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Posted July 05, 2011, at 5:59 p.m.

Legislator talk

BANGOR — State Rep. Matthew Peterson of Rumford will be the guest speaker during the meeting of the Physical Disabilities Support Group at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at Winterberry Heights, 932 Ohio St.

Peterson is a wheelchair user and an independent living specialist for Alpha One in South Portland. His topic will be the recent session of the Legislature and its impact on those with disabilities. He will take questions from those attending.

Family, friends and caregivers of people with disabilities are welcome to attend. A potluck meal will be held at 5 p.m. For information, call 945-6878.

Benefit concert

BANGOR — Singer-songwriter Amy Robbins-Wilson of Belfast will combine story and the songs of her “Angel Baby Lullabies” in a concert to benefit Empty Arms Healthcare Charities at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at First United Methodist Church on Essex Street.

Empty Arms is an organization that supports grieving families who have suffered the loss of an infant through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or during the first few months of life. It is a project of Healthcare Charities.

“I am blessed to use my music to foster awareness of this important topic,” Robbins-Wilson said. “Empty Arms provides help to so many hurting families.”

Cathy Van Dolman of Empty Arms describes “Angel Baby Lullabies” as “similar to listening to my heart speak.” She added, “Amy’s music helps us to keep the memories of our sweet babies alive while reminding us that we are not alone in our grief.”

The concert is free and open to all. Donations will be accepted.

Hands-only CPR

HAMPDEN — The American Heart Association and Hannaford Supermarkets in Maine are partnering to help people learn basic CPR skills by providing free “Hands-Only CPR” minitraining.

Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone, anywhere. When it does, a victim’s survival depends on the people around them. Training people to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation increases a victim’s chances of survival by empowering more bystanders to be able to handle an emergency.

For these reasons, Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths. It involves two easy steps: Call 911 and push hard and fast on the center of the chest. This technique is easy to remember and results in delivery of more, uninterrupted chest compressions until more advanced care arrives.

A minitraining will held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, July 11, at Hannaford, 77 Western Ave.

Participants will receive educational information and those who practice chest compressions will be entered to win free CPR Anytime kits and $50 Hannaford gift cards. The AHA hopes to increase CPR awareness so that more people will know the simple steps to save a life if someone suddenly collapses from cardiac arrest.

Those unable to attend the minitraining may watch the “Hands-Only CPR” video at http://www.handsonlycpr.org, train on “CPR Anytime,” a self-directed, at-home CPR kit, available through http://cpranytime.org, or take a classroom-based course. To find a course, go to http://www.heart.org/cpr and click on “Find a CPR Class”

According to the AHA, fewer than one-third of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims receive CPR from a bystander. Without immediate CPR, the chance of surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrest drops up to 10 percent for each minute that passes without defibrillation. This means that by the time EMS personnel arrive, it could be too late.

“CPR training is critical to saving lives,” said Butch Russell of North East Mobile Health Services, a local AHA volunteer and EMT. “Working with Hannaford Supermarkets is one way we hope to increase awareness about cardiac arrest as a significant health problem and get people to take action so more lives can be saved.”

For more information about the Hannaford store Hands-Only CPR minitraining, call the American Heart Association toll-free in Maine at 800-937-0944.

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