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Posted Aug. 02, 2011, at 4:53 p.m.

Pharmacy residency

BANGOR — Penobscot Community Health Care has announced that it will begin Maine’s first Community Residency Program this month, the first clinic-based community pharmacy residency in the Northeast.

The program is under the leadership of pharmacy residency director Chris Gauthier and PCHC pharmacy director Robin Brittelli, both registered pharmacists.

The first pharmacy resident is Ashley Pincins, a graduate of the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy in Kingston, R.I. The residency is based at Penobscot Community Health Center, 1012 Union St., and will provide patients with invaluable education on their medications.

PCHC has on-site pharmacies at three of its largest practices: Brewer Medical Center, 735 Wilson St.; Helen Hunt Health Center, 242 Brunswick St., Old Town; and Penobscot Community Health Center, 1012 Union St.

PCHC, a nonprofit organization founded in 1997, is the only Federally Qualified Health Center in the Bangor area. Its purpose is to ensure access to comprehensive and integrated outpatient health care services to those on MaineCare, Medicare and those with and without insurance, regardless of ability to pay.

PCHC clinics are staffed by some 150 full- and part-time clinicians, including medical and dental practitioners, mental health providers, physical therapists, pharmacists and medical specialists. The agency will provide about 250,000 patient visits for 50,000 individuals in 2011.

PCHC services are provided with a sliding fee scale based on income through its Affordable Care Program to make certain that everyone can obtain the health care services they need.

For more information, visit http://www.PCHC.com.

Benefit auction

BREWER — On Friday, Aug. 12, Food AND Medicine will hold its second annual benefit auction to support the Solidarity Harvest at 20 Ivers St. Since 2003, Food AND Medicine’s Solidarity Harvest has brought healthy, local food to laid-off workers and other families facing hard times during the Thanksgiving season.

Join the effort to bid on more than 50 great items donated by local businesses and community members, such as hotel, golf and ski certificates, homemade food and crafts and more.

Through eight years of cooperation among farms, unions, religious groups and local businesses, Food AND Medicine has been able to distribute more than 4,000 Thanksgiving meals to families from Lewiston to Bath to Millinocket, Bangor, Baileyville and even Caribou.

But the organization cannot do it alone. Last year, more than 100 volunteers stepped up to help bake fresh bread and deserts, prepare the food baskets, and deliver them to families in need.

The Aug. 12 event will begin with a barbecue at 4 p.m. The auction will begin at 5 p.m. For more information, call 989-5860 or visit http://www.foodandmedicine.org.

Cancer benefit

ORLAND — A barbecue picnic and fundraiser to benefit the Cancer Support Center will be held 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug 11, at the Alamoosook Lakeside Inn on Soper Road.

Gina Bushong will be host of the event, which will include entertainment by area musicians and singers. The Shades of Blue jazz duo, the Original Condition Blue Grass Band and Highland piper David Weeda are donating their time and talent.

Unique raffle items have been donated by area merchants and artists. A cash bar will be available. Tickets at $25 are available at Frank’s Bake Shop in Bangor, Book Stacks and the Cancer Support Center in Bucksport, or by calling 469-6363. Advance sales will help with the planning.

Participants are welcome to bring their own blanket or eat inside. Enjoy the food, music and beauty of the lake while supporting a community event.

With Maine having the highest cancer rates in the country, the Cancer Support Center holds fundraising events throughout the year to fund outreach and education programs. All programs of the center are free thanks to the donations of supporters. For more information about the Alamoosook event, or how to help, call Cancer Support Center at 469-6363

Champion the Cure

BANGOR — For 10-year-old Tommy Hosmer, charity begins at home. When his beloved grandmother Linda “Mimi” Reilly Williams died of ovarian cancer in August 2009, Tommy wanted to honor her memory in a special way.

“I just wanted to help others with cancer like my Mimi had,” the Bangor boy said. And help he has.

With a book collection given to him by a neighbor and a special copy of “Black House” donated by Stephen King, “Tommy’s Book and Bake Sale” was born. The proceeds from the sale of donated bakery items, nearly 4,000 books and raffle tickets for King’s novel totaled $3,340.

Last September, Tommy proudly presented the check to Healthcare Charities for the endowment fund in Linda’s name. The fund supports CancerCare of Maine, where his grandmother was a longtime patient.

Tommy’s charitable spirit and dedication to helping those with cancer make him the choice for the 2011 Champion the Cure grand marshal. He will lead the 1K Family Fun Run at the Aug. 20 event, which raises funds for local cancer research.

Champion the Cure Challenge also features a 5K or 10K walk-run; 25-, 50- or 100-mile bike ride, and a 50-mile motorcycle ride.

To obtain more information about the Champion the Cure Challenge or to register or volunteer for the event, call Jeni Lloyd at 973-9628 or visit http://www.championthecurechallenge.org.

New home for BARN

BREWER — The Bangor Area Recovery Network Inc., a nonprofit organization formed a year ago to help the entire community deal with the effects of drug, alcohol and other addiction, has moved from Bangor to a new location in the IGA shopping center on North Main Street in Brewer.

The mission of the BARN Inc. is to establish, manage and maintain a facility to serve as a center for the recovering community to meet, socialize and carry the message of recovery in a safe and comfortable environment.

The BARN views recovery as a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness and quality of life.

Construction route

BANGOR — Eastern Maine Medical Center has started a fast-moving project to upgrade some of the hospital’s electrical lines and widen the road to the Emergency Department. Construction is expected to be completed within three months.

During the construction process, EMMC will replace and upgrade its State Street electrical lines, some of which are long past their life expectancy, and widen the one-way driveway into the Emergency Department from State Street to two lanes. This improvement will decompress traffic and enhance access and egress for emergency vehicles and patients coming to the Emergency Department.

Although construction should have minimal impact on patients and neighbors, there will be a short time in August when construction will require the use of an alternate entrance to the State Street and Emergency Department driveways; noise levels may rise during this time. EMMC will comply with the city’s construction ordinance limiting hours of construction to 7 a.m.-7 p.m. EMMC will have prominent directional signage during construction.

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