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  • Blog Post: Snowflakes and parachutes

    I really dislike the end of Day Light Saving Time. Who needs it to be dark at 4:00 in the afternoon? Who needs their kid waking up an hour earlier than usual? Not me. To add to the pain, it snowed the day we set the clocks back. Yup. Snow. We got 4 inches. I drove to Rockport the next morning (9 inches...
  • Blog Post: Boo! Strokes don't have to be scary

    I hope everyone had a happy Halloween on Friday. This little witch thoroughly enjoyed the Brunswick parade and trick-or-treating with her big cousin and friends. She claimed to be a "Princess-Queen-Witch" because she did not want to scare anyone. Sweet kid. I don’t want to scare anyone...
  • Blog Post: Bustin’ Makes Me Feel Good

    Ok: It is obvious that I am in my mid-40’s. I actually giggled when I saw this gentleman show up at the Central Maine Heart Walk. Yes, I was one of the first one to get my picture taken. Yes, I FaceTimed my husband so he could see us. Yes, I emailed the picture to all my fellow dorks. Of course...
  • Blog Post: Down the Rabbit Hole...

    The fall at the American Heart Association appears to be more than just a time to finalize goals and plans. It is also a time for whimsy and learning. I have been bouncing around the state going to Heart Walks, conferences and Go Red for Women events. It has been so much fun! The most fun was the Alice...
  • Blog Post: $57.81

    Last evening, I took a trip to CVS. I don’t generally shop there—it is out of my way and I can get the same things at the grocery store. However, I thought it was important to support a business that understands how tobacco can ruin people’s health and their lives. CVS stopped selling...
  • Blog Post: Back to School Advocacy

    Advocacy Committee member, Richard Veilleux and Cecelia Smith (my soon-to-be-kindergartener) stopped by Senator Susan Collins’ Portland office to talk about school food. We met with two of the Senator’s staff members and gave them the good news. The new healthy food standards are working...
  • Blog Post: Staff Meeting = Fun and Fundraising

    Just look at this picture. What an amazing place for a staff meeting! One of the Maine fundraising staff has access to family camps on Kezar Lake in Center Lovell. She and her cousins from all over the country (first, second, once removed etc.) spend their summers reuniting, swimming, boating and relaxing...
  • Blog Post: Randi Clatchey, Maine

    On Friday afternoon January 7, 2000, Joshua Peck passed away from a sudden cardiac arrest in the gym of his school. He was 17 years old, a fantastic basketball player and a senior who had already been accepted to two colleges. Josh performed in a skit at the school’s pep rally, changed his clothes...
  • Blog Post: Higgins Beach is Why...

    I love the new American Heart Association tag line. “Life is Why.” is a great motto. During a recent all-staff meeting we were asked to determine our own personal “why.” For some, it was easy. For others, including myself, it was hard. There are so many reasons why I do this job...
  • Blog Post: Right Back Atcha!

    You should have received a mailing from us last week. The mailing contained what candidates call "door hangers." You know what they are….those annoying pieces of paper that you find on your door or lawn or flowerbed when you come home from work during campaign season. Well, my sentiment...
  • Blog Post: Maine is one big small town....

    Scott Nevers is an amazing guy. In the past year, he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, was laid off and started a new business venture. He also started volunteering countless hours for the American Heart Association. CPR, AEDs and a little luck saved his life and he is bound to make the best of it. I...
  • Blog Post: Scott Nevers, Maine

    It was the hottest day of the summer—July 27, 2013. Scott had just finished up a few days of golf at Sugarloaf and was playing in a double-header softball game in Saco. Scott looped a single. The next batter hit the ball hard and Scott headed for home. After scoring, he said he did not feel well...
  • Blog Post: Heart Walk Success!

    Southern Maine Heart Walk Success! The You’re the Cure table at the Southern Maine Heart Walk was the busiest I have ever seen. Even the wind could not deter us. By the way, bananas make great paperweights. Amazing YTC volunteers, Demetra and Richard, collected almost 100 postcards to send...
  • Blog Post: Linda, Helen and Sheryl - Three Amazing Women

    Linda, Helen and Sheryl—three women legislators—American Heart Association advocates. Everyone stop reading this blog and go to http://blog.heart.org/tag/rep-helen-rankin/ Read the phenomenal story of two legislators and friends.. Rep. Linda Sanborn knew that her friend, sometimes carpool...
  • Blog Post: Mindy's Trip to Augusta - Hanging with the Cool Kids

    My Trip to Augusta by Mindy Beyer About a week ago I had the pleasure of joining Becky Smith our Government Relations Director in Augusta. Before my trip, I really didn't know what to expect. I had been to the state house before. I had also talked to legislators before, but for some reason this...
  • Blog Post: A week in the life...

    I thought I would take a moment to tell you what a great and busy week I had this week. Monday: 4 separate meetings in Augusta with legislators on the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee to discuss tobacco taxes—then off to Portland to help set up for the Go Red for Women Luncheon...
  • Blog Post: Opening Day!

    Opening Day! Apparently, only the MLB believes that spring actually started in March this year. Mother Nature does not agree. I was awoken last night by the sounds of plows. Yup. Had to scrape the car again this morning However, today is opening day. The Sox play any minute now. I firmly believe that...
  • Blog Post: 1800 Calories

    1800 calories. I went online to see how many calories an average woman burns while shoveling snow. It is about 400 an hour. So, I figure that over the past week or so, I burned 1800 calories. This is great for almost all of me. My shoulder, however, disagrees. The piles at the end of my driveway...
  • Blog Post: Women Legislators Lunch and Learn

    Flying snow could not deter these women legislators from enjoying themselves at the 8th Annual Women’s Legislative Caucus Heart Luncheon. Unfortunately, due to one of the many snow storms we have had this year, some could not attend. The event was fun and informative nonetheless. Tracy Sabol...
  • Blog Post: Jane Cleaves, Maine

    My name is Jane Cleaves, I am a "mostly" retired nurse from Yarmouth, ME. I am also a board member and current advocacy committee member of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in Maine. I have been volunteering for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association...
  • Blog Post: Gooooaaaallll!

    Later this year, the 2/3rds of MaineCare smokers who want to quit will finally have all the tools they need. Last session, the American Heart Association and our partners worked hard to restore cuts made by the LePage Administration and their allies in the Legislature a few years ago. Those cuts really...
  • Blog Post: Weird vegetables--Great people.

    I was fortunate to be able to attend a Voices for Healthy Kids (VHK) training with my friend and colleague, Tina Pettingill from the Maine Public Health Association. VHK is a joint venture between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association that seeks to combat obesity through...
  • Blog Post: Megan Allen, Maine

    My name is Megan Allen, and I live in Waterville, Maine. I am a member of You’re the Cure and volunteer for the American Heart Association because I believe it is critically important that all newborns are screened for critical congenital heart defects. The American Heart Association is leading...
  • Blog Post: Ringing in the New Year!

    Long gone are the days where I wandered around Boston in the freezing cold on New Year’s Eve with my friends. In fact, when I was in my late-teens and early twenties trying to find my friends at First Night Boston, you could still find phones like the one pictured above and none of us had cell...
  • Blog Post: Where did 2013 go?

    Wow! Where did 2013 go? As we celebrate all we did this year, I find myself once again thinking about New Year resolutions. The perennial favorites are there….eat better, get more exercise, save more money…but these goals are all centered on making my life better. What if for 2014 we all...