From Blue to Red

Saturday, December 9, 2017 @ 9am

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Leah R. Singer

I Moved from a Blue State to a Red State and it Changed My Life 

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — I used to say I’d never move to a red state. And then I did. And it’s changed my life for the better.

In July 2016, I moved from San Diego to Terre Haute when my husband received a job opportunity at a local university. At 41 years old — at midlife — I moved from the blue, liberal left coast bubble to a rural, Midwest, Rust Belt red state.

I was raised in California, where we like to believe diversity is applauded and opportunities abound. In many ways, California’s blue state bubble can be a very safe place to live if you subscribe to the popular liberal politics.


Int’l Artisan Craft Fair

Saturday, December 2, 2017 @ 9am

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Julie Forsyth
Director of Operations

Partners for World Health

5th Annual International Artisan Craft Fair
Dec 9th, 9a-3p
40 Walsh Drive, Portland, Me

Partners for World Health, based in Portland, Maine, collects unused medical supplies from New England medical facilities and re-distributes them to organizations in need. PWH also orchestrates medical missions in developing countries that deliver supplies and services and medical professionals in host countries.

In the first six months of 2017, PWH has delivered 4 containers overseas and over 20 pallets of medical supplies to Maine organizations. Bangladesh, Senegal and Uganda hosted medical mission teams that provided surgical and primary care services to over 1,000 people. PWH also has developed a “Purchase Program”, where medical training programs—Universities, Colleges, and Technical Schools— can purchase medical supplies and equipment for educational purposes.

PWH was founded by Elizabeth McLellan in 2007, who realized the dire need in developing countries and began collecting supplies in her home. The organization has now grown to collection sites throughout New England with four warehouses in Maine.

Next Gen Holiday Social

Saturday, December 2, 2017 @ 9am

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Janet Cole Cross
Career Coach

Cole Cross Connections LLC
“Career coaching for the next generation”
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Next Gen Holiday Social
Monday, Dec 4th, 5p-7p
Easy Day
725 Broadway, South Portland


Saturday, November 25, 2017 @ 9am

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Laurie Raymond

Research Coordinator

Autism has a strong genetic component. To date, approximately 50 genes have been identified that almost certainly play a role in autism, and researchers estimate that at least an additional 300 are involved. But to identify all the genes at play, many more genetic samples are needed from those with autism and their immediate families.

That’s where SPARK comes in. SPARK is an online scientific study and community of individuals with autism and their families. Launched just a year ago, Maine Behavioral Healthcare and the Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders in South Portland has partnered with SPARK to enroll over 50,000 people.

SPARK’s goals are twofold: first, to identify the hundreds of autism genes at play and to link them to the biological mechanisms that they govern, as well as to any environmental factors to which participants with autism may have been exposed. Researchers can better understand the condition’s causes by linking specific identified genes to the diverse array of symptoms, skills and challenges of those affected. Second, it seeks to connect these individuals and families to research opportunities that advance the understanding of autism.