April 09, 2020
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Agency seeks volunteers to help seniors winterize

Since 1973, Eastern Agency on Aging has been serving seniors, and their families, who live in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock and Washington counties.

Every once in a while, EAA needs volunteers for special projects and, as we approach the winter season, Carol Higgins of EAA has announced the organization “is in need of people” to volunteer their services for the Agency’s Eaa-Z Fix It program.

Eaa-Z Fix It volunteers “help with minor painting jobs and winterizing activities such as putting lawn furniture away, and do yardwork in the Bangor area,” Higgins explained.

She added that “many of the job requests” from those who want to take advantage of the program “are perfect for do-it-yourself enthusiasts, retirees and people who work and want a volunteer opportunity that can be done in a few hours,” or in the evening or on weekends.

Higgins hopes you will offer “to help a senior prepare for winter, or make minor improvements” to a senior’s home by calling the Eaa-Z Fix It coordinator, Rolf Staples, at 992-0134.

Madeline Decker and members of the Memory Makers quilt group of Dover-Foxcroft invite you to A Harvest of Quilts 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Penquis Higher Learning Center, 50 Mayo St. in Dover-Foxcroft.

The event includes door prizes, demonstrations, a quilt raffle, a teacup raffle, the Ye Old Quilt Shoppe consignment table, vendors, shears and scissors sharpening, lunch, refreshments and, while they last, door prizes.

Admission is just $3, and more information about the sale or the group can be obtained by calling Carol Reed, 876-4381, or e-mailing careed@localnet.com, or calling Lee Priest, 876-3508, or e-mailing lpriest1@localnet.com.

Decker wrote of the nonprofit group that “everything we do that earns money, goes to our charity works.”

Memory Makers, she said, “support Project Linus, burnt-out families, Kiwanis projects, an animal-neutering organization in Milo and supplies quilts for many raffles” in that area.

To honor the life of a popular 16-year-old Old Town High School musician who died in a March automobile accident, Pete and Jennifer Harvey will be hosts for A Concert for Life: A Tribute to Elliott Shaw Larson.

The benefit is noon Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Gilman Falls Avenue in Old Town.

Admission is $5, and all proceeds directly benefit the young man’s family.

“Local bands of all genres are coming together to honor” Larson’s life, Jennifer Harvey said of the event that features the Old Town High School Jazz Band and local bands Dead River, Zebuesk, SoundBender, Nealleys Corner, the Queen City Big Band and one to be announced.

With sound provided by Adam Meek, members of the Knights of Columbus will have candy, popcorn, chips, soda and hot dogs for sale.

If you cannot attend, but would like to help the family or make a donation to the 2008 Elliot Shaw Larson Musician Fund Scholarship at Old Town High School, call the Harveys at 827-7124 for more information.

Bob St. Peter, steward of the Good Life Center at the Nearing Homestead in Harborside, is the guest speaker for the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine Annual Harvest Supper.

The potluck event is 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 120 Park St. in Bangor.

The suggested donation is $10 for adults, $3 for children, $15 for families.

St. Peter will discuss the Nearing legacy and how it is being carried forward today.

The late back-to-the-earth advocate Helen Nearing was the first Peace & Justice Center Harvest Supper speaker 17 years ago, addressing the topic of the need to live simply.

The theme of this year’s event is Sowing Peace and Harvesting Hope. The evening will feature mostly organic vegetarian food, and music by Voices for Peace, led by Marty Kelley.

The Unsung Peacemaker award will honor a Peace & Justice Center member for his or her quiet dedication, hard work behind the scenes and persistence in upholding the mission of the center. For more information, call 942-9343.

Tickets are $45 to attend the Eastern Maine Community College 10th annual scholarship fundraiser, Catch the Energy, at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at Johnson Gym on the Bangor campus.

The event includes a silent auction, appetizers, a cash bar and traditional Italian harvest dinner.

For tickets, contact Terri Adam, 974-4691 or e-mail tadam@emcc.edu.

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


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