Articles by Joni Averill

Joni Averill

Time has come to enter a new phase in life

By Joni Averill on Oct. 18, 2011, at 12:37 p.m.
Transitions. Stages. Changes. Such is the nature of life, and I am about to embark on a new chapter. For 32 years, I have been privileged to be part of a very special family known as Bangor Publishing Company. My professional identity, since 1979, has been “Joni Averill of the …

American Legion post in Bucksport needs help

By Joni Averill on Oct. 18, 2011, at 12:32 p.m.
Here is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those who have served our country. Writing on behalf of American Legion Post No. 93 of Bucksport, Alton Gross said the group’s building “is in desperate need of a paint job, outside … We have very little money …

A few auxiliary members with big hearts support Penobscot Valley Hospital

By Joni Averill on Oct. 11, 2011, at 4:07 p.m.
For a small group, members of the Penobscot Valley Hospital Auxiliary in Lincoln continue to be a major force in the lives of everyone associated with PVH, from the people it serves to the staff who provide those services. “We have a lot to be proud of,” said PVH Auxiliary …

Teen recording artist raises funds, awareness for cancer and late friend’s foundation

By Joni Averill on Oct. 04, 2011, at 3:20 p.m.
Teen recording artist Gareth Laffely, who is visiting with relatives in Orono, has a goal: He wants “to change the world through music,” he said. A home-schooled, 13-year-old eighth-grader, Laffely lives with his parents, Susan Oliver and Neil Laffely, in Nashville. He made recent local appearances at a Champion the …

Save green, go green and swap this Halloween

By Joni Averill on Oct. 04, 2011, at 2:16 p.m.
Emails from out-of-state public relations firms working on behalf of a variety of organizations and event sponsors arrive daily and, as a rule, I quickly scan them to see whether there is anything that would apply to us here in Maine. The majority do not, but this one really grabbed …

Family who lost child to cancer reminds us September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

By Joni Averill on Sept. 27, 2011, at 6:50 p.m.
Sometimes we need an extra nudge, in the form of a thoughtful reminder, that we haven’t recognized something extremely important not only to many of our readers but, in the larger scale of things, important to each of us. I thank Christina Giorgi of Eddington for reminding us September is …
September is the big month for many square dance clubs because this is usually when they offer beginner lessons.

September could be considered square dance month in Maine

By Joni Averill on Sept. 27, 2011, at 6:49 p.m.
Although there is not technically a designated square dance month in Maine, if there were one it most likely would be September. That’s because the weather’s getting cooler, family vacations are over and many people are looking for an inexpensive evening out. Many square dance clubs do meet in the …
14-year-old Sam Alexander's smile lights up the room as he prepares for a shopping spree as part of his Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine shopping spree.

Teen receives wish from Make-A-Wish Foundation

By Joni Averill on Sept. 20, 2011, at 4:37 p.m.
BANGOR | The sky may have been cloudy Tuesday morning, but the smile on the face of Sam Alexander as he shopped his favorite store, GameStop in the Bangor Mall, lit up the place like a day filled with sunshine for family and friends accompanying him on a special …

EMMC Auxiliary enters 118th year

By Joni Averill on Sept. 20, 2011, at 3:10 p.m.
Earlier this month I had the pleasure of being in contact with four members of the board of Eastern Maine Medical Center Auxiliary in Bangor. I discovered this is a group of whom it can most certainly be said are all on the same page. Determined, assured, enthusiastic, confident and …

Williams Pond Lodge Red Bench Project benefits Cancer Support Center of Maine

By Joni Averill on Sept. 20, 2011, at 2:55 p.m.
Earlier this year, Williams Pond Lodge Bed & Breakfast of Bucksport introduced its Red Bench Project, which co-owner David Weeda describes as “a fun, creative way to support [the Bucksport-based] Cancer Support Center of Maine and increase our seating capability here at the Bed & Breakfast.” Williams Pond Lodge Bed …

Free retreat offered to women with ovarian cancer

By Joni Averill on Sept. 13, 2011, at 5:22 p.m.
What is believed to be the first retreat of its kind for Maine women who have ovarian cancer is being offered by the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center of Ellsworth. The free, two-day Turning Tide Ovarian Cancer Retreat begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, and ends …
Pictured (left to right) are Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Ellsworth branch employees Chris Young, Jenn Tucker, Jody McFadden and Theresa Ellis presenting a Community Commitment donation to Ida Page, Executive Director of Robert and Mary’'s Place in Ellsworth, that serves those with memory loss. Other Ellsworth branch employees unavailable for the photo include Marlene Lloyd, Jennifer Norton, Anna Minctons, Lacy Linscott and Gabriella Magee.

