Community news briefs for 9/28/17

This 9-11 memorial was constructed by Hermon High School Young Americans for Freedom, which is a project of Young America’s Foundation, and displayed on the embankment of the school’s football field. The large flag was made using dozens of small flags. The memorial had lights on it at night, and remained at the school for a couple days.
Julie Harris| The Weekly

Hundreds will walk for cures at CCFA’s Take Steps Walk

BANGOR– Hundreds of walkers, comprising of more than 20 teams, will represent the many people in our region living with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis at the first Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Bangor Take Steps Walk at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at Husson University.  

All are invited to participate, and registration and pre-walk activities will start at 10 a.m.

Take Steps is a family friendly community celebration dedicated to raising mission critical funds and awareness of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two painful, debilitating digestive diseases that affect 1 in 200 Americans, including 80,000 children, nationwide.

Michael Starks, Chairman of the Bangor walk says, “We are so pleased to be hosting this event to Bangor. The amount of giving and those willing to volunteer has been fantastic. Raising awareness and giving this disease a face is as important as the funds raised and we are thrilled to see so many people creating and joining teams!”

Thousands of people will gather this year at more than 100 walk sites in local communities across the country. Take Steps Bangor has already raised more than $10,000 for research and patient support services and hopes to more than double that by walk day.

Funds raised through Take Steps will directly impact vital treatment, research and life-giving patient programs for 1.6 million Americans who live with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. The walks are family-friendly festivals dedicated to patients and their families and serves as a celebration for all the hard work and dedication of the community. Participants connect with other patients, families and caregivers throughout the community, creating a web of support for IBD patients in the local area.

For more information on how to get involved with or to donate to the Bangor Take Steps walk, please Google search Bangor Take Steps or visit  

Locally, you can also contact: Dr. Michael Starks, 944-9290, or Shawna Owen, 944-6912,

About Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis:

Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affects 1 in 200 people. They are painful, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system. Crohn’s disease may attack anywhere along the digestive tract, while ulcerative colitis inflames only the large intestine (colon). Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever and weight loss. Many patients require numerous hospitalizations and surgery. Most people develop the diseases between the ages of 15 and 35; however, the incidence is increasing in children.


Organ Society announces concerts for Maine Historic Organ Institute

BANGOR–St. John’s Organ Society is pleased to announce a series of evening organ concerts as part of the Maine Historic Organ Institute, Oct. 24-27, on Maine’s largest 19th-Century tracker-action pipe organ, E. & G. G. Hook’s Opus 288, at St. John Roman Catholic Church. These concerts are open to the public. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

The Maine Historic Organ Institute, a benefit for St. John’s Organ Society in celebration of its Silver Anniversary, features concerts, lectures, master classes and a guided tour of extraordinary 19th-century pipe organs by E. & G. G. Hook and George Stevens.

The Faculty of the Institute are:

Kevin Birch – University of Maine

Margaret Harper – University of Southern Maine School of Music

Christian Lane – Boston Organ Studio

Jonathan Moyer – Oberlin College Conservatory of Music

Dana Robinson – University of Illinois

These faculty will perform in concerts at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 24 – Organ Music from Germany

Wednesday, Oct. 25 – Organ Music from France

Thursday, Oct. 26 – Organ Music from America

Friday, Oct. 27 – Masterworks for Organ

In addition to the faculty concerts, a group recital will be given by the students of the Institute on Friday, Oct. 27 at 10:30 a.m.

St. John’s Catholic Church is located at 207 York Street in Bangor. For more information please visit:


Baha’i Community of Orono celebrates Bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah

Born to riches, Baha’u’llah was content with a life of utter poverty. A lifelong victim of cruel and corrupt regimes, he maintained unfailing confidence in the potential of a just government. Though he himself endured a lifetime of religious persecution, Baha’u’llah affirmed the divine source of all religion. Despite the social chaos of his times, he envisioned a world in which prejudice would be eliminated, inequalities addressed, and world peace realized.

