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Page 32 THE QUODDY TIDES 11 December, 2015 ALMOST 800 MEALS were served to community members at no cost as part of the third annual Thanksgiving dinner at ihe Second Baptist Church in Calais. Several volunteers gave their time while many individuals and organizations provided donations to help make the "event a well-regarded and deeply appreciated success. (Lura Jackson photo) WCCC connects students to community Recognizing that one of the most effec- tive methods of teaching is hands-on learning, Washington County Community College's supervisory management class is tasked each semester with the fulfillment of service learning projects. Each project is community-oriented, and the impact of its completion is often significant. This semester's class focused on three projects designed to benefit youth and families in the local area. One project saw students offering gift-wrapping by dona- tion at Crumbs during the downtown Moonlight Madness event in downtown Calais, with all donations being given to a local charity to help families in need of heating assistance. Another involved an anti-bullying presentation given to the fifth and sixth graders of Calais Elementa- ry School to raise awareness of the impact of bullying and what can be done to pre- vent it. The third project gave the faculty and staff of WCCC with children the op- portunity to participate in a Family Fun night, a carnival-like event that included games and a pinata. By participating in the projects, students gain experience leading, working with dif- ferent personalities, dealing with conflict, working on a limited budget and imple- menting contingency plans as needed. Af- ter the projects are completed, each student writes a paper that gives them the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned. Some past projects have been particu- larly far-reaching. Last year, one group of students completed Soles for. Life, a project designed to collect shoes for chil- dren and villagers in Tanzania. After col- lecting several boxes of shoes from the local community, the students were dis- mayed to find out that the cost of shipping just two boxes to Africa was $400. Work- ing within the budget constraints of the project, the students deliberated over which shoes would be best, narrowing it down to those that were most durable. Within a few weeks of sending the shoes, the students received photos back from a woman in the village showing the shoes being handed out and worn with clearly evident delight. "It was so touching and rewarding. It made it all real. It was such a learning experience for the students, and for me, too," says Rhonda French, the instructor of the course. Route 9 fatal crash u On November 26 Anthony Barnes 34, of Plymouth was travelling east on Route 9 in Aurora driving a 2008 Chevy Equi- nox. According to the Maine State Police, at around 6 p.m. he stopped in the driving lane and shut the vehicle and its lights off. He got out of the vehicle and was standing on the driver's side. At this time, a 1999 Volkswagen Cabrio being driven by Mitch Russell, 28, of Calais was also heading east. The Volkswagen clipped the left rear door of the Equinox and struck Barnes. Barnes ended up in the roadway, and the Volk- swagen went off the right side of the road. Bames was transported via LifeFlight nder investigation helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Cen- ter in Bangor, where he died shortly after arrival. Russell and a passenger were un- injured. Two other passengers who were in the vehicle Barnes was driving were also uninjured. It is unclear as to why Barnes stopped in the roadway and shut the vehicle off. Trooper Jacob Ferland, the primary inves- tigator, was assisted by Trooper Bryan Creamer and Sergeant Tim Varney. Offic- er Chad Wilmot of the Ellsworth Police Department assisted with the reconstruc- tion. The crash remains under investiga- tion. Garfield Street 6 Apartments, Calais 2-BR & 3-BR Apts. Accepting Applications for Future Vacancies Rent based on 30% of income. Preference given to extremely low income: 2 people- $15,930; 3 people-$20,090 4 people - $24,250 / 5 people - $28,410 people- $31,750 Higher incomes may also qualify View property and print application at Maine Development Associates PO Box 2219 Bangor, Maine 04402-2219 (207 947-6795 / 1-800-639-1747 TDD - Dial 711 EQUAL HOUSIN(; OPPORTUN 1"13 Calais Regional Hospital names new CEO Rodney Boula, who has been serving as chief executive officer of two hospitals in New York State, has been named Calais Regional Hospital's (CRH) new CEO. Boula was selected following a national search conducted by the CRH board of directors and Quorum Health Resources, the hospital's management company. CRH has been under the direction of Bert Whittaker, interim CEO, since late June. Boula comes to CRH with over 30 years of senior leadership experience in health- care. He is currently the CEO of two hos- pitals in the University of Vermont Health Network: Elizabethtown Community Hos- pital, since August 2004; and Inter-Lakes Health, since 2014. Both facilities are lo- cated in New York. "Rod brings a wealth of hospital expe- rience and a great understanding of the everyday challenges faced by staff and providers. His leadership and knowledge will be valuable in continuing to move Calais Regional Hospital in a positive di- rection," states Everett Libby, CRH board chair. "We think he will be a great