Parkinson’s Support Group meeting

By Anne Gommel on July 15, 2016, at 9:57 a.m.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Moore Community Center, State Street, Ellsworth, Maine For more information: 2076673166 The Hancock County Parkinson’s Support Group will meet on Wednesday July 20th at 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM at the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth. Dr. Richard Matthews who …

Summertime in the Garden

on July 15, 2016, at 9:43 a.m.
I love gardening.  Every year, I experiment with new types of plants and new (to me, at least) techniques to make my garden as productive as possible.  Now, don’t misunderstand me.  I’m not saying I’m actually good at gardening.  In fact, I rarely have much success with anything other than the most …

Music –An Instrument for Communication

By Joanne Fortin on July 15, 2016, at 8 a.m.
Fort Kent ~ Kevin Lavoie, Administrator at Forest Hill Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, recently accepted a donation from D & J Electronics. Andrew Nolan, employee at Forest Hill, was aware of the need of musical instruments for the music program and intended to purchase flutes to support the efforts …

Don’t know what to do with your farm share produce? You’re sure to love these great ideas

on July 15, 2016, at 6 a.m.
Several new experiences for me this week. I’m helping out my daughter and son-in-law with their new baby — my first grandchild! And I got to visit an awesome organic farm with my daughter and granddaughter. They’re members of a farm share (Community Supported Agriculture or CSA) and every week …

Obama to sign bill to battle heroin addiction

By Richard Cowan, Reuters on July 14, 2016, at 4:52 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will sign legislation passed by Congress aimed at combating a nationwide epidemic of heroin and other opioid addictions, the White House said Wednesday. After months of wrangling, the Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday, 92-2, to pass the bill that has also been approved by the …
Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew speaks in South Portland, Jan. 5, 2015.

State calls for more foster homes to meet growing need

By Dawn Gagnon on July 14, 2016, at 4:52 p.m.
“The opiate and heroin epidemic facing Maine and the rest of our nation is destroying the fabric of our families and communities,” Mary Mayhew said.

Local leader addresses opioid epidemic in our community

on July 14, 2016, at 3:25 p.m.
“We’re (CHLB) using every outlet we can to try to heighten awareness of this issue (opioid abuse).”

Alzheimer’s Association receives donation

on July 14, 2016, at 12:48 p.m.
BANGOR — Mary Dysart-Hartt, co-owner of Dysart’s, presented a check for $10,065 to the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, on July 14. The funds come from the sale of the restaurant’s purpleberry pies, available for a limited time beginning on the day the Alzheimer’s Association marks as “The Longest Day” — …
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Healthy Hiking Footwear Event

By Shane Perry, APR on July 14, 2016, at 10:29 a.m.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Cadillac Mountain Sports, 32 High Street, Ellsworth, Maine For more information: 207-973-5540; EMHS and Cadillac Mountain Sports will be hosting a Healthy Hiking event in celebration of the centennial of Acadia National Park on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from …

UMaine Children’s Center announces participation in food program

on July 14, 2016, at 9:24 a.m.
ORONO — The University of Maine Children’s Center announced recently that it is participating in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program. Meals are available at no separate  charge to all enrolled participants. For information about participating or centers or institutions, and for income eligibility guidelines, call the center …

Improved Access to Mental Health Services

By Joanne Fortin on July 14, 2016, at 8:38 a.m.
Fort Kent ~ Sandra San Antonio, Medical Practice Director at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC), announced the addition of a new practitioner to NMMC’s Behavioral Health Services. Melissa Stoliker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, began seeing patients on July 7th. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in …

New Hope for Women offers new support group in Damariscotta area

By Diane on July 14, 2016, at 8:16 a.m.
ROCKLAND — New Hope for Women offers a support group for women who have been affected by domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, offering a safe place to talk about the abuse, in an environment that fosters trusting and caring relationships. The free support groups are offered in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, …

Congress sends Obama bill to battle heroin addiction

By Richard Cowan, Reuters on July 13, 2016, at 7:36 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday passed and sent to President Barack Obama legislation aimed at combating a nationwide epidemic of heroin and other opioid addictions. After months of wrangling, the Senate voted overwhelmingly, 92-2, to approve the legislation that has also been approved by the House of Representatives. The …
The entrance to The Aroostook Medical Center's emergency department and day surgery center.

Nurses’ union threatens strike at Presque Isle hospital

By Anthony Brino on July 13, 2016, at 4:52 p.m.
Unionized nurses at The Aroostook Medical Center have delivered a 10-day advanced notice of their plan to walk out on strike for two days in protest of staffing concerns they’ve raised in contract negotiations.
A clam rests on rocks on Sears Island in Maine in this 2014 file photo

State closes Bremen flats, blocking out-of-town processor of contaminated clams

By Alexander Violo, The Lincoln County News on July 13, 2016, at 2:03 p.m.
The letter cited identification by Bremen town officials of the likely source of pollution: Horses recently pastured adjacent to both coves.

I gained weight and I’m glad

on July 13, 2016, at 8:47 a.m.
I gained weight and I’m glad! I wasn’t one of those skinny people who needed to gain some weight just to stop looking like a walking skeleton. HA! Heavens, no! I have plenty of meat (and fat) on my bones. In fact, more than I need, and yet I’m happy to …

Tour de la Vallee Approaches

By Joanne Fortin on July 13, 2016, at 8:07 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Riverside Park, East Main Street, Fort Kent, ME For more information: 207-834-1353; Fort Kent ~ In its twenty-sixth year, the Tour de la Vallee is scheduled to run on Sunday, August 21, 2016, where it will kick off at …

NMMC Honors Employee of the Quarter

By Joanne Fortin on July 13, 2016, at 8:02 a.m.
Fort Kent ~ Robin Damboise, Northern Maine Medical Center’s (NMMC) Director of Human Resources, announced the nomination for the second quarter of 2016 for NMMC’s Employee of the Quarter honoree. Candidates who are nominated for the Employee of the Quarter award must meet rigorous performance requirements. Lynette Sirois was selected …

Some expert advice on how to be a good grandparent

on July 13, 2016, at 6 a.m.
As a new grandmother, I think a lot about what it means to be a good grandparent and how I can be most helpful. I asked other grandparents for some advice.

Bangor Savings Bank Foundation celebrates $250K gift to EMMC Neonatal Unit

on July 12, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Savings Bank President and CEO Bob Montgomery-Rice joined staff of the Eastern Maine Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and others Tuesday to celebrate the new NICU at Penobscot Pavilion. The EMMC capital campaign gift of $250,000 from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation went directly to the …