Community news briefs for 8/24/17

Old Town-Orono YMCA addressing community needs with addition of multipurpose indoor turf area

OLD TOWN – This year marks 120 years since the Old Town-Orono YMCA established its first membership guidelines. During these last dozen decades, the Y has seen the programs, facilities, and the needs of the communities it serves evolve in many ways.

As the needs of the community change, the Old Town-Orono YMCA is assessed on how it can best provide for it members and the region.  Based on the most recent assessment, it has been determined that it is time for  to make a change at the Old Town-Orono YMCA.

“We are very excited to share that we will be creating a multi-purpose activity area and installing indoor turf in the area that was previously used as our youth gym/skate park,” said Old Town-Orono YMCA CEO Deb Boyd. “This indoor field will provide year round entertainment and activity for our members.”

The YMCA’s membership numbers have grown, and in talking with local coaches, school and municipal officials, it has been concluded that an indoor turf facility would provide the most diverse programming opportunities possible while addressing an increased need for year-round recreation and training.

This space will be used for indoor soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, baseball, golf, birthday parties, etc.  This will bring many endless opportunities, and many members will be able to participate in activities or rental groups in that space. The YMCA continuously strives to offer programming and facility options that will promote healthy living and hold interest for the many children and active adults in our community.

The Y is appreciative of the members of the skating community and are glad that for more than a decade we were able to provide a safe space for them to skate. It thanks them for their dedication and hopesl that they will continue to participate at the Y in new and exciting programs.

The transition of this space will begin during the early fall months, with plans for a grand opening and ribbon cutting in the near future. Businesses and individuals that have an interest in becoming a sponsor of this space or supporting the project in any way are welcomed to contact the YMCA for more information.


Maryann Hartman Award nominations open

ORONO– Nominations for the 2017– 2018 Maryann Hartman Award and the Maryann Hartman Young Women’s Social Justice Award will be accepted through Nov. 15, with a public celebration planned for March 28, 2018 at the University of Maine.

Following a hiatus in 2017, the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program has partnered with UMaine’s Rising Tide Center to continue the tradition of honoring contemporary Maine women by enhancing awareness of their accomplishments.

The Hartman awards are named for the late UMaine associate professor of speech communication who was a renowned educator, feminist, scholar and humanist.

The Maryann Hartman Award recognizes the inspirational achievements of women in the arts, politics, business, education, health care and community service. The Young Women’s Social Justice Award honors the contributions of a high school sophomore or junior who is dedicated to promoting diversity and equality in her community.

Nominations can be submitted online or mailed to: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, 5728 Fernald Hall, Suite 201, University of Maine, Orono, Maine 04469. For more information, call 581-1228.

Paul Betit: Let Me Tell A Story author talk

Join Paul Betit as he talks about his latest book:  Let Me Tell A Story is a mix of short fiction and memoir, a collection of stories that take place over a span of more than 50 years. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept 13 at the Bangor Public Library, 143 Harlow St.

“The book reads like a novel, but it isn’t one,” Betit said. “The narrator in one story is not necessarily the narrator of the next story or any of the stories that follow, but the book has a definite chronological arc and a nostalgic, melancholy feel to it.”

During his talks, Betit shares back-stories, reads from current writing projects and talks about the creative process and the publishing game. He always leaves plenty of time for Q&A.

Inscribed copies of all four of Betit’s books will be available for purchase at discounted prices: Phu Bai, Kagnew Station and The Man In The Canal.


Nutcracker in a Nutshell Auditions Aug. 26.

Bangor Ballet will hold auditions for the 2017 Nutcracker in a Nutshell on Saturday, August 26th: All dancers age 10 and up are welcome!

First Group: 11:30-12:30; Registration no later than 11:15 For all boys age 10 and up and girls age 10 to 14 who do not dance on pointe or have fewer than 3 years of pointe. (Some may be asked to stay for the later audition.) The audition for the first group will include work on a few steps and combinations from Nutcracker.

Second Group: 12:45-2:30; Registration no later than 12:30. Girls age 13 to adult with a minimum of three years on pointe. The audition for the second group will include a technique class from 12:45 – 2:00, followed by repertoire en pointe.

All dancers must register in the Bangor Ballet offices on the ground floor of 14 State Street no later than 15 minutes prior to the auditions. Please bring a headshot or other photo of the dancer with hair up in a bun for girls (does not need to be a professional photograph) and a resume if available (these are not required to audition but are helpful to us if easily available).

Rehearsals will take place primarily on Sundays starting Sunday, September 10 (there may be some occasional Saturday afternoon rehearsals). Please have a list of any rehearsal date conflicts and if under 18, a parent or guardian must sign release forms. Children age 12 and under must have an adult present in the building during the audition (please feel free to wait in Bangor Ballet’s office).

