Photo by Judy Wilbur Craig over Little Lake Wassookeag in Dexter
PENQUIS - The 2014 Pine Tree Hospice Variety Show, taking place on Friday, April 25th at 7 p.m. at the Center Theatre, will be the 20th Anniversary of the popular annual celebration. As always, the evening will be filled with talented local performers who donate their skills in support of Pine Tree Hospice.
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary, Jane Stitham, Executive Director of Pine Tree Hospice, states that the show will be looking to past shows and looking to the medical community for performers.
"Originally, the Variety Show was performed entirely by members of the medical community and their families to benefit Pine Tree Hospice. Over the years, the show has expanded to feature talented individuals from around the community. But to celebrate our 20th, we wanted to bring back some of the platinum acts from years past and new favorites as well. We’re especially looking forward to some of the acts from the staff of Mayo Regional Hospital who are major supporters of both Hospice and the Variety Show.”
Returning to MC the show this year is local favorite Dr. David Frasz, and Stitham says there will be other favorites announced as the show gets closer. Stitham also says that they are still looking for new performers from the medical community and she encourages anyone who is interested to contact Hospice at 564-4246.
Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for this enjoyable evening.
The mission of Pine Tree Hospice is to honor life and offer comfort with dignity to people of any age living with a progressive life-limiting illness. Pine Tree Hospice educates and supports its volunteers and staff to maintain a high standard of care, and responds to care-giver, family and community needs for continued bereavement support. Since its founding in 1985, Hospice has developed a wide range of programs and services targeted to its mission including Respite Care, Transportation, Education, Patient and Family Advocacy, Bereavement Support and more. For more information on Pine Tree Hospice, please call 564-4346.
Penobscot County Company Poised for $7 Million Investment - Creating 18 New Jobs
AUGUSTA - Corinth Pellets, LLC is planning to invest upwards of $7 million on a pellet manufacturing facility located in Penobscot County. Major work is planned for facility and equipment upgrades. The investment is expected to lead to the creation of 18 new jobs for the wood pellet manufacturer. The company has worked closely with the LePage Administration and the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) in pursuit of their expansive goals. please call 564-4346.
"Corinth Pellets is an excellent example of how a staple Maine industry can thrive when provided with the tools to be competitive," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Government does not create jobs, but it can create an environment where businesses can thrive. As a result of Corinth Pellets' investment, more Mainers will be put to work, and our overall economy will prosper." please call 564-4346.
The facility in Corinth has been operational since 2007. Company officials credit Maine's business-friendly approach as a determining factor to implementing their expansion strategy. please call 564-4346.
"The incentive package, presented by DECD, will give us the ability to purchase the equipment needed to increase production and hire more people," said Corinth Pellets Chief Financial Officer Ken Carle. Carle also suggested that the timeframe for those jobs, currently set at a 24-month span, would have been much longer without the incentives. please call 564-4346.
Governor LePage Account Executive (GAX) Jaimie Logan was the DECD liaison to Corinth Pellets. "She is one fantastic lady," proclaimed Carle. He said that Logan's organizational skills and punctuality helped expedite both the application and certification processes greatly. please call 564-4346.
The Governor LePage Account Executive team is a territorially based group of business-resource professionals, dedicated solely to helping Maine companies big and small cut through red tape to reach their goals. please call 564-4346.
For more information the GAX team, DECD and Corinth Pellets, LLC, please visit the links below.
DEXTER - The Carl R. Cuthbert Community Band Foundation is accepting requests for financial assistance for any music-related activity. The application is available on the website www.cuthbert-foundation.org or by calling 924-6235.
The form asks for the name of the course or activity, the reason for or objective of the request, and the specific costs with supporting documents. Any payments granted by the review board will be made directly to the named institution or facility. A report - performed, oral, or written - must be presented to the Foundation upon completion of the course. Failure to complete the objective will require a full refund of the amount granted.
The Cuthbert Foundation is a charitable, non-profit organization that promotes music education and training, with performance opportunities for any age at any stage of musical experience and competence in and around Dexter.
