Fall in Dexter
Photo by Judy Wilbur Craig, Little Lake Wassookeag
DOVER-FOXCROFT - On Sunday, November 2, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. there will be a community celebration of remembrance sponsored by Community Health and Counseling and Pine Tree Hospice at the Charlotte White Center, 572 Bangor Road in Dover-Foxcroft. The theme for this year’s celebration is “The Tree of Life” which symbolizes the interconnectedness of all life as well as the seasons of life that we all must pass through.
Meaningful activities for all ages are planned culminating in a poignant balloon release. Music will also be a part of the day’s program and refreshments will be provided. All community members and families are welcome to come and celebrate the memory of friends and loved ones.
To pre-register, please call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 or email email@example.com.
PENQUIS - Beginning Monday, November 10, the Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance will offer its 40 hour hotline training in Piscataquis County. The training includes 12 three hour sessions, as well as homework, and is tentatively scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays from 5pm-8pm. We can revisit these dates and times the first night of training and make any adjustments that would better suit the group if need be.
About a year ago Womancare and Spruce Run merged in the hopes of continuing to provide consistent and quality services to those affected by domestic abuse in both Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties respectfully. The need for volunteer advocates remains great in terms of answering our combined 24-hour hotline. The hotline is answered part time in Bangor and part time in Dover-Foxcroft. After hours - evenings, weekends and holidays - the hotline is answered from the home phones of volunteers or staff. We need both in office and after hours assistance with our hotline.
Advocates support and validate a caller’s feelings, identify and explore options, make referrals for other services and do safety planning. Training topics include dynamics of domestic abuse, effects of family violence on children, relevant legal and social issues, safety planning and crisis intervention. Upon successful completion of the training 4 CEU’s from the University of Maine will be available. The training is offered free of charge with an expectation of a volunteer commitment.
The Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance is a great place to volunteer. We provide a comprehensive training program and there is always staff back up available. Please consider volunteering for this great agency. Call Ginger at 564-8166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. for more information or to register for this volunteer training opportunity. Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community or to test the field for a possible career. I would really love to talk with you.
"Hospice is a Work of Heart" will be the theme for Pine Tree Hospice's 2014 Annual Meeting and Dinner
PENQUIS - Pine Tree Hospice will hold its Annual Meeting and Dinner on Thursday, November 13th from 6-8 P.M. at the East Sangerville Grange. The theme, "Hospice is a Work of Heart" reflects the idea that Pine Tree Hospice volunteers offer their many services with heartfelt compassion and caring.
The evening will begin with a delicious dinner prepared by local caterer, Billi Barker of Enchanted Kitchen of Firefly Farm. The annual business meeting will follow as well as a program of music performed by Deb Fournier. Those interested in attending may make reservations by calling the Pine Tree Hospice office at 564-4346 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
MAINE - The Maine Job Bank at http://www.mainecareercenter.com had more than 8,400 total job openings on October 8, an all-time high. The jobs on the Job Bank include positions in healthcare, manufacturing, business services, and many other industries, ranging from entry-level to senior executives and professionals. For example, MaineGeneral Medical Center posted 170 positions in Augusta, Waterville, Winthrop, and Jackman recently.
Job seekers can also find temporary or year-round, full-time, part-time, or assignment work throughout the State with staffing firms at the Job Bank with Adecco, BONNEY Staffing, and Maine Staffing Group.
Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette explained how the Department uses the Job Bank to help laid-off, unemployed, or underemployed workers: "We remind employers that the Department's first place to look for jobs for affected workers is the Maine Job Bank. We thank all employers who have let us know of their openings in light of recent layoffs and suggest that all employers post positions on the Job Bank; there they can post and access their account 24/7 at no charge. There is also no cost to job seekers to search or post their resumes."
Saturday, November 1 East Sangerville Grange hosts their annual Holiday Craft Fair from 9 AM until 3 PM. Admission is $1 and lunch will be available. East Sangerville Grange is located on East Sangerville Road.
