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AT THE CHILI COOK-OFF

March 12th, 2013

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DSC_3671  The Winter Cook-Out Committee at the hospital hosted a chili cook-off and cookout on Feb. 14 in the maintenance garage. Top left, Mike Towey reacts to the hot and spice chili labeled as Hot B, which eventually was selected as the winner of the cook-out by employees. LaNae Moline shown tasting the chili of one of her competitors, above, left, won first place; followed by Karen Littlefield, second row left, serving some chili to George Orestis, was second with a mild heart healthy chili. Narrowly taking third place was Laurie Morse, creator of another hot and spicy version. Finishing in fourth by one vote was Robbie Thomas’s mild chili with bacon. Shown at left are members of the committee, from left, Laurie Morse, Kallie Aldus and Dianna Wing. In the top row at right, Bill Jenkins throws another pallet on the fire. In the third row at left, Holly Emerson enjoys a s’more while Rob Fowler eats chili. In the second row at right, Rod Hall grills some hot dogs.


Posted in February 2013 InPulse, Hospital News

Two local schools receive 5210 grants

March 12th, 2013

Two RSU 20 elementary schools, Stockton Springs and the Edna Drinkwater school in Northport, have received 5210 grants.

 

The grants are designed to help schools meet the 5210 Strategies for Success, including providing non-food rewards, increasing opportunities for physical activity, limiting recreational screen time, and engaging community partners to help support and promote healthy eating and active living.

 

Stockton Springs Elementary School was given $995.45. The funds will be used for new equipment and associated games to replace sedentary in-door recess activities, including watching movies, and will be used as non-food rewards. Among the equipment to be purchased are sleds, scooters, hoppity hop jump balls, playground balls, hula hoops, and a golf starter easy pack.

 

Principal Jan Austin said the grant application was geared around what Stockton Springs Elementary School would really like to have, and the answer was to get items to increase physical activity and to work with other groups in the area.

 

The school will partner with the Searsport Golf Course to introduce students to the lifelong activity of golf.

 

Waldo County General Hospital donated pedometers that students and staff can use to track their physical activity during a walking program. “Let’s walk during recess,” said Principal Jan Austin. “We can walk 1,000 steps to start.” Then she suggested that the students create a map of the United States and plot how far they walk each day.

 

The grant also calls for the introduction of a winter carnival to the community and the students had a great time brainstorming about the activities they would like to see at a winter carnival.

 

Northport received a grant of $994.87. Those funds will be used to purchase snow castle kits, a variety of balls, jump ropes, hula hoops, plastic discs and racks for jump ropes and hula hoops.

 

The plan is to increase student and staff physical activity by using the new outdoor equipment in a Drinkwater Elementary Recess Challenge Project. The project is designed to keep students and staff moving during outdoor recess time. There is also an incentive component to the project to earn extra outdoor recess time through a point-based system.

 

Students and staff will track progress with an online check-in form and will work collaboratively to move through the activity levels. A bulletin board in the gym will be used to visually show how they are progressing along the challenge.

 

Last year, grants were received by six schools in RSU 20: Ames, Weymouth, East Belfast, Frankfort, Nickerson and Searsport Elementary.

 

The 5210 program stands for 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day; no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time per day; at least one hour of physical activity a day; and O sugary drinks.



Posted in February 2013 InPulse, In the Community

Day of Dance 2013

March 12th, 2013

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Day of Dance 2013

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Posted in February 2013 InPulse, In the Community

Want to quit smoking? Freshstart can help

March 12th, 2013

To help people who believe this is the right time for them to quit smoking, the American Cancer Society’s quit-smoking program, Freshstart, is being offered at no charge on Thursdays, March 14, 21, 28 and April 4, starting at 5 pm until 6:30 pm at Waldo County General Hospital. The classes will be in the green roofed building across the street from the hospital in the second floor conference room.

 

This program is free and addresses the variety of reasons people smoke: physical addiction, habit and psychological dependency.

 

Space is limited to 12 participants.

 

For more information or to register for these free classes, call 930-2650 and leave your name and telephone number.

 

The classes are sponsored by Waldo County General Hospital.



Posted in February 2013 InPulse, In the Community

Baby Fair is April 6

March 12th, 2013

The Troy Howard Middle School gymnasium will be filled with an indoor sale of new and used children’s items on Saturday, April 6, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.

 

This annual event is called the Baby Fair, and the admission fee of $1 will benefit the Belfast Public Health Nursing Association to help local families in need. Children are admitted free.

 

Gently used baby and children’s clothes up to size 12, toys, books and furniture will be for sale. New items may also be available by local crafts people. Educational booths on nutrition, identifying lead in the home and choosing and installing a child’s car seat will be beneficial for new parents and grandparents.

 

For more information, call Lois Dutch at 930-6713.



Posted in February 2013 InPulse, In the Community

2013 Family Wellness Fair set for April 13

March 12th, 2013

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The 2013 Family Wellness Fair will be held Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Troy Howard Middle School. There will be lots of informational and interactive booths, free screenings, healthy food to sample, and activities for children. Watch the papers and Internet as the date gets closer and more details are available. For more information about booths, call fair coordinator Lois Dutch at 930-6713.



Posted in February 2013 InPulse, In the Community

New radiologist at hospital

March 12th, 2013

Dr. Gregory Grotz

Dr. Gregory Grotz

Dr. Gregory Grotz has joined Belfast Bay Radiology at Waldo County General Hospital. A graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine, he was a radiology resident at Maine Medical Center in Portland before becoming a radiologist partner at Dubuque Radiological Associates in Dubuque, Iowa.



Posted in February 2013 InPulse, Hospital News, New Staff

Learning to cook gluten-free, dairy-free

March 12th, 2013

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Kerri Vacher, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, shared her passion for cooking gluten-free and dairy-free recipes at a free adult education class “Eat Well to be Well,” sponsored by the hospital.

 

Tofu Veggie Scramble

Tofu Veggie Scramble



Posted in February 2013 InPulse, In the Community

Computer skills coordinator now onboard

March 12th, 2013

Dianna Herbert

Dianna Herbert

Dianna Herbert of Morrill has been hired as the computer skills coordinator for the hospital. She will be teaching employees, who need to learn, how to use their email, including opening and reading emails, and how to open attachments. And if you are one of those individuals who knows computer skills but never developed typing skills, Dianna has found a free website designed to improve your typing skills: http://www.typingweb.com/typingtutor/



Posted in February 2013 InPulse, Hospital News

Spring Baby Fair seeks participants

March 6th, 2013

The 12th annual Baby Fair selling new and used items for infants and children will be held on Saturday, April 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 11a.m. at the Troy Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Avenue, Belfast.

 

This is a great opportunity to clean out your closets and sell baby and children’s items no longer needed in your home. Items can include clothes, up to size 12, toys, books, furniture, etc. No recalled furniture, or car seats that have an expired use date, can be sold.

 

Crafts people who make baby items may also want to join the fair.

 

Tables for exhibitors are available to rent at $25 each. Large clothes racks or displays may be charged an additional fee as space is limited. The fee is non-refundable and must be paid prior to the fair to guarantee a spot. Proceeds from table rental fees benefit the Belfast Public Health Nursing Association, but all other profit is yours to keep.

 

Set up will be from 7 a.m. until the fair starts, and cleanup will be immediately following the event. Last year nearly 300 people attended the fair. There is an admission fee of $1 for adults.

 

To book a table or for more information, call Lois Dutch of Waldo County General Hospital’s Education Department at 930-6713.



Posted in In the Community


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