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A Buyers and Sellers Guide to Home Inspection
with Jeffrey Campbell
If you are considering purchasing or selling property, you will want to know the real condition of all the important aspects of it before making a commitment. Exterior grounds, decks, driveways, roof, electrical systems, plumbing, heating, lighting, and more, are areas that a home inspector will investigate. Join Jeff Campbell, a Certified Master Home Inspector, who will talk about the process of inspecting homes and the easy-to-understand report that the prospective homeowner will receive.
with Vicki Dill
As a babysitter, parents and guardians trust you with their children's lives. Prepare yourself for the challenges of babysitting by following the information provided in this six-hour course. The class will instruct potential babysitters on the stages of growth for children, safety rules, what to do in an emergency situation, diapering and bottle feeding, preparing children for bed, behavioral problems, and more. In addition, CPR and first aid for children will be taught. Course material will be provided. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a certificate. Minimum age to attend class is 12. Registration deadline is September 28.
Be A Mentor!
with Rene Igo Big Brothers/Big Sis
Learn how you can positively impact the life of a local child! Find out about Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs in your area. We'll talk about expected outcomes and volunteer requirements, get answers to frequently asked questions, fill out an application, and schedule an interview. Becoming a Big gives you the opportunity to make the world a better place by offering a child the life-changing asset of a mentor. Volunteer mentors help guide a child down the right path – sharing, caring and just being there to help their Little reach their highest potential.
Choosing Your Four Legged Friend
with Susan Bailey
Are you thinking of adding a new dog or cat to your household? Should you have a puppy, kitten or fully grown new friend? Choosing the pet for your home and family will determine the success of this important venture. You'll learn about the personalities and traits of various breeds/mixes, what to expect when bringing your new pet home and how to make that transition as smooth as possible. We'll discuss adopting from shelters and rescue organizations, buying from breeders, associated costs, potential challenges and how to solve them. Dr. Susan Bailey, owns Porchside Veterinary Clinic in Dresden.
Extending the Gardening Season
with Sharon Turner
Maine has a short traditional growing season. There are, however, many ways to lengthen that short season and have good wholesome food available through the fall, winter, and early spring. In this class we will explore everything from old-fashioned cold frames and hot caps to the latest in low and high tunnels and coverings. Seed starting, winter vegetable storage and fall garlic planting will be addressed. Organic practices will be emphasized. Garlic will be available for purchase. A $10.00 fee for handouts is payable to instructor at first class. Sharon Turner, at Crystal Lake Farm and Nursery in Washington, specializes in open pollination flower seedlings, native trees, shrubs, and perennials. She grows for Fedco Trees and teaches organic classes at MOFGA.
with Susan Bailey
Join local veterinarian, Dr. Susan Bailey, to discuss common medical issues concerning cats and dogs. Topics may include: knowing when to take your pet to the veterinarian for preventative care and illness; how to recognize an emergency, and basic first aid for common injuries. We will also try to cover flea and tick control, dental health, and specific ways to help care for your geriatric pets. Please bring your questions, and leave armed with the knowledge and confidence to make informed decisions regarding your pet's health. Dr. Bailey, owns Porchside Veterinary Clinic in Dresden.
Planning and Paying For Elder Care
with Dan Eccher
As you grow older, you may worry about how you can remain independent, pay for the care you may need, and preserve your home and your savings. Alternatively, you may be responsible for an older relative who is starting to fail. In this course, you will find out how and where to find good care, how to cover the costs, and what opportunities there are to preserve your estate for you and your family’s benefit. Subjects will include: home care, nursing home and residential care, government programs such as Medicare and more.
Protecting Your Home and Property--Rights and Responsibilities
with Todd Pilsbury
What are your legal rights in protecting your home or property against an invader? Join Detective Sergeant Todd Pilsbury, from the Gardiner Police Department, for a discussion on the rights and responsibilities of the home/property owner regarding what levels of force can be used to protect home, property, self, and others. Maine State Statute on this subject will be reviewed and will include the legal ramifications of excessive use of force by the private citizen. After the presentation, there will be time for questions and discussion.