Press Release

Coalition highlights personal violence campaign, senior center programs at Bucksport Bay Festival

BUCKSPORT, Maine — Stop Personal Violence! Stop Bullying in all its forms! Stop Domestic Violence and Sexual Assaults! Stop the abuse and exploitation of Elders! The Bucksport Bay Healthy Communities Coalition is looking for people of all ages to join them in building safe and peaceful communities, one relationship at a time. The Coalition will continue its Stop Personal Violence Campaign at the Bucksport Bay Festival on Saturday, July 27.

While the problem of Personal Violence is complex with a range of personal, social and cultural causes, the solution is simple. Each one of us has a choice about how we will live our lives. Shall we treat others the way we want others to treat us, or think only about ourselves?

The more people of all ages choose to live in the healthiest of ways, the greater will be the power to protect and help those who may be hurt, and those who may be doing the hurting. Each of us has a contribution to make for the solution, small or large. Everyone will benefit profoundly.

All day Festival goers who stop in the Coalition Tent at Flagpole point will be able to talk with experts on the topics of Personal Violence, and pick up a toolkit of vital information and resources.

From 11 a.m. to noon, Jeannine LeBlanc Grant, Advocate and Youth Educator from the Next Step Domestic Violence Program, will be available to speak with anyone wanting to know more about what they can do to stop domestic violence.

From 1 to 2 p.m., Dr. Jessie Klein, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Adelphi University, and author of The Bully Society, would like to meet everyone who wants to know more about how they can make a difference to stop bullying. She’ll also have her book available for purchase and to sign.

From 2 to 3 p.m., attorney Joseph Connors, an attorney from Legal Services for the Elderly, will share what he knows about how the elderly and their loved ones can be safe from exploitation and abuse.

The Coalition hopes every citizen will join this effort in a personal way, and consider getting involved as a volunteer and financial supporter for this crucial cause.

For more information on the Personal Violence Campaign contact the Healthy Communities Office at 469-6682.

The Bucksport Senior Center is featuring an exhibit under the Healthy Communities tent that will highlight the center’s program for older adults. The purpose of the Senior Center is to promote social activities and recreation for persons 55 or over, to provide information on services available to senior citizens by other organizations and governmental offices, to provide education on safety in the home and on the street, to provide nutritious meals, and in general make life more comfortable and rewarding for people in this age group.

In partnership with RSU 25 the Senior Center serves a balanced meal Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:30 at the center as well as provides free meal delivery to home-bound seniors who might not otherwise have access to a hot meal. The center hosts speakers on topics such as home safety, legal services and healthy lifestyle choices. Additionally, the center offers weekly activities including bingo and poker. For more information on the Senior Center programs contact Jennifer Jacobi at 469-3632 or