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MT Legup Newsletter July, 2012

Posted by manesandtailsaroostook on December 18, 2012 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy heat stroke everyone,


While most of the horse people readers are teaching, practicing, competing, swatting horse and deer flies and trail riding in the rain, the rest of our friends hopefully are at the lake or visiting family.... or being visited!


Happy Summer 2012 to all.


MT News: July 1 MTSFC winner, Sara Wotton of Monticello (ticket was a b-day gift from Shelley) THANK YOU Sara for giving your $100 gift back to the Scholarship Fund of MT.


Due to the successful efforts bottle driving, barn dancing, receipts of donations from rotaries and independent donors, MT has scholarshiped 17 children/families this summer so far with room for more.



And that's all there is folks! good luck everywhere


MT Legup Newsletter 05-31-12

Posted by manesandtailsaroostook on December 18, 2012 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)



MT LegUp 5.31.12 MT special, animal


BIG Thanks going out to Presque Isle and Caribou Rotaries for scholarship fund contributions, and Houlton Rotary for planning a wheelchair ramp at Aroostook Horse and Pony Associates in Monticello. Nice job presenters Shelley Taylor and Pam Sheppele.


Extra thanks to the KIND person who donated the full amount of the recent scholarship awarded this past week, student going to Rocking S Ranch.


A total of nine scholarships have been approved so far but few checks have gone out.... PLEASE!! families, case managers or equine service providers: let us know as soon as services are scheduled to begin so payment or services are not delayed. Send info to Nancy 868-5324, 484 1231 or [email protected] I address the mail for the treasurer to send the checks.


The MT website has a page with the scholarship request form (even though the web manager is out on maternity leave) Please also include the name and contact of the case manager if there is one, and PLEASE contact your equine service provider to discuss availability and schedule before sending request. Requests can be sent to MT c/o Pam Scheppele, 27 Westwind dr. Caribou 04736, or to MT c/o Nancy Dumond Violette 489 main St., Van Buren 40785. Either way it goes to me (Nancy) who contacts the committee for vote through emails, which saves time. Once approved I will call the responsible party to let them know of the money available. Any questions about scholarships, available service providers : Nancy Dumond Violette 868 5324 [email protected] (yes we are still accepting bottles/cans)


News about CHANGES: Kindred Spirits, a very successful Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Mental Health Facility in Oakfield: As many of you know, Kindred Spirits lost a VERY SPECIAL Equine Assisted Psychotherapy practitioner, Patricia Kimball, in 2011. Jill Willet has been able to continue to offer services and has had to make some big changes; We wish her great success in the future, much love and prayers; her notes as follows (please take note and save this information):

May 31, 2012 Hello to all,

A number of changes at Kindred Spirits: Growth & Learning, LLC, will be occurring by the end of tomorrow, Friday, 6/1/12. Due to trade mark issues, I have been required to change the name of the agency, so I am excited to share the business name will be Making Strides and the new location is just a short distance from its current location:

Making Strides 408 Pond Rd. Dyer Brook, ME 04747

207-463-2345 will be the new phone number

new email: [email protected]

For approximately 1-2 months, calls coming into 757-7017 will be transferred to the new phone number. The new phones will be installed and up and running on June 8th.

I am very excited to share that Julie Racine, PMHNP, will be moving her office to this new site, whereby we will be able to provide more wrap around psychiatric and mental health services. Julie will be moving her office in approximately one month.

I apologize for any inconvenience these changes may cause you. However, I hope you embrace these changes as we move onto new adventures and I hope to be hearing from you in the near future.

Thank you, Jill Willett-Sewall, LCPC




thanks Karen:

The NASWA NewsWire

May 29, 2012

Campaign for Disability Employment announces 'What can YOU do?' video contest winners

KUSI News -- 05/29/12

The Campaign for Disability Employment, a collaborative of leading disability and business organizations funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, has selected the winning videos in the 2012 "What can YOU do?" video contest. This nationwide contest challenged filmmakers to produce disability employment awareness videos that reflect the diversity of skills people with disabilities offer, challenge common misconceptions about disability employment and reinforce the CDE's core message that, at work, it's what people CAN do that matters.

Department of Workforce Development: Teams up with Walgreens to create training, job opportunities for people with disabilities -- 05/29/12

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson joined Walgreens officials, providers and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) program managers today to kick off the drugstore chain's Retail Employees with Disabilities Initiative (REDI) at the Walgreens located at 6030 W. Oklahoma Avenue in Milwaukee. The store is one of four area Walgreens to be involved with REDI. The program's goal is to help people with disabilities gain retail and customer service skills that can potentially lead to new job opportunities.Peaches Bass State Workforce Investment Board120 State House Station Augusta ME 04333

[email protected] 207.623.7900 fax207.287.5292 800.794-1110 TTY


Subject: FREE Webinar

Assistive Communication Technology for

People with Brain Injury

Register for this free webinar!

June 19, 2012 3pm to 4 pm

The attached flyer has details of the webinar and the e-link for Registration.

Attendance Certificates will be provided.

FMI, contact Darcy York at the Maine CITE Coordinating Center at 1-207-621-3195 or [email protected]


sorry this is late, email me for the full description or contact

Please send resume and cover letter by June 4th to:

Joyce LaRoche, V.P. Membership & Marketing

Maine State Chamber of Commerce, 125 Community Drive, Suite 101, Augusta, Maine 04330

Part-Time Business Leadership Network (BLN) Director / Consultant

Part Time qualifications Maine’s BLN office is located at the Maine State Chamber of Commerce in Augusta. The Chamber has partnered with Maine’s new BLN affiliate and will provide fiscal agency services, office space and other chamber support.


