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Maine State Historian

Sunday, April 9, 2017 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., Camden, ME

For more information: 207-236-3440; librarycamden.org/event/the-land-and-sea-of-three-maine-women-photographers-with-earle-g-shettleworth-jr/

Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., on ‘The Land and Sea of Three Women Photographers,’ the stories of a trio of Maine photographers. Program of the Camden-Rockport Historical Society.

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Choosing Wisely efforts help change attitudes about prescription drugs

Aroostook County – Providers at The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle began work in 2013 to raise awareness and reduce the use of antibiotics for patients with acute sinusitis, also known as a sinus infection. These efforts have come a long way in the past four years, and TAMC’s journey with this initiative was recently featured in a national newsletter by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

Under “Choosing Wisely,” an initiative of the ABIM Foundation, TAMC took a two-pronged approach to making a change in the prevalent issue of over-prescribing antibiotics, focusing specifically on sinusitis. First was clinical intervention, ensuring TAMC providers prescribed antibiotics following proper criteria, particularly regarding mild to moderate sinusitis. At the same time, a great deal of effort went into patient education and changing expectations regarding antibiotic prescriptions.

Most sinus infections are viral and do not respond to antibiotics. Sinus infections are rarely caused by bacteria, with other causes of sinus infection including, but not limited to, pollutants, fungal infections, and allergies. However, many patients suffering from sinusitis seek relief from their medical providers and anticipate a prescription of antibiotics to alleviate symptoms.

The over-prescribing of antibiotics is not only a waste of money for patients, but it causes a public health threat by leading to the development of bacteria that are resistant to those antibiotics.

So where did this journey take TAMC?

“From a modest performance in the beginning with providers following the prescribing recommendations only 11 percent of the time, we improved steadily,” said Dr. Jay Reynolds, TAMC’s chief medical officer. Work got underway to change both providers’ practices and patients’ expectations. Monthly progress reports were reviewed, and best practices, tips, and patient engagement tools were shared.

The project began in TAMC’s primary care practices and later expanded to the emergency department and walk-in clinic. With new processes and interventions in place, performance eventually took off, according to Cherri Fitzpatrick, chief quality officer at TAMC.

“We are moving steadily toward a strong culture of transparency, performance improvement and evidence-based medicine,” she said.

Under this effort, compliance with Choosing Wisely recommendation rose steadily to regularly exceed 80 percent and ultimately reached a high of 100 percent in January 2017.

Based on the success of the antibiotics project, TAMC is now in the final stages of planning for a new initiative to reduce imaging for low-back pain. Providers in primary care, the emergency room and walk-in are also starting to use Choosing Wisely information for patient education regarding the prescribing of opioids.

“Opioids are common pain medicines which can help with short-term pain but are not the best way to treat chronic pain,” said Reynolds. “Opioids can be very addictive. There are other pain treatments that may work better and have fewer risks. Just as we changed our prescribing practices and patient expectations for antibiotics for sinusitis, we now need to do that with the prescribing of opioid pain medicines.”

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TAMC’s Survivor Aroostook Healthcare Career Exploration Summer Camp is taking applications

Aroostook County – Through the month of March, representatives from TAMC’s Survivor Aroostook summer program are visiting area 8th grade classes to encourage participation in the one-of-a-kind opportunity. This year’s camp will take place at Northern Maine Community College from June 19 to 22. The week long adventure of discovery, innovation, and exploration, with a healthcare twist, is designed to introduce area youth to possible careers in healthcare.

Survivor Aroostook, now in its fifteenth year, connects area incoming high school students, ages 13 and 14, with local medical professionals in a hands-on, supportive environment. The camp provides participants the opportunity to discover a variety of occupations during a week of teambuilding, exploration, and fun. Just like in the reality television show Survivor, campers are grouped in various tribes and must work together, throughout the week, competing in a variety of team activities such as wheelchair racing, scavenger hunt, and team obstacle course.

Campers take part in a variety of exercises and challenges that allow them to understand what working within the healthcare industry is like. During the week campers are introduced to as many as nineteen different healthcare careers by way of hands-on investigation, such as learning how to suture a wound or cast a broken limb. Campers will also receive a lesson in the important role that compassion plays in healthcare as they have the opportunity to experience what is like to be an actual patient in need of care.

