County is hosting ninth annual march

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FARMINGTON – Maine Commissioner of Public Safety Michael Cantara will be the keynote speaker at Franklin County’s ninth annual March for Violence-Free Communities on Saturday, April 29.

The march will begin at 9 a.m. at Meeting House Park on Main Street across from the Superior Courthouse. The march will be followed by a program at Henderson Memorial Church.

Speakers Katie Marble, Healthy Community Coalition’s health educator, and Chief Wayne Gallant of the Wilton Police Department will address the issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, dating violence, racial and ethnic issues, elder abuse and bullying.

The annual Peace in Our Families’ Recognition Award will be presented to Janine Winn, executive director of Sexual Assault Victims’ Emergency Services. Winn has held the position for 21 years. She will retire in July.

The march is being sponsored by SAVES, the Healthy Community Coalition, Peace in Our Families, the Abused Women’s Advocacy Project and local agencies and individuals.

Marchers are invited to carry signs and to pass out flyers with information about violence and local resources, make noise and have fun. A vehicle will be provided for those unable to walk the length of the march. A short break for snacks and cold drinks will follow the program at Henderson Memorial Baptist Church.

The Franklin County Children’s Task force will provide child care during the program. An open microphone will be provided for anyone who wishes to speak about the issue of violence.

For more information, call SAVES at 778-9522. The toll-free, 24-hour rape crisis hotline is 1-800-871-7741.

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