CCC Wednesday Communique — March 8 2023

Low tide at sunset in moody March — Holmes Bay, Cutler/Whiting

Happy International Women’s Day!

New this week:

Substance Use & its Impacts

The CCC is excited to announce a free, in-person training on April 12th: Substance Use and its Impacts, presented by Abby Frutchey, LMSW, LADC, CCS.  This training will explore substance use related stigma and how we each play a role in reducing this; the underpinnings of SUD, risk and protective factors; and resources to support recovery across communities.  This event will run from 9 am — 12:30 pm in the St Croix Lecture Hall at Washington County Community College, Calais. Staff from all CCC partner organizations are invited. Morning refreshments will be provided. CEUs from UMM will be available (bring $5 cash or check payable to UMM).  CCC will provide certificates for 3.5 contact hours.  Register here by 5 pm Friday, April 7th.

Down East Spring Birding Festival

Cobscook Institute announces that registration is live for the annual Down East Spring Birding Festival, May 26th — 29th.  This event provides a unique birding experience during spring migration and the breeding season with four days of guided hikes, boat tours, and presentations, all led by local guides with local knowledge. The Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife has named the Down East Spring Birding Festival one of the best in the country, and Yankee Magazine listed it as an Editor’s Choice event in 2014.  While birding, festival participants will enjoy the tranquility and great natural beauty of Down East Maine’s Cobscook Bay area. The region sports the greatest variety of habitats on the East Coast, including boreal and northern hardwood forests, bogs, fresh- and salt-water marshes, grassy and shrubby fields, streams and lakes, steep rugged headlands, extensive tidal flats, and coastal islands.

TSLCA Spring Summit — Age Positive Culture
Save the dates of April 25th & 27th for the 2023 Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging Spring Summit, Age Positive Culture: A Public Health Imperative.  This will be a virtual event from 8:30 am — 12: 30 pm.  We will bring together public health and aging network leaders to explore how we can work collaboratively to embed age positivity into the public health framework. We’ll examine how unconscious age bias impacts quality of life and health outcomes, what role public health messaging and initiatives can play in changing the narrative around aging positively, and how we can collaborate to catalyze meaningful culture change. As people continue to live longer, it’s time to evolve our narrative about what it means to grow older, and take bold steps to create an age positive culture that values, supports and includes each of us through our full lifespan.

Free Jazz concert at PAC

UMaine’s Collins Center for the Arts is bringing two jazz musicians to Machias on March 24 for a concert. The musicians are Camila Meza and Aaron Goldberg and the concert is free to the public, beginning at 7:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center. The Facebook event can be found here, and we ask that the public RSVP here.

Cabinet on Aging Listening Session

The Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging asks for your help with an important upcoming event.  The Cabinet on Aging is hosting a virtual Listening Session on March 16th from 3:30 to 5:00 pm to gather input from older adults, family members, caregivers, advocates, service providers, and others on the Cabinet’s proposed goals and priorities for the coming years. Find additional information and registration link on the Cabinet on Aging’s website.  We need your help to spread the word, invite and encourage older people and caregivers in Maine, particularly those who are in need, or not getting care, or volunteering to help people to participate in the next Cabinet on Aging Listening Session.  Thank you for your support!

Eat Well Volunteer Program

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is hosting a 5-week Eat Well Volunteer Training beginning May 9, 2023 at the Hancock County Extension Office, located at 63 Boggy Brook Road in Ellsworth. The training will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 10 am-1 pm until June 6, 2023. The $70.00 training fee covers food costs, training materials and the ServSafe Food Handler certification. More info here. This is like the cooking/ nutrition version of the Master Gardener Volunteer program. There is limited financial assistance available. To register for the course, please visit the Hancock County Eat Well Volunteer website by Wed., April 12, 2023. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact 207-667-8212 or  Download a flyer to share.

Spring Hiring Event — More Info

The Machias CareerCenter is hosting an all-industry job fair on March 14th from 10 am — 1 pm. Industries represented include  Education, Management, Home Health, Dietary, Border Protection, Transportation, Hospitality, Seafood, Aquaculture, Construction, Social Services, Retail, Healthcare, Pest Control, Maintenance, and Landscaping. Check the Employer List. Send your questions to  Sponsored By: CareerCenter, Eastern Maine Development Center, FedCap, Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, and Vocational Rehabilitation.

Mission Downeast Building Project

Maine Seacoast Mission invites members of the Downeast community to learn more about the Mission Downeast Capital Campaign and construction project during an informational event on our Cherryfield campus on Thursday, March 16 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. During this event, the public can learn more about how the project will transform the Cherryfield property into a more welcoming and useful space for the community. The heart of the project is the renovation of the existing administrative and food pantry building and the addition of a new wing which will house a new food pantry.  Tours will be conducted of the existing space and Mission staff will be on-hand to talk about the addition, building updates, and other planned improvements to the campus.  Learn more here.

Therapeutic Fibbing and Diversion

It was hard, at first, for Jim Mangi to tell his wife what she wanted to hear.  Mangi’s wife, Kathleen, was beginning to lose her memory as a consequence of what turned out to be Alzheimer’s disease. Like other people in that situation, she sometimes slipped back into her past or became confused about her surroundings.  “At the beginning of the journey, I didn’t know any better than to tell the truth all the time,” says Mangi, now 74, who lives in Saline, Michigan.  Read more.  (From: AARP | Published: February 24, 2023)

Broadband Action Plan Survey
The Maine Connectivity Authority is producing a Broadband Action Plan (BAP) to access unprecedented federal funding. This plan will identify priorities for investment in broadband and digital equity, and will serve as the state’s five-year roadmap to bring the economic, health, educational, and social benefits of high-speed internet to all Mainers.  To develop that plan, we are collecting feedback from Maine people, communities, businesses, and organizations through the new Maine Broadband Survey. Click below to share your voice and broadband priorities.  Take the Survey!

MSCM Scholarship Program

The Maine Seacoast Mission’s Scholarship program provides scholarships for individuals entering trade, technical, two and four-year institutions.  Find out more in the Updates Section below.

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