Tuesday, September 11, 2018

SEPTEMBER LOCAL WRITERS @ THE LIBRARY


THE MARK & EMILY TURNER MEMORIAL LIBRARY

invites you to
Local Writers @ the Library
Reading about Family


Wednesday, September 26
39 2nd Street
Presque Isle, Maine
6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Free and open to the public

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”
                                                                                                                                 ~George Burns


"If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance."
            ~George Bernard Shaw

Featuring:
Eve Scofield
Marie Sims
Regina Bowie
Larry Bubar


SCHEDULE OF FUTURE EVENTS, Date & Theme



September 26              Family
October 24                  Politics & the Election
November 28              Holidays
January 23                   NonFiction
February 27                 Love
March 27                     Favorite Authors
April 24                       Poetry
May 22                        Place





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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

OPENING HOULTON OFFICE OF THE AROOSTOOK DEMOCRATS

Area Folks Supporting Aroostook Democrats

Left: Mike Carpenter for Maine Senate
Right: Ted Sussman for Maine House of Representatives

              Mike


Ted


Iva 

Friday, August 10, 2018

No funding for a Space Force. Invest in Peace.


I have been a fan of space exploration from its earliest beginnings, but I abhor billions spent on a military space force that will enrich the military industrial complex even more than it already is. Those billions should be spent on investments in environmental clean up, health care, education, feeding the hungry, and providing for the basic necessities of all.  Those kinds of investments will do more to create and maintain the peace than any weaponizing ever has or ever will.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Local Writers @ the Library



THE MARK & EMILY TURNER MEMORIAL LIBRARY
invites you to
Local Writers @ the Library



FEATURING LOCAL WRITERS READING FICTION:


                  Marie Sims  

                  Rosalie DelSignore 

                                      and others    


“There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth.” 
                                                                          ~ Doris Lessing

             
Wednesday, July 25
39 2nd Street
Presque Isle, Maine
6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Free and open to the public

“Fiction was invented the day Jonah arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale..” 
                                                         ~Gabriel García Márquez


SCHEDULE OF FUTURE EVENTS, Date & Theme
September 26                  Family
October 24     Politics/Election
November 28               Holidays
January 23                 NonFiction
February 27                         Love
March 27        Favorite Authors
April 24                             Poetry
May 22                                Place

Contact Alice 768-5827, bolstridgea38@gmail.com

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Addiction Epidemic: What Can We Do?


            I recently attended a community meeting at the library to hear a talk and discussion about what is being done about the opioid crisis. The speaker from the Maine Opiate Collaborative (MOC) spoke at length about statewide efforts to educate medical providers to stop over-prescribing opioids for pain. He said the campaign has been so successful, we have a problem now of under-prescribing for patients needing it for terminal illnesses and for palliative care for patients with long-term intractable pain for which no other medication works. He then talked about the 3 pillars of the Collaborative’s response to the crisis: law enforcement, treatment, prevention and harm reduction.
            Prevention got short shrift in the last few minutes of his talk. He mostly just described the problems with applying interventions to prevent addiction: too expensive and too complex with the social, economic, and mental health issues in involved.
            In discussion I suggested that prevention is the most important pillar for reducing the numbers of those addicted by self medication rather than those addicted from prescriptions and why wasn’t more being done about it. He replied, “Well what would you do?”
            I said, “Surely there are possible solutions, but what is lacking is the collective will to apply them.
            He mentioned an unfunded project proposal in the legislature. And then the discussion veered into other questions.
            I brought it back to prevention again by asking for more information about the unfunded proposal in the legislature. He mentioned as possible interventions early childhood education, improved counseling and peer support for mental health issues, and social interventions to improve the socioeconomic climate. He suggested these were the issues that were too complex and expensive for the legislature to solve. The discussion again veered into other topics.
            I brought it back a third time by suggesting that one thing we could do as private citizens would be to lobby our legislators. He said we couldn’t expect answers to these questions to come from Augusta or Washington. They needed to be found in communities.
            The meeting closed at this point before I got a fourth chance to bring it back to prevention and ask, What exactly should communities be doing? How can communities be expected to find the resources to solve this problem on their own if those we have elected to represent us cannot find the resources and will not support community efforts?
            And I wanted to say, Another thing we can do as private citizens is to take note of where the candidates for political office stand on this important issue and vote accordingly. Remember in November.


MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

What is so great about 
MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN?

~Great dismantling of Environmental and Health Care Protections
~Great reductions in Public School Resources
~Great increase in low-paying Jobs
~Great stagnation of Wages
~Great increases in Cost of Living
~Great Tax Breaks for the richest
~Great increase in Income Inequality between richest and the rest
~Great loss of Friendship and Respect Among Nations
. . . and more

Sunday, July 15, 2018

LOCAL WRITERS @ THE LIBRARY



THE MARK & EMILY TURNER MEMORIAL LIBRARY
invites you to
Local Writers @ the Library

THEME: FOOD / GARDENING

FEATURING 
  • Marie Sims reads a selection from her true-crime book I Did Something Very Bad
  • Martie Pritchard reads a selection from her book From Bombs to Babies dealing with the desperate food shortages after the war. 
  • Rosalie DelSignore reads poetry. 
  • Alice Bolstridge reads selections from the novel Hunger by Elise Blackwell about protecting a seed bank during the siege of Leningrad.


Wednesday, July 25
39 2nd Street
Presque Isle, Maine
6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Free and open to the public


SCHEDULE OF FUTURE EVENTS, Date & Theme
 August 22                        Fiction
September 26                  Family
October 24     Politics/Election
November 28               Holidays
January 23                 NonFiction
February 27                         Love
March 27        Favorite Authors
April 24                             Poetry
May 22                                Place

Contact Alice 768-5827, bolstridgea38@gmail.com