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Heather Lambert (left) grew up moving from home-to-home in the Maine foster care system. Now at age 25 she is hoping to get her High School Equivalency Test and she has been getting help from Literacy Volunteers of Bangor tutor, Jen Montgomery-Rice.

Bangor literacy tutors helping others overcome the barrier of illiteracy, one life at a time

From filling out job applications and signing school forms to advancing educational goals and becoming an informed citizen, the ability to read and write is essential to participation in society.
Rob Crone, director of nutrition services at Eastern Area Agency on Aging in Bangor, talks about the contents of a box of food available to low-income seniors through the Commodities Supplemental Food Program in Bangor, Feb. 14, 2017.

Hunger abated after the recession, but not for the elderly, US figures show

The rates of food insecurity among the general population have begun to drop, but among Americans older than 60 that recovery appears to be weaker.

In business or socially, good manners are the ‘rules of engagement’

Changes in technology, shifts in gender roles and new views on what is considered “acceptable behavior” have meant manners and etiquette have had to also change with the times.
Professional photographer Kari Herer of Yarmouth captured this image of her daughter Thea in 2014, using the camera on her Apple iPhone. Apple is using the photograph this summer in its worldwide ad campaign, &quotShot on iPhone." Here, the image is seen on the side of a building in downtown Dallas.

How to get beyond ‘point and shoot’ with your smartphone camera

“If you want to take better pictures, it takes a little learning curve. But it’s not hard, and once you do it, you’ll never go back to point and shoot.”
Gary Jarvis at his Hermon home. Gary was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in 1999 and slowly has been losing the use of muscles in his body.

Battling the deadly diagnosis of ALS

It started with a slight twitching in Gary Jarvis’ left arm. “Then it moved to my right arm, and I started losing strength in my left arm,” the 77-year-old Hermon resident said. “I knew I had to find out what was going on.”
Certified Healing Touch practitioner Leanne Bishop (top) treats Jennifer Ross, 52 of Holden, at her studio at the Bangor Y. Ross was diagnosed with Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer last year. She finds that Healing Touch, an energy therapy, reduces her anxiety, enhances her physical energy and promotes a positive outlook as she continues her cancer treatment.

Cancer patients, caregivers find relief with this hands-on energy therapy

Like Reiki, Healing Touch uses both light touch and off-the-body techniques to promote energy flow in the body, guided by the energy roadmaps of chakras and meridians to ease blockages and congestion.

Making money in retirement

Looking for ways to boost your retirement income? The answer might not be as complicated as you think.