June 19, 2019

Antiques appraisal to benefit humane society

Several local organizations are offering appraisals of antiques, a practice made popular by public television’s “Antiques Roadshow.” One of those organizations is the Waldo County Humane Society.

Board member Nancy Weser of Northport told us the humane society hopes its appraisal fund-raiser will help it continue several programs in the communities it serves.

Weser reports the society invited nationally renowned appraiser Kaja Veilleux to conduct a benefit appraisal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Belfast Armory on Route 1.

The charge is $5 for a single item, $8 for two items or $10 for three items.

An organization with a long history in Waldo County, the humane society conducts several programs, such as sponsoring free rabies clinics, Weser said.

“Because we are ‘Waldo County,’ we are trying to go among the towns” offering the services of the association, she explained.

WCHS also is raising money for its spay and neuter program in which it offers a discount to persons unable to afford the full cost of those procedures.

“And we also take care of emergencies in our area,” she said, giving as an example a “dear pet nobody wants to put down but can’t save the quality of life without a needed operation. We assist with that as well.”

Weser hopes you will take advantage of this opportunity to learn something about what you have while helping an organization that serves you and your neighbors.

Volunteers are needed for a trail construction project to complete the restoration of an old trail along the lakeshore at the Maine Audubon Society’s Fields Pond Nature Center.

Trail work dates are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10.

The work will be done at the nature center, 216 Fields Pond Road, Holden.

Volunteers must sign up in advance so the society can provide hard hats and tools for all.

While learning about rock moving and trail construction from trail construction expert Lester Kenway, you will be helping others enjoy the view of Maine Audubon’s island from Loon Point.

Call 989-2591 if you can help.

Lots of activities are planned by HEALTHSOUTH Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center in celebration of National Rehabilitation Week on Sept. 16-23.

Pam Colson Power informs us HEALTHSOUTH kicks off the week with a car wash from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 16, at HEALTHSOUTH, 12 Stillwater Ave., Bangor.

This event benefits United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern Maine, which serves more than 2,000 people of all ages with disabilities of all kinds.

Activity then moves to HEALTHSOUTH in Winterport where the organization will hold an open house Monday, Sept. 18, to give the community an opportunity to tour the facility and meet its staff.

The third event is a patient-employee recognition day from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Bangor clinic on Stillwater Avenue.

Also available will be free blood pressure screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and members of the Fibromyalgia Support Group will be there all day to share information about fibromyalgia and the organization.

That group meets at HEALTHSOUTH in Bangor the fourth Wednesday of each month, and is free to those interested in attending.

A dress-down day Friday, Sept. 22, also will benefit UCP.

To close out National Rehabilitation Week, HEALTHSOUTH personnel will participate in the American Heart Walk on Sunday, Sept. 24.

The public is invited to attend the rededication of the 107-year-old Porter Memorial Library at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 17, in Machias.

According to the Machias Valley News Observer, keynote speakers will include Henry Homes Porter, the last surviving Porter descendant; local author Philmore Wass; and Dr. Francis Schumann, president of the library association and board of trustees.

The program includes music, history, an ice cream social, tours and the unveiling of the restored portrait of Rufus King Porter, for whom the library is named. Porter was a prominent Machias lawyer who in the 1800’s housed the book collection at his office.

Porter’s son, Henry Homes Porter of Chicago, donated $10,000 to the association in 1891 for a library to be built as a memorial to his father. The library was opened to the public on Sept. 15, 1893.

Our friend and former colleague, Rep. Joe Brooks of Winterport, hopes the public will help honor 28 members of the Winterport Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Wagner Middle School.

The event, sponsored by the Winterport Business Association, includes a public supper and street dance.

Only 400 tickets will be sold, in advance, for the supper, which begins with two seatings at 4 p.m. in the Wagner school cafeteria.

Tickets are available at the Winterport House of Pizza, Main Street Video, Steamboat Exxon and Deb’s Variety, and cost $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Proceeds and donations will help fund the purchase of a thermal imaging camera for the “fire department.

The dance is from 5 to 8 p.m. in the school parking lot. Admission is free for the dance as well as the recognition program, which starts at 6 p.m. in the school gym.

For more information, call WBA president John Torrance at 223-4894.

It’s vacation time, and what a vacation this will be.

My husband, Ralph White, and I are off to meet our new grandson, Alexander Charles White, the firstborn of John and Deirdre White of Beacon, N.Y.

To make the trip complete, we’ll also catch up with daughters Sue Averill in Hudson, Mass., and Annik White, who is also in Beacon.

The Joni Averill column returns to page B4 on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

In the meantime, look for community news, activities, opportunities and events in your local editions of the Maine Day section of the Bangor Daily News.

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

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