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.

Being There

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 9am

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Erica Kosmiar, LCSW
Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters

Compassionate and balanced, and focusing on the emotional health and well-being of children as well as that of the mothers who care for them, this book shows mothers and fathers how to give their children the best chance for developing into healthy and loving adults. Based on more than two decades of clinical work, established psychoanalytic theory, and the most current and cutting-edge neurobiological research on caregiving, attachment, and brain development, the book explains:

– How to establish emotional connection with a newborn or young child–regardless of whether you’re able to pause your career to stay home
– How to select and train quality childcare if necessary–and how to ease transitions and minimize stress for your baby or toddler
– What’s true and false about widely held beliefs like “Babies are resilient” and how to combat feelings of post-partum depression or boredom
– Why three months of maternity leave is not long enough–and how women and their partners can take control of their choices to provide for their family’s emotional needs in the first three years.

The Volk Packaging Heroes Wall

Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 9am

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THE VOLK PACKAGING HEROES WALL is intended to honor all men and women who have served or currently serve our great country in the Armed Forces. Anyone can put their loved ones face and information on the Heroes Wall. ALL PROCEEDS from the VPC HEROES WALL will be given to the Biddeford/Saco/Old Orchard Beach VFW.

Here is how it works;

* There will be 2 sides to the wall, one side will be for 8.5″ x 11″ tiles and the other side will be for 5″ x 7″ tiles.

* The larger tiles are $150 and the smaller tiles are $100. A small portion goes to Get Etched to create the tile and the balance is given to the VFW.

* We will soon have a form on our website which will allow people to submit the information, attach a photo and pay for a tile.

* The tiles will be adhered to the wall when we have built up enough to do the project and the Maine weather is cooperative.

* The wall will sit in the Volk Packaging front parking lot at 79 Drapeau Street, Biddeford, Maine. All are welcome to visit at any time, day or night.

* Anyone, from anywhere, can put their loved one’s face and information on the wall. You do not have to be from Biddeford/Saco/OOB.

* The photo can be a current photo, a photo with the family, a photo during their time in the military, or whatever else the tile sponsor chooses.

* An exact date for the construction of the wall has yet to be determined.

Until we get the website updated with payment options, if you are interested in becoming a tile donor, or you know someone who might be interested, please contact Derek Volk at or (207) 571-5511.


We are actively seeking corporate or private sponsors to help make this wall a reality. We are hoping, in time, to have multiple sections.

For $2,500 your company or family name can be the primary sponsor to one side of a section of wall. This sponsorship puts your company name, permanently, along the entire top of the wall.

For $500 your company or family name can be a sub-sponsor to one side of a section of wall. This sponsorship puts an 8.5″ x 11″ tile, permanently, along the top row of the wall.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, or you know someone who might be interested, please contact Derek Volk or (207) 571-5511.

NOTE: VOLK PACKAGING, the Volk family or anyone involved with the company receives, keeps and/or gains no monetary income from this wall. Our reward is honoring those who have served.

The Last Punisher

Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 9am

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Kevin Lacz
US Navy Seal – Seal Team 3
The Last Punisher

The Last Punisher is a bold, no-holds-barred first-person account of the Iraq War. With wry humor and moving testimony, Kevin Lacz tells the story of his tour in Iraq with SEAL Team THREE, the warrior elite of the Navy. This legendary unit, known as “The Punishers,” included Chris Kyle (American Sniper), Mike Monsoor, Ryan Job, and Marc Lee. These brave men were instrumental in securing the key locations in the pivotal 2006 Battle of Ramadi, told with stunning detail in these pages.

Minute by minute, Lacz relays the edge-of-your-seat details of his team’s missions in Ramadi, offering a firsthand glimpse into the heated combat, extreme conditions, and harrowing experiences they faced every day. Through it all, Lacz and his teammates formed unbreakable bonds and never lost sight of the cause: protecting America with their fight.

The Last Punisher brings the reader into the life and mind of a SEAL, demonstrating the tough realities of war. At the same time, Lacz shares how these experiences made him a better man and how proud he is of his contributions to one of this country’s most difficult military campaigns. Lacz is now an in-demand public speaker testifying to the ability of a veteran to thrive at home. The book includes an afterword on the making of the hit film American Sniper.

The Last Punisher is the story of a SEAL who was never afraid to answer the call.