Community briefs

May 17, 2017

'Resilience' film showing, discussion

This year’s Greater Waldo Community Network Forum, featuring the film "Resilience," will take place Thursday, May 18, from 9:15 a.m. to noon at Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street, Belfast.

“Resilience” is a highly-acclaimed film that explores the effects of toxic stress on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, incarceration and early death. The film also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to respond to this challenge, including pioneers in pediatrics, education and social welfare who are applying cutting-edge science and therapies to help children counter the effects of toxic stress.

Since 2008 the Waldo County Building Communities for Children (BCC) coalition has been presenting an annual Greater Waldo Community Network Forum to provide an opportunity to look at some of the pressing needs in the community and identify strategies that may help to alleviate those needs.

Discussion around the topic of resilience will be facilitated by Patrick Walsh, Maine Children's Trust’s Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Professional of 2014, and by educator and author Caer Hallundbaek, who works on policy and leadership issues with Waldo County General Hospital, area school districts and the University of Maine.

There is no charge to attend, but donations are welcome to cover costs. The forum will include refreshments and snacks.

Seating is limited, and preregistration is recommended.

Building Communities for Children is a partnership of social service agencies, businesses, parents and interested community members that meets in Belfast on the first Thursday of each month. For more information, and to register, email Patrick Walsh at

Indoor Yard Sale

Belfast United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane, will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 20, for an indoor yard sale.

Lions fundraiser nets $1,100+ for oncology patients (gallery photo)

Organizers report "a great turnout" at the Searsport Lions Club Oncology Supper May 6.

The zone project with Belfast Lions Club, Searsport Bay Area Lions and Monroe Lions, the event generated $1,136 to purchase gas cards for the Waldo County General Hospital's Oncology Department to distribute to cancer patients.

To make a donation, send it to Searsport Lions Club, P.O. Box 783, Searsport, ME 04974.

Top Gun competitors include two from Belfast

Two Belfast business owners are among small business entrepreneurs from around the state participating in this year's Top Gun Entrepreneurs training and acceleration program.

MaineStream Finance, co-sponsor of the program with Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, announced that David Kadonoff, owner of Kadonoff & Associates LLC, and Ryan Howes, owner of Northern Vertical, will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges in the 2017 Midcoast Top Gun Pitchoff at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter St., Rockland.

The two top winners will go on to present their ideas at the statewide Top Gun Showcase June 7 in Portland, competing for a $10,000 prize. When the pitching starts, each entrepreneur has five minutes to demonstrate that their idea is innovative, feasible, viable, and has clear growth potential. Two entrepreneurs will be selected to go on to the final competition round at Hannaford Hall at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

For more information, contact Ken Greenleaf of MaineStream Finance at

AARP offers Smart Driver class in Belfast

Do you drive? Are you age 50 or older? AARP's revamped and updated Smart Driver class is an opportunity to sharpen skills and update driving knowledge through the Smart Driver program offered in collaboration with Volunteers of America/NNE.

Instructor Paul Sheridan will conduct the course in Belfast Wednesday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a brown bag lunch break. There is no exam, all work is in the classroom, and you get to keep your workbook for future reference.

As an added incentive, in Maine drivers 55 years or older who successfully complete the AARP course are eligible for a car insurance discount, good for three years.

Seating is limited; there is a $20 fee, with a $5 discount for AARP members; advance registration is required. Call 338-0350 for information, directions, or to reserve a seat.

Call for nominations for health leadership award

Maine Health Access Foundation has called for nominations by June 15 for the new Dr. Wendy J. Wolf Health Leadership Award. The award is named for MeHAF’s founding president and CEO, honoring her 15 years of leadership at the foundation and her contributions to health care access in Maine.

The award is intended to recognize the exceptional leadership and achievements of nonprofit leaders working to promote access to quality health care and improve the health of Maine people, particularly the uninsured and underserved.

The award includes a $10,000 gift to the nonprofit organization that employs the recognized leader. Details and the nomination form are available on MeHAF’s website.

Belfast Senior Center moves

Belfast Senior Center will soon move to its new location in space made available in the Fellowship Hall, Belfast United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane, Belfast. The grand opening date is May 30 at this new location, which is easily accessible with a large parking lot, handicap parking and handicap access. In the interim, seniors will continue to meet at Belfast Boathouse, Commercial Street, through May 23.

Belfast Senior Center is a free, one-day-a-week drop-in center open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Everyone should feel free to bring a lunch but complimentary coffee and tea are available. Reservations are not necessary.

Games and puzzles are always available.

Anyone in the community willing to share talents, skills and interests that would enhance the Center’s programs are encouraged to reach out to organizers. The Senior Center is made possible by many volunteers and support of the city of Belfast Parks and Recreation Department.

In addition, the Center is on a quest to obtain a non-profit 501(c)(3) status. Local organizations that might consider extending financial sponsorship to the Belfast Senior Organization should email


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