May 23, 2019

Shirley church to hold maple syrup brunch

One of the sure signs of spring in Piscataquis County is the annual maple syrup brunch sponsored by the Shirley Community Church.

That delicious event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at the Shirley Town Hall.

The Rev. Dr. Everett Parker reminds you this is the “11th annual event, and everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.”

Admission is by donation.

And you’d better plan to get there early because, Parker told me, last year “nearly 340 people showed up to enjoy the meal.”

The delicious, all-homemade menu includes blueberry and regular pancakes, two varieties of baked beans, breakfast casseroles, hash browns, muffins, biscuits, fruit cup, juices, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

The topper, of course, is the fresh maple syrup, “direct from Charlie Baker’s Sugar Shack,” Parker wrote of “this delicious North Woods treat.”

Proceeds from the brunch benefit the operating fund for the institution best known locally as “The Church on the Hill.”

After brunch, you are invited to visit Baker’s Sugar Shack on West Road where, weather permitting, you can watch the production of maple syrup.

Parker also reminds you that, because of the brunch, the church’s Sunday worship service begins an hour early, at 9 a.m., and you also are invited to attend that service.

For more information about the brunch, call Parker at 695-3163.

Congratulations are extended to Laura Fortman of Nobleboro and Dale McCormick of Augusta, who recently were inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame.

The Maine Women’s Hall of Fame was established in 1990 by the Maine Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs to honor women who have made an outstanding contribution to improving opportunities for all Maine women.

The induction criteria include achievements of significant statewide impact, achievements significantly improving lives of Maine women and a contribution that has enduring value for woman.

Fortman is the current Commissioner of Maine’s Department of Labor and was previously the executive director of the Maine Women’s Lobby and Maine Women’s Policy Center, and previous executive director of Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Center in Augusta.

McCormick is the current director of the Maine State Housing Authority, founder and previous executive director of Women Unlimited in Maine, founder of the Maine Lesbian-Gay Political Alliance and the first woman elected Maine state treasurer.

Following a postponement because of adverse weather conditions the previous day, Fortman and McCormick were inducted March 18 in Jewett Hall at the University of Maine in Augusta.

The ceremony coincides with the BPW observance of Women’s History Month. The event is co-sponsored by the BPW/Maine Futurama Foundation and the University of Maine at Augusta.

With more than 2,000 cyclists expected to participate and help raise more that $1 million during the American Lung Association Trek Across Maine June 15-17, one of the greatest needs is for volunteers to help with this cycling fundraiser.

The 23rd annual Trek Across Maine is best known as Sunday River to the Sea for its beginning at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry and its ending at Owl’s Head Transportation Museum.

Trek volunteer coordinator Michelle Caliandro told me this week that volunteers are still needed for everything from helping with the planning before the ride to staffing various locations, registering cyclists, monitoring the route, managing snack stations, cleaning up or just cheering on the cyclists throughout the trek.

Cyclists cover 180 miles during the three-day event, which includes overnight stops at the University of Maine in Farmington and Colby College in Waterville.

For more information about how you can become a trek volunteer, visit the ALA-Maine Web site at; write Caliandro at ALA of Maine, 122 State Street, Augusta, 04430; or call her at (888) 241-6566, ext. 103.

Retired educator Jerry Ballanger of Brewer has a school memorabilia collection.

Ballanger, who taught at Fifth Street Junior High School in Bangor from 1954 through 1959 before transferring to Bangor High School, recently was provided with a 1959 Fifth Street Blue & White Yearbook.

Ballanger wonders if anyone has copies of the Fifth Street Blue & White for 1955 through 1958 that he could copy for inclusion in his library.

If you have any of these yearbooks and would be willing to share them with him, write Ballanger at 93 Parkway North, Brewer, 04412, or call him at 989-4596.

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

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