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Button Up Your Garden
with Robert W Moody Jr
Whether you grow vegetables, perennials or annuals, in beds, raised boxes or patio containers, learn to put your gardens and equipment to bed so they’ll be ready for spring planting. Cover soil amendments, pruning, plant division, tender perennials, bulb storage, spring bulb and new lawn planting.
“Rob was very knowledgeable and provided GREAT materials (handouts).” - C. Counts
Rob Moody has extensive knowledge from nursery development & landscape design to irrigation installation & engineering. He has worked at Moody's Nursery for 35+ years and was President of MELNA.
Buying Your First Home
with Lelah Sullivan
This Maine hoMEworks class covers the entire process of buying a home: making the decision, budgeting for homeownership, building credit, mortgage approval, choosing your realtor, inspections, insurance, the closing process, energy efficiency and avoiding predatory lenders. Learn about down payment and closing cost assistance available to first-time homebuyers, veterans and others. Earn a Certificate of Completion required for certain mortgage programs, including USDA, ME State Housing Authority and other lenders. Free individualized counseling is available following the class. Please bring a pen, notepad, beverage, snacks and a lunch.
Note: Register the person you are buying your home with at the time of your registration and get a $10 rebate.
“I learned so much through this course. I recommend this course to anyone buying a house. There are lots of ‘do’s & dont’s’ that I was unaware of.” - K Meyer, Student
“This was so helpful. I was in the dark about buying a home and I feel much more at ease with this whole process.” - K. Macarlane
“So good! This class will set you upon the right path to home ownership” - J. Sanford, Student
Lee Sullivan has experienced the home-buying process multiple times and successfully redeveloped several bank-owned residential properties. She is a HUD and hoMEworks-certified housing counselor and homebuyer educator.
with Martin C Womer, Esq.
Documents That You Should Have - What Seniors and Their Families Need to Know! Each of us needs a Last Will and Testament, a Durable Power of Attorney, an Advance Health Care Directive and a HIPAA Authorization. Learn the purpose and significance of each and get your questions answered.
Martin C Womer, Esq. is a partner/member of the Maine Center for Elder Law, LLC in Kennebunk. He assists clients with MaineCare planning and applications, VA Pension eligibility, estate planning, guardian and conservatorships, trust and estate settlement.
Fossils to Photons: How to Kick Your Fossil Fuel Habit
with Thomas Tutor
Kicking Your Fossil Fuel Habit
Learn to analyze your current home energy usage and chart a path toward energy independence and savings! Tired of paying electric and heating bills and filling up your car’s gas tank? Discover the methods of quantifying your electricity, heating fuel and gasoline consumption and cost. Focus on the operation, savings and design of air source heat pumps, electric water heating, electric vehicles and solar electric systems to power your clean energy lifestyle. The benefits and constraints of battery systems connected to solar as an alternative to a generator and the future possibilities of the smart grid will be explored. Discover how and why to make your home carbon neutral and net-zero (producing all the energy it uses over the course of the year).
Thomas Tutor, BS in Economics from the University of Mary Washington, is the Solar Design Team Manager at ReVision Energy. He has been consulting with homes and businesses to determine their most practical energy investments for many years and recently completed the transition to 100% electric and full solar power on his 90 year old home.
How to Prevent Identity Theft
with Det Steven Broy
Identity theft is becoming an increasingly common crime. Learn to protect yourself and your family from becoming victims. This is valuable information you cannot afford to miss!
Detective Steven Broy, BA in Criminal Justice from Newbury College in Brookline MA, has been with the OOB Police Department full time since 2016. He has attended numerous specialized trainings pertaining to Identity Theft, Fraud and computer crimes.
Wish-cycling & How it Harms
with Vanessa Berry
Wishful recycling, or wish-cycling, happens when you are unsure if an item can be recycled, but you put it in your recycling bin with the hopes that the facility will be able to sort it out and recycle the material. Despite good intentions, those items do more harm than you might think. Learn about ecomaine’s recycling process and how wish-cycling has created a global problem for the recycling industry. Bring any questions you have about recycling, including examples of items you want answers about.
Vanessa Berry holds a BS in Elementary Education from UMaine Farmington where she was part of their Sustainable Campus Coalition. She joined the ecomaine team in August 2018, as an Environmental Educator.