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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and two big dances have been planned for Saturday, Feb. 9.
The Fireman’s Valentine’s Ball, sponsored by Bangor Fire Department, will be held 6 p.m.-midnight at the Banquet and Conference Center, Hogan Road. Proper dress attire is required, and firefighters are encouraged to wear dress blues. Proceeds benefit Hose 5 Fire Museum. Tickets are $50 a couple, and are available at Central Fire Station, Main Street. For information, call 942-6335.
The same evening, the sixth annual Valentine’s Dance, sponsored by the Bangor Board of Realtors, will feature live music by Brian Catell & Friends. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. The event will be held 8 p.m.-midnight at the Bangor Civic Center. Tickets are $15 each. For information, call 990-4444.
Training for volunteers for “Pathfinders: Support for Grieving Children,” will begin Jan. 22.
Participants lead grief support sessions for children ages 3-18. No previous experience is required. Those interested in helping children through the loss of a loved one may obtain information by calling Linda Boyle at Hospice of Eastern Maine, 973-8269.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and U.S. Rep. John Baldacci will take part in a discussion of proposed legislation that would repeal Social Security inequities affecting public employees. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 17, at Peakes Auditorium, Bangor High School.
A group of youths led by Ben Sprague, a senior at Bangor High School, collected more than 30,000 clothing items for impoverished people in the Central American country of Honduras.
The garments were packed into a tractor-trailer truck Jan. 5-6 at All Souls Congregational Church in Bangor for transport to New York, from which it would be shipped to Honduras.
Eleven schools throughout the state held their own clothing drives as part of the effort. Locally, they included Bangor High School, Bucksport High School and John Bapst Memorial High School.
Kindergarten registration for children who will be 5 by Oct. 15 will be held three times this month at Capri Street School:
. 7-10 a.m. Jan. 29.
. 1:30-4 p.m. Jan. 30.
. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 31.
Parents must bring the child’s birth certificate, immunization records and Social Security number. No appointment is needed, and it is not necessary for the child to attend. For information, call Capri Street School at 989-8620.
Gov. Angus King recently reappointed Elizabeth A. Tilley of Brewer to the E-911 Council.
Lloyd D. Williams, manager of Bear Brook Kennels, has earned Level I certification through the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers, the first national certification for dog trainers to be offered.
Until the creation of the council this year, there was no true certification process for dog trainers. The council administered its first test last fall at the Association of Pet Dog Trainers conference.
The test site was secured and moderated by Professional Testing Corp. of New York. With the inception of certification, there are now 136 certified pet dog trainers in the United States and Canada.
All certified trainers must earn continuing education credits to keep their designations, or take the examination again in three years.
Join the volunteers and staff of the American Cancer Society to learn about Relay For Life, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Pendleton Street School in Brewer. Coffee and dessert will be served.
Relay For Life is a family-oriented team event where participants run or walk a relay in half-hour shifts around a track for 24 hours. Team members set up tents and camp out at the track and participate in many activities – contests, dancing, live entertainment, and events for children.
Last year’s 24-hour Greater Bangor Relay for Life raised more than $128,000 for the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer. This year’s Relay For Life event will be held May 17-18 at Old Town High School. Teams from around Greater Bangor are invited to come to the Jan. 30 Relay Rally to learn more about the Relay For Life event.
Anyone may form a team and participate in Relay For Life. Many teams include former and current cancer patients, their families and friends. Teams represent businesses, organizations, hospitals and families. To learn more about forming a team, contact Mike Hart, American Cancer Society, 989-0332 or (800) 464-3102, Ext. 3727.
SAD 63 and Child Development Services of Penobscot County will hold a free developmental screening for 3- and 4-year-olds, as well as 5-year-olds not eligible for kindergarten, 9-11:30 a.m. Jan. 24, at Eddington Elementary School.
The screening is for children from Eddington, Holden and Clifton. To register, call 947-8493, Ext. 10.
Darrell Donahue, a resident of Old Town and a biological engineer at the University of Maine, has been appointed to a food safety review committee of the National Academy of Sciences-Institute of Medicine.
Donahue recently received support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation for his research on food processing systems.
“I work on food safety methods that will work within production demands of processing plants,” Donahue said. He has performed work on techniques and systems for detecting quality attributes in Maine blueberries and lobsters.
Donahue is one of 14 committee members chosen from universities, government agencies and industry.
Randy Nason, general manager of Signature Professional Cleaners, a division of Keith Trembley Builders Inc. in Old Town, has been certified as a master restoration technician by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration.
Nason has traveled the country to receive training and becoming certified in nine specialties: carpet cleaning; upholstery and fabric cleaning; journeyman cleaning technician; journeyman water restoration; journeyman fire restoration; water damage restoration.