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Beacon Health News, May 19, 2011


Tick Talk

CAMDEN — May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, as declared by the Maine Legislature and the Maine Center for Disease Control. The Camden Public Library will host a “Tick Talk” with Dr. Beatrice M. Szantyr at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24.

Szantyr will present an illustrated talk on the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, the life cycle of the deer tick, and methods to protect yourself and your family. Szantyr is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society and serves on the Vectorborne Disease Workgroup in Maine; the Penquis District Coordinating Council, part of the emerging public health infrastructure in the state; the board of directors of the Lyme Disease Digital Library; and as medical adviser to MaineLYME, a nonprofit group devoted to awareness, education and prevention of Lyme and other tick-borne disorders.

Her exploration of Lyme disease and other chronic, debilitating illnesses began about 15 years ago and now consists of thousands of hours in related activities, including educating about Lyme disease for both professional and community groups throughout New England.

The Maine CDC published a report in February on Lyme disease in Maine. It is available at:


Skin cancer discussion

BELFAST — Dr. Jeff Sedlack, a surgeon and physician at Waldo County General Hospital, will discuss “The Sun, Your Skin, Cancer and Vitamin D,” 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the Waldo County General Hospital Education Center. Sedlack will share what to look for on your skin and when to go see a doctor. He also will talk about the merits of Vitamin D, which the human body can produce with exposure to sunlight.

Printed information about sunscreens, a body mole map, Maine Skin Cancer Facts and steps to take for protection from the sun also will be available at the event.

May Marathon Day

SEARSPORT — Members of Overeaters Anonymous will host May Marathon Day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the first Congregational Church on Route 1. Registration is 9:30-10 a.m. There is a suggested donation of $5 to participate. A raffle, door prize and refreshments will be available. For more information, call Linda at 848-5012. Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, are recovering from compulsive overeating.

Stroke awareness

ROCKPORT — “Let’s Talk About Stroke,” an educational forum for the community, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Picker Family Resource Center on the Pen Bay Medical Center campus. It will be led by the Stroke Program coordinator Eileen Hawkins. There will be ample time for questions. The program is free and open to the public.

Blood pressure screening

ROCKPORT — A blood pressure screening and stroke risk factor assessment clinic will be offered noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at the Picker Family Resource Center. The program is free and open to the public.

Cancer care raffle

ROCKPORT — Now through June 23 the Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation is offering a Cancer Care Raffle to support cancer care initiatives in the midcoast. Tickets are $5 each and offer a chance to win one of 10 gift certificates for area restaurants, including Paolina’s Way, Amalfi, and Prism Restaurant and Gallery.

Cancer Care Raffle proceeds will help fund community outreach programs, including

mammograms for women referred for screening who do not have insurance coverage.

Raffle tickets are being sold at the Pen Bay Cancer Care Center and Bangor Savings Bank

in Camden. They also may be purchased by calling 594-6799. Ten winners will be drawn

Thursday, June 23.

To receive a complimentary entry into the Cancer Care Raffle, call to purchase

an early-bird ticket to Pen Bay’s annual gala. This year’s gala, “A Midsummer Masquerade,” will

be held Saturday, July 23, at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.

The Midsummer Masquerade will be a lively evening of dinner and disguise with dancing to the

Tony Boffa Band. The event is sponsored by Cellardoor Winery and Bangor Savings Bank. Gala

tickets purchased before May 31 are at the discounted price of $100 and include a masquerade

gift and entry into Pen Bay’s Cancer Care Raffle. After May 31, tickets are $125. For more

information, contact 594-6799 or visit www.pbmc.org/gala.

Food Allergy Group

ROCKPORT — The Maine Food Allergy Group meets at the Picker Family Resource Center on the campus of Pen Bay Medical Center on the fourth Monday of every month. The next meeting will be held 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, May 23, and will feature a presentation from the owner and the manager of Fresh Off The Farm in Rockport, both of whom personally are affected by food allergies. Topics to be discussed will include ingredient substitutions for food allergy sufferers, preparation techniques for allergy-friendly food and product availability of allergy-friendly food. Allergy friendly snacks and samples will be provided. Call the Picker Family Resource Center at 596-8950 or visit  pbmc.org/pickercenter for more information or to attend a meeting. Further information also is available at www.mainefoodallergygroup.com.

Raising healthy kids

CAMDEN — Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool (89 Union St.) is hosting a free talk for parents on raising “Naturally Healthy Kids” by local naturopath Dr. Deb Moskowitz at 6 p.m. May 24. The event is open to the public and will focus on how to use nutrition and naturopathic treatments to keep kids healthy and happy.

In this discussion, Moskowitz will cover topics such as colds and flus, allergies, attention issues, sleep, picky eating, and more. Parents are encouraged to bring questions and concerns and to learn how naturopathic medicine can support a child’s health and development.

A naturopathic doctor since 1993, Moskowitz graduated from National College of Natural Medicine eight days after her first child was born, throwing her into the dual role of mother and doctor for the last 18 years. She loves seeing young patients and their families and especially enjoys helping kids learn about how their bodies work and how they can take an active role in keeping themselves healthy through nutrition, exercise and healthy living. She practices at Camden Whole Health, a new integrative wellness center located at 91 Elm St. in Camden.

Blood drive

BELFAST — the American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive 1-6 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the Belfast United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane, East Belfast. For more information or to make an appointment, call 800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

During May, blood donors will receive a coupon for a free day pass to a Maine State Park.

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