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MCHPP Offers Thanksgiving Services

BRUNSWICK, ME (November 7, 2022) — Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP) is offering two Holiday meal options this Thanksgiving. For anyone who wants to celebrate by cooking their own meal, our Thanksgiving Kits are a great option. Kits include: boxed stuffing, gravy mixes, canned corn and green beans, butternut squash, carrots and potatoes.

Meal kits are available for pickup at our Food Pantry from 11am to 3pm on Thursday, November 17th! They are also available for online ordering at Orderahead.org. If you have questions, please call our Food Pantry Coordinator at (207)725-2716 ext. 311 or email dsantora@mchpp.org.

When filling the kits, MCHPP prioritizes supporting local producers as much as possible. This year that included the purchasing of 4,800lbs of carrots from Crystal Spring Farm (Brunswick), 8,000lbs of butternut squash from Six River Farm (Bowdoinham), and 6,000lbs of Maine potatoes from Good Shepherd Food Bank.

Those who would rather pick up a prepared hot meal for their celebration can drop by our Soup Kitchen, which will be serving a to-go meal on Thanksgiving Day from 11am until 12:30pm. No reservations or registration are required- all are welcome.

Our Soup Kitchen Coordinator can be reached for questions at (207)725-2716 ext. 304 or by email at jgoldstein@mchpp.org. Generous funding from residents of Highland Green and 600 gift cards provided by the Albertson Companies Foundation are making these holiday offerings available.

With so many neighbors feeling the pinch of inflation on their household budgets, the public’s generous support is more important than ever before. Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program offers dignity and empowerment by providing all members of our community with access to healthy food. Services include prepared meals, grocery distribution on-site, at local schools, and satellite locations in Harpswell and Lisbon Falls.

The MCHPP food pantry–located at 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick–is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Friday from 11 am–2 pm; Tuesday evenings 4-6 pm; and Saturdays from noon–3 pm; the Soup Kitchen serves freshly made-to-go meals on Mondays–Fridays from 11 am–12:30 pm and Saturdays noon–1:30 pm.

MCHPP is diligently working to maintain the health and safety of our staff, clients, and volunteers. We are committed to ensuring that our services are open and available to any and all in need.

Turkey Trot 4 Hope Returns on Thanksgiving Day in Norway

NORWAY, ME (October 31, 2022) — The fifth annual Turkey Trot 4 Hope Scenic 4 Mile Run or 1 Mile Run/Walk will be held Thanksgiving Day, November  24th, at 9am at the Norway Fire Station, 19 Danforth Street, Norway Our many sponsors this year have guaranteed that this will be a great event to benefit the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine (CRCofWM). This is indeed a day of THANKS where individuals  teams, businesses, and communities can support the work that the CRCofWM does.

You can register individually or as a team at raceroster.com/59121.  Registration through October 31st is $25 and guarantees you a t-shirt. All Maine students K-12 can register for FREE, thanks to a very generous donor. November 1st registration increases to $30. We are fortunate this year to have Back40 doing our timing and announcing. At 10:15am there will be awards for the top runners as well as drawings for prizes for all participants. 

You will receive a free T-shirt if you register by October 31st. There will be timing for runners, prizes and water stations throughout the course. Prizes will also be awarded to the highest fundraisers. Organizers also encourage anyone to join in the fun VIRTUALLY from November 20th – 27th anytime, anywhere, in support of the CRCofWM. Your route can be a favorite trail, a walk with your dog, a daily running route, or even a treadmill. If you run virtually, your T-shirts will be mailed to you and we would love to see where you chose to participate by posting on our Facebook page or #turkeytrot4hope.

“This is the signature fundraising event for Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine and this year we hope to have many more participants actively fundraising,” commented Gene Benner, committee co-chair. “We challenge each Turkey Trot 4 Hope participant to help us raise much needed funds to support people in western Maine affected by cancer.” 

CRCofWM’s mission is to embrace anyone affected by cancer in a community that offers hope and caring through support, education and concepts in healthy living. CRCofWM offer one to one support, free wellness programs and classes, support groups, travel and food assistance, and comfort items to anyone impacted by cancer….because no one should face cancer alone. For more information www.crcofwm.org or 207-890-0329.

