Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Front View Of A Cozy Little Corner Home In Dundalk's Ship Streets

Photography by David Robert Crews

This photograph is the first of twelve new ones on this blog site, all posted on Tuesday May 13, 2008, which are part of my Springtime In Dundalk series. There are other photos from this series already on this site. You'll have to look through my other blog posts to find them. I'm certain that it will be well worth your valuable time and will be an easy, near effortless, but quite rewarding search. There are many very nice photos on here. Photos that honestly reveal how Dundalk, Maryland truly is a good place to live, work, shop, play, relax, and enjoy life.

Just in case you are not aware of this, you can mouse-click on any photo to enlarge it and see much more detail in the photograph.

Side View Of A Cozy Little Corner Home In The Ship Streets

Photography by David Robert Crews

Every Spring, There Are Trees In Bloom Like This All Through Dundalk

Photography by David Robert Crews

On Beautiful Dunglow Road

Photography by David Robert Crews

A Very Pleasant, Subdued Color Scheme

Photography by David Robert Crews

The Ned Williams House

Photography by David Robert Crews

I Like The Blue-Grey Shutters

Photography by David Robert Crews

Great Tall Trees For A Front Yard

Photography by David Robert Crews

Accented With Tulips

Photography by David Robert Crews

Every Spring There Are Many Beautiful Azaleas Blooming In Dundalk

Photography by David Robert Crews

Nice, Shaded Bushes

Photography by David Robert Crews

Nice Dark Red Tree On Meadoway

Photography by David Robert Crews

Monday, May 12, 2008

One Blog Visitor's Feelings About Of My Internet Published Works

Juliana L’Heureux is a native of Dundalk, Maryland who has lived in Maine for many years. She is a well known, long time professional writer up in Maine. Her latest professional accomplishment was to be appointed as the new executive director of the Maine Association of Mental Health Services (MAMHS), in Augusta. The press release for that substantial milestone in her life is on this blog and right below this blog post. She has kindly, and graciously, written the following on my behalf:

Flashback: From a Dundalk Annex

From Dundalk to Maine and Back Again

By Juliana L’Heureux

One Turkey Run
Topsham, Maine 04086
207-721-9629 (Home)
207-751-8117 (cell)

Being among the streetcar commuter students who attended junior high school at the Dundalk Annex, in Sparrow’s Point, probably prepared me for the deja-vu feeling I experienced while like living and writing in Maine.

Obviously, no one drives north to Maine on a streetcar. Although Kennebunkport is known for its streetcar museum (and the summer home of President George W. Bush), these cabled antiques are relics of the last century.

Nevertheless, the sense of living in a scenic annex was recently made evident by David Crews, a Dundalk native, who happens to write about the beauty of Maine, by posting stories on his various blogs and Internet projects. Although Crews once lived in Maine, his travel, these days is done in cyberspace, on the Internet. “When I lived in Maine, we drove all over the place having fun on Saturday nights,” he says.

Nowadays, Crews describes Maine like a well informed Internet travel writer.

So, what’s so special about this? Well, because my Internet domain name is www.mainewriter.com. I’m a Dundalkian (a word I recently learned) who does the same thing, except, I’ve actually lived in Maine for the past 25 years.

Moreover, for the past 20 years, I’ve written a weekly column about the state’s 400 years of French heritage, culture and language inherited from Quebec and the Canadian Maritimes. It’s called Les Franco-Americains, but over the years the scope
broadened to include coverage of almost anything related to French culture. Indeed, I’ve covered the important French influence in winning the American Revolutionary War.

Another related story is Baltimore’s lovely Cathedral-Basilica and National Shrine of the Assumption, with its French artistic and historic connections.

Crews, in his writing and photography, completes the Dundalk to Maine annex connection for me. Frankly, I’m impressed by the quantity, and the quality of articles, and stories posted by Crews on his websites and Maine blogs. Maine’s Vacationland tourist slogan is supported by colorful outdoors photographs. He spotlights the rugged individualism of the people living in Maine towns like Patten, and tiny places like Sherman and Island Falls.

These small Northeast Maine communities are so tiny, even people living in nearby towns hardly know they exist. Locals boast “wicked” Downeast accents. They might say, “Eyhaaa, so’s a t’urist act’ally b’lieves, ya’ can’t get theeaaaa from heeaaaa”, made comically classic in “Burt and I” dialogues with the late Marshall Dodge. They’re the quaint places Crews knew when he worked at his uncle’s hunting lodge in Patten, after graduating in 1968, from Dundalk High School.

Crews writes about experiences enjoyed during his youthful Maine days, reminiscent of the scenic innocence Steven King describes in his excellent short story, “The Body”, later made into the “Stand by Me” movie.

My deja-vu feeling of being transposed to an annex returns when I read about Maine on one of Crews’ websites. Without leaving Dundalk, he even captures the heart of another state slogan, “The Way Life Should Be”.

