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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 23:41

Things I really don’t want

by Katy England

We’ve been transitioning the kids into separate bedrooms, a move that was precipitated by the transition from cribs to regular beds. Previously, the kids were all stored in one room, and a lot of the other junk was put in the “play room.” The play room needed to be converted into the girls’ room, and the “bedroom” became my son’s room.

It’s times like this when hearing how tired someone with one child is can really rub me the wrong way. They’ve never experienced three children pinging around the bedrooms like pinballs on speed. And I wouldn’t have known the difference until I could see what it was like to have one child alone in one room.

Every year, millions of people from multiple countries fight back against something that seems to affect us all: cancer. According to its website, Relay for Life is an event that allows participants and survivors to celebrate their triumphs, remembers those lost to the disease and motivates people to take action against the disease. Relay for Life teams camp out around a track overnight and take turns walking or running it. Because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have one participant on the track at all times. Each event also includes a survivor lap, as well as a caregiver lap. 

At the start of May, people in the Bangor area will have the opportunity to participate in Relay for Life. A chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is hosting the event on the Eastern Maine Community College campus. The event starts at 6 p.m. on May 2, and goes until 8 a.m. on May 3. Students from the campus have become engaged in the event as well. 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 13:01

Walk/Run to help end youth homelessness

by PR

WATERVILLE & SKOWHEGAN – The street is no place to grow up, yet on any given night hundreds of 

Maine’s children and adolescents learn life’s most important lessons far away from the comforts 

most of us take for granted. Some have run away or been thrown out of family homes, some are 

struggling with mental health or substance abuse conditions and some are just the unfortunate 

victims of bad circumstances. United Way of Mid-Maine is organizing a fundraiser to help make a 

difference in the lives of these youth. 

On Saturday, May 3, United Way of Mid-Maine (UWMM) will be hosting two walk-a-thons, one in 

Waterville and one in Skowhegan. Teams and individuals are encouraged to sign-up to walk and 

help raise funds for the Youth Homelessness Initiative. UWMM partners with local school districts 

across the service area (Somerset, northern Kennebec and western Waldo counties) to reach youth 

who are homeless or at risk for homelessness. Through the schools’ homeless liaisons, UWMM 

helps to meet these students’ basic needs to assure that they stay in school. All of the funds 

raised will go to the Youth Homelessness Initiative. 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 12:59

Homegrown Maine Medical Marijuana Trade Show

by PR

BANGOR - Homegrown Maine 2014 is being held at the Spectacular Events Center on 395 Griffin Road in Bangor on Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is open to the public. Admission is $10, or $5 for members of MMCM.

Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine is Maine's Medical Marijuana Trade Association, providing education and advocacy for Caregivers and Patients since 2010. This is MMCM's third annual trade show and expo and is considered the largest Medical Marijuana Trade Show in New England.  

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 22:55

Friendship dates

by Katy England

From ages 0 to 10, making friends is relatively straightforward. You are in the same room with someone your own age, you become friends with them. It does get more complicated once we hit middle school and we get all judge-y about people, but it’s still pretty easy until you graduate from college with a degree and enter the so-called real world.

Once that happens we are spending less time with like-minded people and more time with people we have obligations for. I mean, thank goodness for Pandora or I would have no idea about “new” music. I use the term new in a sense that most people in the real world don’t.

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 22:15

Kindness in action

by Katy England

The Altruistic Art Show raises money for local couple

BANGOR – Cancer has a devastating effect on everything it touches, harming not just those diagnosed but tearing at families and dreams in the process. Ann Correia’s husband was diagnosed with cancer in October of 2013, and it turned their lives upside down. But members of the community have stepped up to help them with the fallout.

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 00:36

Home Grown Maine Medical Marijuana Trade Show

by PR

BANGOR - Homegrown Maine 2014 is being held at the Spectacular Events Center on 395 Griffin Road in Bangor on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is open to the public. Admission is $10, or $5 for members of MMCM.

Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine is Maine's Medical Marijuana Trade Association, providing education and advocacy for Caregivers and Patients since 2010. This is MMCM's third annual trade show and expo. 

BANGOR – According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, one out of every 10 people in Maine has no health insurance. In an effort to serve underinsured and non-insured Bangor-area residents suffering from pain and movement dysfunction, Husson University’s School of Physical Therapy announced recently that it has launched a new pro-bono physical therapy clinic. Known as SOARing Eagles Healthcare, this initiative is being held in conjunction with Dragonfly Therapy on Hammond Street.

“Our graduate students will be offering free therapy sessions to anyone, of any age, who needs physical therapy but can’t afford to pay for it themselves,” said Kimberly Steinbarger, PT, MHS, academic coordinator of Clinical Education in the College of Health and Education at Husson University. “We want to be the healing hands for those in need.”

WASHINGTON — A new class of experimental medicines can dramatically lower cholesterol, raising hopes of a fresh option for people who can’t tolerate or don’t get enough help from Lipitor and other statin drugs that have been used for this for decades.

The first large studies of these drugs were presented Saturday at an American College of Cardiology conference in Washington.

Whining about the protracted winter is not a new concept. A quick glance at Facebook has a log of more articulate complaints than I could put into print here – but, boy am I sick of it. Winter by itself isn’t a bad thing. Kids can play in snow – sledding, snow balls, digging is all good stuff.

But we don’t have snow. We haven’t had snow for over a month. What we’ve had is slick, hard, intractable ice. Even I, with well over 30 years of gross motor function, have a hard time traversing it. So kids, who have a wobbly factor to take into account and nothing to play with once they’re out there, are beyond frustrated.

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