October 2015                                                  
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This e-newsletter provides you with community wellness news and events throughout the Oxford Hills Region. For more information about our programs and services, or to get involved, contact us today! Please feel free to share the newsletter with your friends and co-workers using the Share link at the bottom of the page.

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Norway, ME 04268
(207) 739-6222
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Welcome to the October issue of the Healthy Oxford Hills Newsletter.   

What a glorious time of year in the Oxford Hills!  Country fairs, leaves turning and painting our hillsides bright yellow, red and orange - just begging us to get out for a walk or a hike -  and all of the bounty of farms and gardens coming to our tables.  With the changes of season, we have a few changes here at HOH to let you know about.  I am delighted to introduce our new Office Manager and Health Promotion Coordinator, Jessica Abbott.  Jessica is the voice you will most likely hear when you call our office, and she is diving into the role of being our communications clearinghouse.  This is her first HOH Newsletter!  

We are also in the process of hiring a new full-time Health Promotion Coordinator for Substance Abuse Prevention.  That will give us a full roster of staff for the first time in 10 months!  One part of this new Coordinator's role will be continuing our support and integration of effort with the Western Maine Addiction Task Force, a new collaborative effort focused on impacting the heroin and other opiate abuse and addiction problem that is growing in our region and the State.  I am so encouraged that the WMATF is comprised of so many community members and sectors, and that there is a shared understanding that this is a complex challenge that will take all of us working together in new and creative ways to solve.

Please read on to learn more about these and other initiatives to partner with you, our community neighbors, to create the healthy, vital and connected lives we all want.  

In good health,

Healthy Oxford Hills Coalition Meeting
Tuesday, October 27th at 11:45am-1:00pm

RSVPs are helpful in ordering lunch.

Date: Tuesday, October 27th from 11:45am–1:00pm
Location: Harper Conference Room, Ripley Medical Building, Norway.


Parents who host, lose the most.

Purchase or provide a place for underaged drinking to occur, and any injuries or consequences fall on the adult.

It's not just wrong, it's illegal.

News from the Wellness Collaborative

Yikes! The Semiannual Gathering is only 2 days away! Have you registered yet to let us know that you're coming? If not, please take a moment to do so now.
It's important that we know how many are coming so that we have the right amount of food. We're happy to announce that Anna Sysko, who catered our last gathering in March at Telstar High School, will again be providing food for us!
We'll also be providing on-site childcare. If you plan on bringing a kid or two, please be in touch with Brendan Schauffler at 739-6222 to let him know. He'll make sure that there are enough caretakers to keep an eye on the kids.
As part of making it easier for everyone to attend, the Collaborative is also pleased to offer help with transportation expenses and arranging carpool options. If you'd like to take advantage of this, please call Brendan at 739-6222.
We hope to see you there!
Be well,
The Oxford County Wellness Collaborative
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5210 Let's Go OxCo!

Here is the list of Let's Go! OxCo Sites of Distinction for the 2014-2015 season:

Nurturing Vines, Bethel - Silver
Bethel Early Learning Center, Bethel - Gold
Mahoosuc Kids Association, Bethel
     Crescent Park Elementary - Bronze
     Woodstock Elementary - Bronze
     Telstar Middle School - Bronze
     Telstar High School - Bronze
Western Foothills Kids Association, Dixfield
     Dirigo Elementary - Bronze
Bryant Pond 4H Camp, Bryant Pond - Bronze
Destination Paris, South Paris - Gold
D.E.P.O.T. Program, Hebron - Gold
Oxford SACC, Oxford - Silver
Club Rowe, Norway - Silver

And Healthcare Sites of Distinction:

Bethel Family Health Center
Fryeburg Family Medicine
Oxford Hills Family Practice
Western Maine Family Practice
Western Maine Pediatrics
Oxford Hills School Based Health Center

And welcome back to our new school sites:

Hebron Station School
Anges Gray School

For more information about 5210 Let's Go! OxCo contact Carl Costanzi at or 890-6102, and follow us on Facebook!
Maine SNAP-Ed programs and classes
include tips that can help you stretch your food budget and still feed your family healthier options.

Eat healthy.
Save money.
Feel good.

Fall Vegetable Salad  
  • 1 cup barely, quinoa or whole grain couscous
  • 1 medium bulb fennel
  • 1 bunch hearty greens (kale, chard, collard greens or beet greens)
  • 1 small beet
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup nuts or seeds (pecans, walnuts, almonds or sunflower)
  • i medium lemon
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 oz cheese (blue, goat or cheddar)
Cook the grains, following the package directions. Transfer to a large bowl. Prepare rest of salad while grains cool completely.

Rinse the fennel, greens, beet and apple.

Cut long stalks and fronds off fennel. Quarter fennel and cut out core. Slice thinly.

Remove stems from greens. Stack leaves together, roll into a thick log, and slice thinly.

