CCC Wednesday Communique — March 23, 2022

Today is National Puppy Day!
Say hello to Reggie, newest member of the Redding household

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Logical Consequences as Positive Parenting
Join the CCC on Monday, April 25th, from 10-11 am for Logical Consequences as Positive Parenting, presented by Elin MacKinnon, LCSW.  In this brief training we will review the differences between natural consequences, logical consequences, and punishment when used as behavior management strategies with children. We’ll take a quick look at the evidence for using the logical consequences approach. We’ll spend the remainder of the time talking about real examples and ideas on how to apply this strategy to those situations. This training could be a helpful introduction to using this technique as a parent, and service providers may find it helpful to better understand the use of logical consequences when offering behavior management suggestions for parents they work with.  Please register using this link.

Wabanaki Voices

Jennifer Pictou, Founder & Head Instructor of Dawnland Martial Arts, will provide an overview of her unique self-defense program, Kinapiskw’k, and discuss how the problem of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) gave rise to its creation within international Wabanaki communities.  All welcome to attend in person or Zoom at 12 Noon on Tuesday, March 29th.  Location: Science Building 102, University of Maine Machias, or Join Zoom, Meeting ID: 856 0808 3771, US: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Jennifer Isherwood, Wabanaki Center,

Discussion on Opioid Policy in Maine and Across the Country

Join the Office of the Governor for a free, special event — An Evening with Journalist and Best Selling Author Sam Quinones: A Lively and Active Discussion on Opioid Policy in Maine and Across the Country. On April 6th from 6:30 — 8:30 pm Gov Janet Mills will interview acclaimed author and journalist Sam Quinones, the nation’s most prominent chronicler of the nation’s opioid epidemic. Following this interview will be a panel discussion featuring U.S. Attorney Darcie McElwee, former Maine Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Leigh Saufley, Jeremy Hiltz of Recovery Connections of Maine and Chasity Tuell of Maine Access Points. Gordon Smith, director of Opioid Response will moderate the panel. Points North Institute will continue its film series, Recovery in Maine. There will be a showing of two Recovery in Maine short films which will highlight recovery in Washington County along with recovery in Androscoggin County. The event will take place on the University of Southern Maine campus at the Abromson Community Education Center. Registration and details here.

Age Positive Workplaces
The Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging invites you to an interactive webinar on Tuesday, March 29 from 12 Noon to 1:15pm to learn what makes an age positive workplace and why it matters. This webinar will feature a presentation, small group discussions, and facilitated conversation with Power in Aging Project Manager, Don Harden. We hope you’ll join us to learn more about the importance of leveraging the power of older workers and the benefits of a welcoming and diverse workplace for all ages!  Presenters: Don Harden, Power In Aging Project Manager, Maine Council on Aging. We hope you join us for this important conversation!  Register here.

Virtual Hiring Event

The Calais Community Hospital will be hosting a virtual hiring event on March 31, 2022 from 11 am – 1 pm, sponsored by Calais Community Hospital, MDOL/CareerCenter. The hiring event will be conducted remotely by ZOOM. This event requires pre-registration to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Machias CareerCenter Job Fair

The Machias CareerCenter will be holding a hiring event/job fair from 10 am — 1 pm on April 6th. This will be a great opportunity to meet face to face with recruiters!  Please check back often to see updates for this event, which will be held at 53 Prescott Drive, Machias, ME 04654.  This job fair is sponsored by Vocational Rehabilitation, Eastern Maine Development Corporation, Axiom Education and Training Center, Washington County Adult Education, and MDOL/CareerCenter.

Planting for Pollinators

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a free webinar about gardening with pollinators in mind, 6–7:30 p.m. on April 13. “Planting for Pollinators” will offer practical tips for gardeners on ways to provide food, habitat and water resources for pollinators to help address the decline in insect, native bee and bird species. UMaine Extension horticulture professional Kate Garland will also focus on native plants and best landscape management practices. The webinar is free; registration is required. Register on the event webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Sharon Paradis, 207-834-3905 or 800-287-1421 (in Maine);

4-H explores Maine’s changing tidepools

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H will offer an online weekly club for youth ages 13–18 about Maine’s tidepools and how to be citizen scientists, from 4–5 p.m. April 12–May 17. An optional field day will be held April 22, rain date April 21, at Southern Maine Community College, 2 Fort Road, South Portland. The 4-H Tidepool Immersion Discovery Ecology Workshop Series will explore the intertidal zone while contributing to marine science research. Participants will learn about animals that might be seen during low tide and how to identify them using photos taken with a cell phone. Additional topics are invasive species, climate change, species identification and how to participate in research. UMaine Extension 4-H professional Sarah Sparks and University of New England graduate student Emily Pierce will lead the workshop. The workshop is free; participation is limited to 15. Register by March 31 on the event webpage to receive the link and materials. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact 207-581-8206; This workshop is supported by the Maine Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) at the University of Maine.

