CCC Wednesday Communique — February 16, 2022

Looking ahead to Presidents’ Day this-coming Monday, perhaps the best commemorative image is Mount Rushmore, South Dakota: a monumental tribute to past presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln carved into living rock.

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Be A Life Saver
Please join the CCC and Maine Access Points for a collaborative event on March 11th, Be a Life Saver: Overdose Response & Naloxone Training. Our communities have been significantly impacted by opioid overdoses in recent years.  With a continuing increase in fentanyl contaminated substances, we encourage all community members to be aware of the signs of opioid overdose and trained in overdose response and Naloxone administration.  Naloxone is an opioid reversal medication that a bystander can easily administer.  Please join Abby Frutchey and Chasity Tuell from 11:30 am — 1 pm for this free virtual training that focuses on harm reduction in practice and harm reduction services available in our area.  Following this training, participants will know  the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, how to respond in the event of an overdose, and how to administrator Naloxone. Participants will have the option to have Naloxone mailed to them following the event.  Remember, we can all be a lifesaver!  Register for this training.

It’s Time to Care Summit
Our region’s essential support workforce shortage has become critical. We must care that it’s impossible to find a home care worker, whether you can pay or not. We must care that there are long waitlists to access home care and facility care, and the impact languishing without care is having on the people who are waiting. We must care that hospitals are warehousing people who cannot be discharged to home or a facility, simply because we have no workers to care. We must care that care facilities are closing due to lack of staff, displacing residents and families, and hurting local economies. The It’s Time to Care: Creating a Care Culture Across Generations, Communities & Systems Summit will address how we will care for each other – as people, as communities, as businesses, and governments. What is the role of volunteers and community organizations in filling the care gap? Do we need a cadre of care navigators and advocates? Do we need to redesign our systems to maximize the workforce we have? These and more questions will be asked.  Save the date of April 26th for the Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging’s It’s Time to Care Summit.  Details and registration coming soon.

Courthouse Recovery Support Navigator
Maryanne Young has joined the AMHC team as the Recovery Support Navigator.  We are excited to have her on board, working out of both the Machias and Calais court houses.  This free service is a linkage to recovery supports to assist individuals and their families that may also be involved in the justice system.  Details of the program are outlined in this flyer, as well as Maryanne’s contact information.  Please distribute this information to your professional contacts and community members.

Recovery Resource Videos
The CCC is developing a series of short videos highlighting recovery resources available to Washington County residents.  We would love to have your input to help with this project.  Are there recovery resources you are often asked about?  Is there a much needed resource that we are missing?  Please provide your input here. Thank you!

AMHC Virtual Job Fair

The CareerCenter invites you to a virtual job fair featuring current openings at AMHC in Washington, Hancock and Aroostook Counties on February 17th at 12 pm.  Download a flyer for details on job openings in WashingtonHancock or Aroostook Counties.  Register in advance for this meeting.

How Not to Kill Your Houseplants
University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a webinar for home gardeners about effective houseplant care on March 4, noon–1:15 p.m. “How Not to Kill Your Houseplants” includes tips for matching a potting medium, watering, lighting, containers, pest control and humidity to a plant’s needs. Karen Ramsey, owner of Ledgewood Gardens Greenhouses in Orrington, will lead the workshop. Registration is required; a sliding scale fee is optional. Register on the event webpage to attend live or receive the recording link. This is the second in a five-part spring gardening webinar series offered through April for Maine gardeners. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Pamela Hargest, 207-781-6099;

Propagating Trees and Shrubs in the Winter Months

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and University of New Hampshire Extension will offer a webinar for home gardeners on propagating trees and shrubs in winter months, from 6–7:15 p.m. March 7. “Propagating Trees and Shrubs in the Winter Months” includes suggestions on which trees and shrubs to propagate during late winter or early spring dormancy, essential tools and supplies, and best practices. Bryan Peterson, UMaine associate professor of environmental horticulture, will lead the workshop. Registration is required; a sliding scale program fee is optional. Register on the event webpage to attend live or receive a link to the recording. This is the last in a six-part winter gardening webinar series offered monthly through March for Maine and New Hampshire gardeners. For more information or to request reasonable accommodation, contact Pamela Hargest, 207-781-6099;

4-H Nature in Focus SPIN Club

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a 4-H Nature in Focus SPIN Club to youth ages 9 to 18 who reside in Washington County beginning March 5 from 10-11:30 a.m.  Remaining dates are April 30, June 4, July 17, Sept.11, Oct.15 and Oct. 26. Participants will explore the outdoors through photography, environmental education, outdoor recreation, and creative expression. Each meeting will begin with a short photography lesson then set off on a hike with a new photography challenge in hand. The club is free; registration is required. Register and find more information on the program webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact 207-255-3345;

Mindful Movement Practice
Healthy Acadia invites community members on Thursday, March 3, 2022, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., via Zoom for, “Gentle Mindful Movement (Qigong and Yoga) and Positive Psychology,” with special guest Susan Sassaman. This free online event is the latest installment in Healthy Acadia’s Monthly Mindfulness series. Susan Sassaman will discuss how the ancient wisdom of combining breath and gentle movement can be transformative. Participants will be invited to try a sampling of seated qigong and seated yoga postures. Click here to learn more.

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