Ten local area students graduated as certified #nursingaides on Aug. 3 from Mount Saint Joseph’s Residence and Rehabilitation facility in Waterville. The event celebrated the completion of the collaborative partnerships among RSU 54 Community & Adult Education, the Skowhegan and Lewiston CareerCenters, and Western Maine Community Action Inc. The graduates include Kellie Bourgon, Atisha Morse, Collen Brewer, Diane Hatch, Halie Michaud, Deborah Rowe-Warger, Diane Sinclair, Ashlynn Libby, Melissa Lawler and Laura Moshier. Candidates successfully completed three weeks of a Ready2Work program through RSU 54 and 10 weeks of classroom/clinical training at Mount Saint Joseph’s to meet 180 hours required. On-the-Job Training Program funding was provided by the CareerCenters. OJT is an incentive based program reimbursing 50 percent of a trainee’s wages during the duration of the program providing students the knowledge and skills essential to a specific job sector.
Grant money is being made available to help homeowners ditch their oil furnace and get one that burns wood pellets instead.
One of the programs using that grant money is the “Model Neighborhood Project” which is now working with homeowners in Farmington and Wilton get up to 8-thousand dollars in rebates to install a wood pellet boiler.
Right now, wood pellets are providing the same amount of heat for anywhere between 40 to 50-percent lower than oil. Richard Wilde of Farmington, is one of the first homeowners to take advantage of the program.
He got more than 6-thousand dollars in rebates to offset the installation cost of his wood pellet boiler system… which cost a little more than 19-thousand dollars. Wilde says, in January alone, he saved 268-dollars in fuel costs.
‘Everybody is trying to save money. This was really a good idea, it looks like we will be saving about 12-hundred dollars a year putting this in,’ said Wilde.
Fifty years ago, on January 8, 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Act that signaled the beginning of the War on Poverty. The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 provided for community-based local solutions to poverty and included a foundation for effective local organization focused on ways to address issues identified as barriers to economic self-sufficiency. Now, 50 years later, there are statistics and data to demonstrate the degree to which “poverty programs” have had an impact. The War on Poverty, a blog in the Washington Post, provides historical background, and a wealth of information, including statistical data.
Lacey Tatosky is a rising senior from Sanford Maine. A Psychology major, Lacey is passionate about helping initiate change in the lives of those who may need a little extra guidance or assistance.
Her internship with Western Maine Community Action will give her an opportunity to be involved in a project that will help elder individuals create positive changes in their lives.
During her internship this summer, Lacey will be developing a resource directory that will provide information older adults need to maintain their independence. The directory will also be used as a reference guide for older adult volunteers who work with their peers in the community to help ensure the seniors they are assisting have the information and resources they need to remain independent. Lacey plans on applying for the Counseling Master’s program at US after graduating from UMF.
WMCA CACFP was awarded a Wellness Grant to help support all of our child care providers in their efforts to provide healthy environments for their children. The grant will allow us to offer nutrition and physical activity activities in each provider home, offer additional trainings for the providers and give each provider backpacks filled with nutrition and physical activity supplies that the children will be able to take home with them.