2 days ago
Gift bags let pediatric psychiatric patients know they are not forgotten
A pair of Dover-Foxcroft residents are busy collecting $12 sponsorships to fill bags for Easter to give to pediatric patients at the four psychiatric facilities across the state. The gifts brighten the days for the youngsters and let them know people outside the hospital are thinking of them. The $12 contributions purchases a decorated bag from Thirty-One Gifts -- a national direct sales company -- and Independent Director Theresa Makowski uses all her commission to purchase goodies to fill the bags. Last year about 60 bags were donated and this year the goal is 100.
6 days ago
SAD 41 residents approve $2.4M Penquis Valley facility upgrade
SAD 41 voters heading to the polls on Thursday, March 14 overwhelmingly approved -- via a combined count of 152 to 25 pending verification of voting results from the towns -- a referendum for a $2.4 million funding package to carry out a heating system upgrade converting from steam to hot water and energy efficiency project at the Penquis Valley School. The referendum was approved in each district community: 7-1 in Atkinson, 55-9 in Brownville, 19-5 in LaGrange and 71-10 in Milo.
1 week ago
SeDoMoCha shines the spotlight on outstanding students
Each month the SeDoMoCha School recognizes “Students in the Spotlight,” celebrating pupils from kindergarten to grade 8 who teachers and staff have determined best demonstrate a specific positive attribute or characteristic chosen for the timeframe from the Habits of Mind (a set of life skills for educators and parents). Following a snow day last month, the February and March Students in the Spotlight were honored together during an all-school assembly in the gym on the morning of March 14.
1 week ago
Community forums on potential Mayo/Northern Light Health merger start next month
Mayo Regional Hospital has announced four community forums to provide updates and answer questions regarding the potential merger with Northern Light Health, a statewide health care system. The forums will be held in four of the 13 towns that make up Hospital Administrative District (HAD) 4 and will provide an opportunity for citizens in the district to learn more about what a merger might mean for the hospital and local access to quality care.
1 week ago
Hunting access a vital issue for Maine
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has had a landowner-relations arm since the mid 1990s. Back then, Game Warden Dave Peppard, with whom I worked, was freed up from most of his law-enforcement duties to troubleshoot landowner relations issues and spread the word that posted land hurts the cause of Maine outdoor recreation. His job wasn‘t that complicated back then. If he saw a new posting in his travels, he‘d find the owner, determine if there were issues and, at the very least, then encourage the landowner to use a state-sanctioned sign that read Hunting By Permission Only.
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