Maine Receives Award for Outstanding Healthcare

Brewer - A Maine healthcare organization has received a recent distinction, for standing out among some of the best providers in the nation, when it comes to patient care.
 
Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems is receiving praise for its use of electronic health records.   Locally, the Bangor Beacon Community uses such health information technology in care management, making the Bangor average higher than the national average.   Maine providers share access to all medical files, keeping patients from undergoing unnecessary tests and procedures.
 
100% of Maine hospitals use electronic health records in the course of patient care, a number that is higher than any other state in the nation. 

Doomsday Part I: The History Behind 12-21-12

Bangor - December 21st, 2012...it's a day that many believe could be the end of the world...a so-called doomsday.  According to the ancient Mayans, the date matches up with the end of their long-count calendar, one that is over 5,000 years old.
 
We've seen Doomsday become sensationalized, in television shows and through word of mouth.  National Geographic channel has a program which features those who believe in some sort of end.  Their series: "Doomsday Preppers."  We met up with one of these individuals, Michael Douglas, who lives in Augusta.
 
Douglas has been teaching for 23 years.  But it's way of life he feels the show has skewed.
 
While he doesn't think one particular event will bring an end to the world, he understands the reason for others' belief in an inevitable demise.
 
Doomsday or not, these guys will certainly be prepared for whatever will come their way.

Bangor Hydro Reports Outages

Bangor - This wintery weather that we've been experiencing has taken its toll on northern Maine power lines. Since Tuesday evening, Bangor Hydro has been recieving notifications of sparatic power outages in northern Penobscot and Piscataquis counties. At this time 1268 outages have been caused by ice and snow building up on tree limbs and power lines. And that's not the only thing that can cause outages this time of year. Hydro officials say that car accidents can sometimes contribute as well. They are urging people not to touch or move downed power lines or tree limbs if found in roads, as those situations can oftentimes be dangerous.

Governor LePage Speaks to Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce

Bangor - Governor Paul LePage was the main speaker at the Bangor Region Chamber of Comerce's breakfast this morning focusing on business revolution. In the wake of a recent Forbes report rating Maine among the worst states to do business in, the Governor addressed a packed house at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor, giving ideas on how to reverse the ranking. In addition, the Governor touched upon education: how necessary it is to improve maine's system, and prepare for the next generation of workers.

School Closings,December 19TH (Updated 2:39 P.M.)

SAD 4 - No After School Activities
ALS 77 Meeting - Canceled
Machias Valley Christian School - No After School Care
Monroe 136 Bingo - Canceled
Augusta Breast Cancer Support Group - Canceled
School Name RSU Status
Stillwater Academy   Closed
Dawn F Barnes Elementary Sch Caswell School Department - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Schenck High School East Millinocket School Department - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Opal Myrick Elementary School East Millinocket School Department - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Helen S Dunn Elementary School Greenbush School Department - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Hermon Elementary School Hermon School Department - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Hermon High School Hermon School Department - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Hermon Middle School Hermon School Department - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Region Two Sch of Applied Tech Houlton-Region 2 - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Medway Middle School Medway School Department - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Dr Lewis S Libby School Milford School Department - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Corinna Elementary School RSU 19 - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Etna-Dixmont School RSU 19 - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Hartland Consolidated School RSU 19 - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Newport Elementary School RSU 19 - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Nokomis Regional High School RSU 19 - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Sebasticook Valley Middle School RSU 19 - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Somerset Valley Middle School RSU 19 - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
St Albans Consolidated RSU 19 - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
So Aroostook CSD School RSU 50 - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Katahdin Middle/High School RSU 50 - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Katahdin Elementary School RSU 50 - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Madison Junior High School RSU 59/MSAD 59 - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Madison Elementary School RSU 59/MSAD 59 - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Madison Area Memorial H S RSU 59/MSAD 59 - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Athens Elementary School RSU 59/MSAD 59 - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Mattanawcook Jr High School RSU 67 - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Mattanawcook Academy RSU 67 - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Ella P Burr School RSU 67 - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Caravel Middle School RSU 87/MSAD 23 - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Carmel Elementary School RSU 87/MSAD 23 - All schools in this RSU closed Closed
Suzanne M Smith Elementary School RSU 87/MSAD 23 - All schools in this RSU closed Closed

Santa Pays a Visit to Children's Floor at EMMC

There were smiles all around the children's floor at Eastern Maine Medical Center today, as patients welcomed a visit from Santa, all thanks to local Rite Aids.
 
The pharmacy holds fundraisers throughout the year, the money benefitting various community outreach programs. This year, 30 local stores have raised about $65,000.

Some of that money was used today, as employees accompanied santa, bringing donated toys to hospitalized children.

AAA Winter Driving Safety Tips

The official start of winter is just days away, which means the recent snowy weather is only going to increase. AAA of northern New Eengland wants to remind drivers that now is the time to brush up on winter driving techniques.
 
According to AAA, snowy or icy conditions lead to over 1,000 deaths on the road every year. Some good tips to keep in mind as the start of winter approaches are: prepare your vehicle for use in ice and snow by making sure you have appropriate tire pressure and treads, and windshield wipers are functioning properly. Additionally, drive distraction free, don't use cruise control, avoid tailgating, and keep your speeds down. AAA insurance agent Christopher Hill recommends increasing your following distance to at least 8 to 10 seconds.
 
Another important thing to keep in mind is, if you heat up your car in the morning before getting in it, make sure the car is out in the open and not parked in the garage, to avoid carbon monoxide poisioning.

Former Bushmaster Owners Issue Statement

WINDHAM - The semiautomatic rifle used to kill 20 children in a Connecticut elementary school was manufactured in Maine until just last year.

People Gather For Vigil For Missing Fishing Boat

STONINGTON - The Coast Guard is still searching for a missing Massachusetts fishing boat, and some Maine residents gathered last night for a vigil because they know the men aboard.

USPS Sets Up Special Sandy Hook Condolence P.O.

 

NEWTOWN, CT - The United States Postal Service is trying to make it easier for people around the country to express their condolences to the families affected by last Friday's Connecticut school shootings.

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