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Maine Senior FarmShare enrollment begins

BDN staff reports

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine seniors, age 60 or older (55 if Native American), with individual incomes below $20,147 and $27,214 if a couple, are eligible to receive $50 of free, fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits and herbs during the upcoming season through the Maine Senior FarmShare Program.

Approximately 17,000 seniors and more than 120 farmers statewide will participate in 2011.  Interested seniors are encouraged to contact the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) toll-free at 877-353-3771 to find a participating farm.

The list of participating farmers is available on the Internet at http://getrealmaine.com/. Click on the Maine Senior FarmShare Program Information link under Other Places to Go.

Participating farms throughout Maine offer a variety of methods for providing produce to seniors.  Farmers will explain their individual farm’s offerings to interested seniors, and if both agree the system will work for them, they sign a “FarmShare” agreement, which outlines the arrangements.  The supply of the $50 “FarmShares” is limited and is distributed to seniors by farmers on a first come, first served basis.  Interested seniors are placed on a waiting list when a farmer’s available FarmShares are filled.

Ground-breaking dental program returning to Machias

MACHIAS, Maine — More than 500 Washington county residents were able to get no cost dental care last fall through a unique program offered by New York University College of Dentistry’s Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach. Fulfilling its agreement to come back for future and follow-up care, the clinic will return to Machias April 11 through 16 at the Lee Pellon Center.

When the group was here in October, a special effort was made to see all the Head Start children in Washington County. Organizers say they are hoping all of the children who got treatment last fall will be back for follow-up visits.

The clinic is open to all Washington County children. Walk-in emergency care is also available for adults. The program is meant to help those having difficulty accessing dental care, and services through the dental clinic are not based on income.

The Washington County Children’s Program, Delta Dental, Caring Hands of Maine, Child and Family Opportunities and The Washington Hancock Community Agency are all partnering with NYU to make it possible. MaineCare is accepted but not required. Rides are available for MaineCare patients. For more information call 255-3426.

Health Fair to be held at UMM

MACHIAS, Maine — The University of Maine at Machias will host a community health fair 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, in the Reynolds Center Gymnasium. The fair is free and open to the public.

The event is being coordinated by the UMM Wellness Committee in an effort to educate the campus and local community on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. The fair will highlight community organizations and businesses that promote good health, provide fitness demonstrations, and encourage people to think proactively about their health.

Drawings will be held throughout the afternoon for a variety of prizes, including two one-month passes to the Center for Lifelong Learning, gift certificates to local restaurants, exercise videos, hand weights, water bottles, pedometers, insulated lunch bags and T-shirts.

For more information about the health fair, contact Betty Merritt-West at 255-1305.

Discussion on possible Orland school closing set for March 14

ORLAND, Maine — RSU 25 will hold an informational meeting regarding the Orland Consolidated School at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 14, at the school.

RSU officials are encouraging all community members to attend and to be part of the school budget process. The district school board is considering closing the Orland school and consolidating programs at the school buildings in Bucksport as part of a process to offset an $890,000 reduction in state education subsidy to the RSU.

The RSU board is also expected to discuss the potential school closure during its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 15.

St. Patrick’s Day dinner planned in Blue Hill

BLUE HILL, Maine — The First Congregational Church of Blue Hill will host its eighth annual St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at the church.

Child care will be provided. Space is limited. Suggested donation is $7 adults, $4 children. Wear something green and get $1 off.

For information and reservations, call 374-2891 or e-mail type in their e-mailbhcongo@yahoo.com.

Calais bookstore offering surplus books

CALAIS, Maine — The Friends of the Calais Free Library Used Bookstore is relocating with less space and would like to offer the extra surplus to their patrons.

Folks are welcome during open hours the week of March 21 in the old Unobskey Building to bag up as many books as they can carry or want. In return, they would welcome any size monetary donation to help pay for the move and to raise funds for the library’s use. For more information, call 214-2758.

Friends of Church on the Hill seeking matching funds

ADDISON, Maine — Friends of the Church on the Hill in Addison will hold their regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the Addison Town Hall. The Friends of the Church on the Hill have received grants and are seeking to raise matching funds to utilize them. Ideas for funding sources will be discussed.

Membership in the Friends of the Church costs $5 per year. Donations are always welcome. Contact Muriel Grant for information at 482-2276.

Workshop to discuss flower remedies

BLUE HILL, Maine — Jane Story, a Blue Hill alternative medicine practitioner, will be hosting a two-day workshop on how to use flower remedies to better handle stress from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, March 19-20, in the Board Room at the Medical Office Building next to the Maine Coast Hospital, 50 Union St. For more information, call 374-5900.

Kindergarten registrations occurring in Brooks, Unity areas

BROOKS, Maine — Kindergarten registration for RSU 3 schools will be held March 22 at Morse Memorial; March 29 at Troy Elementary; March 24 and April 7 at Mount View Elementary; April 5 at Walker Elementary and April 7 at Monroe Elementary.

RSU 3 serves the communities of Brooks, Freedom, Jackson, Knox, Liberty, Monroe, Montville, Thorndike, Troy, Unity and Waldo.

To be eligible to start the 2011-12 school year, a child must be 5 years old on or before Oct. 15. Parents need to bring the child to be registered, their birth certificate, proof of residency and the child’s immunization records.

To schedule an appointment,  call the school that your child will be attending. The telephone numbers are: Monroe Elementary 525-3504; Troy Elementary 948-2280; Walker Elementary 589-4208; Morse Memorial 722-3636 and Mount View Elementary 568-7541.

Abbe Museum Concludes Brown Bag Lunch Series

BAR HARBOR, Maine — The Abbe Museum will host its final free brown bag lunch talk

noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at the museum’s downtown location in the community gallery.

Curator of Education Raney Bench will explore topics related to language retention, identity and Native American veterans.The talk will explore how sovereignty is reinforced through language preservation efforts and the ability of a Nation to identify and care for its citizens.

Belfast church singers to perform

BELFAST, Maine — The University of Southern Maine Chamber Singers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, at the First Baptist Church of Belfast, 95 High St. The performance is part of a fundraising tour in anticipation of a European Tour in May of this year. There is a suggested donation of $10. CDs of the group will be available for purchase. For more information, call at 930-5118.

Propeller Club to meet in Belfast

BELFAST, Maine — The Propeller Club of America, Searsport/Bucksport Chapter, monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at the Belfast Shiners’ Club located on Northport Avenue.

The featured speaker will be Taylor Allen, owner of Rockport Marine, and one of the four principal partners behind the development of Front Street Shipyard. The meeting and dinner cost is $25. For reservations, call Betty at 548-1077.  All are welcome.

Free quit smoking program starting April 7 in Belfast

BELFAST, Maine — The American Cancer Society’s quit smoking program, Freshstart, is being offered at no charge 5-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 7 through April 28, in the one-story building across the street from Waldo County General Hospital.

Freshstart is designed for the adult smoker and emphasizes that smoking cessation is a two-step process: stopping and staying stopped. Therefore, techniques and support are shared to help keep a smoker off cigarettes. For more information, call 930-2650.

Calais Rotary putting on Old Time Radio Show

CALAIS, Maine — The Calais Rotary Club is once again hosting an Old Time Radio Show broadcast live 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 11, on Classic Hits WQDY 92.7 radio from the Calais High School. Spectators are encouraged to come and be part of this live production. Light refreshments will be provided to all.  Advance ticket price $6,  $8 at the door the night of the event.

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