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Classics: At The Barn

Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Surry Concert Barn, 8 Cross Rd, Surry, ME

For more information: 2076671308; surryartsatthebarn.com

Classical Concert – Vocal and Instrumental.

Debbie Riley, Claude Dupuy and Alan Wittenberg

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MAIN’s Outstanding Community Dedication Award

Recently, Maine Association of Interdependent Neighborhoods (MAIN) presented Tom Grogan, their ” Outstanding Community Dedication Award”.

Tom Grogan has been married to his wife LyAnn for 29 years, they have two children. Tom has worked in human services for many years and as a college instructor

In 2009 Tom graduated from Bangor Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity and a desire to bring together his background in human services and his desire to work in and support communities and the people who live there.

Tom has been working with Bangor neighborhood residents since 2011 as the coordinator of CPPC, Community Partnerships for Protecting Children, in Bangor. Tom works with neighborhood residents and community service providers to develop strong working relationships. The goal of CPPC is to support individuals, families, and entire neighborhoods so that children remain safe and families and neighborhoods are strong.

Tom says that the neighborhood residents he works with often feel judged and under appreciated. “They don’t like to ask for help and they are often afraid of service providers and of one another. So, trust, is not something easily earned.”

In Bangor CPPC is currently working in the neighborhoods known as Old and New Capehart. The neighborhood residents Tom works with have developed a group identity, worked with service providers to offer community activities such as, a neighborhood clean-up days, community breakfasts, family literacy nights, and a wellness fair. They have even created a float for the Bangor Holiday Parade!

Residents have found friendship, support and, sometimes, even their own voice through their work with Tom and the collaborative efforts of CPPC.

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The Maine Association of Interdependent Neighborhoods (MAIN) is an all-volunteer coalition of individuals and organizations created in 1980 as a statewide voice for low to moderate income concerns.

MAIN is always looking for others who should receive recognition for their efforts. If there is someone you would like to nominate please bring them to our attention by writing a paragraph or two about them including contact info . You can contact current MAIN leaders Kandie Desell or Rachel Ridenour at PO Box 69 Hallowell, Me 04347 ; main.team@gmail.com, or find MAIN us on Facebook

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Heavy Metal, Men and Their Machines, Black Smith Round Up!

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Maine Forest and Logging Museum, 54 Government Road, Bradley, Maine

For more information: 207-974-6278; LeonardsMills.com

19 tons of steam powered glory come to life at Leonards Mills Saturday, August 16th as the restored 1910 Lomabard Log hauler celebrates its grand opening to the public. Only 3 running Lombards exist in the world and two of them are at the Maine Forest and Logging Museum.

10 am – try your hand at forging, learn blacksmith skills

11 am – Grady Machine Shop Dedication, see TONS of machines

2 pm – Lombard Log Hauler Grand Opening

Also on display, 1937 Celtrac and a Stanley Steamer.

Free for museum members, just $10 for adults and $5 for children 13 and over.

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Ashley Bryan show shines with COA assistance

College of the Atlantic alumni, faculty design exhibit for celebrated Islesford artist

ISLESFORD, Maine — An exhibit for one of Maine’s most celebrated artists was designed and conceptualized with the help of College of the Atlantic alumni and faculty.

“A Visit with Ashley Bryan,” on display at Acadia National Park’s Islesford Historical Museum through September, features work from Bryan’s 80-year career in art, literature and music, and includes paintings, drawings, illustrated books and puppets featured in his newest book of poems.

“Ashley’s personal story of courage, perseverance, and dedication is presented in a timeline that includes seldom-seen work from the artist’s years serving in the segregated U.S. Army in World War II,” according to a description of the exhibit.

Viewers of the exhibit also can view a trailer of a documentary film soon to be released about the artist’s life and work. The free exhibition is presented in partnership with Acadia National Park and the Island Institute, with support from the Partridge Foundation and Simon & Schuster.

The exhibit was conceived by a group of admirers in the fall of 2013. That group consisted of Ashley Bryan Center board members and founders Henry and Donna Isaacs, Dan and Cynthia Lief, and the artist, as well as exhibition developers Dru Colbert, a College of the Atlantic faculty member; and Betts Swanton, a COA alum.

As the project developed, the group was joined by Ashley Bryan Center project manager Josh Winer, a COA alum and current COA lecturer; local Islesford resident and craftsman Courtney Chaplin; and graphic production designer Danielle Meier, another COA alum.

“He’s active all over the world. He’s very philanthropic,” Winer said. “He is someone who takes the educator part on his own professional background extremely seriously and continues to do that work in, what some people would call retirement.”

