Good Morning from Little Lake Wassookeag
Photo Judy Wilbur Craig
"6:25 am on August 13, 2015 in Dexter, Maine"
At some point, every family will experience loss through death and the grief that accompanies it. Parents of children or teens are often challenged with helping their children adjust to the many losses incurred by the death.
Pine Tree Hospice's Evergreen Nights of Service is a six-week program that is designed specifically for children, teens, and their families who have experienced a death of a loved one and provides a safe place for kids to share their experience with others who are also in the process of working through their grief and loss. Each session has a different focus, such as feelings, other expressions of grief, memories, and coping.
Participants are encouraged to engage in various activities including art, play, journaling, and talking so that each person may discover what works best for him or her as an individual to help process their grief and to help integrate the loss into one's life. An adult support group is also available for parents or guardians of the children to attend at the same time the children meet.
Families must register and attend an orientation meeting to determine if the Nights of Service is an appropriate match for each family member's needs. The next Nights of Service program begins October 7th and continues through November 11th.
Groups meet weekly on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church.
Friday, October 9 Garland Grange will hold a Family Contra Dance from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at their hall on Oliver Hill Road. Admission is $7.00 person, $12.00 per family. You don't have to know how to dance, all dances are taught. Caller is John McIntire and music by Some Reel People. FMI 924-3925 or 277-3961.
Saturday, October 10 Wayside Grange will serve a meatloaf supper from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. with live music. Menu includes scalloped potatoes, winter squash, desserts, pretty good coffee and lemonade. Tickets are $7 and take out available after 6:30. FMI call Chester Bekier at 924-5711 visit the Wayside Grange on Facebook. Wayside Grange is located at 851 North Dexter Road in Dexter.
Tuesday, October 13 Valley Grange Bookworms will visit with PCES second and third graders to kick off their annual Bookworm Program. Bookworms visit the school twice per week to listen to students read. The assembly begins at 9:30 a.m. Piscataquis Community Elementary School is located on Campus Drive in Guilford. For more information contact Walter Boomsma at 343-1842 or visit http://valleygrange.com.
Friday, October 16 area families are invited to attend a community potluck supper at Valley Grange from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Bring a dish to share! Supper will include a “Family Safety Fair” featuring information and resources for keeping families safe. At 7:15 p.m. “Mr. Boomsma” will present the NRA’s Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program a gun accident prevention program that seeks to help parents, law enforcement, community groups and educators navigate a topic paramount to our children’s safety. Eddie and his Wing Team are on a mission to help you teach Pre-K through 4th graders what to do if they ever come across a gun. Valley Grange is located at 172 Guilford Center Road in Guilford. For more information, visit http://valleygrange.com or contact Walter Boomsma at 343-1842.
Saturday, October 24 Wayside Grange sponsors a concert at 7:00 p.m. by The Doughty Hill Band with an engaging mix of bluegrass, folk, rock, Irish, and blues with tight harmonies and virtuoso leads. Doughty Hill band includes locals Sid Stutzman (guitar), Dawn Potter (fiddle), Brian Smith (bass) and Dan Sharrow (percussion). Tickets are $10. FMI visit the Wayside Grange on Facebook. Wayside Grange is located at 851 North Dexter Road in Dexter.
Monday, October 26 Valley Grange celebrates Dictionary Day with a third graders from Piscataquis Community Elementary School. Students will arrive at the Valley Grange Hall at 12:30 p.m. for a short presentation and leave with each clutching his or her own dictionary. Valley Grange is located at 172 Guilford Center Road in Guilford. For more information, visit http://valleygrange.com or contact Walter Boomsma at 343-1842.
Saturday, October 31 Parkman Grange will host a Halloween Party 3:00 p.m. until 6 pm. The party will include pizza, candy, and some surprises! A $3 admission will benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Parkman Grange is located at the four corners in Parkman. For more information visit the Parkman Grange Facebook page or contact Susan Manchester at 277-3942.
PITTSFIELD – There will be a benefit supper and silent auction for Warsaw Middle School student Kaylee Jarvis on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Sebasticook Valley Elks Lodge from 4-7 p.m.
Kaylee is an 11-year-old student who has a rare birth defect. She has already undergone three surgeries this year and is scheduled to return to Boston Children’s Hospital on Sept. 25 for another operation. All proceeds will go toward her medical expenses.
Admission for the supper is $6 for adults and $3 for children under age 12.
Donations of desserts and silent auction items are welcome.
For more information, contact Jenn Witmer at 951-7660 or Mike Havey at 416-3203.
The Sebasticook Valley Elks Lodge is located on Central Street in Pittsfield across from the post office.
PENQUIS - The 'Alliance' has scheduled its next hotline training for both Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties to begin September 21st. If you are looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity please consider becoming a trained advocate to provide support services to victims of domestic abuse and to assist in answering our 24 hour hotline.
All hotline workers, paid and unpaid, must successf ully complete a 40 hour training in order to assist with direct service to victims of abuse. Advocates will speak with callers on the phone, from home or from one of our resource centers. They will meet with victims in person at our resource centers, at one of our outreach locations, or at court when accompanying them to a hearing. Lastly, advocates will support and validate a caller's feelings, identify and explore options, make referrals and assist with safety planning.
Training topics include dynamics of domestic abuse, elder abuse, effects of family violence on children, relevant legal and social issues, safety planning and crisis intervention. Upon successful completion of this training 4 CEU's will be available from the University of Maine. The training is offered free of charge with the expectation of a volunteer commitment.
Please contact Ginger at 564-8166 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are in Piscataquis County or Catherine at 945-5102 or reach her at email@example.com. if you are in Penobscot County for training details. You can also check our web site at sprucerun.net. We believe everyone deserves to live with love and respect. Help us make this happen in your community. Volunteer today!
Parkman--The annual Five Guns in Five Minutes Raffle is underway. Tickets are $10 and are available at KC’s Store in Parkman, Lovell’s Hardware and Herring Brothers Market in Guilford or by calling Don Pepin at 343-0274. The lucky winners will be drawn at the Grange’s annual Hunters’ Supper on November 14, 2015.
A goal of Parkman Grange is to encourage parents and children to read together, thus building a solid foundation for future success. Members of the Minnie Bridge Family provide the funds necessary to allow the Grange to provide pre-k students with a book bag and selection of books every fall. The Grange will also host a Halloween Party on October 31, 2015 that will include pizza, candy, and some surprises!
And, looking towards the Holiday Season, Parkman Grange is planning to organize the Santa Project for MSAD 4 kids. The program provides warm winter coats and boots and a toy for eligible kids. This program is made possible by the support of many organizations and individuals and requires lots of effort. Support may be financial, but hands are also needed. Grange volunteers are already making plans—if you’d like to help in any way, please contact Susan Manchester at 277-3942. The Grange also makes a gift to the community with an annual Christmas Party, scheduled this year for December 12. The party gives kids the opportunity to complete easy craft projects that may become gifts for their family and friends. Cookies, spiced cider, and hot cocoa are also served and Santa and Mrs. Claus find time to visit, listen to the children’s wishes, and pose for a photo or two.
In announcing these plans, Grange Master Susan Manchester noted, “Our plans would only be dreams were it not for the generosity and commitment of our members and the community. It is so rewarding to watch many groups and individuals come together in support of good work.” Manchester also noted that details will be announced as projects and events approach. The Grange also maintains a Facebook Page with information. All events are planned at the Parkman Grange Hall located at the junction of Route 150 and North Dexter Road in the center of town.
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