New train schedule set for weekends during summer

Maine Eastern Railroad will offer a new train schedule for weekends-only this summer.

The Brunswick-to-Rockland service, now connecting with the Downeaster, stops at Wiscasset and Newcastle and also offers excursion trips out of Wiscasset, including a scenic round trip to Newcastle and one to Bath.

A Newcastle-Damariscotta-Boothbay Harbor trolley service also is being offered Friday through Sunday, providing rides between the Twin Villages, with many stops in the villages and shopping areas, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The trip is free.

Twice daily this trolley heads from Newcastle’s Publick House parking area to Boothbay Harbor. Tickets are $5 round-trip. For more details, call 882-5188.


Library accepts new bench at ceremony

Vose Library has received a new bench through the generosity of patron Dorothea Schmitt. The library accepted the gift at a small ceremony before the library’s recent annual meeting.

Board President Paul Gaudreau said the gift was an example of the high level of community involvement that is enjoyed by Union’s local library.

For more information, call Vose Library at 785-4733


Cancer Society gives six Mainers volunteer award

Six Maine residents have been awarded the American Cancer Society’s Sandra C. Labaree Award for the New England division. It is the organization’s highest volunteer award.

The 2014 recipients are Deb Cook of Topsham, Chad Labree and Denise Trafton of Glenburn, Rebecca Driscoll and Britney Morton of Portland, and Polly Potter of Cape Elizabeth.

The Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award recognizes and honors volunteers whose actions and service in the fight against cancer most exemplify the American Cancer Society’s organizational values of mission, diversity, respect and stewardship.

For more details call 800-227-2345 or go to

Main-E-Acts baton twirlers head to national competition

The Main-E-Acts baton twirling team will travel to the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, this week to compete in America’s Youth on Parade – the National Baton Twirling Association’s Grand National Baton Twirling Championships.

The event brings together about 4,500 of the best baton twirlers, teams and corps in the world for a series of national and world open championship contests.

The Main-E-Acts baton twirling team was created in 2004 and is the travel component of the Central Maine Twirling Corps – a larger baton twirling program supported and offered by the Augusta Recreation Department and the Bangor Parks and Recreation Department.

The team includes Mollie Berglund, Amanda Cameron, Alexandra Clowes, Jenna Cross, Matteah Hamm, Taylor Hickey, Molly King, Morgan Mayhew, Lindsay Pitts, Meagan Sawyer, Carley Scanlon, Morgan Sorey, and Megan Williams. The team was selected by Andrea Fletcher, the director of the Central Maine Twirling Corps.

These 13 young women, ages 12 to 24, represent Augusta, Bangor, Brewer, Bucksport, Farmington, Holden, Orrington, Orono, Readfield, South Paris, West Gardiner, Whitefield, and Windsor.

This is the team’s third outing to this competition. The team is the reigning 2014 Northeast Regional Senior Dance Twirl Team champions and Senior Halftime Show Team champions.

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Lyme disease awareness poster winners named

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has announced the winners of its 2014 Lyme Disease Awareness Month poster contest.

The winners are Grace VanBuskirk, grade 3, and Katherine Freeman, grade 5, both of Owls Head Central School, and Kailee Cox, grade 6, a homeschooled student.

The fifth annual competition was open to Maine students in kindergarten through grade 8.

All posters were displayed in the Maine CDC Offices in Augusta and rated by Maine CDC employees. Each winner received a Maine State Parks family day pass and a certificate of recognition. Tick removal kits were also distributed to the winners and their classmates.


Center for Grieving Children seeks group facilitators

The Center for Grieving Children is looking for volunteer facilitators for its peer-support group sites at Portland and Sanford. All facilitators must complete a comprehensive 35-hour training before leading a group.

Facilitators are needed for the center’s Tender Living Care Program (for families affected by serious illness), Bereavement Peer Support in both Portland and Sanford, and a Multicultural Peer Support Program.

Volunteer facilitators are asked for a one-year commitment.

Background checks will be conducted on all potential volunteers.

Sanford volunteer orientations will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 5 to 6 p.m. Aug. 27. Portland volunteer orientations are scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 14 and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11.

For more details, call Sue Calhoun at 775-5216.