Senior citizens trips

AREA — Area senior citizens are invited to go on a bus trip to Bar Harbor on Wednesday Aug. 26.

The bus will pick passengers up at 10 a.m. at Old Town Elks Club; 10:15 a.m. at old Hampden Academy; and 10:30 a.m. Bangor Recreation Department.

The cost of the trip is $33 and includes bus fare, tip and a $10 return toward lunch. The day is intended to be one of leisure and participants may decide for themselves what they want to do and see when they arrive in Bar Harbor.

Payment for the trip must .be received by Friday, Aug. 21. Make checks payable to Hampden Senior Citizens and mail to: Emma Holt, 469 Birch St., Bangor ME 04401.

For information call Emma or Nancy at 262-8736.

We Will Speak Out

BANGOR — Cass Clemmer of the organization We Will Speak Out will give an informative presentation at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Columbia Street Baptist Church, 63 Columbia St. A pot luck dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

Cass’s work includes raising awareness of sexual and gender based violence. A large part of her work focuses on sexual and gender based violence that happens within churches and communities.

For information, email or call the church at 945-6616.

Grant to Hope House

BANGOR — Penobscot Community Health Care announced that its Hope House Health and Living Center recently received a $50,000 grant from Doree Taylor Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., trustee.

The grant will be used to fund general operations in order to support the mission of the Hope House Health and Living Center which provides a safe place to sleep for approximately 800 people a year, as well as integrated medical and behavioral health care, substance abuse treatment, and resources to achieve stability and self-sufficiency.

Ann Giggey, director of Hope House Health and Living Center, said, “This grant will assist with replacement and upgrade of equipment much needed to provide shelter care and services.”

The Hope House provides emergency shelter and is a community safety net in the Bangor area, managing overflow of homeless persons from other shelters. Hope House provides shelter to 55-60 adult men and women each night.

Place names

CASTINE — Learn about the Native American origin and meaning of local place names from tribal historian James Francis in his presentation “Penobscot Place Names” at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Wilson Museum’s Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins St.

Francis is the Penobscot Nation’s tribal historian and is studying the relationship between Maine Native Americans and the landscape. Previously, Francis worked for the Wabanaki Studies Commission to help implement the Maine Native American Studies Law. Working as a historical researcher, photographer, filmmaker and graphic artist, Francis has numerous accomplishments, including the co-production of “Invisible,” a film that examines the issue of racism in relation to the Native American people of Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. He also completed an oral history project for the Penobscot Nation that preserved a community history that cannot be found in books. He has curated multiple museum exhibits and has served on boards and committees for many organizations.

The event is free and open to the public. For information, contact the Wilson Museum at 326-9247 or

Benefit supper

EDDINGTON — Trustees of the Eddington Clifton Civic Center, also known as Comins Hall, have launched its Repair Our Windows campaign. The cost to repair the windows of the 136-year-old building is $17,000. Comins Hall is listed as both a national and state historic place.

To help attain the fundraising goal, public suppers are held June through October and offer varying menus.

A trashcan turkey supper will be served at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Comins Hall, 1387 Main Road (Route 9) in Eddington. The cost is $8, $3 children.

The hall dining room is air conditioned dining room and the building is handicapped accessible.

For information, go to

Vacation Bible School

HAMPDEN — Vacation Bible School for children age 4 through sixth grade will be held  6-8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 17-21, at West Hampden Baptist Church, 574 Western Ave. International Spy Academy Vacation Bible School will include stories, games, crafts and snacks for each age group. For information, call 862-6070 or 745-3435.

Pool fundraiser

HAMPDEN — The second annual Lura Hoit Memorial Pool Water Carnival fundraiser will be held 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at the pool.

Admission is $5 per person  and family activities will include swim with the dolphins’ flipper dipper, octopus ring toss, spray zone, kiddie car wash, water basketball, water volleyball and more.

Children under age 6 must have an adult join them in the water and children age 12 and under must have an adult in the building.

Free hot dogs will be included in the admission cost and Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause truck will support the event with  free ice cream.

For information, call the pool at 862-4305 or go to

Honorary pages

HERMON — Maine State Rep. Roger Reed of Hermon welcomed Adam and Joel Ford of Hermon to the Statehouse as they prepared to serve as Honorary Pages. Their duties will include delivery of the large amount of paper that moves within the House during a typical legislative day.

Reed said he encourages all students to experience being an Honorary Page as they get to view state government ‘right on the field’ and experience the legislative day in real time.

Wildlands work party

ORLAND — Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust will hold a trail work party on Saturday, Aug, 15, to finish the new Hay Ledges Loop Path connecting the Stuart Gross Trail on Great Pond Mountain to the Hay Ledges and down to the Dead River Trail, a distance of 0.8 miles.

Meet at the Wildlands’ Dead River Gate at 8:30 a.m. (0.5 mi. up Don Fish Road from Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery).

Tasks include clearing the path corridor with hand saws and loppers, mattock work, staining the bench at the viewpoint and putting up metal blazes with a drill. Tools will be supplied, but participants are encouraged to bring tools, as well.

To RSVP, email Jennifer at or call 469-2045.

Benefit yard sale

ORONO — The 12th annual yard sale to benefit the Orono Bog Boardwalk will take place 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at 139 Main St. In case of rain, the event will be held Sunday, Sept. 13.

To donate items for the yard sale, call Jim Bird at 866-2578.

Board of Education chairwoman

WINTERPORT — The Maine State Board of Education recently elected Martha J. Harris of Winterport  as chairwoman and Alan R. Burton of Winslow as vice-chairman.

Harris is chairwoman of the Legislative Liaison Committee and serves on the School Facilities Construction Committee for the State Board of Education. She is in her 21st year on the RSU 22 School Board where she has served as chairwoman of the policy and building committees and served on the steering committee for transition to student-centered, standards-based education.

In 2013, she received the 2 Those Who Care Award for her volunteer work, especially in the area of education. She has been in the general practice of law in Bangor since 1977.

Alan R. Burton has been employed by Cianbro for the past 38 years and is vice president of Cianbro. Burton was the impetus in founding the Cianbro Institute which houses all of Cianbro’s training, education and workforce development programs and initiatives.

Burton is the founder of the Maine Craft Championships and serves on several industry workforce development boards, trustees and councils. Burton is chairman of the Boards Career and Technical Education Committee, serves as legislative liaison for the State Board of Education, and serves on the School Facilities Construction Committee.

For more information, visit

Library news

WINTERPORT — The Winterport Public Library, 229 Main St., now has a coupon swap box where library patrons can leave coupons or take coupons.

The library collects food for the Neighbor’s Cupboard in Winterport. Nonperishable food donations may be dropped off at the library during regular library hours 2-7 p.m.Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, 2-7 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays. The library is closed Saturdays during the summer.

The Friends of the Winterport Library is seeking new members.

These activities are scheduled at the library:

  • Lego Club, 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays.
  • Wednesday 9:30 Not Just Knitting group, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays.
  • Not Just Knitting group, 5:30-7 p.m. Thursdays.
  • Book club for adults, 6-7 p.m. second Thursdays.
  • Story time and activity, 10:30 a.m. Fridays.

A picnic table and a bike rack for the library grounds are on the library wish list.

For information, call Mary at 223-5540.