Bar Harbor Bank &Trust directors and employees donate to Robert and Mary’s Place

By Joni Averill on Sept. 13, 2011, at 5:19 p.m.
Each week, in exchange for being able to dress casually on Fridays, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust directors and employees voluntarily contribute to a charitable fund that makes a monthly donation to local nonprofit organizations through its Community Commitment program. The bank matches the employee donations, doubling the amount given …

Estelle’s Angels benefit comedy show one of many fundraisers for Penobscot Relay for Life

By Joni Averill on Sept. 06, 2011, at 5:12 p.m.
Each year, individuals and their friends form teams and spend months planning, organizing and hosting activities to raise funds to participate in American Cancer Society Relay for Life events held at various sites throughout Maine. The types of fundraisers range from benefit suppers to dances to car washes. One team …
Adam MacDonald, 25, of Presque Isle, is enjoying volunteering with members of the Bangor Fire Department for their International Fire Fighters Association Muscular Dystrophy Association "Fill the Boot" campaign as the local fire fighters seek donations during the Bangor Waterfront Concert Series.

Firefighters helping to fight Duchenne muscular dystrophy

By Joni Averill on Sept. 06, 2011, at 5:11 p.m.
When the 46th annual MDA Labor Day Telethon was broadcast for just six hours on Sunday, Sept. 4, it was the first time in the lives of many Americans 45 and younger that the program was not an all-day marathon fundraiser starring comedian Jerry Lewis and televised on Labor Day. …
The Susan G. Komen Maine Race for the Cure-Bangor and Survivor Sponsor Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway have announced that Michele Rowles of Brewer, co-chairman of the 2011 Bangor race, has been named the second Survivor of the Week.

Noteworthy news Sept. 2, 2011

By Joni Averill on Sept. 02, 2011, at 1:40 p.m.
The Susan G. Komen Maine Race for the Cure-Bangor and Survivor Sponsor Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway have announced that Michele Rowles of Brewer, co-chairman of the 2011 Bangor race, has been named the second Survivor of the Week. “I had some time to give and I wanted to give …

Neighbors Helping Neighbors work to clear property so local family can rebuild home lost to fire

By Joni Averill on Aug. 30, 2011, at 3:49 p.m.
Thanks to the efforts of some caring residents of Orrington and the surrounding area, major efforts are under way to assist the family of John and Ruth York and their children, Michael, 17, and Eva, 12, return to the property they once called home. In 2008, the York family lost …

In Katahdin area, it’s not just the residents and businesses feeling the economic pinch

By Joni Averill on Aug. 23, 2011, at 4:56 p.m.
With all the public discussion of what could and should be done to help the depressed economy in the Millinocket-East Millinocket area, especially when it comes to employment, it is all too easy to put in the back of our minds what is happening to some of the most depended-upon …
Carlene Rice of Brewer and her sister direct support personnel Danielle Littlefield make their way, with Carlene's service dog, Gibbs, into Citizens of Maine.

Friends make, sell pet treats to help woman pay for service dog

By Joni Averill on Aug. 16, 2011, at 12:31 p.m.
The last Thursday in July was a special day for Carlene Rice of Brewer and her friends at Citizens of Maine at the Intown Plaza in Bangor. That was the day Carlene, her mother, Sissy Rice, and her sister and direct support personnel, Danielle Littlefield, came to Citizens of Maine …

Down-home feel is real during Machias Wild Blueberry Festival annual musical comedy

By Joni Averill on Aug. 16, 2011, at 12:23 p.m.
What is there not to love about watching your friends, neighbors and fellow community members giving it their all to entertain you? Each year, people who attend the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival are treated to a musical comedy experience delightfully created, directed and performed by their very own, and this …

Wayne’s WIFFLE for a Wish goal is to be able to fund one full wish this year

By Joni Averill on Aug. 09, 2011, at 8:19 p.m.
Wayne’s WIFFLE for a Wish is in its third year raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation Maine Chapter. That organization, with offices in Camden and Portland, now has more than 500 volunteers statewide and a staff of six. According to its website, the national Make-A-Wish Foundation began April 29, 1980, …