The annual Silver Tea, sponsored by the Waldo County General Hospital Aid, will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 2-5 p.m. at the home of Tom and Alicia Stevenson, 58 Church Street, Belfast. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the sandwiches and desserts served by Aid members. Drinks will include punch, coffee and tea served from silver services.
This year’s setting is a three-story house built in 1875 for George Pote, a Civil War veteran, who manufactured men’s vests. The house has Italianate influences with a capped decorative portico and bay windows.
The current owners have lived at the house for the past four years and have carefully restored certain rooms and modernized others. Rooms on two floors will be open to tour with twin parlors, a dining room, sunroom, kitchen, master bedroom and guest room on the first floor. A large map of Belfast from 1855 hangs in the front parlor. The front stairway has the original bannister, dentate-type wall molding and leads to the four bedrooms on the second floor.
There is no admission charge to attend the tea, but a silver bowl will be located near the entrance for donations. All funds realized from the tea will benefit the hospital.
The winning tickets for the Aid’s holiday raffle “Bon Appetit” will be drawn at the tea. There are six prizes this year, each a $50 gift card to a local restaurant. Tickets are on sale at $1 each or 6 for $5 at the hospital gift shop.
For more information, call 930-6739. The snow date for the tea is Thursday, Dec. 5, at the same time.
Under the guidance of our personal trainer, Mirja Pitkin, we will be offering an opportunity to do beginner exercises together each week. Your responses to this questionnaire will help us plan an exercise class that is appropriate for all participants.
Please wear clothes you can exercise in and bring a water bottle. Shoes are not necessary for this class (unless you have foot or arch concerns, in which case please carry in a pair of clean sneakers).
Please complete this form and return to Hester Kohl as soon as possible. We will need this no later than one week before your first class. You can e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax it to 930-2569, drop it off at the hospital switchboard, or mail it to: Hester Kohl, WCGH, PO Box 287, Belfast, ME 04915.
Your name: _____________________________
Phone number: __________________________
1. Do you have old injuries or chronic issues with any of the following (circle yes or no). If yes, please explain briefly?
Feet: Yes No ___________________________________________________
Ankles: Yes No ___________________________________________________
Knees: Yes No ___________________________________________________
Hips: Yes No ___________________________________________________
Back: Yes No ___________________________________________________
Shoulders: Yes No _________________________________________________
Neck: Yes No _____________________________________________________
Wrists/elbows: Yes No _______________________________________________
Hands: Yes No _____________________________________________________
Do you have any other physical conditions/issues you think could impact your participation in an exercise program?
Yes No ___________________________________________________________
2. Exercise history. Please briefly list exercise programs you have participated in, when that was, if you enjoyed it, and why you stopped, if you did.
3. What are you goals for participating in this program?
Email: email@example.com to get a provider referral form.
1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1½ inch chunks
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1½ inch chunks
½ cup low-fat milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon brown sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Place potatoes and sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until very tender when pierced with a fork, 20 to 25 minutes.
Drain the potatoes, then mash them in the pot to the desired consistency. Place milk and butter in a small bowl and microwave on high until the butter is mostly melted and the milk is warm, 30 to 40 seconds (alternately, place in a small saucepan and heat over medium until the milk is warm). Stir the milk mixture, sugar, salt and pepper into the mashed potatoes until combined.
Makes six servings, about 2/3 cup each, 151 calories
The sixteenth annual Holiday Fair sponsored by Waldo County General Hospital will be held on Friday, Nov. 15, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hospital’s Education Center located at 118 Northport Avenue, Belfast.
The public is invited to shop for holiday gifts or personal treats. Items for sale will include handmade soaps and lotions, toys, jewelry, textiles, wickless candles, books, white elephant items and baked goods. Some of the artists represented are hospital staff members while others are area craftspeople.
The fair offers unique gifts in a relaxed shopping atmosphere in all price ranges. Come join the fun. This is a fundraiser for the hospital’s community wellness program. For more information, call the hospital’s education department at 930-6713.
Do you or someone you care about have trouble controlling blood sugar levels? It is estimated that 40 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes do not achieve the blood sugar control target of an A1C less than 7 percent recommended by the American Diabetes Association.
On Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m., Kirk Kenyon, will put on a free educational program in the Education Center at Waldo County General Hospital. He will be talking from his personal experience of living with diabetes and will share diabetes self-management and lifestyle strategies that have worked for him.
