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Published as a Public Service by REM, Convenor of Collaborative Community Enterprises Fall 2007


Welcome to Fall 2007 issue of Local Voices! This issue begins with a cover story about the 2007 REM Awards. Subsequent articles are organized according to the priorities established by over 250 area residents at REM's three-day Community Catalyst Forum in January 1996. The priorities represented in this issue are:

Click on any of the priorities above to jump to that section of this newspaper.

We encourage any of you who are interested to submit articles for inclusion in our next issue. Please read our editorial policy and submission guidelines.

On the Cover

Giving Thanks To Special People, by Faye Nicholson, with Gregor Smith
It seems very appropriate that as Thanksgiving nears, we prepare for the REM Award Ceremony, which celebrates the giving nature of our most exemplary volunteers. I invite you to come to ceremony the Waterville Opera House on Saturday, November 3. More . . .

Excel in Education

Question 3 Needs Everyone's Support, by Barbara Woodlee
If Question 3 is approved by voters on November 6, Kennebec Valley Community College will receive $3.03M of the proposed $43.5M bond issue. This allocation will enable the College to address a number of crucial projects. More . . .

KVCC To Launch New Autism Certificate Program, by Martha Naber
The increasing incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorders has created a growing demand for qualified individuals to work in a variety of settings, including public schools, early intervention programs, early childhood programs, and in homes. With specific training and education in autism spectrum disorders, it is hoped the children and adults can be better served by more highly skilled support persons and the turnover rates of employees in these programs will be reduced. Kennebec Valley Community College is creating a new program to meet this need. More . . .

The Literacy Volunteers - Waterville Diaries, by Carla Gade
Home at last: 107 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville. The small gray house that sits to the left of the United Way building is now shelter to an office and conference room for Literacy Volunteers of Waterville. It is base camp for a great cause. More . . .

Protect Human Potential

Inland's Medical Staff Is Growing, by Sara Dyer
Inland Hospital is pleased to welcome four new doctors and one nurse practitioner to three of its affiliated medical practices. Rheumatologist Fadi Ajine, internist Uzma Naaz, and hospitalist Kassem Harris are joining Inland Medical Associates; family physician John K. Bonney is joining New Horizons Health Care; and family nurse practitioner Susan Lufkin-Curtis is joining Silvermount Women's Health Care. More . . .

Inland Engages Patients In Safe Healthcare, by Sara Dyer
How do you get the safest healthcare possible for yourself and your loved ones? The answer is be an active partner in your care by being prepared and getting involved! More . . .

MaineGeneral To Hold Flu Vaccination Clinics, by John Begin
It's that time of year again time to protect yourself against influenza by getting a flu shot. Ensuring that people in the community have access to the flu shot has been a significant part of MaineGeneral's community outreach program for more than a decade. More . . .

A Call For Help, by Pamela Cairnie
One in four women and one in six men will be sexually assaulted in her or his lifetime. The number of child sexual assaults in Maine is staggering. Rape Crisis Assistance & Prevention provides support for every survivor (and their loved ones!) from Manchester to Jackman. We are not a large agency with a large budget, but increasing numbers of clients and expenses, we are being asked to provide increased support services with the same amount of funding. More . . .

Singing for Hospice and Healing, by Dale Marie Clark
On November 17, Hospice Volunteers will hold a workshop for anyone who has an interest in creating or participating in a community of Hospice bedside singers and instrumentalists in Maine. The workshop will be conducted by the Hallowell Singers, a choral group from Brattleboro, Vt., where they offers songs for healing and comfort at the bedsides of the ill or dying. More . . .

Red Cross Offers Classes and Seeks Volunteers, by Ray Michaud
At any time you may be called upon to save someone's life. That someone may be a family member, a friend, a co-worker or even a bystander. Will you be prepared to answer that call? For nearly a century, the American Red Cross in the Mid Maine and Mid Coast regions has helped save lives by preparing citizens through a variety of health and safety classes. More . . .

Promote the Arts and Entertainment

Marie, Monologues and a Meal, by Faye Nicholson
The talented actress Marie Cormier returns to Main Street with a gift to REM and the community. Marie, Monologues and a Meal will be presented in REM Forum at The Center on Saturday, November 10, 2007. More . . .

Empower Young People

Many Exciting Happenings at the Waterville Public Library, by Sarah Sugden
This past summer, the Waterville Public Library initiated several new outreach programs for children. More . . .

Questions and Answers about Friends Camp, by Nat Shed
This is the time of year when people ask me questions about Friends Camp. So, please let me share with you some of the questions that I get from parents. More . . .

Hope's Place Has Grown Again!!, by Dale Marie Clark
Hope's Place for grieving children and teens has grown significantly since it was launched in July 2005. Last spring, on nights that Hope's Place was in session, our Hospice Community Center, at 304 Main Street in Waterville, was bursting at the seams with nearly 80 people at one time. We had dreams about how we could create additional space for Hope's Place, and this summer our dreams became reality! More . . .

Join Us For Another Exciting Season of Adventure Girls!, by Jackie Dupont
Hardy Girls Healthy Women is excited to announce a new season of Adventure Girls. Girls from around the area and state will be joining in exciting activities such as dog sledding, horseback riding, and much more! More . . .

Build Community

Come Celebrate YuleTide in Downtown Waterville, by Faye Nicholson
REM invites everyone to attend the First Annual YuleTide Festival, which will begin on November 23, and end with the YuleTide Ball on December 1. The theme of the festival will be the customs, sights and sounds of the winter holidays of yesteryear, focusing on the early 1900s. Festival volunteers hope to make downtown Waterville a destination attraction for the holiday season and to develop our sense of place by looking back at our community, so that some can learn and others can remember how it used to be. More . . .

Mrs. Santa's Workshop: A Focus on Traditions, by Lisa Christensen
Please join me for Mrs. Santa's Yuletide Workshop on Friday, November 23, at 4 p.m. in the REM Forum at 93 Main Street in Waterville. There will be things for the whole family to see and do. More . . .

Waterville Area Habitat Thrives, by Marc Chadbourne
Established in 2001, Waterville Area Habitat for Humanity is a locally managed affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Since then, WAHFH has built two new homes. It has recently purchased a lot for building a third home. More . . .

Rooting Our Memories In Community, by Jim Baumer
Not long ago, James Kunstler wrote a book called The Geography of Nowhere. His premise was that as all parts of the U.S. and elsewhere are developed and paved over, the resultant ubiquitous sameness robs us of who we are (or were). Meanwhile, vibrant downtowns are harder to find. Unless this trend is checked, downtowns, filled with locally owned businesses, will disappear for good. More . . .

Credits: Gregor Smith soliciting and edited the articles, laid out the print edition, and posted these articles online. The following companies, institutions, and individuals gave money to pay for the printing and distribution of the print edition: Inland Hospital, MaineGeneral Health, the Morning Sentinel, Nicholson & Associates, and Doug & Tania Carnrick.