Saturday, November 1 East Sangerville Grange kicks off their annual Coffee House series. The first show is a performance by sister duo Chris and Meredith Thompson. Tickets are $12.00 at the door or starting two weeks in advance at Bob's Home and Garden in Dover-Foxcroft. Doors open at 5:30 and the show starts at 7pm. This year there will be a 50/50 raffle at every show -- and free refills on coffee. East Sangerville Grange is located on East Sangerville Road.
Thursday, November 6 Piscataquis Pomona Grange meets at Valley Grange for a potluck supper at 6 pm and meeting at 7 PM. Valley Grange is located at the corner of Butter Street and Guilford Center Road. For more information contact Bill Bemis at 924-5357.
Friday, November 14 Hunter's Public Supper from 5-7 pm at the Garland Grange Hall, Oliver Hill Road, Garland. Menu includes Roast Beef, Baked Beans, locally grown vegetables, homemade bread and desserts. ALL YOU CAN EAT. Price is $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children ages 5 to 12, under age 5 FREE. Takeout is available. Proceeds to benefit Garland Grange New Heating System. FMI 924-6954.
Friday, November 14 Family Contra Dance from 7-9 pm at the Garland Grange Hall, Oliver Hill Road, Garland. Family Friendly music and entertainment. All dances are taught. Live music by Some Reel People and Caller is John McIntire. Admission to the dance is $7.00 for adults, $12.00 for family. FMI 277-3961 or 924-3925.
Friday, November 21 Valley Grange presents “Let’s Sign” – an opportunity to get introduced to the joys of signing and learn a little about the Grange. Free program starts at 7 pm, preceded by a potluck supper at 6 PM—guests are invited to bring a dish to share. Valley Grange is located at the corner of Butter Street and Guilford Center Road. For more information contact Linda Erwin at 876-4241 or visit valleygrange.com.
MAINE - The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its flu Web site at www.maineflu.gov. Weekly updates on flu activity in Maine will resume this month. The Maine CDC reminds everyone to take everyday preventive measures against the flu, such as:
Starting this season, the U.S. CDC recommends use of the nasal spray vaccine in healthy children ages two to eight when it is immediately available and if the child has no contraindications or precautions to that vaccine. Recent studies suggest that the nasal spray flu vaccine may work better than the flu shot in younger children. However, if the nasal spray vaccine is not immediately available and the flu shot is, children age two to eight years should get the flu shot. Don't delay vaccination to find the nasal spray flu vaccine.
It takes about two weeks after vaccination to develop full immunity.
To find a vaccine in your area, call 211, search http://www.211maine.org/ or http://flushot.healthmap.org/, or contact your healthcare provider.
For more information, go to http://www.maineflu.gov or http://www.cdc.gov/flu/.
GARLAND - Garland Grange is asking the community to help support the troops and their families stationed overseas by supporting the "Coups for Troops" program.
The program was started in 2011 by Stephanie Almasy after attending a couponing class. She learned that military families could use coupons which were expired up to 6 months at the commissary. After packaging and sending to the military families, within a few months over four hundred families signed up to receive coupons, since then the program's need has increased steadily.
Recently the Maine State Grange recently qualified as a satellite collection center where coupons are collected in bulk, then packaged and mailed directly to individual families overseas.
The premise of this program is simple. "All you have to do is use scissors," says Andrea Rollins, program director. "We are simply asking people to clip out the coupons. You don't need to worry about expiration dates. The only coupons which cannot be used the ones for specific stores."
Garland Grange is asking anyone who wishes to donate any unwanted coupons to bring them to the Grange Hall on the second Friday of each month between 5 and 7 pm, which is when their monthly public suppers are held. You can also drop off them off on the their regular meeting night on the first and third Fridays of each month at 7:30 pm. The Garland Grange Hall is located on Oliver Hill Road in Garland.
"Dropping the coupons off during supper should be easy," adds Rollins. "We already have supper patrons who come each month with their collection of Campbell Soup Labels, Box Tops for Education, pennies for House in the Woods, and soda can tabs for the Shriners." Other pickup options of coupons is available by contacting 717-7027 or through their Garland Grange #76 Facebook page.
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