April 09, 2020

Benefit dance to aid care worker in need of care

In November, 32-year-old Dan Morneault of Old Town was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Currently he is undergoing chemotherapy treatment, and sometime around the first of February tests will be conducted to see if it has been effective.

In the meantime, friends and co-workers of Morneault, who is a critical care emergency medical technician for Capital Ambulance and an Ortho Tech at the Acadia Medical Arts Building, are planning a fund-raiser to help with expenses incurred fighting what is considered to be a very rare form of cancer.

The Benefit Dance will be held from 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday at the Brewer Auditorium. Tickets are $10 each, and may be obtained by calling Capital Ambulance at 941-5900.

Donations will be gratefully accepted, and door prizes will be offered as will a 50-50 cash raffle.

The son of Remi and Reta Morneault of Hampden is a Hampden Academy graduate who attended the University of Maine. He’s been an emergency technician at area facilities for more than 10 years, and has made many friends during that time. Those friends and associates now want to help Morneault in his time of need.

If you have questions about the dance, or wish to help but can’t attend, contact Capital Ambulance. Sue Shorette, Linda Lare and Mike Youngblood will be happy to talk with you.

Looking toward the weekend for something to do that won’t cost you more money than you’ve already spent getting through this storm?

If you’re one of the lucky ones living in an area where your local museum or historical society jumped on the “Cabin Fever Reliever” bandwagon last week, you can take the whole family there for free.

We first heard of “Cabin Fever Reliever” from Bangor Historical Society executive director Chris Olsen, who invites you to visit BHS headquarters, The Thomas Hill House, 159 Union St., Bangor, free from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Olsen said the idea for participating in “Cabin Fever Reliever” came in the midst of the ice storm last week from Sam Shogren, director of the Penobscot Marine Museum and head of Maine Archives and Museums, during a group discussion at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism at the Bangor Auditorium.

We spoke with Shogren, who faxed us a list of the organizations that will be open on Saturday, including the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport.

During our conversation, Shogren said he wasn’t sure exactly what hours that facility would be open, but he hopes it will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The reason he is unsure, he said, is that organizations such as his haven’t been able to contact all their volunteers to ask their help.

Therefore, on their behalf, we ask that any volunteer of any historical society or museum contact local staff members and offer their services for Saturday.

In addition to those mentioned, the following museums will be open, free, on Saturday: Maine State Museum, Augusta; Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland; Owls Head Transportation Museum; L.C. Bates Museum, Hinkley; Maine Historical Society and Portland Museum of Art; Maine Maritime Museum, Bath; Bates College Museum of Art at the Olin Arts Center, Lewiston; and the historical societies of Bethel, Yarmouth and Brewer.

The Northern New England Division of the Salvation Army in Portland, which serves Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, has released $25,000 to local Salvation Army units to assist with Disaster Service because many local Salvation Army units have exceeded their budgeted funds for that service.

Divisional Cmdr. Maj. Fred Van Brunt reports that not only have funds been made available to local units, but also hundreds of blankets, cots, meals, candles, lamp oil, wood and home-delivered meals have been dispensed to storm victims as well.

A new mobile feed unit that the Salvation Army acquired Dec. 29 was put to use sooner than expected — as the full impact of the ice storm was just beginning to be felt on Thursday, Jan. 8 — when Capt. John Bennett of the Lewiston-Auburn unit requested its use at Lewiston High School.

We congratulate all involved in organizing it, and all who participated in the 15th annual Terry Fox Run last September.

Sponsored by Best Western White House Inn and the Sub 5 Track Club, those 412 runners, joggers and walkers set a new record by raising the most money in the event’s history.

When Eastern Maine Medical Center’s new Cancer Care Facility was dedicated in December, race sponsors presented a check for $4,701 to be used for the hospital’s Breast Cancer Prevention Trial.

First organized in 1982 by Ed Rice of Brewer, the event has raised more than $39,000 for cancer research.

The race is in honor or Terry Fox, a Canadian athlete who lost a leg to cancer and attempted a trans-Canada run in 1980 called “The Marathon of Hope.” Fox died of the disease before completing his quest.

Runners can make a note on their calendars that the 16th Annual Terry Fox 5K Run is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13.

The Standpipe, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; 990-8288.

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