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April 25, 2013

Run-A-Hound 5K a success in the rain

Filed under: Broadreach Events,Related News,Teens,Uncategorized,Youthlinks — Vicky @ 9:19 am
Eric Morse of Berlin, VT and his running companion, Murdock, took first place in the race.

Photo courtesy of Adrienne Randall

Despite the April showers, 46 runners and 23 dogs gathered at Youthlinks on a cold Saturday morning to take part in the 3rd Annual Run-A-Hound 5K race in Rockland on April 20th.

Youthlinks would like to thank all of the participants, volunteers and local businesses that helped make the 5k a fundraising success and a fun community event.

Thank you to Loyal Biscuit and the Camden Hospital for Animals for sponsoring this year’s event and providing the prize package for the top runner and dog pair.  Both sponsors were present to hand out goodies to the race participants and cheer them on as they crossed the finish line.  Each sponsor also had their own contestants to root for:  Heidi Neal of Loyal Biscuit ran with her dog Izzy and Patti Tempio Wilson of Camden Hospital for Animals ran with her dog Bacci.

Thank you to Hannaford of Rockland, Hole in the Wall Bagels, Rock City Café and Safe Harbor Confections for providing fuel for our runners.  Thank you to StrongerFasterHealthier of Waldoboro for providing samples of pet fish oil for the dogs.

Thank you to Maine Coast Construction for providing safety vests for our crossing guards.

Thank you to all of the businesses who donated door prizes, so every runner had a chance of winning something:  Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital, Maine Boats & Harbors, Maine Sport, Maine Street Meats, Mr. Wat Sushi & Noodles, Penobscot Bay YMCA, Planet Toys, Rock City Café, Swing & Sway Dancing, University of Rockland, WRFR, and Yankee Clipper.

Finally, congratulations to the top runners.  Eric Morse of Berlin, VT and his terrier, Murdock, came in first at 17 minutes and 17 seconds.  Darren Winchenbach of Waldoboro took first place for the Men’s Runners without Dogs class at 19 minutes and 29 seconds. Allison Leonard of Rockland took first place for the Women’s Runners without Dogs class at 25 minutes and 37 seconds.  Youthlinks also congratulates 11-year-old Dayton Dinsmore of South Thomaston for taking third place in the Men’s Runners without Dogs class at 26 minutes and 38 seconds.

The Run-A-Hound 5K benefits the programs of Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, which serves over 500 Mid-Coast youth a year through quality after-school enrichment programs and summer camps.  These programs help youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities.  Youthlinks is funded primarily by state grants and the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and foundations.  All Youthlinks programs are free for participating youth. For more information, visit www.youthlinksonline.org, or call 207-594-2221.

Despite the rain, the dogs were smiling. (photo by of Adrienne Randall)

Despite the rain, the dogs were smiling. (photo by of Adrienne Randall)

A crowd gathered at Youthlinks for the 2013 Run-A-Hound 5K. (photo by of Adrienne Randall)
A crowd gathered at Youthlinks for the 2013 Run-A-Hound 5K. (photo by of Adrienne Randall)

 

April 24, 2013

Grant Supports Local After-School Programs

Left to right:  Youthlinks Program Director Amie Hutchison and Five Town CTC Executive Director Dalene Dutton

Left to right: Youthlinks Program Director Amie Hutchison and Five Town CTC Executive Director Dalene Dutton

