Rockport Public Library
One Limerock Street, PO Box 8, Rockport, Maine 04856-0008

Rockport Public Library presents...our Community Wellness Series

On Thursday, April 30 at 7:00 PM at the Rockport Opera House we are pleased to have with us Dr. Rick Woychik and Dr. Kyuson Yun of The Jackson Laboratory. This event is co-sponsored by The First, and Rockport Public Library.


Dr. Rick Woychik

Toward Personalized Medicine

with Dr. Rick Woychik

Dr. Woychik, will explain how scientists are working toward a new kind of medicine, in which treatments are tailored to each patient's personal genetic profile. Most of the deadliest diseases that afflict the human population-cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's and others-are beyond the current level of understanding. Because most of the genetic and environmental factors that interact to cause them are still unknown, current efforts to treat these diseases are often imprecise, unpredictable and ineffective.

Drugs and treatments are tested on broad populations and are prescribed using statistical averages. However, individuals may respond to a given drug differently than the population average, given their unique genetic makeup and body chemistry. Doctors usually can't discern who will tolerate a drug, who will have adverse reactions, and what the best dose is for a particular patient. Dr. Woychik will explain how advances in genetic science will change how we maintain our personal health and open a new future of better health care.

Dr. Richard Woychik is President and Chief Executive Officer of Jackson Laboratory. He is a world-renowned geneticist. You can learn more about Dr. Woychik here.
Read Dr. Woychik's editorial in the Bangor Daily News March 28, 2009

Dr. Kyuson Yun

Refining the Cancer Stem Cell Hypothesis
with Dr. Kyuson Yun

Dr. Yun will share information on the research she is leading in her Laboratory, which focuses on the manipulation of stem cells (both normal and cancer) which has great potential for treating many human diseases.  Dr. Yun's group is using mouse models of brain cancer to identify and analyze molecular pathways that control cancer stem cells and to further refine the cancer stem cell hypothesis.  They are also investigating the functions of known oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes in their regulation of normal stem cells during brain development.  By straddling the fields of cancer biology and developmental biology with a focus on understanding the regulation of stem cells, Dr. Yun seeks to identify cell intrinsic and extrinsic factors that control stem cell proliferation and differentiation, in both normal and cancer stem cells.

About Dr. Kyuson Yun

Kyuson Yun received both her B.S. and Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology in the Department of Biology. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, before moving to Dartmouth Medical School, first as a research associate and then as an instructor in the Department of Genetics.


About Jackson Laboratory

Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit organization focusing on mammalian genetics research to advance human health. They employ over 1400 people and are located in Bar Harbor, Maine. They conduct genetic research, provide scientific services and genetic resources to laboratories around the world and educate students of all ages through courses, internships and other programs.

To learn more about The Jackson Laboratory visit their website at

This event is made possible in part with support from The First.

Photos and program descriptions used with the permission of Jackson Laboratory.



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The Jackson Lab event is underwritten by The First.

 April is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. This talk originally scheduled for April has been moved to May 6 from 6:00-7:00PM  Venue to be announced.

Dr. Martyn Vickers

Cryoablation for Malignancy: How Cryosurgery Works

Martyn Vickers, MD Pen Bay Urology

May 6, 6:00-7:00PM

Cryoablation, also called cryosurgery, is a minimally invasive treatment that uses extreme cold to freeze and destroy diseased tissue, including cancer cells. Dr. Martyn Vickers will explain how this minimally invasive technique, appropriate for both men and women, provides primary treatment for all grades of various types of localized cancer (i.e. cervical, lung, prostate).

Martyn Vickers, MD has five years experience performing cryoablation of the prostate. He currently performs two to four of these surgeries per month. Dr. Vickers was trained by Dr. Aaron Katz at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, who has instructed nearly 100 urologists in the United States and Europe in cryoablation. For more information on Dr. Vickers or Pen Bay Urology, please visit: or call 207-593-5400

Blood Pressure Screening at Rockport Public Library

May 7 from 4 - 5 pm

Screening will be given by Donna Johnson, RN, Director or Nursing for Help at Home from Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice.

Georgina Sweeney

How to Rejuvinate Your Skin-Naturally

with Georgina Sweeney

Saturday, May 9
10.00am - 11.00am
Learn how to nourish your body’s largest organ – YOUR SKIN - and achieve a glowing complexion through healthy eating, facial massage and natural skin
care. Discover which foods promote a healthy glow and which don’t; gain valuable insight into which skin care product ingredients may do you more harm than good; learn simple at-home techniques to rev up your skin’s appearance, and much more. All the information you need to get glowing skin- naturally! Registration required. Please contact the library at 236-3642. Seating is limited.

About Georgina Sweeney
Georgina Sweeney is a licensed aesthetician, certified holistic health counselor and total image consultant.

Eileen Hawkins

Current Concepts in Stroke

with Eileen Hawkins, RN, MSN, CNRN, Pen Bay Primary Stroke Center Coordinator

Tuesday, May 12 from 12:00-1:00PM in the Marine Room at the library

May 12 from 12-1pm

This presentation will inform the participant about all aspects of stroke.  Hear the most recent statistics from the American Heart and Stroke Associations and discover local statistics about stroke from right here, in Maine.  Learn about the types and causes of stroke.  All strokes are not the same. Understand risk factors for stroke and what you can do to reduce your risk. Know about the most current therapies for stroke. Understand common complications and disabilities associated with stroke and how you might be able to help a friend of family member. Finally, learn the warning signs of stroke and understand why the slogan, “Time is Brain” is used to describe the importance of calling 9-1-1 and seeking immediate attention.

