January 21, 2020

Hampden Children’s Day planners need help

For 21 years, a small group of hard-working, dedicated volunteers has made the Hampden Children’s Day an event of which to be proud.

This year is no exception, as Children’s Day chairman Don Darling and his volunteers continue to put in a great deal of time and effort to bring fun and excitement to all who attend the event which begins with an early-morning pancake breakfast, and ends with evening fireworks on Saturday, Aug. 21. The majority of the events will be held on the grounds of SAD 22 on the Main Road in Hampden.

“Cut Loose with Mother Goose,” the theme and logo of this year’s special day for kids, is the contribution of Erin Campbell of Hampden, an eighth-grader at Reeds Brook Middle School.

The day includes that traditional pancake breakfast sponsored by Hampden Kiwanis, a parade, “cow plop bingo,” and a dunk tank among other features.

There will be an inflatable slide and bounce house; entertainment by Susan Silver & Friends; Stan Richmond of Birdsacre in Ellsworth, and the “Stand-up Chameleon,” Jackson Gillman. A street dance, featuring Midnight Rose, and fireworks will round out the day.

However, none of this is possible without volunteers.

Throughout the year, fewer than 20 people donate their time to raising money through events such as bowl-a-thons and golf tournaments to sponsor this special day just for children, and they can’t do it alone. The major expenses for such an event are fireworks, insurance and the parade.

Which is one reason the committee is requesting a $1 donation to the schoolgrounds to help defray the cost of the fireworks.

We understand the committee prefers to take that approach than the too-well-used one of asking the same local businesses and organizations for donations.

Committee chairman Darling would be very happy to hear from you if you can volunteer during the weekend of the event — Aug. 20-22 — to help with parade lineup, staffing booths, cleanup and other assignments.

And parade chairman Kent Hart is most eager to hear from anyone or any organization interested in participating in the parade.

The committee is proud that the Brewer Hometown Band, and the Governor’s All Maine Band, are already committed to Hampden Children’s Day.

If you can volunteer to help with the overall event, call the Hampden Children’s Day Information Center, 862-3333, and leave a message for Don Darling, which is Option 1 on the answering machine.

To enter the parade, leave a message for Kent Hart, Option 2, at the same number. The application deadline for the parade has been extended to Friday, so call today!

We will shortly welcome into the centenarian fold Dorothy Severance, who will celebrate her 100th birthday on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

We thank her daughter, Viola Mithee of Abbott Village, for providing us with this information and encourage you, as does she, to help make Mrs. Severance’s special birthday even more delightful with a shower of cards which, her daughter wrote, “would be much appreciated.”

Mrs. Severance was born in Stanchfield Ridge. She attended Milo schools, is a graduate of Milo High School, and lived in Milo until moving into a nearby nursing home.

Cards can be sent to Dorothy Severance, Hibbard’s Nursing Home, P.O. Box 159, Dover-Foxcroft 04426.

When we spoke awhile back with Scott Kimball, president of the board of directors of the Greater Bangor Open, we automatically wrote Scott Hamel in our notes, which, of course, he is not.

Scott works at Hamel Fuel Co. in Brewer; but he knows, his family knows, his friends know, I know, and now you know, his last name is not Hamel!

Sorry Scott. Glad the GBO went so well, and that local charities will benefit from it.

Anyone with a past or present connection to Blue Hill should not miss the current exhibit at the Blue Hill Library.

“Glimpses of Old Blue Hill” is the work of Elvira Bass, who used photographs from files of the Blue Hill Historical Society to feature more than 160 views of the “Old Blue Hill” area.

The exhibit is on display now through Aug. 31 at the library.

Many of the photographs include little known locations and people so, if you view them, and can help identify those locations or individuals, it will be greatly appreciated by all who care about Blue Hill, its past, present and future.

Copies of the photographs may also be ordered.

The Blue Hill Public Library is open Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For information on any of the activities at the library, call 374-5515.

We were happy to hear from Maine Greyhound Placement Service representative Mary Lapin of Orono that the recent Greyhound Demo Day at Borders in Bangor was a success.

“Although it was hot, thanks to the breeze and public support, we had a very good demo,” she wrote.

Since many of you expressed a sincere interest in meeting and learning about greyhound adoption, Lapin believes there will be more greyhound residents in this area soon.”

And, she offers thanks to the public for its response to the Greyhound Demo Day coupon sales in which Borders donated a percentage of profits from book sales that day to MGPS which, Lapin wrote, will go “directly to our kennel for the care and maintenance of these wonderful greyhounds while awaiting their new homes.”

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; 990-8288.

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