Edge Mom: Risk vs. reward
Sometimes you learn things about yourself that are disturbing. I had such a lesson during last week’s vicious snow storm. It was nasty out, the roads were horrendous, accidents everywhere you looked. But when the event I had lined up babysitters for was cancelled, I was bummed.
Despite all the odds, I still wanted to be able to go out, and I was mad. Not mad at perfectly reasonable people for doing perfectly reasonable things, like cancelling a performance due to nasty weather. I was mad at the weather personified. I’m aware that the weather is not a person you should really get mad at. But that didn’t stop me.
UMaine to host international fish, shellfish immunology conference
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.
Northport First Responders receives SHAPE Award for safety
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.
Edge Mom: Theories of relativity
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.
EMMC, RSU 22 collaborate on School-Based Health Center
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.”
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