Applications from students are due by April 3rd and the selection process will take place the following week. Only 60 students will be chosen. A brochure containing an application is available for download at www.tamc.org.

Putting on an important program such as this wouldn’t be possible without support from within the community. In the past, Survivor Aroostook has been fortunate to receive financial and other support from generous donors and sponsors. If you are interested in helping to support the camp or in making a donation to provide a scholarship for a camper, please contact Lynn Turnbull at (207) 768-4300.

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Madawaska Residents Can Now Sign Up for E-Alert Text & Email Messages

Madawaska – In an effort to keep Town citizens up to date in regards to public safety issues, the Madawaska Police Department has announced a new initiative. The Madawaska Police Text Message & Email Alert system is an opportunity to receive messages via cell phone messaging. Both regular text and email is available for users.

According to Chief Ross Dubois, the messages will always come from the Police Department and message topics will be public safety related.

“Our goal is to keep our citizens informed about happenings in the community as soon as possible and to promote public safety,” Dubois stated.

Some examples of the types of messages that a subscriber will receive:

• Street Closings

• Water Main Breaks

• Community Events that may Impact Safety

• Be-On-Look-Out (BOLO) notices

• Power Outages

• Planned Power Outages

• Weather Advisories

• Amber Alerts (Missing Children)

• Flood Advisories

“This is yet another community service that we are hoping with provide value to our residents,” stated Town Manager Ryan D. Pelletier. We attempt to make folks aware of situations as quickly as we can via a variety of notifications and this will only enhance our ability to keep our residents informed,” Pelletier said.

Anyone interested in enrolling in the program, just needs to send the Madawaska PD a private message via the Madawaska Police Department Facebook page or by calling 728-6357 and provide their cell phone number, cell phone provider, and/or email address. The service is completely free and cell phone numbers and emails will not be distributed.

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BerryDunn welcomes Andrew Majka as senior manager

BerryDunn is pleased to announce and welcome new hire Andrew Majka as a Senior Manager in the Firm’s Healthcare Industry Group. Andrew will specialize in rural health; including critical access hospitals, rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers.

Andrew is a well-known figure in the healthcare industry with more than 25 years of experience in various capacities. He was most recently the Chief Financial Officer at Littleton Regional Healthcare in New Hampshire, and prior to that Chief Financial Officer at Springfield Medical Care Systems in Vermont. He was previously with BerryDunn as a Senior Consulting Manager from 2000 to 2005.

Andrew has a proven record of executive level financial management in the healthcare industry with experience in reimbursements, regulatory filings, oversight of accounting, revenue cycle management, strategic planning and much more. BerryDunn is excited to welcome him back to the Firm and offer current and future clients the benefit of his expertise in the field. He joins the Firm’s healthcare group where he will work with other healthcare financial experts to provide industry focused experience and resources.

About BerryDunn

BerryDunn CPAs and consultants provide financial and business expertise to organizations in New England and across the country, with offices in Portland and Bangor, Maine; Manchester, New Hampshire; Boston, Massachusetts; St. Paul, Minnesota; Charleston, West Virginia; and Phoenix, Arizona. For information about BerryDunn, visit berrydunn.com, read the Firm Footing blog, and follow @BerryDunn on Twitter.

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Mantis Yoga for Kids

Monday, April 10, 2017 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Monday, April 17, 2017 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Monday, April 24, 2017 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Monday, May 1, 2017 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Location: Om Land Yoga, 19 Mill Street, Orono, Maine

For more information: 2072990082; omlandyoga.com

Children of all ages, join Holly Twining in an animal/insect inspired yoga class filled with creative movement. Come to stretch, laugh, and use your imagination. Parents can choose to participate or drop off their children.

Mondays, Apr 10, 17, 24, May 1, 3:45-4:45p.m.

Location: Om Land Yoga, Orono

Cost per class: $12 child/parents free. Please call Holly @ 207-299-0082 with questions.

