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Philanthropy Friday: Security and Support for Domestic Violence Victims

Philanthropy Friday: Security and Support for Domestic Violence Victims

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please email Jennifer.

Domestic violence is the leading cause of homicide here in Maine. An estimated 60,000 women are abused annually.

THE VEIN HEALTHCARE CENTER TO OFFER FREE LEG SCREENING

The Vein Healthcare Center will be giving free leg screenings on Thursday, February 9th from 9:00am-5:00pm. Patient visits will include a venous exam of both legs, an overview of treatment options, and an opportunity to have questions answered by Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen, one of the leading phlebology (vein health) specialists in Maine.

Though the leg screening is free, an appointment is required. Call the Vein Healthcare Center at 207-221-7799 to make an appointment, or visit www.veinhealthcarecenter.com for more information. The Vein Healthcare Center is located in South Portland at 100 Foden Road, Suite 307.

Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen is the founder of the Maine Phlebology Association and the Vein Healthcare Center in South Portland. Dr.

Asbjornsen was one of the first phlebologists in Maine to become certified by the American Board of Phlebology.

FREE Interactive Living Will seminar offered by Brunswick Area Respite Care & CHANS Home Healthcare

FREE Interactive Living Will seminar offered by Brunswick Area Respite Care & CHANS Home Healthcare

 

Join Brunswick Area Respite Care and CHANS Home Health Care to complete your own free living will. The presentation will be held on February 1st at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 320 Church Road, Brunswick, ME.

This is a free interactive and informative seminar that will walk you through the process of completing your own living will. Living wills are an interactive document that allows a person to detail their wishes for medical and personal care should they be unable to advocate for themselves due to medical reasons, the advancement of dementia or other progressive illness. Topics covered other than medical treatment will be, end-of-life care issues, choosing a medical proxy or decision maker, as well as how to use and update a living will.

Homemade Lard!

Homemade Lard!

OK!  I know!  Why would anyone want to do this, RIGHT?  Well the point is I've actually done some research and I personally feel like the risks for heart disease are actually higher when you consume partially hydrogenated vegetable oils in the form of shortening and margarine.  Do your own research and come to your own conclusions.  For me when I need a solidified fat, or shortening that is stable at room temperature, like for a pie crust or pastry, I reach for the real deal, LARD!  Just like anything you must use lard in moderation so don't go "hog" wild, pun intended!  Also lard is the key ingredient in homemade soap so there are other uses for this old fashioned product than just enhancing your middle!

With THAT out of the way I'll step down from my "soap-box", haha, and show you how I make lard at home.  A word on ingredients here.  In this video I'm using suet which is beef fat.  I saw it in my grocery store and snagged

Sagadahoc County Recognizes National Birth Defects Prevention Month and Folic Acid Awareness Week

Sagadahoc County Recognizes National Birth Defects Prevention Month and Folic Acid Awareness Week

Sagadahoc County Recognizes Birth Defects Prevention Month and Folic Acid Awareness Week

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that, “Major birth defects are conditions that cause structural changes in one or more parts of the body; are present at birth; and have a serious, adverse effect on heath, development, or functional ability.“ Approximately one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect.

This year, National Birth Defects Prevention Month focuses on one of the most common types of birth defects, congenital heart defects. Each year, nearly 40,000 infants in the United States are born with heart defects, which are the leading cause of death during the first year of life. As medical care and treatment have improved, those with congenital hearth defects are living longer lives.

January 8-14 is National Folic Acid Awareness Week.

Not all birth defects can be prevented.

Mid Coast Hospital Announces First Baby of 2012 Born in Brunswick

Mid Coast Hospital Announces First Baby of 2012 Born in Brunswick

Mid Coast Hospital Announces First Baby of 2012 Born in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Ushering in 2012, Mid Coast Hospital announced today the birth of the first baby of the new year: A girl, Violet Amelia Beardsley born to Joey-Lynne Beardsley and Michael Elias Beardsley of Brunswick, Maine, on January 2, 2012 at 12:07 a.m.

As one of the first of Maine’s babies born in Maine this year, Violet will be among the first 2012 babies eligible to receive the $500 Harold Alfond College Challenge grant (Alfond Grant) to start a NextGen College Investing