CCC Wednesday Communique — November 17, 2021

November is National Hospice Month.  You can show your support and purchase a raffle ticket for this exquisitely handcrafted quilt at Down East Hospice Volunteers.  Learn more in the announcement below.

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Seacoast Mission Christmas Program
Maine Seacoast Mission provides holiday gifts to children, families, the elderly, and nursing home residents each year through their donor-sponsored Christmas program. Please complete this form to enroll your child or children in the Mission’s Christmas Program. We have limited slots this year for parents to come to the Elves Workshop in person to choose gifts for their children.  If you would like to give a gift, or help the Mission give gifts, you can do so online or through traditional mail. Items ordered online from the Mission’s new Amazon Christmas List will be shipped directly to the Mission. You can also download a PDF version of our traditional Christmas Wish List for 2021, pick a gift from the Wish List, and mail your gift to the address given.  Call 207-546-5870 with questions.

“Jacinta” Screening & Panel Discussion
Please join Maine Public Health Association, AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, and University of New England for a screening of the Maine-based documentary, “Jacinta” and a follow-up panel discussion featuring Jacinta and Director Jessica Earnshaw. Jacinta is an intimate portrait of mothers and daughters and the effects of trauma. The documentary follows a young woman in and out of prison as she attempts to break free from an inherited cycle of addiction, incarceration, and crime. The documentary will be available for screening from November 29th through December 8th. On December 8th from 6:30pm-7:30pm we will host a panel discussion.  Register here.

4-H Winter Workshop Series

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H will offer a virtual four-part winter workshop series to youth ages 7 to 14 who reside in Washington County beginning Dec. 9 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Remaining dates are Jan. 6, Feb. 3 and March 3. Participants in the short-term club will work with hands-on STEM activities, a community service project making pet treats for shelter animals, and a spring planting. Adult supervision is required for all at-home activities. The club is free; registration is required and limited to 12. Register and find more information on the program webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact 207-255-3345; More information also is available on the UMaine Extension 4-H Washington County webpage.

Designing for Winter Interest & Wildlife
University of Maine Cooperative Extension and University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension will offer a webinar for home gardeners about winter garden design from 6–7:15 p.m. on Dec 6. “Designing for Winter Interest and Wildlife” will explore how to design and maintain a landscape that provides visual interest while benefiting wildlife. Emma Erler, UNH Extension landscape and greenhouse horticulture field specialist, and Matt Tarr, UNH Extension state wildlife specialist, will lead the workshop. Registration is required; a sliding scale $0–$10 fee is optional. Register on the event webpage to attend live or receive a link to the recording. This is the second in a six-part winter gardening webinar series offered monthly through March for Maine and New Hampshire gardeners. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Pamela Hargest, 207-781-6099;

Let’s Talk About Care Workers
In early December, the Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging will be hosting a webinar in collaboration with the FrameWorks Institute to talk about their recently released report, “Public Thinking About Care Work in a Time of Social Upheaval.” We invite you to join us for a special presentation to hear the findings of this report and engage in a conversation about how we can begin to move the needle on building a robust and reliable care workforce that is valued in all ways for the work they do. Date to be announced soon – stay tuned!

DEHV Quilt Raffle
There’s still time to purchase a raffle ticket for Down East Hospice Volunteers’ annual quilt raffle. This exquisitely handcrafted quilt was made by the St. Croix International quilters guild in 2002. It is hand pieced, machine pieced, and machine quilted. It was a Pembroke’s Historical Society 2002 raffle. It is in pristine condition. What makes this quilt extra special is the labeled & signed pieces of the quilt artists, many of whom were well-known local artisans. DEHV thanks an anonymous donor for this year’s raffle. You can own this special quilt by purchasing tickets: $1 for one raffle ticket and $5 for six tickets. Please call our Calais office (454-7521 ext. 126) on Tues., Wed. or Thurs.

Infographic Series on Dementia Caregiving Program

The Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) is publishing a series of blogs and one-page infographics as part of a series about specific dementia caregiving programs that are found in Best Practice Caregiving. Best Practice Caregiving is a free online database that helps health care and social service organizations identify, compare and adopt best-fit programs for their clientele and community.

Breaking News on Implementation of OSHA’s ETS

Last week, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision concluding that the OSHA ETS “grossly exceeds OSHA’s statutory authority” and it ordered OSHA to “take no steps to implement or enforce” the ETS “until further court order.”  In response, over the weekend, OSHA issued the following statement, in part: While OSHA remains confident in its authority to protect workers in emergencies, OSHA has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS pending future developments in the litigation. This development essentially puts a halt to the entire ETS rollout. The issue will likely need to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Until then, or until further instruction from OSHA, it appears employers are not charged with implementing the ETS requirements by the December 6, 2021, and/or January 4, 2022 deadlines. Rudman Winchell will keep you updated with any new developments and will be talking about this in more detail during their Annual Employment Law Seminar on Thursday, November 18 (that’s tomorrow!).

Community Thanksgiving Meals
See what’s available for free community meals this Thanksgiving in the Update Section below.

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