Rotary speaker

LEWISTON – The Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club will meet at noon Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Ramada Inn.

Dottie Perham-Whittier and Lewiston’s Youth Advisory Council members will discuss the council. Anyone wishing to attend to hear the speakers or to learn more about Rotary is welcome. The buffet is $8 a person.

Trust speaker

LEWISTON – The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Ramada Inn.

NARFE State Federation President Julie Brawn of Augusta will install the newly elected officers.

Mike Auger of the Androscoggin Land Trust will discuss what land trusts do in general and what the local trust’s work in Androscoggin County entails.

The trust is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, through land conservation and stewardship, the traditional landscapes, natural areas and outdoor experiences in the county.

Auger has been on the board of directors since 2000. He is self-employed as an ecological consultant and has worked for the Nature Conservancy, the Maine Department of Conservation, Maine Army National Guard, local land trusts and private individuals. He resides in Lewiston and is an avid field botanist.

Plans for the meeting were made at the home of Vi Dumais, one of the original organizers of the chapter.

Attending were Sue Stetson, Mike and Flo Bohunicky, Doris Hamel and Joanne Morse.

Current federal employees or retired federal employees who wish more information about the association should contact Stetson at 784-9438, Bohunicky at 353-2688 or Hamel at 78-6139.

Blood drive

LEWISTON – The Sisters of Charity Health System is sponsoring a series of blood drives to support the American Red Cross. The first will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Lepage Center Conference Room, 99 Campus Ave,

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Kathleen Kuritz at 777- 8368.

Bridge winners

AUBURN – The Lewiston-Auburn Social Bridge Club winners of the New England-wide STaC tournament held at Schooner Estates on Jan. 16 were: first, Luke Merry and Ron Cote; second, Nancy and Larry Farmer; third, Cynthia and Bill Clifford; fourth/fifth tie, Martine Begert and David Lock with Alberta Turner and Helen Little.

Games are held at 9 a.m. Mondays at the Multi-Purpose Center, Lewiston; a mini-lesson is given; and a partner is guaranteed. Call Rosemarie Goodwin at 783-1734 for more information.

Drive results

AUBURN – Shaw’s annual food drive, the 2005 Spirit of Giving Food Drive, for the first year included 211 Shaw’s stores in all New England states. From Nov. 29 through Dec. 16, customers were invited to purchase a bag of food, valued at $5, $10, or $15, and the bags were delivered to food banks throughout New England.

Good Shepherd Food-Bank received 70 bins of food weighing 23,833 pounds. In total, Shaw’s collected 1,090 bins equaling 388,072 pounds.

Serving more than 540 nonprofit agencies and feeding approximately 70,000 people each month statewide, the food bank is one of Maine’s largest social service organizations.

The donation is estimated to provide nearly 16,000 meals to hungry people.

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