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PORTLAND – he University of Maine Aquaculture Research Institute will host this year’s international conference on behalf of the International Society of Fish & Shellfish Immunology (ISFSI).

This is the second international conference of the ISFSI and the first time the global group of researchers and industry leaders will gather outside Europe.

The International Conference of Fish & Shellfish Immunology will be held June 26–30 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland, Maine.

The conference aims to improve aquaculture in the U.S. and around the world by bringing together leaders in the field from universities, research institutions and the industry, according to Anne Langston, associate director of UMaine’s Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI), an international center for aquaculture research and development and home to the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Research Network (SEANET).

In 2013, the conference was held in Spain and attracted about 320 attendees.

UMaine, which has hosted an international conference on sea lice, was selected to host the conference after a bidding process.

AUGUSTA—Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette announced on Jan. 25, 2016, that Northport First Responders has earned the Safety and Health Award for Public Employers (SHAPE). Northport is the first single-entity first responder to receive the award in Maine.

SHAPE recognizes public-sector organizations that voluntary undertake a rigorous safety achievement program for their workers; Monday's award brings the total number of SHAPE certified worksites in Maine to 65.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 11:17

Edge Mom: Theories of relativity

Written by Katy England

Time is weird when you’re a parent. There are times – usually when there is fighting or crying - when time seems to stretch out and last forever. That witching hour before bedtime when no one can behave can feel like a miserable eternity. And on the other side of the spectrum it can seem like yesterday when they were just wee bundles, swaddled and blankets and having that amazing “new baby” smell.

And now, with the kids in school it’s a whole new level of weird time. On the one hand, the weeks seem to fly by. I get up at 4:50 a.m. to get lunches made, backpacks packed and at least locate the majority of items needed to get out the door (hats, mittens, snow pants, boots, coats – plus shoes for indoors). Technically, I don’t have to get up that early. I’ve proven this on days where I slept through the alarm. But it’s also when I do some room cleaning, then sit and relax for 20 minutes before the rush.

 

HAMPDEN — Primary care is the foundation for maintaining a healthy community, and there are many children who may not have regular access to a primary care provider. Recognizing this issue, leaders at Eastern Maine Medical Center and RSU 22 came together to create the RSU 22 School-Based Health Center. The center is a place where students can be seen for health concerns, while staying right at Hampden Academy.

"This initiative stems from a need that RSU 22 staff members were seeing,” says James Raczek, MD, FAAFP, EMMC senior vice president and chief medical officer. “Upon being seen, our providers will work with the patient’s primary care providers to ensure the visit is entered into their medical records. It’s a real benefit to the students, their parents and the community.”

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 20:55

Catching up (01-27-2016)

Written by Katy England

Over the weekend I saw “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which allowed me to pick up my nearly-revoked nerd card and continue on my merry way as a happy geek – don’t worry, just in case there is still someone out there who hasn’t seen it, there will be no spoilers here. But it was awesome. I cried entirely too much at points where you aren’t necessarily supposed to cry – like the opening credits. But whatever.

This is also the soonest I’ve seen a new release since the kids were born. It hadn’t even hit the second run yet. Well, it probably would have if it had been any other movie. But it wasn’t. It was still playing everywhere. That’s another point in my favor.

LEWISTON ‒ Northeast Bank announced a $1,500 donation to support Sarah’s House of Maine, a hospitality house that assists cancer patients and their caregivers as they receive treatment at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center.

“Sarah’s House is addressing an aspect of cancer care that often goes unnoticed,” said Jeanne A. Hulit, president of the Community Banking Division. “As we have all been affected by cancer in some way, the bank is honored to support their efforts to help ease the burden of those battling this disease.”

United Way hopes to collect more than 15,000 pounds of food throughout the spring

BANGOR – Hollywood Casino played host to the kick off for the United Way's 7th annual Pantry Project. The goal for United Way is to collect more than 15,000 pounds of food between now and the end of April, which will provide more than 12,500 meals.

For the sixth consecutive year, Hollywood Casino kicked off the initiative by recruiting local artist Allison Strange to assemble a holiday-themed winter scene made entirely out of canned goods. This year, Strange made “Babe the Blue Ox” out of cans of tuna and packages of coffee. The roughly 1,400 cans of soup used in the project are being donated by Hollywood Casino to kick off the 2016 Pantry Project.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 20:55

Edge Mom: Game on

Written by Katy England

In 2014, we received a board game for the kids from my cool sister-in-law who lives down in Mass. I remember taking it out of the box and scrambling to understand the basics while the kids were all grabbing at different pieces. She grinned as I fumbled with the directions and said, “I just make up the rules.”

It was some of the best advice I’d ever heard about gaming with young kids.

I’m not sure how it happened, but the microwave mug muffin is suddenly an internet sensation. I’m a believer in making muffins in large batches and freezing, so I admit I’ve only taken interest in the individually-made microwave version recently.

My kids love to eat anything from a cup (ever since my mother-in-law gifted our entire family personalized photo mugs), so I decided to give it a go. Turns out, mug muffins are a perfect warming treat for our family’s “fun Friday” breakfast! Try my coconut-cinnamon roll muffin this week. And by the way, if you mix 1/4 cup of unsweetened dark cocoa powder into the batter and leave out the cinnamon, the results will be dessert-worthy.

 

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 20:24

The gifts they give

Written by Katy England

 

There’s a lot to be said about the isolation of parenting. About how much you give up for your kids and how much they change your lives. There are many, many great articles about it. But this one is more about how they made me a more creative person.

You lose large swathes of free time when you have kids, especially if you have three kids at the same time.

 

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