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Tuesday, 25 August 2015 21:46

Poor organizational skills

by Katy England

With school starting in (deep breath) a week, (Oh, God) I have to get my act together when it comes to organization. Excuse me; I need to do some deep breathing exercises into this brown paper bag.

It isn’t like I wasn’t getting up early every day for the past few years, but when I did it wasn’t as though I was on some tight schedule with the kids. I’d get up, clean a section of the house and get breakfast ready. We’d bring the kiddos down, eat breakfast and play. Sometimes we’d go outside, sometimes we’d color, sometimes we’d watch a show.

CHICAGO, Ill. – August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and the American Lung Association reminds older Americans that children aren’t the only ones who can receive vaccinations to help prevent disease – adults should be mindful of vaccination recommendations from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The American Lung Association, in partnership with Pfizer, is urging adults age 50 and older to talk with their healthcare provider about getting vaccinated against serious and preventable lung diseases such as influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia.

STATEWIDE – Raise your hand—or paw—if your favorite animal rescue in the Bangor area needs some help. Rural lifestyle retailer Tractor Supply Co. is looking to “rescue” 10 deserving animal shelters.

As part of Tractor Supply’s annual Pet Appreciation Week, held Sept. 16-20, Tractor Supply is awarding a total of $25,000 in grants, including a $10,000 grand prize, to qualifying animal non-profits through its “Rescue Your Rescue” social media contest.

BANGOR — NAMI Bangor and NAMI Maine (the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maine) will sponsor a free Family-to-Family Education Program specifically for families of people diagnosed with mental illness. The 12-week series of classes will be offered in Bangor beginning on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to enroll in the course call Betsy at (207) 866-3307.

The course is an evaluated, national best practice program and will cover information about schizophrenia, the mood disorders (bipolar disorder and major depression), panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and other major mental illnesses. In addition, the course includes coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; basic information about medications; listening and communication techniques; problem-solving skills; recovery and rehabilitation; and self-care around worry and stress.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 19:54

Unity College donor challenge: Match my gift

by PR

Unsolicited $200,000 sum could lead to new pledges promoting America's Environmental College

UNITY – An anonymous donor has offered a lump-sum gift of $200,000 to tell the story of Unity College, and is exhorting others to help steer the school into its next half-century.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 18:48

Sharing and caring

by Katy England

There’s a notion that because you have multiple children, they will have a magical bond of love and will want to do things like share their toys and cuddle all the time. And though there are times when the cuteness of two or more children hugging or playing together is extreme, there are many, many times where they don’t want to share.

Being a triplet doesn’t mean you aren’t a normal child. No child wants to share. I don’t care if you’re a singleton, a twin a triplet or some other higher order. We’ve gone through enough birthdays and Christmases – not to mention other holidays – to prove it.

Monday, 17 August 2015 19:24

Lights... Camera... ACTION!

by PR

BANGOR - Volunteers are wanted for the filming of a 2015 campaign video for United Way of Mid-Maine, Aug. 19-21. 

No acting experience is necessary, and all roles are silent. This year's campaign video will be compelling, showing how everyone can lead by example and the full circle of the benefits of giving.

BANGOR – The Eighth Annual Bangor Walk to Defeat ALS will take place at Hayford Park on 13th Street, Saturday, Aug. 29. Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. The Walk will begin at 10 a.m. following guest speakers from The Jackson Laboratory and The ALS Association’s Northern New England office.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating but relatively little-known disease. Janice Von Brook, chair of the Walk, wants people to know how important events like this are to raising both awareness and funds, as well as hope. She explained, “It takes all one’s effort and energy to manage the disease whether you are the patient or the caregiver. The Bangor Walk is focused on hope as we raise money for research and patient services, raise awareness so that more research dollars can be directed to finding a cure and enjoy a celebratory day greeting old friends and new and having some fun! It is enormously encouraging to patients and their families to see hundreds of people come out to support them.”

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 14:48

Averaging out

by Katy England

We live to compare. We like to think that it’s helpful. Until one of your kids starts falling below average. Which is funny, especially if they haven’t even started school yet.

One of my kids has what are commonly called “delays” - a speech delay among some other gross and fine motor skill delays. In all honesty, it isn’t something I worry about very often. Everyone always says, don’t compare – you can’t compare. Well, apparently you can, and there are tests for it. With math and numbers and median scales. They can test everything from how a child walks up stairs to how one holds a pencil.

BANGOR – There are many different ways to be active, from participating in individual and team sports to going for a jog or hike on the weekend to playing outside with the kids. Unfortunately, injuries can happen, sometimes at the most inconvenient times, and often when the emergency room is the only available option for care. Recognizing that another option would be beneficial for both athletes and “weekend warriors,” EMMC Sports Health has introduced a new injury helpline that provides access to an athletic trainer around the clock, seven days a week for non-emergency care.

“We have created a fast, convenient way for anyone who experiences an activity-related injury to get help,” says JP Stowe, ATC, CSCS, an athletic trainer at EMMC Sports Health. “When someone calls, a certified athletic trainer asks questions to learn more about the injury and then recommends next steps for care. Our focus is on ensuring people get the right care in the most appropriate setting in a timely manner.”

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