Community news briefs for 8/17/17

Organ concert series continues with program featuring Kevin Birch

BANGOR– St. John’s Organ Society summer organ concert series will continue Aug. 24 with a program featuring Bangor’s Kevin Birch. The concerts celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the society with visiting artists playing on  Maine’s largest 19th-century tracker-action pipe organ, E. & G. G. Hook’s Opus 288. These concerts are on Thursday evenings at 7:30 at St. John Catholic Church, 207 York St.

During the program, Birch will perform the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Bohm and James Woodman.

Birch holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Iowa with previous studies at New England Conservatory in Boston and the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. Since 1992, he has served as Director of Music at St. John Catholic Church where he also serves as Executive Director of St. John’s Organ Society.

He is a member of the music faculty at the University of Maine’s School of the Performing Arts in Orono and serves on the Liturgical Commission for the Diocese of Portland. He has performed solo recitals in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and for several national conventions of the Organ Historical Society.

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

Kevin Birch will perform the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Bohm and James Woodman.
Courtesy of Cathy Bruno


Piano recital at Castine church

CASTINE— Pianist Alan Feinberg will present a piano recital at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Castine, on the Town Common.

Feinberg has earned four Grammy nominations for “best instrumentalist” and has recorded a wide range of piano concertos in the American repertoire. His 2013 release on the Steinway label of Basically Bull, was selected as one of the best recordings of the year and described as “a revelation” by Classics Today.

Feinberg has performed as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, London Philharmonia, Montreal Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmic, and many others.

Feinberg frequently performs in Europe. Appearances include The Proms, Wigmore Hall, festivals in Edinburgh, Geneva, Budapest, St. Petersburg, Moscow and others.

Donation of $10 would be appreciated


Waldo Peirce Reading Room thanks program supporters

The Waldo Peirce Reading Room Library would like to give a huge shout out to all who helped make our Children’s Summer Reading Program a big success:  Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust, Waldo County Sherriff”s Department, Sheriff Trafton, Winterport Ambulance, Stanley Bowden, Brittany Whittlesey, Frankfort Fire Department, Jeff Anderson, Maine Mounted Search and Rescue, Melissa Roman, Tammy Elisenheimer, Military/Marines, Staff Sergeant, Spencer J. Smith.

Food Donations for our Annual Cookout: McDonalds, Bucksport; Swan Lake Grocery, Swanville; Wilson’s Market, Frankfort; On The Run, Winterport; Hannaford, Hampden; Hannaford, Bucksport; Anderson’s Market, Frankfort; Tozier’s Market, Searsport.
Orono Town Council vacancy announced

Orono town leaders are announcing that a council member, Clint Relyea, is vacating his post and nomination papers to fill his seat are available.

Relyea, who earned a seat on the Orono Town Council in March 2016, has accepted an out-of-state job a press release about the departure states.

A special local municipal election is scheduled for Nov. 7 to fill Relyea’s seat, which has a term that expires in March 2019. To get on the ballot, nomination papers, which must be signed by at least 25 registered voters, must be returned to the town office by 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22.

Those with questions can contact Town Clerk Shelly Crosby at 866-2556.


Annual Charity Motorcycle Ride to Benefit Furry Friends at BHS

Two local businesses are coming together to help raise money for the homeless pets at the Bangor Humane Society.

Russ Maynard of Blackstream Custom Cycles in Hermon is partnering with Dysart’s Restaurant on Broadway to organize a charity motorcycle ride and concert for the shelter with proceeds benefiting the agency’s annual Paws on Parade event, scheduled for Sept. 30.

The ride takes place on Sunday, August 20 and starts at the Bangor Humane Society. Tickets are on sale now. The cost of the ride is $ 25 for single riders and $30 for double and includes the ride, a meal and live music. The ride will start at the parking lot across the street from the Bangor Humane Society and kickstands will go up at 11 a.m. sharp. The ride route will break in Guilford where riders can enjoy lunch, music and door prizes at the Red Maple Inn. The route will continue back and conclude around 3 p.m. at Dysart’s Restaurant on Broadway for hot dogs, burgers and live music with the Jimmy Brown Band.

“We so appreciate the support from generous local individuals and businesses, especially this time of year,” says Stacey Coventry, Director of Development and PR. “This time of year the number of animals in our care increases dramatically causing our expenses to skyrocket, while our financial contributions tend to wane. Past charity rides have been a great success, raising thousands of dollars for us, so we are looking forward to partnering with Dysart’s and Blackstream Cycles for this year’s ride!”

For tickets you can call Blackstream Custom Cycle at  409- 6904 or Dysart’s at 942- 4878. Tickets can also be purchased in person at either the Hermon or Bangor Dysart’s locations or at the Bangor Humane Society. Tickets are also available for just the meal and concert for the same price if individuals prefer not to ride. Get them today to guarantee your spot and to join the fun!

