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University of Maine chemistry professor elected as fellow

ORONO – University of Maine professor of chemistry Jayendran C. Rasaiah has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. Rasaiah, who also is a cooperating professor of physics at UM, specializes in physical, theoretical and computational chemistry and chemical physics. He was cited by the society for his …
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Potatoes and green chemistry: More jobs, safer jobs

A recent report published by the BlueGreen Alliance, a national partnership between labor unions and environmental organizations, shows that Maine could either gain or lose hundreds of jobs over the next two decades depending on the path that our nation’s chemical policy takes. Today there are potentially thousands of toxic …
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Portland Mayor Michael Brennan presides over a meeting of the City Council Monday night alongside City Manager Mark Rees. The council considered a ban of polystyrene containers and fees on single-use paper and plastic bags at the meeting.

Divided Portland council bans polystyrene containers, adds fees on paper and plastic bags

The Portland City Council voted late Monday night to implement a ban on polystyrene food containers, as well as tack a five-cent fee onto paper and plastic bags customers take from check-out lines. Both moves were panned by business groups, who lamented the added costs of implementing …
A crushed Styrofoam coffee cup lays on the ground in New York, Feb. 15, 2013.

Ban on Styrofoam food containers in Portland headed to council vote; grocery bag fee on hold

Portland city councilors will vote on a proposed ban on food and beverage containers made of polystyrene foam, but an ordinance to charge fees for plastic take-out bags at supermarkets and convenience stores remains on hold. As of Tuesday, no information was available on when the council …

Phthalates, part 2

A March 5 letter to the editor titled, “Exposed to phthalates” contains such serious misstatements that it demands a response. Many different compounds called phthalates are used to provide important performance characteristics in thousands of consumer products. As recently measured by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, actual exposures …

Maine scientist’s firing from deca panel draws ire

PORTLAND – An environmental advocacy group is charging that the removal of a scientist from Maine from an external review panel advising the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on fire retardants was an unwarranted bow to industry that illustrates an anti-consumer double standard. The Environmental Working Group said documents it obtained …

Plastic linked to behavioral problems in female toddlers

A chemical used widely in plastic bottles, metal cans and other consumer products could be linked to behavioral and emotional problems in toddler girls, according to a government-funded study published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics. After tracking 244 Cincinnati-area mothers and their 3-year-olds, the study concluded that mothers with …
Alexandra Lynds, 2011 Hermon High School valedictorian

Hermon High honor parts announced

HERMON — Principal Brian M. Walsh of Hermon High School has announced the honor parts for the graduating Class of 2011. Commencement ceremonies will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Bangor Auditorium. Alexandra Jordan Lynds, daughter of Wendy and Kevin Lynds of Hermon, has been named valedictorian …

P. BURKE WELLDON

ISLESBORO – Paul Burke Welldon died July 12, 2008, in Islesboro. He was born in Nashua, N.H., in 1916. He was educated at Manchester (N.H.) High School, Dartmouth College AB 1937 and AM 1939, and the University of Illinois – Urbana, with a doctorate in organic chemistry in 1942. While …

CHARLES WESLEY LEONARD

HANCOCK – Charles Wesley Leonard, 77, died Tuesday, July 6, 2004, at an Ellsworth hospital. He was born Nov. 3, 1926, in Saginaw, Mich., the son of Glenford and Margaret (Gunn) Leonard. Wes graduated from Port Huron High School in 1944. He served in an M.P. Battalion in 1945-46 with …

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Washburn District High School WASHBURN – Larry Hallowell, principal of Washburn District High School, has announced honor parts for the Class of 2001. Graduation exercises will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the high school gymnasium. Elizabeth Brissette, daughter of Vernon and Jane Brissette, is valedictorian. She …

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Central Aroostook Junior-Senior High School MARS HILL – Central Aroostook Junior-Senior High School of Mars Hill has announced the honor parts for the Class of 2005. Commencement exercises will be held 7 p.m. Friday, June 10, in the school gymnasium. Naomi Smith, daughter of Nathan and Ruth Smith of Blaine, …

LePage’s opposition to chemicals law draws criticism

AUGUSTA | It seemed like an issue upon which everyone could agree: protecting children from harmful chemicals in the products they use every day. Yet less than three years after the “Kid-Safe Products Act” passed the Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support, the law has re-emerged as a political issue …

Group backs bills against toxins in toys

AUGUSTA – Concerned parents joined health and environmental organizations Thursday in urging state lawmakers to approve legislation aimed at removing potentially toxic chemicals from children’s toys and other household products. The recall of millions of lead-tainted toys last holiday season heightened public fears about the safety of imported toys found …

State identifies toxic chemicals

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released a list of about 1,700 “chemicals of high concern”— substances that …
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Schenck High School Valedictorian of the Class of 2011 is Kristina Rose Jamo.

Schenck High School honor parts

Principal John W. Farrington has announced the honor parts for the graduating Class of 2011. Kristina Rose Jamo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Jamo of East Millinocket, has been named valedictorian of her class. She will attend the University of Maine in Orono to study kinesiology. She participated in varsity …

Schools

Ashland Community High School ASHLAND – David Deaton, principal of Ashland Community High School, has announced the honor parts for the Class of 2005. Commencement exercises were held Friday, June 3, at the Bobby Goding Memorial Gymnasium. Jeremy G.S. Baker, son of Melanie R. Baker of Ashland and Chad J.S. …

Schools

Central Aroostook High School, Mars Hill MARS HILL – Graduation exercises will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the Central Aroostook High School gymnasium. Valedictorian is Heather Johnston, daughter of Dale and Judith Johnston of Mars Hill. She is president and past secretary of the National Honor …

U.S. Food and Drug Administration agrees to determine safety of BPA

The Food and Drug Administration must come up with a decision by March 31 on whether to ban a chemical that’s widely used in the plastics and metal linings of food containers, according to a court settlement reached Wednesday between the agency and the Natural Resources Defense Council. The NRDC …

Feds wonder whether tiny materials play big health role

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators announced Thursday two actions that will aim to clarify the role that extremely small materials can play in items such as cosmetics and food production and packaging. The Environmental Protection Agency said that it will seek to determine whether nanomaterials in pesticide products can “cause unreasonable …