Harrington Family Health Center Hires New CEO
As the new CEO for Harrington Family Health Center (HFHC), Lee Umphrey aims to bring his administrative background and networking resources to continue on the smooth waters that the center has been sailing in recent years. Umphrey replaces former CEO, Bill Lipinski, who implemented systemic changes in efficiency and financial stability.
These changes, Umphrey says are working, and he hopes to further build on them. Bringing teambuilding skills to the table, he says he looks forward to bringing things together to work better. His previous work centers around management of organizations and foundations. Umphrey worked for Governor Baldacci and was closely involved with the passing and implementation of Dirigo Health.
Senate Hopeful Bellows Visits with Locals in Machias
Shenna Bellows announced her run for congress against Senator Susan Collins in late October. Since then, town by town, she has been spreading her message and looking for support. A believer in a grassroots model of politics, Bellows made a stop in Machias last week to speak with interested citizens at the Machias Valley Grange Hall.
About thirteen people circled around the woodstove to talk about issues close to home. Bellows grew up in Hancock and has most recently worked as the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Maine. Bellows said that she was inspired to run because of her mother. Her mother, who at the age of 49 went back to school to become a nurse, so that she could get healthcare and benefits.
How Vulnerable is Machias When it Comes to Climate Change?
Poised with an arsenal of maps and data specific to the Machias Bay area, the Washington County Council of Governments presented their fifth climate vulnerability assesment last Tuesday at the University of Maine at Machias.
Area-specific, the previous four meetings looked at Jonesport, Beals and Addison; Milbridge, Steuben, Harrington and Cherryfield; Calais and Robbinston; and Lubec, Eastport, Perry, Pembroke, Whiting, Dennysville ad Trescott/Edmunds.
Looking at projected materials on climate change and shifting weather patterns, Tora Johnson and staff in the GIS department at UMM created a series of maps that showed how specific areas of the region would be effected with sea-level rises, and storm surges.
First Community Thanksgiving to be Held at Grange
There are lots of people who cannot be with family for Thanksgiving. Digging into the roots of the holiday, of giving thanks for family, friends, neighbors and community, the first Community Thanksgiving potluck will be held at the Machias Valley Grange on Thanksgiving day, from 2 – 5 p.m.
Becky Lee is at the forefront of the event. Lee and her husband Garret do not travel home for Thanksgiving to be with family, but for the last few years have hosted a Thanksgiving dinner at their home in Machias for friends and neighbors in a similar position. Last year, about 20 people showed up.
“There are a lot of people that for whatever reason can't spend the holiday with family,” said Lee. “So why not come together?”
The Good, The Bad, The Monopoly: GMO's
Genetically modified agriculture has been a topic for discussion since the first commercial introduction in 1996. Today, genetically modified crops have skyrocketed, particularly in the United States, and are causing huge concerns among farmers as well as consumers. The modified crops have been and currently are associated with various health issues as well as contamination to the environment, in which the crops are harvested. Theoretically, this technology is said to, one day, end world hunger.
This past Wednesday, a GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) panel discussion was held at the University of Maine at Machias. The Panel included: Jim Gerritsen, John Jemison, Andrei Alyokhin and Eric H. Jones. Each of the four men shared with the audience a specific background, knowledge, and experience with GMO products. The discussion began with educated summaries from each of the panel members, of what exactly a GMO is.