This past Sunday, August 25th, MCRRC residents, together with RJP's Louise and Jenna, RJP board member Rob Porter and Lake St. George park rangers, Sunshine and Alex, joined forces at Lake St. George in Liberty to celebrate the end of summer by swimming, boating, fishing, and picnicking!
To support this amazing park and the folks who so passionately care for its health and well-being, MCRRC residents stepped up to give thanks in as many ways as they could. The group assisted in organizing an upcoming yard sale, they learned in circle about the invasive Milfoil weed and how to inspect boats and educate boaters on the importance of proper inspection and cleaning practices so as to avoid invasive plant transfer, AND the group learned about the Chinese Mystery Snail, an invasive snail species found in lakes across the United States. Per the Lake Stewards of Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program, the "introduction of non-indigenous invasive aquatic plant and animal species to the United States has been escalating with widespread destructive consequences. The impacts of the spread of invasive aquatic plants are well known: habitat disruption, degradation of native plant and animal communities, reduced shorefront property values, impaired fishing and negative impacts on recreation." The MCRRC residents and RJP group were so appreciative of these learning opportunities and grateful for the new skills and everyone just loved giving back to the park (and park community) in the form of snail hunting along the shallows of the lake!
Be sure to check out the pictures, as our crew collected dozens of snails... the largest snail weighed in at 28 ounces!
Many, many thanks to park rangers, Sunshine and Alex of Lake St. George! Their support of our group along with their enthusiasm for park health made the day fun, informative and super productive. We couldn't have ended the summer in a better place! The water was clear and warm, the sun was out and everyone was in happy spirits. We're eager to roll into autumn and the adventures the cooler season brings.
Family and Community Mediation, in partnership with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, presents a 40-HOUR BASIC MEDIATION TRAINING September 23, 24, 25 & October 2 & 3, 2019- Orono, ME
Interested in becoming a mediator? Enhancing your conflict resolution/management skills? Or, learning how to assist others in resolving their conflict-related issues? If yes, plan to attend this 5-day hands-on highly interactive practical training. Demonstrations, discussions, exercises, videos, and role-play practice with mediation scenarios are central features of this training in addition to mini- lectures. It will focus on both the facilitative and transformative orientation models. Guest mediator coaches will provide additional guidance and experience in your learning.
You will learn:
Learn new skills, understand how to apply them to your life and to a mediation practice by taking this training. Past participants report an amazing shift in the way they talk, listen and problem solve – at work and in their family life.
At the conclusion of the training, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion, a commonly accepted state and national standard. Note: Participants are expected to attend all training sessions to receive a certificate.
KAREN GROAT, Director of Family and Community Mediation, has worked with mediators, families, communities and outside organizations for over 18 years, specializing in complex family conflict and systems in more than 3500 mediations. An experienced Transformative Mediation trainer and communication coach, she also provides private and court-related mediation and training and is on the Maine Association of Mediators Board of Governors. FCM has expanded statewide in partnership with MAMP to serve Maine’s agriculture and rural communities.
LEAH BOYD is mediator, facilitator and certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. She is co-owner of Clarity Services, LLC offering communication-related services to a variety of organizations as well as individuals. Since 2010 Leah has mediated for private clients, as well as the Maine District Court and the Department of Education.
And other professionals in the mediation field with experience in a variety of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Restorative Practices.
Enroll Early! Registration is limited.
Dates: September 23, 24, 25 (mon. Tue. Wed.) & October 2, 3 (Wed. Thur.), 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: One York Complex, University of Maine, Orono, ME
Fee: $885, $775 Early Bird rate if registered by August 23, 2019
Credit:: Maine CLE available *For CLE credit add an additional $35 to registration fee
For more information contact: Karen Groat at Karen@mainefcm.org or www.Mainefcm.org