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Fort Kent ~Joseph Bard, Director of Facilities at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC), announced that Jason Drolet has successfully completed the requirements for licensure as a boiler operator. To obtain a High Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer license, applicants must meet specific state requirements and must pass a written examination.

Typically, boiler operators are responsible for maintaining heating systems in large buildings in the boiler, engine, and mechanical rooms. They handle equipment such as low-pressure boilers, high-pressure boilers, power boilers, steam boilers, and hot water heating systems. As a boiler operator at NMMC, Drolet is responsible for maintenance, inspection, service and repair of the hospital’s boiler system which includes the biomass plant. Drolet was required to have six months of training prior to sitting for the state licensing exam. During that time, he was trained and mentored by NMMC’s Engineer in Charge, Wayne Theriault, who holds a Fourth Class Engineer’s License.

Drolet is the newest member of the Maintenance Department to become licensed. He came onboard at NMMC in 2015 with fifteen years of carpentry and maintenance experience. When initially hired at NMMC, his primary responsibilities were in carpentry. Drolet said, “I love doing what I do –problem solving and helping people when they call.” He also said the additional training and responsibilities have given him a sense of belonging on the team. Born and raised in Eagle Lake, he stills calls Eagle Lake home where he resides with his wife Fancy and two beautiful daughters, age 2 and 13. In his leisure time, he describes his interests as a sports enthusiast, not only as an observer, but also as an active participant.

Rising Tide

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Fort Kent ~ Dr. Dustin Butler, Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) pharmacist, was informed by Judy Tupper, Managing Director for Population Health and Health Policy at the Muskie School of Public Service, that he is a 2017 recipient of  the Rising Tide Award. Butler received the recognition, along with two other individuals, at the eighth annual Patient Safety Academy on September 29th at the University of Southern Maine, Portland campus. The Maine Patient Safety Academy grew out of an initiative by Maine’s critical access hospitals to build an infrastructure that supports patient safety and quality improvement activities.  This infrastructure led to multiple external grants and initiatives and the launch of the Maine Patient Safety Academy in 2010.  Over the course of the last eight years, the Academy has provided both practical and cutting edge educational experiences for an interdisciplinary audience of healthcare providers, pharmacists, quality and patient safety leaders, students, and consumer advocates. The phrase, a rising tide lifts all boats, is attributed to John F. Kennedy and refers to the efforts and accomplishments of individuals that ultimately benefit all citizens. The award is intended to recognize individuals who go the extra mile, demonstrate selflessness, recognize needs and take action.

The New England Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations program, (QIN-QIO), nominated Butler for leading the work at NMMC, as a model for antibiotic stewardship, which has been showcased at the national level. The QIN-QIO submitted the nomination for recognition to the Patient Safety Academy who sponsors the annual Rising Tide Award. QIN-QIO’s bring Medicare beneficiaries, providers and communities together in data-drive initiatives that increase patient safety, make communities healthier, better coordinate post-hospital care and improve clinical quality. They also create opportunities for providers to learn from each other and they are skilled in creating opportunities for providers to learn from each other within their multistate regions, as well as provide opportunities to share best practices nationwide.

Butler and the Committee he works with at NMMC earned the award for their work in antibiotic stewardship. The implementation of an antibiotic stewardship program is a means to guide the prescribing of antibiotics. Implementation of an antibiotic stewardship program is a commitment to always use antibiotics appropriately and safely—to use the right antibiotic at the right time at the right dose for the right duration. NMMC began to develop an antibiotic stewardship program in 2015.  Utilizing assessment tools developed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and based on existing treatment guidelines, a special NMMC Antibiotic Stewardship Committee explored opportunities for improving antibiotic use at the local level. Butler said, “We are committed to the success of our antibiotic stewardship program which is aimed at: decreasing the use of antibiotics, decrease the resistance of bacteria to antibiotics and ultimately improve patient care. As a result of our efforts, our quality data already demonstrates a reduction in antibiotic usage trends at the local level.” For example, as a result of the organization’s targeted work in appropriate antibiotic usage, the prescribing of antibiotics for bronchitis has dropped from 35% to 0% in one year. According to the Muskie School, two million people in the United States are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, with more than 20,000 deaths each year as a result. Based on this data, Butler said that without this commitment at the local and national level, by 2050, more people will die from superbugs than from cancer. To learn what you need to know about antibiotic use, visit www.cdc.gov/getsmart.