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Prom Night – Just Like High School – Only Better

Saturday, April 8, 2017 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Location: Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar Street, Lewiston, Maine

For more information: 207-689-2000; francocenter.org/events/281/prom-night-just-like-high-school-only-better/

“Just like high school … only better! (& cheaper)”

Bring your friends and join us for the most fun you’ve had since high school … maybe the most fun you’ve ever had! Enjoy a fun night at L/A’s Franco Center. Your high school principal will be your host for the evening. A message from the principal: “We’re all adults here, and you can do anything you want at Prom. However, there are rules! Get dressed up and be prepared for a prom night celebration loaded with lots of laughter, great food, music from across the decades, the ‘prom punch’ you always dreamed of, chaperones, and many more surprises!” The evening’s program will of course include the coronation of the Prom King and Queen, cheerleaders, a photo booth, and much more! The doors and bar open for this fun and entertaining evening at 7 p.m. A delicious buffet dinner prepared by the Franco Center staff will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. After that, guests will dance to tunes from across the decades from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Seating is limited, so choose your night and book it at the Franco Center, NOW!!

Reserved: $40; Group rates are available for groups of 8 or more.

Tickets by Phone: 207-689-2000

Box Office Hours: 12pm to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

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Schoodic Institute Brown Bag Lunch Series: North Woods Law: An in depth look – April 6 @ 12 – 1 pm

Thursday, April 6, 2017 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, 9 Atterbury Circle, Winter Harbor, Maine

For more information: 207-288-1310; schoodicinstitute.org

Join Schoodic Institute Thursday, April 6, 2017 as we welcome Maine Warden Service spokesperson Corporal John MacDonald. Corporal MacDonald will discuss the challenges and rewards of being a game warden in Maine, based on 19 years of service and six years managing the North Woods Law television show. No registration is required. Bring your lunch and join us from 12 noon – 1 p.m. in Moore Auditorium on the Institute campus in Winter Harbor. Free and open to the public.

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Mayo Regional Hospital’s environmental staff are TOP in the nation

DOVER-FOXCROFT, MAINE. 3/23/2017 – The most recent national Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores, April 2015 through March 2016, have been released by Becker’s Healthcare-Infection Control & Clinical Quality. Mayo Regional Hospital is listed as one of the 59 cleanest hospitals in the country as reported by patients, scoring higher than 5,505 other hospitals nationwide.

The list is made up of hospitals for which 89 percent or more of patients reported on their HCAHPS survey that their room and bathroom were always clean. For reference, the national average is 74 percent. http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/quality/59-hospitals-with-the-cleanest-patient-rooms-as-reported-by-patients.html

This is a remarkable accomplishment and would not be possible without every member of the outstanding Mayo Environmental Services Department working together to keep Mayo so clean and inviting for their patients, community, and co-workers.

“A huge thank you to the hard working and dedicated Environmental Services staff that made this possible. When you see them please take a minute to thank them for all their hard work and dedication,” said Cal Wilson, Director of Support Services.

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Mayo Regional Hospital is a 25 Bed Critical Access Hospital and Health System in Dover-Foxcroft Maine. Mayo has 5 Rural Health clinics throughout the region, provides EMS for all of Piscataquis county, psychiatry and counseling services, and various surgical specialties.

HCAHPS (the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) is a patient satisfaction survey required by CMS (the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) for all hospitals in the United States. The Survey is for adult inpatients, excluding psychiatric patients.

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Systems Engineering Named One of 2017 Tech Elite Solution Providers by CRN®

Systems Engineering, a Maine-based managed IT services provider, today announced it has been named to The Channel Company’s CRN® 2017 Tech Elite 250. This annual list honors an exclusive group of North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading technology vendors, scaled to their company size. Systems Engineering has been named to this list since 2014. The Tech Elite 250 will be featured in the April issue of CRN, and online at www.crn.com/techelite250.

“This exclusive, ambitious group of solution providers boasts some of the most advanced IT certifications available from top technology suppliers,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “They have adapted impressively to major changes in the IT channel, especially the shift to a more services-driven market, by expanding their skill sets and sharpening both their technical and customer service expertise. Congratulations to our 2017 list, whose robust investment in their organizations has earned them yet another elite designation—the CRN Tech Elite 250.”

To compile the annual list, The Channel Company’s research group and CRN editors work together to identify the most customer-beneficial technical certifications in the North American IT channel. Solution providers that have obtained these elite designations—which enable them to deliver premium products, services and customer support—are then selected from a pool of online applicants.

