Metro Bus Planning Meeting: Monday 5/18 at 5:30pm

On Monday, May 18th Metro (the Greater Portland Transit District) will hold a meeting on the 3rd Floor or Merrill Memorial Library from 5:30pm to 6:30pm to solicit input on the new Yarmouth to Portland bus service.  See this link for more detailed information.

This is your chance to provide input for the bus service:
– where should the bus stop, in Yarmouth and in the other towns on the route?
– where should bus shelters be located?
– what time(s) of day should the bus run?
– what are YOUR needs, or the needs of someone you know?

Senior Seminar Series at Merrill Library

Merrill Memorial Library
presents

Senior Seminar Lecture Series
6 Consecutive Thursdays 10 am – 12 noon

April 30 — Aging in Place Options / Alzheimer’s Education &Updates
Interior/Exterior Re-design, Senior Downsizing,
*Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter- Peter Baker
Improving Quality of Life for Your Loved Ones with Alzheimers
Get help and Resources in your Local Area
“You don’t know what you’re missing if you don’t move with Bisson”

May 7 —Downsizing, Liquidation, Buying/Selling, Moving
*Universal Designz –Lynne Maxfield-Cole
Accessible & Barrier-Free Homes
*Bisson Moving & Storage – Keith Koehler
*Stan Lourie Enterprises – Stan Lourie
*Simply Sized Homes – Kim Dorsky & Liz Pattison
Estate & Auction Services
Home Downsizing, Moving Management & Resettling Services
*Keller Williams / Marc Gup Real Estate Group – Marc Gup
Premier Real Estate Agency
*Norman Hanson & Detroy -Kathryn Longley-Leahy Esq
*High Tower Advisors, LLC -Grey Terry

May 14 —Legal and Financial/Computer
Elder Law Services, Wills, Trusts, Probate & Estate Planning
Retirement Income Specialists
*E-Connection – Judy Knaub, CPA
Computer Assistance in the comfort of your own home
*Yarmouth Police Department – Detective Paul Martin
*Maine I.D. Theft Services – Jane Carpenter
Don’t let the next fraud victim be you

May 28 —Medical Equipment / Hospice/Reverse Mortgage
*Southern Maine Audiology – Lindsay Robinson
*MedCor Professionals -Mark & Kelly Hassett
High Quality Home Medical Equipment & Rehabilitation Supplies
*Security 1 Lending – Steve Eastman
One of the Largest Providers of Reverse Mortgages in the USA
*Hospice of Southern Maine –Martha Blackburn

May 21 — AARP/ Senior Fraud Protection
*AARP – Jane Margesson
Hearing Healthcare Needs
Compassion, Care and Comfort Through the End of Life

June 4 —– Care Planning for future years
Beach Glass Transitions – Lynn Peel
Senior Care Advisors: Evaluating and Navigating Your Senior Care Options
Bay Square at Yarmouth – Mary Willson
A Benchmark Senior Living Community
In-home Companion and Personal Care Services
Advantage Home Care – Rich Blumenthal
Co-sponsored by MML & PACES – Portland Area Coalition for Elder Services

Free and open to the Public – Light refreshments served

LewisHall@Merrill Memorial Library
215 Main Street, Yarmouth
207-846-4763

www.yarmouthlibrary.org
www.pacesseniors.com

Please Join Us for a Meeting of Community Support Groups

So many great, selfless, and charitable things happen in Yarmouth each and every day! Whether through an organization, a community group, or as individuals, we care about each other in myriad ways, making Yarmouth the vibrant and wonderful place to live that it is.

In keeping with that spirit, we are bringing community members together to recognize the work that is being done and to do a “pulse check” on what needs still exist, are not being met effectively, or are developing. The event will take place

Monday, March 30, 2015
at Merrill Memorial Library
on the 3rd floor
starting promptly at 6:30 pm

We encourage you to arrive between 5:45 pm and 6:15 pm to sign in and have a chance for some informal conversation with other attendees! Light refreshments will be available. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to bcostell@maine.rr.com.

We welcome you to stop by if you find yourself suddenly free that evening, but the conversation can be more productive if we know in advance how many people will attend. We invite you to join the discussion, along with the following organizations that have confirmed their attendance:

  • First Baptist Church
  • First Parish Church
  • Lions Club
  • Merrill Memorial Library
  • Rotary Club
  • St. Bartholomew’s Church
  • Village Improvement Society
  • Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors (YCAN)
  • Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce
  • Yarmouth Community Services
  • Yarmouth School Department
  • Yarmouth Senior Housing

If you plan to attend, please be prepared to give a brief and concise (1 – 2 minute) overview of:

  • your group’s mission
  • the population that you serve
  • the activities or programs that you currently offer

During the facilitated conversation that follows, there will be a chance to discuss both needs that are not being addressed and ones that may develop in the future. Since we have limited time together, our discussion will be most fruitful if you could make a list of current and future needs you are aware of beforehand.

If your organization or group has any literature it would like to share, you are welcome to bring it to the meeting. There will be a table set up to help distribute such information.

We hope that each attendee will gain:

  • an appreciation for the work each of us is doing
  • a broader understanding of what more we can do to help those who need it
  • a pool of resources from which to draw partners for collaboration, should we choose.

We’d like to recognize Lift360, a non-profit in Portland which offers a continuum of programs including consulting services that help nonprofits successfully address their challenges and issues as well as take advantage of new opportunities. They have graciously agreed to facilitate the evening.

We hope you will add your voice to the mix!

Pond Party on Jan 31: 1 to 4 pm

Join fellow Yarmouth residents at the
Orland H. Blake Skating Pond &
Village Improvement Society Warming Hut
(the skating pond behind Key Bank)
on
Saturday, January 31, 2015
from 1 pm to 4 pm
for

Skating
Bonfire
Bake Sale
Hot Chocolate
and more!

This event is being organized by the Yarmouth High School Interact club.

Donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for the Yarmouth Community Food Pantry will be accepted in the Log Cabin during the Pond Party (see the current edition of The Notes for details on what is most needed).

Proceeds from the bake sale will benefit YCAN’s Yarmouth Cares fund.

Project Holiday Thanks YOU!

Now that the holiday season of 2014 has come to an end, we would like to thank all the many people in Yarmouth who helped others have a few more things to celebrate last month.

Thanks to the many, many kind donations of food or funds to the food pantry, as well as the numerous volunteer hours that went into sorting food, preparing food baskets, and helping with distribution, the Yarmouth Community Food pantry provided holiday meals for 292 adults as part of Project Holiday.

And, thanks to the many, many donations of gifts and volunteer hours, the Project Holiday team supplied holiday gifts to 109 children from 46 families.

Thank you to all who helped by donating space, food, gifts, time, and/or funds! Yarmouth is a town that cares about its neighbors… Thank YOU!