© Juliana L’Heureux www.mainewriter.com
May, 2008

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Press Release On Proud Dundalk Native and Well Known Writer Juliana L’Heureux

Juliana L’Heureux

For Immediate Release

Date: February 7, 2008
Contact: Chris Copeland, Executive Director
Tri County Mental Health
Telephone: 755-0036
Kelly Sawyer, Executive Secretary
Telephone: 621-4111
45 Memorial Circle Suite 103
Augusta, Maine 04330

Subject: Maine Association of Mental Health Services Announces Appointment of Juliana L’Heureux
as new Executive Director.

AUGUSTA - Juliana L’Heureux of Topsham, ME, is the new executive director of the Maine Association of Mental Health Services (MAMHS), in Augusta.

The MAMHS is a non-profit state wide association whose membership includes 30 community agencies. Members provide comprehensive services to thousands of adults and children throughout Maine. The Association supports access to affordable quality mental health care, behavioral and addiction services for Maine people of all ages.
Moreover, the association advocates for public policy at the state and national levels consistent with providing access to quality community based behavioral and mental health services.

Ms. L’Heureux is a native of Dundalk, Maryland and was born in Baltimore, MD. She is a registered nurse home care administrator with over 25 years experience in Maine’s health care systems. She is also a writer. Her website is http://www.mainewriter.com/.

As the Executive Director of Community Health and Nursing Services (commonly known as CHANS), a non-profit Medicare and Medicaid certified home health and hospice program located in Brunswick, ME, for 10 years, her leadership oversaw rapid growth in staff, programs and revenues. She was also the Executive Director of the Home Care Alliance of Maine from 1995-1997, the statewide membership organization representing 32 certified home care and hospice agencies. L’Heureux is a reporter for the Portland Press Herald writing about Maine’s Franco-Americans.

Chris Copeland, president of the Association (MAMHS) and Executive Director of Tri County Mental Health Services in Lewiston, ME, made the announcement.

“We welcome Ms. L`Heureux to lead the Association. Her successful experience as a leader in health care administration will support our community programs. We appreciate her compassion for our clients and the people of all ages who depend on access to quality community mental health services,” says Copeland.

Copeland notes the accomplishments L’Heureux brings to her role as the MAMHS Executive Director. Her experience with strategic planning and communications will build a strong public policy program at a time when community programs are challenged by recent budget cuts in state programs to care for the mentally ill and disabled, he says. During her 10 years at CHANS, the agency doubled in size while developing new programs, he said.

L’Heureux is honored to lead the MAMHS. “This is an opportunity for me to make a difference in an organization where experienced leadership is valued,” says L’Heureux. “I’m delighted and honored to work with Maine’s dedicated mental health providers. We’ll work together planning an effective advocacy program to support Maine’s increasing needs for public understanding about mental illnesses and behavioral addictions programs,” she says.

“We will help Maine people to understand how Maine’s mental health system is struggling to keep people out of institutions. Our jails and prisons are not suitable mental health facilities,” she adds. “Community mental health services rely on the resources we need to help people when they need care,” she says.

“Our clients and their families rely on advocacy, as well. We are a unified voice in support of Maine’s community mental health care services”, she says.

Copeland says it’s important for mental health providers to work together to improve access to quality care. “Along with our community agencies and state partners, we will continue building a strong voice for assuring that adequate resources are available to meet mental and behavioral health needs. Maine’s community mental health agencies reach out to people who depend on receiving confidential care and support when they need us. We will work together to support quality care for Maine people,” he says.

L’Heureux is a member of the Government Affairs committee of the Home Care and Hospice Alliance of Maine and the Visiting Nurse Association of America (VNAA). She was a steering committee member of the successful ballot initiative for the widening of the Maine Turnpike and worked with the medical community’s partnership to defeat the Maine physician assisted suicide referendum. In September, 2007, L’Heureux was invited to Washington DC, by Senator Susan Collins to testify at a press conference in support of The Home Health Care Access Protection Act (H. R. 3865; S. 2181). She was appointed by Governor John Baldacci to the Board of the Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) in Augusta, an executive branch agency whose mission is to create a health care data base for the purpose of improving the health of Maine citizens.

She is the past president of the Rotary Club of Brunswick, ME.

L’Heureux and her family lived in York County for 20 years before moving to the Mid Coast area. Her husband Richard is a native of Sanford.

MAMHS recently engaged the law firm of Doyle and Nelson in Augusta to work with the membership on legislative and advocacy development.

L’Heureux begins her position with the MAMHS in the agency’s Augusta office on March 10th. For more information about the Maine Association of Mental Health Services, check the website http://www.mamhs.org/mamhs-new/MAMHS.htm.

The End

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Main Street of Dundalk, Maryland USA

Photography by David Robert Crews

When people come to this place named Dundalk, Maryland, for their first time, and they have no prejudiced, incorrect ideas muckin’ up their view of what the true nature of our nice community is, then they see its beauty and potential through clear vision. And they see that it is good place.