Rural Living Month

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Waldo County Extension Association (WCEA) will offer four online weekly workshops with a rural living theme starting 9–11 a.m. on April 2. Additional dates are April 9, 16 and 23. “Rural Living Month” workshop topics include homestead livestock choices; working with children and teens in the garden; Maine’s invasive forest insects; and home cheesemaking. This series is organized by WCEA in lieu of its annual Rural Living Day event, postponed the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fee is $10 per workshop; registration is required. Register on the event webpage. Financial assistance is available. All proceeds go to the WCEA scholarship fund. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact 207-342-5971;

All Books Youth Club

The Downeast Recovery Support Center in Machias is hosting a book club for youth ages 10+ every Thursday beginning March 24th from 3 – 4:30 pm. This is a place to chill out and read at the  end of the day with others! See flyer for details.

5 Tips for Difficult Family Caregiving Conversations

Regardless of your specific caregiving situation, you’re likely to engage in many challenging conversations with those you care for, as well as with other family members. You’ll need to discuss topics like finances, legal issues, estate planning, living situations, care and treatment plans, safety and driving. These are sensitive subjects, and your perspectives or opinions may differ. As a longtime caregiver, I have had many of these discussions with my grandparents, parents, sisters and other family members over the years. Here are some of my tips to help make these conversations easier.  Read full article.
(From: AARP | Published: March 8, 2022)

Commercial Space for Rent in Milbridge

Tina and Eric Johnson are looking to rent the first floor of “8 Cottage Street Milbridge ME” (formerly “ODDS ‘n ENDS, LLC”) as a professional commercial rental (not handicap accessible) with preference given to non-profit organizations. The first floor contains three good sized rooms with shared entry (163 sq ft one room and the other two are 175 sq ft each approx. 513 total) and a ½ bathroom + kitchenette / prep area. 2 parking spaces (gravel driveway); 4 Total, 2 for upstairs also. Outside grassed area with picnic table, shared with upstairs. Included are heat, hot water, water, sewer, Internet, Wifi and digital locks, electricity (see note below on electricity), plowing, walkway snow removal, lawn and garden care, portable air conditioner for summer use, when needed. $800/mo. First month’s rent, last month’s rent, and security deposit required. Contact 207-546-7105 or Note: Electricity may not be included, depending on usage (by reviewing past four years of usage (kWh).

WaYs Paid Internship

Wabanaki Youth in Science (WaYS) is seeking a paid intern in the Dennysville area to  assist with reforestation and ecological assessment, work with native plants, stream enhancements, and general environmental improvement of a newly restored salmon habitat.  This position is open to indigenous youth (school enrollment is not a requirement). Rate of pay is $16-18/hour, 20 hours during school (if enrolled), up to 40 hours in summer.  If interested, please contact Tish Carr, WaYS Executive Director/ Program Manager at 207-485-0219 or

MAP is hiring in our Machias Office
The Maine Access Points’ Northern Maine Harm Reduction Coordinator is a part-time, hourly position and will support MAP’s statewide overdose education and naloxone distribution program, specifically in coordinating overdose education and naloxone distribution in northern Maine. This role will also support the Washington County Syringe Access Program, including syringe access services and other ancillary services to engage and support people who use drugs. If you are interested in this position, please apply through Indeed to send a resume and cover letter (you may have to combine them into a single doc to upload on their platform).  MAP encourages people with lived or living experience, BIPOC and LGBTQ applicants to apply. Job posting can be found on our linktree or direct link to Indeed listing.

French & Spanish Speakers

The Community Caring Collaborative is happy to announce that we now have Google Translator active on our website.  Viewers can opt to navigate our website in Spanish, French or English.  Just click the orange “Translate” button on the upper right of your screen.  Check it out!