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One Step Closer to a Cure

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PHOTO left to right: Volunteer, Charlene Taggart & Event Coordinator, Ericka Saucier, LSW-C

Fort Kent ~ More than 27,000 people in Maine are living with Alzheimer’s and they are supported by 69,000 caregivers. In the United States more than five million people are living with Alzheimer’s and over fifteen million individuals are serving as their unpaid caregivers. On September 16, the three mile Northern Maine Walk to End Alzheimer’s was held in Fort Kent. One hundred twelve walkers registered with thirteen teams coming together to: support one another, learn more about the disease, and obtain information on the availability of a local support group which is offered monthly at Forest Hill Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Dementia is not normal aging; it is a progressive and fatal disease. Every sixty seven seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer’s. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death in the top ten in America without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. It is reported that one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

Ericka Saucier, LSW-C, Forest Hill Social Worker and event coordinator, provided opening remarks prior to the start of the event. With emotions high at the gathering, Saucier said, “Alzheimer’s is relentless- but so are we. I am standing here today because I truly believe that the end of Alzheimer’s starts with me. And I can tell by looking out into this sea of purple, I am not in this alone.” Several individuals also spoke about their experiences at the opening ceremony either as a caregiver or as someone who has lost a loved one to the devastating disease. Mark Pichanic, from the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, was also on hand for the event and spoke about the work being done to learn more about the disease so that a cure can be found. Participants honored those affected by Alzheimer’s disease in each of the three categories in the Promise Garden ceremony, each planting a pinwheel flower in a designated area of the venue.

The event raised nearly $24,000 with Team Rollande coming in first place for the fifth consecutive year with the highest amount raised. Saucier said, “I was so happy to see this amazing community come together for such an amazing cause. I am honored to be the host for this event and cannot wait to see what the future holds for participants and money raised for such an amazing purpose.” The date for the 2018 Walk is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 22.

To learn more about the monthly support group and other Alzheimer’s resources, call Ericka Saucier at 207-834-1834 or visit www.alz.org. To learn more about NMMC’s many services, to make a donation or to learn about volunteer opportunities, visit www.nmmc.org and Like us on Facebook!

NMMC Awarded Gold Star Recognition

PHOTO left to right: Representing ACAP: Jo-Ellen Kelley, Community Education Specialist; Dawn Roberts, Tobacco Prevention Specialist

Representing NMMC: Joanne Fortin, RN, Communications Director; Susan Devoe, RN, Director of Quality; Rebecca Michaud, RN, Community Educator

Fort Kent~ Peter Sirois, President and Chief Executive Officer at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC), was informed by Sarah A. Mayberry, of the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence, that NMMC has been recognized at the gold level of excellence for the fourth consecutive year. Sirois said, “The implementation of tobacco reduction strategies, for both our patients and our employees, is an important part of our Community Health Action Plan. It is part of our commitment to the health and wellness of the people we serve.”

The Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network, an initiative of the Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine, recognizes hospitals that have worked diligently to prohibit smoke and tobacco use on campus and address client tobacco use by bestowing upon them the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network Gold Star Standards of Excellence Recognition award.

All Maine hospitals are invited to apply annually to determine ongoing support for the reduction of tobacco use across their service areas. Award levels are based on best practice criteria such as a smoke and tobacco-free campus policy, annual screening for tobacco use, referral to tobacco treatment and supporting employee education related to tobacco treatment. The Center for Tobacco Independence’s Breathe Easy initiative held the annual Tobacco-Free Hospital Gold Star Standards of Excellence Awards ceremony on Wednesday, September 27, to celebrate the efforts of Maine hospitals to address smoking and tobacco use on their campuses.  Dawn Roberts, Tobacco Prevention Specialist for ACAP said, “We are so happy that local hospitals are taking seriously the issue of tobacco exposure on their campuses. Aroostook County continues to have a high rate of tobacco use and with all four Aroostook County hospitals addressing the issue it goes a long way in protecting patients from the harmful effects of tobacco exposure.” This year, 33 hospitals from across the state and three gold star champions were recognized for their achievements in advancing campus smoke and tobacco-free policies as well as promoting tobacco-free lifestyles. Mayberry said, “We applaud the ongoing efforts of Maine hospitals to address tobacco use and exposure by meeting the Gold Star Standards. Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Maine and the United States; the recognized hospitals are taking important steps to address this issue for patients, staff and the community.” For more information about the Tobacco-Free Hospital initiative and Gold Star Standards of Excellence recognition program, please visit MaineTobaccoFreeHospitals.org/GSSE.

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Status of Fellow

Fort Kent ~ The Commission on Membership and Member Services for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently conferred the prestigious status of Fellow to Dr. Silwana Sidorczuk. The Degree of Fellow recognizes AAFP members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities, by their service to family medicine, by their advancement of health care to the American people, and by their professional development through medical education and research.

