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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 …
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2013 honor parts for Stearns High School

MILLINOCKET, Maine — The honor parts for the Class of 2013 at Stearns High School have been announced as follows: Valedictorian Kristen Nicole Manzo, daughter of Steve & Melissa Manzo, plans to attend the University of Maine at Farmington majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Art. During high school, Kristen …

Bill targets trash with 10-cent plastic bag fee

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill that would require Maine retailers to charge 10 cents for each plastic bag distributed to customers would eliminate tons of trash now going into landfills.

Maine takes aim at toxic chemicals

AUGUSTA, Maine — State regulators on Thursday added bisphenol A, or BPA, to Maine’s list of toxic chemicals, a first step toward a potential ban on the additive in children’s cups and other plastic reusable beverage containers sold in Maine. Members of the Board of Environmental Protection voted unanimously to …

FDA: BPA no longer allowed in baby bottles

WASHINGTON — The federal government announced Tuesday that baby bottles and sippy cups can no longer contain bisphenol-A, or BPA, the plastic chemical which has been subject to years of scientific scrutiny. The U.S. chemical industry’s chief association, the American Chemistry Council, had asked the Food and Drug Administration to …

Group pressures state to ban toxic products

AUGUSTA – Representatives of environmental and health organizations said Monday that 20 of 24 common children’s products they tested came back positive for a chemical increasingly under fire by health groups. Members of the groups used the report to keep the pressure on state legislators debating a bill that creates …

School news

Schools River Coalition OLD TOWN – The River Coalition recently received a $2,250 grant from the Frederic Future Fund of the Maine Communities Foundation to support the student projects component of its Youth Empowerment Initiative. The mission of the initiative is to motivate and prepare high school students to engage …

Schools

Schenck High School, East Millinocket Thomas Tetu, principal of Schenck High School, has announced the honor parts for the Class of 2005. Commencement exercises were held at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in the Schenck High School gymnasium. Devin James Meehan, son of James and Linda Meehan of East Millinocket, …

Maine board weighs BPA bottle ban

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine could become the latest state to ban the sale of baby bottles and other reusable food and beverage containers made with bisphenol A under the first test of a relatively new …

Damon presses for rail tax break

WASHINGTON – Advocating for legislation to increase freight rail infrastructure, state Sen. Dennis Damon, D-Trenton, co-chairman of the Maine Legislature’s Transportation Committee, traveled to Washington last week to meet with Maine’s congressional delegation. As part of “Railroad Day on the Hill,” Damon was joined in Washington by more than 450 …

Schools

Washburn District High School WASHBURN – Principal Rick Bragg of Washburn District High School has announced the honor parts for the Class of 2002. Commencement exercises will be held 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the school. Jason Thomas, son of Fred and Beverly Thomas of Washburn, has been named …

Puzzle obsession a common affliction

I thought I was seriously crossword-puzzle obsessed, headed for the padded cell. But after watching the documentary “Wordplay,” featuring New York Times guru Will Shortz, I realize I am a mere piker. I got addicted to crossword puzzles while riding the MTA subway three or four decades ago. I liked …
Most canned foods contain the chemical BPA, which is used as a liner to help protect the contents from spoiling. BPA also is added to many plastic products, including baby bottles and sippy cups.

BPA: What’s all the flap?

Bisphenol A, better knows as BPA, has received considerable attention in the media in recent years and in Maine in the past week.  You may be thinking this really doesn’t have a lot to do with you, or with nutrition.  Well, if you heat anything in the microwave, or use …

Board of Environmental Protection sets date for public hearing on BPA ban

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Board of Environmental Protection on Thursday scheduled a Sept. 6 public hearing on a rule change called for in a citizens petition that would ban the use of bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, in food packaging intended for toddlers and infants. The plastic additive, which …

ARTHUR E. NEWKIRK

BLUE HILL – Arthur Edward Newkirk, 92, died peacefully Sept. 14, 2006, in his home at Parker Ridge, Blue Hill. He was born Aug. 7, 1914, in Jersey City, N.J., the son of Arthur Percy and May Matilda (Young) Newkirk. He graduated from Glens Falls High School in 1931. He …

Reusable shopping bags need monthly bath

Think globally, act locally. How many times have you heard that phrase and wondered, “What can I do?” What could make a difference in fossil fuel use, litter across the landscape and mountains …
In this April 2013 file photo, volunteer firefighters from Addison, Columbia Falls, Harrington and Jonesport were among the responders to a house fire on Indian River Road in Addison.

Blue Hill researcher to begin 15-year study of cancer risk in Maine firefighters

AUGUSTA, Maine — An environmental health scientist is about to embark on a 15-year study of Maine firefighters in an effort to investigate the long-term health effects of exposure to controversial flame-retardant chemicals. Dr. Susan Shaw, president and founder of the Blue Hill-based Marine Environmental Research Institute, announced the study …

BPA additive could lead to breast cancer, study finds

WASHINGTON — A new study of fetal exposure to BPA, a plastic additive found in some food packaging, shows that the chemical altered the mammary gland development in monkeys. The researchers reported that the changes they observed in the monkeys reinforce concerns that BPA — bisphenol A — could contribute …

Schools

Hampden Academy HAMPDEN – Hampden Academy has announced the honor parts for the Class of 2004. Graduation exercises will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at Skehan Center, Hampden Academy. Amelia Lynn Potvin, daughter of Connie and Paul Potvin of Hampden, has been named valedictorian for the Class …

Evaluating hazardous consumer products

Last week, while LD 2048, An Act to Protect Children’s Health and the Environment from Toxic Chemicals in Toys and Children’s Products, was being debated in the Legislature, a hearing was held before another committee on LD 1977, recommending statewide screening that would lead to intensive treatment of autism. How …