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Ellsworth Fire Lt. Gary Saunders washes down a firefighter on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in a demonstration of how the department attempts to rid turnout gear of soot, smoke and dust that contain dangerous chemicals.

Study: Exposure to flame retardant chemicals means firefighters face higher cancer risk than previously thought

ELLSWORTH, Maine — New research by a Blue Hill scientist shows that during a fire, firefighters are exposed to dangerous levels of toxic, cancer-causing chemicals created when commercial flame retardants burn. That firefighters develop cancer at an alarming rate is not news to industry professionals or scientists. But Dr. Susan …

School news

Schools Voice of Democracy contest HERMON – A Hermon High School freshman placed third in the 2007 Voice of Democracy essay contest sponsored by the Maine Department of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Jordan Lorenz, 15, won a $500 scholarship for his essay on the topic, “My Role in Honoring …

US-Israel divisions over Iran boil over

JERUSALEM — Israel is sounding increasingly agitated over what it views as American dithering with economic sanctions too weak to force Iran to end its suspected drive toward nuclear weapons. In a clear message aimed at the White House, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday criticized what he said was …

Rockland desserted Crusty Mainers expected to turn out on tart winter day for Pies on Parade

In the spring, a young man’s fancy does indeed turn to baseball. But in winter’s growling, howling days, everyone’s fancy turns to pies. Naturally, National Pie Day, sponsored by the National Pie Council, was set for the middle of the white season, on Jan. 22. To celebrate this event (and …

Greater Bangor arts news, Sept. 13, 2011

Young Americans at Hermon High School HERMON — The Young Americans, an internationally known troupe of singers and dancers, return to Maine every three years, and always to Hermon. Area students are participating in a three-day workshop with the troupe Sept. 15-17, with a show set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. …

Flame retardants, found in many consumer products, ignite health concerns

Synthetic chemicals added to consumer products to meet federal and state flammability standards are showing up in waterways, wildlife and even human breast milk. Studies in laboratory animals and humans have linked the most scrutinized flame retardants, called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, to thyroid disruption, memory and learning problems, …

School news

Schools ‘Bye, Bye Birdie’ BUCKSPORT – The Bucksport High School drama club will present the musical comedy “Bye Bye, Birdie” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9; and Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 10-11 and Nov. 17-18, at the Bucksport Middle School theater. Tickets are $6, $5 students and senior citizens, available …

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Schools Old Town High School OLD TOWN – More than 70 students applied for the new Honors Diploma Program for the coming school year at Old Town High School. The purpose of the program is to support and challenge students to reach maximum potential. The program recognizes and rewards academic …

Community news

Areawide Denim Day 2008 Denim Day 2008, the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Campaign, has scheduled activities to challenge attitudes that condone or excuse sexual assault: . A Call to Men: “Well-Meaning Men,” community presentation by Tony Porter, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 10, Penobscot Job Corps Center, 1375 Union St. …