February 24, 2014
Is it Time to Give Back? Consider
Becoming a Pine Tree Hospice Volunteer!
Do you have some spare time? Are you looking for a way to give back to your
community? Pine Tree Hospice is pleased to offer a series of volunteer trainings
this spring. These trainings will provide the knowledge and skills to equip you
to help people in our community who are coping with a life-limiting, progressive
illness. Trainings are arranged into three segments. The first segment, called
the “Core Training”, provides the foundation for both direct care and
bereavement work. Once volunteers complete this 11-hr. segment they can choose
to take the 9-hr. “Direct Care Hospice Volunteer” segment, or the 14-hr.
“Bereavement Facilitator” segment, or both.
All prospective volunteers must take the “Core Training” segment, scheduled for:
Friday, March 14th, 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 15th, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Those who are interested in becoming a Direct Care Hospice Volunteer will
continue with the next segment as follows:
Friday, March 21st, 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 22nd, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
The dates and times for the Bereavement Facilitator segment will be announced at
the Core Training. To discuss volunteer options or to register for the Pine Tree
Hospice volunteer trainings, please call 564-4346 or email
February 5, 2014
Ward off the Winter Blues with some Complementary Care!
Pine Tree Hospice is calling all caregivers past or present, personal or professional! This event is designed to provide a time to be cared for and to relax. In the morning enjoy coffee, tea and baked goods while Gayle Worden, the Executive Director of Friends of Community Fitness in Guilford, provides a presentation about yoga. Gayle’s presentation will be followed by an optional yoga class and a demonstration of Thai bodywork. After a lovely lunch by Lulu’s Catering, the afternoon session will offer an opportunity for you to enjoy personal pampering with activities such as massage, Reiki, manicure, acupuncture, aromatherapy, and craniosacral therapy! Please join us February 22, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charlotte White Center, 572 Bangor Road. To register for this free event please call 564-4346 or email
for more information.
October 24, 2013
“The Lights of Hospice” will be the Theme for Pine Tree Hospice’s 2013 Annual Meeting and Dinner
Pine Tree Hospice will hold its Annual Meeting and Dinner on Thursday, November 14th from 6-8 P.M. at the East Sangerville Grange. The theme, “The Lights of Hospice”, reflects the idea of how many people with varying gifts and skills work together to provide Pine Tree Hospice’s many volunteer services.
The evening will begin with a delicious dinner prepared by local caterer, Laura Auger, which will then be followed by the business meeting. Music will be provided by Pine Tree Hospice volunteer, Yvonne Davis. A poignant program on the work of volunteers will close the evening. Those interested in attending may make reservations by calling the Pine Tree Hospice office at 564-4346 or by e-mail at
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October 22, 2013
Pine Tree Hospice Adult Bereavement Group Addresses “Loss of Spouse”
Pine Tree Hospice will offer an adult support group for those who are grieving the loss of a spouse. The group will meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month, beginning November 12th at 7:00 P.M. at the Pine Tree Hospice office at 883 West Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft. This group is open to any adult in the community who has lost a spouse, whether recently or in the past.
The group will provide a supportive environment where individuals can share their feelings and tell their stories. Grief is a natural response to loss; shock, sadness, anger, hurt, loneliness, and fear are outward expressions of grief. Through group and individual support, those who are grieving can begin the process of healing, find ways to cope with their loss, and provide strength and support for one another.
Pre-registration for the group is encouraged. Please contact our office at 564-4346 or
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October 11, 2013
Celebration of Remembrance
Community Health and Counseling Services and Pine Tree Hospice will be hosting the annual Celebration of Remembrance on Sunday, November 3rd from 1:30 to 3:00 P.M. at the Charlotte White Center, 572 Bangor Road in Dover-Foxcroft. All community members are invited to come to this joyful and poignant event which honors the memory of loved ones.
This year a “Celtic” theme will be employed, with lively music performed by cellist Ruth Fogg and string musicians from Foxcroft Academy. Traditional Irish desserts will be served along with fruit and cheese. Among the activities planned for all ages are face painting, making “weather-grams”, and decorating heart-shaped “memory boxes”. The release of environment-friendly white message balloons is a highlight of the event. Please RSVP at 564-4346 or
if you plan to attend.
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September 18, 2013
Pine Tree Hospice Offers Dementia Care Training Workshop
As part of Pine Tree Hospice’s Caring for the Caregiver series, Wynona Randall, Director of Professional Development at the Charlotte White Center, will present a five-session Dementia Care Training Workshop beginning Tuesday, October 15th from 6-8 P.M. and continuing each Tuesday evening through November 12th. The workshops will be held at the Mayo Regional Hospital Resource Center.
The training was developed by the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and is based on the model of dementia care called “Habilitation Therapy”.
This is a comprehensive behavioral approach to caring for people with dementia, focusing not on what the person has lost due to the illness, but on his or her remaining abilities. Habilitation Therapy creates and maintains positive emotional states through the course of each day, engaging the dementia patient’s capabilities, independence, and morale to produce a state of psychological well-being. In this way, difficult symptoms can be reduced or eliminated, even as the illness progresses.
