Articles by Meg Haskell


After Irene, carbon monoxide poisonings prompt generator safety warning

By Meg Haskell on Aug. 30, 2011, at 6:56 p.m.
AUGUSTA | In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has received reports of carbon monoxide poisonings from improperly run generators. With several thousands of Maine households still without power, health officials on Tuesday issued safety warnings for people using gas-powered generators as …

After-school snacks: Kids need them

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Aug. 15, 2011, at 6:06 p.m.
The kids are headed back to school — not just yet, but in a few weeks. Don’t worry though, they’ll be back home again in no time and looking for after-school snacks. As children get older they need less frequent snacks, but most are hungry when they get home after …
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Hope for Huntington’s disease: Ellsworth fundraiser set to battle incurable genetic disorder

By Meg Haskell on Aug. 15, 2011, at 1:24 p.m.
Nancy Patterson of Ellsworth was just about certain she had the gene mutation for Huntington’s disease. After all, her grandfather and her mother both died with the inherited neurological illness. Her own chances of developing the progressive, disabling and untreatable symptoms were 50-50. The genetic testing she agreed to, back …

Hermon garage destroyed in equipment accident

By Meg Haskell on Aug. 14, 2011, at 6:01 p.m.
A short section of Billings Road in Hermon was closed Sunday afternoon after an inexperienced equipment operator drove a front-end loader into a storage garage, according to Deputy Peter Garland of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department. Garland said the garage, which served as a storage facility for …
Samantha Willey of Troy guides her horse around the course during the Maine National Barrel Horse Association's 2011 State Championship Show, held on Sunday, August 14, 2011, at Fettinger/Water Arena in Exeter. The event raised funds to purchase air conditioners and cooling vests for Multiple Sclerosis patients.

Barrel racers provide cool relief to Mainers with multiple sclerosis

By Meg Haskell on Aug. 14, 2011, at 4:22 p.m.
EXETER | The action in the horse arena was hot but the cause was cool at the state championship show of the Maine National Barrel Horse Association. A special fundraising event during the competition on Sunday raised hundreds of dollars in support of Mainers suffering with multiple sclerosis, a …
DJ duo ATOMIC performed at the outer Hammond Street camping area for the KahBang festival late Friday night.

KahBang attracts mellow crowd of campers

By Meg Haskell on Aug. 13, 2011, at 5:53 p.m.
HERMON | The mood was mellow early Saturday afternoon at the KahBang music festival campsite behind The Sports Arena on outer Hammond Street. Several dozen tents of varying shapes and sizes were set up in small clusters in the center of the field and along its forested edges. Red …

Bat on Wisconsin flight prompts rabies probe

By Mike Stobbe, The Associated Press on Aug. 12, 2011, at 4:30 p.m.
ATLANTA — A bat on a flight from Wisconsin to Atlanta last week has sparked a national search for passengers to protect them against possible rabies. No one knows if the bat had rabies because it escaped. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday it wants to …

Maine’s health insurance panel composed almost entirely of industry members

By Meg Haskell on Aug. 10, 2011, at 8:30 p.m.
AUGUSTA | With one notable exception, a new nine-member committee charged with developing Maine’s federally mandated health insurance exchange is made up almost entirely of health care and insurance insiders. The stand-out appointee is Jamie Bissonnette Lewey of Pembroke, chairwoman of the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission. Lewey is a …

Public forum on health insurance reforms slated for Aug. 15

By Meg Haskell on Aug. 08, 2011, at 4:15 p.m.
Are you worried or confused about upcoming changes in state and federal health insurance regulation? You are not alone. Mandated coverage, new benefits, subsidies, insurance exchanges, access to care in rural areas, rate reviews, shared responsibility — the issues are intertwined, the terminology is daunting and many of the details …

Medical device review system ‘flawed,’ experts say

By Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press on July 29, 2011, at 2:07 p.m.
  WASHINGTON — The government should abandon a 35-year-old system for approving most medical devices in the U.S. because it offers little to no assurance of safety for patients, a panel of medical experts concludes in a report Friday. The surprise recommendation from the Institute of Medicine panel calls for …

Pittsfield doctor named MaineCare medical director

By Meg Haskell on July 28, 2011, at 8:41 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Dr. Kevin S. Flanigan of Pittsfield has been named medical director of MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid program for low-income and disabled adults and children. Commissioner Mary Mayhew of the Department of Health and Human Services announced Flanigan’s appointment in a press release on Thursday. “Dr. Flanigan’s years …
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, greets Robert McAleer, director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency, to a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, "Ten Years After 9/11: Improving Emergency Communications," on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Collins heard testimony from McAleer on the progress made since the Sept. 11 attacks on emergency communications and the gaps that still remain to improving communications among first responders.

