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 and need help to get this job done.”

Gross added that the Legionnaires “are in danger of having our building insurance cancelled if we do not paint the building. It has been 20 years since the last painting. Without insurance coverage, they will not be able to use their building.

“A local painting contractor gave us a price of $3,700 to secure the clapboards, scrape the surfaces and apply paint,” Gross wrote.

“The building was built in 1835 and was used, many years, as a grammar school.

He notes that any help would be greatly appreciated.

Those interested in helping the veterans secure the future of their facility can send donations to American Legion Post No. 93, Bucksport 04416.

Howard M. Solomon of Bowdoinham, who has spent decades advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered communities, will receive the 2011 Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine Catalyst for Change Award during an awards dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Keeley Banquet Center, 178 Warren Ave. in Portland. For tickets and information, call 780-4269 or email

The Sampson Center Catalyst for Change Award acknowledges an individual who has been in the forefront for change regarding diversity, equality and human and civil rights in Maine.

A retired history professor at Tufts University and later the University of Southern Maine, Solomon was scholar-in-residence for the Sampson Center’s LGBT Collection, which he helped develop.

Solomon also has worked with EqualityMaine and Maine Initiatives.

Kristie Minor, reflections program director for Westgate Manor in Bangor, reports Westgate participated in “an outstanding Walk to End Alzheimer’s season in Maine, raising money and awareness to help end Alzheimer’s, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.”

Statewide, participants exceed the goal of raising $400,000 and “the Bangor Walk had a record year in spite of the weather and, to date, the grand total is $78,066 and counting,” Miner said. “We also had a record number of participants, with 651 supporters in attendance.”

The top individual fundraisers were Diane Winter, $1,600; Jutta Boulier, $1,000; and Tricia Tibbetts, $760.

The top Family/Friends Team fundraisers were the Maynard Shute Team, $5,213.50; Forget Me Knots, $4,415; and Team Joe, $2,150.

Raising the most funds among business teams were Westgate Manor, $5,642; Maine Veterans’ Home, Bangor, $4,861.53; and Woodlands Assisted Living, Brewer, $3,335.95.

Updated results and event photos are on the Bangor Walk to End Alzheimer’s Facebook page, and funds remaining to be turned in can be mailed to Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, Attn: Bangor Walk, 383 US Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough 04074. Included should be the walker’s name and team name (if applicable) so the funds can be credited appropriately.

If you have questions, call 772-0115 or email

Daigle Oil Co., an energy company in Penobscot and Aroostook counties, expanded its commitment as a Susan G. Komen for the Cure corporate sponsor by forming a first-time team for the recent Bangor Race for the Cure.

In June, team DOC Propane set a $10,000 fundraising goal, hoping to recruit 100 teammates to walk or run in the Sept. 18 event.

Daigle Oil reached out to employees, customers, suppliers and vendors for help and kicked off its campaign the end of June.

“By the end of August, our team roster was growing and the mercury on our goal thermometer was climbing beyond $8,000,” said team captain Sonya Dechene. “Initially, I thought a goal of $10,000 was a stretch, but as September approached, it was obvious we would exceed our goal by the date of the Race.”

DOC Propane raised $15,488 with a dedicated team of 59 participants, including two breast cancer survivors.

“The Komen Maine Race for the Cure is very grateful to the DOC Propane team for their fundraising efforts,” Sally Bilancia, executive director of the Komen Maine affiliate in Bangor, said. “They set their goals high and not only met them, but exceeded them by 40 percent. They were, by far, our top fundraising team this year.”

Dechene added the campaign was not about just achieving a goal but more importantly about wanting to make an impact and a difference.

She attributes the success of the company’s campaign to the collective efforts of all who participated and is amazed at the incredible show of support the DOC Propane team received. More importantly, seeing the success of the 15th annual Bangor Race for the Cure event with more than 5,000 participants and hundreds of survivors was beyond inspirational and a reason to participate again next year.

Daigle Oil serves residences and businesses in northern and central Maine with a range of energy-related products and services.