To learn more about the Bangor Humane Society’s Annual Paws on Parade event, visit their event website at


EMMC Opens New Unit for Observation Care

BANGOR– All acute care hospitals, including Eastern Maine Medical Center, are required to determine if patients are sick enough to be admitted as inpatients, or should receive short-term services known as observational care. Recently, EMMC opened its new Short Stay Unit to efficiently assess patients’ needs and decide the next steps in their care, which could include a safe return home or an admission to the hospital.

“We know that no one wants to be in the hospital any longer than they need to be. Observation patients can expect shorter stays, which will improve their experience,” says Ashley Robertson, MD, medical director, Care Management.

“Before the unit’s inception, observation patients were placed in various inpatient rooms throughout the hospital, or in the Emergency Department, staying for up to 36 hours, with less coordinated care.This model of care allows us to focus on providing the right care in the right place during the right timeframe.”

Dedicated physicians from the EMMC Family Medicine Center and Residency program treat observation patients in the Short Stay Unit by effectively streamlining care, setting expectations around length of stay, and quickly addressing questions patients may have while they are in the hospital.

Within a 20-hour period, most patients in the Short Stay unit will return home safety and receive follow up care in an outpatient setting. Staff members work to improve outcomes by sharing details of the hospital visit with the patient’s primary care provider and confirming follow-up care is in place. About one-third will be admitted to an inpatient unit in the hospital.

The new approach to observation medicine at Eastern Maine Medical Center is expected to improve patient flow, lead to better communication with patients, and improve EMMC’s ability to care for patients both in the Emergency Department and in inpatient areas.


Bangor Savings Bank Joins FAME Program to Provide Student Loans, Refinancing/Consolidation

BANGOR, – Bangor Savings Bank is the newest partner in the Finance Authority of Maine’s network of local lenders providing private student loans and education debt refinancing/consolidation.

As a member of the Maine Private Education Loan Network, Bangor Savings Bank now offers a private student loan for undergraduate and graduate students, and an education refinancing/consolidation loan. Both loans are available to individuals with a Maine connection. For eligibility requirements, please go to

Bangor Savings can refinance both federal and private student debt as well as some Federal PLUS loans. The bank’s private student loans are insured by the Finance Authority of Maine and require that the borrower has good credit and the ability to repay the loan. The bank is offering both variable and fixed rate pricing options for the refinance/consolidation loans.

“We want to help more Mainers realize the dream of earning an undergraduate or advanced degree, and ease the financial burden many college students face as they begin their careers,” said Bangor Savings Bank President and CEO Bob Montgomery-Rice.

Maine is lucky to have local student loan options, including these that are backed by the state. Many people who need to borrow private student loans or refinance/consolidate have been doing so through national lenders.

Learn more about the new Bangor Savings student loans and how to apply for one at or call Bangor Support at 1-877-226-4671.


Brewer High School Alumni Reunion slated for Aug. 18

BREWER — The annual Brewer High School Alumni Reunion will be held Friday, Aug. 18, at Jeff’s Catering and Banquet Center, 15 Littlefield Road.

All former graduates and students who left school 50 years or more ago are invited to attend. The Class of 1966 will be recognized as the “new over 50s” alumni. The Class of 1957 will be honored for being alumni more than 60 years.

The reunion is not only a time to reconnect, reminisce and have fun with former classmates, but it is also a huge fundraiser that benefits current Brewer High School students.

Last year, six $1,000 scholarships were awarded. There will be six $1,500 scholarships awarded. Every scholarship dollar raised by the Brewer High School Alumni is collected through donations.

Social time will be 4:30-6 p.m. The program and raffle drawings will be 6-6:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. More social time, music and dancing will be 7:30-10:30 p.m.

To make a reservation, contact Carolyn Thompson at 989-4575.


Auditions for Robinson Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ 2017 performances

BANGOR — Auditions for Robinson Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” will be held Saturday, Sept. 9, at 107 Union St., corner of Union and Main streets.

Auditions for dancers ages 9-12 will be held 11 a.m.-noon, and for ages 12-adult will be held 12:30-2:30 p.m. Dancers with pointe experience should attend the 12:30 p.m. audition and bring pointe shoes. Auditions will be run in the form of a classical ballet class.

The 2017 performances will be at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, University of Maine at Machias; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, at Houlton Performing Arts Center; 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at St. Kierans Performing Arts Center, Berlin, N.H.;  2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at The Grand Auditorium, Ellsworth; 12:30 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, with Bangor Symphony Orchestra and Bangor Area Children’s Choir, at Collins Center for the Arts, Orono.

For information, call Robinson Ballet at 990-3140; or visit .


Get the Rest of the Story

Thank you for reading your 4 free articles this month. To continue reading, and support local, rural journalism, please subscribe.