May 26, 2019
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Bill Kuykendall | BDN
Bill Kuykendall | BDN
Marcia Bartol, executive officer, Greater Bangor Association of Realtors, presents a check for $1,700 to the Orono Bog Boardwalk Capital Reconstruction Campaign. Accepting the check are Jim Bird (left), boardwalk director and Tracy Willette, director of Bangor Parks and Recreation and Boardwalk management team member. Members of the association were on hand for the May 21st presentation.

Silver Award

AREA  — Brianna Dupuy of Levant, Isabelle Ward of Old Town and Willow Ward of Carmel were among 37 Girls Scouts statewide to receive the Silver Award at a ceremony in Augusta on April 18.

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout in grades six through eight can earn and gives girls the chance to show they are leaders who are organized, determined and dedicated to improving their communities.


Good Samaritan Agency

BANGOR — Good Samaritan Agency announced that it has received a $7,000 grant from the Penobscot Valley Health Association Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to upgrade the technology for use in its Teen Parent Education Program, an individualized, high school diploma program for pregnant and parenting teenagers. Students take traditional high school courses, as well as classes that emphasize parenting skills and other practical life skills that help them to become more self-sufficient. Students come to the program from throughout the Bangor area. Curriculum oversight is provided by the Bangor Adult Education Program. The program depends on tuition from sending schools and the Bangor School Department, as well as funding through United Way grants and private foundations. In the last three years, 85 percent of program graduates have gone on to further education, either to a four-year college, technical school or have become employed.

The agency also operates a childcare center licensed by the state to serve up to 49 children age 6 weeks to 5 years. Priority for child care is given to students in the Teen Parent Program, then to former students and low income families, but day care also is available for the general public. Other services to children and their families include adoption, counseling and advocacy to secure needed housing, transportation and medical resources. The agency will provide home based services when necessary and all services to single parents are free of charge.

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Blood drive

BANGOR — The American Red Cross will hold one of its biggest blood drives of the year, the third annual Chill ‘n Grill, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at Spectacular Events Center, 395 Griffin Road, in Bangor.

Every day this summer is a chance to give hope to patients in need. The American Red Cross urges individuals to choose their day to give hope by making an appointment to donate blood.

Donors will receive a day pass to Sam’s Club and a $5 gift card courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts. The first 10 early bird donors will receive a pass to the Bangor Brews, Blues and Barbecue event. The first 50 donors will receive a free movie pass.

If you cannot make this event and want to give blood, call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


Band concert

BREWER — The Brewer Hometown Band will play its first summer concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at the Brewer Auditorium, rain or shine. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.


Story of Flagstaff Lake

HOLDEN — Alan Burnell and Kenny Wing will present the story of Flagstaff Lake 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, at Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road.

Burnell and Wing, natives of the Flagstaff area, researched the people, buildings and events of Bigelow, Dead River and Flagstaff before the area was flooded by the building of Long Falls Dam in 1948-49 for their book, “The Lost Villages of Flagstaff Lake.”

Three villages were inundated and residents were forced to relocate and scatter. Most buildings were razed, sold or moved.

The event, sponsored by AMC and Maine Audubon, is free and open to all. For information, call 234-2425 or email


Flag Day Program

OLD TOWN — The Old Town Museum Chorus will present a Flag Day Program at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 14, at the Old Town Museum. Sing all those patriotic songs you learned and loved. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.


Demonstration gardens

OLD TOWN — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens at Rogers Farm, 914 Bennoch Road, is open 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays during the summer. Master Gardeners will be on hand to talk about their projects, the varieties of plants they’ve chosen, their design ideas and gardening challenges. Get tips on cultivating a dye garden, be inspired by an array of colors, textures and scents, or enjoy the calm of the delicately pale moonlight garden. Visitors will find much to admire. Visitors also may find, occasionally, a dancer or poet at work, or a surprise sculpture or silk painting. Admission is free.


Tasting Bee

ORONO — Plans are under way to bring back Orono’s Tasting Bee, a time-honored  annual spring  community event  dating to  the late 1970s. It began under the direction of Marlene Doucette to raise  funds for materials for the Orono Rescue Squad and was held at the Penobscot Country Club. Later, with a changed venue to the Asa Adams School, the Bee became an annual fundraiser for the Orono Historical Society.

The last Tasting Bee was held in 2009 by The Friends of the Orono Library to help purchase furnishings for the new library.

As part of its final fundraising campaign for the  Civil War Monument Restoration, the Orono Historical Society will host the Tasting Bee 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, June 22, at the Asa Adams School gym. The event will feature food samples from local  restaurants and free drawings for  many door prizes donated by local merchants. Tickets are available at  Orono Pharmacy, The Store, at the door or from historical society members. The cost is $10, $5 children 6 to 10, free to children under 6. Ticket sales are limited.

Vacation Bible School

ORRINGTON — Savannah Safari Vacation Bible School for children age 4 to 10  will be held 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 25-27,  and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 27, at East Orrington Congregational Church. Snacks will be provided. Admission is free. For information, call 825-3404.


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