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Ruby sauerkraut with juniper berries

on Feb. 06, 2016, at 7:38 p.m.
I love the more common sauerkraut made with green cabbage but for a burst of color and flavor I thought it would be fun to make ruby sauerkraut. Last time I made sauerkraut I used a traditional Polish fermentation crock with a water seal; this time I used a large …
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Sally Emery (left), sister to Reid Emery (photo), and Margaret Emery, Reid's widow, talk about Reid in Eastport on Jan. 29. Reid Emery was the 61-year-old hospital patient who was discharged against medical advice from Down East Community Hospital in Machias during a snowstorm the night of Jan. 1, 2008. He was found dead the next day, in a snowbank about 380 feet from the hospital's main entrance.

Years after patient dies in snowstorm outside Machias hospital, his family speaks out

By Johanna S. Billings on Feb. 06, 2016, at 9:38 a.m.
With recent court proceedings bringing the case back into the spotlight, Reid Emery’s wife and sister say it’s time for people to hear their side of the story.
SLOWER TRAFFIC

Why do we let the rural tail wag the urban dog?

on Feb. 06, 2016, at 8:45 a.m.
Although I was born in what was then the fourth-largest city in America (Houston has since bumped my native Philadelphia to fifth place), I grew up in a small town, and have lived in small towns for much of my life. In Blue Hill, Maine, where we settled in my …
SOONER OR LIGHTER

How to spend a snow day by classiegallie

on Feb. 06, 2016, at 7:11 a.m.
Guest blog by classygallie Snow days are boring. I know, I know. We love them. Ain’t many things better than a snow day, right? They get us out of school and work, and we sure do like getting out of school and work. School and work are not the greatest. …
CATCHING HEALTH

Hosting a Super Bowl Party? Make sure the food you serve is safe to eat

on Feb. 06, 2016, at 6 a.m.
Super Bowl 50 is here! The most important game of the season. It’s also supposed to be the most watched annual television program in the United States. Last year a record 114.5 million people tuned in. Will you be hosting a Super Bowl party at your house? That’s a lot of food …
 Dr. Ira Mandel holds up a poster during Thursday night's community forum in Rockland on the heroin crisis that urged Pen Bay Medical Center physicians to treat opiate addicts.

Different sides of addiction revealed at Rockland forum

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 05, 2016, at 3:45 p.m.
About 130 people packed Rockland City Hall as participants discussed the drug problem and offered a wide range of possible solutions.

Tai-chi Class

By shiwa Noh on Feb. 05, 2016, at 12:10 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.Wednesday, March 2, 2016 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.Wednesday, March 9, 2016 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.Wednesday, March 16, 2016 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.Wednesday, March …
MICHAEL NOONAN
Dr. Michael Noonan

Back, neck pain: The missing piece

By Dr. Michael Noonan on Feb. 05, 2016, at 9:54 a.m.
Michael Noonan: Most patients — and doctors, for that matter — do not consider the joints when they think of back and neck pain.

The surprising thing ancient mummies tell us about what to eat

By Peter Whoriskey, The Washington Post on Feb. 05, 2016, at 6:43 a.m.
On a foggy day in August 1936, an anthropologist and his crew set sail for Kagamil Island, a small volcanic speck of hot springs and cliffs in the Bering Sea. A person identified as “Brown Bear” had told them of a cave full of mummies and other human remains. Shortly …

Gut bacteria may influence alcoholics’ liver damage

By Kathryn Doyle,Reuters on Feb. 05, 2016, at 6:42 a.m.
Differences among alcoholics in who gets severe liver damage and who doesn’t might be partly due to differences in their gut microbes, suggests a new study using mice and people.
RECOVERY ROCKS

Don’t let the fear of reaching out keep you from recovery

on Feb. 04, 2016, at 10:46 p.m.
I’ve heard from lots of folks that they don’t really get how the program of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) works. Given how different interactions in AA are (amazingly) from the rest of the world, it’s understandable. People in AA tend to be incredibly genuine, brutally honest and wonderfully supportive. Most earnestly …
LIFE SIMPLIFIED

Living a Great Life on the Farm.

on Feb. 04, 2016, at 9 p.m.
Editors note: I am delighted to introduce to the Life Simplified Community Pamela Young, a woman with a vision. Living a passionate life makes the world a better place. Pamela and her husband Kelby were our guests today on Life Simplified Radio. This is their story. Enjoy.   My name …
Little River Apparel employee Denise Dusoe sews the components of a sample fleece pullover that the company produced to present to potential commercial customers.

Belfast firm closes, idles 70 workers with disabilities

By Abigail Curtis on Feb. 04, 2016, at 6:19 p.m.
Group Home Foundation also will be shutting down a Belfast house that has been the home for a dozen people with cognitive disabilities.

BMI mislabels 54 million Americans as ‘overweight’ or ‘obese,’ study says

By Amina Khan, The Los Angeles Times on Feb. 04, 2016, at 5:20 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Good news for some in the high-BMI crowd: A new study from the University of California, Los Angeles, finds that some 54 million Americans who are labeled as obese or overweight according to their body mass index are, when you take a closer look, actually healthy. The …

Lincoln task force sponsors talk on ‘Understanding Substance Abuse and its Impact on Maine’

on Feb. 04, 2016, at 2:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Gillmor’s restaurant, Lincoln, Maine LINCOLN — Save-A-Life Task Force will sponsor a free talk on “Understanding Substance Abuse and its Impact on Maine,” given by Marjorie Withers, co-director, Community Caring Collaborative in Machias, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at Gillmor’s …

Task force in Lincoln to sponsor talk on ‘Day to Day Living with Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder’

on Feb. 04, 2016, at 1:57 p.m.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Gillmor’s restaurant, Lincoln, Maine LINCOLN — Save-A-Life Task Force will sponsor a free talk and workshop, “Day to Day Living with Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder,” given by Betty Hoxie, executive director, Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine Inc. …

Task force in Lincoln sponsors talk on ‘The Other Drug: Alcohol’

on Feb. 04, 2016, at 1:50 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Gillmor’s restaurant, Lincoln, Maine LINCOLN — Save-A-Life Task Force will sponsor a free talk, “The Other Drug: Alcohol,” given by Pat Kimball, executive director of Wellspring, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Gillmor’s restaurant. Soft drinks will be provided. For …

Hospital offers free CPR, AED class

on Feb. 04, 2016, at 1:34 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location: Willette Conference Center, St. Joseph Healthcare Park, Building 1, 900 Broadway, Bangor, Maine For more information: Debbie at 907-1720 BANGOR — St. Joseph Healthcare will sponsor two sessions of a free cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillation class 8-11:30 a.m. …

“It’s All About You” for caregivers event slated for March 5 in Dover-Foxcroft

By Jane Stitham on Feb. 04, 2016, at 10:58 a.m.
Saturday, March 5, 2016 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Charlotte White Center, 572 Bangor Rd., Dover-Foxcroft, Maine For more information: 207-564-4346; wwww.pinetreehospice.org DOVER-FOXCROFT — As part of its ongoing effort to support caregivers through the Caring for the Caregiver Program, Pine Tree Hospice will host It’s All About You! …

Facials are not a Luxury! With Tina De Amore

By Marianne Pinkham on Feb. 04, 2016, at 10:09 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location: Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine For more information: 563-1363; spectrumgenerations.org What’s the largest organ of your body? Your skin! It is a life-long commitment to care for it, as it’s exposed to the elements! Since …