YCAN News

Thank You! Thank You!

YCAN is very grateful for the four ambitious moms who created a way to spread love and caring in our community with their Red Heart Project.

Jill Sady, Phoebe Newman, Liz Pearce, and Sarah Fisher… you ladies are a beacon of light. The hearts have brought a new light to Yarmouth as demonstrated by them being displayed throughout the neighborhoods. This has been a valuable lesson for children and adults about the importance of spreading kindness and goodwill.

YCAN is appreciative of your initiative and for choosing us to be the beneficiary of your project. We are also grateful for the community’s support of the Red Heart Project. This shows that YARMOUTH DOES CARE ABOUT NEIGHBORS!

2020 Project Holiday Application Available

Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors (YCAN) will once again be coordinating Holiday Gifts for Yarmouth, Maine families in need of help with gifts for their children. We request that all applications be returned to us as soon as possible to give our Elves more time to shop, but no later than November 20th.

The 2020 Project Holiday application is now available by clicking here, or by visiting:

Yarmouth Community Services
200 Main Street (behind Town Hall)

Completed applications should be returned to Yarmouth Community Services at the address above.

If you have questions, or would like an application mailed to you, please call Yarmouth Community Services at (207) 846-2406.

Coping With Covid

Click here to be taken directly to the event’s registration page.

Join the Yarmouth Community Coronavirus Task Force as Leslie Hyde facilitates a conversation that is sure to help us all through the changing world of coronavirus and its impact.  Discussion will include:  identifying appropriate coping strategies for stressful times, techniques for self-care, and coping strategies for yourself and your loved ones.  Guests are Greg Marley, Supervisor at NAMI and best-selling author/lecturer, and Kate Braestrup, an esteemed Chaplain for the Maine Game Warden’s Service.

Why is Yarmouth testing wastewater?


With state/federal grant funding, Yarmouth is in the early stages of a project to test our town’s wastewater for signs of the COVID-19 virus. While the testing technology is fairly new, it’s now being used in a number of towns and cities including Augusta, Portland, and Boston. Montana’s Healthy Gallatin Program has been testing waste water in Gallatin County for COVID-19 since March. They capture this data weekly for Bozeman, Big Sky, and West Yellowstone. It is also being used at the University of Arizona, where it detected evidence of the virus in a student dormitory’s wastewater and allowed the University to intervene very early to prevent a larger outbreak.

People pay little mind to a toilet flush once its contents disappear into the maze of pipes that lead to a municipal sewage treatment facility to be processed. But that wastewater is a valuable resource in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, according to researchers at Montana State University.

The results of their weekly tests suggest that wastewater measurements are a reliable early indicator of the local presence of the virus and disease. Presence of COVID-19 virus in wastewater tracked well with outbreaks of the disease in the Montana cities they tested.

Because asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic individuals can be infected with COVID-19 virus and spread the virus and disease for a week or more before showing symptoms, early detection of increased levels of the virus in wastewater could help health officials identify potential outbreaks of COVID-19 and intervene early to isolate infected individuals, quarantine contacts, and implement social distancing and other measures to reduce virus transmission before a tide of sickened patients seek testing and medical treatment.

This project is a collaboration of the Yarmouth Community Coronavirus Task Force and the Town of Yarmouth. Yarmouth plans to test wastewater weekly for the next six months. The wastewater sample will be gathered at the town level and not tied to any specific site. The level of the COVID-19 virus over time will be useful as an indicator of the presence of COVID-19 in our community during this time period. The testing begins the week of 9/21/2020.

The process is fairly simple. Samples will be captured at the Yarmouth Wastewater Treatment Facility and sent to a lab at St. Joseph College to isolate RNA (genetic material) from the wastewater and then test the RNA for SARS-CoV-2 specific RNA (SARS-CoV-2 is the coronavirus that causes COVID-19). Two parts of the nucleocapsid gene (N1 and N2) from the SARS-Co-V-2 genome must be found in the sample to be considered positive.

When the virus is found in a sample, the lab will estimate how many viral particles are present. This helps us understand whether viral levels found in wastewater are going up, staying the same, or going down from week to week.

Testing results will only represent the people in the Yarmouth community who use the wastewater system—not those on private septic systems. This means that wastewater results will not reflect all new infections and cases of COVID-19. Wastewater testing is one promising piece of the complex COVID-19 puzzle. We’re still learning about this new virus, how it spreads, and how our actions impact the number of new confirmed cases.

The Yarmouth Community Coronavirus Task Force members, the town leadership, and the health officer will use these test results, along with many other pieces of information, to decide how best to support the health of the town.

More information will be available as the project progresses.

Together With Alzheimer’s Openings

Together With Alzheimer’s is a local support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and/or other dementias. If you are dealing with dementia, you are welcome to join this group for information sharing, support, and opportunities to connect with those with similar  experiences.

For details, please contact Catherine Gentile at (207) 233-0709 or cgen207@gmail.com