York County EMA Well Check Registry Announcement

York County Emergency Management Agency will announce a new program that will be available for residents of York County that may require some assistance during a disaster or other wide spread emergency.  The York County Voluntary Well-Check Registry is a confidential system designed to maintain information by town of citizens  who have functional or mobility needs during an event local EMA Directors will have access to town specific listings and will be able to plan for assistance. 
On Wednesday March 30 at 2:00PM at York County Community Action facility 6 Spruce Street Sanford 2nd floor conference room at the  meeting of the York County District Public Health  Council  the program will be announced and will officially be available from local health care providers soon after the official announcement.   Many health care partners have been involved in the development of this program.  Several of the key individuals and agencies will be

In desperate need of funds, food and volunteers!

"Friends of Community Action Food Pantry" in Biddeford Maine is in desperate need of funds, food and volunteers.

Send checks to: Friends Food Pantry 4 Sunset Ave., Saco, Maine 04072
Phone: 207-282-4771 Hrs. Tues,Wed,Thur.9am-11am.


Organizations stand with local youth to speak against tobacco company’s exploitation of youth

Students from schools in the greater Biddeford-Saco area are partnering with Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition, Southern Maine Medical Center and Thornton Academy to speak out against the exploitation of youth by tobacco companies during National Kick Butts Day. Each year, tobacco manufacturers spend nearly $60 million directly targeting youth in Maine promoting tobacco products. Local students are fighting back against this practice by reaching out to their peers and educating them about the impacts of smoking and how tobacco companies are cashing in at their expense.

WHAT: Kick-Butts Day is a national observance where youth speak up
against tobacco and teen exploitation in an effort to lower youth tobacco use. Local events will kick-off at a rally and press event held at Thornton Academy.

Community Bicycle Center Receives United Way of York County Grant

Biddeford, Maine. The Community Bicycle Center (CBC) today announced that it has been awarded a one-year grant totaling $6,000 by United Way of York County. The investment will build life skills in youth to provide healthy foundations for life. Through the mobilization of resources, expertise and funds that support programs focused on education, income and health- the building blocks of a good life, United Way of York County advances the common good and strengthens the whole community.

The Community Bicycle Center exists to empower youth through bicycles and bicycling experiences.

13th Annual Mary’s Walk and Kerrymen Pub 5K Slated for March 13, 2011

Saco, Maine (March 2, 2011) – When Gene Libby called Karen Hakala on January 13 to ask her to participate in Mary’s Walk, she remembered the fifth anniversary of her diagnosis with breast cancer – on January 13, 2006. March 13, 2011 marks the 13th anniversary of Mary’s Walk. “I used to think of 13 as an unlucky number,” said Hakala. “Now I see it as my lucky number.” She will speak at the opening ceremony for the event and is forming a team to walk.
Hakala, vice president of marketing for Norway Savings Bank, describes herself as a “poster child for mammography.”  Six months after finding a “small speck” on her mammogram, a follow-up showed three lumps. “Screening saves lives.  …  Cancer is not discriminating.  I was very active and still am. Before learning I had cancer, I had run a six mile loop every day since high school,” said Hakala.
“I will not be cancer.   I can choose to do that, or to move forward,” she added.

Dudziak's School of Gymnastics hosts competition and fundraiser for nine year old with rare disease

Dudziak's School of Gymnastics hosts competition and fundraiser for nine year old with rare disease

On Easter Sunday, 2010, a nine-year old Bella Tucker of Londonderry, NH contracted a rare form of Streptococcus Pneumonia Sepsis with DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulation).  After 5 days in a coma, amazingly she recovered only to then endure a quadruple amputation. Bella is a member of The Phantom Gymnastic Team and also a member of the gymnastic community from her home town of Londonderry NH. to Fairfield Me.

Dudziak's School of Gymnastics located in Biddeford ME will be hosting competition/fundraising event on February 27, 2011 for their friend, Bella.

The event is set to host over 150 gymnasts and these young humanitarians making a change.

This will be a defining moment in their lives. Bad things happen; it is how you persevere to make it right. These young people are doing just that.

Checks and donations can be made out to Dudziak’s School of Gymnastics;

Tax ID # 27-6710741.



How Far Can You Go in 60 Minutes Without Even Stepping Outside?

BIDDEFORD, ME (Feb. 15, 2010) – The temperatures outside are still bitter cold, but at the Northern York County Family YMCA it’s a perfect time to swim, bike and run!

On Sun., Mar. 06, 2011 the Y will host the 7th Annual  Indoor Triathlon – a competition that involves 20 minutes each of pool swimming, stationary bike riding, and treadmill running. At the end of the 60-minute event, each participant’s distance will be calculated. Awards will be presented to the first place male and female winners, as well as age-group winners.

Who:  The event draws participants of all ages and levels of athletic abilities – from beginners to seasoned triathletes. Register individually or as part of a relay team!

What: 7th Annual Indoor Triathlon
Beginning with a 20-minute pool swim, participants will have their laps counted.