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Group recently awarded a $90,000 grant to support after-school programs in mid-coast Maine. Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services and STAR, a program of Five Town Communities That Care (CTC) were the joint recipients of this generous funding. “Youthlinks and STAR have common goals,” says Youthlinks Director, Amie Hutchison. “Both programs are working to improve outcomes for middle school students by providing skill building programs and meaningful volunteer opportunities.” “We are excited to be working with Broadreach and Youthlinks in this way. Collaboration provides us with the opportunity to share resources and expertise and ensures that every dollar goes even further,” added Five Town CTC Executive Director, Dalene Dutton. Another common goal of Youthlinks and STAR is to create a generation of life-long community-minded volunteers.
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG) oversees Maine’s participation in the federal juvenile justice initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to help states craft effective responses to the problems of juvenile crime and violence; and to reduce delinquency and youth violence by providing community members with skills, knowledge, and opportunities to foster a healthy and nurturing environment that supports the growth and development of productive and responsible citizens.
Youthlinks’ mission is to empower youth to commit to themselves and their communities, broaden their horizons, and acquire healthy life skills through focused enrichment programs and meaningful volunteer work. Youthlinks offers a diverse menu of in-school, after-school, and summer programs to engage a broad base of youth with varying interests. Their programs rely on creating mutually beneficial relationships with other area non-profit agencies. Through these opportunities, youth are exposed to new experiences, develop new knowledge and skills and develop pride in the service they give to their community.
The STAR Program seeks to provide opportunities for youth to learn skills that they can use in service to their community, to provide recognition for the contributions of young people, and to connect youth to other places where they can use their newly acquired skills. Youths who have confidence in their basic skills are apt to become involved in groups where healthy development is fostered. For the spring cycle of STAR, students will participate in one of the following classes: Knit Wits, Exploring Through the Arts, Hands On Science, Animal Antics, Aldermere Farm Hands, Martial Arts, Cooking, and Improvisational Drama.
STAR is open to 5th-8th graders in the towns of Appleton, Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, and Rockport. It is the flagship program of Five Town Communities That Care, whose mission is to promote healthy youth and to prevent problem adolescent behaviors such as substance abuse, violence, delinquency, school dropout, teenage pregnancy, and suicide.
Youthlinks and the STAR program are available at no cost to participants thanks to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Group grant and generous donations from community members, organizations, and businesses. For more information on Youthlinks, visit www.youthlinksonline.org or call 594-2221. For information on Five Town Communities That Care, visit www.fivetownctc.org or call 236-9800.

April 18, 2013

Local businesses offer prizes at Youthlinks’ Run-A-Hound 5K

The Run-A-Hound 5K banner marks the race's finish line at Youthlinks.

The Run-A-Hound 5K banner marks the race’s finish line at Youthlinks.

Saturday, April 20th Youthlinks will hold its third annual Run-A-Hound 5K for runners and dogs.

Local businesses have shown a great amount of enthusiasm and support for this year’s event.  Camden Hospital for Animals and Loyal Biscuit are sponsoring the race.  Hole in the Wall Bagels, Rock City Café, Hannaford and Safe Harbor Confections are providing fuel for the runners and StrongerFasterHealthier is providing samples of Omega-3 fish oil supplements for the pooches.

Everyone will have a chance to win something at the race.  Door prizes include a private dance lesson and group dance session at Swing & Sway Dancing, a $50 gift certificate from Yankee Clipper, a $30 gift certificate to Maine Sport, a day pass to Maine Boats & Harbors Show, a Boatyard Dog hat, a Boatyard Dog t-shirt, a $25 gift certificate to Planet Toys, a $10 gift certificate to Maine Street Meats, a WRFR t-shirt and CD, and a University of Rockland sweatshirt.  The top runner with a dog will be awarded a $50 gift certificate from Loyal Biscuit and a $75 gift certificate from the Camden Hospital for Animals.  The top male runner without a dog will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Penobscot Bay YMCA.  The top female runner without a dog will receive a $50 gift certificate to Mr. Wat Sushi & Noodles and a $50 gift certificate to Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital.

The race will be held rain or shine at Youthlinks, located at 420 Broadway in Rockland, on Saturday, April 20th at 9:30am. Participants are asked to park at OHS-East. Registration fees are $10 for Adults with a dog, $15 for Adults without a dog, and $8 for Students with or without a dog.  Pre-Registration is greatly appreciated and will be available on active.com until Friday, April 19th.  The race route, schedule of events and a link to register are available online at youthlinksonline.org/runahound5k.

