May 27, 2024

Veterans Recognition Day planned in Bangor

Coinciding with Pearl Harbor Day and Morrill Worcester’s Wreaths Across America project, announced Randy Kluj of Milo on behalf of the Department of Maine American Legion, will be a Veterans Recognition Day with doors opening at 11 a.m. and the ceremony at noon Sunday, Dec. 7, at Bangor Auditorium.

“We will have members of the Maine Army National Guard Band, Maine Army National Guard Select Honor Guard, keynote speaker Gen. William Libby, adjutant general for Maine, Brig. Gen. Fran Auclair addressing the 60th anniversary of women in the military, and retired Brig. Gen. Bob Lee speaking in remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day,” Kluj told me.

The ceremony also will include a presentation to Bangor Mayor Gerry Palmer, singing by youth groups and the pledge of allegiance.

Particularly nice is the fact that “both Morrill and Karen Worcester” will attend and “30 to 40 vehicles will arrive with their wreaths, on the way to Arlington National Cemetery,” Klug said of the program that will have “100,000 wreaths going out” across the country to “more than 350 state and national military cemeteries, including 2,500 for Togus.”

Kluj stressed that “all veterans and members of the public are invited to attend” this very special Veterans Recognition Day.

Kathleen Caldwell e-mailed the Peace through Interamerican Community Action Holiday Sale will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Peace and Justice Center-PICA office, 170 State St., Bangor.

Featured will be goods made by community members of the Carasque Sewing and Crochet Cooperatives in Bangor’s sister city in El Salvador.

Mike Lange e-mailed to say the public is invited to the Skowhegan-Madison Elks annual memorial service for department members at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the lodge, 21 Silver St., Skowhegan.

After the ceremony will be a light lunch.

Nancy Herr reports the fourth annual Ruggles House Society Christmas Tea will be 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at 146 Main St., Columbia Falls.

Admission is $3. Refreshments, decorations and holiday shopping are included.

Marine Environment Research Institute will hold a Children’s Holiday Party from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at MERI Center for Marine Studies, 44 Main St., Blue Hill.

Ornament making, holiday crafts, tree decorations, refreshments and shopping will be featured.

Sumner Memorial High School cheerleader Courtney Briggs of Sullivan invites you to a Rib Dinner and Chinese Auction featuring Tim’s Ribs from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the high school.

Admission is $7. Proceeds benefit the cheerleaders’ new uniform and choreographer’s fund.

Waldo County Home Health and Hospice and Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County will hold a remembrance service for family and friends of people who died this year at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in the Waldo County General Hospital Education Center, 118 Northport Ave., Belfast.

For information, call Margie Spencer-Smith, 338-2268, or Flic Shooter, 930-2677.

Sue Kircheis reminds you the Simpson Memorial Library-Carmel Historical Society annual tree-lighting ceremony and attendant activities will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in that community.

Joyful Jazz, featuring Amy Briggs, Bruce Cassaday, Brian Stewart, Don Carmichael, Hugh Bowden and Lynette Woods, invites you to a Holiday Jazz Concert at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at Ellsworth United Methodist Church, 21 Hancock St.

Admission is a $10 suggested donation or $5 with a nonperishable food donation to benefit the church’s community mission projects.

Leigh Butler of Second Congregational Church invites you to the Hanging of the Greens and Chrismon Tree Introduction at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the church, 607 Main St., Brewer.

If you see longtime area musician Bill Stetson on or about Sunday, Dec. 7, wish him a happy 90th birthday!

His daughter reports Stetson began playing a Boy Scout bugle at 6, joined the Bangor Band in 1949, has played with the Brewer and Ellsworth community bands and still plays with the Penobscot Wind Ensemble.

The Texas Roadhouse restaurant on Stillwater Avenue in Bangor reports it will donate 10 percent of all sales after its 3 p.m. opening Monday, Dec. 8, to the family of Adam and Marcia Peterson of Glenburn.

The Petersons lost their home to fire in November.

Pathfinders: Support for Grieving Children will hold “a special reunion for all volunteers, past and present” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 540 Essex St., Bangor.

Debbie Jacques reports she and Pathfinders coordinator Linda Boyle believe more than “130 volunteers have been trained since Pathfinders began in 1994” and they would like to see them again.

Jacques wrote, however, that because of a variety of circumstances they “have been unable to reach everyone about this get-together.”

Former volunteers are cordially invited to stop by “for light refreshments and great company.”

Call either Boyle, 947-2011, or Vicki Trundy, 942-0887, for details.

Trudy Tremblay reports Blue Christmas, “a quiet service for people entering the Christmas season” after “a death or other loss,” is 7 p.m. Monday Dec. 8, at Church of Universal Fellowship, 82 Main St., Orono. For information, call 866-3655.

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

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