Community news briefs for 8/10/17

St. John’s Organ Society presents George Bozeman concert

St. John’s Organ Society will continue its ongoing summer organ concert series Thursday, Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m. with a music program from George Bozeman. The concerts, which commemorate the society’s 25th anniversary, features visiting artists on Maine’s largest 19th-century tracker-action pipe organ, E. & G. G. Hook’s Opus 288 at St. John Catholic Church, 207 York St.

Bozeman will present a music program titled “Pictures at an Exhibition as found in the chorale preludes of Johann Sebastian Bach” demonstrating how Bach painted pictures suggested by the words of the chorales.

Bozeman, a native of Texas, studied organ at the University of North Texas and apprenticed as an organ builder with Otto Hofmann of Austin, Texas. On a Fulbright grant, he studied organ with Anton Heiller and harpsichord with Isolde Ahlgrimm at the Academy of Music in Vienna. After working with organ builder Fritz Noack, he founded his own firm in Lowell, Mass., later moving to Deerfield, NH. He has continued as an active church musician and is director of music at the Pembroke Congregational Church. He has played recitals across the United States and in Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, visit


Lecture on the dress of Castine during the British Occupation

CASTINE- Men’s fashion at the time of the American Revolution was very different than men’s fashion of today. Historian Henry Cooke will offer a public lecture entitled Soldiers, Sailors and Loyal Citizens All: The Dress of Castine during the British Occupation, 1779-1783 7-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18 at the Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins St.

When the British Army and Navy arrived in Castine in 1779, they added their unique attire to that of a port town filled with fishermen, shipbuilders and skilled tradespeople, as well as merchants and their genteel ladies. This lecture will draw upon historical records, period artwork and both original and reproduction garments to illustrate the distinguishing quality and style represented in Castine’s colorful community. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Henry Cooke of Historical Costume Services has two degrees in American Social History with a focus on the ordinary people of the Revolutionary era. His interest in that time period found expression in living history as a founding member of the Tenth Massachusetts Regiment, which he helped to found in 1977, and subsequently led for eighteen years. His research into the material culture of the past, particularly in the study and reproduction of historic costume, was born of practical necessity to get historical clothing for interpretation. This eventually evolved to become his current business, Historical Costume Services, which he operates out of his 1850s vintage home in Randolph, Mass.

For more information visit the Wilson Museum’s Calendar of Events at,  call 326-9247, or email


Bucksport Arts Festival returns with art, music, and community events

BUCKSPORT – This weekend, the successful Bucksport Arts Festival will return to the waterfront walkway with nearly 40 fine artists and craftspeople, both new and returning.  The Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12th and will be held rain or shine.

For a list of participating artists, visit  In addition to fine arts and crafts, the Festival will also feature local food vendors including Island Farm Kitchen and Chef on the Run.  Live music will be offered by Flannel Doughboys and The Ace Tones.

New for 2017:

One lucky artist will receive a Community Favorite Award cash prize!  Anyone attending the Festival can vote for his or her favorite artist, and votes will be tallied after the Festival ends at 5 p.m.

Main Street Bucksport and Lighthouse Arts Center will be hosting free art workshops during the day.  “Bucksport Rocks” workshops will offer activities for all ages centered on using rocks in art.  Demonstrations will include painting, wire wrapping, jewelry making, creating creature rocks and more!  Participants can make their own art and take home their version of “Bucksport Rocks.”  Workshops begin at 10:30 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.

At 5 p.m., Main Street Bucksport and Bucksport’s Wednesdays on Main are sponsoring a free film showing of I Know A Man . .  . Ashley Bryan.  Bryan is an artist, activist, writer, puppet maker and more.  He now lives on an island in Maine, and has used art his entire life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith and create loving community. The film explores his life from childhood, and his story and art is an inspiration to people of all ages.  Richard Kane will be at the event to share his journey with Mr. Bryan and answer questions.  See the trailer at

All proceeds of the 2017 Festival will benefit Main Street Bucksport’s programs.  Main Street Bucksport’s mission is to promote a vibrant downtown Bucksport by supporting existing businesses, attracting new businesses, and supporting cultural arts events.


EMMC Family Medicine welcomes provider

BANGOR– Eastern Maine Medical Center welcomes Mamatha Sirivol, MD, MPH, to EMMC Family Medicine in Hampden. Dr. Sirivol earned her medical degree at Kakatiya Medical College in India and completed her residency at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Pennsylvania. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

She is currently accepting new patients and her clinical interests include health and wellness, senior health, women’s health, preventative medicine and chronic disease management. If you are interested in becoming a patient of Dr. Sirivol,  you can connect with her by visiting or by calling 973-7090.


Patterson Family history to be presented at Hampden Historical Society meeting

The Hampden Historical Society will hold its next monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 28  at the Kinsley House Museum, 83 Main Road South (Route 1A), Hampden. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

At the meeting, George Patterson will talk about Hampden’s Patterson Family genealogy. Everyone in Hampden knows at least one Patterson and we invite everyone to join us for a look at the family’s roots dating back to 1695.