Controlling your blood sugar may help reduce your risk of diabetes-related complications.
Among the topics Kenyon will cover are:
Kenyon is a member of the A1C Champions© Program, which is a patient-led approach to diabetes education. The goal is to make sure people with diabetes know they are not alone and there are people like Kenyon who can help them along their journey with diabetes.
This is a free presentation, including a buffet dinner, but space is limited so pre-register by calling Barbara Crowley at 930-2650 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for some healthier options for holiday meals? Waldo County General Hospital’s Journey to Health is offering free hands-on cooking classes from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Home Economics Room at the Troy Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast.
On Thursday, Nov. 7, the topic will be ‘Healthy Thanksgiving Sides” and on Thursday, Nov. 14, it will be “Healthy Thanksgiving Desserts.”
Space is limited so please register for one or both classes by Nov. 4. You may email: email@example.com or call 930-2514.
The Waldo County General Hospital Aid will sponsor its annual blood drive on Friday, Oct. 25, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge Hall (behind the Shrine Club) on the corner of Northport Avenue and Wight Street, Belfast.
All donors will be entered into a raffle for a $200 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane.
To donate, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health, and show a valid I.D. You must also provide a list of any medications you are taking.
After donating, you will be provided with free snacks and a place to rest for about 15 minutes. The complete process from registration to relaxing at the canteen usually takes about an hour.
To make an appointment for the Oct. 25 blood drive or for more information, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.
Would you like to enjoy Maine-grown organic fruits and vegetables all year long? Learn how you can with “kitchen shares.”
Based on the Community Supported Agriculture model, with kitchen shares you receive a share each month that includes an assortment of nine items from Cheryl Wixson’s Kitchen. She purchases farm-fresh fruits and vegetables from more than 40 Certified Organic Maine Farmers during the harvest season and then creates small batches of pasta and pizza sauces, condiments, jams, pickled vegetables, marinades, dressings and dry mixes.
There are currently pick-up locations in Bangor, Belfast, Blue Hill, Deer Isle, Ellsworth, Freeport, Portland, Rockport, Unity, Waterville and Yarmouth. And others can be added with a minimum of five shares per location.
The cost of the November to April kitchen share is $300 if you pick up and $390 for mail orders in Maine only.
Waldo County General Hospital’s Pediatric Occupational Therapy (OT) is now Pediatric OT and Physical Therapy (PT). It’s something Corissa Carter OTR/L, who oversees Pediatric OT and PT, has wanted since she started at Waldo County almost 3 years ago.
“It opens up so many doors for kids,” she says, adding that the hospitals with pediatric physical therapy within a reasonable driving distance all have waiting lists.
Pediatric physical therapists aren’t that easy to find and Carter had been looking for nearly a year when she found Steve Hoffman, who worked as a pediatric physical therapist in Ohio for more than 20 years. He had visited this area for vacation with his wife, a former journalist, on several occasions.
Hoffman, who started at Waldo County on August 5, has had 14 referrals and has already seen some good results. He works with children from infancy to 10 years of age.
The earlier he gets involved, the better the results will be, he says, explaining that treating conditions while a child is growing helps the child reach his or her potential. In fact, Hoffman has even worked with a number of premature infants and says they “respond quite well to physical therapy.”
When working with children, Hoffman prefers to work with the whole family. He says often an older sibling is most successful at getting the child to do his or her exercises.
Among the conditions that Hoffman treats in children are developmental delays, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Spina Bifida, Torticollis, toe-walking, prematurity, genetic disorders, orthopedic disorders and rare diseases. Hoffman can also assist with orthotics, wheelchairs and other adaptive equipment. One of the conditions he is seeing more of is Torticollis, which involves the head tilting to one side. Hoffman says it is “very treatable.”
Hoffman says he is looking forward to building up the pediatric program at Waldo County General Hospital. “It’s a great opportunity,” he says. “It’s fun to build a program.”
“I enjoy seeing my clients develop their functional mobility skills ranging from scooting and crawling to independence with a mobile stander or wheelchair to walking, running and jumping with their peers,” he says. Hoffman has experience in adapting donated wheelchairs and equipment for clients who need assistance and those awaiting funding for permanent adaptive equipment.
Hoffman was also a long-time volunteer with Special Olympics in Ohio.