CCC Wednesday Communique — September 29, 2021

Get ready for World Smile Day on October 1st, “a relatively new holiday with a fascinating story…” (photo courtesy of Angela Donaghy)

Happy Wednesday!

New this Week:

 Home Should be Safe

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and during October Next Step has a supply of yard signs with wire stakes (see image of sign) that we wish to display in high visibility areas throughout our two county service area. If you would be willing to display a sign in your yard, windows, or at your place of work, please send an email to and we will be in touch to coordinate with you. Thank you for helping to remind everyone that “Home should be safe” while giving those in need a place to turn to. Signs are available at our resource centers in Machias and Ellsworth, and at the Blue Hill Co-Op.

Sunrise County Economic Summit

Save the date of October 19th and time of 9 — Noon for Sunrise County Economic Council’s virtual summit: Transformation Opportunities 2021 with keynote speaker, Megan Sorby, Kingfish Maine Development Manager.  Details and registration coming soon.

Older Adult Maine Shared Community Needs Assessment

The Maine Council on Aging is thrilled to be hosting an upcoming Maine Shared Community Needs Assessment for Older Adults 65+. Join us on Monday, October 4th from 10 AM – 12 PM to share your thoughts about healthy aging in Maine. Please share with your networks (See flyer for details). We want to hear your thoughts on the health of your community, and together with your neighbors, identify the top health concerns, populations most at risk, as well as resources and gaps to address those concerns. The Maine Shared CHNA is made possible through the support and collaboration of our signatory partners including Central Maine Healthcare, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, MaineGeneral Health, Maine Health, and the Northern Light Health and countless community partners. Register here.  Once registered, you will receive a zoom link and information on how to prepare. Registrations provide us with a head count to make the most of your experience. If you have any questions or need assistance with registration, please contact us.

Preserving the Maine Harvest: Fermenting Vegetables

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a webinar about preserving foods using fermentation from noon–12:45 p.m. Oct. 12. “Preserving the Maine Harvest: Fermenting Vegetables” will feature an exploration of the science of fermentation, a discussion and demonstration of the basic steps of making sauerkraut and tips for success in an interactive format. UMaine Extension food preservation staff will lead the workshop. Registration is required; a $5 donation is optional. Register on the program webpage to receive the link and resources. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Kate McCarty, 207-781-6099;

RAISE Council Releases Report to Congress

(From: National Alliance for Caregiving| Published: September 2021) On September 22, 2021, the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council released its initial report to Congress. This report outlines the challenges faced by family caregivers, federal programs currently available to support them, and provides 26 recommendations for better supporting family caregivers. The recommendations will form the foundation of the National Family Caregiving Strategy, which will include action steps to increase recognition and support for family caregivers. The report includes an inventory of federally funded efforts to support caregivers as well as written narratives of interviews the National Alliance for Caregiving conducted with 26 caregivers representing a range of caregiving situations and needs. NAC has been engaged with the RAISE Council since its inception, supporting its work by offering its Advocacy Collaborative’s policy recommendations for caregivers, providing the narratives and producing a series of video vignettes of the interviews. Read the Report.

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