“We are honored to have once again been recognized as one of the CRN Tech Elite 250,” said Craig Tribuno, Systems Engineering’s President. “We are dedicated to enhancing our expertise and continually invest in IT and business training programs. Our clients are confident that Systems Engineering has deep and proven understanding of the technology we provide and how it fits into their business and individual IT strategies.”

Founded in 1988 in Portland, Maine, Systems Engineering (SE) is a leading IT strategy integrator and managed IT services provider, serving clients throughout New England and beyond. The company’s mission remains the same today as it was in 1988 – to deliver engineering excellence and superior customer service. In 2008, Systems Engineering embarked on a pioneering and remarkably different path from most Maine companies and decided to establish itself as an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) company.

The company’s comprehensive services and solutions range from network design implementation, installation and monitoring, to managed services, consulting, information security, governance and compliance, cloud services and outsourced IT solutions. The staff includes network engineers, managed security professionals, project managers and account managers, all with a deep understanding of today’s complex technology environment and the challenges it creates for businesses.

About Systems Engineering, Inc.

Systems Engineering is a leading IT strategy and managed services provider serving over 500 legal, healthcare, financial services, and government clients nationwide. Established in 1988, Systems Engineering is an employee owned company committed to delivering engineering excellence and superior customer service. Our team of 100+ network engineers, security professionals, data management experts, field service technicians and account managers are available 24×7, 365 days per year to meet the needs of our clients. From network design, installation and training to a full complement of managed security, data management, business consultation and help desk support services, Systems Engineering helps clients Get Ahead of IT. For more information, please visit syseng.com or call 888.624.6737.

About The Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelco.com

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Millinocket natives purchase Pamola Motor Lodge

Millinocket, Maine. 3/27/2017. Chris and Katie Carr are the new owners of Pamola Motor Lodge and Highland Tavern in Millinocket. The sale was finalized on December 28, 2017.

The Carr family has ambitious plans for the motel, including a collaboration with Maine Rafting Expeditions, Arthur Dickey of Millinocket, which will make it an appealing lodging option for those visiting the area. The motel is a popular destination for snowmobiling parties who chose Millinocket for the vast network of groomed snowmobile trails and easy access to the ITS trails, and Pamola’s location directly adjacent to the trail. Future plans include a campground facility on the Pamola Motor Lodge property.

Chris and Katie Carr are both Millinocket natives who moved back to the area in 2008. Chris has worked for Bangor and Aroostook Railway, Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway, and Central Maine and Quebec Railway. Katie is a Registered Nurse and she currently works for the Millinocket School Department. They have two children.

“We saw the Pamola Motor Lodge as an opportunity for us. We love it here and we have always enjoyed 4-seasons recreational opportunities in the area – it is nice to be able to share our love of the region with our visitors.” Chris Carr said. “So far, we have had an excellent season, and hope to build on this early success to grow the Highland Tavern and make Pamola Motor Lodge the best it can be,” Carr added.

The Pamola Motor Lodge and Highland Tavern are located at 973 Central Street in Millinocket. The Highland Tavern has happy hour 4-7 daily, Wednesday Wing Night 4-9, and live music weekly. The company website was recently completed and can be found at www.pamolalodge.com.

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Robt Sarazin Blake & The Letters w/ The Beggars featuring Chris Moulton

Thursday, April 27, 2017 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: Wonderbar, 12 Washington St., Biddeford, ME

For more information: 6318977435

Over 20 years into making music, Blake celebrates his unusual song forms, which land between spoken word, folk song, rock song, and theatrical installation, with the title of his new double album, Recitative. Recitative, also known by its Italian name “recitativo,” is a style of delivery in which a singer is allowed to adopt the rhythms of ordinary speech—a style that permeates Blake’s music over the folk- and blues-inspired rock laid down by his backing band.

The Letters—Connor Kennedy on guitar, Lee Falco on drums, Brandon Morrison on bass, and Will Bryant on piano—represent the next generation of the “Hudson Valley sound” started by Bob Dylan and The Band. The list of where they’ve played is tall and long, from Levon’s Barn to Carnegie Hall. With the support of The Letters, Blake is able to paint with broader strokes and more vivid colors; the band is a Ferrari in idle waiting to roar between the narratives and vignettes.

