Greater Bangor community news

Posted Sept. 13, 2011, at 8:15 p.m.

Bangor

Recycling electronic waste

A free electronic waste recycling event will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Challenger Learning Center of Maine at 30 Venture Way near the airport.

Challenger Learning Center of Maine will partner with eWaste Recycling Solutions of Auburn, which is approved by the Department of Environmental Protection.

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The event is free, but Challenger Learning Center officials hope those using the service will consider a donation to CLC of Maine, which is a nonprofit educational organization.

Items accepted are: electronic devices and lighting, televisions of all sizes, microwave ovens, CPUs, computer monitors, photocopiers, printers, toner and ink cartridges, fax machines, scanners, laptops, keyboard-mouse-computer peripherals, stereos, DVD players, cellphones, remote controls, VCRs, projectors, digital cameras, tape players, PDAs, speakers, telephones, two-way radios, answering machines, camcorders, CD players, electric typewriters, game systems and pagers.

Not accepted are smoke detectors, batteries or fluorescent lights.

The event is open to residents from any community.

CLC officials suggest that those who bring items consider how much it could cost to dispose of the e-waste that the event is accepting. Suggested donations for recycling are: computers, $15; printers, $25; TVs, $15; phones and pagers, $5. CLC staff and volunteers will accept charitable donations during the event.

Free recycling is for individuals only. For businesses, a fee schedule is available from Rick Clark at eWaste Recyling Solutions, 449-1709.

For information, call the Challenger Learning Center at 990-2900, ext. 3.

Working elevator

The elevator at Bangor Public Library has been fixed. An electrical surge had disabled the fire alarm system, elevator and air conditioning the week of Aug. 5. Mechanics repaired these problems and the elevator works properly. Library staff thank everyone for their patience.

Toastmasters contest

Bangor Toastmasters Club 897 will hold its Club Speech Contest during its scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Beal College, 99 Farm Road.

The contest will include competition in humorous speech and speech evaluation.

The meeting and contest are open to all, but participation in the contest is restricted to Toastmasters members.

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meetings. For information, visit http://www.toastmasters.org

Brewer

Bridges for Peace

Terry Rockefeller will be the keynote speaker at “Building Bridges for Peace,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at First Congregational Church of Brewer, Church Street.

Rockefeller is a documentary filmmaker and member of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, an organization founded by family members of those killed on 9-11 to turn their grief into action for peace. Rockefeller’s sister, Laura, was working at a conference at the World Trade Center when it was attacked.

“I joined September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows because it offered me the most meaningful way to honor Laura’s life and try to ensure that other families throughout the world do not experience the tragic and violent deaths of their innocent relatives,” Rockefeller said. “Peaceful Tomorrows as a group has tried to establish citizen-to-citizen connections and learn facts that, I think, really challenge the policies that our government has pursued.”

Rockefeller works with the Iraqi civil society organization LaOnf, which means “no violence” in Arabic. LaOnf is a network of human rights activists building a nonviolence movement to resist occupation, terrorism and corruption in Iraq.

After the keynote presentation, there will be creative, participatory, activity and information tables. A panel of area residents will discuss, “What drives (inspires) you to work for peace?” The event will conclude with a community meal prepared with donations and help from CISV Maine.

“Building Bridges for Peace” is a free event open to all. It is planned by local religious and social justice organizations in conjunction with the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21, and is part of the statewide “Bring Our War $$ Home (and put them to work) Care-a-Van,” drawing attention to actions for peace Sept. 10-Oct. 10.

Sponsors include First Congregational Church of Brewer, Islamic Center of Maine, CISV Maine, Pax Christi Maine, Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, Maine Peace Action Committee, Rape Response Services, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Spruce Run, Unitarian-Universalist Society of Bangor, Veterans for Peace and Voices for Peace Choir.

Coordinator of the planning team, the Rev. Grace Bartlett, said, “In fashioning the Building Bridges for Peace event, the team cast a wide circle [so] that many [people] may find a place to address their concerns about violence, find hope and come away with a few concrete steps toward creating peace locally and globally.”

