Tuesday, 26 May 2015 20:23

Pollen Allergy

by Leah LaBree (edge intern)

After a long harsh winter, spring has finally arrived. And with the spring comes the birds, pretty flowers and pollen. Lots of pollen. And for those with pollen related allergies, like Bangor residents Rebecca Jones and Micah Michaud, spring carries just as much sinus pressure, coughing and sneezing as it does warm temperatures and songbirds. 

“I’m allergic to pollen, dandruff, dust and cigarette smoke,” wrote Michaud in a Facebook message. “I usually get sick around this time of year and get really bad congestions, coughs and allergy colds.”

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 20:20

Math, always the math

by Katy England

Math has never been my forte. I have to write my problems out on paper, and if asked to do basic math in front of people, I get flushed and my brain stops working. But I’ve been doing more and more math ever since I had three kids at the same time.

If you go in the Way-Back machine, you’ll recall I did a similar column when they were transitioning to solid food. But wince we’re past bibs and working our way through potty training I figured it was safe to revisit the subject again.

Monday, 18 May 2015 15:25

Underpants and other oddities

by Katy England

Gender wars are a thing. I get it. I’ve been trying not to hop on that particular bandwagon and was doing fine - until I had to buy our kids underwear. Yeah, I got sick of trying to reason with the children, and they are now wearing underoos during awake time as a component of potty training. It’s awful, but I’m not here to talk about how may disinfectant wipes I’m going through this week.

I want to talk about underwear. I had to buy it for the first time recently, and it was weird for a couple of reasons. One, there is more variety in underwear than is entirely necessary. And yes, I remember my Wonder Woman Underoos as a little girl fondly – but it’s still weird. I mean, I saw bikini-style briefs in sizes that a Cabbage Patch Doll could wear comfortably.

Monday, 18 May 2015 15:24

Cystic fibrosis music fundraiser

by PR

ROCKLAND – A vast lineup of Midcoast musicians are donating their time and talents for a most worthy cause, to help raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The concert on May 30 is being held in conjunction with the annual Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis held across the state of Maine in the month of May. All funds raised at this concert will go directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 

Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening, rare, genetic disease which affects the lungs and digestive system. There is no cure. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was founded in the 1950s by parents and researchers who have worked hard to extend life expectancy and quality of life for those with this disorder.

ORONO — Organizers of the University of Maine’s inaugural Black Bear Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K are seeking volunteers to assist on race day and at packet pickup, as well as host cheer stations along the route.

The races begin at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, June 21 and will start and finish on the UMaine track located at the Harold Alfond Stadium. Runners will be broadcast over the video scoreboard when they cross the finish line.

BANGOR – The Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor (UUSB) had a crowd of onlookers on Sunday, May 3, when they took shovels in hand and broke ground for the addition of an elevator and two accessible bathrooms in this historic downtown Bangor church.

The church, located at 120 Park Street in Bangor, was originally dedicated in 1852 and rebuilt after its destruction in the 1911 Bangor fire. In the 1920s, the Dorothy Memorial building was added and has served as the classrooms for the religious education program and the church’s function hall. The addition of the elevator and its two accompanying accessible bathrooms is the first major renovation in the last 90 years.

STATEWIDE - The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Maine and Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME) have been selected as the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Outreach Partners for 2015 for the state of Maine. NAMI Maine and CCSME join a nationwide network of 55 mental health organizations committed to disseminating science-based information from NIMH about the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental disorders, and educating the public about the importance of research and the opportunities to participate in studies.

For over a decade, NIMH has supported organizations from every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico through the Outreach Partnership Program to increase the public’s awareness about the importance of mental health to overall health as well as the recognition that mental disorders are brain-based disorders, and that research is the way forward to understanding how best to treat, prevent and ultimately cure mental illness.

Monday, 18 May 2015 15:10

May is Foster Care Awareness Month

by PR

AUGUSTA – May is Foster Care Awareness Month nationwide, and in Maine, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Commissioner Mary Mayhew is taking the opportunity to thank foster families while encouraging others to learn more about fostering.

“Our deepest gratitude goes out to the families who have volunteered to care for a child in need,” said Commissioner Mayhew. “With their selfless love and support, thousands of children have a brighter and more hopeful future. There are unfortunately not enough of these families and individuals in Maine, so we encourage Mainers to learn more about fostering and the joy and fulfillment it can bring.”

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 21:15

Sticks and stones

by Katy England

When the kids were first born you could take them outside, plop them in a pack and play or car seat and throw some mesh to keep the bugs off. And if you weren’t entirely exhausted by lack of sleep, you could conceivably do some yard work. 

Once they started walking, that kind of went out the window. For the first couple of years, walking was way more trouble than it was worth. They fell off of everything. They fell from standing. Add ice and snow into the mix and it would get especially comical. Basically, even if you were hovering around them like an insane mama-bird, they’d fall and need to be righted, or aim dead for the swamp with their plastic vehicles and have to have a sudden course correction.

STONINGTON – The Stonington Opera House, a striking architectural highlight of Stonington’s Main Street and working waterfront, is 103 years old and on the National Register of Historic Places. Join other volunteers for an hour or two on Saturday, May 16, between 1 and 4 p.m. to show your love for this archetypal island building and its legacy stretching across multiple generations as part of Opera House Arts’ (OHA) annual Spring Clean Up and Maintenance.

It’s a big old building, and many hands are needed as OHA races toward the July grand opening of its new lobby and scene shop. Tasks include indoor and outdoor painting, gardening and spring cleaning of windows, the artists’ green room, dressing room areas and concessions. Simply stop by OHA’s Main Street box office, at the corner of Main and School Streets, and see Pam, who can set you up to volunteer for a shift of any length convenient to you. You can also email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , call 367-2788 or just stop by the theater in your cleaning or gardening clothes on Saturday, May 16.

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