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Hey everybody!
Someone told me last week, the 14th annual Turkey A Thon will be here before you know it. Then I thought, what if it’s not just me. What if it is here before anybody knows it!!!!! How could people plan? How could they save money? How could they be prepared? OMG. Then I thought, ( because I really do think a lot), maybe I should send everyone a flyer that they could read, study and post at work or home on your refrigerator with some big, ugly magnets. That way, if everyone knows about it, it would be impossible for the Turkey A Thon to be here before you know it. This makes sense, right? Good. So, attached you will find the Turkey A Thon poster. If you don’t have time to read it, just be aware the date is October 12th, Turkeys are $12.00 each, and every penny is spent at local grocery stores, then given to local food pantries to be distributed to local Washington County families. But, please read the poster too. Healthy Acadia did such a great job on it and the fall colors look great. You may even want to frame it, like I did.

Due to rain forecasted for Friday, Healthy Acadia's Walk for Recovery originally planned for Friday, September 21 in Machias has been rescheduled to the following day, Saturday, September 22 - same times and locations.



The Freeway addiction recovery meeting is held the first Tuesday of each month at Calvary Chapel St Croix Valley, 295 North Street in Calais. Starting at 6:30 there is a potluck and meeting followed by a guest speaker giving testimony.  Call 735-8404 if you have any questions.

September 3-30: Nothing But Nudes! exhibition, Washington Street Gallery at Eastport Arts Center. Hours: 11 am-4 pm, Tues.-Fri., by chance, during EAC events and by appointment.

International Dance at Eastport Arts Center, Thursdays from 4:30-6:00 pm. All welcome to explore world dance traditions. Greek, Romanian, Bulgarian and Israeli music, and more. Info: eastportartscenter.org.

Open Dance Hour, Wednesdays, 5-6 pm, all welcome. Info: Dagny, (207) 853-7169 or dagnysilins@yahoo.com. Eastport Arts Center.

In Sept. Life Drawing Workshop, Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, Eastport Arts Center. Info: Joyce, (207) 853-2358 or jpweber@roadrunner.com.

Gentle Flow Yoga with Katie Wilson at Eastport Arts Center, Saturdays, 8:30-9:30 am. Info: anchorandbalanceyoga@gmail.com.

Washington County Local Emergency Planning Committee has announced there Meeting
The LEPC is responsible for implementing the provisions of the Federal Chemical Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act.  The public is invited to attend and participate. All are welcome.  Monday, September 10, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Regional Medical Center at Lubec  43 South Lubec Rd,  Conference Room 
For further information please call the Emergency Management Office at 255-3931 or email wnema@washingtoncountymaine.com

September 12, 2018
 CHICKEN POT PIE SUPPER - Cherryfield Congregational Church Fellowship Hall (River Road, Cherryfield)
September 12, 2018
Dinner served at 5:30 (Doors open at 5:00).
$9.00 adults, $4.00 children.

The Dennysville Snowmobile and ATV club is hosting a supermarket sweepstakes drawing at their club house on September 30th 6 pm. A lucky winner will have 5 minutes to collect $1000 worth of groceries from Bell’s IGA in Calais. Tickets are on sale at the Irving in Pembroke, the Dennysville club house and many other locations.



The St. Croix International Quilters upcoming Quilt Show? Here are some details: Who/What: St. Croix International Quilters Quilt Show "Piece by Piece" When: Sept. 28 (1pm EST - 6 pmEST) & Sept. 29 (9am EST - 3pm EST) 2018 Where: The First Congregational Church of Calais located on Calais Avenue Why: In keeping with our international make up as we pursue our mission to educate on the art of quilt making raise while using our talents to serve charitable causes, the show will help us raise funds for multiple charities voted upon by our members. This show will support Ronald McDonald Charities and Hospice that serve clients from the St. Croix Valley. Ronald McDonald Charities has a house in Bangor ME and a Family Room in Moncton NB. We donate lap quilts to Washington County and Charlotte County Hopsice services whose administrators deliver the quilts to their clients.

The date! October 12th is the 14th annual Turkey A Thon.  now is a good time to start thinking about turkeys, talking about turkeys, saving up some money for turkeys More details coming soon. 


You're invited to attend Charlotte County's Cultivating Conversations forum. This event will invite local food producers, merchants, health authority representatives, educators, and interested individuals to optimize our potential for a more food secure county.

We will be focusing on two of the main themes identified in last years Everybody Eats report: optimizing our agricultural potential, and: education, awareness, and food skills.

Hear from voices such as the New Brunswick Food Security Action Network, Agriculture in the Classroom, and Agri-Food New Brunswick.

