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Tuesday, 24 February 2015 16:19

One of those parents

by Katy England

This whole column is about potty training – so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

My kids are 3 1/2, going on 4, and they aren’t potty trained. That’s right. They’re still wearing diapers during the day and at night. 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 16:10

Literacy volunteers needed

by PR

BANGOR - Literacy Volunteers of Bangor is announcing its semi-annual tutor training certification that gives community volunteers the skills to help a neighbor improve his or her life with increased literacy. A few hours a week along with patience, flexibility and a passion to make a difference are all that is required of volunteers.

Tutor Deb Glazier of Bangor has tutored Nicole Hustus, a young mother of three, so that she can get her high school equivalency test (HiSET, formerly GED). Here is what Deb has to say about the experience:

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:07

EMMC seminar to address men’s health concerns

by PR

BANGOR – According to the National Institutes of Health, almost all older men have a weak urine stream or have some trouble with leaking, dribbling or starting urination. In an effort to provide education about these and other common men’s health issues, EMMC’s men’s health experts are holding a free seminar that is open to the public on Tuesday, March 10 in Bangor.

“We will cover a wide range of men’s health topics, including prostate issues like benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) that can cause incontinence and other problems,” says William Sturrock, MD, a men’s health consultant at EMMC Urologic Surgery of Maine. “We will discuss the use of testosterone, how health problems can affect intimacy, and more. Ultimately, we want to help men understand the nonsurgical and surgical treatment options that are out there and to know that there are solutions to their problems.”

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 13:28

Study: US teens getting less sleep

by Lindsey Tanner (AP)

CHICAGO — U.S. teens are getting sleepier: Many lack even seven hours of shut-eye each night and the problem has worsened over two decades, a study found.

More than half of kids aged 15 and older would need to sleep at least two hours more each night to meet recommendations for adequate rest, heightening concerns about the impact on their health and academic performance. That’s according to researchers who analyzed the University of Michigan’s annual “Monitoring the Future” national surveys of youth behavior.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 13:20

Being human is hard

by Katy England

There are a lot of rules in life. Learning how to share, learning how to deal with the notion that not all the cool toys in the world belong to you, learning that when you hurt someone it has consequences. Hard, hard stuff.

Learning as a kid has to be insanely difficult. You’re barely forming cogent sentences and you are expected to be polite. You’ve just realized that other people who are the same height as you can be communicated with as other people, but they won’t do what you say.

PORTLAND - Dunkin' Donuts Community Mugs benefiting Easter Seals Maine are now available for purchase online.  

All funds raised through the program remain in Maine to support Easter Seals Maine and provide services ranging from Early Intervention, Case Management and Veterans Services.  Each mug costs $20 and entitles the bearer to free hot or iced coffee at Dunkin Donuts every Sunday in 2015. A reduced rate for coffee is available during the week. 

Those seemingly harmless medical forms everyone fills out before seeing a doctor can lead to identity theft if they get into the wrong hands.

Names, birthdates and — more importantly — Social Security numbers can help hackers open fake credit lines, file false tax returns and create false medical records. And health care businesses can lag far behind banks, credit card companies and retailers in protecting such sensitive information.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 18:52

Achievement unlocked: room reclaimed

by Katy England

We don’t have a basement. This is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, we have radiant floor heating – which is really nice during this unending winter. On the other hand, storage space is at a premium. 

When the kids started changing their high water marks – which is to say, standing up, walking and accessing shelves of ever-higher levels - we started moving things out of their reach. When they showed a penchant for wanting to destroy bound books, all of our important bookshelves were moved into our room. When a bouncy car, swing or toy was outgrown (or simply became too annoying to last downstairs), it found its way into our room.

Caring Connections is extremely pleased to announce they have obtained funding through Mammograms in Action that will provide free breast health services for young women. Caring Connections is a cooperative women’s health program of the Bangor YMCA and Eastern Maine Medical Center,

This program, known as Bridging the Gap, provides free services to:

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for the Midwest region due to the forecast for severe winter conditions.

FSIS recommends that consumers take the following steps to reduce food waste and the risk of foodborne illness during severe weather events.

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