In October, Baha’i communities the world over will celebrate the bicentenary of Baha’u’llah’s birth. In Orono, the Baha’i community will hold a series of gatherings to reflect on Baha’u’llah’s life and teachings, to be held on Sunday. Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 22  at 11 a.m..

The first gathering will focus on the early life of Baha’u’llah; the second gathering on the decade he spent in Baghdad and in the remote mountains near Sulamaniyah, where he lived as a dervish; and the final gathering on his time in Akka, where he was a prisoner, and at Bahji, where he gained his freedom in the final years of his life.

All are welcome. Please email for details regarding the location of the gatherings.


Elizabeth O’Roak and Mary Allen Davis display some of the food that Penobscot Valley Kennel Club will distribute to Greater Bangor Area food pantries as part of the club’s ongoing Dog Food Pantry Project. The club collected monetary donations to be used toward purchasing more dog food during its annual AKC-sanctioned conformation, obedience and rally-obedience match held Saturday, Sept. 16, in Hayford Park in Bangor.
Julie Harris| The Weekly


Wellspring to host open house for new program

BANGOR — Wellspring Inc. will hold an open house at its new substance use disorder treatment program for women with children called Infinity House 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at 253 Hammond St.

This new program, located in Bangor, is for pregnant and parenting mothers with children from infants to five years old. The open house has a baby shower theme including a registry where donations to the house can be made.

“It can be really difficult to get clean and sober on your own, some would say nearly impossible.  Now add being a mom to that too.  Infinity House  will provide these moms not only with an opportunity to learn the skills needed to maintain sobriety but also provide them with a safe and supportive environment for them to learn and strengthen their parenting skills while having their children with them.  Real time guidance and learning with people who care – I think that will be the key,” says Nichole Gulowsen, Infinity House Program Director.

Wellspring was founded in 1985 with a mission to provide residential and outpatient services that foster recovery for those affected by addiction including those affected with co-occurring mental health disorders. The agency offers a wide variety of residential and outpatient addiction and mental health services to its clients.  For more information, call 941-1612.


UMaine President Susan J. Hunter to receive Maine Development Foundation Leadership Award

ORONO — University of Maine President Susan J. Hunter will receive the 2017 Kenneth M. Curtis Leadership Award from the Maine Development Foundation on Sept. 28, during the foundation’s 39th annual Meeting and Summit at Cross Insurance Center on Main Street in Bangor.

“President Hunter has a distinguished career in research and higher education, capped by bringing her steady hand to guiding UMaine through a challenging transformative period in higher education with growing enrollments, strategic focus and innovative approaches,” says Yellow Light Breen, president and CEO of the Maine Development Foundation, in a press release. “Her leadership inspires other leaders, both in and outside the university, earning her multiple nominations from fellow Leadership Maine alumni.”

The Kenneth M. Curtis Leadership Award recognizes those who demonstrate exceptional, dynamic leadership in the community and the state, and are an example to others. The award is named in honor of the former Maine governor who “articulated the need for leaders who can influence change in the face of conflict and who has lead by example.”

Maine Development Foundation is a private, nonpartisan membership organization that drives sustainable, long-term economic growth for Maine. MDF’s strategic focus is a productive workforce. Its membership of over 250 represents private companies, educational institutions, municipalities, government agencies and nonprofit organizations statewide.

UMaine achievements during Hunter’s presidency include significant advances in student recruitment, fundraising, and external relations and advocacy with new and existing partners statewide.

As a community leader, Hunter has served on the board of directors of Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Maine School of Science and Mathematics and Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, and participated in a planning initiative for Maine Arts Commission Steering Committee, in preparation for a Cultural Strategic Plan for the state of Maine.

Currently, she serves on the boards of Maine & Company, and Maine Development Foundation, and on the advisory network for the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute.

