Local hospitals update visitation safety measures

Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital will update their visitor policies, effective Monday, Feb. 21. The new policies for PBMC can be found at:  PBMC Visitors | Pen Bay Medical Center | Rockport, ME (mainehealth.org). New policies for WCGH are at Visitation Safety Measures | Waldo County General Hospital | Belfast, ME (mainehealth.org).


Hospice volunteer training offered

Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers is offering a five-week online Zoom Hospice Volunteer Training Program on Mondays, from March 7 through April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Through online readings, videos and Zoom meetings, volunteers will complete a total of 20 hours of training that will equip them to support hospice patients and their families as well as those individuals who have recently suffered the loss of a loved one through bereavement support. 

The comprehensive training prepares volunteers to enter an end-of-life situation and be poised, present, and ready to help. Volunteers offer a supportive and caring presence via visits, phone calls, letters, emails, and by occasionally running errands. Volunteers can offer bereavement support to family members following the death of a loved one. 

CFHV provides volunteer support to MaineHealth Care at Home hospice patients in Knox and Lincoln County, and at the Sussman Hospice House in Rockport. For more information, contact Rebecca Brandes, administrative manager at 230-0042 or coastalfamilyhospicevolunteers@gmail.com. Applications for the training class can be downloaded from the CFHV website at coastalfamilyhospice.com.

Nature based PreK Program is accepting applications

Camden Rockport School’s nature based PreK Program is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year. The program, which emphasizes learning with nature, includes extensive daily outdoor time and a curriculum based on a child’s interest, as well as seasonal events. Classes will meet for four full days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The program is open to children four years of age on or before Oct. 15, 2022, who reside in Camden or Rockport. Lottery applications are accepted between Feb. 14 and March 18. For more information, visit fivetowns.net/cres.

New Rockport Automotive owners continue the giving

Rockport Automotive was recently purchased by Waldoboro residents Andrew and Kristin Lappin, who are partnering with Medomak Valley High School’s Class of 2022. The senior class is the recipient of Rockport Automotive’s Giving Back Program for January. Rockport Automotive will donate $5 from each oil change to 12 different recipients throughout the year.  Any organization that would like to be considered for the Giving Back Program should email to Kristin@Rockportautomotive.com.