Pine and Spurs, FF: Next the club will not have a meeting until the clean up day on June 16!!! Pine and spurs on FB or ... or Kim Cheney [email protected]

for Southern Aroostook, check Aroostook Riding Club on FB


MT Legup Newsletter 05-04-12

Posted by manesandtailsaroostook on December 18, 2012 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Good morning to all MT readers, thank you for keeping an eye on us


to EVERYONE who has been approved for MT scholarships, parents, CMs or providers: you need to let us know when you start or plan to start sessions with horses so we can send the money to the provider. write or call me [email protected] 868 5324. We have funds waiting to go out but can't send until a schedule is confirmed.


MT Meeting reminder: Sunday May 6, 2pm at Perfect Ponies Learning Center, 489 Main St., Van Buren. Don, Nancy and equine staff are located on Rt 1, on left, facing the St John River, 2.2 mi north of the intersection of Rt 1 and Rt 1A (rite aid). Heading south, the farm is the 5th house after Van Buren building supply on the right. Crooked old house, red garage/barn and hay barn. Dogs are extremely friendly, please drive very slow.


Meeting agenda to include: Equine Assisted Philosophy exercises, shoe-string farming, horse health and Equine Assisted networking.... and especially, June 2 barn dance planning. also our May 1 scholarship fan club winner will be announced.

Open to anyone interested in horses helping humans, come for some or all.



CVS Caremark Community Grants Program Offers Funding for Organizations Serving Children With Disabilities and the Uninsured

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to nonprofits and public schools in states with CVS/pharmacy stores for programs that help children with disabilities lead full lives, and for efforts to help the uninsured receive quality healthcare....

Deadline: October 31, 2012

Posted: April 28, 2012


link to apply:



Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation Offers Support for National Projects to Empower Youth With Disabilities

Grants of $10,000 to $75,000 are available to nonprofits working on innovative projects designed to empower children and youth with disabilities to lead productive lives....

Deadline: June 1, 2012 (Concept Papers)

Posted: April 25, 2012


Link to apply:



Congrats: Halfway Home Pet Rescue in Caribou has made the National news in People Magazine online, for the newsletter with the article please contact Norma Milton [email protected]

MT Legup Newsletter 04-20-12

Posted by manesandtailsaroostook on December 18, 2012 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanks for reading the LegUp networking newsletter

Entries are the color of the subjects below, thanks to everyone who contributed, sorry for the delay


Manes and Tails trainings, meetings etc, special , opportunities courses, grants, free clothing,

animals including free goats, bunny, classified mini donkeys


Next MT meeting Sunday, May 6, 2pm, Van Buren (Perfect Ponies Learning Center 489 Main St) Educational element: Equine Assisted Learning Exercises, "shoe string" horse keeping.

Business: Barn Dance plans, Scholarship Funding, Networking and New Opportunities,


MT met April 1 at Tracy's farm in Caribou. The Scholarship fan club drawing took place with Ken Page the winner of $100. Tickets are always available, $20/yr or $10 for 6 months. We draw a $100 winner on the first of each month.


While at Tracy's we had a tour of her facility and yard while planning the June 2 Family Barn Dance which will take place in her beautifully landscaped back yard 4-9pm, Shelley shared the Monticello Rec Dept will be hosting games, and preparing pop corn and cotton candy. DJ Express has been booked from 6-9 for which we are looking for sponsors to help defray the cost. Tracy told us Smokey the Bear will be on hand, and many 'mystery guests' are invited to say hello and/or entertain. Some special activities are planned as well. Cover has been will be $5/ea (except children under 3) with max of $20 per family. Door prizes, raffles and affordable supper will be on hand. Donations are being sought for many items. We are looking for an extra large tent/canopy to add to three 10 X 20 canopies we have available.


Scholarships were approved for $600 with another $200 pending. Please, if you have anyone interested in summer Equine programs, speak now, as your requests keep us motivated to raise funds.


Great news: Houlton Rotary is funding a wheelchair ramp for Aroostook Horse and Pony Associates in Monticello; Presque Isle Rotary has donated $250 to the Scholarship Fund! Future meetings with community organizations are scheduled. Many thanks to these organizations for helping MT to send special people to the Equine programs of their choice.


Now for the BIG news for "People / Equines serving Special Needs People" this weekend PATH Int (was NARHA) Region 1 conference this weekend in Southern VT! visit FB page for more info. PATH website: North American Riding for the Handicapped Association has adopted the name Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International due to expansion internationally.


Congrats to Pat, see below!


Yes, I am looking forward to going to the Brattleboro Region 1 Conference April 20-22 and my son's girlfriend, Alexa, is going to join me! She wants to take the Reiki for horses segment. I would love to take that too, but there are other presentations that seem more appropriate for me at this time. I have signed up for:

1. "Introduce and Train Volunteer Lesson Teams with Consistency, Safety and Confidence"

2. "Imagine the Possibilities" (Unmounted learning opportunities)

3. "Equine Embrace" (Equine Facilitated Therapy discussions)

4. "Natural Horsemanship Obstacle Course Demonstration" (Moving the Horse at Liberty through Obstacle Course)

5. "Inclusionary Competency-Based Carriage Driving" (Hands-on driving clinic! with lesson plans for an 8 week course!)

