Pownal Elementary School holding lobster bake

The Pownal Elementary School Parent/Teacher Organization will be hosting its annual lobster bake in front of the school on Saturday, Sept. 15.

The traditional lobster bake is one of the most popular fundraisers offered by the PTO throughout the year, with food and games for children organized on the lawn.

This event is hosted by IMPACT, the Pownal Elementary School parent/teacher organization whose purpose is to promote educational opportunities for Pownal School children.

Serving will begin at approximately 1 p.m. as the lobster bake is uncovered.

Tickets are $20 per person and include one lobster, clams, corn on the cob, potatoes, salad and blueberry cake. Children eat free with no lobster.

Tickets will be on sale at Short Stop and Edna and Lucy’s beginning in late August and at Pownal Elementary School. Advance purchase is appreciated, but not required.

Call Lisa Pardus at 671-6006 for more information.

Doane, Johnson announce engagement

Brittany Kayla Doane and Kasey Leigh Johnson have announced their engagement. The couple plans a November 2013 tropical destination wedding and honeymoon at Sandals resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Doane is the daughter of Brian Doane of Durham and Donna Doane of Freeport. Johnson is the son of Gary Johnson of South Portland and Susan Collins of Brunswick.

Doane is a 2006 graduate of Freeport High School and she owns and operates Studio 88 Salon in Yarmouth. Johnson is a 2004 graduate of Portland High School, as well as a veteran of the United States Army, and is employed by Bank of America in Brunswick. The couple resides in Brunswick and plan to continue to make their home in the area after their wedding next year.

Taste of Brunswick coming next week

The fourth annual Taste of Brunswick festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15.

This culinary experience will offer food, drink, and music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Town Mall on Maine Street in downtown Brunswick. Many area restaurants will showcase their specialties including:

Big Top Deli, Bombay Mahal, The Brunswick Inn, Byrne’s Irish Pub, Cook’s Lobster House, Frontie, Gelato Fiasco, The Great Impasta, Lion’s Pride, No. 10 Water, Sista’s BBQ, Tao, The Tavern at Brunswick Station and Trattoria Athena.

There will be a beer tent sponsored by Byrnes Irish Pub and music performances by local Maine bands Hey Buddy, Ear Candy, Cinnamon and The Music Center Ensemble.

Advance tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at www.brunswickdowntown.org/TOB or at the College Store, Cool As A Moose, Mid Coast Hunger Prevention, Riley Insurance, or at the visitor center in Brunswick Station. Tickets will also be available on the day of the event for $7 at the door (12 and under are free) and food tickets will be available for $1 each.

The College Store on Maine Street will host a book signing at the event for “Fresh From Maine: Recipes and Stories from the State’s Best Chefs,” by Brunswick-based food writer Michael Sanders. A portion of the proceeds from the book sales and from the Taste of Brunswick event itself will be donated to the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program.

For a full listing of participants, visit www.brunswickdowntown.org/TOB. For more information about the Brunswick Downtown Association, visit www.brunswickdowntown.org or call 729-4439.

Free blood pressure clinics coming to area

Community Health and Nursing Services Home Health Care is offering free community-based blood pressure clinics at the following times and locations:

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 10-11 a.m., Freeport Community Services, 53 Depot St., Freeport; Monday, Sept.10, 11 a.m.-noon, Westrum House, 22 Union St., Topsham; Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2-2:30 p.m., Dike’s Landing, Bath Housing, 20 Dike’s Landing Road, Bath; Tuesday, Sept. 11, 5-6 p.m., Bath United Church of Christ, 150 Congress Ave., Bath; Wednesday, Sept.19, 10-11:30 a.m., Mid Coast Hunger Prevention, 84A Union St., Brunswick; Thursday, Sept. 20, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick; Friday, Sept. 28, 9:30-10 a.m., Pejepscot Terrace, 36 Pejepscot Terrace, Brunswick and Friday, Sept. 28, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Bath Soup Kitchen, 851 Washington Ave., Bath.

Blood pressure screening is also available at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-noon in the Community Resource Room near the emergency department.

The National Institutes of Health recommends screening adults for high blood pressure every two years for anyone with blood pressure of 120/80 or less. If you have high blood pressure or prehypertension, you should have your blood pressure checked at least once every year.

Most people cannot tell if their blood pressure is high because there are usually no symptoms. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart failure, heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure. If you have high blood pressure, regular blood pressure measurements can help determine if your medication and diet are working.

Low blood pressure may be a sign of a variety of illnesses, including heart failure, infection, gland disorders and dehydration.

For more information about the blood pressure clinics, call 729-6782.

Casco Bay CAN hosting teen forum

Casco Bay CAN (Create Awareness Now) will be hosting nationally known motivational speaker John Underwood, who will present a program called “Maximizing Athletic Performance and the Personal Well-Being of Teens,” on Sept. 25 and 26.

The two-day event opens with training for coaches on Sept. 25 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Falmouth High School auditorium. That evening, there will be a community forum from 6-7:30 p.m., also in the Falmouth High School auditorium.

On Sept. 26, the program will be presented at North Yarmouth Academy Middle School, with the coaches’ training from 8-10 a.m. in the middle school’s community room and a community forum that evening from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Yarmouth High School performing arts center.

All sessions are free and open to residents of all surrounding communities. The same sessions will be conducted on each day, and no RSVP is required. For more information, call 865-3985, ext. 208.

Durham Fire and Rescue holding gun raffle

Durham Fire and Rescue, in conjunction with Cabela’s, is selling tickets for its annual gun raffle. Only 3,000 tickets will be sold at $20 each and the odds of winning are 1 in 100.

One winning name will be drawn daily starting on Nov. 1 through Nov. 30. The winner will have choice of gun or a Cabela’s gift certificate. Tickets can be purchased from Durham Fire & Rescue at the station. Call 353-2473 for more information. Tickets are also available at the Durham Get & Go. For more information on the raffle, call Scott St. Michel at 837-3540 or Keith Russell at 837-8748 or visit www.fundraisers.com.

Brittany Kayla Doane and Kasey Leigh Johnson

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