Peel and cut beet into 1/4- inch cubes.
Peel and mince garlic.
If using, crumble cheese or cut 1/4-inch cubes.

In a small skillet over medium-low heat, add nuts or seeds. Cook until fragrant, 3-5 minutes. Transfer to small bowl to cool.

Rinse and cut lemon in half. In a small bowl, squeeze juice. Discard any seeds.

Ad vinegar, minced garlic, and mustard to lemon juice. Whisk with fork to combine. While whisking, slowly drizzle in oil. Season with salt and pepper.

When grains are cool, add fennel, greens, beet, and apple. Drizzle with dressing and toss to combine. Sprinkle with toasted nuts and cheese, if using.

Join us for our next Cooking Matters @ The Store Tour at Hannaford in Oxford

Thursday, November 19 from 1-3
Attend the tour, and get $10. Learn easy ways to buy healthy foods for your family while sticking to your budget!
***Press Release***
The Paris Police Department and the Western Maine Addiction Task Force is pleased to announce that CN Brown Company has joined the Western Maine Addiction Task Force. CN Brown Company is a family owned and operated company since 1948 and owns and operates all Big Apple Food Stores and Red Shield Heating Oil locations throughout New England. Through the Western Maine Addiction Task Force, CN Brown Company will be offering possible job opportunities to individuals that are struggling from heroin addiction.
The Western Maine Addiction Task Force and CN Brown Company understands the struggles and barriers that heroin addicts face on a daily basis that prevent them from becoming productive citizens in our community.   CN Brown Company is committed to the health and well-being of our communities and understands the mission and goals of the Western Maine Addiction Tack Force. CN Brown Company and will be offering those in recovery a chance to break the cycle of not finding employment because of stereotypes and or a criminal history that is based on their heroin problems. 
CN Brown Company will be working with local addiction treatment and counseling services in our area along with the Western Maine Addiction Task Force Case Management Team to develop the protocols to get the program underway.  
If other private companies are interested in joining the fight to end the cycle from heroin addiction please contact the Paris Interim Chief of Police Jeffrey Lange for additional information.
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Any questions can be sent to or at 207-743-7448

Jeffrey Lange
Interim Chief of Police
Paris Police Department

Oxford Hills Resource Directory

Who helps who? Where? And how do you contact them?

Upcoming Events

HOH Coalition Meeting
Tuesday, October 27th at 11:45am-1:00pm
Harper Conference Room
Ripley Medical Building

Check out our website for a full list of upcoming events.


Healthy Resources

5210 Let's Go!

CDC Health Advisory

Eating Healthy Resource Guide

Healthy Maine Works

Help Guide

Keep Me Well

Local Links

Lowe's Grant Program for School Improvement Projects

Maine Health Alerts

Oxford County Moves

Oxford Hills Trails Map

Savvy Caregiver (for information, call SeniorsPlus)

The QuitLink

Vital Connections Support Group

Our Vision

A caring, self reliant community that comes together in the shared pursuit of a healthy quality of life for all Oxford Hills' citizens.

Our Mission

To build partnerships to improve the quality of life for Oxford Hills’ citizens. We do this by engaging the community in assessment, planning and education to bring about policy and environmental improvements.

Advisory Board

Pat Carson
Pat Cook
Rocky Crockett
Diane Gallagher
Pat Hartnett
Terry Hayes
Debra Partridge
Cindy Rector
Cynthia Riley

Ryder Scott

HOH Community Coalition Meetings

HOH Community Coalition meetings are held monthly from 11:45 to 1:00 on the 4th Tuesday at the Harper Conference Center, Ripley Medical Office Building, SMH.

The meetings offer an opportunity for community health organizations to build partnerships that improve the quality of life for Oxford Hills' citizens.

To register, call 739-6222.


Sarah Carter
Community Nutrition Educator/
Program Coordinator

Carl Costanzi
5210 Let's Go! Oxford County Coordinator

Chris Davis
Project Manager

Jim Douglas
Partnership Director

Kate Goldberg
Community Nutrition Coordinator

Saara LeDuc
Physical Activities Coordinator

Brendan Schauffler
Network Facilitator, Oxford County Wellness Collaborative

Ellen Stryffeler
AmeriCorp Anti-Hunger VISTA Volunteer

Healthy Maine Partnerships is a collaborative effort among 27 local coalitions, the Maine DHHS (Maine CDC) and Office of Substance Abuse) and DOE, supported primarily by the Fund for Healthy Maine with federal grants from the US CDC, SAMHSA, and DOE.

Western Maine District

VISION: The Western Maine District Coordinating Council works in coordination to improve the health of our communities.

MISSION: Through collaborative assessment and coordinated planning, the Western Maine District Coordinating Council will maximize Oxford, Franklin, and Androscoggin County resources to advance the delivery of essential public health services.

Jamie Paul
Public Health Liaison, Western District, Me CDC
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