Community invited to celebrate GrowME Growth
Guilford--Valley Grange will host an “Agstravaganza” on Friday, March 28th at their hall on the corner of Butter Street and Guilford Center Road. The Grange is one of three collaborating organizations who sprouted and nurtured the GrowME Project. Grange Program Director Walter Boomsma says, “There’s a lot to celebrate! The numbers are still coming in but it looks like our volunteers will reach nearly 50 classrooms and over 750 students. I think we’ve lost count of volunteers because we seem to add more every day.”
The GrowME program was hatched in 2011 when three local organizations with an interest in agriculture decided there was an opportunity to assist schools and teachers by providing some “hands on” activities with an agricultural theme. Valley Grange was joined by Piscataquis Soil and Water Conservation and District and the Piscataquis County UMaine Extension and the three organizations agreed on a mission to “build a truly local program of agriculturally themed activities for kids led by local volunteers with the goal of increasing agricultural literacy and making it fun!”
During the week prior to the Agstravaganza volunteers will be visiting grades K through 3 throughout the county with activities like creating animal graphs, apples to apples tasting and sorting, making butter, and making dirt babies. Boomsma notes that “our Grange loves an opportunity to invite the community to our hall, but it seemed particularly appropriate to have a community celebration of our achievements and agriculture in general. We’ll have a great potluck supper and brief program to share highlights from GrowME.”
The event is not just for people involved in GrowME—it is open to anyone who supports the idea of community and collaborating. The Grange promises to a “family friendly” event and hopes volunteers, teachers, kids, and parents will come. The “Plantastic Agstravaganza” features a community potluck supper at 6:00 PM—bring a dish to share! A brief meeting at 7 PM will cover some highlights of the GrowME collaboration and some agricultural related information. Attendees are invited to bring an old-time farm, gardening, or home device to display as part of “what is it?” table.
Additional information regarding the Agstravaganza is available on the Valley Grange website at http://valleygrange.com. The GrowME collaboration maintains a blog at http://GrowMEhelp.wordpress.com.
PENQUIS - Caring for a loved one is a rewarding, experience, yet it can lead to stress and depression. Pine Tree Hospice’s “Caring for the Caregiver” series is hosting a ‘Depression in the Caregiver’ workshop which will explore the signs and risks of caretaking as well as where to turn to for help.
Valerie Sauda, who is an ANCC certified gerontological nurse, will start the morning by discussing the clinical signs and prevalence of depression, highlighting caregiver risks, red flags to watch for, as well as suggestions for keeping the caregiver healthy.
After a healthy lunch provided by Pine Tree Hospice, Josephine Cirrinone, LSW, CCP, and Theresa Boettner, a Family Caregiver Specialist through Eastern Area Agency on Aging, will discuss caregiver resources within the community and throughout the surrounding areas.
Please join us April 2, 2014, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Mayo Regional Hospital’s Resource Center in the Sebec/Borestone rooms for this free workshop. Pre-registration is recommended. Please call 564-4346 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
MAINE - With a new year rapidly approaching the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife wants to remind everyone that it's a good time to purchase fishing or hunting licenses from the State of Maine.
To purchase a 2014 license you need only go to https://www.informe.org/moses
The Department's online licensing system gives you the convenience of purchasing from your home, camp or office and the ability to print out a copy of your license whenever you need it.
All proceeds from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses stay with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. We are grateful for your support of the Department's important programs.
At this time of year, a license -or a lifetime license- is the perfect gift for the sports enthusiast in your life!
For more information on the important work the Department is doing visit our website at www.mefishwildlife.com
From all of us at the Department, our best wishes for a Happy Holiday season, and have a safe and enjoyable winter in Maine's Great Outdoors!
We aim to offer the consumer the widest variety of products that we can that are locally grown & locally produced.
Interested producers are welcome to contact Judy Wilbur Craig at the store 207.924.DEXT(3398) or by email judy@DexterFarmProject.com
Click here for the Guidelines for Producers – adopted 05.2013 by DRDC Board of Directors.
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