Community updates, week of May 20-26, 2020

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Gift shop availability — Despite being temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lee St. Onge, manager of the St. Thomas Aquinas Gift Shop in Madawaska, said people can call her with requests and she will find a way to get the items to them, including delivering within a reasonable distance.  Call anytime at 2070728-4346. Weekly specials are listed on the shop’s website (

Help during crisis — In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Aroostook Mental Health Center will participate with Cary Medical Center’s Healthy You program on a variety of Community Chat conversations to help people struggling with COVID-19. A wide variety of mental health topics will be covered and available on the Healthy You YouTube channel at and through Healthy You and AMHC social media. For current event listings or to connect with Healthy You, please visit

Relay for Life —  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Relay For Life has canceled live events that usually happen in June across Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. But that’s not the end of the story:  Aroostook Relay for Life will join many other groups on Sunday, June 7, in a virtual Relay for Life experience called Hope From Home. The online event will feature a mix of live and pre-recorded segments, plus prompts to post comments, photos and videos. Register at and then on June 7 join the activities at

Youth novena — Aware of the challenges young adults are facing during this time of pandemic, the Diocese of Portland’s Office of Lifelong Faith Formation has crafted a novena for young adults. The novena runs Friday, May 22, through Saturday, May 30. Daily focuses will include many groups, including college seniors, those who cannot be with family, the unemployed, those struggling with mental health issues, couples, expectant mothers, families and all young adults. Register online at

Lodging update — The Mills Administration announced on May 14 that Maine lodging providers can now begin accepting future reservations for stays with an arrival date of June 1 and beyond for Maine residents and for non-residents who comply with the state’s 14-day quarantine requirement.

Food webinars — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will launch a food preservation webinar series at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26. “Preserving the Maine Harvest” begins with freezing fiddleheads and making refrigerator spring pickles. The 45-minute sessions will continue through October, and include discussion and demonstration. A $5 donation is suggested for each session but not required. To register visit

Memorial Day service —  The Diocese of Portland’s Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 25, with Bishop Robert Deeley will be live-streamed from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland at 9 a.m. All are welcome to participate from home via livestream or

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