WHO: The Katahdin Community Transition Team
WHAT: Surviving Winter in Katahdin seminar
WHERE: Katahdin Region Higher Education Center off Route 157 in East Millinocket
WHEN: 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9
WHY: To help Katahdin region residents cope with high energy, food and medical costs with advice, aid programs and counseling
Source: Katahdin Region Higher Education Center
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — If you’re expecting that cold weather, under- or unemployment, or rising energy, food and medical costs will make your winter difficult, or if you want to know how to better manage against those elements the Surviving Winter in Katahdin seminar may help you.
An informational session for Katahdin-area residents, Surviving Winter in Katahdin’s goal is to acquaint residents with all the social service agencies and programs available to help them, said Debora Round-tree, director of the Katahdin Region Higher Education Center, which is host to the event.
It will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Katahdin Region Higher Education Center off Route 157, where more than 10 social service and government agencies will be available to offer advice and information.
“The idea began several months ago when we knew the Millinocket mill would close,” Roundtree said Wednesday. “We wanted to do something that would bring the community together as a whole, not just displaced workers. For a small community, we have a lot of resources and we wanted to let people know what those resources are.”
The Katahdin Paper Co. LLC mill in Millinocket temporarily closed on Sept. 2. As many as 208 positions were due to be cut between it and the company’s sister mill off Route 157. Both are the Katahdin region’s largest employers. As of Monday, 39 workers had been laid off with three of those being laid off last week, mill officials have said.
The seminar, Roundtree said, will feature discussions on health and safety in winter; food and energy assistance; shopping skills when buying food; and financing for tough times. All social service and energy relief programs available to residents through the local, state and federal governments, plus social service agencies and nonprofit organizations, will be discussed.
“It’s important because of the price of fuel being so high for people,” Roundtree said. “Obviously, people are all scurrying around for the same resources. We want people to know how to access those resources and who to ask for help.”
Refreshments and a light meal will be served.