The Run-A-Hound 5K is to benefit the programs of Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, which serves over 500 Mid-Coast youth a year through quality after-school enrichment programs and summer camps.  These programs help youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities. Youthlinks is funded primarily by state grants and the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and foundations. All Youthlinks programs are free for participating youth. For more information, visit www.youthlinksonline.org, or call 207-594-2221.

 

April 11, 2013

One Month Left to Enter to Win your Maine Dream Vacation

One lucky winner and a travelling companion will enjoy a one-of-a-kind dream vacation in the midcoast of Maine.

One lucky winner and a travelling companion will enjoy a one-of-a-kind dream vacation in the midcoast of Maine.

Once again the Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce and Youthlinks have teamed up to sponsor The Maine Dream Vacation Raffle.  Proceeds benefit the free youth programs of Youthlinks and the community development work of the Chamber.

The amazing prize package is made possible through the generous donations of local businesses. The lucky winner and companion will enjoy three nights at the Samoset Resort on the Ocean, including a round of golf.  They will dine each night at a different restaurant: La Bella Vita Ristorante, Rockport; the Craignair Inn & Restaurant, Spruce Head; and The Youngtown Inn & Restaurant, Lincolnville.

The winner will also be treated to a biplane tour over Penobscot Bay, courtesy of the Owls Head Transportation Museum, a sail aboard the Schooner Olad, Camden and passes to the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland.

The prize also includes round-trip airfare for two from Boston to Rockland, courtesy of Cape Air, and $500 in spending money courtesy of Bangor Savings Bank.  Travel is June 7th -10th and the drawing is in May.

This prize would make the staycation of a life time, or be a dream vacation for a lucky visitor.  “I see this as a win-win,” says Youthlinks Program Director, Amie Hutchison. “Every $25 dollars stays right in our community, encouraging development and supporting kids.  The chance to win this amazing prize is pretty great bonus.”

The price is $25 a ticket. Raffle sales are being conducted by Youthlinks through the website www.mainedreamvacationraffle.com.

Visit www.mainedreamvacationraffle.com to buy tickets and for more information (including the rules).

Proceeds of the Maine Dream Vacation Raffle benefit the community service programs of Youthlinks (www.youthlinksonline.org). Through participation in Youthlinks, Midcoast youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to peers, adult mentors, and their communities. All Youthlinks programs are free for participating youth. Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox Counties since 1983 (www.broadreachmaine.org).

April 9, 2013

Thorndike Creamery cooks with teens in Youthlinks program

Students Kat Howarth and Takoda Peasley are ready to serve their handmade pizza at the St. Peter's soup kitchen on Saturday, March 9th.

Students Kat Howarth and Takoda Peasley are ready to serve their handmade pizza at the St. Peter’s soup kitchen on Saturday, March 9th.

Sarah Vokey and Christian Willey of the Thorndike Creamery in Rockland joined the Youthlinks Soup Kitchen program on Tuesday, February 26.  Each week students in the Youthlinks Soup Kitchen program are joined by a local chef who shares a signature dish with the group and teaches kitchen safety skills. Students take these learned skills to prepare a meal one Saturday a month at the St. Peter’s soup kitchen in Rockland.

Vokey, owner of the popular pizza and ice cream parlor in Rockland, came prepared with all the ingredients required to make a perfect pizza from scratch.  Though Youthlinks staff and program participants were asked to keep the recipes secret, all were shown how to make a signature Thorndike pizza. Vokey showed students the proper technique to making pizza dough without over-kneading. Willey showed students how to stretch the dough over their hands, which requires a gentle, yet firm touch. Willey also demonstrated some impressive dough tossing skills, which no participant dared mimic.

From left: Thorndike Creamery Kitchen Manager Christian Willey, Youthlinks participant Kat Howarth, Owner of the Thorndike Creamery Sarah Vokey, and Youthlinks participant Takoda Peasley.

From left: Thorndike Creamery Kitchen Manager Christian Willey, Youthlinks participant Kat Howarth, Owner of the Thorndike Creamery Sarah Vokey, and Youthlinks participant Takoda Peasley.

