May 22, 2018
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Clinical trial seeks people with Type 2 diabetes

By Joni Averill

People in our area who have Type 2 diabetes are being offered an opportunity to participate in a new clinical research trial at no cost.

Acadia Clinical Research, located in Suite 2J at 304 Hancock St. in Bangor, was founded in 2004 by Gail Baillargeon, who has announced that ACR has been selected as one of 140 sites in the United States, and one of 360 sites worldwide, to participate in this research trial that will enroll up to 2,600 participants.

According to the release, “participants need to be on a stable dose of Metformin, but not have well-controlled blood sugars.”

“The trials vary in length from one to two years,” and individuals who choose to participate will “receive all of their diabetic supplies, physical exams [and] lab work plus medication” free of charge.

ACR “employs local physicians to conduct pharmaceutical research with worldwide sponsors,” and this trial “is one among numerous clinical trials aimed to serve patients throughout the state and address nationwide health issues.”

Baillargeon said ACR is “honored to have been selected to run this clinical trial” and, as the release states, reminds us that “clinical research is essential to understanding diseases, improving treatment methods and providing alternative therapies for patients.”

If you have Type 2 diabetes and meet the qualifications, you are asked to call 941-9965 or visit the ACR Web site,, for information.


Peta vanVuuren, agency director of Rockland District Nursing Association, wrote that the big band jazz group Leila Percy & Friends will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St.

The requested admission is a $10 donation, and proceeds from the concert will benefit the nursing association.

The association’s director wrote that for the past “80 years, RDNA has provided affordable, professional nursing and community health services to Rockland area citizens, focusing on those most in need, who would otherwise not have access to care.”

This “independent, local, nonprofit organization” serves residents of Rockland, Thomaston, South Thomaston, Owls Head, St. George, Cushing, Warren and Union.

Last year, vanVuuren wrote, “RDNA nurses drove 6,250 miles” to visit nearly 300 residents.

“The fees RDNA is able to charge cover about 30 percent of the costs, with many clients unable to pay the quoted amount” for this service, which receives no state or federal operating funding or reimbursement, vanVuuren wrote.

“Through the generosity of friends and neighbors, RDNA nurses are able to continue visiting.”

For information about the concert, call the church at 594-8656.


Donna Guerrette, writing on behalf of the Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord, reports it will hold its fourth annual auction beginning with a preview and registration at 10 a.m. and the auction 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Gilman Falls Avenue in Old Town.

Lunch will be available and the event features “something for everyone,” Guerrette wrote in inviting you to “join us for a day of fun” and hoping that you will “bring a friend.”


On behalf of members of the Washington County Clubs of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Patricia Treworgy of Milbridge invites you to view a High School Art Contest during regular business hours Monday-Friday, April 19-23, at Machias Savings Bank in Machias.

Treworgy wrote the exhibit features the work of high school art students from Lubec Consolidated School, Washington Academy in East Machias, Machias Memorial High School and Narraguagus High School in Harrington.

Four prizes will be awarded, and the top two award-winners will be entered in the Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs High School Art Contest at its spring convention in May at the Black Bear Inn in Orono.


Nancy Soule Marks of the Bangor Area Chapter of the nonprofit International Association of Administrative Professionals reports Administrative Professional Development Day will be held 10 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at Hilton Garden Inn, 250 Haskell Road, Bangor.

The cost is $30. Preregistration is required and can be made by e-mailing

Marks said Administrative Professionals Day grew out of what was known as Secretary’s Day.

This event, “for all administrative support personnel seeking to connect with peers,” Marks wrote, will offer two professional development seminars, “Making it Click: Successful Relationships Between Managers and Administrative Professionals” and “The Key to a Greener Office.”

A buffet luncheon, networking opportunities, a vendor fair and door prizes are included.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402;; 990-8288.

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