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BANGOR - Have questions about stars? Own a telescope, but still have questions about how to use it? Ever wanted to see sunspots from millions of miles away? Members of the Penobscot Valley Star Gazers will host a display and Q&A on their telescopes at Bangor Public Library on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 6-8 p.m. They will also host a safe solar viewing event each afternoon from 2 - 4 p.m. on the Library lawn from Tuesday, Sept. 27, to Thursday, Sept. 29. Alan Davenport, president of Penobscot Valley Star Gazers, said, "The universe is a big place and it is really interesting to look across vast distances from where we are. Our closest neighbor is the sun, yet it is still 93 million miles away." On Wednesday, PVSG will exhibit and explain their complex equipment. If anyone has specific questions about a particular piece of machinery, PVSG invites them to bring their telescopes to the Library where PVSG can do a detailed analysis. Those interested in purchasing a telescope can discuss equipment with fellow astronomers who, like Davenport, have over 30 years of experience with star gazing. PVSG will also answer any questions about astronomy. For example, did you know that every second, the sun releases energy comparable to 100 billion nuclear bombs? This powerful solar energy travels millions of miles across space to Earth, where it sustains life on our planet.

BANGOR - The Susan G. Komen Maine Race for the Cure- Bangor and Survivor Sponsor Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway are proud to honor Survivor of the Week Nancy MacDonald of Brewer.

On Sept. 11, 2001 MacDonald was home after having a biopsy the day before. She was watching the morning news and the attacks on the World Trade Center had just begun. "I was home with a bunch of friends watching the news when my doctor called to tell me I had breast cancer," MacDonald said. "At that point the second tower had been hit, and I said to the doctor, I am going to have to call you back, there is a lot going on right now.

Wednesday, 07 September 2011 05:39

Learning the way of the boat

Local Coast Guard Auxiliary offers fall boating course

BANGOR - The Bangor Flotilla of the Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer their Basic Boating Skills & Seamanship Course at Bangor High School beginning Sept. 19 and running 12 consecutive Monday evenings with no classes during school vacation or snow days.

Class will run from 7 to 9 p.m. and cost $10 for the entire course. The book, which is optional, costs $25 and can be shared with family members. Attendees can register the night of the first class, but pre-registration is encouraged.

Wednesday, 07 September 2011 05:39

Wisdom Weekend retreat with Thomas Merton Scholar

The Northeast Guild for Spiritual Formation, an ecumenical community that seeks to encourage and support all who desire growth and deepening in their spiritual lives, is hosting a Wisdom Weekend, Sept. 9 - 11 with Christopher Pramuk, Ph.D. This Wisdom Weekend is entitled "The Heart of Wisdom in Thomas Merton's Prayer" and will be held at St. Andrew By the Lake Episcopal Church and The Alcyon Center in Seal Cove.

Pramuk is the recipient of the Catholic Theological Society of America's 2009 Catherine Mowry LaCugna Award. The author of two books: "Sophia: The Hidden Christ of Thomas Merton" and "Surviving the Search: Sexuality, Spirituality, and Love," Dr. Pramuk will be offering two programs over the course of the weekend. The first on Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. is based on Dr. Pramuk's book of the same title. This Day of Teaching offers a sustained meditation on the life and writings of Trappist monk and spiritual writer Thomas Merton. With special attention to Merton's deepening realization of Christ as Wisdom-Sophia, and drawing freely from Merton's journals and poetry, drawings and sketches, classic spiritual writings and theological essays, this Merton scholar, musician and theologian will guide us into the heart of Merton's prayer life while illuminating his enduring witness as a poet, prophet and theologian for the 21st century.

BAR HARBOR - Students from 34 different nations add their special backgrounds to life at College of the Atlantic. This year, 17 new international students will be on campus. Many are in the United States for the first time this fall.

