Maine Winter Wonderland
Photo by Judy Wilbur Craig in Dexter
PENQUIS - Experiencing the loss of a spouse is one of life’s most difficult transitions. Pine Tree Hospice is hosting a “Loss of Spouse” Adult Bereavement Support Group as an opportunity for individuals to share and support one another through the grieving process.
This group is open to any adult who has experienced the loss of a spouse whether recently or in the past. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month, from 7:00-8:00 P.M.
The next meeting is on Tuesday, January 14th at the Pine Tree Hospice Office at 883 West Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft. Pre-registration is recommended.
Please call 564-4346 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
DEXTER - The HJ Crosby Community Band of Dexter is looking for new members. The band is preparing for the spring cabaret concert in April with a repertoire including big band, show-tunes, ragtime, and HJ Crosby pieces, "Dress Parade" and "In A Rose Garden."
Rehearsals are every Tuesday from 6-7:30 pm at the Ridge View School music room, 175 Fern Rd in Dexter. New members of all abilities and instrumentation are always welcome and instrumental loan and instruction are available.
In its fourth year, the band is sponsored by a 501c(3) non-profit organization and is a member of the New Horizons International Music Association. For more information, visit cuthbert-foundation.org or call 924-6235.
PENQUIS - A snow storm three days prior made for perfect conditions at the 2014 Snow Golf & Family Fun Day, which was held at Foxcroft Golf Club on February 8 and netted more than $2500 for Pine Tree Hospice, a volunteer hospice that receives no federal, state, or insurance funding.
Twelve twosomes braved temperatures in the low teens to compete in the nine-hole golf scramble, in which golf balls were replaced with tennis balls, holes were replaced with hula hoops, and players were allowed to tee off with a tennis racket on each hole (save number nine, which featured the long drive contest). Bob Bradford and Chuck Libby fired a 33 to edge Ethan Annis and Dan Rosebush for this year’s title while Matt Kinney and Erica Peterson earned prizes for launching the longest male and female drive on hole nine.
Nor’easter was the Judges’ Choice in the Chili Cookoff while defending champ Spring Creek took home the People’s Choice Award. The contest, which was judged by Tom Goulette, Bob Ade, and Melinda Wentworth, also featured strong entries from Flatlanders, Lakeshore House, and Hobnobbers.
The money raised at this year’s tournament fell shy of the $3465 netted last year, likely a product of the cold weather. “I wish the turnout had been a bit bigger,” said Jane Stitham, Executive Director of Pine Tree Hospice. “But I am grateful for those who supported our cause and certainly understand that not everyone wants to spend their Saturday outdoors in weather like this.” Stitham was quick to thank the many people who came together to make this event happen: most notably, Foxcroft Golf Course for hosting the event; Ethan Annis for spending several days plowing the parking lot and packing down the fairways; the chili chefs and judges; the golfers; the families that took part in the children’s activities; student volunteers from the FA and Guilford Key Clubs, who ran the children’s games, took photographs, and helped clean up; the promotional efforts of the FA communications team; all the generous Pine Tree Hospice volunteers and staff, who always go way beyond the call of duty; and all the individuals and businesses that provided in-kind donations or sponsorships–namely, Community Health & Counseling Center, Lary Funeral Home, Goulette’s IGA, Foxcroft Academy, A.E. Robinson, Foxcroft Golf Club, Center Theatre, Hardwood Products Co. LLC, Bowman Constructors, and E W Littlefield Inc.
“I’m grateful for everyone who helped make this a wonderful community event once again,” said Stitham. “The revenue generated from Snow Golf and other fundraising events goes a long way in helping us provide support throughout the 39 towns in our service area to individuals experiencing a progressive, life-limiting illness as well as to their families and caregivers.”
PENQUIS - Womancare, the domestic abuse prevention resource center serving Piscataquis County and Spruce Run, the resource center serving Penobscot County have recently merged and become one agency; the Spruce Run / Womancare Alliance. It is our hope that with our combined resources we will be better able to serve both counties.
Volunteers remain central to our work. It is still true that we couldn’t provide the services we do without you! If you’re willing to give us some of your time and talents, we need you! Would you like to become a more integral part of your community? Do you feel you’d like to give something back to your community? Do you need to test the field for a future career, to build a resume or to build skills important to a future employer?
At either office, Bangor or Dover-Foxcroft, no matter when the phone rings, a helpline worker is there, ready to listen, offer support, and provide information and referrals to other needed services. As a hotline worker, one of the things you’ll do is assist in providing our core service; answering calls that come in to our 24 hour helpline. Although it’s not easy, answering the helpline is one of the most rewarding jobs we do. You are often the first contact someone affected by abuse has with our organization, and often the first voice someone hears as he or she reaches out for help.
Our volunteer direct service workers complete a 40 hour training that prepares them to assist in answering the hotline. The training is designed to prepare folks to talk with those needing services on the phone, to meet with them in person at our office or at one of our outreach locations, or at court when accompanying them to a hearing. Advocates 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 the 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.
Our next training will begin March 31 and meet every Monday and Wednesday for 6 weeks here in our Dover-Foxcroft office. Please call 564-8165, email email@example.com. or call PVAEC at 564-6525 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!
DEXTER---For the first time, St. Anne Church in Dexter, St. Agnes Church in Pittsfield and St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Dover-Foxcroft participated in the annual Souper Bowl of Caring on the weekend of February 2. The national event promotes service and 100% of the monetary and food donations collected over the weekend are given to local charities. In their first Souper Bowl of Caring, members of the churches’ youth ministry groups in Dexter, Pittsfield and Dover-Foxcroft collected nearly $1,500.
“I want to thank all who were so generous with their donations, and the youth for participating in this project,” said Fr. Joseph Cahill, pastor of all three churches. “All of the proceeds will be given to Our Lady’s Kitchen.”
Our Lady’s Kitchen is an all-volunteer effort which serves free meals in the parish hall of St. Anne Church. The program, which began in May of 2008, serves free Sunday meals to anyone who stops by, regardless of age, race, gender or faith. Annually, the kitchen serves nearly 5,000 meals. Much of the food is donated by parish and community members, including food grown in their very own gardens.
Many other parishes in the Diocese of Portland participated in this year’s Souper Bowl of Caring. Since its inception in 1990, churches across America have raised over $90 million for soup kitchens, food pantries and other charities through the event.
For more information, contact Dave Guthro, Communications Director for the Diocese of Portland, at (207) 321-7810 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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