The performance dates for Nutcracker in a Nutshell 2017 are: November 19 (Dover-Foxcroft)

December 9 and 10 (Gracie, Bangor) With the possibility of a third performance location November 26 or December 3 and/or an in-school performance, TBD.

The auditions will be on the 4th floor of Thomas School of Dance, 16 State Street, Bangor, ME.

Roberto Forleo, Artistic Director of Bangor Ballet, will conduct the auditions. Please feel free to contact us at with any questions.


Eastern Maine Medical Center Welcomes New Primary Care Provider

BANGOR –Eastern Maine Medical Center welcomes Alexandria Dame FNP, to EMMC Family Medicine on Husson Avenue. Alexandria earned her Master of Science in nursing from Simmons College in Boston where her clinical rotations included women’s health, OB/GYN, cardiology, family practice, and pediatric primary care.

Alexandria is not new to EMMC as she most recently worked in the Emergency Department. She is currently accepting new patients and her clinical interests include health and wellness, children’s health, and women’s health. If you are interested in becoming a patient of Alexandria you can connect with her by visiting or by calling 973-7090.

Alexandria Dame FNP, is currently accepting new patients at EMMC Family Medicine on Husson Avenue.
Courtesy of Eastern Maine Medical Center


“No Plan B” to premiere late August in two Maine locations

BROOKSVILLE -– Alison Chase/Performance in collaboration with Gene Felice/Coaction Lab and multi-instrumentalist and composer Franz Nicolay are excited to present the world premiere of “No Plan B”, a cross genre collaboration of movement, light, projection and sound.

This collaborative and fully immersive production explores the potential of combining art and technology and has been under development for over a year. A collaborative research residency, made possible through the UMaine Intermedia MFA program allowed Gene Felice, Director of the Coaction Lab at UMaine and choreographer Alison Chase to collaborate and explore the creative potential of light, immersive projection and surround sound for this unique production. Original music for “No Plan B” is composed by New York City based composer, Franz Nicolay, best known for his role musicianship in the cabaret-punk orchestra World/Inferno Friendship Society.

Building on the success of last summer’s Dancing with Steel production, this is the second Beyond the Proscenium series that Alison Chase/Performance has produced and features an astonishing ensemble of six creative performers. Alison states, “There are a lot of voices in this collaboration, making this a rich piece, and very different from anything I’ve created before. Our inaugural tent event, combining the opportunity to indulge all the senses with good food, cutting edge entertainment and innovation, promises to be a first of its kind.”

“No Plan B” will premiere at Fort Knox State Park in Prospect from Thursday, Aug. 24 through Sunday, Aug. 27 with evening performances at 8 p.m. The following week, “No Plan B” will be presented at Thompson’s Point in Portland from Thursday Aug. 31 through Sept. 2, with evening performances at 8 p.m. Dates are rain or shine and audiences will be fully covered during performances.

Several regional food and beverage vendors will be on the grounds for both events and audiences are invited to arrive at 6 p.m. to grab a bite to eat and a beverage. Tickets are $25 each and are available online at and at the door.


Margaret Harper Organ Concert, August 31

St. John’s Organ Society will end its summer organ concert series with a program by Margaret Harper of Portsmouth, NH at 7:30 Thursday, Aug. 31. The concerts commemorate 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. The concert will be at St. John Catholic Church, 207 York St.

Harper will perform the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, César Franck, Nathan Stang, Camille Saint-Saëns, Matthew Locke, Max Reger and Georg Böhm.

Margaret Harper has performed across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Croatian newspaper Glas Slavonije writes, “The freezing cold of a January evening dominated the cathedral in Djakovo, but it could not diminish the richness and warmth of sound brought out of the cathedral organ by Margaret Harper.”

Margaret is the Director of Music and Liturgy at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, NH, as well as the Director of its Choir School. She is on the faculty and the board of the Young Organist Collaborative and is Artistic Director of the chamber music series Concerts on the Hill.

She has presented academic papers at national and regional conferences of the American Bach Society and the American Guild of Organists. In 2016, she was the keynote speaker at the Around the Mountain Organ and Choral Festival.

Margaret holds a DMA and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Her primary teachers include William Porter, David Higgs, Michel Bouvard, Edoardo Bellotti, and Edward Zimmerman. She was a stipendiat at the 2012 Arp Schnitger International Organ Competition. In the same year, she was the inaugural recipient of the James B. Cochran Prize, which is awarded annually for the best organ degree recital at the Eastman School of Music. In 2014, she was a semifinalist in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance.

