WILTON – The next meeting of the Wilton Senior Citizens will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at SeniorsPlus. The meeting on April 23 was led by President Beverly Childs. It was reported that Bernice Kenney, a former member, had recently passed away. A sympathy card will be sent. Alan Hutchinson on keyboard and his son, Ray, 15, on trumpet entertained with a variety of gospel music, swing, waltzes, trumpet and keyboard duets with vocals by Alan. Daughter Beth, 9, added to the afternoon’s enjoyment.

Prayer Day

FARMINGTON – In observance of the National Day of Prayer, residents of all denominations are welcome to join for prayer at noon Thursday, May 1, at the gazebo in Meetinghouse Park on Main Street. This is the 52nd annual gathering and this year’s theme is from Proverbs 14:34: “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” The National Day of Prayer event is an opportunity for Americans of all denominations to join in prayer for our leaders, communities, families, youth, servicemen and women, for the persecuted, imprisoned and for moral awakening and revival. On Feb. 19, 1795, George Washington issued a proclamation setting aside a day of public thanksgiving. In 1952 Congress established an annual day of prayer which was specifically designated in 1988 as the first Thursday in May.

Teach-in planned

FARMINGTON – A Teach-In titled, Waging War/Waging Peace, will be offered free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, on the UMF campus. The Teach-In will examine issues of war and peace from various perspectives, including historical, philosophical, economic, religious, psychological, philosophical and personal, among others.

Sessions will be presented by UMF professors and staff, and community members of various professions, in various locations around campus. In addition to lectures, films will be screened, a library browsing room will feature relevant reading materials and a “safe zone” will serve as an all-day forum for mediated discussion and sharing of ideas.

Hosted by Western Mountains Peace Action Workshop, the Teach-In is sponsored by SEA-Change, a UMF student group engaged in action for social change and environmental awareness.

For more information on schedules and topics, phone Doug Rawlings at 293-2580.

Poetry reading

FARMINGTON – There will be an open poetry reading on war and peace from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in Lincoln Auditorium, C131 in Roberts Learning Center at the University of Maine at Farmington. Anyone is welcome to read and may bring their own poems or any other poems. This is sponsored by SEA-Change and WMPAW as part of the day long teach-in at UMF. For more information, phone Diane Kruchkow at 778-4699.

Alliance meeting

WELD – The next Tumbledown Conservation Alliance meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at the Cyber Café.

Legislative breakfast

FARMINGTON – A legislative breakfast will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, May 2, in North Dining Hall of the University of Maine at Farmington. The topic is State Health Policy: Implications for the Western Maine Region. The breakfast is sponsored by the Western Mountains Alliance Legislative Caucus. For more information, phone the Healthy Community Coalition at 645-3136, extension. 5100.

First aid course

FARMINGTON – Registrations are now being accepted for a one-day standard first aid course from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Franklin Memorial Hospital. The course will follow the standards and guidelines for first aid from the American Red Cross and is designed for those who are currently CPR-certified.

“This course will train individuals to assist a victim in emergency situations until professional help arrives, and to care for emergencies such as respiratory or cardiac problems, sudden illness and injuries,” said FMH Education Director Pam Ernest.

There is a $45 fee for the course, which includes the costs of a textbook. For more information or to register, contact Kristen Grondin at 779-2381.

Conservation session

FARMINGTON – Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5, at the USDA Service Center Conference Room at 107 Park St.

Screening clinic

FARMINGTON – Kora Temple Shrine and the Western Mountains Shrine Club will hold an outreach screening clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 10, at Franklin Memorial Hospital. During the clinic, they will be looking for children under the age of 18 with conditions of bones, muscles, or joints, as well as burn scaring who could benefit from medical treatment at one of the many Shrine Hospitals. The screening and any hospital treatment is provided at no cost to the patient or parent.

Phone Kora Shrine at 1-800-782-5672 or Paul Meservey at 864-3446 for more information and questions.

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