WASHINGTON — For many high school seniors, fall means deciding where to apply for college and maybe visiting a guidance counselor. Data crunchers hope to help.

The popularity of social media sites and advancements in the ability to analyze the vast amounts of data we put online give members of the class of 2015 more tools than ever to help chart their next step, even if finding the right college is an inexact science.

Starting Monday, millions of people who have avoided colon cancer screening can get a new home test that’s noninvasive and doesn’t require the icky preparation most other methods do.

The test is the first to look for cancer-related DNA in stool. But deciding whether to get it is a more complex choice than ads for “the breakthrough test ... that’s as easy as going to the bathroom” make it seem.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 16:58


by Katy England

Facebook treated me to an article from Jezebel about a woman who caught some flak for not breastfeeding. Thing is, she apparently had breast cancer and ended up with a double mastectomy, during which all of her viable breast tissue was removed. If the procedure was done properly, no milk will come.

This didn’t stop people from telling her all about the benefits of breastfeeding. And encouraging her to try. Seriously.

AUBURN – A new study by Good Shepherd Food Bank and Feeding America, Hunger in Maine 2014, shows that one in seven Mainers, or an estimated 178,000 people, turn to Maine food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families. This includes more than 50,000 children and 45,500 seniors.

Feeding America’s national study, Hunger in America 2014, found that more than 46.5 million people turn to agencies and programs of the Feeding America network of food banks every year. Good Shepherd Food Bank has been a member of the Feeding America network since 1994.

Monday, 27 October 2014 12:08

Livin' Briefs - 10/29/14

by PR

Medication safety checks offered Oct. 28, Nov. 10 & 19 at Eastern Area Agency on Aging 

BANGOR – Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) and Eastern Area Agency on Aging have teamed up to provide Medication Brown Bag Days at 430 Essex Street, Bangor, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 28, Nov. 10 and Nov. 19. Just drop in with all of your medications and pharmacy staff will offer “brown-bag” checks to go over medication safety and any barriers you may have to taking medication as prescribed. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (207) 941-2865. Please note: medications will not be accepted for disposal at this event.


CAMDEN - In recognition of National Food Bank Week, Oct. 13-18, employees at Camden National Bank delivered generous donations to 32 food pantries throughout the state of Maine. Funds for the donations were raised by employees through the Bank’s stakeholder-run community outreach program, the Community Spirit of Giving (CSOG), and equate to a total of 89,280 pounds of food. This food will provide 74,400 meals to the one in seven Mainers who turn to food pantries and meal service programs for food assistance every year.

“I am overwhelmed by the efforts of our employees to raise money to support our local communities and those in need.  This is a great example of being a community banker,” said Gregory A. Dufour, president and chief executive officer of Camden National Bank. “Helping our neighbors is at the core of what we believe in, and I’m proud of our employees’ dedication to the CSOG.”

BANGOR—This week, The Salvation Army began making appointments for parents who would like to register their children to be recipients of The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, which provides Christmas gifts for children from birth through age 17. In the first few hours, 22 families called to schedule their appointment. Those who are looking for help this Christmas should contact the Bangor Citadel Corps for an appointment immediately by calling 941-2990. Registration begins Oct. 28 and is by appointment only.

Each year, The Salvation Army in Bangor assists hundreds of families with toys and food for Christmas. With the struggling economy, cutbacks in food stamps, and the shortage of full-time employment, it is expected that more families will have limited resources to provide the extras such as new toys and a special meal this Christmas.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 22:14


by Katy England

When something falls apart, chaos ensues

Balance. To achieve it, you need to be constantly readjusting your load – if something slips, you can drop everything. That’s a nifty way of saying you have to pay attention to everything all the damn time, or you are bound to screw something up.

AUBURN – Maine McDonald’s and Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Maine are putting out a call for volunteers on the national Make a Difference Day on Saturday, Oct. 25. In support of this national day of volunteerism, McDonald’s across Maine are looking for individuals and groups willing to donate their time at non-profit organizations across Maine. 

Locations, volunteer activities and registration forms are posted on the RMHC Maine website at On Oct. 25, participating volunteers will receive complimentary breakfast vouchers and t-shirts from McDonald’s. 

Monday, 20 October 2014 21:56

Livin' Briefs - 10/20/14

by PR

American Red Cross encourages donors to make a blood donation before the holiday season

BANGOR — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make a point to give blood before the busy holiday season arrives.

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