Ice out in Garland Maine 2006
Photo by Judy Wilbur Craig taken in Garland, April 13, 2006
PENQUIS - This year is a very special Pine Tree Hospice Variety Show – it is the 25th Anniversary of our much-loved event! It takes place on Friday, April 26 at 7:00 P.M. at Center Theatre and we want to make it the very best ever.
We're looking forward to an evening of laughs, great music, dance, drama, and the ever-popular Parade of Sponsors, which starts the show with an unequaled cuteness factor! What better way to start than by watching local children walking (or running!), across the stage carrying signs with Pine Tree Hospice's business sponsor names? Stacy Stitham will be our emcee this year and will guide us through this entertaining evening.
Adding to the fun are special door prizes for the 25th Anniversary and THE quilt raffle. The queen size quilt raffle, handmade by volunteers Helen Higgins and Rita Mountain and machine quilted by Vicki Brackett of Quilting Mania, is a yearly event that is much anticipated; at intermission we will draw the lucky winner. Only 250 tickets are being sold, and you can always call or visit us at Pine Tree Hospice to buy some for your chance at a quilt that is sure to become an heirloom.
Show tickets will be by donation and are available at the Pine Tree Hospice office at 883 West Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft, or at the door the night of the show. Please join us for what promises to be a fun evening of family entertainment! For more information, please call 564-4346 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
By Elizabeth Newport of Social Security Public Affairs Specialist, Portland, ME - In the digital age, frauds and scams are an unfortunate part of doing business online. Social Security has seen a spike in phishing scams, and we want to protect you as best we can.
We urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your Social Security Number (SSN) or bank account information to unknown individuals over the phone or internet. If you receive a call and aren’t expecting one, you must be extra careful. You can always get the caller’s information, hang up, and — if you do need more clarification — contact the official phone number of the business or agency that the caller claims to represent. Never reveal personal data to a stranger who called you.
Please take note; there’s a scam going around right now. You might receive a call from someone claiming to be from Social Security or another agency. Calls can even display the 1-800-772-1213, Social Security’s national customer service number, as the incoming number on your caller ID. In some cases, the caller states that Social Security does not have all of your personal information, such as your Social Security number (SSN), on file. Other callers claim Social Security needs additional information so the agency can increase your benefit payment, or that Social Security will terminate your benefits if they do not confirm your information. This appears to be a widespread issue, as reports have come from people across the country. These calls are not from Social Security.
Callers sometimes state that your Social Security number is at risk of being deactivated or deleted. The caller then asks you to provide a phone number to resolve the issue. People should be aware the scheme’s details may vary; however, you should avoid engaging with the caller or calling the number provided, as the caller might attempt to acquire personal information.
Social Security employees occasionally contact people by telephone for customer-service purposes. In only a few special situations, such as when you have business pending with us, a Social Security employee may request the person confirm personal information over the phone.
Social Security employees will never threaten you or promise a Social Security benefit approval or increase in exchange for information. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up. If you receive these calls, please report the information to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at oig.ssa.gov/report.
Remember, only call official phone numbers and use secured websites of the agencies and businesses you know are correct. Protecting your information is an important part of Social Security’s mission to secure today and tomorrow.
PENQUIS - The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) takes pride in offering in-demand programs. In 2018, we offered two sessions of Chainsaw Safety for Women, both sessions filling in only 4 days. Considering this overwhelming demand and the feedback we received from both men and women, we are once again offering a Chainsaw Safety Level 1 Workshop, open to all, on Friday, April 26th (rain date April 27th) at the Law Farm in Dover-Foxcroft.
Many of us own woodland. Do you utilize this land? Perhaps you would like to learn chainsaw skills to take care of downed trees on your property, or clear deadwood in preparation for storms or the winter season. Perhaps you would like to start harvesting your own firewood. Whatever the reason, learning chainsaw skills can be both hugely beneficial and intimidating. Maybe you have been using a chainsaw for years, yet you know you could be doing more to protect yourself when using the machine. Many don’t know where to begin when approaching the idea of using one for at-home purposes. This workshop is designed to demonstrate and comfortably introduce the concept of working with a chainsaw to all experience levels. What’s even better, participants will learn alongside two fantastic presenters and a small group of individuals.