It was hard to decide, I wanted to attend everything! I would love to attend the Reiki sessions, I hope to have an opportunity to see the hands-on portion AND Alexa will be able to share what she learned.

I am attaching a link to the brochure to tempt someone else to go:

Then I am signed up to attend the Certified Instructor Workshop at Riding to the Top TRC in June:


News letter for AMHC's Sexual Assault Services (SAS) and go under the AMHC services tab, Sexual Assault Services, SAS newsletter


Clothing Exchange!! Bring some, Take some.... NO Charge

The Presque Isle Career Center has agreed to Host the event: Thursday, April 26th 5-7

If you have any questions, please give me a call, or e-mail.

Wendy Wells (757)802-1341 [email protected]

Got milk? Oakhurst contest winner to get lifetime supply


Women, Work, and Community (and for Men also) will offer a free personal finance class in three locations around Aroostook County this spring. Take Care of Financial Fitness will be offered at Northern Maine Community College on Wednesday, April 25 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM; at the Houlton Higher Education Center on Monday, May 14 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM; and at the St. John Valley Technology Center in Frenchville on Friday, May 18 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. FMI Erica Quin Easter (207) 764-0050 [email protected]


American Legion Child Welfare Foundation Offers Support for Programs to Help Children (Needs to help children in large geographical area such as more than one state)

Funding is available to nonprofit organizations working to disseminate knowledge about programs designed to support the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children in the United States....

Deadline: July 15, 2012

Posted: April 13, 2012


App Link:

Amie's Place Foundation Offers Support for Programs to Help Keep People and Pets Together During Times of Crisis

Grants are available to support programs designed to help people in crisis continue caring for their companion animals....

Deadline: Open

Posted: April 19, 2012


App link:


Pedigree Foundation Offers Innovation Grants to Help Fund Creative Programs Aimed at Increasing Dog Adoptions


Application Link:


Aroostook Riding Club is on Facebook!!/groups/254196908002362/

some recent posts below, including the ARC website:

ARC Meeting May 4

Aroostook Riding Club Invites you to attend a Trail Ride & Dinner Sunday, May 6th

Ride/Dinner- (14 & older) $10.00 Ride/Dinner- (13 & younger) $5.00 Just Dinner- $5.00

10:00 a.m. Sign up 11:00 a.m. trail ride begins Hodgdon ARC Grounds (Macintyre Rd.)

ALL AGES WELCOME Not a member….NOT A PROBLEM Become a member anytime! All are welcome!

For more details contact: Courtney: 521-4705 Tammy: 694-0521

Membership forms on the website


Pine and Spurs monthly meeting will be held Saturday April 21 at NINE (9:00) AM at the Fort Fairfield Elementary School. We appologize for the hour earlier but due to a scheduling conflict it is necessary.




FREE GOATS : males, neutered, FMI Laura Searles (sorry I don't have her phone number at this time, message her on facebook!/profile.php?id=667975815 or write me back, I should have the phone number soon.


Miniature Donkeys: 500$ ea Free Bunny with cage FMI Linda Cashman 868-2767 [email protected]

MT Legup Newsletter 03-30-12

Posted by manesandtailsaroostook on December 18, 2012 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Great news! Barn Dance (June 2) coming together, wish us great weather please!! April 1 meeting at Tracy Thibodeau's Equine Inspirations Learning Center, Plante Rd, Caribou 2pm, we'll be planning barn dance family afternoon activities and evening of music. Lots of support coming in, including Monticello Rec Dept offering activities and games. DC Express gave us a great deal on music, we're hoping for a sponsor. We will be looking to provide food and refreshments also... volunteers and donations NEEDED bigtime!


Change in Vet attendance: Dr Swanson will not be able to make it Sunday.


AND MT will draw the April 1 Scholarship Fan Club monthly $100 winner. No Fooling.


Update on bottle drive: Last haul to the redemption center in VB was over 1100 count after the 3300 trip a week before. VERY happy with the giving communities from Sherman north.


We have SEVEN scholarship requests SO FAR and expect that to AT LEAST double in the next few months so we really do need some individual sponsors as well as the fund raising. Asking community organizations and businesses, ALL suggestions welcome. At the moment we are looking at reducing the amount awarded from 80 to 60% which puts a bigger strain on the families. Some are ready to start at indoor facilities.


"Brush Hours" (open house) at Perfect Ponies Learning Center, Main St., Van Buren will start on Saturday afternoons 1-3pm, April 7. This activity is open to anyone interested in visiting or meeting horses, and was successful in Spring 2011 when many visitors were amazed at how much horses can positively effect people lives. Visitors, watched, brushed, lead the horses/ponies about, some even learned the 'emergency dismount' so necessary in all aspects of life. The event is weekly until mid June.


