Community news briefs for 10/12/17

Hampden Historical Society to hold last meeting of 2017

The Hampden Historical Society will hold its last monthly meeting of the calendar year Monday, Oct. 23. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Society’s Kinsley House Museum, 83 Main Road South (Route 1A) in Hampden. The meeting is open to the public and all are invited to attend.

Following a brief business meeting, attendees will be entertained with a rousing round of “What’s That?” While there is no prize for the attendee having the most number of correct answers, the winner does get bragging rights. It is sure to be a fun-filled evening. Refreshments will be served.

The Kinsley House Museum and Archives will be open on Tuesdays from 10-4 p.m. until Oct. 31. For inquiries regarding genealogical research or other information please contact the Hampden Historical Society at 862- 2027 or by email at


Bangor Area Rotary Clubs Present the Purple Pinkie Project

The Rotary Clubs of Bangor, Bangor area and Old Town are joining forces to host the 3rd Annual Purple Pinkie Project during the month of October in recognition of World Polio Day, which takes place Oct. 24. All activities are meant to raise awareness of Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate polio worldwide and to raise money — $1 at a time – to go toward that global effort.

During the month of October, several events will be held with organizers and volunteers “painting” the region purple when they present the Purple Pinkie Project. For $1, volunteers will color your pinkie purple to help raise money for polio eradication. A purple pinkie serves as a symbol for one polio immunization. Funds raised will go toward Rotary International’s End Polio Now efforts.

“We are so pleased to bring attention to the Polio Plus project for Rotary International to our local communities.  We look forward to seeing hundreds of purple pinkies throughout this week, and encourage everyone to wear purple, especially on Oct. 24 for this celebration” said Scott Boucher, Polio Plus Chair for Rotary District 7790.

Activities will include educational sessions and painting stations at the local Rotary Club meetings at:

Rotary Club of Bangor Breakfast: 7 a.m.Thursday, Oct. 19.  at Rangeley Hall, EMCC, Bangor

Rotary Club of Old Town: 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at Elks Lodge, Old Town

Rotary Club of Bangor 12 noon Tuesday, Oct. 24 at Wellman Commons, Bangor.

Along with the Rotary Club meetings, the Purple Pinkie Project will be holding community stations at the following locations during October:

  • Oct. 13 at the Cross Insurance Center for the Rotary Club of Bangor’s Centennial Celebration Gala 5-7 p.m.
  • Oct. 20 at Mason’s Brewing in Brewer from 5-7 p.m.

Polio has not been a problem in the U.S. for many years, but this is not the case in several developing countries. In 1985, Rotary International began raising funds in an effort to eliminate Polio worldwide. By partnering with the World Health Organization and other government and private groups, Rotary International has achieved a 99 percent reduction of Polio worldwide.

Through Rotary International’s efforts, polio has been eradicated in all but three countries worldwide: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.  The goal of eradicating the disease altogether grows closer with each immunization.  We are “This Close.”

For more information, contact Scott Boucher at

Visit us on Facebook: @purplepinkieproject


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