CCC Wednesday Communique — December 1, 2021

Visit the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center in December for “Starry Night” — a sparkling festival of lights.  Learn more in the announcement below.  (Photo of painting: Vincent van Gogh painted Starry Night in 1889 during his stay at the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole near Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.  Visit the for more info.)

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Starry Night
Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center of Ellsworth invites you to their 2nd Annual Festival of Lights beginning December 18 from 4:30–7 pm.  This year the theme of the Festival is “A Starry Night.” There is no charge to attend the Festival, but donations are graciously accepted. As reported in the Machias Valley News Observer, “Center volunteers will string lights throughout the garden and woods surrounding its headquarters in the Falls area and invite the public to take a tour.  This year, Amy Reisman and her band of volunteers plan to increase the tour, which will happen from 4:30 to 7 pm, December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, and 31.  In order to ensure safety, amid the pandemic, reservations are required.” Call (207) 667-0339 to make a reservation.

Lubec Holiday Senior/Veteran Dinner

The Lubec Community Outreach Center will be hosting its annual Senior/Veteran Holiday Dinner on Saturday, December 4th.  Keeping with tradition, the Masons Washington Lodge #37 AF&AM Lubec will be cooking a delicious meal and the Lubec Women’s Club will be baking up a storm of yummy sweets.  “We want to keep our community members safe,” states Eleody Libby, LCOC Director.  “Therefore, like last year, we will be delivering the meal.”  A holiday dinner delivery will be provided to any senior/veteran within the Lubec/Trescott area.  If you were delivered a meal last year, you will receive a call to ask if you would like to be included this year.  If you did not participate last year and are a senior/veteran or know one living within the Lubec or Trescott community and would like a warm holiday meal delivered to your door, please call (207) 733-5262 to be included in the delivery route.  We will continue to accept registrations until Nov 30th.  (Reprinted from Machias Valley News Observer).

Science of Substance Use Disorder

Washington County Community College is excited to announce a new course called the Science of Substance Use Disorder, which is a one-credit course that explores common categories of mind-altering substances (see flyer). Students will learn about common substances and their neurobiology, health consequences associated with substance use, and common treatment approaches.  There are three opportunities coming up to take the course and it is free to under or unemployed Maine residents 18 years or over through Maine Quality Center.  This course is part of our Behavioral Health Pathways programming.  More information about that programming can be found here.

Free Webinar on Lead Poisoning Prevention
Join the Learning Disabilities Association of America’s Healthy Children Project for a Free Webinar on Lead Poisoning Prevention on December 2nd, at 5 pm. Many people know there is no safe level of lead, but do you know all the sources of lead exposure and how to prevent lead poisoning?  Lead can cause learning disabilities, lower IQ, inattention, hyperactivity, aggression and other health challenges. As a result of lead exposure, children may struggle with learning or behavioral issues in school and long-term impacts to lifetime earning potential.  The good news is that lead poisoning is 100% preventable. In this webinar, you will learn about lead, how children and adults are exposed to lead, health impacts, and how to prevent lead poisoning. Register here.

Bloomin’ 4 Good Bouquet 

Down East Hospice Volunteers has been selected by local Hannaford store leadership as the benefiting non-profit in the brand-new Hannaford Bloomin’ 4 Good Program for the month of December 2021.  DEHV will receive a $1 donation for every $12.00 Bloomin’ 4 Good Bouquet purchased at this Machias Hannaford location in December.  Down East Hospice Volunteers is a non-profit based in Washington County, Maine.  All of our funding comes from donations, fund raising events and grants. Founded in 1981 Down East Hospice Volunteers works to provide free compassionate companionship and respite for those at end of life. Learn more about DEHV – 454-7521 ext.126,, Facebook,

 Basics of Unemployment Guide

Maine Equal Justice has developed a new, more comprehensive guide for Mainers filing for unemployment insurance. Throughout the pandemic, Maine Equal Justice and our partners have worked with hundreds of Mainers seeking unemployment benefits. Our new guide to the Basics of Unemployment in Maine is based on questions from people who called us for help, and includes updates on the law passed by the legislature in 2021. In the guide you will find answers to common questions, but if you can’t find the answer to your question in the guide, you can email us right from our website or give us a call. We are here to help!

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. How to Apply: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline, 844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585. Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. Call this dedicated toll-free phone number to get a COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application completed with help from FEMA’s representatives. Multilingual services will be available. Get answers to frequently asked questions about the application process on our Funeral Assistance FAQ page.

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