Winer said the exhibit serves as the flagship project of the Ashley Bryan Center and is intended to create awareness of efforts to share Ashley’s work and creative spirit. The center on Little Cranberry Island offers unique opportunities for artists, and conserves and displays Bryan’s drawings, paintings, puppets, stained sea glass work and his collection of international toys, puppets and art objects.

“A Visit with Ashley Bryan” is one of at least two current local art exhibits designed by COA associates this summer.

The Mount Desert Island Historical Society’s Somesville Museum is displaying “Portrait of an Island.” Designed by COA alumnae Jane Piseli and Kate Ross, the exhibit depicts the life and times of Art and Nan Kellam, who lived as the sole inhabitants of Placentia Island for nearly 40 years.

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Calais Readies for 41st Annual International Homecoming Festival

Crafters, artisans, consultants, organizations, and the like are invited to take part in the Arts and Craft Fair as part of the 41st Annual International Homecoming Festival. This Arts and Craft Fair event will be held along Calais’ beautiful Riverfront Walkway on Sunday, August 10th.

In addition to this event, many others will take place in the same vicinity on this final day of the festival. Several inflatable slides and bounce houses will line the waterfront for children, along with free pony rides and a free petting place. Kids will also enjoy taking part in many other no cost events, including a doll carriage and bike parade, a characters in costume march, a candy scramble, and a story time with Maine author Liza Gardner Walsh.

Adults will not only enjoy the great view of St. Stephen, New Brunswick and the fun atmosphere, but will also enjoy the sounds of live music from Pete and Noelle Gould, one of the area’s finest duos. Folks are encouraged to bring a chair to enjoy this free entertainment. The festival will end with the spectacular Duty Free Americas, Hardwicke’s Fireworks Display at the riverfront over the St. Croix River.

For more information on booth space at the Arts and Craft Fair or on food vending, please email info@internationalhomecomingfestival.com. A complete list of events for the four-day International Homecoming Festival is available at www.internationalhomecomingfestival.com.

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Mercy Yarmouth Primary Care welcomes Dr. Lowery to staff

PORTLAND, Maine – With the continued high demand for primary care services, Mercy Health Care System of Maine has announced that John Lowery, DO, Ph.D., has been named the newest primary care physician at Mercy Yarmouth Primary Care.

Located on Route One in Yarmouth, this office is one of nine Mercy Primary Care Centers throughout the Greater Portland communities.

“Dr. Lowery brings a strong passion for providing community-based care. He is a wonderful addition to our team and is committed to our model of providing compassionate care throughout the cycle of life” said Eileen Skinner, President and CEO of Mercy Health System of Maine.

The Yarmouth Primary Care center opened three years ago and offers the following services: primary care – pediatric to geriatric, preventative health care, radiology and mammography, laboratory, and express care. Patients also have access to Mercy Hospital’s full spectrum of specialty services.

“More and more families are in need of primary care services, and Yarmouth is no exception,” said Dr. Lowery, in a press release. “I am looking forward to getting to know my patients, as well as helping to coordinate their care and provide access to the services they need.”

Lowery cares for patients from newborns through geriatrics, and has special interests in Osteopathic manipulative medicine, sports medicine and pediatrics. Born and raised in Maine, he earned his medical degree from University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Maine, as well as completing his residency in Family Medicine at Central Maine Medical Center.

Lowery is board-certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic manipulation and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Osteopathic Association.

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Mayo Practice Associates gets natural recognition

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Committee for Quality Assurance has announced that two Mayo Practice Associates sites – Dover-Foxcroft Family Medicine of Dover-Foxcroft and Milo Family Practice of Milo – have both received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system.Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.

“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that Mayo Practice Associates has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”

To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, Dover-Foxcroft Family Medicine and Milo Family Practice demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

To find clinicians and their practices with NCQA PCMH Recognition, visit http://recognition.ncqa.org.

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers

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Weight limit posted on Mackworth Island Bridge

FALMOUTH, Maine —  The Mackworth Island Bridge over Casco Bay in Falmouth will have a posted weight limit of 10 tons beginning on Thursday, July 31, according to Maine Department of Transportation.

Access to the Mackworth Island trails public parking lot for light-vehicle traffic is not affected by the 10-ton weight restriction.

However, as a reminder, there is no parking allowed on the causeway or the Mackworth Island Bridge. Vehicles parked on the causeway or the bridge will be towed at the owner’s expense.

