An association of psychiatrists receives an advocacy award
At the recent National Advocacy Summit hosted by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Maine Psychological Association received the State Advocacy Award for its leadership in advancing the psychology profession, health equity, and human rights. the man.
Maine Psychological Association President Jamie Pratt, PsyD, cites the passage of PSYPACT as critical advocacy legislation passed in 2021. “Maine is now one of 28 states that allow licensed psychologists to provide services through the telehealth and a temporary practice to patients from other compact states. This provides better access to psychological services and continuity of care when a patient travels or relocates,” he said.
The Maine Psychological Association (MePA) is a membership organization whose purpose is to advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human health and well-being.
The bookstore reopens after two years of closure
Friends BookShop has reopened, after a two-year closure due to COVID-19.
Located on the lower level of the South Portland Public Library at 482 Broadway, the shop is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
All books for sale and recipes help support many library programs.
Donate to create a math scholarship fund
A fundraising effort is underway for an annual scholarship that can be awarded to a senior at Westbrook High School. The “Ralph D. Small Math Award”, established in 2021, benefits a senior who demonstrates outstanding achievement and interest in mathematics.
The award honors Small, who excelled in teaching math at WHS for 43 years and chaired the math department for 30 years. Small was the originator and coach of the school’s Pi Cone math team and an early adopter of computers in the classroom.
A website, thanksmrsmall.net, was created to support the fundraising effort. The site includes video from WHS 2021 Class Night, testimonials, photos, donor information, and a link for donations to the Maine Community Foundation – which is the manager/custodian of the fund.
For details, call Simon A. Snyder at (347) 695-5289 or email [email protected]
Young artists receive a $500 grant
The Wesserunsett Arts Council has announced the winners of its first annual youth scholarship: Amelia Cooper and Charlie Staples, both from Skowhegan Area Middle School, and Cailyn McKechnie from Skowhegan Area High School. Skowhegan.
Following an application and nomination process, students submitted a cover letter advocating for their application, followed by an interview with the Youth Scholarship Committee.
This year, members of the Youth Scholarship Committee were so impressed with the talents of the three applicants that they elected to split the original $500, giving each student $170. However, after seeing a post about it on Facebook, an anonymous couple reached out and donated $1,000 to the council so the young artists could have $500 each.
Cooper, a sixth-grade student and clarinet player at SAMS, was nominated for the award by music teacher Gail Kelly. Cooper said his grandmother was his musical inspiration and that music brought him peace on difficult days. She plans to use the prize money for private clarinet lessons.
McKechnie, a freshman at SAHS, was recommended by artist Iver Lofving and received the award after showing committee members outstanding drawings and paintings. She would like to use the prize money to buy art supplies on her wish list.
Charlie Staples, an eighth grade actor/singer at SAMS, has been doing acting since he was 6 years old. He was in the musical “Big Fish” at the Lakewood Theatre, recorded public service announcements and character voices for the Short Stories & Tall Storytelling Program on WXNZ Radio. Staples would like to use the prize money to pay for a portion of the Lakewood Theater’s Teen Tech & Tour program tuition this summer.
Grant awarded to a non-profit organization against domestic violence
Finding Our Voices, the grassroots nonprofit bringing together the voices of survivors to break the silence of domestic violence, received $10,000 from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation. The grant is for the Get Out Stay Out Fund which empowers women to get out and stay out of dangerous intimate partner situations, as well as get and keep their children safe.
This Finding Our Voices fund was established in 2021 by the Sunshine Lady Foundation and in less than a year has disbursed $40,000 to victims of domestic violence in Maine for items such as first and last month’s rent, repairs car rental, storage unit fees, utility bills, labor certification, gas, clothing and groceries.
“The Elmina B. Sewall Foundation values programs that support systems that work and change systems that don’t; nurtures new ways of thinking and working; and supports the empowerment of individuals and communities,” said Patrisha McLean, President and Founder of Finding Our Voices.
“I can’t think of a better way to describe what we do, community by community throughout Maine, and it’s a true honor to now be supported and aligned with this foundation in such a meaningful way.”
For more details, visit findourvoice.net and sewallfoundation.org.