In 2016, Hunter was inducted into the Deborah Morton Society at the University of New England. On Sept. 16, she received the Collins Center for the Arts Wilma Award for substantial contributions to the center, and to the promotion and enhancement of cultural activities in Maine.


Bangor Area Interfaith Dinner

Bangor Mayor Joe Baldacci invites the community to an Interfaith Dinner starting at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, at the Bangor High School cafeteria.

Based on the theme, “Many Faiths, Many Cultures, One Community,” the dinner is presented as an opportunity for greater Bangor community members of all cultures and faiths to break bread together and learn more about the Maine Multicultural Center.

Baldacci, a Bangor native and long-time city resident, raised the idea of the dinner, and numerous community groups and faith-based organizations immediately embraced the idea.

“In today’s world, when people of different faiths, different ancestries, different viewpoints can come together and celebrate as one community—that is itself both revolutionary and purely American,” Baldacci said. “This dinner is but one event that shows our city’s belief in the dignity and value of all people and our deep desire to be a welcoming community for all.”

Now under development, the Maine Multicultural Center is a network of educational, business and cultural services in the Bangor region designated to promote community enrichment and economic growth through diversity. Together, the network participants believe that a successful economic future for the Bangor area is dependent upon the creation of a more culturally rich and ethnically diverse community environment which fosters the growth of new immigrant communities and works to retain and support our existing foreign-national residents.

Initial sponsoring faith organizations include: Faith Linking in Action, All Souls Congregational Church, Congregation Beth El, Hammond Street Congregational Church, Crosspoint Church of Bangor, Islamic Center of Maine, St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. John’s Episcopal, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Temple of the Feminine Divine, and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor. All faiths are invited to join the Interfaith Dinner—more churches are expected to join by October 9. Restaurants supporting the dinner include: Panda Garden, Happy China Buffet, Ichiban, and Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant, all of Bangor. The dinner is free to anyone who wishes to participate, but tickets are required for admission. Tickets are available at the houses of worship listed above or by contacting Mayor Baldacci at Due to space constraints, this dinner is limited to 250 guests. A collection also will be taken to support the Maine Multicultural Center.

To learn more about the Maine Multicultural Center, visit


Maine Savings Provides $160,000 through Program

HAMPDEN– Since the inception of the Nationwide Equity Builder Program in 2016, Maine Savings Federal Credit Union has provided $160,000 to members purchasing homes. In addition to monies toward down- payment and closing costs, Maine Savings also reimburses the appraisal costs.

The Equity Builder Program, provided through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston (FHLB) is offered for a limited time each year and is available to individuals or households with incomes at or below 80% of HUD Area Media Income based on property location. According to the FHLB, since the program’s inception, over 3,000 home-buyers have been assisted. New funds will be available beginning in March of 2018.

“Rents are increasing and the dream of home-ownership seems out of reach for many. But this program will help bridge the gap for some who are close to being able to buy a home, but who may need a little extra assistance to get there,” said John Reed, Maine Savings President and CEO. “We take very seriously our role in helping members of our communities achieve the goal of home ownership.”

Recipients must attend a home-buyer education and counseling program. The Equity Builder Program may be eligible to be combined with other loan programs, including the 10% down-payment CU Promise loan, which Maine Savings offers. For more information, interested home-buyers can visit or call 1.800.273.6700 to talk to a Maine Savings Loan Officer.

About Maine Savings:

Maine Savings is a modern financial institution with state-of-the-art technology offering members a full range of financial services, including RedWallet Checking. With more than 27,000 members, 10 branches and nearly 100 employees.

Maine Savings is among Maine’s largest credit unions. Maine Savings is committed to providing in- person services paired with modern conveniences. Branches are located in Bangor, Bar Harbor (Jackson Laboratory), Brewer, Corinth, Ellsworth, Hampden, Milo, North Vassalboro and Old Town. Founded in 1961 by employees of the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad Company, Maine Savings continues to serve its membership as a federally insured not-for-profit credit union.

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