For more information, contact Bob Cottrell, minister of music for First Congregational Church of Brewer, at 570-4486 or cottrell.bob@gmail.com.

Newburgh

Yard and bake sale

The Newburgh Volunteer Fire Department will hold its fall yard and bake sale 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17, rain or shine, at the fire station on Route 9. Stuff a bag with clothing items for $3. The Newburgh First Responder team will do free blood pressure checks during the sale.

Recently the Fire Department received a State Forestry Department Matching Grant for the repair and replacement of dry hydrants. A portion of the proceeds from the yard and bake sale will go toward for the dry hydrant program. Proceeds also help fund community service projects for the holidays in November and December, and with equipment purchases for the Fire Department.

Old Town

Museum season finale

The annual Old Town Museum Fall Tea will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the museum, 353 Main St. Arrive early to view the updated museum displays. There is limited seating by reservation only. No seats will be available at the door.

Reservations are $100 for eight, $75 for six, $50 for four, $25 for two or $15 for one. Send check Old Town Museum, c/o Mary Gibouleau, 96 Fourth St., Old Town, ME 04468, or call Gibouleau at 827-2435.

The three-course menu will consist of specialty teas, scones, a variety of sandwiches and dessert cakes.

Village to Village professional musicians Ellie May Shufro and Juan Condori will play fiddle and cello selections of international and multicultural music. Their compelling and enchanting music from around the world stays as true to original sources as possible.

Old Town native and Old Town High School graduate Katrina Avila, a tea specialist and author, will talk about tea and tea parties and introduce her recent publication about tea.

The museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Visit http://www.oldtownmuseum.org.

Coordinating priest

Parishioners of St. James’ Episcopal Church at the corner of Main and Center streets will hold a potluck brunch on Sunday, Sept. 18, to welcome the Rev. Ann Kidder as the parish’s new coordinating priest, in a new partnership with St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Brewer. The brunch will be held immediately after the 10 a.m. worship service. All are welcome to attend.

Orono

Garden tour

The Friends of Dr. Edith Marion Patch will host a tour of the Lyle Littlefield Ornamental Trials Garden on Saturday, Sept. 24. Garden director Brad Libby will lead the tour, which will begin at 10 a.m. at the (new) north entrance, next to the Hilltop parking area on the University of Maine campus.

Since its founding in the early 1960s by professor Lyle E. Littlefield, the trials garden has accumulated a collection of more than 2,500 woody and herbaceous plants.

All plants are evaluated for winter hardiness, ornamental characteristics, cultural requirements and overall potential for the Northern landscape. The extensive collections provide the UM community and the public with a valuable resource for the study and observation of a variety of ornamental plants. The facility is an integral part of the Environmental Horticulture Program at the University of Maine. For information about the Littlefield Garden, visit http://www.umaine.edu/lhc/ornamental.htm.

Brad Libby, garden manager, will lead the way through the 7-acre plot while describing plant collections and landscape horticulture research. He will be available to answer questions during and after the informal tour.

The free program is one of a series of monthly public forums sponsored by the Friends of Dr. Edith Marion Patch. For more information, contact Tiffany Wilson at 299-7240 or tiffany.wilson@umit.maine.edu.

Winterport

Forgotten Felines

Silver Willow Gallery will hold a benefit for Forgotten Felines Inc. during its grand opening 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at 115 Main St. Tickets are $25.

The afternoon will include a wine tasting with Winterport Winery; music by Maximum Blue, Koostix and Ivey Menzetti (thanks to My Thrill Studio); a poetry reading and book signing with Tom Lyford; a quick makeover, door prizes, a raffle for Forgotten Felines and more. Meet many of the gallery artisans who will be on hand to chat about their materials and processes.

The raffle and donations will benefit Forgotten Felines, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation in Stockton Springs dedicated to educating the public about feral cats through literature and advice on caring for feral, stray, homeless and abandoned cats; assisting in humanely reducing cat overpopulation, providing access to low-cost spay-neuter services and helping to place adoptable cats in loving homes.

There will be several cats on hand seeking a loving home. Donations of cat supplies or funds are welcome. For more information, call 567-3249.

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