May is Stroke Awareness Month. This presentation is provided courtesy of the Pen Bay Stroke Center as part of its mission to increase public stroke awareness and understanding. For more information on the Pen Bay Primary Stroke Center, visit or call 207-593-5757

PBMC cares for approximately 150 to 175 patients with stroke each year. The Pen Bay Stroke Center helps ensure that the hospital continues to make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke patients through improved efficiency of patient care, fewer post stroke complications, increased use of acute stroke therapies, improved long-term outcomes, reduced costs and increased patient and family satisfaction.

Patty Kahn

Finding Reliable Health Information on the Internet

with Librarian Patty Kahn from Pen Bay Medical Center Library

Sponsored by Rockport Public Library and Pen Bay Medical Center

Thursday, May 21 from 4-5PM

Rockport Public Library. Participants are welcome to bring a laptop with wireless capability.

Librarian Patty Kahn offers training to PBH staff on how to search the biomedical literature, how to access full-text journals, books, and databases, how to order and receive articles, how to set up a research update service, and how to use technology to keep track of important resources. She is just a phone call away from the public librarians in the area, and has often helped them obtain health-related materials.

Patty is also available to assist members of the general public with computer research of health information.  The Internet is a great resource, but it is completely unregulated.  It's important to learn about, evaluate, and select among the thousands of health-related sites. Patty graduated from Tufts with a BA in English Lit and Simmons with a MS in Library Science and has been with PBMC since 1985.

The Niles Perkins Health and Science Library is staffed on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It's always a good idea to call first - 596-8456 - or e-mail And visit the library's public web site - has links to the online catalog, excellent selected resources for health care information, and much more.

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The Many Faces of Grief

Community Conversations Spring 2009
Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers - Bereavement Team

May 27, 2009 6:30 PM - 8 PM at Rockport Public Library

The CFHV Bereavement team will offer a panel discussion on "The Many Faces of Grief". The discussion will explore the many ways each of us reacts to loss. Members of the same family, experiencing the same loss, may respond very differently. And, as neighbors and friends comforting those in grief, how do we carry our own expectations of how grief is done? What are the myths about grief? Are there gender or age differences in the way grief is experienced? Are reactions to different kinds of loss (partners, children, friends, pets) significant? What are the tasks of mourning? How can we help be of comfort and support when someone is grieving?

Greg Marley is a clinician, trainer and wild mushroomer who first became associated with Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers in 1994. He works with the Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program. Greg lives in Rockland with his family and mushrooms across the state of Maine.

Wendelanne Augunas
of Camden, is a mother, grandmother, dog-lover and gifted therapist and group facilitator in our community. She is the Women and Family Health Coordinator for Penobscot Bay Medical Center. She has walked many faces of loss herself and is a guide to others.

Jan Marks facilitates grief groups as a Coastal Family Hospice Volunteer and spends much of her life healing the numerous animals she has rescued. She is a dedicated practitioner and teacher of Tai Chi.

Hilary Carr is a mother and grandmother and a practicing clinician. She works as the Bereavement Coordinator for Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers. She loves writing, singing, yoga, and kayaking. Her burgeoning widespread family keeps her knitting and traveling.

CFHV is licensed by the State of Maine to provide volunteer, confidential, non-medical support to patients and families who are facing death and dealing with loss. We work in close collaboration with medical providers. We provide support and education to our volunteers and raise awareness of the Hospice philosophy and services in Knox and Lincoln Counties. There is no cost to you for our services. We are grateful for grants and donations that support our work.

For more information, please call us at 207-593-9355 or visit us at

Robin Guist and her service dog, Bodie will be at the library on June 4 at 3:30. Bodie visits nursing homes, group homes, and hospitals, giving comfort wherever he goes. Come and meet Bodie and learn more about the important work of service dogs.

Join Hawk Henries and Candace Green for an evening of music and guided imagery.

Thursday, June 4 at 7:00PM at the Rockport Opera House

Hawk Henries Candace Green
Hawk Henries
Candace Green

To Benefit for library roof and entryway repair on

This is a wellness event for you and for the library.



with Wendelanne Augunas, MS/LCPC, is Women and Family Health Coordinator

Sponsored by Rockport Public Library and Pen Bay Medical Center

Thursday, June 18 from 2:00-3:00

From one baby to two, pregnancy to parenthood, wobbler to toddler, parent to grandparent, lifestyle changes…chosen or not.   Life is a constant transition. Parents, families, grandparents are invited to join Wendelanne Augunas in a conversation about life's many transitions and how to breathe forward.

Wendelanne Augunas, MS / LCPC, is Women and Family Health Coordinator for Pen Bay Women's Health. Her role is to collaborate within the system of care to meet the support needs of patients at the Women's Health Center, at PBMC Maternity and in the greater community. She holds credentials as both a licensed clinical professional counselor and a marriage and family therapist. For more information about the Pen Bay Women’s Health Center, please visit or call 207-596-8900.

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