Calling all artists

The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services is looking for an artist to design the state of Maine’s Honorable Service Coin. As part of the state’s dedicated recognition program, the bureau will present the newly designed coin, along with a certificate of appreciation, to Maine veterans in recognition of their service and sacrifice.

Interested artists should contact the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services for a Request for Proposal Packet. Point of contact is Dave Richmond, deputy director, 430-6035 or

For more information on the Maine Veteran’s Recognition Program, please visit

Summer open house at Mills' Veterans Retreat

Retired U.S. Army S/Sgt. Travis Mills is a recalibrated warrior, motivational speaker, actor, author and advocate for veterans and amputees. Travis is one of five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries. He lost both his legs and arms in an IED explosion April 10, 2012, on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan.

On Saturday, Aug. 4, from 1 to 4 p.m., Travis invites the public to come to a summer open house at the Travis Mills Foundation Veterans' Retreat, 1002 Watson Pond Road, Rome, to learn more about the retreat’s accomplishments and 2019 ambitions.

You will be given a guided tour, have pictures taken with Travis, and learn how you can get involved to support our warriors and their families. Parking is available onsite. Registration is not required but would be helpful to plan the number of tour guides needed. Please visit to RSVP and for more information.

Free Sawyer Brown concert

Tickets are free for active duty military and veterans to a concert by American country band Sawyer Brown. It will take place Saturday, Aug. 18, from 4:30 to 10 p.m. at the Balsam Valley Amphitheater on Champion Road, Columbia Falls.

To reserve your tickets, visit or call 812-3869.

Free Pig Roast & Family Fun Day

Community and Military Program Leader Joy Asuncion of Faith Temple Church invites everyone to come to a free pig roast with live music and fun for kids of all ages Sunday, Aug. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, 193 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast (near Troy Howard Middle School).

Music will be performed by the Route 17 Ramblers. There will be a free bounce house and crafts for kids, as well as corn hole, horseshoes and shuffleboard and a country store. Please bring a lawn chair. The Belfast Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3108 will open the event with the presentation of our national colors. For more information, please contact Joy at 207-930-5640.

Joy Asuncion is a retired U.S. Navy veteran, an Honor Flight Maine board member, Maine Ambassador for the Women in Military Service for America Memorial and a Maine Troop Greeter. Contact Joy at 930-5640 or