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10th Annual RIDE FOR LIFE

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Beth c. Wright Cancer Resource Center, 23 Commerce Park, Ellsworth, Maine

For more information: 207-664-0339; www,bethwrightcancercenter.org

The 10th Annual RIDE FOR LIFE benefits the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center and enables us to serve people and their families dealing with cancer in Washington and Hancock Counties. This year, there will be 8 mile or less, 20 mile, 50 mile, and 100 mile rides– so there is a ride for every bicycle riders’ ability level, and each ride has spectacular views of the Maine coast. Something new this year is the 8 MILES — OR LESS! We love little children, new cyclists and older cyclists and anyone who dares to get on a bike and MOVE! And this year, to honor all levels and abilities, we’d like to invite you to join our RIDE FOR LIFE and bike just as far as you’d like. This might mean 2,000 feet or maybe 5,280 feet or anything up to 8 miles and beyond. Do not let distance prevent participation! Everyone is welcome! With helmets, of course!

The RIDE FOR LIFE is becoming an event that riding enthusiasts look forward to. There are plenty of comfort stations, fruit, water, and other refreshments along each route. Each pre-registered rider receives a free t-shirt and free lobster roll, and there is live entertainment during the BBQ. All routes are well-marked, with signs at each turn, and our communications network allows us to keep track of all the riders out on the course. All rides are expected to be completed by 4:00 PM.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. The 100 mile race starts at 8 a.m., the 50 starts at 9 a.m., the 20 mile at 10 a.m. all at the Surry Elementary School. The 8 mile race begins at 10 a.m. at Newbury Neck Beach, where parking is available. BBQ and other activities start at 11 a.m. at the Surry Elementary School.

Adult registration is $55 ($65 after September 2)

Youth registration (14-18) is $25 ($30 after September 2)

Children 13 and under ride for free but must have adult supervision

So, circle Saturday, September 13, on your calendar and plan on taking a great bike ride with beautiful scenery to benefit a worthy cause.

To register on-line go to www.bethwrightrideforlife.kintera.org. To request registration forms call 664-0339.

Volunteers are also needed throughout the course of the ride. Call 664-0339 or go to www.bethwrightrideforlife.kintera.org.

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Explore Maine’s Seaweeds on August 14

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Location: Green Point Preserve, Birch Point Road, West Bath, Maine

For more information: 207-442-8400; kennebecestuary.org/summer-explorations-2

WEST BATH- The public is invited to discover Maine’s diverse seaweeds at the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s (KELT) third Summer Exploration on August 14. From 9am to 11am at Green Point Preserve in West Bath, learn to identify common seaweed species and maybe nibble on a tasty variety!

A family friendly event, join Maine Master Naturalists Davida Sky and Kiya Smith to experience seaweeds – how they grow and how they fit in the coastal ecological system. With a vast variety of types, shapes, sizes, and colors, seaweeds can tell a coastal visitor much about the marine habitat in which they are found. Participants will learn to preserve seaweed specimens and create seaweed art.

A rain or shine event, the program is free and open to the public. Registration is strongly encouraged and any questions can be directed to Becky Kolak at 442-8400 or bkolak@kennebecestuary.org. This program was generously sponsored by the Merrymeeting Bay Trust.

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a membership supported organization dedicated to protecting the land, water and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary. It maintains nine preserves for public enjoyment and has protected over 2,500 acres of land since founding in 1989. FMI visit www.kennebecestuary.org or call (207) 442-8400.

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Wine Tasting to Benefit Jesup Memorial Library

Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: House Wine, 227 Main Street, Bar Harbor, ME

For more information: 207-288-4245; jesuplibrary.org

House Wine is hosting a fundraiser for Bar Harbor’s Jesup Memorial Library. No cover charge. A portion of all sales made that evening will benefit the library. Come sample their fine array of wines & cheeses from around the world.

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Author Event – William N. Thorndike Jr.

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME

For more information: 207-288-4245; jesuplibrary.org

Mr. Thorndike will discuss & sign copies of “The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success,” an influential book which has attracted the attention of both managers and investors. Co-sponsored by Sherman’s Books.

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Summer Reading Program Wrap-Up Party

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME

For more information: 207-288-4245; jesuplibrary.org

The Jesup Memorial Library’s “Fizz, Boom, Read!” summer reading program wraps up with a party, including refreshments, games, and rewards for kids who’ve completed their reading goals and turned in their reading logs.

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Harvard scholar to discuss benefits of Recreational Circus Programs on Youth

PORTLAND, Maine — Recreational training in circus arts can lead to improvements in physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development, says Jacqueline Davis, Ed.M., a Harvard educated scholar and member of the advisory board of Portland’s Circus Conservatory of America. D

Davis will visit Portland, Maine, on Aug. 7 and 8, to discuss the Conservatory’s recreational program, Circus Atlantic, and the benefits of recreational circus on youth and adult development.

Davis, a former professional mime who trained under Marcel Marceau, coined the term “Developmental Circus Arts” as a way of categorizing the remarkable benefits of circus arts training on individuals, as witnessed by her and other circus educators.