There is no charge to attend this event. Tea, coffee, and lunch will be provided.

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TOWN & COUNTRY
          SQUARES
We welcome everyone who has an interest in learning square dancing, and possibly becoming a member of our fun club!
We meet every Friday night at the Christ Church, Prince William St. Stephen N.B., from 7:30-10:00pm (Canadian time) lunch to follow.
Dress attire is casual. No partner required. The fall season starts Sept. 7th. Admission is 6.00/person
The month of September will be free for all nonmembers.
 
 Date and Time
Sat, September 29, 2018
11:00am-2:00pm

Location
St. Marks Anglican Church
28 Main Street, St. George, NB      
Contact: Richard & Jane Follis  Presidents    Phone- 466-5247     


Happening at UMM     Nashville Artist to Perform at UMM

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Austin Moody will perform at the University of Maine at Machias on Wednesday, September 19 from 11:15 am – 12:30 pm.

Moody’s music is described as being reminiscent of traditional, authentic country music influenced by Don Williams and Alan Jackson. This performance is one of the Tunes at Noon Series at UMM and will take place in Kilburn Commons. Admission is free, and lunch is available for purchase. 


Balloon Artist and Comedian Coming to UMM


John Cassidy, a professional comedian, magician and balloon artist, will perform at the University of Maine at Machias on Thursday, September 6 at 8 pm. Cassidy holds several Guinness World Records for his balloon sculpting speed. He has appeared numerous times on television as either a stand-up comedian or magician, including appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Martha Stewart Living, the Today Show, and Live with Regis and Kelly.

This evening of family-friendly fun and laughter is one event in this fall’s Live at the Performing Arts Center series at UMM. Tickets are free to students and employees and $5 for community members. 


UMM Hosts Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

University of Maine at Machias and the League of Women Voters of Maine will host a forum for candidates for governor on Sunday, September 16 at 6 pm. Janet Mills, democratic candidate, and independents Alan Caron and Terry Hayes have all confirmed participation. Republican candidate Shawn Moody has not confirmed.  The forum will be moderated by UMM faculty member Tora Johnson.

The forum will take place in UMM’s Performing Arts Center and is free and open to the public. The event will also be live streamed over machias.edu.


UMM Presents Family Movie under the Stars

The University of Maine at Machias will host an outdoor showing of Incredibles 2 on Friday, September 14 at 7:30 pm on the campus mall. This event is free and open to the public, and popcorn and cotton candy will be available for purchase. In the event of rain, the screening will take place in the Performing Arts Center.
 


National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month Events at UMM

University of Maine at Machias, in conjunction with Atlantic Mental Health Center and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maine will hold workshops and events addressing the prevention of suicide in September, National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that the rate of suicide in Maine, like the nation as a whole, has been increasing since 2006.  In 2016, 226 Maine citizens died by suicide. The rate of suicide in Maine is highest of all northeastern states and 20% above the national rate. A Mainer is 9 times more likely to die by suicide than from homicide. “These statistics are staggering and show that there needs to be more awareness and prevention of suicide,” says Stacey Cherry, mental health counselor at UMM. “Preventing suicide will require help from everyone, not just clinicians, law enforcement and other helping professionals.”

From Friday, September 7 through the month’s end the Suicide Memorial/Awareness Tree will be on display at UMM’s Merrill Library to represent those lost to suicide, those who are personally struggling and those who support the cause. Ribbons are available by donation and include tags to identify lost loved ones and share personal messages. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to AMHC Crisis Services, and the rest will support future events. Please contact Stacey Cherry at 207-255-1343 to obtain a ribbon.

Also on Friday, September 7, information and resources will be available at a table in Torrey Hall, also on campus, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday, September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day, and Clinical Director of NAMI Maine, Greg Marley, will lead a presentation and discussion focused on basic attitudes and beliefs about suicide, risk factors, warning signs, simple interventions and approaches to supporting those who have lost someone to suicide. This will take place in 230 Torrey Hall from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. All are encouraged to light candles in their windows at 8:00 p.m. and change their Facebook profile pictures to lit candles as a show of support and awareness.

A night walk called Out of the Darkness will stage on Wednesday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. It will start in front of UMM’s Reynolds Center end at the Machias Chamber of Commerce located across from Helen’s Restaurant.  Glow in the dark lanyards, in colors representing the cause, will be available. Participants are encouraged to bring flashlights.

For more information, please contact Stacey Cherry at 207-255-1343.
       
If concerned about yourself or somebody else having thoughts of suicide, please call AMHC Crisis Services at 1-888-568-1112 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.