These students - from India, the Philippines, New Zealand, Egypt, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, and the Latin American nations of Bolivia, Paraguay, Panama, Colombia and Mexico - love sharing their culture with local families. Living so far from home and family, they sometimes long for a home-cooked meal, for conversation with an older generation, for playtime with little ones - or simply to be around people who are not part of their college life.

Wednesday, 07 September 2011 05:39

TWC TV to feature 16 'Games of the Week'

PORTLAND - Time Warner Cable is kicking off a new season of Game of the Week with more games and the best high school football matchups from across the state.

Time Warner Cable's schedule gives customers exclusive access to competitions and classic rivalries involving more than 30 Maine high schools, including Cony, Gardiner, Portland, Cheverus, Kennebunk and Wells.

Games will be taped on Friday nights and played back during the week on TWC TV, Channel 9. Digital Cable customers can also watch the games on TWC TV On Demand free of charge at a time that is convenient for them.

PORTLAND - "Mainebiz" will host a reception on Sept. 15 to honor its 2011 Women to Watch honorees at The Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland. This year's honorees are recognized in five categories: Patricia Quinn, executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, represents the Nonprofit category; Louise Jonaitis, CEO of Saunders Bros. at Locke Mills LLC, represents the Manufacturing category; Colleen Hilton, CEO of VNA Home Health & Hospice, represents the Health Care category; Beth Shissler, president of Sea Bags, represents the Woman-Owned Business category; and Danielle Ripich, president of the University of New England, represents the Education category.

"We are inspired by the work of these exceptional women executives," said Carol Coultas, editor of "Mainebiz." "Their vision and dedication to their organizations and their communities serve as an example for us all."
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 05:39

Maine Charity Foundation seeks applications

ELLSWORTH - Start-up organizations, projects involving economically disadvantaged or disabled Mainers, libraries, symphonies, hospice care and projects related to Friendship, Maine, are eligible for funding from the Maine Charity Foundation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

The deadline for applications is Sept. 15, 2011. A new online application is available at

Last year, the Maine Charity Foundation Fund distributed $78,750. The 23 grants ranged in size from $1,500 to the maximum award amount of $5,000. Among the organizations funded were Vinalhaven Eldercare Services, to assist in purchasing a wheelchair-accessible van; and Community Health & Counseling Services of Bangor, to develop a business plan for a hospice house in the Bangor area.

BANGOR - The Susan G. Komen Maine Race for the Cure Bangor and Survivor Sponsor Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway are proud to honor Survivor of the Week, Michele Rowles of Brewer. Rowles is co-chair of the 2011 Bangor Race.

"I had some time to give and I wanted to give back," said Rowles in response to her getting involved with The Komen Maine Race for the Cure for the first time. "After attending that first race, it hooks you right in. Without the race and the money and awareness that it raises, there would be many women who would not find breast cancer early enough."

In 2006, Rowles was diagnosed with breast cancer. "It took a little bit of time, I was sort of in a fog for about the first month," said Rowles about her initial diagnosis. "I was diagnosed in July and started treatments in the very end of August. I went to my first Komen race that September, pushed into it by a friend. To me I had only had two treatments. I wasn't a survivor yet. I remember standing on that stage thinking, wow, look at all those people. Whether they are supporting me, a family member, or a friend, at some time breast cancer really touches everyone's lives. It was a very empowering moment"

Wednesday, 07 September 2011 05:39

BSO opens its 116th season

BANGOR - World-renowned violinist Jennifer Koh will join the Bangor Symphony Orchestra as it opens the 116th season on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Collins Center for the Arts on the University of Maine campus. The concert will begin at 7 p.m.

BSO Music Director and Conductor Lucas Richman will lead the Bangor Symphony in its concert "BSO & Koh," which will include performances of Mozart's Overture to Cosi Fan Tutti, Brahms' Symphony No. 1, and the Bruch violin concerto featuring Koh.

Known internationally for championing both contemporary and traditional repertoire with daring passion, Koh's performance with the BSO will be her second in Maine this summer. She regularly appears at the Salt Bay Chamberfest held each August in Damariscotta.

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