The 5th Annual Turkey Trot 4 Hope will be held in-person and virtually this year. All proceeds benefit the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine. Visit raceroster.com/59121 to register

The Victorian Ladies Detective Collective on Stage This Weekend

LEWISTON, ME (November 2, 2022) — It’s a kind of female “Sherlock Holmes” meets “Arsenic & Old Lace” in this entertaining murder mystery with a modern female sensibility. When a series of single women are mysteriously murdered in a London neighborhood, two strong-willed sisters team up with an American actress to catch the killer and solve the crime.

The Victorian Ladies Detective Collective will be performed at The Public Theatre, Lewiston/Auburn’s Professional Theatre, on Thurs Nov 10 at 7:30, Fri Nov 11 at 7:30, Sat Nov 12 at 3pm and 7:30 and Sun Nov 13 at 2pm. Tickets are $25. For reservations call 782-3200 or visit thepublictheatre.org.  Location: 31 Maple St, Lewiston

Madeline’s Mission Gifts Cuddle Cot to Androscoggin’s Hospice House

LEWISTON, ME (November 4, 2022) — Maine nonprofit takes aim at helping those facing something no one wants to think about- the loss of a child.  Launched at the beginning of 2019, Madeline’s Mission seeks to provide a path toward wellness, healing, and hope for families surviving child loss.  Madeline’s Mission recently gifted a Cuddle Cot Bassinet to Androscoggin’s Hospice House on Stetson Road in Auburn, a priceless gift to families who have just lost a child.

Thus far, Madeline’s Mission has provided 7 Cuddle Cots to mostly hospitals.  Androscoggin was the first Hospice House to receive a Cuddle Cot for families who have lost an infant or very young child.  As Founder and President, Amie Marzen puts it, “we are delighted to provide the gift of time to families to say goodbye.”  The Cuddle Cot is a welcomed addition to Androscoggin’s pilot perinatal bereavement program, Cherished.  The $3,000 Cuddle Cot gift was made possible by funds raised mostly online and through social media, bringing area parents together for this important cause.  Many donated in memory of babies or young children gone too soon- including the organization’s namesake, Madeline.

The gift to Androscoggin Hospice House was facilitated by Amy Dulac, Androscoggin’s Bereavement Service Coordinator who has teamed up with Ms. Marzen and Madeline’s Mission on several other trainings and events.  Also representing Madeline’s Mission was Board Member and Maternity Delivery Nurse, Kim Paraddi, RN.

A Cuddle Cot is a specialized crib which resembles a bassinet or “Moses basket” but has a cooled mattress pad which allows families to spend more time with their infant after a loss.  With the cooling mattress, families can spend priceless extra hours and days together in their hospital room.  Allowing time for more pictures, bonding, and saying goodbye.  When the time is already cut so short with the loss of an infant who had not yet gotten a chance to experience the world, the extra time together as a family is truly priceless.  Without the availability of a Cuddle Cot, families are forced to have a quicker goodbye due to body deterioration.  Studies have shown that the extra time together is beneficial for the mental health of the parents and surviving loved ones.  It provides a chance for grandparents, brothers, and sisters to meet the new baby, and truly have a moment to say hello before saying goodbye.

Androscoggin Receives Grant to Expand Complimentary Therapies 

LEWISTON, ME (November 4, 2022) — Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice is delighted to announce that it has received a grant from the Helen and George Ladd Charitable Corporation to expand its hospice complimentary therapy services.  Complimentary therapies are non-curative methods used to improve a patient’s quality of life by alleviating pain and symptoms.  The $5,000 grant will serve to expand these services and provide training for registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, and volunteers.  More specifically, the grant will help expand our current complimentary services to train four additional staff to provide comfort touch, train four additional staff and three volunteers to provide therapeutic music, train a certified nursing assistant to be an aromatherapy trainer and then train four volunteers to provide aromatherapy.  Aromatherapy, a new complimentary therapy to Androscoggin’s services, is a holistic treatment using natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being to reduce stress, improve mood, and alleviate symptoms. 

Androscoggin’s hospice program serves patients and their loved ones residing across nine Maine counties, serving patients wherever they reside.  The hospice program serves over an estimated 2,800 patients and their loved ones annually.  

