June 19, 2018
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VEX robotics camp

AREA — Maine Robotics will partner with the Delta Prime FIRST Robotics Team of Hallowell to bring back the VEX robotics camp for youth ages 12 to 16. Campers will spend the week learning about robotics as they build and program medium-sized robots.

Camp will take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 14-18, July 28-Aug. 1, Aug. 4-8 and Aug. 11-15, at 82 Litchfield Road, Hallowell. The cost is $300 per camper for the week.

The program is designed to help young people find out how engineers and IT professionals work to solve problems and help people in day-to-day living. The students will work in small groups under the supervision of adult educators as they use the VEX Robotics kit to build and operate robots of their own design.

For information or to register, call the Maine Robotics office at 866-4340 or email info@mainerobotics.org.


70th class reunion

BANGOR — Members of the Bangor High School class of 1943 hold their 70th reunion at noon Thursday, July 26, at Angler’s in Hampden, in the same private room it had last year.

No formal notices will be sent out.

If directions or other details are desired, call  Betty at 945-9689, or 852-0460.


Wildflowers, beavers links

BANGOR — The Maine Master Naturalist Program graduated 19 individuals from its Bangor area program on June 4. Two of these Master Naturalist volunteers already have contributed to Bangor Land Trust.

Clare Cole from Hampden researched and identified wildflower species in the Bangor City Forest. Since Bangor Land Trust preserves are in this same area, she shared the listing with Bangor Land Trust to post on its website. The link is http://www.bangorlandtrust.org/uploads/8/2/6/3/8263142/city_forest_wildflower_list.pdf.

Christy Stout of Holden researched beavers for her capstone project and created a brochure for Bangor Land Trust about the beaver’s role as ecosystem engineers. Stout will lead a beaver program in Walden-Parke Preserve at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29. Brochures will be handed out to program participants. The brochure also is available on the website to use as an information source for self-guided tours at http://www.bangorlandtrust.org/uploads/8/2/6/3/8263142/beaver_-_ecosystems_engineers.pdf.


Book donations sought

BUCKSPORT — The Franklin Street United Methodist Church is collecting books for the annual Henry Mattson Memorial Book Sale to be held Saturday, July 26, during the Bucksport Bay Festival.

Books may be dropped off 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the church at 71 Franklin St., or call the church office at 469-3622 or Ed Petravicz at 469-9979 to arrange for pick up.


Benefit supper

HAMPDEN — The Men’s Ministry  of the Community Church of the Open Door will host a spaghetti supper and dessert auction at 6 p.m. Friday, June 27, at the church. The event will assist Dan Smith and his family of Holden with medical expenses.

Those who wish to make a cash donation may do so at the door, or mail it to: Community Church of the Open Door, P.O. 777, Hampden ME 04444.

To volunteer time and-or food items — rolls, salads, beverages, desserts — sign up at the church or call the church office at 862-4010.


Trip to Farrand Gardens

HAMPDEN — Hampden Senior Citizens will sponsor a bus trip to Beatrix Farrand Gardens of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor on Wednesday, July 16. The bus will leave the Skehan Center at Old Hampden Academy at 9 a.m. The cost is $16. Lunch will be on your own at the Jordan Pond House.

Reservations must be made by Thursday, July 10. Checks may be mailed to: Emma Holt, 469 Birch St., Bangor ME 04401. For information, call Emma, Nancy or Ray at 262-8736.


Class reunion

HAMPDEN — Members of Hampden Academy classes of 1973, 1974 and 1975 are invited to a

40-ish year class reunion Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15-16, at old Hampden Academy, Skehan Gym, 1 Main Road North. Dress code for the reunion is very casual.

The schedule is:

• 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, gather at the old Hampden Academy. Bring whatever you would like to drink. Bottled water will be available. If possible, bring a dish to share for a potluck meal. Those with last names beginning with A through J should bring a main dish; K through R, appetizer or snack; S through Z, dessert.

• 6:30 p.m., musical entertainment featuring class members.

• 7:30-9 p.m., Bob Marley.

• 10:30 p.m., gym closes for the evening.

The schedule for Saturday, Aug. 16, is:

• 6:30 a.m. and later, Champion the Cure Events. Walk, run, bike. This event requires personal fundraising or contribution totally separate from the class reunion. Go to Champion the Cure website for information. Tim Sample will be at the event sometime between 1 and 3 pm.

• Throughout the day, Hampden Childrenʼs Day activities.

• 5 p.m., gather at old Hampden Academy for class photos, tour of parts of the school not leased out, and class displays.

• 6:30 p.m., soda and water available. Stevieʼs Stagecoach will cooking up a barbecue. Masters of ceremonies will be Rudy Rawcliffe and Richie Bartlett.

• 8:30 p.m., Childrenʼs Day fireworks

Bill Deighan will host a casual gathering on Sunday, Aug. 17, at his Hammond Pond camp.

The cost to attend the reunion is $30 per person. Make checks payable to HA Class of 1974 and

mail to: Carla Lafayette,  89 Main Road North, Hampden ME 04444, or after July 15 mail to: Sue Hopkins, 2381 Carmel Road North, Newburgh ME 04444. Deadline is Aug. 8.


New book

HAMPDEN — Author Kathy White Walker of Hampden announced that she has recently released her new book “Writing on the Pages of History,” an account of the history of Rape Response Services in the Bangor area from its beginnings in the 1970s to the present.

Walker was affiliated for many years with Rape Response Services, including serving as its executive director.

Walker said the book is not available for purchase. Copies of the book are available to borrow at area libraries.


Work party

HOLDEN — Fields Pond Audubon Center will host a work party 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at the center. Cyndi Kuhn, lead educator, will be on hand organize volunteers help make improvements to the center’s building and grounds.

Casey Strong, and Eagle Scout candidate from Troop 31, will lead a bridge building project. Individuals, families and groups are invited to take part. Lunch will be served or bring your own.

For information, call 989-2591.


Butterfly Walk

HOLDEN — Help count butterflies for the North American Butterfly Count at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at Fields Pond Audubon Center. The event is open to all ages. The cost to participate is $3 person to benefit the North American Butterfly Count, free to children.

Counts are held nationwide, and the Fields Pond Butterfly Count supplies important data about declines or increases of butterfly populations.

Those interested in counting and identifying butterflies on that date elsewhere within the count circle may call Pat Snyder at 567-3137.


Class reunion

ORONO — Bangor High School class of 1959 will hold informal reunions at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Pat’s Pizza in Orono, For information, call Sandra Young Doughty at 942-8683.


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