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2008-10-13 15:00:30

By JONI AVERILL One unfortunate aspect of these busy times, as many of us recognize, is the inability of groups and organizations to sustain their memberships and continue to implement their goals and objectives. Openly recognizing that problem is the Winterport Woman's Club, wrote Tammy Higgins, which has decided to publicly address the situation. Higgins wrote that the Winterport Women's Club will hold an open Community Membership Forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Smith...

2008-10-09 15:00:24

By JONI AVERILL The 22nd annual Eastport Chamber of Commerce Salmon Dinner, which was scheduled for Sept. 7, "had to be canceled because of extreme weather conditions," explained Eleanor Norton of Eastport. However, "a group of citizens from the Chamber of Commerce and Christ Episcopal Church decided to try again" to continue this tradition. As a result of that effort, the public is now invited to enjoy Salmon Sunday, with seatings at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at Eastport...

2008-10-08 15:00:37

By JONI AVERILL Cherryfield Academy is a "nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration of the Academy building," wrote Nancy Willey in announcing Cherryfield Academy's Harvest Festival. That event is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the academy, and features activities for folks of all ages. Children's activities include a science room, games, face painting and prizes, and you can purchase food ranging from chili to desserts. Area business owners and friends have donated...

2008-10-07 15:00:41

By JONI AVERILL Literacy Volunteers of Bangor executive director Mary Marin Lyon asks you to consider this problem: "Living in a community where you do not understand the language, and cannot read the written word." Then Lyon asks you to imagine yourself as part of the solution to that problem. You can do so by becoming a literacy volunteer and teaching someone to speak and read English, Lyon wrote. You do not need to know the other's language, she explained, you merely "have to have...

2008-10-06 15:00:40

By JONI AVERILL The annual auction to benefit the Maine Discovery Museum, one of Bangor's major downtown attractions, also serves as a major fundraiser for the organization that appeals to visitors of all ages from near and far. As preparations are under way for the sixth annual event beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Spectacular Event Center in Bangor, my friend Susan Carlisle, who has organized each event, is just as enthusiastic about this one as she was about the very first...

2008-10-01 15:00:50

By JONI AVERILL Two fundraisers are planned to benefit 1-year-old Isiah Washburn of Newport, the son of Jennie Ireland and Josh Washburn, who has been diagnosed with Hurler syndrome. According to Isiah's Web site, "This disease is very rare, incurable and fatal without immediate treatment." Only two hospitals in the U.S. treat the disease, so Isiah will be spending six months in North Carolina while he is receiving chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant at Duke University Medical...

2008-09-30 15:00:55

By JONI AVERILL Womancare-Aegis Association of Dover-Foxcroft volunteer program coordinator Ginger Hutchins reports its annual walk and race to end domestic abuse begins with registration and breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Piscataquis Community Middle School on Blaine Avenue in Guilford. It features a family walk and 5K race and a Sub-5 Track Club Series 12K race. The race entry fee is $15. There is no fee for walkers, but everyone is encouraged to obtain pledge sheets, which...

2008-09-29 14:41:13

By JONI AVERILL The Millinocket Community Garden of Hope, wrote Jan Moore, will be a Pink Tulip Garden "in honor of all the women who have touched our lives who have been affected by breast cancer." The Women's Fellowship of the First Congregational Church of Millinocket has ordered more than 200 pink tulip bulbs for the garden, 100 to be planted and 100 to sell, Moore wrote. From your $3 donation, $1 "will pay to provide one bulb for the garden in memory of, or in honor of someone; $1...

2008-09-29 14:41:13

By JONI AVERILL Considering that a study reported this summer in the Bangor Daily News indicates the annual cancer rate for Washington County is above the Maine average, the free conference "There is Hope Here in Washington County" should be a "must-attend" event for many people. Tami Dinsmore of the Regional Medical Center in Lubec wrote that the conference is 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Pellon Center on Court Street in Machias. For more information, to register or inquire...

2008-09-15 15:00:34

By JONI AVERILL Barbara Fister, executive director of My Friend's Place, an adult social program in Bangor, has announced the introduction of a new program, Memory Joggers, which is specifically designed for people "experiencing early memory loss," she said. An informational meeting for Memory Joggers will be held 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at First United Methodist Church, 703 Essex St., Bangor. The guest speaker is Dr. James D. Thomas, a clinical neuropsychologist of...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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