Our commitment to our patients and providing quality care for all is demonstrated by our organization providing more than $1.64 million in free care to over 1,000 patients in 2021.

WHA at CMMC Displays New Art in November

LEWISTON, ME (November 3, 2022) — The Woman’s Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston is now displaying the photography of Molli Cullins and the watercolor paintings of Ken Harvey.

A nature and landscape photographer from Northern Maine, Cullins is also a critical care registered nurse at Central Maine Medical Center. “I enjoy all things wild and outdoors. I can be found looking for the perfect photo op across the state of Maine and my heart belongs in the County”.

Harvey is a plein-air watercolor artist who has been exploring this medium for over thirty years. “My art is about getting out in nature and experiencing all that this state has to offer. It is also about offering a chance to stop and reflect on life’s quieter moments away from all the everyday hustle and bustle. If I can make someone’s day a little more pleasant and relaxed, then my job is done.”

The works on display may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop located adjacent to the main lobby at Central Maine Medical Center. The works on display may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop located adjacent to the main lobby at Central Maine Medical Center. A percentage of sale proceeds benefits patients of CMMC.

Photograph by Molli Cullins

Watercolor painting by Ken Harvey

The Victorian Ladies Detective Collective at The Public Theatre

(October 27, 2022) — The Victorian Ladies Detective Collective is an entertaining murder mystery with a modern female sensibility now playing at The Public Theatre November 4 – 13.   

Is Jack the Ripper at it again? It’s 1893, and there’s a murderer loose in London preying upon single women. Tired of waiting for the men of Scotland Yard to find the murderer, two sisters who run a local boarding home for women, decide to take matters into their own hands. Joining forces with a cheeky American actress, these three determined ladies set off to solve the crime themselves. 

“It’s like watching a female Sherlock Holmes story”, says director Christopher Schario. “Set over 400 years ago, this witty play also cleverly addresses many of the same social issues women today are still facing, creating a tale of murder and mayhem for the modern-day woman.

Leading the investigation to find the murderer is Loveday Fortescue played by ROBYNE PARRISH.  Robyne is returning for her 6th production at the Public, (The Revolutionists, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Book Club Play, Miss Witherspoon and Rough Crossing) and recently appeared Off-Broadway in the world premiere of Strings Attached as well as in the film A Man Called Otto with Tom Hanks. Playing her sleuthing sister Valeria Hunter is JOYCE COHEN. Public Theatre audiences may recognize Joyce from last season’s Middletown, and previously in Humble Boy and The Midvale High School Fiftieth Reunion. Joyce has extensive experience performing on Broadway, in films and was most recently seen Off-Broadway in the World Premiere of This Space Between Us. Playing the cheeky American actress Katie Smalls is COURTNEY THOMAS. Courtney has previously appeared at The Public in The Book Club Play as well as Off-Broadway and in regional theatres and is now based in the “other LA”. New to Public Theatre audiences from his career in Arizona is MATHEW ZIMMERER playing all the juicy male characters in the show including PC Crane, theatrical producer Warham-Wynn and the meat butcher Toddy.

 The set for Victorian Ladies is designed by Jennifer B. Madigan, lights by Erin Fauble, costumes by Anne Collins and original music and sound design by Scott O’Brien. 

The Victorian Ladies’ Detective Collective will be performed at The Public Theatre, Lewiston/Auburn’s Professional Theatre on Fri Nov 4 at 7:30pm, Sat Nov 5 at 7:30pm, Sun Nov 6 at 2pm, Thurs Nov 10 at 7:30pm, Fri Nov 11 at 7:30pm, Sat Nov 12 at 3 & 7:30pm and Sun Nov 13 at 2pm. Tickets are $25. For reservations call 782-3200 or visit thepublictheatre.org. Sponsored by Auburn Manufacturing, Bangor Savings Bank, Warp +Weft and LA Metro Magazine. Season Underwriters: Sun Journal, Platz Associates, Austin Associates, Maine Magazine and Bennett Radio Group.