Upcoming programs include a discussion regarding the history of paper money used before the Civil War at the Sept. 25 meeting, and a rousing round of “What’s That?” at the Society’s last meeting of the year on Oct. 23.

Meetings are open to the public and all are invited to attend. The Society also houses an extensive archive that includes town records, maps and photographs as well as genealogical information. The Museum and Archive are open each Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April through October, or by appointment.

For membership or other information contact the Hampden Historical Society at 862-2027 or by email at


Maine teen to ride for homeless pets 

14-year old Matthew Gross is riding for the animals of the Bangor Humane Society and the Animal Orphanage of Old Town for his “Ride for the Wet Nose”.

The ride will begin at Pat’s Bike Shop in Brewer, travel through Brewer to Passadumkeag Fire Department, and back to Pat’s Bike Shop. The ride is 65 miles.

In total, Matthew has raised $12,000 in the past five rides with all donations going towards the shelters.

The ride will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 8 a.m.

For more information, visit


Eastern Maine Community College announces articulation agreement with University of Maine

BANGOR — Eastern Maine Community College and the University of Maine signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Tuesday, Aug. 1, that allows EMCC students in designated programs to easily transfer credits toward a bachelor’s degree at Maine’s flagship campus.

The MOU is intended to streamline admission opportunities for academically qualified students and graduates of EMCC, facilitate student academic transfer and create a smooth transition for students transferring from EMCC to the University of Maine. The MOU was signed by Dr. Lisa Larson, EMCC President, Dr. Susan Hunter, University of Maine President, Liz Russell, Vice President of Academic Affairs, EMCC, and Dr. Jeffrey Hecker, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

“We have a strong tradition of successful transfer students from EMCC and this agreement supports both institutions’ desires to formalize and expand many of the informal pathways that already exist.  Those of us who have been working on them believe they will be good for Maine students and hopefully increase prospective students’ interest in both our institutions,” stated Sharon Oliver, Director of Transfer Admission, University of Maine.

Program-specific articulation agreements were also signed on Wednesday including A.A. in Liberal Studies to Bachelor of University Students, Leadership Track, A.A.S. in Electrical and Automation Technology to B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology, and A.A.S. in Civil Engineering Technology to B.S. in Construction Engineering Technology.

Liz Russell, EMCC Vice President of Academic Affairs, states, “The creation of these formalized agreements provides our graduates with clear educational pathways, and this benefits not only our students and graduates but also our institutions and the State of Maine.  We look forward to establishing many more agreements with the University.”


Land trust opens new trail in Bucksport

BUCKSPORT—Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust is hosting a grand opening at their new Old Chapman Farm property on the Upper Long Pond Road, 10 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, August 19  (rain date Aug. 20). There will be a ribbon-cutting at 10:30 am, guided hikes leaving at intervals, and refreshments available.

The 65-acre parcel, donated to GPMCT in 2015, hosts the remains of an old farm built in 1834 by the Chapman family—as well as a 5.5-acre managed blueberry field with a spectacular view toward Peaked Mountain, and a new ¾-mile hiking trail through a diverse forest with more than 200 plant species, towering trees and fern-covered boulders.

“This is a remote and lovely property, which helps protect Colby Brook and Long Pond—and it’s a fun destination in a forgotten part of Bucksport,” said GPMCT Executive Director Cheri Domina. “The Upper Long Pond Road is now abandoned, but it once had quite a few farms and homes.”

Variously called the “Long Pond Settlement” in the 1800s or “Santiago” in the early 1900s, the Upper Long Pond Road area today is one of the wildest and most scenic areas in Bucksport. Visitors to the Old Chapman Farm—the only conserved property along the road—will be able to enjoy hiking, birdwatching, picnicking and hunting on the property, which is accessible by bike, ATV or snowmobile, as well as on foot or by car in season.

The Old Chapman Farm has limited parking, and the Upper Long Pond Road can be challenging to travel; the property is inaccessible by car from the north. For information on access, alternative parking and shuttles, or rain date, please visit, e-mail or call 469-6929.
NAMI Bangor Family-to-Family Class

BANGOR — NAMI Bangor is offering a FREE Family-to-Family class for family members of adults with mental illness in the Bangor area 6-8:30 p.m. starting on Thursday, Sept. 7.

This class provides education about different mental illnesses, teaches problem-solving and communication skills, and includes presentations on recovery and advocacy. Volunteers with experience teach this course, which will meet weekly through Nov. 16. Pre-registration is required. For information or to pre-register for the class, call Cheryl Griswold at 631-8017, Tammy Jipson at 479-6977, or Tonya Bailey-Curry at NAMI Maine, 1-800-464-5767, extension 2305.

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