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By Charlotte Henderson | Nov 10, 2017

Fix-It: 32 cents on a dollar

If we think U.S. health care is something of a mess, Maine AllCare has a timely message for us. A panel of members – Mike Shunney of Rockland, Bruce Becque of Ellsworth, Moira O’Neill, Ph.D., of Surrey, and Les Fossel of Alna – told the audience at Gibbs Library last week that the time is right to create a health care plan that covers everyone.

The panel showed a film, “Fix-It: Healthcare At The Tipping Point,” created by businessman Richard Master, who realized that 32 cents of each dollar his business spent on premiums had nothing to do with health care delivery! The economics of this setup convinced him that the overly complex multi-payer system should be replaced.

For the past six years, Maine AllCare has been advocating for an accessible and affordable health care system with everybody in, and nobody out. It is working in concert with like-minded groups across the country and is energized by citizens, business owners and health care providers who want change.

The monetary effects of the current multi-payer system illustrated in Master’s “Fix-It” research and film are stunning. The film can be viewed free online, along with information about Maine AllCare, Fix-It Health Care, and other single-payer initiatives across the country. Gibbs Library will have links for you to check out. This isn’t rocket science, people. The math is easy to understand. We’ll have more about Maine AllCare.

Karin Sargent exhibits

Pastel drawings by Karin Sargent of Gardiner are on display at Gibbs Library through the end of the year. There will a reception for the artist tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come meet the artist and enjoy refreshments.

Sargent began her career as an artist with creating yarn dolls or animal creatures with the yarns she found unexciting when simply cast onto needles. Without patterns, she made fabric sculptures, original knitted dolls, fabric dolls, doll clothes, felted hats and intricate beaded jewelry. She also has learned to weave, quilt, felt and spin. Her father was an oil painter and photographer, her sister is a photographer and she has always dabbled in the creative arts.

About 10 years ago, she became interested in painting, took classes and experimented with different media. She became a watercolorist and later found that she was particularly drawn to pastels. The free Gibbs exhibit showcases some of her favorites. Visitors are welcome during library hours.

VFW presents Hunter’s Breakfast

Veterans will eat free at the Farrar Ross VFW Post’s hearty Hunter’s Breakfast Saturday, Nov. 11 – Veterans' Day – from 5 to 9 a.m. The meal includes bacon, sausage or ham with eggs cooked however you want, homefries, your choice of toast, pancakes (plain or blueberry), baked beans, or biscuits and gravy. All this, plus coffee and other beverages to get you out into the field for the hunt or on your way to special Saturday and Veterans' Day activities. General cost is $7, junior hunters, age 10 to 15, pay $5, and kids 9 and under $3. Again, veterans are free.

Meditation – sounds heavy but isn’t

Washington Mediation Group meets every Thursday morning at 7:30 at Gibbs Library. This is a time to be quiet and mentally restful together with others. Peter Seishin Wohl, a Zen master and teacher who visited the group recently, encourages “sitters” to start in an attitude of kindness and goodwill and allow that feeling to flow outward. This can quiet and relax thoughts and lead to a letting go of negative and stressful feelings. Mmmm, given the continuous and ever-present swirl of news and noise, a quiet hour sounds like time well spent. The Meditation Group is free and everyone is welcome.

Monday Walkers carry on

Walking with others is great for morale and motivation. Washington’s weekly walkers meet Monday mornings at 9 a.m. at Gibbs Library. Participants are encouraged to walk at their own pace and only as far as comfortable along the loop out Bill Luce Road to McDowell Road and back. The total distance is 3 miles. Hunting season is open, so remember to add blaze orange for yourself (and your dog). Walkers are welcome to come any time. It’s free and no commitment is required.

Blueberry Fields dinner

Blueberry Fields' first public dinner of the season will be this Saturday, Nov. 11. FMI, call 446-2407

Prescott Memorial Holiday Bazaar

Prescott Memorial School, 100 Waldoboro Road, will hold a holiday bazaar  Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon.The school is seeking vendors to sell their items in this event. Call the school, 845-2424, for details about space or table rental fees.

Windstorm – whew!

Probably everything that needs to be said about last week’s windstorm has been said. We hope everyone is getting back to something like normal. This quotation is being heard often and is certainly true: "In the game of life ... Mother Nature always bats last." - Edward Abbey.

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