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

Margaret Harper will perform the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Cesar Franck, Nathan Stang, Camille Saint-Saens, Matthew Locke, Max Reger and Georg Bohm at the Aug. 31 concert.
Courtesy of Cathy Bruno


Challenger Learning Center to hold Fall E-Waste Event  

BANGOR – The Challenger Learning Center of Maine is holding its next e-waste event 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 16.

Residents from any community may bring their electronic junk to Challenger for free disposal during the Fall E-Waste event. This includes old television sets, monitors, printers, computer hard drives, video players, electronic games, small appliances, copiers and the like. A complete list of acceptable items is available on Challenger’s website:

In exchange for providing this free, convenient service, Challenger requests that attendees make cash donations in support of Challenger’s annual fund. “Our semi-annual e-waste events raise important funding for Challenger during periods when we are between our busy times,” explained Susan Jonason, Executive Director. “Summer camp is over, school is just getting started, and so the funding that e-waste generates is a tremendous help to keep our center going strong while we gear up for all the amazing programs that lie ahead.”

“Our easy access location just off I-95 in Bangor, and the wonderful volunteers who unload vehicles, have made our e-waste events very popular. People travel from all over to bring us their old electronic junk. There never seems to be an end to this need, or to the generosity expressed to Challenger through the charitable support we receive, and so we are pleased to provide this service every spring and fall,” Jonason concluded.

Because many businesses are closed on Saturdays, arrangements can be made for an early drop-off on Friday, September 15, in exchange for a cash donation. To make a reservation for a business drop off, please call 990-2900 ext. 4.

The Challenger Center for Space Science Education and its international network of more than 40 Challenger Learning Centers create positive educational experiences that raise students’ expectations of success. Inspired by the original Challenger mission, Challenger Center is built on a forward-looking legacy of exploration.

In Maine, the Challenger Learning Center is located at 30 Venture Way in Bangor, and may be reached by calling 990-2900 or logging onto


Artful Spirit Connection to feature musical journey by the Rev. Todd Glacy

BREWER — Join the Rev. Todd Glacy on a musical journey to the heart of stillness through the singing and chanting of spiritual and Sacred songs. This journey will be followed by a gentle gong meditation to help quiet the mind and “tune in” to the “Truth” within us. The event will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 21 Holyoke St.

Rev. Todd Glacy, MA, is a Spiritual Facilitator who takes great joy helping people live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. He specializes in creating sacred space and offering transformational experiences which encourage and empower people to relax, tune in and reconnect with their truest and most authentic selves.

Satsang is a Sanskrit word that means “gathering together for the Truth”. Whenever something increases our experience of the Truth, it opens our heart and quiets our mind. Singing and meditating together are practices which can increase our experience of Truth.  For more information on Todd Glacy: See:

Tickets are $15. Limited tickets are available by calling Bill Lagerstrom at 974-9485 or Paula Baines at 944-0838.

Artful Spirit Connection, is an arts outreach program of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. It was founded last year when St. Pat’s-Brewer was awarded a New Initiative grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Maine in 2016. This outreach program sees Art as a conduit to meet new people, make connections, build relationships, and offer opportunities for expression, inspiration and growth.


‘Night of Laughs’ comedy show fundraiser by Brewer Professional Firefighters 2162

BREWER, Maine — Brewer Professional Firefighters 2162 is hosting “Night of Laughs” comedy show fundraiser at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Jeff’s Catering, 15 Littlefield Road.

Currently area businesses and residents are being contacted for sponsorships and ticket sales. The firefighters are raising funds for youth athletics, local scholarships, fire education projects and the many other worthwhile endeavors the local supports.

Please support your local firefighters and purchase tickets for this fun-filled event. Call 747-5277 to purchase tickets.


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


40th Annual Bangor Gun Show Sept. 9-10

The Penobscot County Conservation Association (PCCA) will present the 40th Annual Bangor Gun Show at the Anah Temple, 1404 Broadway, Saturday, Sept. 9 and Sunday, Sept. 10. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Proceeds from the show will support scholarships for wildlife conservation and wildlife law enforcement students at the University of Maine and Unity College. The PCCA also supports Maine Hunter Education; marksmanship training programs and is a contributor to many conservation programs in the State of Maine.

The show will feature new, used, antique and historical firearms, ammunition, parts and shooting accessories.

Admission is $8. NRA members, law enforcement officers and military personnel pay $7 with I.D. Children under 12 enter free when accompanied by an adult. Anyone joining NRA or renewing membership at the show will be admitted free. Come out and see the many firearm dealers who are ready to buy, sell, trade and discuss firearms.

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