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Tuesday, 30 June 2015 20:50

Cost benefit analysis

by Katy England

We’re (finally) getting blinds to go in the kids room. We’ve needed them for the past four years, but this summer was the tipping point in dropping the $150 in getting shades for four windows in two rooms. The money wasn’t so much the issue. It was the notion that the odds are good that those blinds are going to be destroyed. (Oh, and for anyone worried about the kids, these are just plain old roller blinds, the kids will be perfectly safe tearing them out of the window frame, with no threat of strangulation.) 

Ever since we set the clocks ahead and beautiful sunlight has saturated the countryside until 8 or 9 in the evening, bedtime has become something of a farce with the girls. They share a room, and when they can see each other, it pretty much means they will play or fight with each other. Until 9 p.m. 

AUBURN - on July 1, 2015, Health Affiliates Maine (HAM), a statewide substance abuse and mental health agency, will take an important step in supporting the health of its employees, clients, vendors and visitors by ensuring a clean air environment through the adoption of a tobacco-free campus policy.

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of death and disease in this country, with over 443,000 deaths per year, almost half of those from smokers with mental illness. The behavioral health population consumes 44 percent of all cigarettes consumed in the U.S. This population experiences high rates of chronic disease and on average dies 25 years prematurely.

FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Autism Society of Maine to help fund scholarships for undergraduate students interested in enrolling in UMF’s advanced psychology summer course and participating as camp counselors in its annual Autism Summer Camp program.

Individuals completing the four-credit course will receive a $500 scholarship to help defray the cost of the course and to recognize the valuable contribution undergraduate students make to the success of the camp.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 16:46

New and different

by Katy England

The world keeps getting bigger and messier and more fun for our kids. Scarier too, but mostly more fun. Especially when it comes to bugs.

I loved bugs growing up. Snakes, frogs and reptiles too, but bugs were my thing. I was the weird girl in school who would watch ants dig and feed wayward mosquitoes to spiders. Nature on the whole is pretty fascinating – there are cable network channels dedicated to this stuff.

ORONO — Nominations are invited for the Maryann Hartman Awards for Maine Women of Achievement and the Maryann Hartman Young Women's Social Justice Award. Each year since 1986, the Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony has celebrated significant contributions of Maine women in a variety of fields.

The awards are named after Dr. Maryann Hartman, a University of Maine associate professor of speech communication from 1969 to 1980 and a pioneer in the field of oral interpretation. Her work included comparisons of language patterns of Maine women and men born before 1900, oral autobiographies of Maine women born before 1900 and the use of oral interpretation to influence public policy. Hartman died of cancer in 1980.

BANGOR – The Bangor Public Library circulates more than books for free to the public. This includes a telescope, microscopes and Maine Discovery Museum passes. The Library has recently added the Maine State Park Pass to its collection.

“The Bangor Public Library is continually adding items to our collection that are interesting and useful to our patrons,” says Barbara McDade, director of the Library. “The library offers more than books for our patrons to check out. The Maine State Park Pass is another way to encourage our community to get involved and explore this beautiful state.”

When you organize your children by age, I can only imagine that some parts of your life get easier while some parts of your life get more insane. But when you have three kids all vying for the same train engines, it’s easy to wallow in the notion that kids whose ages are spaced apart wouldn’t fight like this.

As a middle child, I have anecdotal evidence that this is not actually the case. But it still doesn’t help when things go from happy fun time to deafening yelling time in a fraction of a second. 

ELLSWORTH/NORWAY - Students in Ellsworth and Norway have another way to get to school this spring. They are using the Walking School Bus, a program in which groups of local elementary school students join trained adult volunteers to walk as a group along particular routes to school. It's a healthy, cost effective addition to a school transportation system that kids and their adult "bus drivers" also find fun. The program is supported by a partnership between the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, the Maine Safe Routes to School Program and the Maine Department of Transportation. 

Guy E. Rowe Elementary School in Norway and Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School are the two current recipients of grants from the Maine Walking School Bus Program to start daily walking school bus programs in their communities. The two-year grant provides resources to get the Walking School Bus (WSB) started in the communities so the program will continue after the grant is complete.

ORONO — Dr. Anne Lichtenwalner, associate professor of animal and veterinary sciences, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, has updated information about avian influenza (AI) in a bulletin for poultry producers.

On June 8, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported a confirmed case of avian flu in Michigan, making it the 21st state in the U.S. affected by the outbreak.

Monday, 15 June 2015 20:52

PDQ Door marks Garage Door Safety Month

by PR

HAMPEN/ROCKPORT/BATH/WATERVILLE/HOULTON - Maine Garage Door and Garage Opener Sales and Service Company PDQ Door is reminding homeowners that June is Garage Door Safety Month with tips and warnings for safest practices.

“The garage door is the largest and heaviest moving object in your home,” says David Plowman, president of PDQ Door. “A damaged or misused door can cause injuries or in rare cases even death.” 

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