MEMA chief: Maine emergency communications ‘relatively healthy’ since 9-11

By Meg Haskell on July 27, 2011, at 5:32 p.m.
The director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency told a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday that emergency communications in the state have improved since the terrorist attacks of 2001, thanks in large part to federal funding. MEMA Director Robert McAleer testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, …

Diet advice for truckers

By Georgia Clark-Albert on July 25, 2011, at 6 p.m.
Long-haul truckers are a crucial link in the flow of goods across this country. Almost every product sold in the United States spends at least some time traveling in a truck. A long-distance driver may drive up to 11 hours a day. To maximize driving hours, drivers often skip meals, …
After swimming a quarter-mile and drying off, Ed Pomeroy of Bangor gets his bike gear ready to compete in the Hope Triathlon on July 16, 2011, in Hope.

Losing weight by the numbers: Bangor man trains for NYC triathlon

By Meg Haskell on July 25, 2011, at 4:54 p.m.
Lots of people know they should lose weight and get in shape. But when it comes to actually doing it, each person’s motivation is different. For Edward Pomeroy, it was all about the numbers. “I stepped on the scale, and I remember distinctly it said 284 pounds,” the 39-year-old Bangor …
Kara Janes of Castine, a graduate student at the University of Maine, at the Lakewood Continuing Care Center in Waterville on Friday July 22, 2011.  Janes - although healthy - will spend 10 days at the facility living the life of a nursing home resident who has had a stroke and is unable to use her right side.  "I need help with just about anything and that is humiliating, it is and emotional experience," she said.

Long-term blues: UMaine student takes an insider look at nursing home care

By Meg Haskell on July 25, 2011, at 4:45 p.m.
WATERVILLE | Long tables were set up for a game of bingo last Friday morning when 44-year-old Kara Janes of Castine rolled her wheelchair into the sunlit activity room at the Lakewood Continuing Care Center. Using her strong left arm and hand, Janes propelled the manual wheelchair across the …
In this Thursday, June 30, 2011 picture, a spice dealer holds up fenugreek seeds at his shop in Cairo, Egypt. In early May 2011, John Meyer stayed at a lakeside hotel in Hamburg, Germany and became one of the few U.S. victims in one of the worst food poisoning outbreaks in recent world history from a rare and deadly strain of E. coli bacteria that caused thousands of illnesses in Europe. The outbreak ultimately was traced to a batch of fenugreek seeds from Egypt. Fenugreek seeds, which taste a bit like burnt sugar, are sometimes used as a spice in cooking. Fenugreek sprouts are used in salads.

’30 days of hell’ for US victim of German E. coli

By Mike Stobbe, The Associated Press on July 22, 2011, at 4:36 p.m.
  ATLANTA — In early May, John Meyer stayed at a lakeside hotel in Hamburg, Germany. He attended a business conference. He went sailing. And he became one of the few U.S. victims in one of the worst food poisoning outbreaks in recent world history. Meyer went to the hospital …
Sheldon Hartstone, owner of Fairmount Hardware in Bangor, surveys the store's dwindling inventory of fans on Thursday, July 21, 2011. The store has sold out of air conditioners.

Summer heats up; CDC says Mainers need to prepare for hot weather

By Meg Haskell on July 21, 2011, at 6:08 p.m.
The extreme heat and humidity that settled over much of the East Coast this week has been less intense here in Maine. Still, public health officials are warning Maine residents and visitors to use common sense to prevent heat-related illness and injury. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention …

Aussies visit EMMC for lessons in blood management

By Meg Haskell on July 19, 2011, at 5:54 p.m.
BANGOR | Since 2007, Eastern Maine Medical Center has been developing and refining its patient blood management program in a successful bid to decrease the need for blood transfusions. This week, medical experts from Western Australia are in Bangor, taking notes on how to implement a similar program at …
Research assistant Anna Sitarski conducts toxicity tests on lung cells at the Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health in July 2009 at the institute's laboratory in Bangor. MIHGH will discontinue the centerpiece of its biomedical research program in September, according to an official of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.

Genetics institute to terminate central research function

By Meg Haskell on July 17, 2011, at 3:40 p.m.
BANGOR | Once touted as the ascendant economic star of Eastern Maine, the Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health will discontinue the centerpiece of its biomedical research program in September, according to an official of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, the research institute’s corporate parent. Dr. Erik Steele, EMHS’ …
Martin O'Connell of Bangor enjoyed the great paddling weather going up and down the Penobscot River at the Bangor Waterfront and up the Kenduskeag Stream Saturday, July 16, 2011.

River groups celebrate Penobscot cleanup

By Meg Haskell on July 16, 2011, at 6:03 p.m.
BANGOR | Bright blue under a sunny sky and with a fresh breeze blowing across its waters, the Penobscot River itself was the guest of honor Saturday at the fourth annual Penobscot River Revival festival at the Bangor Waterfront park. The event featured short paddling excursions, boating safety tips, …
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