Blake’s performances have been described as “powerful” and “intense,” like “Jack Kerouac, Ernest Hemingway, and a proton bomb all combined into one”; his storytelling has been called “one of the best forms of concert entertainment ever experienced.” With tunes that investigate everything from couples and single women, to US drone attacks, to Saturday nights, to the rock and roll dream, Robt Sarazin Blake & The Letters draw from folk, Americana, and rock roots to create a sound that’s all their own.

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Upcoming public supper

Saturday, April 8, 2017 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Searsmont United Methodist Church, 18 Main St. (Rte. 131), Searsmont, Maine

For more information: 207-342-4219

The Searsmont United Methodist Church on Rt. 131 in Searsmont (beside the Feraternity Village Store) will host a public supper at 5 PM on Saturday, April 8th. Proceeds will benefit the “No Greater Love” Food Pantry in Searsmont. Menu will include ham, casseroles (baked beans, etc.), salads, rolls. and desserts.

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sunday Service

Sermon by Rev. J Gregory Bridges-Music at 10 am, Sunday April 2, at Hammond Street Congregational Church, UCC, corner of Hammond and High Streets, Bangor. Communion. Music by Kathy Jellison, organist, and Chancel Choir. Adult Study with Rev. Clyde Baker 9 am. Sunday School 10:30 am. Coffee Hour 11:30 am. Second Hour: The Ecumenical Food Cupboard with Doug Cushman at 11:45 am.

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Dietitian to speak to Parkinson’s Support Group April 12

The Parkinson’s Support Group at Waldo County General Hospital will meet Wednesday, April 12, from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. in the Home Health Conference Room, 125 Northport Ave. (across the street from the hospital).

Brooke Reed, MS, RD, LD, a senior clinical dietitian at WCGH, will talk about the importance of good nutrition in Parkinson’s disease and discuss several dietary interventions that may help alleviate some of the disease-related symptoms.

The support group is facilitated by social worker, Margie Spencer-Smith, LCSW. For more information, please call 930-2500 ext. 4795.

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Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop Offered by the PCSWCD in Partnership with MOFGA

Are you interested in learning how to graft your own fruit trees for a home orchard? Do you have older fruit trees at home that you would like to graft onto new rootstock? The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) in partnership with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and Dover-Dexter Area in Transition are providing a hands-on Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop on Saturday, April 8th at the Abbot Town Office from 10:00AM to 2:30PM.

The Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop is the 3rd workshop in the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Orcharding Series. We are pleased to announce that C.J. Walke, MOFGA’s Orchard Specialist and Farm Manager at College of the Atlantic, will be returning to Piscataquis County for this hands-on workshop focused on the propagation of fruit trees by the age-old tradition of grafting. Workshop participants will primarily work with apple rootstock and scionwood, practicing the whip and tongue technique, with examples of other grafting methods. At the end of the workshop, participants will take home 5 young apple trees grafted by their own hands. Care of these young trees will also be discussed.

CJ has years of experience teaching and mastering organic orcharding practices, and has worked alongside many orcharding experts such as John Bunker of FEDCO Trees and Michael Phillips, author of The Holistic Orchard, among others. CJ has taught orcharding workshops covering topics such as grafting, pruning, pest management, restoring and revitalizing old trees and much more.

More and more, people are expanding what they grow at home, and becoming curious about different options for fruit trees, including propagating and reproducing favorites varieties of fruit trees. Grafting is useful for more than reproduction of an original cultivar. It is also used to repair injured fruit trees or for topworking an established tree to one or more different cultivars.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 30 participants. Workshop participants must bring a grafting knife to the workshop to graft the young trees onto the rootstock. The PCSWCD can make recommendations for you on where to purchase a grafting knife in advance of the workshop.

There is a registration fee of $35.00, which includes the cost of grafting materials. Snacks and beverages will be provided, however workshop participants should bring a bagged lunch with them. For more information and to register, please contact the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District by calling (207) 564-2321 ext. 3, by emailing us at info@piscataquisswcd.org or by stopping in our office in the USDA Service Center at 42 Engdahl Drive in Dover-Foxcroft, ME. Pre-registration is required to ensure adequate materials for all workshop participants.