 

During the process of cooking a sauce from scratch, Vokey pointed out the difference in flavor between a raw tomato and the complexity of a cooked sauce, encouraging students to taste the sauce before and after the introduction of fresh herbs. Students were able to create their own 10 inch pizza to take home. Vokey showed students how to bake a pizza in a home oven with the help of a makeshift bread paddle by way of a wooden cutting board.   On Saturday, March 9th, students Kat Howarth and Takoda Peasley were joined by Youthlinks program managers Sarah Woodman and Josie Gates at the St. Peter’s soup kitchen. Kat and Takoda used the lessons shared by Willey and Vokey to create a pizza lunch for soup kitchen diners. The two students used tomato sauce and pizza dough made with the Thorndike recipe, chopped vegetables and pepperoni for toppings, and baked their own pizzas to serve to guests. Students also provided a green salad and an apple crisp for dessert.

Student Kat Howarth stated that it was “Definitely interesting to learn how they make the pizza, which is the best pizza in town. And it was a great experience to volunteer at the soup kitchen. It was really nice of them to come.” Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox Counties since 1983. For more information please call Youthlinks at 594-2221 or visit youthlinksonline.org.

April 8, 2013

Rockland After-School Alliance Students Participate in the Sugaring Season at Aldermere Farm

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 8:50 am

By Josie Gates

RASA students Kasey Campbell and Cody Hall calculate how much maple syrup they could make with the sap they gathered.

RASA students Kasey Campbell and Cody Hall calculate how much maple syrup they could make with the sap they gathered.

 Rockland After-School Alliance (RASA) participants ventured to Aldermere Farm in Rockport to learn about the maple-sugaring season and process in Maine. Aldermere Farm holds community sap gathering and boiling events throughout the sugaring season, and this year was able to offer Sap to Syrup, a seven-week long after-school program to students through RASA.

Each week the students visited the farm and with the instruction of Sarah Post, Aldermere’s Program Manager, and Youthlinks AmeriCorps Program Manager, Josie Gates, learned how to identify sugar maple trees that were okay to be tapped. Students then participated in the tapping and gathering process. Kids learned that sugar sap is not the sticky brown sap that gets stuck to their hands and clothes, but is in fact a clear liquid that tastes like sugar water. They quickly realized the important role that weather patterns play in determining how much sap flows during the sugaring season, and how many gallons of sap it takes to make just one gallon of syrup. Students got a chance to see a sugar shack in action as Aldermere’s General Manager, Ron Howard, demonstrated the boiling and evaporation process that turns the sugary sap water into thick and dark maple syrup.

The Sap to Syrup program was a great way for RASA students to see the sugaring season from start to finish—from cleaning out the cobwebs in the sap buckets in early February, to hauling gallons of sap from the sugar bush back to the sugar shack, to eating vanilla ice cream topped with maple syrup on their last visit.

RASA is a program of Youthlinks offered in collaboration with RSU 13 and supported by a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant from the Maine Department of Education. Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox Counties since 1983. For more information concerning the Rockland After-School Alliance, please contact Youthlinks: 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org/RASA.

RASA student Winter Cormier inspects how much sap has collected into the buckets since their previous visit to the Aldermere Farm.

RASA student Winter Cormier inspects how much sap has collected into the buckets since their previous visit to the Aldermere Farm.

Aldermere Farm’s Manager Ron Howard demonstrates how sap boils and evaporates to become maple syrup.

Aldermere Farm’s Manager Ron Howard demonstrates how sap boils and evaporates to become maple syrup.

