Community news briefs for 8/31/17

Join HEAL Aug. 31 for its Narcan Party Celebration

Health Equity Alliance (HEAL) will commemorate International Drug Overdose Awareness Day with a free Narcan Party in Pickering Square from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31.  Friday Night Fire and Summit will be playing live during the event and Eat at Joe’s will be offering food for purchase.

In 2016, 376 Mainers died from drug overdoses. HEAL has been running a campaign, Keep Calm and Carry Naloxone, to raise money to combat this tragedy. With a goal of $28,200, HEAL hopes to raise enough money to distribute 376 Narcan kits – one for each of the lives lost last year.

Between March of 2016 through January of 2017, the HEAL distributed 252 kits containing Narcan directly to people actively using drugs. Kits were accompanied by training on preventing, identifying and responding to an opioid overdose, as well as a postcard to report the results of using the medication. Of the 252 kits distributed HEAL staff has heard of more than 60 successful reversals, for a 25% reversal rate.

“That’s 60 lives saved,” remarked Ross Hicks, HEAL’s Harm Reduction Coordinator, “60 families spared the loss of a parent or child. 60 fewer deaths in the Attorney General’s report. The evidence is there: direct distribution to people who use drugs works. It saves lives.”

All proceeds will be used to maintain and expand access to naloxone in an effort to lower Maine’s escalating overdose death rate, including fostering new distribution points in areas that currently lack access to the medication.

For more information about the Keep Calm and Carry Naloxone Campaign and the event, please contact HEAL’s Director of Development and Communications, Andrea Littlefield at, call 990-3626, or visit online at


Salt Water Town Revisited

The past is often viewed as the best of times with the most interesting characters. Nostalgia aside, meet some interesting, 1950s-vintage, Castine characters as Donald Small reads from his book Salt Water Town at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5 at Castine’s Wilson Museum’s Hutchins Education Center, 120 Perkins Street.

Co-sponsored by the Castine Woman’s Club and the Wilson Museum, this program will feel like a journey back to a simpler era. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Growing up in Castine during the 1940s and 50s, Donald Small graduated from Castine High School along with four classmates. He studied engineering at the University of Maine and later retired from Maine Maritime Academy as Professor of Engineering. While his career was filled with technical writing, Don has enjoyed creative writing as a hobby for a number of years. Salt Water Town is his first published book.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information contact 326-9247 or


New Corinth history book to be offered at Corinth Historical Society Open House

The newly published “Annals of Childhood, Corinth, Maine 1830s-1920s” will be featured at the Corinth Historical Society Museum Open House on 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 at 306 Main St.

The book is based on the 1903 memoir written by Corinth native Abby Jones Goodwin (1835 – 1907) and edited by her Great- granddaughter, Jeanne Colette Collester. With historical research by Corinth Historical Society’s Elizabeth LaForge and contemporary photos by Bangor photographer, Martin Brown, this book depicts the author’s years growing up in the 1830s through 1860s.

Vignettes of people and events, genealogies, brief biographies, historical background and historical photos make this book a must-have for long-time Corinth residents, researchers and anyone with an interest in small towns of Penobscot County.

The museum is located at 306 Main St, Corinth. Contact Corinth Historical Society at PO Box 248, Corinth 04427 or for information on purchasing this book by mail order.


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 .


Bangor Walkability Forum

How can we make our local communities safer, healthier, more economically vibrant and sustainable?  A group of Bangor stakeholders has decided to explore that question with a half-day forum on “walkability,” 8:15 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.Tuesday, Sept. 19.

The Bangor Walkability Forum is designed to inspire and prepare communities to diversity modes of transportation as a way to boost health, economic development and sustainability for citizens, businesses and institutions.  Participants will explore the many creative ways, from infrastructure to events, that communities can develop vibrant villages and downtowns as well as artful connections to open spaces outside of the city center.

The day opens with a light breakfast and networking time in the newly renovated Nichols Building at 189 Exchange St. The plenary session provides an evidence-based overview of why walkability matters followed by four concurrent break-out sessions providing success stories and replicable models presented by local leaders.

All sessions are nestled in downtown Bangor venues including the new Bangor Symphony Orchestra practice space in the Nichols Building, Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, CoeSpace and First National Bank.   For more information and to register, contact; 582-4330.  Scholarships for travel and registration are available on a first come, first serve basis.


Blue Mass to be celebrated Sunday, Sept. 10

BANGOR—Active and retired law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency personnel will be recognized for their faithful commitment and self-sacrifice at the Blue Mass, celebrated by Bishop Robert P. Deeley, at St. John Catholic Church on 217 York Street Sunday, Sept.10, at 10:30 a.m. People of all faiths are welcome to attend and join in showing our gratitude to these dedicated heroes.

Senator Susan Collins, Representative Bruce Poliquin, state senators and representatives, city councilors and other dignitaries will join the bishop in honoring those who serve in this community. Blessings will be bestowed upon all who contribute to the public health and safety of Maine, and prayers will be offered for those who have given their lives in the line of duty.

“We are well-served by those who protect us and serve us. We need to pause to give them thanks,” said Bishop Deeley. “We do not need to wait until a disaster strikes to be grateful for the dedication of all of those whose life work is the protection of the public. At the Blue Mass, our purpose is not only to thank them for their service to society, but also to thank God for that service and to ask God’s blessing on each of them.”

All members of the public safety community are encouraged to attend the Blue Mass in uniform. The Mass is planned and organized by diocesan officials and representatives from local, county and state public safety agencies. Color guards, including a multi-jurisdictional honor guard, will be on hand, as will ladder trucks displaying the American flag. The Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps, joined by members of the Maine State Police Pipe and Drum unit, will perform before and after the Mass. A reception for all gathered will be held in the parish hall after the Mass.

The Blue Mass, referring to the blue uniforms that firefighters, law enforcement and other first responders wear, dates back to 1934 and is a venerable tradition in many dioceses. The events of September 11, 2001, served as the impetus for the Diocese of Portland to institute the Blue Mass.

For more information, visit or call 773-6471.


Eucharistic Miracles of the World Exhibit

BANGOR– St. John Catholic Church will host an exhibit of the Eucharistic Miracles of the World 12 noon- 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 and 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. The exhibit, depicting more than 150 miracles involving the Eucharist, will be shown in the basement of the church at 217 York St.

With an extensive number of beautiful photographs and historical descriptions, the exhibition presents some of the miracles which have taken place throughout the ages in many countries of the world. Viewing the exhibit takes an average of two hours. For those unable to stand for long periods of time there will be a film shown which depicts all the miracles. The exhibition is made possible through the Androscoggin Valley and the Penobscot Valley chapters of the Knights of Columbus. Admission is free but donations will be accepted to cover exhibit costs.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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