June 25, 2008

Hospital Auxiliary to Host Home and Garden Tour in July

FARMINGTON - Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the Franklin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host its first home and garden tour, titled "Hidden Treasures of Western Maine." The tour will highlight nine sites and is believed to be the first and only home and garden tour ever held in the Farmington and Wilton area.

The tour will feature Wilson Lake Inn gardens and the Victorian Rose Bed and Breakfast, as well as several private residences in Wilton. The remaining locations are in Farmington and include the Healing Garden at Franklin Memorial Hospital, the Nordica Homestead Museum, the Titcomb House, Beverly Oliver's whimsical Lady Bug Gardens, and a home on the shores of Clearwater Lake.

Advanced tickets are $25 (with a gourmet-boxed lunch) and will be $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased after June 26 at the FMH Gift Shop, at Mickey's Hallmark in Farmington, and online at www.fchn.org.

Proceeds from the tour will provide scholarships to FMH nurses wishing to continue their education or obtain an advanced degree or certification.

"For many nurses in rural Maine travel time, expenses, work commitments, and educational loan paybacks are major obstacles in obtaining advanced degrees," said Maureen Goudreau, director of the Franklin Community Health Network Foundation.

"By providing financial support to increase our nurses level of knowledge, the whole community benefits. The information that these nurses can share with other health care professionals will improve professional practice and patient outcomes," she explained.

The Auxiliary has over 150 members, men and women, and hosts monthly activities and special events which raise thousands of dollars annually to support technology and programs at Franklin Memorial Hospital, and to provide scholarships to support education for students pursuing careers in the health care field.

The Auxiliary is always looking for volunteers to staff its gift shop, or anyone who can share their special skills (baking, woodworking, decorating, etc.) to help with its many fundraisers. If you have skills that you would like to share, contact Auxiliary President Shannon Smith at 778-4726.

Sponsors of the home and garden tour include Franklin Savings Bank, Hall Farms Maple Products, Bouffard's Furniture, Robin's Flower Pot, Snipper's, TD Banknorth, Taylor Made Homes, Time Warner Cable, Tri-County Monument Company Adams Brothers, a Victorian Rose Bed & Breakfast, the Wilson Lake Inn, Wilton Blueberry Festival, and Wiles Remembrance Centers.

For additional information, contact Catherine Merrow in the Development Office at 779-2750.

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