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Bangor, Maine, to celebrate 175th birthday

Maine’s third-largest city is making plans for next month’s celebration of its 175th birthday.
Bangor was incorporated in 1834, and the anniversary will be Feb. 12. The schedule will include a bonfire, a dance, re-enactments and a time capsule.
In light of the poor economy, Mayor Gerry Palmer says the city intends to keep costs down. But he says that “now more than ever, we need a celebration.”
The mayor hopes to enlists some of Bangor’s more famous residents in the party, including Gov. John Baldacci and perhaps author Stephen King. But more than that, Palmer says he wants to direct attention to the people he calls Bangor’s “unsung heroes.”….Bangor

Lecture on book “A Distant War Comes Home – Maine in the Civil War Era tonight at 7:00 pm
The Kennebec Historical Society is honored to have Dr. Donald W. Beattie lecture on the book he co-authored called: “A Distant War Comes Home: Maine in the Civil War Era” The lecture will take place at Le Club Calumet, 334 West River Rd in Augusta on Jan 22nd 2009 and is expected to start around 7 p.m. following the society’s annual meeting. Dr. Beattie will include some facts about Maine and the Civil War given in four sections: Before the war Famous sons and daughters Personal experiences and After the war Questions for the author will follow the lecture. Kennebec Historical Society holds monthly lectures on mainly historical subjects in locations all around Kennebec County. As always the public is encouraged to attend. We request a small $2 donation to defray costs. FMI call 622-7718 or E-mail Augusta

Saddleback Celebrates the History of Skiing in Maine
On Saturday, January 31, Saddleback Maine will host John Christie Day. The day is set to honor Christie, a lauded member of the Ski Museum of Maine’s Hall of Fame, its past President and founding member. He will also be honored for his history as an owner of the Saddleback in the early 1970s…. Rangely

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