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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, repairing credit, getting approved for a mortgage, choosing a realtor, property 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. Participants 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. Bring a pen, notepad, beverage, snacks and a bag lunch.Register another person at the time of your registration and get a $10 rebate.
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 Iona Desmond
Build your family history by making basic pedigree charts, finding and using paper documents, and creating filing systems. Find out where specific information is by exploring various websites, holdings in local libraries, the Maine Historical Society, and more! A laptop is recommended but not required.
Siblings Iona Desmond and Ivan Tate have 50+ years experience researching their family history and have traced it back 14+ generations. Ivan has written two articles on genealogy for the next volume of The 1790 Project.
Home Composting & Soil Building
with Robert W Moody Jr
The key to a healthy, productive flower or vegetable garden lies in proper soil management. Explore the basics of home composting, including the right mix of materials, compost management and how to build easy, inexpensive compost bins. Learn what your soil has and what it needs, along with soil testing and interpretation. Composting is free, good for the environment and will promote optimal plant growth and vitality.
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.
with Lee A Zwicker
Saving the Planet and Your $$
Discover how to utilize the power of the sun to lower your energy footprint while saving $100s on your heat and water bills. Learn about new solar technology including water heaters, photo voltaic panels and hot air heating systems you can purchase at wholesale prices. Get plans on how to build solar-heated water troughs and bird baths that do not freeze in winter. Learn to construct homemade battery banks, solar panels, hot water heaters, hot air systems, ovens and distillation units using recycled parts. You cannot afford to miss this class! There will be a half hour break for lunch, bring your own or visit a local shop.
Lee Zwicker has 40 years construction experience, lived off the grid for 14 years and has been teaching solar energy classes in several states over the last seven years.