Bridgewater prepares for anniversary

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Bridgewater Sesquicentennial
The Bridgewater Sesquicentennial Committee will meet on Wednesday, August 15, at 7 p.m. at the Bridgewater Community Building.
    The Committee is comprised of members of the general public, the BCA Reunion Committee, Bridgewater Historical Association, Bridgewater Fire Department and Bridgewater Recreation Department.
Plans are being developed for a combined celebration in 2008 of Bridgewater’s Sesquicentennial and the next BCA Reunion. Anyone who is interested is invited to attend the meeting. For more information, please contact Mike Crawford at 764-0202.
Rotary Club
The Mars Hill Rotary Club met on Tuesday, August 7, at 6:30 a.m. at the Aroostook Health Center in Mars Hill. The guest speaker was Dena Winslow, of the Loring Job Corps Center.
Dena spoke about the programs offered at the Loring Center. The Loring Job Corps opened 11 years ago and currently offers 10 different programs of study. All eligible students must complete a one-and-a-half- to two-hour interview to see what career might be the best one for them to pursue. They must be at a 9th grade level in both reading and math, or they will take academic classroom instruction as well as career training. High School Diplomas and GED are also offered.
Students must be between the ages of 16 – 24 to participate. Currently only about 25 percent of the students are from the state of Maine; 75 percent are from out of state. There are now 300 students at the center, although with the self-paced programs, the student body is changing weekly. The Loring Center has room for 400 students.
The successful students will typically be enrolled for eight months to two years. The students are also able to go on to college for one year through the program. There is no cost to eligible students.
For more information, contact Dena Winslow, admissions counselor, at 328-4212, ext. 7542 or at her e-mail address: The opportunities can also be checked out at:
The center will be holding an open house on Saturday, August 25, for anyone interested in seeing the facility.
Bridgewater music jam
Bridgewater’s music jams take place each Thursday evening from 6 – 9 p.m. and feature old-time rock ’n roll, country, oldies and standards. Regulars are Denis Gagne (BHA president) on the drums, Jann Votaw (BHA secretary) on guitar and vocals and Simon Blawej Clair on guitar and vocals. Some refreshments are available. Trying to preserve a small town’s history is not an easy task, and the BHA thanks those who support their efforts. They hope to see everyone at their planned events.
Bridgewater Historical Association
The Bridgewater Historical Association meets the first and third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall on Main Street. For more information, please call Denis or Gloria Gagne at 429-8290, Jann Votaw at 425-7901 or at
Ladies Stitch & *itch Group
The Bridgewater Recreation Department has formed a Ladies’ Stitch & *itch Group. The group meets every other Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Civic Building. Ladies of all ages are invited to attend. There is no charge to attend. The group will meet on August 21, and September 4 and 18.
This is an opportunity to bring whatever you are working on: cross-stitch, embroidery, scrapbooking, sewing, etc., and share good conversation while working on your favorite project. If you do not have anything to bring, that’s okay too, as others will be willing share and teach.
All are welcome – you don’t have to be a Bridgewater resident to participate, so bring your friends, too! For more information, contact Chris Finemore at 425-6606.
 Tomi Henderson is the correspondent for Mars Hill, Blaine and Bridgewater. She can be reached at 429-9126 or e-mail