A member of the Maine AAFP Board of Directors since 2014, and current President Elect, Dr. Sidorczuk is a Family Physician at Northern Maine Medical Center’s (NMMC) Acadia Family Health Center (AFCH) in Madawaska. She has been very active in the education and political arena at the state level and is a strong advocate for her patients. Certified by the American Board of Family Practice Physicians, Dr. Sidorczuk has been practicing as a family physician since 2007, not only treating medical conditions; she is also a strong advocate for wellness and prevention efforts.  Currently, she is working with all of the St. John Valley school fifth graders to raise awareness about the risks of tobacco use.

Dr. Sidorczuk is an active member of NMMC’s medical staff and she is a faculty member for the Tufts University School of Medicine in which capacity she serves as an offsite clinical supervisor for medical students. AFHC is designated by Tufts University Medical School as a Maine Track Teaching Site. In addition, she also serves as one of the faculty members in NMMC’s partnership with Quinnipiac University, Frank Netter School of Medicine, providing clinical experience in the rural hospital and outpatient setting for fourth year medical students.
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Tar Wars: Coming to the St. John Valley

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Fort Kent ~ According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Maine is faced with discouraging statistics. Seven hundred kids in Maine become new daily smokers each year. Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined — and thousands more die from other tobacco-related causes — such as fires caused by smoking (more than 1,000 deaths/year nationwide).

Tar Wars is a tobacco-free education program for fourth- and fifth-grade students. The program is designed to teach kids about the short-term health effects of tobacco use, the cost associated with using tobacco products, and the advertising techniques used by the tobacco industry to market their products to youth.  The Tar Wars program was developed by Jeff Cain, MD, and Glenna Pember of the Hall of Life, a division of the Denver Museum of Natural History, and Doctors Ought to Care (DOC) in 1988. Since the development of Tar Wars in 1988, the program has reached more than 10 million children worldwide.

The program is owned and operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and is consistent with the guidelines for youth tobacco prevention programs set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goals for the program are to: increase knowledge of short-term health effects and image-based consequences of tobacco use, illustrate the financial impact of using tobacco and ways money could be better spent, identify why people use tobacco and explain how tobacco advertising, tobacco use in movies, and the tobacco industry markets their products to youth. The program has shown to be effective in increasing students’ knowledge of and attitudes toward tobacco use and advertising.

A 2015 document published by the Maine Shared Community Health Needs Assessment reports current smoking in high school age students is 16%, tobacco use in the same age group is 18% and second hand smoke exposure in Aroostook County youth is statistically significant at 46% when compared to 38% in Maine. The Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine reports that every day, more than 3,200 people younger than 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette. The Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine’s mission is to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke through the promotion of strong voluntary policies that lead to reduced tobacco use and increased tobacco-free living throughout Maine.Tar Wars Sept 2017 R

Dr. Silwana Sidorczuk, a Family Physician at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) and Rebecca Michaud, RN and Community Educator at NMMC, have teamed up to make a difference in these statistics for the people in the St. John Valley. By mid-October, the team will have presented an educational program, called Tar Wars, in all the middle schools of the St. John Valley. As part of the tobacco reduction initiative, teachers and parents have also been provided information about the program and the risks of tobacco use. The next step will involve active participation by students, facilitated by teachers in the classroom, to create posters depicting a positive message about the benefits of being tobacco-free. The posters will then be judged within the schools and at NMMC, with the support of the Daigle Oil Company. The public will be engaged in the judging of posters in an effort to broaden the scope of the tobacco awareness initiative. Ultimately, the top three posters will be judged at the state level at the Annual Maine AAFP conference in April of 2018.

To learn more about the risks of tobacco use and available programs, go to www.breatheeasymaine.org.
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Chief Pelletier Provides Lifesaving Training at NMMC

Fort Kent ~ According to data released in 2015 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the healthcare industry as a whole witnessed nineteen homicides in 2015, sixteen of which were committed intentionally by gun violence. The number represents a forty six percent increase from 2014 when the industry experienced seven homicides, all of which were committed intentionally by gun violence. With an increasing number of active shooters in the healthcare industry, it is critical for individuals to be knowledgeable in their role should they face this type of situation in the workplace.

Earlier this summer, Fort Kent Police Chief, Tom Pelletier, was onsite at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) to provide training for key individuals, and members of the Emergency Preparedness Committee, on proper response in the event of an active shooter incident. With twenty five years of experience as a State trooper, and involvement in the training of fellow officers in active shooter response, Chief Pelletier offered valuable firsthand experience to participants.

