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Is Obesity a Disease? AMA Says Yes… and So Does AHA

On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, the American Medical Association officially recognized obesity as a disease.  It was an action that asked doctors and insurance companies to put more emphasis on the health condition in order to minimize its effects.    The AMA made the decision that obesity is a disease at …
Palestinians look at the damaged hospital on Saturday in Beit Hanoun town, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during Israeli offensive, in the northern Gaza Strip.

Israel extends Gaza cease-fire for 24 hours; Hamas rejects terms

GAZA/JERUSALEM — Israel extended a humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip for another 24 hours, but Hamas, which dominates the coastal enclave, said it would only accept the truce if Israeli troops left the territory. Israeli ministers had signaled that a comprehensive deal to end the 20-day conflict with Hamas …
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The Gardiner Food Co-op crew cooks up a storm

Gardiner Food Co-op and Cafe announces recipe contest winner

On July 19th, the Gardiner Food Co-op & Cafe held a recipe contest at the Gardiner Farmers’ Market. The smells of grilled cheese and hearty soups wafted from the Gardiner Common as more than 50 judges (from the general public) tasted the 10 competing recipes. The contest was held for …

Main St Organization Brings Art, Culture Local and International with Values of Wellness

A Main Street Art Market and Wellness Day Festival are being planned for Saturday August 9, 2014 in downtown Belfast. Hosted by Expanding Opportunities, a local non profit organization operating Aina Moja, an artisan support shop at The Health and Wellness Building, 39 Main Street, the organization asks the community …
A undated handout released on Friday by ECPAD, the French Army Communication Audiovisual office, shows the crash site of Air Algerie flight AH5017 near the northern Mali town of Gossi.

Bad weather seen as probable cause of Air Algerie crash

PARIS — Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African country of Mali that killed all 118 people on board, French officials said Friday. Investigators at the scene of the crash in northern Mali concluded the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 …
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Swan Lake House and Garden Tour

Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Swan Lake, Multiple places, Swanville SWANVILLE, Maine – The Swan Lake House and Garden Tour will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 2. This unique event combines a narrated boat ride with light refreshments, as well as five garden walks and four open houses. Proceeds …

The shock of a husband’s death — and the loss of all Social Security benefits

Despite their expectations that each would be financially secure if the other died, Caroline, a retired teacher, experienced a devastating loss in income when her husband, Matthew, died last year. A special law related to her receipt of a government pension impacts Caroline’s current situation — a law she thinks …
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Madawaska Mega Arts and Craft Fair

MADAWASKA, Maine — As a part of the Acadian Celebration, The Greater Madawaska Chamber of Commerce will hold a Mega Arts and Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Madawaska Middle/High School Gymnasium, 135 7th …

A letter of expectations to my future daughter-in-law

A letter to my future DIL Click To Tweet Powered By CoSchedule Today Loud Child sat in my lap and told me stories about all of his favorite things. He played with my hair. He sang me a song. He gave me hugs and he kissed my forehead. This was …
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Anah Highlander Pipes & Drums Play Rockport Masonic Center Concert

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Rockport Masonic Center, 361 Main St, Rockport, Maine For more information: 691-2270 The unmistakable sounds of bag pipes and drums will resonate throughout Simonton Corner, Wednesday, July 30th beginning at 6pm when the Anah Highlanders visit RMC for the continuing …

Sports briefs for July 25, 2014

MAC U17s suffer first loss at AAU nationals LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — The Maine Athletic Club 17-and-under boys basketball team suffered its first loss Friday at the AAU Division I 11th-Grade National Championships. WCBA of North Carolina built up a double-digit lead in the second half and held on to defeat …

CW3 Walter and Frances P. York

TOWNSEND, MA & GREENVILLE, ME – A committal service for CW3 Walter H. and Frances P. York will be held at the Greenville (ME) cemetery on Monday, August 11 at 2 pm.

CW3 Walter and Frances P. York

TOWNSEND, MA & GREENVILLE, ME – A committal service for CW3 Walter H. and Frances P. York will be held at the Greenville (ME) cemetery on Monday, August 11 at 2 pm.

Deputies suspect cat intentionally shot and killed in Bowdoinham

BOWDOINHAM, Maine — Sagadahoc County deputies suspect a cat that was killed on Pork Point Road on Thursday night was intentionally shot. Bill Stanton found the body of his 20-pound cat, named B, about 100 yards from his home around 4 a.m. Friday, Deputy Al Huntington said. The cat had …
Renee Ordway

Police, parents can’t be skeptical when children report attempted abductions

Apparently white and blue vans have fallen out of favor. It seemed as though most made-up attempted child abductions that occurred during the 1990s involved a suspicious white or blue van. As a reporter sitting in a newsroom listening to a police scanner all day, urgent reports of attempted abductions …
Solitary Sandpiper

Summer’s over: The birds are heading south

Shorebirds are among the first to conclude their breeding seasons and skedaddle from the northern latitudes. Along the mudflats of the coast, short-billed dowitchers have been leading the charge, and the southbound number of semipalmated sandpipers has begun to build. The size of their flocks will peak in mid-August, then …
Julia Bayly

Selfie photos not always the safest, or smartest thing to do

FORT KENT, Maine — If Polonius were around today dispensing advice to a modern day Laertes, he may very well have told him, “To thine own selfie, be true.” Needless to say, Shakespeare penned the tragedy of Hamlet centuries before we had computers, iPhones, tablets and any manner of digital …
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Yard sale and fair at Hancock Congregational

HANCOCK, Maine – The Union Congregational Church of Hancock will hold its annual Church Fair, Yard Sale, & Silent Auction 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at 1368 Route 1, Hancock. Books, puzzles, quality knick-knacks, jewelry, plants, baked goods, furniture, appliances, hardware, kitchenware and lots of household goods will be sold at …

Ravens’ Ray Rice suspended by NFL for two games

The Ravens have known for a while that they’d likely be without Ray Rice at the start of the 2014 season. Now, they know exactly how long their top running back will be sidelined. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday handed downed a two-game suspension without pay to Rice for …

Sports briefs for July 24, 2014

Maine 16U boys basketball squad wins opening game at AAU nationals LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Guard Tom Coyne of Falmouth scored 24 points Wednesday as the Maine-MBR 16-and-under boys basketball team won its opening game at the AAU Division I 10th-Grade National Championships. Andrew Fleming of Oxford Hills of South Paris …