March 27, 2019
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Photo courtesy of Nory Jones
Photo courtesy of Nory Jones
Carrie Bishop (left), assistant branch manager at the Exchange Street branch of Camden National Bank in Bangor; Maine Troop Greeters Chuck Knowlen, Roberta York and Deb Milner; and Traci Tenney, manager of the Exchange Street branch Camden National Bank (right), celebrate a $250 donation given to the Troop Greeters by the bank to help defray the approximately $2,000 each month it costs to keep the Troop Greeter room at Bangor International airport supplied with snacks, toiletries and other items.

Valentine’s Day child care

BANGOR — The Bangor Y is offering  child care so parents can celebrate Valentine’s Day with a night out 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Y, 17 Second St. Activities for children will include swimming, playing on the Dead River pool inflatable, snacks and more. The cost is $20 members, $25 others.

For information, call 941-2808 or email


Singing Valentines

BANGOR — The Mainely Music Chorus, the Bangor-area Barbershoppers, are offering a Singing Valentines  service. A rose, a song and a small box of chocolates will be delivered with your best wishes. A $40 donation will help the chorus spread the joy of singing in schools and communities throughout eastern Maine. For information, call Rick at 944-8017.


Humanities prize

BANGOR — The Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize, which honors an individual, institution, or group in recognition of exemplary contributions to public humanities in Maine, will be awarded to Donald Soctomah. He will be honored at a luncheon noon-1:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, at the Richard E. Dyke Center at Husson University.

Soctomah serves as Tribal Historic Preservation officer for the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township in Maine. In that and other roles, he has worked to steward and protect native culture and lands through resource management, policy-making, teaching, and the promotion and dissemination of history and language. Thanks to Soctomah’s efforts during his eight years in the Maine State Legislature, Maine kindergarten through grade-12 students learn about Maine Native American history in school, and Maine place names now show cultural awareness and sensitivity toward the state’s native populations, according to a press release.

The cost to attend the luncheon is $25. For information, go to


Fundraiser on roller skates

BANGOR — Members of the Bangor Roller Derby will be on hand for a fundraising event 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at Great Skates. The event will benefit A Life Line, an animal rescue organization in Smyrna that provides a safe, therapeutic home to animals that have been abandoned or broken through cruelty and mistreatment. For information, email, call 299-4246 or go to


Docent orientation

BRADLEY — The Maine Forest and Logging Museum will host an orientation for prospective docents with Program Coordinator Sherry Davis 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Feb. 27, at the Penobscot Experimental Forest, Government Road

Learn about being a part of sharing museum history with visitors. No previous experience is needed. Bring a lunch.

There will be a grounds walk with a museum tour after lunch, weather permitting. Email Sherry at or call 974-6278 for information.


Camp CaPella Polar Dip

DEDHAM — The Bangor Polar Dip to benefit Camp CaPella and Camp Sunshine will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 28, at Camp CaPella on Phillips Lake. Registration begins at 11 a.m.

For information, call 659-0437 or go to


Mystery Quilt Weekend

EDDINGTON — The Eddington Quilt Collaborative will host Mystery Quilt Weekend 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, March 7, and 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, March 8, at the Meadowbrook Reception Center, 34 Lois Lane. Participants will receive at the time of registration a list of supplies to bring and the first clue to the Mystery Quilt. Attendees are asked to bring a lunch and a potluck dish  to share for supper. Coffee, tea and pastries will be provided each morning.

The cost is $25 per person. For information or to register, Sue McKay at Registration deadline is Sunday, Feb.22.


Kindergarten, pre-K registration

HERMON — Registration will begin Monday, March 2, for Hermon children entering school in the fall. Children must be 5 years old by Oct. 15 to be eligible for kindergarten, and 4 years old by Oct. 15 to be eligible for pre-kindergarten.

Parents may come to the Hermon Elementary School office 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, to complete registration forms. Documents required are a current immunization record, state-issued birth certificate and proof of residency in Hermon.

Children need not attend registration. Kindergarten screening and a pre-kindergarten open house will be scheduled at a later date.

Pre-kindergarten enrollment is not dependent on the date of registration. It is the intent of Hermon School Department to ensure that all eligible children receive a quality early childhood experience.

For information, call the school at 848-4000.


Wild Winter fun

ORLAND — The public is invited to celebrate the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust’s Great Maine Outdoor Weekend with the Wild Winter Scramble and Wildlands Snowshoe Run on Saturday, Feb. 14.

The Winter Scramble, open 1-3 p.m., is an obstacle course, approximately one mile in length, on Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery’s nature trails. The cost is $5, $15 family. Proceeds will help send local seventh-graders to Camp Kieve

The Wildlands Snowshoe Run is a 4.9-mile run or walk on snowshoes, conditions permitting, starting at noon at the fish hatchery. The course traverses snowy dirt roads and single track trails with plenty of hills into the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands.

Prizes and refreshments will be available.

For information, visit, e-mail or call 469-6929.


Mardi Gras celebration

ORONO — The Franco American Program on the University of Maine campus will host a Mardi Gras celebration 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Franco American Centre  in Crossland Hall.  Local musicians will play Franco American tunes and Cindy Larock will call for those who want to dance.

Admission is free. Bring something to share. For information, call Lisa Michaud at 581-3789.


Kindergarten registration

VEAZIE — Kindergarten registration and screening for the 2015-2016 school year will be held by appointment on Friday, March 20, at Veazie Community School. Any parent with a child who will be 5 years old on or before Oct. 15 may call the school at 947-6573 before Wednesday, March 11, to schedule his or her child for this process. Those who are considering sending a child to kindergarten in the fall, call the school.

This year’s registration will be by appointment only so that staff may meet  individually with parents and child.

The child’s birth certificate, records of immunization and two forms of proof of residency must be brought to the screening process.

Any person with a disability who requires auxiliary aids or services in order to fully participate in an activity at the Veazie Community School is requested to contact the office of the principal at 947-6573 (TDD Relay #1-955-3323) at least 72 hours in advance of the activity.


Fellowship and pot luck lunch

WINTERPORT — A community warming fellowship and free pot luck lunch will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Ellingwoods Corner United Methodist Church, 796 Lebanon Road. Attendees will be encouraged to play board games, do puzzles and visit with one another.

The event also will feature a candy sale, baked sale, hand-dipped candles available for purchase. The thrift shop will open and offer Valentine gifts, many new items, including women’s clothing from name brand designers at bargain prices, and a Jack Lalanne juicer.

For information, call Debbie Calderwood at 269-2092.

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