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Piscataquis Public Health Council awards $76,500 in mini-grants to improve health

Article from The Eastern Gazette, Vol. 148, No. 29, July 20, 2002

The Piscataquis Public Health Council, a Healthy Maine Partnership, awarded $53,000 in minigrants to 22 community groups. The school districts MSAD 46 and 68, and Union 60 awarded $23,500 to nine community groups.

These one-time minigrants support projects that will reduce tobacco use, increase physical activity, or improve nutrition in Piscataquis County and the Dexter area. The initiatives range from developing walking trails and public parks to family-oriented events. Some projects educate citizens so they have more tools to make healthy changes in their communities. Others directly improve the health of individuals through targeted programs. Many quality applications were received, and an Award Committee determined the final recipients.

All of the minigrant recipients are as follows:; PRYMCA, family scholarships, $3,000; PRYMCA, Pine Cone Summer Camp, $2,000; Life Jackets, program expansion; $2,500; Moosehead Cultural Council, Community Supper and Country Dance, $2,500; C.H.U.R.C.H.: Churches Helping Us Rejuvenate Community Health, $5,000; Abnaki Girl Scouts Council, Girls Conference, $1,000; Penquis Leadership Institute, local emerging leaders institute, $2,500; Living Word Assembly of God Food Cupboard, educational materials and fruit and Vegetables to low-income families, $3,500.

Also, Physically Challenged Club, swimming rehabilitation, $2,500; Total Immersion Swim Clinic, remove barriers to swimming, $1,500; Penquis CAP Head Start-Dover Center, family field trips to health resources, $1,000; L'il Lakers Learning Center, nutrition/exercise program for preschoolers, $2,000; Depot Street Development, youth summer camp, $2,000; A Fierce Chase trails, year-round free interpretive walking trail, $2,500; Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District, interpretive trails, $2,500; Maine Audubon Society, Borestone Mountain trail repair, $2,500; Milo PTO playing field and walking trail, $2,500; Town of Sangerville, Frisbee golf course, $3,300 ; LaGrange Marion C. Cook School PTO, sports field, $ 3,300; Town of Brownville,basketball court, $3,300; Exeter Recreation Department, Crawford Field Improvement, $3,300 ; Milo Recreation Department, ice skate rink upgrade, $3,300; Kiwanis Park, Space Whirl, $2,000; Skaters of Dover, skate park structure, $500; Greenville Town Office, basketball court lights for night play, $5,000; Garland Elementary School Playground Committee, playground improvement, $2,500;Friends of MSAD # 46, walking path around athletic field, $4,000; Town of Guilford, year-round skate park, walking trail, $2,000; Guilford Memorial Library, computer workshops and reference materials, $1,500;Thompson Free Library, audio and videotapes on exercise and health, $1,500;

A full report will be published and widely distributed this fall. For more information please call Renee Speh, Community Partnership Director, at 564-4344, or email her at

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.