BELOW: Left to right – Courtney Thomas as Katie Smalls, Robyne Parrish as Loveday Fortescue, and Joyce Cohen as Valeria Hunter 

Overlooked Stories And Histories: African Americans In Maine

LEWISTON, ME (October 25, 2022) — The 25th season of the Great Falls Forum continues on Thursday, November 10th, with a panel discussion entitled “Overlooked Stories and Histories: African Americans in Maine,” featuring Rachel Ferrante, Executive Director, Museum L-A; Bob Greene, retired journalist and historian, Trustee, Maine Historical Society; moderated by Leslie Hill, retired Professor of Politics, Bates College. This free, public program will take place from 12 noon to 1 PM in Callahan Hall at the Lewiston Public Library and will also be streamed live via Zoom and the Lewiston Public Library Facebook page.

Maine is consistently described as the whitest state in the Union despite its increasingly diverse population. Even so, the state’s population diversity is not new. Multiple waves of migrants from distant shores have added to the long-standing Indigenous populations who lived, worked, celebrated, and worshipped on this land for thousands of years. Among those who came in more recent centuries with a variety of languages, ethnic sagas, religious, and cultural practices were people of African descent—enslaved and free—who contributed to amplifying the region’s economy, politics, social, and cultural life. Yet, Black people (and other people of color) have been invisible to many as the narrative of Maine as a racially unvarying place persists. Now, however, the narrative is changing. The story of the state’s diversity is enlarging as more recent migrants, from across the country and abroad, establish new lives here. What stories have been overlooked in accounts of the state’s historical diversity? How can learning those stories help us fashion the present and future?

This Great Falls Forum panel will share stories to advance our knowledge of African Americans in Maine. Along with building a more honest and inclusive narrative of the community’s racial-ethnic heritage, panelists offer creative ways to preserve and celebrate told and untold stories of work, community-building, and the region’s multifaceted heritage.

Admission is free to all Forum events and reservations are only required if attending via Zoom. The Zoom link will be posted to the Library website and Facebook prior to the event. The onsite program is a bring-your-own, brown-bag lunch event. For more information, please contact the Lewiston Public Library at 513-3135 or LPLReference@lewistonmaine.gov.

The Great Falls Forum speaker series is co-sponsored by Bates College, Lewiston Public Library, and the Sun Journal. The Lewiston Public Library is located downtown at 200 Lisbon Street at the corner of Pine Street.

Stanton Bird Club Hosts Photographer Dan Marquis

AUBURN, ME (October 27, 2022) — The Stanton Bird Club is excited to host a talk by well-known local photographer, Dan Marquis as it kicks off it’s 2022-23 lecture series after a two-year hiatus.

Marquis will be sharing photographs and experiences from his visit to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge last year. Described as a ‘birdwatcher’s paradise’, this 57,331-acre refuge was established in 1939 in New Mexico to provide a critical stopover site for migrating waterfowl. The refuge welcomes birdwatchers from around the world as it is well known for the tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes and over 20 species of ducks and geese which regularly spend part of their winters there. In addition to viewing these species, visitors to the refuge are able to see hawks, eagles, owls, and other birds along with a variety of mammals including mule deer, coyotes, javelina and jackrabbits.

The talk will be held on Monday, November 7 from 4-6pm at the Auburn Public Library. The public is welcome. The lecture series is free of charge. We encourage participants to wear masks.

The Stanton Bird Club, a leader in environmental awareness, manages the Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary as well as the Woodbury Nature Sanctuary in Monmouth and Litchfield. More information about other activities of the Club can be found at www.StantonBirdClub.org and on its Facebook page.

BELOW Dan Marquis

Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice to Offer Presentation

LEWISTON, ME (October 27, 2022) — On Tuesday, November 8, 2022, Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice together with the Woodlands Senior Living, the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Franklin Community Health Network will present a free community education about dementia and the care continuum.

The presentation will take place in the Bass Room at Franklin Memorial Hospital, 11 Franklin Health Commons in Farmington, ME from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.  A panel of medical professionals, the Alzheimer’s Association, and other supportive organizations will be on hand to talk about the impact of a dementia diagnosis and the path that patients and caregivers experience as care needs change.  The presentation will be free and open to the public.  No registration is required. Participants will be asked to adhere to Franklin Memorial Hospital’s masking and COVID-19 protocols. 

For more information about this panel discussion contact Melinda “Mel” Lovering at melinda.lovering@androscoggin.org.


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