“What we see in circus is that all aspects [of the individual] are addressed,” says Davis. “This makes circus a potentially powerful tool for positive youth development. … There are many, many stories about kids—and I’m saying ‘kids’ because that’s my focus, but it doesn’t have to be kids—whose lives were transformed through training in circus arts. In some cases, people have said circus literally saved their lives.”

Jacqueline Davis is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, undertaking research that will further develop her theory and contribute evidence regarding the effects of circus arts on youth development. She will be in Maine August 7 and 8, 2014. Opportunities for photos of and interviews with Circus Atlantic students are also available, upon request.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Peter Nielsen

(802) 598-4819

peter.nielsen@circusconservatory.org

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Using Worms in Composting

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME

For more information: 207-288-4245; jesuplibrary.org

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about worms! This program, co-sponsored by Bar Harbor Garden Club, will prove fascinating to children as well as to adult gardeners. Learn how redworms are used in garden composting and take some worms home.

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Art Sale Fundraiser to Benefit Jesup Memorial Library

Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: Eclipse Gallery, 12 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME

For more information: 207-288-4245; jesuplibrary.org

Eclipse Gallery hosts a fundraising event for the Jesup during 1st Friday’s Art Walk, featuring local artist Barbara Entzminger’s unique Thumb Prints. Proceeds will go to support the 113-year-old non-profit, which serves as the town’s public library.

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Joel Rogers receives ACHCA’s Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award

FALMOUTH, Maine – The American College of Health Care Administrators honored Joel Rogers, administrator of Falmouth by the Sea, with the 2014 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. The leadership award was celebrated during the awards luncheon at ACHCA’s 48th Annual Convocation and Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A total of 276 administrators were awarded leadership awards nationally, representing less than two percent of licensed administrators in the United States.

Rogers was one of 234 who received the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award with virtual recognition. Based on the premise that facility excellence is a reflection of leadership excellence, this award recognizes the Administrator of record who provided that leadership throughout the award year. Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility survey data, including the Health, Fire (Life Safety), and Complaint Surveys, as well as top quartile performance on designated Quality Measures. The criteria also included an 80 percent or greater facility occupancy and a three year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status. This prestigious award is made possible with the support of eHealth Data Solutions.

This award is in memory of Eli Pick who was a consummate member of ACHCA, dedicated to advancing professionalism and leadership in long term care.

Founded in 1962, the American College of Health Care Administrators is the only professional association devoted solely to meeting the professional needs of today’s long term care administrators and executives. Focusing on advancing leadership excellence, ACHCA provides professional education and certification to administrators from across the spectrum of long term care. For more information about ACHCA, contact the national office at (202) 536-5120 or visit www.achca.org.

For more information contact Joel Rogers: adminfbts@firstatlantic.com or (207) 781-4714.

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Merrimack Mortgage opens new branch in Camden

CAMDEN, Maine – Merrimack Mortgage Company, Inc is pleased to announce that they have opened a new office in Camden, Maine, NMLS 1206948. This is Merrimack Mortgage Company’s fourth branch in Maine; current branches include Portland, Augusta, and Bangor. Joining the company at this new location are Co-Branch Managers and Loan Officers Pam Fowles, NMLS 612432 and Jo Geddis, NMLS 638359.

Pam Fowles has been in banking for over 20 years, and a mortgage lender for the past 15 years in local community banks. Pam is a lifetime resident of the MidCoast and lives in Rockland with her husband and family.

Jo Geddis has been in banking and lending for 10 years. Prior to returning home to MidCoast Maine, Jo lived and worked across the country during her career with Samsonite Corporation. Jo lives in Owls Head with her husband and sons.

After working together for a local bank for the past 8 years, Pam and Jo decided the time was right to join a New England-based company that focuses only on residential mortgage lending. They are pleased to be able to continue to offer conventional and government loan options as well as a wider variety of specialized mortgage products.

Founded in 1983, Merrimack Mortgage Company (MMC) continues to be a leader in residential mortgage lending throughout the Northeast. As one of the region’s largest independent mortgage bankers, our reputation as a premier service provider has been the key to our success. In the past 31 years, many lenders have come and gone; few having been around as long as Merrimack Mortgage. Our success is attributed to our core strategy of providing a high level of customer satisfaction at a competitive price.

The Camden branch is located at 45 Mechanic Street.

For more information, please visit www.merrimackmortgage.com

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Author Event – Colleen Miniuk-Sperry, “Photographing Acadia National Park”

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME

For more information: 207-288-4245; jesuplibrary.org

Photographer Colleen J. Miniuk-Sperry, 3-time Artist-in-Residence at Acadia Nat’l Park, will share her vast knowledge of both photography and ANP at an author talk and book signing at the Jesup. Co-sponsored by Sherman’s Books.

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