This curriculum has been taught in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult day programs, and hospice settings. The format includes discussion activities, lecture, demonstration, role-play and group work. The training is presented in Powerpoint format.
Call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the workshops. Space is limited to 14.
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August 19, 2013
Pine Tree Hospice's annual "Sound Bites" event coming to
Foxcroft Academy on September 7
Pine Tree Hospice's annual "Sound Bites" event will be held in the Foxcroft
Academy gymnasium September 7 at 7 pm. Tickets for this elegant evening cost $20
and will include a bountiful supply of decadent desserts and outstanding musical
entertainment. This year’s featured musicians will be The Josh Guthrie Trio and
String Field Theory, and harpist Isleen Halvorsen will perform as guests arrive
and during intermission.
As they did last year, Pine Tree Hospice volunteers and Foxcroft Academy student
volunteers will magically transform the setting into an elegant café.
"Surprised...amazed...enchanted: that is how I would describe people's reactions
upon entering FA’s lobby and gymnasium last September," said Pine Tree Hospice
Executive Director Jane Stitham.
Guests will again be charmed by the café-style seating, aesthetic appeal of lush
fall décor, and soothing sounds of live music performed by local talent, and
their taste buds will be delighted by a seemingly endless selection of desserts,
fruits, and cheese. It is a perfect opportunity to escape from the rigors of
life for an evening while simultaneously supporting a great cause.
All proceeds for this wonderful event–which is being sponsored by David Frasz
and Lesley Fernow, The Arnold Development Group, Foxcroft Academy, and Camden
National Bank–will benefit Pine Tree Hospice, a volunteer hospice that has been
providing invaluable services free of charge to the surrounding community for
more than 25 years. For more information about this event or PTH in general,
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August 16, 2013
Pine Tree Hospice’s Fall Lunch & Learn Series
Pine Tree Hospice is happy to announce some exciting new topics for our Lunch & Learn Series in the fall of 2013. On September 10th, we are focusing on Good Nutrition and what it means to your health. To continue with the focus on health, Staying Active is the topic for our event on October 8th. To help get your car ready for the winter, a certified mechanic will provide information on Automotive Maintenance on November 12th. To help you keep in touch with friends and family on the World Wide Web, we finish off our fall series with Social Media 101 on December 10th. We invite you to come to any or all events!
All adults who have experienced a death of somebody important to them are welcome to join us at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church. The events run from 11 am to 1 pm and are free of charge. Pre-registration is preferred but not required. For more information or to register, please call 564-4346 or email us at
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June 25, 2013
Triple Crown Golf Tournament raises more than $7000 for
Pine Tree Hospice
The Pine Tree Hospice Triple Crown Golf Tournament, which began at Whitetail
Golf Course on May 5 and concluded at Foxcroft Golf Club on June 2, raised a
grand total of $7200 for Pine Tree Hospice, a volunteer hospice that has been
providing vital services free of charge to the surrounding community for more
than 25 years. “We were very pleased with how this year’s tournament went,” said
Jane Stitham, PTH Executive Director. “The players were very supportive, and
everyone had a great time. We look forward to continuing to grow this event, and
we’ve already started planning for next year.”
Dave Porter, Kirt Stockley, Scott Dewitt, and Corey Campbell (pictured above,
left to right) led the tournament wire-to-wire and comfortably finished with the
best gross score. Ethan Annis, Mark Chevalier, Scott McKusick, and Danny White
had the best overall net score, with Fred Andrews, Dana Fadley, Ashley Jackins,
and Wayne Strout not far behind.
Ten players from the field qualified for a $50,000 shootout sponsored by
Solutions Consulting. A few players came close to holing out from 150 yards, but
no one was able to cash in.
Pine Tree Hospice’s next major fundraiser will be the always-popular Sound Bites
event, an evening featuring wonderful food and music. Sound Bites will be held
in the Foxcroft Academy gymnasium on Saturday, September 7 from 7-9 pm.
May 13, 2013
Compassionate Communication Panel Discussion to Be Held at Mayo
Hospital Resource Center
Pine Tree Hospice, in collaboration with Eastern Area Agency on Aging and with
funding from the United Way of Eastern Maine, is pleased to present a program on
Compassionate Communication May 16th from 6 – 8 p.m. in Mayo Regional Hospital’s
Resource Center. This panel discussion will help answer the question, “What do I
say when those I care about are faced with difficult life events?” Panelists
will discuss how to support a friend or family member who is seriously ill or
dying when the natural human reaction is to feel uncomfortable.
This program is open to all community members who are interested in learning how
to better communicate and support those with serious illness, bereavement, or
other traumatic life events.
Dessert refreshments will be provided.
For more information or to register, please contact Pine Tree Hospice at
564-4346 or email email@example.com.
Pine Tree Hospice honors life and offers comfort with dignity to people of any
age living with a progressive life-limiting illness. Pine Tree Hospice educates
and supports its volunteers and staff to maintain a high standard of care, and
responds to care-giver, family and community needs for continued bereavement
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