Aroostook Horse and Pony Associates, Rt 1, Monticello, has been active all winter with unmounted activities and ready for a season of regular and special needs participants. FYI Shelley Taylor 538-9376 [email protected], Sara Wotton 538-0931 [email protected]

Equine Inspirations Learning Center, Plante Rd, Caribou for regular and special needs. Tracy Thibodeau 227-6974

Bob Cyr is teaching at the Rocking S Ranch AND collecting bottles for MT! 551-1938

Terry Rossignol and her daughters are accepting students in St Agatha. 543-5080

Nancy Pytlak in Presque Isle has a reduced schedule this year, check her FB page or [email protected]




2012 Pathfinder is available! A Guide of Resources for everyone in Aroostook. Contact Andy at Helping Hands for Children and Families 771 Main St PI (ACAP offices) 768-3115, 1800-432-7881 X665 [email protected] web:


Bangor area Asset Building Resource Guide was compiled by a workgroup

of the Greater Bangor Disability Asset Network. It is designed to be

used as a quick desktop directory to connect consumers with a wide

variety of services and tools to help build economic security. In

keeping with the Asset Network's goal to encourage asset building for

people with disabilities, we have highlighted those resources which are

disability related. However, most of these services would also be useful

for anyone who needs assistance with achieving financial independence.

You can also find it online at the Eastern Maine

Development Corporation website

pdf . We plan periodic updates to the guide to keep it current.

TAMC is proud to formally announce its upcoming 2-day workshop entitled, "Trauma Focused Treatment for Children and Adolescents." This workshop will feature Presque Isle native, Carla Stover, Ph.D. Dr. Stover is a Clinical Psychologist who serves as Assistant Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine Child Study Center and Research Coordinator for the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence.

This workshop will be held Thursday-Friday, May 24-25 in the McCain Conference rooms on TAMC's main campus. There is an early bird registration fee of $160 for those registrations received on or before March 31. The registration fee after that date increases to $185. Registration fees cover all course costs as well as continental breakfasts and lunches for both days of the workshop. With that in mind, we'd ask that you please let us know ahead of time should you have any dietary restrictions.

Joseph S. Siddiqui Director, Innovation and Education The Aroostook Medical Center 140 Academy Street PO Box 151 Presque Isle, ME 04769 Tel: 207-768-4832 Fax: 207-768-4085

Eileen Fisher Invites Applications for Activating Leadership Grant Program for Women and Girls

Grants of $5,000 or more will be awarded to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations for programs designed to activate leadership qualities in women and girls....

Deadline: April 25, 2012

Posted: March 14, 2012 PND Link

Grant Link


American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation Accepting Funding Requests for Horse Health and Welfare Programs

Funding is available to nonprofit organizations for programs to improve the health and welfare of horses, particularly on a national or international scope....

Deadline: May 1, 2012

Posted: March 29, 2012

PND link

Grant Link


Efficiency Maine launches new Refrigerator Recycling Program.

Let Efficiency Maine recycle your old refrigerator or freezer. They will pick it up for free and send you $50. Learn more about Efficiency Maine's Refrigerator Recycling Program and schedule your free old refrigerator pick-up



Aroostook Riding Club on Facebook


Pine and Spurs Riding Club fundraiser:

WE HAVE A DATE FOR THE AUCTION!!! The big night will be on April 28th at the Crow's Nest in Presque Isle. Happy Hour/Auction Viewing will start at 5:00. Silent auction bidding, baked potato bar, entertainment (hopefully) and a cash bar -- come join the fun on the 28th!! Kim: [email protected]


MT Legup Newsletter 03-04-12

Posted by manesandtailsaroostook on December 18, 2012 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Congrats to Manes and Tails. ?????? The March 1 winner of the Scholarship Fan Club $100 drawing is "MT Bottles" That may sound strange but it was money from a bottle donation specifically designated to purchase a Scholarship Fan Club ticket that would help the Fund if chosen a winner. We actually have two like this. On the first of each month we go to the jar and pull out a number, then to the notebook where the name of the entry is recorded next to the number. From there the winner is notified and announced. Thanks to everyone who has entered, and especially the winners who have either re-donated their winnings or used the $100 to purchase five more entries. Entries are good for 12 months.


This is our latest News Release, which includes March meeting info:


{Every five cents counts. The Manes and Tails Scholarship Fund bottle drive has been under way for a month and bags are piling up around the (Aroostook) County. Response has been very good when MT volunteers ask for donations from friends and relatives. Even more inspiring are the donations dropped off at several county drop sites by caring people of Aroostook. "I was coming in from barn chores and there were four bags of empties in the driveway" states Nancy Dumond Violette of Van Buren. "We've had good reports of donations in the Houlton area also, the local media coverage has been a helpful factor"


Manes and Tails Aroostook is a County non profit which seeks to support the growth of Special Needs people using Equine Assisted Activities to improve their lives. A decision will be made at the March 7 meeting on how long the "Bottle Mission" will continue. The group already has six requests for tuition funding (scholarships of $100 to $250) for 2012 and expects to at least double that through the summer. Participants may apply funding to the equine facility of their choice in Aroostook County. A lot of work is still ahead. Scholarship 'Fan' Club tickets, requests from community organizations and independent donations, sometimes allocated for specific participants, or towns, grants and a spring barn dance plans are still in the works.


Meetings are always open to anyone interested in horses helping humans. The March 7 meeting is at the Oriental Pearl Restaurant in Presque Isle; dinner, networking and educational elements 6pm, business 7-8:30. The MT website is and the organization can be found on facebook as Manes and Tail Aroostook. FMI Nancy Dumond Violette 207 868 5324, or 484 1231.}


WAGM aired a bottle drive segment shot in VB, thought I'd really messed up that interview but Randi must have done a wonderful job editing because the feedback has been good, Just in VB, I believe we have collected over 5000 empties.