Based on a document published in January of 2017 by the Healthcare and Public Sector Coordinating Council “Active shooter events at a healthcare facility present unique challenges. Healthcare professionals may be faced with decisions about leaving patients; visitors will be present; and patients or staff may not be able to evacuate due to age, injury, illness, or a medical procedure in progress.” The healthcare setting itself is somewhat unique and fraught with ethical considerations. Healthcare workers are trained to respond, rescue and save lives. In a shooter incident, they may be faced with running away from the situation to save as many lives as possible –strategy for survival.

Training provided by Chief Pelletier included the three recommended strategies for surviving a shooter incident –run, hide or fight. You can run away from the shooter, seek a secure place where you can hide and/or deny the shooter access, or incapacitate the shooter in order to survive and protect others from harm.

To learn more about surviving a shooter incident in any environment, view the You Tube training video, RUN, HIDE, FIGHT, produced by the city of Houston, Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security.

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State of the Art Technology Close to Home

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Fort Kent ~ As a Top 20 Rural Community Hospital in America, Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) provides top quality healthcare services. The recent Top 20 recognition from the National Rural Health Association was earned for success achieved in overall performance based on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, costs, charges and financial stability.

One of the quality parameters involves patient safety and convenience which has recently been significantly improved with upgrades in the Radiology Department, specifically with computed radiography and the addition of breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Jessica Lamarre, Radiology Department Supervisor said, “The upgrades we have just completed in the Department mean lower radiation, high quality imaging and more convenience for our patients.” The diagnostic radiology equipment has been upgraded with full digital imaging capabilities, resulting in patient benefits such as lower dose radiation, higher image quality and more efficient processing of the images.

The addition of a breast coil to MRI provides an additional tool for breast cancer management. Previously, patients who required this exam had to travel to Caribou, Presque Isle and sometimes Bangor. According to the American Cancer Society, a breast MRI is mainly used for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, to help measure the size of the cancer, look for additional tumors in the breast, and to check for tumors in the opposite breast. Dr. Rodney Lahren, a Surgeon at NMMC said, “MRI is not recommended as a screening tool by itself because it can miss some cancers that a mammogram would find. For certain women at high risk for breast cancer, a screening MRI is recommended along with a yearly mammogram.” Furthermore, Dr. Lahren said that the addition of the breast coil will add a valuable service to NMMC’s full spectrum of breast disease management.

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Stolen Memories

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Fort Kent ~A day in the life of Butch Thibodeau, from Sinclair, Maine, may seem like any other at first glance, however, he will tell you with emotion that the life he and his beloved wife, Bev, had planned, will never become reality; Bev was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2013.

Born an only child in Lewiston, Maine, Raymond Thibodeau and his family relocated to the St. John Valley when Raymond, or Butch as he prefers to be called, was in the fourth grade. He lived with his uncle for a year while his parents made arrangements to find work and a place to live in Northern Maine. He first met Bev at the Acadia School in the eighth grade and they have now been married for fifty four years. Butch and Bev were married when he returned from the military and together they raised a family of four daughters. They lived and worked in Madawaska, the first eight years, and then moved to Sinclair, where they eventually opened a restaurant called Bev’s Country Kitchen, noted for its excellent local cuisine.

Very active members of their community, the couple worked hard, and enjoyed the important things in life while raising their beautiful daughters. It was not until 2012, when Butch began to notice subtle changes in his wife. He said, “People would call me at home and they would ask Bev to give me a message. They would later ask me why I had not returned their call and when I asked her about it, her response was very matter of fact that she had relayed the message to me about the caller.” He said it was then that he decided to talk with his daughters about whether they noticed anything different when interacting with their Mom. For example, he recalls it was the time of year around Thanksgiving when the family traditionally gathered for the holiday meal at the family home. Bev, who was accustomed to cooking in the restaurant, remembering every detail for every customer, had forgotten two of the main dishes she had made for the holiday meal in the refrigerator. After a family discussion, they decided it was time to seek medical advice. They visited Bev’s primary care doctor, who after examination and assessment, determined she was exhibiting the signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Thibodeau said his wife did not understand then, and still does not believe now, that there is anything wrong with her. The family decided to seek a second opinion, which resulted in the same diagnosis. Without any known family history for any type of dementia, the family was uncertain as to what would happen next, and how rapidly the symptoms would progress.

With a deep commitment to his wife’s well-being, Butch set out to learn as much as he could about the disease, what to expect and how to manage it. He has taken online courses, watched videos, read books and signed up for digital newsletters in an effort to be prepared for what’s to come. He said, “It helped me to learn how to work with her in the later stages.” He also joined Northern Maine Medical Center’s (NMMC) Alzheimer’s Support Group which meets on a monthly basis. He said the group is helpful but encourages more people to participate so there would be more meaningful sharing and support within the group. He said his goal for Bev is “to make her happy every day.” He is also very passionate about being a voice to inform the public of the importance of understanding how the disease can affect a person and an entire family, as well as the importance of seeking assistance early in the process.

