EASTON, Pa. — From the antique cast-iron stove in the kitchen to the ancient wood-paneled radio in the living room, the decor in The Easton Home comes straight out of the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s.

Which is by design. The old-fashioned rooms are in the dementia wing of the elder-care facility and serve an important function. They’re intended to make residents feel at home, help them retrieve memories and get them talking about their younger selves.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 19:26


by Katy England

Many people over the years have told us that we are blessed for having three kids at the same time. And it’s true – for all the craziness yelling, teasing, bickering and whining – there is lots to be thankful for. Here’s a few things.

Group hugs – When I pick up the kids from school, there are raucous calls of “Mama!” followed immediately by almost flying-tackle style hugs from the girls. 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 19:10

Counting blessings

by Katy England

We all get into routines – it’s how we go through life. Kids, as countless websites will tell you, love routines. But so do adults. And when they’re interrupted, it makes life complicated.

Well, my routines were interrupted by a car accident the week before last. I won’t go into details other than to say everyone is more or less OK and the kids weren’t in the car (hooray!). But boy, doesn’t that just ruin your normal routine. Even with no major injuries, being sore and exhausted (didn’t get home until the wee hours) was going to make the weekend a bit of a trial. You know who doesn’t care if you’re sore and tired? Three 4-year-olds.

Monday, 16 November 2015 18:19

Unity students to pack meals for hungry

by PR

Seeking donations and volunteers for international effort Sunday on campus

UNITY -- Unity College students will be packing meals Sunday for distribution to people who are food-insecure around the world.

FARMINGTON — What do mud kitchens, tree cookies and raised garden beds have in common? They are several of the creative outdoor playscape elements being considered for a new nature-based early childhood play area at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Nature-based early childhood education is a growing movement in the U.S. to help children learn while experiencing the natural world. It also gives early childhood educators the opportunity to create innovative, out-of-the-classroom experiences. Drawing inspiration from Europe’s forest kindergartens, this play-based learning is rooted in developmentally appropriate curriculum that builds on a child’s sense of wonder about nature.

Monday, 16 November 2015 18:15

Sandy River Farm Market recalls whole milk

by PR

FARMINGTON – Sandy River Farm Market of Farmington, ME is recalling whole milk out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of its customers.

The recall is based on routine product testing at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation Forestry that determined the product did not achieve proper pasteurization during processing and could have allowed pathogens to survive in the product. No illnesses have been reported, and the processor is cooperating with the recall.

ORONO – Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor. As part of its new Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) project, a saltwater touch tank was installed at the museum to promote learning in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. This partnership benefits the community at large and offers visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of sea creatures, encouraging interactive learning.

“The Maine Discovery Museum is extremely excited to be working with the University of Maine and the EPSCoR program,” says Niles Parker, executive director of the Maine Discovery Museum. “The saltwater touch tank, which was recently installed, is already a huge hit. It captures the attention of our young visitors the minute they walk in the door.” 

Monday, 16 November 2015 18:10

Thanksgiving Day presents hidden hazards:

by PR

Three times as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving as on a typical day

When most of us think about Thanksgiving, images of turkey, stuffing and time spent with loved ones typically come to mind, not fire hazards. However, an increased risk of fire is, in fact, a reality of Thanksgiving. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving as on a typical day.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 19:44

Hello darkness, my old friend

by Katy England

When the time change hits you know it – not so much from the surge of darkness as the surge of angry ranting on Facebook from frustrated parents. Frustrated that months of detailed scheduling and bedtime routines are flushed down the toilet by an antiquated system of time that makes sense to no one.

I rarely come out for or against anything in this column – but this is it. The gloves are off. Let’s pick a time and stick with it. If you want your extra hour? Keep it. If you like the extra daylight – fine. Flip a coin, I don’t care, but pick the one you want and stop messing with my brain. And my kids’ brains.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 19:42

The facts about methadone and suboxone

by PR

Free talk is part of Hospital’s Open Mind series

BANGOR  –Acadia Hospital is pleased to offer another free Open Mind educational session, this one on the topic of methadone and suboxone. The presentation features Acadia Hospital Medical Director of Outpatient Services, Vijay Amarendran, MD. It is scheduled for Nov. 18, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Acadia Hospital in Bangor.

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