Case Managers and Parents: Please give me a heads up if you are expecting scholarship requests. You help us set the $ goal for this year . Just send me an email of what you MAY expect so we have a better idea of the need and better influence when asking organizations and businesses to contribute.


New motto for 2012: "Times are tough, we are tougher"

The Scholarship 'Fan' Club needs A LOT more tickets sold!!! The Barn Dance needs music. The Bottle drive still needs contributions. We have many hopes to fulfill. The mission that is TOO rewarding NOT to do.


MT is all volunteer. We raise funds to send people to the facility they request, (regular full time lesson barns to PT family arenas,) that suits them best. (hopefully close to their home) We are happy to see new opportunities for special needs happening, and will travel to coach and support anyone wanting to begin therapeutic work, back yards or lesson barns, including bringing and donating props and equipment. We are NOT a governing organization, rather a networking group to increase the amount of time horses are allowed to improve lives.


When a parent comes back after sessions and tells you 'the child has three vertebra straightened in her back, or the worker says her client has stopped 'cutting' since his first session, the Autistic child has started to hug, the family is more cohesive.' When a child states what he learned (during horse lessons) is concentration, focus and planning for success............. We all know that any relationship with a horse is better than none, and that specifically planned therapeutic sessions can change lives even more.


Equine Assisted Psychotherapy news letter link:


Great sharing from Fort Kent, thanks Pat:

'Hi Nancy, have you heard of Rupert Isaacson? I just read his book, Horse Boy (his son is autistic and he took him to Mongolia to visit the shamans there) and found his website:

A must see for anyone working with horses and autism especially.'

(The first two most recommended therapies for autism are water and horses respectively)


Parent to Parent Outreach Tuesday, March 6th. 6-8 PM at

The Cubby 40 Sweden Street, Caribou ME (enter through the back)

To bring together parents of children with disabilities.

Offer a network of support.

Educate on topics of relatable interest through speakers, workshops and trainings.

Direct parents to available resources in their community and state. fmi: Cindy Johnson - 492-1579 or Catherine Jandreau - 834-5867/[email protected]


Great wheel chair trade-in opportunity: VPG Cash for Conversion Clunkers Program for the MV-1 The Cash for Conversion Clunkers program begins on March 1, 2012 and ends on May 31, 2012 and will be in affect at all VPG dealerships nationwide. Visit for a complete list of VPG dealers.


Women's Leadership Conference ( 2nd Annual) hosted my women work and Community! March 22. All women are leaders, especially in their families. FMI Erica Quinn Easter at WWC [email protected] WWC offers support to men and women.

Recent WWC newsletter link:


Elmer's and Kids In Need Foundation Announce K-12 Teacher Grant Program

Approximately two hundred and fifty grants of up to $500 each will be awarded to accredited K-12 teachers in the United States for classroom projects to be completed during the 2012-13 school year.... link:

Deadline: TBA Posted: February 14, 2012

Nonprofit Finance Fund Awarded $40 Million in New Markets Tax Credit Allocation

NFF will use the allocation to provide financing with flexible terms that enables small and midsize nonprofits in low-income areas to affordably complete facility improvements and better serve their communities



New National Competition Launched to Identify and Support School Programs and Technology Innovations That Motivate Children to Be Physically Active

Awards of up to $100,000 will be awarded for school-based programs and technological innovations that promote physical activity among children and youth....

Deadline: April 2, 2012 Posted: February 13, 2012



PB & J Bangor Savings Bank is excited to launch its first-ever Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive. During the month of March, join Bangor Savings Bank in the fight against hunger by donating peanut butter and jelly. Stop in at your local Bangor Savings Bank branch and drop off a jar of peanut butter, jelly, or both. All donations will help families right in your community through your local food pantry.


Hitachi Foundation Invites Entries for Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program

The Hitachi Foundation's Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program seeks to identify and support inspiring young entrepreneurs whose work helps alleviate domestic poverty. Link:


From The Horse’s Maine about Maine Equestrian Barn Open Day, May 27:

Maine Equestrian Open Barn Day is just for equestrian barns. We’ve often wondered why Maine didn’t have one and finally realized that it was because there was no one to “declare” it. So we did. My hopes are that there are tons of barns doing open barns that day, and we are going to send press releases to TV stations and newspapers that include the list of barns participating in hopes of turning out hordes of people. When the State of Maine tries to do something awful, like the hay tax, it is always surprised to find that there are tons of “horse people” in the State that they didn’t know about (and who vote!). I’d really like the State to realize just how prevalent equestrian barns are, and the people of the State to get into the horse scene more. I’m really hoping that if it’s big enough, newspapers and TV will cover the event and wouldn’t THAT be nice- to see horse stuff in the news!

Each barn can do whatever it likes for their open barn. We’ve got an article on giving an open barn in the March issue that might help. To take part all a barn has to do is email or send us their name, county, address and phone number to be added to the list (which we will carry in the March, April and May issues). No requirements and no charge. We aren’t charging anything for any of this; just want to promote horse barns in Maine.

FMI Lynda McCann, [email protected]

MT Legup Newsletter 02-06-12

Posted by manesandtailsaroostook on February 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We are trying to get as 'bottled up' (and cans) as possible. Every 5 cents counts. If you have some bottles and/or cans that need to be redeemed, would you consider donating to Manes and Tails Scholarship Fund? This fund raiser is inspired by Don Violette, our wonderful bottle hounder, who this past summer, when ever he visited someone and saw bottles, he asked for a donation. He raised well over $200 during the summer, so we decided to all give it a try.


