Program by Bangor PD
BANGOR — Bangor police Community Relations Officer Jason McAmbley will be guest speaker at the next Physical Disabilities Support Group meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at
Winterberry Heights, 932 Ohio St.
McAmbley will discuss and answer questions pertaining to neighborhood watch groups, police department operations, sex offenders and handicapped parking, among other issues.
Those with physical disabilities, their families and friends, caregivers, health professionals and the public are invited to attend. Before the meeting a potluck supper will begin at 5 p.m. For more information, call 945-6878 or 942-6720.
EDDINGTON — The Hemophilia Alliance of Maine will hold its first fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Backdoor Dance Studio.
The Hemophilia Alliance of Maine is new, and organizers said they were very pleased to have an organization dedicated only to Maine.
“Being the parent of a hemophiliac, I know how desperately the bleeding disorder community here needs support,” said one volunteer. “We have to drive to Boston for any social or educational support.”
For information, visit http://www.mainehemophilia.org
MS Ride Bar Harbor
HAMPDEN — Bicyclists from near and far will gather at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at The Jackson Laboratory to kick off the first Multiple Sclerosis Ride Bar Harbor. Ride Bar Harbor is the latest in the series of bike MS events designed to raise funds supporting the work conducted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
“We’re very excited to be launching this new one-day ride,’’ said Ride Bar Harbor committee member Gail Kelly of Brewer. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the cycling community and the community-at-large to come together to raise funds and celebrate hope for those with MS.
“With ride options of 15, 30 and 60 miles, this new event is an attractive adventure for a wide range of cyclists,” added Kelly, “from recreational and family riders to the serious enthusiast.” Cyclists agree to raise at least $150, and the registration fee is $35.
“The Bike MS rides are about more than cycling,” said Kelly. “They are about hope, commitment and a world free of multiple sclerosis. We look forward to welcoming as many riders as possible and urge everyone to go online and donate to individual riders or teams on behalf of MS.”
Eighty-five percent of the money raised goes to fund community-based programs in MS education, support and advocacy, along with hope for tomorrow through vital MS research.
“The funds raised during this event help improve the quality of life for the 3,000 people in Maine who have been diagnosed with MS,” said Kelly. “Ride Bar Harbor is created around the hope that one day we will see a world free of MS.”
In terms of logistics, well-supplied rest stops staffed by enthusiastic volunteers will be set up throughout each course, and roadside service by professional bike mechanics will help keep riders moving. Participants will gather at a barbecue celebration after the ride.
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between brain and body and can stop people from moving forward in their lives. Every hour, someone in the U.S. is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving closer to a world free of MS.
Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, but teenagers and young children can have the disease. Twice as many women as men have MS, which affects more than 3,000 people in Maine; 400,000 people in the U.S.; and 2.1 million worldwide.
To register or donate to Ride Bar Harbor, call 800-344-4867 or visit http://BikeMSGNE.org
Contact the local chapter of the MS Society at 907-4008, firstname.lastname@example.org or write Steve Faloon, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box 324, Hampden, ME 04444.
Red Cross blood drives
The American Red Cross, Northern New England Blood Services Region will hold blood drives in cities and towns throughout Maine. All eligible and new blood donors are encouraged to give blood. Donors are needed every day to make sure there is an adequate blood supply for patients in need.
All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free Whopper Small Value Meal from Burger King during May. Locations include:
• May 13: Hampden Public Safety, 1-6 p.m.;
• May 27: Bucksport High School, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
The American Red Cross Donor Center, located at 900B Hammond St., is open for donations 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. the first and third Saturday of each month.
Five seniors honored
BREWER – Eastern Maine Healthcare Services has announced that five residents living in EMHS long-term care facilities were honored on April 15 during the Maine Health Care Association “Remember ME” ceremony held in the Hall of Flags at the Maine State House.
The five recipients are Harold Borns Jr. of Dirigo Pines in Orono and Marguerite Sherburne of Dexter Health Care in Dexter, as well as three honorary mentions — Irvin Moore of Ross Manor in Bangor, Marie McPherson of Stillwater Health Care in Bangor, and Helen Tuttle of Lakewood in Waterville.
“Remember ME” is a photography exhibit that features black-and-white photographs and biographies of residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities statewide. Its primary purpose is to salute those who have spent the best years of their lives supporting their families, building their communities and serving their state and country. The project urges the public to remember the selfless contributions of seniors and disabled citizens who now depend on others for their care and safety.
Lisa Harvey-McPherson, EMHS vice president of Continuum of Care, said, “We are proud of the contributions each and every one of our residents made to our Maine communities. We are honored every day to serve older adults and their families. Recognizing the lifelong contributions of those honored serves to remind us all of the noble contributions that Maine’s seniors have made upon our state and nation.”
Veterans Pension Seminar
The public is invited to attend an Operation Veterans Pension Seminar at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Sunbury Village, 922 Ohio St. A veteran service provider will speak with potential applicants and their families. There are many deserving wartime era veterans and their surviving spouses who may qualify for benefits. Benefit amounts are determined by the VA and are based on need. RSVP at 262-9600.
Older Americans Month
BANGOR — Rosscare recognizes May as Older Americans Month and encourages community members to thank the older Americans in their life for their service to communities.
For generations, older Americans have enriched people’s lives as teachers, industry workers, military heroes and others that made communities strong.
“Recognizing the influence of older adults yesterday, today, and moving forward is an important part of this month’s celebration. At Rosscare, it is our mission to promote aging citizens’ access to health care and improved quality of life,” said Amy Cotton, geriatric nurse practitioner and director of Rosscare.
The United States Administration on Aging has chosen “Connecting the Community” as the 2011 theme. It encourages reflection on the ways older adults bring inspiration and continuity to the fabric of the community, and highlights the ways technology is helping older adults live longer, healthier and more engaged lives.
The Administration on Aging developed Older Americans Month in 1963 to pay tribute to the contributions of past and current older Americans and to raise awareness of the needs of this population to live a healthy, enriching life.
Rosscare is a member of Eastern Maine Healthcare Services. In partnership with First Atlantic Corp., Rosscare owns and operates assisted living facilities such as Ross Manor, Sylvia Ross Home and Stillwater Health Care in Bangor. Rosscare also offers services to help seniors live independently, such as Telecare, a free service offering daily check-in calls; Lifeline Medical Alert service; and the Center for Healthy Aging. For information, visit http://www.rosscare.org.