The Foundation awards $15,000 to the art gallery
The Maine Art Gallery received a grant from the Davis Family Foundation for restoration work on the 1807 “Old Academy Building” at 15 Warren St., which houses the nonprofit gallery.
This grant is one of many funding requests for the restoration needs of the building, which has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. Because the building is owned by the city, a vote to allow the enactment of a 20-year lease with the gallery, instead of the 5-year lease that had been renewed for the past 67 years, turned out to be a important consideration by the Davis Foundation. Equity funders require the building to be owned by the recipient or the recipient to have a long-term lease in place.
The objective of the current project is to remedy water infiltration in the basement of the building, thus considerably reducing the level of humidity and dampness. This will preserve the structure and continue to provide healthy space for people and artwork within the building.
A peripheral drain, to evacuate water from the building, will be installed, followed by masonry work to seal the foundation. Once all exterior work is complete, the gallery will install a commercial-grade Energy Star dehumidifier.
The gallery is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of the visual, fine and applied arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and educational programs for children and adults since 1958 It will open for the season on May 7 and will present six exhibitions through October, as well as talks, classes and vernissages.
For more details, visit maineartgallerywiscasset.org.
Students from recognized community colleges
Fourteen Maine community college students have been named to the 2022 All-Maine Academic Team in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and service.
The students receiving the award and a $500 scholarship from the MCCS Board of Trustees are: Miranda Kelly of Camden, Central Maine Community College in Auburn; Kenzie Langley and Emily Schmidt, both of Lewiston, Central Maine Community College; Victoria Glynn of Blue Hill, Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor; Ryan Pelkey of Millinocket and Rebecca Peters of Lincoln, Eastern Maine Community College; Rebecca Book of Caribou, Northern Maine Community College in Près Isle; Deborah Jean-François of Bairdsville, New Brunswick, Northern Maine Community College; Andrea Atkinson of Portland, Southern Maine Community College in South Portland/Brunswick; Dominique Hopkins of Biddeford, Southern Maine Community College; Elizabeth Churchill of Robbinston, Washington County Community College in Calais; Courtney Kake in Baileyville and Billie Jo Warren of Franklin, Washington County Community College; and Heidi West of Eliot, York County Community College in Wells.
Andrea Atkinson (SMCC) and Rebecca Peters (EMCC) were also named Maine New Century Scholars for achieving the highest scores in the state in their All-USA Academic Team nominations.
Atkinson has been named a 2022 Maine New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar and will receive a $2,250 scholarship. Peters is the 2022 Maine New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship.
Miranda Kelly was one of 50 students nationwide to be named a Team Coca-Cola Gold Scholar and will receive a $1,500 scholarship.
The New Century Pathway Scholarship Program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, The American Association of Community Colleges, and Phi Theta Kappa. Only one New Century Transfer and Workforce Fellow is selected from each state.
The All-Maine Academic Team is a program of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges. Students are nominated and selected for the team by their college.
Greenhouse Recycling Program Opens Today
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension opens its Greenhouse Plastic Recycling (GPR) program on Tuesday with drop-off sites available statewide through Nov. 21.
The plastic eligible for recycling is Clear Low Density Polyethylene #4 (LDPE No.4) used to cover greenhouses, high tunnels, greenhouses and other agricultural structures. The program will also accept overwintering white plastic packaged separately from clear plastic. UMaine Extension’s GPR program video explains the entire process.
This will be the third year of the recycling program. Its goal is to collect at least one-third of the annual plastic waste from Maine’s greenhouses, diverting that waste for use in new plastic products. To date, the program has collected nearly 2,600 pounds of trash.
There is no program fee, but registration is required. Register and find more information on the GPR program website. More information is also available by contacting Matt Wallhead at 581-2949 or via email [email protected]
Second woman to receive the guide award
The Maine Inland Fish and Wildlife presented Polly Mahoney with the L2022 Legendary Master Maine Guide Award on April 9.
Mahoney, one of only two women to ever receive the award, has worked as a registered guide in Maine for more than 30 years. She has helped hundreds of young people through her work and has been instrumental in helping the Penobscot Nation (Maine) and the Cree Nation (Canada) develop their own guiding businesses.
The award was presented by MINFW Commissioner Judy Camuso in the presence of Governor Janet Mills. The ceremony took place during the annual meeting of the Association of Professional Guides of Maine.