CCC Wednesday Communique — November 3, 2021

Picturesque Machias “welcoming the first day of November” with Bad Little Falls roiling the waters of the Machias River.  (Photo courtesy of Drones Eye View Inc., another of whose photos graced the front page of Machias Valley News Observer earlier this month, inspiring today’s feature photo).

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Emergency Medical Technician Course
In response to Washington County’s critical shortage of Emergency Medical Services personnel, Washington County Community College is offering a basic, hybrid EMT course via live Zoom on Thursdays from 6pm-8pm from 11/18/21-3/31/22 with four additional in-person labs in either Machias or Calais.  Download a flyer for more information.

Medicare enrollment is now open!
Enrollment will be open until December 7th. You can find health and prescription plans at, as well as more information about Medicare and your eligibility. If you need assistance enrolling, have questions about Medicare coverage, or need to resolve an issue with the Medicare program, Congressman Jared Golden’s team can help. Contact the Bangor Office at 6 State Street, Bangor ME 04401, Phone: (207) 249-7400.

Child Tax Credit Payments — Deadline to Apply Approaching

There are still Maine families who haven’t gotten their child payments, worth up to $3,600 per child! Families can use the free, simplified filing portal until November 15, 2021 for advance monthly payments.  Anyone in Maine can now get free, personal help filing for the child tax credit from a navigator by calling any of the numbers below, regardless of where you live (you can click the links to call on your mobile phone):

  • Capital Area CA$H: (207) 621-3443
  • Wabanaki CA$H: (207) 866-6546
  • Western Maine CA$H: (207) 778-7954
  • Non-English speakers can call Prosperity Maine: (207) 797-7890

You can also use this simplified mobile-friendly tax filing tool through November 15 to claim the child tax credit and missing stimulus payments.

Become a Maine Master Naturalist
The Maine Master Naturalist program is coming to Washington County in 2022.  This program trains volunteer naturalists who will enrich nature education in Maine.  Class will be held at Washington County Community College.  Download this flyer for details.

DCP’s Breakthrough Youth program

Downeast Community Partners is launching a new program serving youth ages 14-24.  This is a 25-session program designed to encourage you to explore career opportunities, connect with peers in a relaxed environment, gain financial literacy, and much more.  Steve Tilney is DCP’s Youth Navigator coordinating this new program.  Download a flyer for more information.

Storing Winter Squash at Home

From the November issue of “Spoonful: A Bite-Sized Food and Nutrition Blog,” published by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension: As I transition to a new season in my new home, I find myself pondering the best space to store my winter squash cache. After having lived in the same older home for 25 years, where I had nailed down the best microclimates for winter storage (think drafty old house), I expect I’ll have some challenges in our open-concept home. Winter squash are one of my favorite foods to keep on hand for all those delicious and satisfying squash-based soups, side-dishes and desserts. I enjoy all the varieties (with Buttercup always at the top of my list) and seem to find a new variety to try each year.  Click here for tips on how best to store winter squash.

Coordinator of Workforce Programming

Washington County Community College is re-opening the search for a Coordinator of Workforce Development, after some adjustments to this role.  This position will assist the Dean of Workforce and Community Development in identifying, developing, coordinating, and promoting workforce education courses and programs that meet the needs of local and regional business and industry partners. See full job description.  Deadline to apply is November 12th.

Tool for Job Seekers

Maine’s Department of Labor publishes The Mainelinks, a newsletter from the Career Centers with links for every imaginable resource to the job seeker or student considering which career path to pursue.  If you or someone you know could benefit from this treasure trove, please share this link to subscribe.

Family Harvest Meal
Be sure to check out our update below on last Friday’s Walk-Through Pasta Buffet at the Pellon Center….

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