Police and hospitals across Maine have reported a sharp increase in new designer drugs known by such names as bath salts and spice. This program provides answers to how the drug works, its effects and dangers. The presentations were given by drug recognition Sgt. Jim Greeley of the Waldo County Sheriff’s office and drug support group organizer Tim Woitowitz.
A delicious vegan raw-foods dessert taken from ”Life in Balance” by Meg Wolff.
½ cup Brazil nuts
½ cup of shredded coconut
Chop both in a food processor. Pour in a bowl and set aside for coating.
1 cup Brazil nuts
¾ cup walnuts
1/8 cup dates (about 3 dates)
½ cup dried apricots
1 to 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup
¼ teaspoon vanilla
½ cup shredded coconut
2 tablespoons organic raw cocoa powder
(omit if you’d prefer plain)
Run second set of Brazil nuts, walnuts, dates and apricots through the food processor until evenly chopped. Add Remaining ingredients. Process until combined. Roll into ball, then roll in the coating mix. Serves 12-18. Store in refrigerator.
The Weight Watchers program held at Waldo County General Hospital is looking for new members for a 12-week session scheduled to begin Feb. 22. Classes will be held Wednesdays at 7 a.m.
The classes are open to anyone interested in losing weight. Fifteen paid members are needed by Feb. 15.
The 12-week sessions costs $145. Checks, cash and credit cards are acceptable. Checks and credit card payments will be held until enough people have signed up and the first meeting has been held. Participants can also make three payments of $50 (dated Feb. 15), $50 (dated March 11) and $45 (dated April 11).
The Wednesday morning meetings will be held in the WCGH education center with a 15-minute weigh-in beginning at 7 a.m. followed by a 30-minute discussion with local favorite Ginny Whitman as the meeting leader.
For more information or to sign up, contact Lois Dutch at 338-2500 ext. 4154.
Do you or someone in your family suffer from a mental illness? Have you been looking for support as you try to help yourself or a loved one live with mental illness and its impact?
If so, you should plan to attend a workshop featuring the services and classes offered by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to be held Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Education Center next to Waldo County General Hospital.
Anne Perschon, a NAMI volunteer, will discuss the classes, services and support groups sponsored by NAMI and how they can help make the lives of those with mental illness and their caregivers better.
Mental illnesses impact the lives of at least one in four adults and one in 10 children and can include, among other diagnoses, eating disorders, major depression, autism, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and borderline personality disorder.
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the estimated 60 million Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, support and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.
To accomplish its promise to build better lives for those impacted by mental illnesses, NAMI provides education, support and advocacy programs and services that benefit individuals and families affected by mental illness in communities across the country.
Among the classes to be discussed on Jan. 31 and to be offered in the area this spring are Family to Family, a 12-week course to teach family members about mental illnesses and the various medications used for treatment, strategies for coping, and how to talk to someone who is in the throes of an episode. Without support, families often find themselves baffled, frustrated, demoralized and chaos can erupt. Talking with others who have faced similar situations can be helpful.
The second class is Peer-to-Peer, a 9-week course, for those who suffer from mental illness and would find it helpful to talk with others about how they deal with the symptoms of their illness.
Perschon says she has used NAMI services and was so impressed with the help that she received that she now works as an unpaid volunteer for the group. She said an individual from the last Family to Family course will likely be in attendance as well to share how the free classes helped her and her family.
Pershon said NAMI has an 800 number for people impacted by mental illness to check on resources available to them, including help with getting services for people who have no money. There are also online forums and chat rooms and a support group will be starting up in the area soon.
Chris Kulbe talks to us about how to use non-electric and oil heat sources safely.