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Veterans workshop

PORTLAND – Community Counseling Center will host a workshop, “Home from the War – Now What? Helping Veterans and Their Families,” featuring Dr. Charles R. Figley as a part of its 2006 Clinical Masters Series.

The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 P.M. Friday, May 12, at the Double Tree Hotel. The fee is $70 a person, which includes lunch. For more information or to register, call Community Counseling Center at 874-1030.

The workshop will educate social workers and mental health professionals working with those who have been to war and their family members, as they readjust to civilian life.

Community Counseling Center is conducting the Veterans Outreach Research Project to determine the service needs of Maine veterans. The goal is to provide a well-organized array of treatment resources to veterans returning from Iraq.

Applications ready

WESTBROOK – The Maine Metal Products Association is accepting applications for its scholarship program.

The awards are given to individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding record and the overall potential to attend an institution of higher learning, majoring in machine trades or related metal working areas.

The application deadline is June 1. Applications are available online at www.maine-metals.org. For more information, call 854-2153 or e-mail info@maine-metals.org.

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Grand families

AUGUSTA – A Maine Summit for Grandfamilies, focusing on the mental health and substance abuse challenges facing Maine’s grandfamilies, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, at Jewett Hall Auditorium, University of Maine at Augusta.

The conference will feature Dr. Joseph Crumbley, relative/kinship care specialist from Jenkintown, Pa., co-author of “Raising Relative’s Children; An Overview of Kinship Care.”

Grandfamilies is a new term for families headed by related caregivers (grandparents, aunts, uncles and others) raising children.

Those interested can register in advance by contacting Doug McGraw at FACT by Friday, May 12, calling 866-298-0896 or e-mailing dmcgraw@familiesandchildren.org.

Going green

LINCOLNVILLE – Summer camps are going green, if the presentation by University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Tanglewood Camp at the recent American Camping Association is an indication. Several hundred camp staff attended the March 23 to 25 Northeast Regional Conference in Manchester, N.H. Tanglewood’s “Greening Your Camp” session focused on the growing interest in sustainable living.

Jessica Decke, summer camp coordinator at Tanglewood, and Leslie Hyde, UMaine Extension professor of forestry and environmental education, discussed the Tanglewood model for incorporating ecological lessons and sustainable living concepts into a camp.

Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center offers summer programs for youth between the ages of 6 and 17, including residential camp sessions, discovery trips and youth leadership programs. For more information on Tanglewood, its programs or green practices, visit www.tanglewood4h.org or call 789-5868.

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