CCC Wednesday Communique — September 14, 2022

Photo blogger Susan Bennett documented one of the many wonders at this time of year — sunflower fields, or as Susan describes them, “an ocean of yellow,” buzzing with important little pollinators. The field pictured above is in central Pennsylvania, but we have them in Maine too, especially in Aroostook County.  There’s even a Maine Sunflower Festival at Pumpkin Valley Farm in Dayton, far south of Aroostook.  So stay on alert for oceans of yellow as you travel our rural state in September.  (Photo courtesy of Susan Bennett from her blog, Downeast Thunder Farm)

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Tipping the Pain Scale
Young People in Recovery and Washington County Community College invite you to a free premiere screening of Tipping the Pain Scale, a new feature documentary film, at 6:30 pm on September 28th, at WCCC in St Croix Hall. Learn more in this flyer.  Seating is limited so secure yours now.

Free Car Seat Check
Maine Families is holding a free car seat safety check on Wednesday, September 21st, from 2 – 4 pm in the parking lot of their office at 108 Court Street, Machias. Stop by for your car seat check and enter our raffle for a $50 Irving gas card.  Download a flyer to share.

20th Annual Employment Law Seminar

Join Rudman Winchell attorneys on Thursday, October 27th, from 7:45 am to 12:45 pm for a free, in-person only seminar at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor.  This event includes employment law & legislative updates; round-table discussions of hot topics; in-person networking and more.  Register here.

Start Your 4-H Volunteer Journey

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a two-part online training for adults interested in becoming 4-H volunteers from 6–7 p.m. Oct. 19 and Oct. 26. “Start Your 4-H Volunteer Journey” will explore the ways volunteers can become involved with UMaine Extension 4-H, what the 4-H youth development program is about and requirements for becoming a volunteer. Participants will also hear from youth and volunteers currently active in Extension 4-H and do a hands-on activity together. The training is free; registration is required by Oct. 12. Register on the event webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Jennifer Lobley, 207-255-3345;

Single Family Housing Programs

USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing Programs includes loans and grants to repair and rehab a house.  Download this factsheet on their 504 Repair & Rehabilitation Loan program. For more information, see the announcement in this newsletter under Favorite Resources, or contact Sean Thibeau (,  207-760-4587)  and Stacey Summerson (, 207-760-4606).

GriefShare Support Group in Machias
 A local peer support group has formed in Machias to help community members grieving the loss of a loved one.  GriefShare is a non-denominational, faith-based organization featuring biblical concepts for healing from grief.  This group meets on Thursdays from 4 – 6 pm beginning September 8th and continuing through December 15th at Machias Christian Fellowship, 3 Davis Road, Machias.  For more information visit

Important for Caregivers to Take a Short-Term Break
(From Seasons | Published: August 31, 2022):  Being a primary caregiver, particularly for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other health conditions, isn’t an easy job. For many, the role can be emotionally, physically and financially taxing, which can lead to caregiver fatigue or burnout…. Learn more.

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