We have drop points around the county and can pick up from most places, The pickup/drop info is down at the end of this email. THANKS!! Extra thanks to the TSC stores and the staff for their help


Manes and Tails Scholarship Fan Club winner for February, Tracy Thibodeau, Caribou. Thanks Tracy for returning your winnings as a donation to the MT Scholarship fund.


Yes, we are still selling 20$ tickets for the scholarship fan club. Each ticket gives you a number which goes into a jar. On the first of the month a number is picked and matched to the name for a $100 prize. Your number stays in the jar for 12 months, that's 12 chances to win $100 for a 20$ donation. All donations are tax deductible. We are still hoping to increase the number of people signed up and hope most will renew when their 12 months expires. With enough members, we can also pic a $50 winner each month, but have a LONG way to go for that.


Meeting reminder: Tues, Feb 7 at Oriental Palace restaurant, Main St, Presque Isle. Networking and dinner at 6pm with business meeting 7-8:30pm. Open to everyone interested in horses helping/healing humans. Come for part or all. Dinner is Dutch. (we each pay our own)

Networking includes:

Sharing from the farms, How to show support for facilities

New training, learning, doing, educational opportunities

Agenda includes:

Goings on:

Treasury, Info from the Maine Community Foundation Grant workshop and opportunities

Scholarship requests, Educational events for future meetings

Fundraising Activities:

Letters to community organizations requesting support

Bottle Drive set up and deadline., Scholarship Fan Club updates.

Spring Barn Dance plans ... Tracy has a lot to share on this including kids activities

in the afternoon and evening dancing to live music

Future meetings schedules


some items to share:

Thanks Linda Trickey:

On February 10th, between 4-6:45pm, Jonathan L. Richards, Special Agent, Marine Drug Enforcement Administration, will be a guest speaker at the Houlton Higher Education Center. Special Agent Richards will present for the students of Dr. Phil Watkin’s HUSA 125: Chemical Dependency class, a presentation on Bath Salts. The first half of this presentation (approx. 1hr 15min) will be lecture, power point, and specimen review. The second half will be Q & A.

The presentation is “open to the public.” FMI Linda Hickman [email protected]


thanks Kim and Pat:

Good morning to all,

We are networking for a person who owns a 9 year old mare, and her 2 year old colt (that will need to be gelded). She loves these two horses, but due to current circumstances she can no longer care for them at this time. She is looking for a "good home" for them, and would like them to stay together. They both are in very

good health, and the owner has asked us for help in finding a knowledgeable horse owner who can keep them together. The colt is weaned, but has always been with his mom. There is the expense in gelding the colt that should be gelded as soon as possible. The mare has been ridden in the past. The colt has been handled, but due to his age he will need further training as he matures. The mare is Quarter Horse/Morgan, and her colt is Paint/Quarter Horse/Morgan. We would like to find someone who uses a Natural Horsemanship approach, and has some type of experience in developing young horses in order to give the colt the best start in life. We have attached photos of the two horses. Please email Nonie at [email protected] for more information.

I have the email with photos is anyone interested, [email protected]



Drop off sites:

Van Buren: Perfect Ponies Learning Center, 489 Main St. Front or back porch. Don and Nancy D. Violette 868 5324

Caribou: 27 West Wind Dr. Open Breezeway, Pam Sheppele 496 4361

Caribou: Equine Inspirations Learning Center, Plante Rd. on porch, Tracy Thibodeau 227 6974

Monticello: Town Office, see Ginger Pryor 538 9500 (hope Shelley and Sara told her)

Monticello: Aroostook Horse and Pony Associates, North Main St (Rt 1) In front of attached garage; Shelley Taylor 538 9376

Houlton and Presque Isle: Tractor Supply Company stores

We are also looking for sites in other towns. Even if you are just cleaning out of your car, every nickel counts! Look for bins in front of the stores and flyers in your bags at the check outs. Thank you Keith in PI and Aaron in Houlton.

For PICK UPs County wide: please call Nancy 868 5324 or 484 1231, Shelley 538 9376. We'll find a way to get your donation off your porch or out of the garage and turn them into horses helping humans.

Volunteers welcome !!! Also if you would rather return your bottles and send us money, WOW, NICE!!! Manes and Tails c/o Pam Scheppele, 27 West Wind Dr., Caribou, ME 04736

MT Legup Newsletter 01-17-12 'Bottled Up and Dancing'

Posted by manesandtailsaroostook on February 7, 2012 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings from Manes and Tails!

Yes! We ARE still at it. Equine Assisted work is too rewarding not to do!

Next Meeting Tuesday, Feb 7, Presque Isle, Oriental Pearl Restaurant, 6pm Networking over dinner, 7pm business. Please join use for some or all.


Interested in Therapeutic Horse activities for a member ( s ) of your family or client ( s )? Interested in training as a facilitator? Please contact me in advance if you are going to need funding help, even if you are just considering; this will help with our goal setting for funding and grant seeking. Nancy Dumond Violette 207 868 5324, [email protected] please pass this info or ask around, and let me know.


OK NOW....................................

"Got Bottles?" ($$$$)

Yup ! I mean it!! (scholarship fundraising) If you would like to donate those bottles/cans to a good cause, you can call for pickup or drop them off, even just the empties in your car. I used to save them for the HS kids but they only come once a year now. All proceeds to go toward scholarships for Equine Assisted Activities in Aroostook.

