Spiritual workshop

BANGOR — Eckankar, the religion of the light and sound of God, will host a workshop 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21 and June 18, at the Bangor Public Library in the small conference room. The gathering will explore dreams, past lives, soul travel and spiritual exercise. The event is free and open to all. For information, call 947-8413 or go to eckinme.org.

Caring About Lives award

BANGOR — The Maine Suicide Prevention Program recognized the Bangor Daily News with a 2015 Caring About Lives in Maine award at a ceremony held May 7 at the University of Southern Maine.

The award recognized the BDN for its excellent coverage of suicide and suicide prevention, as well as internal training programs for BDN editors and staff. Anthony Ronzio, director of news and audience for the BDN, accepted the award.

“It’s a privilege to receive the award, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the frontline work done by Susan Young, Nok-Noi Ricker, Erin Rhoda and many others at the BDN,” said Ronzio. “I’m just standing in for all of us.”

President and CEO Todd Benoit praised Ronzio and the BDN newsroom.

“It’s a tough topic to cover, but an important one,” he said. “Suicide crosses social, economic and demographic classes statewide. We are proud to be recognized for bringing these issues to light in Maine.”

The BDN was nominated for the award by the National Alliance of Mental Illness of Maine, and ir was awarded during the Maine Suicide Prevention Program’s annual Beyond the Basics Conference.

Other award recipients included Hermon High School Principal Brian Walsh, Makyala Reed of Belfast, clothing entrepreneur Kyle Poissonnier of Katalyst in Portland, Jodi Beck of MaineGeneral Health in Augusta, Tonya Bailey-Curry of Lewiston and Ethel Jalbert, a registered nurse at Northern Maine Medical Center.

Energy seminar

BANGOR — The Manufacturers Association of Maine and Maine PowerOptions energy seminar with Constellation will be held 1-3 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Hollywood Casino Hotel and Raceway Bangor in the Lancaster Room.

The seminar will offer information on practical strategies to buy, manage and use energy through a strategic procurement program and provide a Maine energy market update. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

For information, call 747-4406 or email info@mainemfg.com.

Storm spotter training

BANGOR — Help the National Weather Service by becoming a SKYWARN storm spotter. Storm spotters report large hail, damaging wind, tornadoes and flooding. Spotter training will teach participants how to identify and report severe weather as well as how to maintain awareness, which will help keep loved ones safe and may save the lives of others.

The training session will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at the Penobscot County Emergency Management Agency, 69 Hammond St., next to the Post Office.

For other training in upcoming months, go to weather.gov/car or weather.gov/gyx.

Annual meeting

CASTINE — The Dr. Mary Cushman Circle will hold its annual meeting and potluck 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, in the vestry of the Main Street Church of Castine. All are welcome to join the circle as it endeavors to help others locally, nationally and internationally. For information, call Dianne at 326-0663.

Annual meeting

FRANKFORT — The Pilgrims Home Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at the Frankfort Congregational Church vestry, Main Road. Those who have family members buried at Pilgrims Home Cemetery in Monroe are invited to attend.

Plant and pie sale

HAMPDEN — The Hampden Garden Club will hold its annual perennial plant and pie sale at 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 16, at Harmony Hall, 24 Kennebec Road. The sale will feature hundreds of perennial plants grown and potted by club members, as well as homemade pies. Proceeds from the sale go to the restoration and preservation of historic Harmony Hall. For information, call Pat 862-3909, or Ellen 243-2945.

Chestnut tree planting

ORLAND — Ready to get down and dirty? Help plant 75 resistant seedlings from the American Chestnut Foundation in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands, Saturday, May 16. Holes will be pre-dug. Bring work gloves and a shovel to help plant, cage and water the trees. Rain date is Saturday, May 23. The event is sponsored by Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust.

Meet at 9 a.m. at South Gate on Route 1 near the junction of Route 176. Bring bug repellant.

For information, call Brian at 812-2044 or e-mail brian@greatpondtrust.org. Rain date May 23.

Quilt Show

ORONO — Dirigo Pines Retirement Community will host its first-ever Quilt Show 1o a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 16.  Dirigo Pines residents, friends, and local people will have a good variety of quilts available to the general public to view.  Tours of the community also will be available.

“I was pleased by the great response we had from people interested in showing their quilts”, said

Dirigo Pines Executive Director JoAnn Gallant. “We have some very talented people in our

community and some wonderful stories that go with the quilts that we will share at the show.”

Among the many quilts is Beverly Toole’s quilt. On her bed quilt, she used signal flags used by

ships along with Morse code and nautical features on squares to spell out her family’s names.

It’s a quilt with a story that she and others will share.

The public is invited to view quilts on display at three cottages and the Dirigo Pines Inn.

Transportation around the community will be available as well as refreshments.

Call the Dirigo Pines Inn at 866-3400 for information.

Plant sale

ORONO — The Black Bear Beauties plant sale will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, in the Roger Clapp Greenhouses, University of Maine. Students and faculty in the horticulture and sustainable agriculture program at the University of Maine grow the plants sold in this sale.

Proceeds from the sale will fund Grower of the Year scholarships for the best student

growers in these programs.

The year sale will offer tomatoes, peppers, herbs, annuals and a limited number of woody plants. For information, contact Stephanie Burnett at sburnett@maine.edu or 581-2937.

Insect Adventures

ORONO — Join the Friends of Edith Patch at our annual Insect Adventures program for children 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, May 16, at the Orono Public Library. See water bugs, explore with microscopes, see butterfly displays. There will be crafts and treats. The event is designed for elementary school aged children and their families. Admission is free.

Historical society meeting

ORRINGTON — The Orrington Historical Society will meet 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at 14 Center Drive Road. Guest speaker will be Sally Quinn Dodge, whose great-great grandfather, Capt. Perleston Quinn, was a sea captain and spent summers in Orrington on Hoxie Hill.

STATE — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is pleased to announce that Maine’s public drinking water is healthier than ever.

Recently released data shows a 48 percent decrease in non-health based violations, such as failure to have water tested when required, and a 50 percent decrease in health based violations, such as elevated levels of arsenic or bacteria, over the last 10 years. The number of public water systems receiving at least one violation has dropped 46 percent over the same time period.

The improvements to public health protection are  attributed to the efforts of water system owners and operators, technical assistance providers, educators, consultants and regulatory personnel working together to ensure safe drinking water.

Sidewalk sale

VEAZIE — Veazie Congregational Church will hold its annual spring sidewalk sale 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the church, 1404 State St. The sale will feature handmade jewelry, knitted and crocheted items, household items, white elephant items, garage items, plants and a food sale table. Grilled hot dogs and soda also will be available for purchase.

Day trip

VEAZIE — The Maine Atlantic Salmon Museum has organized a day trip to the Rangeley and Oquossoc Outdoor Heritage Museum, leaving the Veazie Salmon Club at 7 a.m. and returning by 4 p.m. Saturday, May 30. Email Claude Westfall for details at CZWestfall@aol.com.

The cost for the trip is $20 club members, $25 others. Lunch and museum entrance fee are not included. Space is limited and advance registration required. For information, go to maineatlanticsalmonmuseum.org/events/.