Fruit trees are a great addition to any home garden or market farm. We encourage folks interested in learning more about grafting fruit trees to join the PCSWCD for this exciting workshop!

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Augusta Presentation to Focus on Maine History Captured in Postcard Images

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Maine State Library, 230 State Street, Augusta, ME - Maine

For more information: 207-622-7718

Augusta – Postcards were the Instagrams of the early twentieth century. During a period from 1909 to World War II, the Maine-based Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company was the U.S. market leader in production of genuine postcards and amassed an archive of over 22,000 glass plate images of Maine architectural photography from the period. The collection is now housed at the Penobscot Marine Museum.

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, the Maine authors W.H. “Bill” Bunting, Kevin Johnson and Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. will be on hand for a special program of the Kennebec Historical Society and Maine State Library to talk about the Eastern collection and their recent collaboration on the 2016 book on the subject, Maine on Glass.

The program will be held at 6:30 PM at the Maine State Library, 230 State Street in Augusta. The event is open to the public and free of charge. For more information, contact the Kennebec Historical Society at 207-622-7718.

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Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop Offered by the PCSWCD in Partnership with MOFGA

Saturday, April 8, 2017 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Location: Abbot Town Office, 133 Main Road, Abbot, Maine

For more information: 207-564-2321; piscataquisswcd.org

Are you interested in learning how to graft your own fruit trees for a home orchard? Do you have older fruit trees at home that you would like to graft onto new rootstock? The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) in partnership with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and Dover-Dexter Area in Transition are providing a hands-on Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop on Saturday, April 8th at the Abbot Town Office from 10:00AM to 2:30PM.

The Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop is the 3rd workshop in the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Orcharding Series. We are pleased to announce that C.J. Walke, MOFGA’s Orchard Specialist and Farm Manager at College of the Atlantic, will be returning to Piscataquis County for this hands-on workshop focused on the propagation of fruit trees by the age-old tradition of grafting. Workshop participants will primarily work with apple rootstock and scionwood, practicing the whip and tongue technique, with examples of other grafting methods. At the end of the workshop, participants will take home 5 young apple trees grafted by their own hands. Care of these young trees will also be discussed.

CJ has years of experience teaching and mastering organic orcharding practices, and has worked alongside many orcharding experts such as John Bunker of FEDCO Trees and Michael Phillips, author of The Holistic Orchard, among others. CJ has taught orcharding workshops covering topics such as grafting, pruning, pest management, restoring and revitalizing old trees and much more.

More and more, people are expanding what they grow at home, and becoming curious about different options for fruit trees, including propagating and reproducing favorites varieties of fruit trees. Grafting is useful for more than reproduction of an original cultivar. It is also used to repair injured fruit trees or for topworking an established tree to one or more different cultivars.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 30 participants. Workshop participants must bring a grafting knife to the workshop to graft the young trees onto the rootstock. The PCSWCD can make recommendations for you on where to purchase a grafting knife in advance of the workshop.

There is a registration fee of $35.00, which includes the cost of grafting materials. Snacks and beverages will be provided, however workshop participants should bring a bagged lunch with them. For more information and to register, please contact the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District by calling (207) 564-2321 ext. 3, by emailing us at info@piscataquisswcd.org or by stopping in our office in the USDA Service Center at 42 Engdahl Drive in Dover-Foxcroft, ME. Pre-registration is required to ensure adequate materials for all workshop participants.

Fruit trees are a great addition to any home garden or market farm. We encourage folks interested in learning more about grafting fruit trees to join the PCSWCD for this exciting workshop!

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Service of Holy Communion

Sunday, April 2, 2017 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Location: Trinitarian Congregational Parish of Castine, 68 Main Street, Castine, Maine

For more information: 207-326-9486; tcpoc.org

A service of Holy Communion will be held during Sunday morning worship, April 2nd, at the Trinitarian Congregational Parish of Castine, UCC. Rev. Bobby Vagt will be our guest worship leader and will preach on Luke in a sermon entitled “Has anyone seen Lazarus lately?”. Fellowship and refreshments follow the 9:30 am worship service downstairs in the vestry of the “Main Street Church.” As always, all are welcome to join in worship and sacrament. www.tcpoc.org

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