UM High Altitude Ballooning schedules first launch

Posted April 29, 2011, at 11:18 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine High Altitude Ballooning group will have its first launch from 8:30 to 20:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Pittsfield Airport. It will be a two-balloon launch, with both balloons released nearly simultaneously.

The balloons are expected to reach an altitude of approximately 90,000 feet, and the payloads then will drop by parachute. Payloads will include experiments from students in the UMaine electrical and computer engineering department, as well as payloads from the University of Southern Maine and Maine Maritime Academy.

For more information, call 581-2242 or email victoria.blanchette@umit.maine.edu

Abbot Community Playground Committee selling raffle tickets

ABBOT, Maine — The Abbot Community Playground Committee will hold a 50-50 raffle until noon Memorial Day, with proceeds supporting new playground equipment. Tickets are available from playground committee members or from the Abbot town office on Route 15.

The next meeting of the Abbot Community Playground Committee will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the Abbot town office. Additional fundraising events, grant opportunities, the playground gardens and new playground equipment for the Donald Gourley Memorial Playground, located next to the town office, will be discussed.

For more information, call 876-3453 or  876-2575.

Meeting of RSU 87-SAD 23 board on May 5

LEVANT, Maine — The RSU 87-SAD 23 board will hold a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Suzanne Smith Elementary School in Levant. For more information, call 848-5173.

Eat Out For A ‘Dam’ Good Reason in Old Town on April 30

OLD TOWN, Maine — The Hospitality Association of Husson University will present Eat Out For A “Dam” Good Reason & Help Fight Cancer from 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 30, at the City Park Grill in Old Town. The eatery will donate a portion of all food sales to CancerCare of Maine.

There will be live entertainment from 9 p.m. to midnight, and all ages are welcome. For more information, call 973-9633.

Walk for Wishes to take place on May 21

BANGOR, Maine — The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine will hold its 11th annual Walk for Wishes at 10 a.m., registration at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at Cascade Park in Bangor.

Make-A-Wish foundation grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. For more information, call 3221-2306 or email lgleeson@maine.wish.org.

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