September 19, 2019

Spelling bee to raise funds for Literacy Volunteers

Tickets are still available to help you support the work of Literacy Volunteers of America-Bangor through its eighth annual LVA-Bangor Community Spelling Bee, Silent Auction and Dinner.

The fund-raiser begins at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Penobscot Job Corps recreation center on Union Street in Bangor.

General admission to this fun event — with the unforgettable, unflappable WLBZ television personality Ric Tyler as master of ceremonies — is just $10, $6 for students.

Tyler won’t be going it alone as emcee, since he will be working with KISS 94.5 radio news director Susan Patten, who will join him for the first time this year.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Husson College Bookstore, Peoples Bank on Union Street, Green Acres Kennels on outer Union Street, or by calling the LVA office at 947-8451, mornings only.

Tickets that remain after the advance sale will be available at the door the night of the event.

Funds raised at the benefit support the work of this 31-year-old community agency that assists people with reading, writing and language skills.

The event features an election year theme, so participants and attendees are encouraged to dress up in red, white and blue to get into the election spirit.

You know the food will be terrific, provided as it is by the culinary arts program at PJC.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction where you can bid on a weeklong getaway at an East Grand Lake sporting camp, celebrity memorabilia, a garden box and much, much more.

Six teams will vie for the title of LVA-Bangor spelling bee champion, and those teams need your support and encouragement.

According to LVA-Bangor interim program coordinator Rita Buddemeyer, this is the major independent fund-raiser for the organization, which is a United Way Agency.

Buddemeyer, by the way, is new to this area, having moved here last fall from Illinois, where she helped initiate a literacy program in a college community there.

An educator working in adult education and literacy, Buddemeyer had very kind and complimentary words for her new community and the services it provides.

“I was really puffed up when I came here from Illinois where I started a literacy program,” she said.

“But, oh my goodness, this program is so far above and beyond anything I have seen in my work with literacy.

“The community support is fantastic in terms of the people wishing to be volunteers, helping provide materials, and financial donations.

“It’s been around for more than 30 years, and it has a wonderful reputation,” she said of LVA-Bangor.

“Those who are potential students seem to be very much aware of the existence of the program. We receive calls on a daily basis” asking for help from LVA-Bangor.

Buddemeyer believes it is necessary once in a while “for somebody from the outside” who moves here to remind us “how well we do as a community” by providing services for those in need.

“I think you kind of forget how good you are,” she said of what she sees as the awareness, support, and quality of the program.

“There is just no question, from anyone, that this is a student-centered program, and that the only reason we are here is to meet the specific needs that each student has. That’s a great quality.”

So, don’t forget the good work of the LVA, and plan to show your support for it, those it serves, and those who offer their services to make it the successful organization it is, by attending the LVA-Bangor Community Spelling Bee, Silent Auction and Dinner.

Anyone who forgot to order bouquets of daffodils during the American Cancer Society’s Penobscot County Daffodil Days campaign can still purchase them and help the ACS at the same time.

Bouquets of 10 daffodils will be available for a $5 donation at Shaw’s and Shop ‘n Save supermarkets today through Saturday, April 1.

All donations support the work of the ACS, a national, community-based voluntary health organization working to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.

The Bangor Daily News family was shocked and saddened by the unexpected death on Tuesday of Cindy Crain, 52, one of our favorite co-workers.

To the dismay of all who knew and loved her, Cindy died of a heart attack in the early morning hours of the day we should have been celebrating her birth, not mourning her sudden death.

A member of the advertising department staff, Cindy had been a NEWS employee longer than many of us, having worked here for nearly 28 years.

A friendly, kind, thoughtful and caring woman, Cindy will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, including those here at the NEWS with whom she worked so closely and shared a special bond.

We extend our deepest condolences to her children, Stephen Crain and Stacey Flewelling, her family and friends.

We will miss her daily presence among us.

A guided fishing trip on the Penobscot or a white-water rafting trip for two on the Kennebec could be yours if you have the winning bid at the 10th annual St. Mary’s Parish School Auction beginning with a preview at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Spectacular Events Center on the Griffin Road in Bangor.

For $25 per couple or $12.50 per person, you are promised not only an evening of good fun but good food as well.

Tickets can be obtained in Bangor at Rebecca’s on Main Street, Patrick-Libby’s Hallmark Shop in the Broadway Shopping Center, or at St. Mary’s School on Ohio Street.

We had too many numbers in Monday’s column, if you tried to call Girl Scout Troop 427 Brownie leader Donna Miller to help those girls with their Maine women’s career scrapbook.

The correct number is 683-2192.

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

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