its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 8, at the Maine Veterans Home, 44 Hogan Road, Bangor.

The chapter’s newly elected secretary, Roxanne Byron, wrote that the guest speaker will be U.S. Army Sgt. Brandon Giggey, combat engineer, 569th Engineering Company, 4th Battalion of Fort Carson, Colo.

Giggey’s mother, Dee Hancock, was the chapter’s former secretary, Byron said.

Sgt. Giggey “is returning from his second tour in Afghanistan,” Byron said. “He was injured during his first tour, and went through the Wounded Warrior Project in Colorado.”

Byron wrote that Giggey’s assignment “with his unit was to look for IED bombs and make paths for our troops to follow in searching” for the enemy.

“We are proud to have Brandon come and speak of his experiences with Wounded Warrior Project, and would like to open our meeting up to anyone interested in attending.”

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Here’s a reminder a Women’s Only Clothing Sale will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today by Jackson Food Pantry at the Jackson Community Center on Village Road.

Cindy Ludden reports breakfast and lunch will be available on-site.

The next benefit for the Jackson Food Pantry is a Children’s Only Clothing Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at the center, and tables spaces are available for a $10 rental.

Items can be sold at your prices, Ludden wrote, but she requests that only children’s clothing, furnishings, toys and accessories be included in this sale.

If you have questions, call Ludden at 722-3205 or Diane Brown at 722-3759.

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Ellsworth United Methodist Church music director Amy Tellier-Briggs and a “generous group of musical souls” who “call themselves Joyful Jazz, will be cookin’ up an afternoon of sweet standards … followed by some good, homemade chowders and stews,” Tellier-Briggs wrote about a benefit concert-supper for the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Ellsworth.

“Singing for Your Supper” begins with the concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 7, with the meal after the concert in the church Fellowship Hall at 21 Hancock St. in Ellsworth.

The suggested donation is $10 for adults, $7 for children 5-12, free for children under 5.

Members of Joyful Jazz are Bruce Cassaday, horn; Rob Collins, piano; Don Carmichael, bass; Hugh Bowden, guitar; Lynette Woods, drums; and vocalist Tellier-Briggs.

For information, call 266-4347.

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For those interested in attending the 21st annual Maine Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala Celebration planned for Saturday, March 20, at the University of Maine at Augusta, the reservation deadline is Wednesday, March 10, reports event chairwoman Sally Ann Parks of Hinckley.

Registration can be made by writing Parks at P.O. Box 84, Hinckley 04944, or call her at 453-6004.

Co-sponsored by Maine Business and Professional Women/Maine Futurama Foundation and the University of Maine at Augusta, this year’s honoree is the late Thelma Swain in recognition of her role as “Wife, Mother, Volunteer, Philanthropist and Quiet Champion for the Underdog,” according to the release.

Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. that day, and contributions will be accepted to augment the BPW-Maine scholarship program.

The induction ceremony begins at 2 p.m. and will be followed by a Silver Tea.

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While your attention is focused on Augusta, representatives of Addie’s Attic report it is reopening from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 9 Summer St., Augusta.

According to the release, “the clothing bank serves all individuals and families regardless of where they live.”

“Gently-used and new clothing is available for all ages from infants to adults,” and “is always provided free of charge.”

Regular hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Donations can be left from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at the church office.

Addie’s Attic accepts “good, clean, new and used clothing” but “does not accept household items, electronics, books, toys videos, etc.”

For information, call the church office at 622-2424.

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The Marine Environmental Research Institute 20th anniversary Ocean Environment Lecture Series will feature marine ecologist Dr. Ann Cleveland presenting “Conservation Highlights from ‘Finding Nemo.’”

The event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. and the presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at MERI, 55 Main St., Blue Hill.

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

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