Drop off sites (so far):

Van Buren: Perfect Ponies Learning Center, 489 Main St. Front or back porch. Don and Nancy D. Violette 868 5324

Caribou: 27 West Wind Dr. Open Breezeway, Pam Sheppele 496 4361

Caribou: Equine Inspirations Learning Center, Plante Rd. on porch, Tracy Thibodeau 227 6974

Monticello: Town Office, see Ginger Pryor 538 9500 (hope Shelley and Sara told her)

Monticello: Aroostook Horse and Pony Associates, North Main St (Rt 1) In front of attached garage; Shelley Taylor 538 9376


UPcoming Drop sites: Tractor Supply Company stores in Houlton and Presque Isle, and we are also looking for sites in other towns. Even if you are just cleaning out of your car, every nickel counts! Look for bins in front of the stores starting in February and flyers in your bags at the check outs. Thank you Keith in PI and Aaron in Houlton.


For PICK UPs County wide: please call Nancy 868 5324 or 484 1231, Shelley 538 9376. We'll find a way to get your donation off your porch or out of the garage and turn them into horses helping humans.

Volunteers welcome !!! Also if you would rather return your bottles and send us money, NICE!!! Manes and Tails c/o Pam Scheppele, 27 West Wind Dr., Caribou, ME 04736


Other Scholarship Fund activities:

*We are still signing people up for the Scholarship Fan Club. $20.00 gives you 12 chances to win $100.00. See entry at bottom of this email. We really need sigh ups! If you want 6 mo for $10, write it in.

*Letters are going out to community organizations requesting funds for student sessions and facilitator training.

*MT First ever Picnic and BARN DANCE this spring at Equine Inspirations Learning Center, Caribou date TBA, Volunteers needed!! Contact Tracy Thibodeau 227 6974


Public Notice, Heating Helpers:


*Citizens' Energy Fuel assistance of 100 gallons per house hold available IF you can get through by phone, they say to KEEP TRYING, we still are! 877 563 4645


*The Project Heat telethon (Channel 6) raised over $233,000 for heat assistance to be distributed statewide. Those needing heating assistance should call 211 to be directed to the appropriate local resource. I haven't been able to find the exact criteria yet but I've heard those who may not be eligible for limited federal, state or local fuel assistance programs. (including those people who qualified for LIHEAP last year when income guidelines were higher) plus those with heating emergencies should call.


Adaptive Skiing: It's that time of year again: The air is crisp, the sky is blue, and the snowy slopes of Sugarloaf eagerly beckon to ski enthusiasts of all abilities. This year, Maine Adapted Sports & Recreation (formerly Maine Handicapped Skiing) will host 5 (FIVE!) free trips to Sugarloaf from Bangor. This is an incredible and rare opportunity for new and experienced skiers who would like to spend a day on the beautiful slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain. Come join your friends

at MASR and Alpha One for five great, free days of fun! The bus meets at the Airport Mall parking lot in Bangor and leaves at 6:30am. Be there early to secure your spot! The dates are Sundays: 1/29, 2/12, 3/4, 3/18 If you'd like to participate, you can register with Maine Adapted Sports & Recreation by calling 1-800-639-7770 or visiting their website and downloading the registration forms, here: You must register ahead of time, so please don't wait!

Info: When a Parent Is Incarcerated: A Primer for Social Workers

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Offers guidance on meeting the needs of children of incarcerated parents, including reducing trauma, engaging incarcerated parents, re-entry planning, addressing domestic violence, and issues for parents in deportation proceedings. Includes resource list.

Link 32 pg PDF

January Aroostook and state 4-H newsletter: you can find it on the web


Youth Service America Invites Young Change-Makers to Apply for Disney Friends for Change Grants

Grants of $1,000 are available for volunteer projects led by children and youth (ages 5 to 18) in the United States....

Deadline: February 29, 2012

Posted: January 10, 2012

A program of Youth Service America and Disney, the Disney Friends for Change Grants program offers young change-makers in the United States funding to help make a lasting, positive change in their communities and the world.

The program seeks to support volunteer projects serving a wide range of needs that highlight the creativity and commitment of young people working to meet the needs of others and that demonstrate how "even small actions can add up to big changes."

Youth between the ages of 5 and 18 in all fifty states and the District of Columbia are eligible to lead a project and apply for a $1,000 grant to fund it. (Applicants younger than 13 years of age must have an older person submit the application on their behalf.)

For complete program guidelines, the eligibility quiz, and the application form, as well as information on previous grant recipients, visit the YSA Web site. Link:

Win Cash Helping Others Manes and Tails Scholarship Fund Fan Club ‘Fun Raiser’

Manes and Tails is an all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit which supports Equine Assisted Programs for Children and Families with Special Needs throughout Aroostook County Maine. The Scholarship Fund helps Participants to engage in programs of their choice and also assists in Facilitator Training.

How to Play/Help:

*Join the Scholarship Fund Club by contributing an annual membership fee of $20.00 You can start at any time of the year and be eligible to win for 12 months.

*On the first of the month starting June 1, 2011, a drawing will be held and prizes awarded:

$100.00 first prize : then $50.00 second prize will be added when we have 300 members. If the Scholarship Club membership continues to grow, so will the prizes.

This is a monthly drawing, you are eligible for one prize a year and we hope you will renew year after year! You may have multiple memberships also.