The Chainsaw Safety Level 1 Workshop will provide participants with a well-rounded introduction on how they should safely handle, maintain and use a chainsaw. We will be hosting presenters Sam Heffner and Pam Wells and together they will provide hands-on instruction, demonstrations and information. Sam Heffner has worked as a forest ranger with the Maine Forest Service for 12 years and has 8 years’ experience instructing Chainsaw Safety workshops to various organizations. Additionally, Sam was a professional logger for several years, and have competed regionally and nationally in the Game of Logging. Pam and her husband Bryan own 1031 acres of woodland just outside the Orono area, which she works to maintain, enhance and restore. Additionally, Pam is enrolled at the University of Maine in the Forestry Program and has a background in social work. She loves her chainsaws and is looking forward to helping folks get comfortable working with them.
Workshop topics will include an overview of chainsaw safety equipment and features, maintenance, sharpening, proper cuts, a step-by-step tree felling demonstration and more. Much of this workshop will be hands-on and participants will come away feeling comfortable handling and working with a chainsaw.
Space is limited to 15 participants and we encourage folks who are interested in joining us to register soon, as we expect this course to fill. There is a registration fee required and if you would like to join us, you can reserve a spot through our online store at www.piscataquisswcd.org, give a call to our office at 207-564-2321 ext. 3 or email us at email@example.com.
We will see you at the Law Farm!
Bangor, Maine – University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer “Cooking for Crowds–Food Safety Training for Volunteer Cooks” May 9, 2019, 5 p.m., at the UMaine Extension office, 307 Maine Avenue, Bangor.
The workshop, taught by Extension community education assistant Laurie Bowen, offers up-to-date information on how to handle, transport, store and prepare foods safely for large group functions, including at soup kitchens, church suppers, food pantries and community fundraisers.
Participants will receive "Cooking for Crowds," a manual specifically designed for volunteer cooks, as well as a certificate of attendance, posters and a meat thermometer.
Cost is $15 per person for the class, which meets the Good Shepherd Food Bank safety training requirements.
Register online: https://extension.umaine.edu/register/product/cookingcrowds-bangor-may92019/
For more information or to request a disability accommodation call 207.942.7396 or within Maine 1.800.287.1485.
PENQUIS - Ponds that are stocked with trout provide multiple benefits for landowners and their families, and this is the time of year to order trout to stock your pond. The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Annual Trout Sale pick up will be held on Wednesday, May 8th at 1pm at a place in Corinna to be determined. Customers must pre-order all brook trout by Friday, May 3rd.
Trout provide food for wildlife and migratory birds. Ponds that are stocked with trout can provide for recreational fishing for your family and friends. Trout can also provide families with a low-fat, low cholesterol, high protein, heart-healthy fish. By stocking 6-8" or larger trout in early spring and feeding them throughout the growing season, many nutritious meals may be enjoyed before the ice cover in winter.
Whether you are a returning customer, or stocking your pond for the first time, a current permit is required by the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department. A copy of this will need to be submitted with your preorder. You will also need to bring your original permit to the sale in order to receive and transport your trout.
If you do not have a permit you may pick up an application from the PCSWCD office, request one by email from us or download the application from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website at www.maine.gov/ifw/licenses_permits/forms_applications.htm.
Contact the PCSWCD at 564 - 2321, Extension 3, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit our website at www.piscataquisswcd.org, or stop in at the USDA Service Center at 42 Engdahl Drive in Dover – Foxcroft, Monday through Friday, 8am-4:30pm, for more information on this sale that supports our education programs and also enhances your natural landscape.
PENQUIS - Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) is calling all artists! PCSWCD is holding a poster contest for their Children’s Garden at the Law Farm!
We have big plans to create a Sunflower Circle, which will be planted during the Family in the Outdoors Program, Garden Fun on June 21st.
Get involved with this great community project by creating an 8x11 poster with the theme “sunflowers.” The winner of the poster contest will have their artwork displayed at the Sunflower Circle in the Children’s Area.
All ages and media are welcome and entries are $5/entry (we will accept multiple entries)! All proceeds from the contest support programming at the Law Farm, continuing conservation education. You can mail or drop off art entries to the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District located at 42 Engdahl Drive Dover-Foxcroft ME 04426.
Submissions must be in by June 1st. Contact (207) 564-2321 ext. 3, email@example.com for more information.
Note: this is NOT the safest possible route to take, but it is a good service and much better than never running a virus check.
To check your computer, go to housecall.antivirus.com
Many people think that if they have a virus program on their system they are safe, BUT you are only as safe as your latest update. Yes, you do have to update your virus program frequently. (I do it every day!)
Download a FREE virus program that works well at www.free.avg.com
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