fit for the organization and the community and are anxiously awaiting his arrival early next year." Boula has been involved with and served in leadership roles of a variety of professional associations including: Healthcare Association of New York State, Health Workforce New York, Iro- quois Healthcare Association, Healthcare Financial Management Association and North Country Healthcare Providers. He has also been the recipient of many lead- ership awards, including the Medal of Hon- or, Gold Frederick T. Muncie, Silver Reeves and Bronze Follmer awards from the Healthcare Financial Management Associ- ation, as well as the prestigious Shirley Ann Munroe Award for Rural Hospitals from the American Hospital Association. Boula served in the U.S. Army from 1975-78. He is currently a New York Adirondack li- censed guide and is involved with numerous organizations that exist to pre- serve and expand hunting, fishing and other out- door recreational pursuits. "I look for- ward to getting to know and Rodney Boula working with the medical staff, employees and board and becoming an active member of the community," Boula states. "From what I've seen already, this is a wonderful community which obvi- ously cares about its local hospital." A public welcome reception will be an- nounced once Boula's arrival date is final- ized. WCCC brings seniors back to classroom A few years ago, then interim Academ- ical story," as Windhorst puts it. After ic Dean of Washington County Commu- learning about their destination, the class nity College (WCCC)David Sousa had a embarks on a field trip to the location vision: to provide the seniors of the corn- before reconvening and writing a journal munity with the opportunity to return to entry about their adventure. So far, the college and participate in advanced learn- class has been to St. Andrews, Grand Lake ing at no cost. As a long-time proponent Stream and Indian Township, to name a and conductor of neurological studies, few places. Sousa saw the value in fostering learning "Local history is often told as anec- in the elderly as a means of promoting dotes," Windhorst says. "We're building a community advancement in general, bigger picture." Windhorst adds that there The first classes were soon offered, with is tremendous value in reigniting a love dozens of seniors discovering a newfound of learning in seniors. "Having seniors be aptitude for realistic art and portraiture active in the learning process can make thanks to talented instructors. Other class- an impression on the entire family." es soon followed, giving seniors the op- Current WCCC Academic Dean Alex portunity to learn about Downeast Clifford notes the importance of field- literature and history. Soon, the college based learning. "It's all about the experi- will be offering an English class that will ence. We like students to be in the place impart the understanding of how to share that they're learning about." one's life story. Each class grants partici- The impact is felt profoundly by stu- pants three college credits, and all are of- dents "I've always been interested in his- fered at no charge to those who qualify tory, but I had no idea about the extent of under the college's senior citizens tuition the history of this area," student Sandra waiver program. Smith says. "All of these sites and every- Dr. Colin Windhorst's current history thing I've learned -- I didn't understand class provides an example of how these the ins and outs of it before. It gave me classes effectively connect seniors and total insight." their communities. The class has spent the To enroll in a class, contact Donna Geel past semester touring all over Washington at 454-1013 or . County and beyond "following the histor- Enrollment is limited. WCCC hosts staff appreciation buffet Washington County Community Col- The benefits of the event go beyond lege (WCCC) exemplifies an organization sharing and receiving thanks. Each card filled with individuals constantly striving that was filled out generated a box of non- to bring out the best in others. Even as perishable goods that will be donated to those individuals meet with steady suc- the student food bank on campus. Binda cess in their efforts to empower students said that the event typically raises about and those around them, their daily endeav- $300, all of which is also donated to the ors can go unrecognized in the hustle and student pantry. bustle of a busy campus. This is the fourth year the buffet has The faculty of WCCC hosted a potluck been held. The idea came when the em- breakfast buffet for staff and guests on ployee Christmas and appreciation events November 24. Organizer and WCCC in- were cancelled. "I said, 'No way!' I guess structor Rose Binda described the buffet that makes me Cindy Lou Who," Binda as an opportunity to "give some thanks says with a laugh. Binda got the idea from for those daily kindnesses which we seem- a friend at the Kennedy School of Gov- ingly take for granted." In addition to par- ernment in Massachusetts, who described taking in an array of homemade pastries, it as a cheap and simple way to show jams, spreads and cider prepared by staff appreciation and raise funds. members, the event encouraged partici- Commenting on the importance and pants to fill out "thank you" cards and value of the event, Academic Dean Alex leave them in the mailboxes of fellow em- Cliffogd adds, "We deeply appreciate our ployees, faculty and the lives they are changing."