Column highlights from the past six months

Posted Dec. 31, 2010, at 6:31 p.m.

2010 column headliners continue from July through December

Happy New Year, everyone. With this column, we continue the review of headline columns of the past 12 months.

The first July column was “Acadia Hospital to launch adventure camp” at the Bangor facility described as “the largest addictive medicine treatment center in Maine.”

Lynda Rohman, director of development for The Acadia Hospital Healthcare Charities told me this week that program “was very successful, and we can’t wait to do it again.”

The next camp session will be July 2011, she said, and the hospital now is seeking $500 sponsorships for campers.

“We did have numerous scholarships last year, and part of the participation was contingent on getting scholarships to help these kids,” Lynda said.

Open to youngsters 12-16, the camp is designed for young people who otherwise might not be able to attend a summer camp “because of emotional stress and behavioral challenges, forcing their exclusion from other options,” Lynda said in that July column.

If you, your business or organization can sponsor a child this year, or you need more information, call Lynda at 973-5169 or e-mail lrohman@emh.org.

In August, the first headline was “Cancer center helping one person at a time,” describing the work of Cancer Support Center of Maine, based in Bucksport and serving residents of Penobscot, Hancock and Waldo counties.

Executive director Barbara Vittum told me the organization made it through the year and ended up in the black, which is good news, and that it is launching a new outreach educational program to help provide awareness about new smokeless tobacco products that soon will become available nationally, in Maine, and locally, she said.

After a recent presentation at Old Town Middle School, the OTMS Builders Club held a dance for CSCM and raised $459, Barbara said.

The new program will be available for schools, health centers and social organizations offering the latest information about these new products, some of which, Barbara told me, “look like Tic Tacs or Listerine strips that melt in your mouth.

“It is really dissolvable tobacco,” she said. “It completely dissolves in your mouth and we’ll see a lot of tongue, mouth and throat cancer coming out of that” among young people, particularly.

For information about this new program, call CSCM at 469-6363.

My September columns debuted with ‘“Survivor’ winner coming to diabetes benefit,” and featured a visit by South Portland resident Bob Crowley, a $1 million winner on the CBS television series “Survivor.”

Crowley was the headliner for the third annual Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction for A Cure for Diabetes Sept. 11 at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.

For the third year in a row, Back Door Dance Studio owners Chuck and Sue McKay of Eddington served as volunteer disc jockeys for this event.

“It was a blast,” Chuck said. “Survivor Bob went over really, really well. People got autographs and pictures with him and had a really great time.”

Chuck believes the auction raised more money this year than it had before, and that the entire event was “a huge success.”

The fundraiser was organized by Rhonda Edgecomb of Brewer to benefit of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

Chuck and Sue are working on two fundraisers for 2011, Hampden Academy’s Project Graduation and the annual “Dancing for the Stars” fundraiser for the nonprofit elderly residential Phillips-Strickland House in Bangor.

If you’re interested in volunteering as a dancer for that fundraiser, give Chuck a call at 356-1454 to learn more about it.

October’s first column headline was “Belfast Area Chamber honors Belfast nonprofit,” which described the honor received by Broadreach Family & Community Services as the BACC nonprofit of the year.

While Broadreach’s administrative office is in Belfast, the organization has several sites and has been serving children and families in Waldo, Knox and part of Lincoln counties since 1983.

Broadreach was recognized by the Chamber for providing “a wide range of critical community services, including quality early childhood education and care, child abuse and neglect prevention, behavioral and mental health services for children and adults, after-school programs for teens and tutoring for low-literacy for adults,” as well as opening a new mental health agency to provide additional services.

Broadreach CFO Chip Bradstreet told me this week the organization was honored by the award, and the community support and appreciation it represented.

Looking ahead, he said, Broadreach would continue to provide services to young and old, as it has done so well for so many years.

November’s lead column proclaimed “Shriners’ Sunshine Club provides unique service,” and described the work of the Anah Temple Shrine of Bangor organization.

The Sunshine Club helps cover expenses for children younger than 18 who are being treated for free at the Shriners hospitals in Boston and Springfield, Mass., Philadelphia and Montreal.

What makes this club unique, past Anah Temple potentate Rodney Pinkham of Holden told me at the time, is that, unlike other temples, Anah has a separate organization to cover those expenses.

In November, the Sunshine Club was preparing for its annual holiday marketplace, which attracts a variety of vendors to accommodate holiday shoppers and raise funds so the Sunshine Club can help children and families travel to and from treatments.

Debbie Dunham told me that fundraiser went well, “and we’ll continue to do it next year,” with the help of “a lot of local people who make it possible for us” to continue to support children in need.

The Sunshine Club is open to men and women. Dues are $5 a year or a lifetime fee of $50. The club meets the second Mondays of January, April and October at Anah Shrine Center, 586 Main St. in Bangor. For information, call the temple at 942-2254.

One month ago today, December 1, I told you about Tim Higgins of Bangor through the column titled “In a split second, injury disrupts project and life.”

You may remember the story of the father of four who was trying to build a treehouse in a huge pine in the backyard of his home.

While working on that project one mid-September morning, Tim’s ladder gave out and, in addition to suffering a rotator cuff injury, he took such a bad fall his ankle nearly became detached from his leg.

Tim was fortunate in that his immediate ankle injury was taken care of in Bangor, and surgery here and in Portland has allowed him to keep it attached. He is unable, however, to return to work for his employer, Cianbro.

When I spoke with Tim this week, he told me that on January 4 he will “head back to Portland for an X-ray checkup and receive a weight-bearing cast on the leg and make an appointment to have the rotator cuff surgery” on his right shoulder.

Since the accident, he has needed two crutches to walk, but once he gets the weight-bearing cast, he will be able to use just one crutch, enabling him to undergo the shoulder surgery.

“I’m moving around a lot better,” Tim said.

“Basically I’m in no pain, except for the shoulder,” adding that he is, literally, “just anticipating the next step.”

Days before Christmas, Tim’s name appeared in this column again, expressing his family’s appreciation for the support they’ve received from the community during this difficult time in their lives.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.com; 990-8288.

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