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Lawmaker proposes legislation to re-establish county child family services office in Dover-Foxcroft

A state legislator from Newport has submitted a proposal to reinstate the Child and Family Services office in Dover-Foxcroft that was closed nearly 10 years ago. Republican Ken Fredette has proposed LR 121, “An Act to Ensure Adequate Child and Family Protective Services Throughout the State,” to …
Peter Henckel, program coordinator with Cape Memory Care in Cape Elizabeth, walks and jokes with resident Dorothy Green on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012.

Respite care offers an antidote to caregiver burnout

Whether meeting the around-the-clock needs of an elderly spouse with dementia or those of a child with cerebral palsy, constant caregivers of the young and old share one thing in common: physical and emotional exhaustion. “What happens a lot is that, with someone else becoming the focal point of their …

Evelyn Offutt

LITTLE DEER ISLE – Evelyn Offutt, 94, died Sept. 20, 2012, at her home after a brief illness. Evelyn Charlotte Somers was born to Avis Cloudman of Gorham and Fredrick Grant Somers, in Fred’s hometown of Atlantic City, N.J. Her birth followed the death of her brother, Fredrick, in infancy. …

University of New England program receives $3.5M grant for nutrition education

PORTLAND | The University of New England’s public health program has received a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education, or SNAP-Ed, to provide nutrition education in Maine. The SNAP-Ed funds, awarded by the Office of Family Independence in the Maine Department of …