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

AUGUSTA | 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 …
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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Study suggests tie between BPA chemical and child obesity

NEW YORK — A provocative new study suggests a connection between the BPA chemical used in food packaging and childhood obesity, but the researchers say their findings don’t prove it’s the cause. While most people have traces of the plastics chemical in their bodies, the study found that children with …

Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014: Israel vs. Gaza, support for Jonathan Fulford, Chris Christie in Maine

Climate change swindle I was dismayed but not surprised to read economist Jonathan Rubin’s defense of the Obama administration’s proposed plan to raise electricity rates and supposedly address global warming. The piece had all the standard elements of the climate change swindle: the apocalypse card, equating skeptics with holocaust deniers, …
On their first day at Lee Academy, Friday, July 8 , Guibang Li, 14 and other 8th and 9th graders from Guangzhou Foreign Language School took S.L.E.P. (Secondary English Proficiency) test. Fifty-two students from the school are spending several weeks at Lee Academy to brush up on their English language skills.

Chinese students seeking opportunity in Maine schools

LEE | Imagine sitting in a classroom from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday with as many as 64 other students, stationary except for a 2½-hour lunch break, and having to take classes on Saturdays and Sundays, too. Imagine lessons heavy with memorization and detail, with little opportunity …

BPA in cans tied to increased blood pressure

People have small increases in blood pressure after drinking from cans lined with material that includes a common chemical, South Korean researchers say. When can linings contained bisphenol A — more commonly known as BPA — systolic blood pressure (the top number) went up by about 5 millimeters of mercury …

Biological weapons protocol talks unresolved

The July 26 edition of the Bangor Daily News carried an AP story by Alexander Higgins to the effect that the United States was withdrawing from talks designed to ratify a protocol for the 1972 United Nations Biological Weapons Convention of which this nation was a signatory. Negotiations over the …

Study: Chemical in bottles may pose serious health risk

In an unusual effort targeting a single chemical, several dozen scientists on Thursday issued a strongly worded consensus statement warning that an estrogenlike compound in plastic is likely to be causing an array of serious reproductive disorders in people. The compound, bisphenol A or BPA, is one of the highest-volume …

Schools

Maine Central Institute, Pittsfield Maine Central Institute will hold graduation exercises noon Sunday, June 10. Valedictorian is Rishi Li Moskalewicz, daughter of Dr. Thomas and Nina Moskalewicz of Pittsfield. Salutatorian is Mitchell Douglas Mailman, son of Stephen and Yvonne Mailman, also of Pittsfield. First honor essayist is Timothy Adam Monk, …

Toxic chemicals found in Maine health workers

Doctors and nurses in 10 states, including Maine, tested positive for at least 24 different toxic chemicals in their blood and other body fluids in a study released Thursday by the national …

LePage dismisses BPA dangers; ‘worst case is some women may have little beards’

AUGUSTA | The political debate over bisphenol A is heating up in Maine after Gov. Paul LePage’s recent comments questioning whether the controversial chemical is as dangerous as many scientists claim. And LePage’s unusual quip about some women growing “little beards” from exposure to BPA likely will add another …

New professorships established to ensure excellence for years to come

The University of Maine has established two new professorships in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences (SECS): The Edward Sturgis Grew Professorship of Petrology and Mineralogy and The George H. Denton Professorship of Earth Sciences. Both professorships will ensure the hire of two tenure eligible faculty members that will …

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014: Clean elections, Burger King, speed limits

Clean up elections Jack and Jill should be able to run for state office in Maine if qualified and motivated. They should not need to be wealthy. This is why we need a restored and fully funded Clean Election Act. This first-in-the-nation law is the most successful state program of …

Honor parts

Central High School, Corinth CORINTH – Honor parts for the Class of 2002 have been announced by Principal William Connors. Commencement exercises will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at the Central High School gymnasium. Crystal Parker, daughter of Donald and Heather Parker of Bradford, has been named …