Please Help better lives by connecting humans with horses, register below detach and mail to :

Manes and Tails c/o Pamela Scheppele, 27 Westwind Dr, Caribou, ME 04736.

Info to keep : You have helped Manes and Tails support Special Needs programs in Aroostook county Maine, Date________________ Amount__________________________________

Manes and Tails Aroostook is on FaceBook , our new web site is www.

Cut and send: ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Manes and Tails Scholarship Fund (MTSFC) Member Registration



Phone (_______)_____________________________________


Dues $20.00 per member How did you find out about the MTSF?_________________________

Please circle you answers below:

May we contact you for renewal in one year? Y N By Phone Email Snailmail

Would you like to receive news-letter emails from Manes and Tails Y N

Please make check payable to Manes and Tails. Do you want a receipt for tax reasons Y NThank you for supporting Equine Assisted Special Needs in Aroostook County Maine!!

MT Legup Newsletter 01-04-12

Posted by manesandtailsaroostook on January 4, 2012 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

New Years greetings to everyone!

Manes and Tails January 1 winner for the Scholarship Fund (fan) Club: Tracy Thibodeau, of Caribou. Tracy has chosen to purchase more tickets with her winnings thanks for your support Tracy!


Reminder: Meeting Friday January 6, 6+pm Dinner and Business at the Oriental Pearl Restaurant 745 Main St, Presque Isle. Open to everyone, great time to network with some Equine Assisted providers and supporters for Aroostook.

A few odds and ends:


REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month.

REMINDER..... all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls..... YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS

To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222.

It is the National DO NOT CALL list It will only take a minute of your time.. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number. Or you can register up to three numbers online:

Please forward to family and friends.



What's Trust Got To Do With It?

Public Agenda

Published: December 2011

Based on focus groups with parents, explores why school turnaround options such as closing failing schools and replacing principals and staff provoke community opposition. Outlines ways for leaders to build trust, address concerns, and engage parents.

Funder(s): Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Joyce Foundation, Skillman Foundation

Subject(s): Elementary and Secondary Education; Elementary and Secondary Education, School Reform; Community Improvement/Development

Publication Type: Best Practice

PubHub Link

MT Legup Newsletter 12-30-11

Posted by manesandtailsaroostook on January 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year to all readers!!


MT January Meeting: Friday, 1/6/11 Dinner and business, beginning 6:30PM, Oriental Pearl Chinese Restaurant, 745 Main St, Presque Isle. Great time to catch up and fill in. Please bring stories and photos of 2011 Equine activities to share!! All welcome


Reminder: Candlelight Memorial Service for Pat Kimball, at Pat's farm, indoor arena, 49 South Rd, Oakfield ME. tonight, 12/30 5:30 pm. Use Oakfield/ Smyrna Mills exit off I95 (N of Island Falls, S of Ludlow), drive south on River Rd until a T which is South Rd. The driveway is almost straight, a bit to the left when you stop at the stop sign. FMI Jill Willett: [email protected] 757-7017 Me: 484 1231



Great link: Horses and Humans, check it out for some very interesting explanations of why 'it works' , research opportunities, can subscribe to newsletter also: Thanks Pat!


About volunteers? Maine Commission for Volunteer Services, Volunteer Fare Newsletter:


Lilly Reintegration Scholarship Program Accepting Applications for 2012-13

Funded by Eli Lilly and Company, the Lilly Reintegration Scholarship program is designed to help people with schizophrenia, related schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, or bipolar disorder acquire the educational and vocational skills necessary to reintegrate into society, secure jobs, and regain their lives.

The scholarship program offers financial assistance for a wide range of educational opportunities in which students work to attain a certificate or degree. Eligible programs include high school equivalency programs, trade or vocational school programs, and associate, bachelor, and graduate degrees. The program does not cover noncredit, online, or distance learning courses.

To be eligible, applicants must be diagnosed with bipolar, schizophrenia, schizophreniform, or schizoaffective disorder; be currently receiving medical treatment for the disease, including medications and psychiatric follow-up; be actively involved in rehabilitative or reintegrative efforts, such as clubhouse membership, part-time work, volunteer efforts, or school enrollment; and be a United States citizen and plan to attend a school in the U.S.

The 2012-13 scholarship program will be effective for the fall 2012 to spring 2013 school year only. Past winners wishing to continue/complete their education must reapply to renew their scholarship on an annual basis.

Visit the Center for Reintegration Web site for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and the application form.


Good news for animal owners from Norma:

The Maine Animal Welfare Dept. came into $100,000 for spay/neuter of low-income family pets. The low-income family can get their pets spayed/neutered, and shots for $10.00 on a cat and $20.00 on a pit bull or pit bull mix.

Please forward this attached message to all in your address book and post it on any bulletin board you have access to. Let's get the word out. The money came in on Dec. 5 and it will go fast as this program is statewide. Let's help get Aroostook County low-income families a chance to curb the pet overpopulation. All it takes is a phone call on Monday through Friday between 9 am and 12 noon. 1 800 367 1317

Also, remember when you do your income tax that the schedule 1040 has a place for

you to check off a donation to the Help Fix me Program. It is called the Companion Animal but that does NOT mean just guide pets, but all domestic dogs and cats. You can help support the Help Fix Me program by checking this with an amount.

Norma B. Milton, President

Halfway Home Pet Rescue