Wesley’s Festival of Trees ‘exceeded all expectations’

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Pellon Center was buzzing all weekend long as hopeful ticket holders filtered through in support of the Wesley Foundation’s second annual holiday fundraiser. Participants took their chances to win one of 50 different trees, each decorated with hundreds of dollars of prizes. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to enrich local youth activities. Board member Dean McGuire said that the event exceeded all of their expectations.  

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Students receive visit from legislator

RMG Middle School students in Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) also spent time visiting with Rep. Tuell. Photos courtesy Rep. Will Tuell

 

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Governor sends letter outlining principles of Medicaid Expansion

On Monday, Dec. 11 Governor Paul R. LePage sent a letter to the leadership of Maine’s legislature outlining the principles he will follow in the expansion of Medicaid as passed by the voters on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

“The Legislature must now step up and identify a way to fund this, and it is their duty to the people of Maine to identify a way to pay for expansion that is both fiscally prudent and sustainable,” stated the Governor.

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Wesley News

Thank you Herb Hanscom for donating to Wesley Cemetery wreaths for veterans’ graves and Memorial Park. Linda T. just happened to be in Machias and picked up wreaths and I got them on Tuesday and put them at the cemeteries. I need to get four bows for the National Park wreaths. I hope to have them on Thursday afternoon. Thank you Linda for helping.

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Whitneyville Library news

About 200 Christmas books are being shared with 13 classrooms at Rose M. Gaffney, Jonesboro Elementary and Wesley Elementary School last week.  Children’s Librarian Patricia Brightly read aloud Cynthia Rylant’s Christmas in the Country to selected classrooms that receive the read aloud service provided by the Whitneyville Public Library.  For 41 years the Whitneyville Public Library has been sharing their Christmas books and other books with these local schools and providing a story teller service.

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Columbia News

Another week has flown by, it never ceases to amaze me that when I was a child the days and weeks were very long; now they just fly right on by.

On Wednesday, Dec. 6, I took the math team to Calais for their meet. Thank goodness the weather was good. I so hate driving in a snow storm.

Thursday evening I was able to go to Cherryfield to see the Christmas trees at the VFW Hall. Cheryl Brown puts a lot of work into organizing this event every year.

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D.W. Merritt news

D.W. Merritt School student council members Emma Whitmore and Karli Alley are decorating the hat and mitten tree for those that need warm winter wear.  Many of these hats and mittens were generously donated by Tuscan Lodge 106. Submitted photo

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Steuben Library news

Holiday concert with Ruby Morrow

After moving to Maine in 1980 and settling in Steuben, Ruby Morrow performed up and down the coast at cafes, bars, fairs, concert halls and churches. She used her talent to help raise funds for The Ark Animal Shelter for many years by holding Christmas concerts at the Milbridge Congregational Church. 

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Down East Community Hospital earns national award for quality

 

Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Down East Community Hospital was named a Top Rural Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive.

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Hoops raises $13,000 for DECH Obstetrics

The 2nd Annual Hoops for Health Basketball Tournament raised $13,000 for DECH Obstetrics Department.  The tournament took place on December 1st and 2nd at the UMM gymnasium. 

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