In recent months, a typical day in Butch’s life includes managing all of the household chores and ensuring his wife has everything she needs to keep her as active as possible, safe and happy. He and their family dog, Tucker, wake her each morning to start her day, otherwise, according to Butch, she would stay in bed all day, unusual for a woman who used to walk eight miles each day. Her favorite things are watching television, especially “Texas Ranger” reruns, though to Bev, each episode is as if she is watching it for the first time. She also loves Elvis Presley and Butch has gathered all of his music for her on an iPod so she can listen to it any time she chooses. As he described their life together, he paused for a moment and said, with tears in his eyes, “I’m losing my best friend. I look at her sometimes and I know it’s not going to get better. It’s depressing because it is an incurable disease. We had our life all planned and now that has changed forever.” He said when his wife was first diagnosed, they kept the facts from her but he said, “After a while, I felt we were cheating her and that she needed to know the truth.” He dares not leave her alone anymore and he is grateful for the help of his daughters and friends without whom he says he could not manage. As the disease progresses, communicating with Bev has required different approaches. He admits that this is difficult at times because “I’m human and sometimes I react. Even though they may ask you the same thing three or four times in a short period of time, you have to answer as if it is the first time they ask.” He said he has taken the phrase, don’t you remember, out of his vocabulary. He encourages her to stay active as much as possible; she is able to perform tasks such as dry the dishes, however, when she puts them away, they are always in a different place. He said he does not try to correct her and deals with finding the dishes later. With a slight grin on his face, he said the short term memory loss has one positive side to it-when they have a disagreement, Bev never remembers it longer than thirty seconds.

Previously an influential and active member of his community, serving on various boards locally and County wide, he has made the decision to step down from the responsibilities to concentrate on caring for his wife. He has taken it upon himself to be the voice in raising the public’s awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.

Butch and his family plan to participate again this year in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s which is being held at Riverside Park in Fort Kent, on September 23rd; due to the progression of her disease, Bev is unable to walk in the event but he will be joined by some of his daughters. Butch’s personal goal for this year is to raise $3,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. The message from this caregiver to the public is to be receptive to learning about the disease, to be unafraid about speaking about it amongst family and friends and to seek assistance at the first sign of memory loss. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, every sixty seconds someone in the United States develops the disease and it kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. To learn more about the early detection of Alzheimer’s Dementia the public is invited to attend a free class at NMMC on September 13, 2017 call 207-834-1686. For comprehensive information about the disease or to sponsor Butch in his goal to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease, go to www.alz.org and donate to his team –Bev’s Special.

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The Legacy Lives On

Fort Kent ~ The twenty-seventh annual Tour de la Vallee, the legacy of Guy Paradis and primary fundraising event for the Edgar J. (Guy) Paradis Cancer Fund, was held on August 20, with the event starting line at the Lion’s Pavilion at Riverside Park in Fort Kent. An impressive cadre of volunteers and individuals supported the annual event. Volunteers functioned in many roles such as: providing rest stops, registering participants, cooking and serving lunch, event set up and clean up, driving support vehicles and making sure the all important signage directing participants is visible.

A total of sixty-two individuals, ranging from age 9 to 76, registered to walk, run or bike to help raise money to support local families dealing with cancer. Supported by members of the local ATV club again this year, individuals who prefer mountain biking had the opportunity to participate in a scenic ride along the Heritage Trail. Claire Moss, Tour Committee Chairperson was pleased to report that only minor injuries were reported this year associated with railroad track crossing. A first time participant of the event, Lisa Boucher, an employee of the Environmental Services Department at Northern Maine Medical Center, was the top fundraiser for the event, bringing in a total of $3,900 in pledges. Boucher said she decided to walk this year to honor the loss of her sister-in-law who succumbed to cancer three years ago. She plans to participate again next year and her goal is to exceed this year’s pledge amount.

In the welcoming message at the start of the event, sister to Guy Paradis, Francoise Paradis, informed participants of the importance of this annual event to the Fund. Since the inception of the Fund in 1978, over 1,400 families in the St. John Valley have been assisted with pledges from volunteers such as themselves. The total amount of support to local families since 1978 is over one million dollars, a major portion of which comes from the proceeds of the Tour de la Vallee. To date for the 2017 event registrations and pledges have brought in over $17,000, far exceeding last year’s total contributions.

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