April 3, 2013

Local Dance Teacher Volunteers to Teach Hip Hop for Rockland After-School Alliance

Local dance instructor teaches hip hop to Rockland District Middle School studentsYouthlinks and Rockland After-School Alliance (RASA) are thrilled to announce that local dance teacher Katie Thompson of Rockland has signed on to teach another session of an after-school Hip Hop class to RDMS students. This will be Thompson’s third session volunteering for Youthlinks and RASA. Thompson is a 2006 graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School and is currently a student at University College at Rockland.
Thompson has been an enthusiastic member of mid-coast Maine’s dance community since she was a little girl. She danced ballet when she was three years old, and was then trained through a wide variety of dance classes and workshops in Maine, New Hampshire, and New York, focusing on Hip Hop, Ballet, Modern, plus Break Dancing, Street Jazz, and Yoga. While she focuses mostly in the style of Hip Hop technique, it is evident in her dance that she is comfortable transposing choreography from all genres into her pieces.
Thompson started teaching dance when she was fifteen alongside then local dance teacher and performer, Annie Laurita. Since then Thompson has taught all over the mid-coast area, from public workshops in crowded school gymnasiums to private studio classes. She is also a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. Some of her most memorable experiences as a professional dancer and choreographer have been choreographing for large dance shows and musicals, like the recent CHRHS fall production.  When she was seventeen she took on the endeavor of creating a show called “Whose Beat Is It Anyway” along with fellow local dancer, Morgan Cooper. The pair focused on every detail of the performance from directing, lighting, set design, as well as all of the choreography. She has also choreographed for the Camden Shakespeare Company, Ashwood Waldorf School, and North Haven Arts and Enrichment. One of her favorite choreographing experiences was this past year, as she took on the role of choreographer for CHRHS’s production of “West Side Story”. As a student at UROCK, Thompson is currently working on an independent study project for college credit with local educator, Jon Potter, on how kids find comfort in themselves through dance.

 
One of Thompson’s favorite parts of teaching is combining kids and adults from all walks of life into a class and giving them the same opportunity and experiences. She speaks very openly and passionately about her love of watching students “come into their own” through dance. Because Thompson has been teaching and choreographing in the mid-coast for so long, she’s had the pleasure of watching her young dancers grow and emerge as they reveal some tremendous talent. She sees lots of opportunity in the area for dancers of all ages and talents and looks forward to continuing to strengthen Mid-Coast’s Maine promising dance community.  For more information, to register, or to find out how you can volunteer, please contact Youthlinks: 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox Counties since 1983.

April 2, 2013

New Financial Director at Broadreach

Filed under: New Staff — Sue Dirosario @ 3:39 pm

karla5Broadreach Family & Community Services is pleased to announce that Karla Edney has accepted the position of Broadreach Finance Director. Karla will be replacing Broadreach’s retiring Chief Financial Officer, Chip Bradstreet.  “Chip has provided strong financial leadership to Broadreach for the past fourteen years. All of us at Broadreach wish Chip the best as he moves on to new adventures. We are thrilled to have found such a wonderful professional to carry on Chip’s leadership.” shares Kate Quinn Finlay, Broadreach Executive Director .

Karla Edney has over 25 years’ experience in accounting and finance having spent the last 13 years as Vice President of Finance and Administration at United Way of Eastern Maine.  Prior to that, she was the Manager of General Accounting at Harborside Graphics Sportswear in Belfast.

Karla earned a BS in accounting from Husson College.  In 2010, she  was elected to the Financial Issues Committee for United Way Worldwide where she served on many committees, responding to IRS and FASB issues and creating recommended policies and guidance for the United Way system.  Karla chaired the 2012 Finance and HR Forum held last October that brought 300 United CFO’s and HR professionals together to share knowledge and best practices. Currently, Karla co-chairs the Bangor Region Junior Achievement Board, whose purpose is to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business and economics in order to improve the quality of their lives. Her passion for children and families was a great match to the mission of Broadreach.

Broadreach Family Services is a private not-for-profit organization that has been making a positive difference in the lives of Maine children and families for over 30 years.  Through such programs as early childhood classrooms, case management services, after school programs for teens and parent training, Broadreach helps community members to build skills and support to lead healthy and productive lives.

For more information, about the many services Broadreach provides for children and families, please visit our website at www.brmaine.org , email us at info@brmaine.org or call us at 338-2200.