New Resource Books at Local Libraries

Casco Bay CAN has donated new books to our service area libraries: Falmouth Memorial Library, Freeport Community Library, Gray Public Library, New Gloucester Public Library, Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth and Prince Memorial Library in Cumberland. The books focus on topics such as navigating the teen years, anxiety in youth, the adolescent brain and why teens make risky choices. Check them out at your local library and view a listing here: Library Books Updated 2020

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Alcohol suppresses training hormones for up to 4 days. You may show up to practice but there will be little improvement or gains

A few drinks can offset your hard work by erasing the effects of your workouts, reducing your endurance and compromising your mental game. Alcohol affects your ability to learn new plays and strategies; it decreases your aptitude for muscle development and recovery and negatively impacts your nutrition and endurance.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Using alcohol and marijuana shuts down 10-11 of the 13 geographic regions of the brain, reaction diminishes significantly.

Using alcohol and marijuana can cause significant negative effects on an individual. Marijuana impacts your coordination, resulting in decreased ability to move, react and stay balanced. The use of alcohol controls the brain in many ways and can result in difficulty walking, blurred vision, slurred speech, slowed reaction times and impaired memory. Think about these facts before using alcohol or marijuana.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Prep for the game: eat well, sleep plenty and think positively.


Get at least 8 hours of sleep the night before a game. When you wake up, eat food high in protein and carbohydrates. Remember, water and drinks high in electrolytes will help sustain your energy for the duration of the game. During the time before the game, try to use as little energy as possible and think about the best outcomes regardless of how tough your opponent may be.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Vaping isn’t considered safe for teens because your brain is still developing and can expose you to toxic substances and nicotine.

Exposure to nicotine and toxic substances in vaping devices can cause your breathing to become rapid and shallow, as well as increase heart rate and blood pressure.  The vapor can contain volatile organic compounds, flavoring such as diacetyl which is a chemical linked to a serious lung disease and heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead. Nicotine use can also rewire the brain, which can impact your concentration, learning and impulse control.

The Power of Relationships

We all can have a positive effect on youth- whether we are parents, coaches, employers, neighbors, etc., we can all create positive emotional spaces for kids.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Misusing prescription drugs can be harmful to your health and impact your participation in sports.

Only take medications that are prescribed to you and follow instructions from the doctor carefully. Prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs including sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs and cough and cold remedies can be harmful to your health if you don’t take the medication as directed. Do not take any medications that are prescribed to someone else, side effects can include nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite or even vision loss.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! Please be safe and have a designated driver during this season of celebrations!