Maine overdose deaths keep steady pace into 2017

 Maine’s rate of drug overdose deaths is keeping pace with last year.  Through the first six months of 2017 the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner recorded 185 deaths attributable to drug overdose, according to Dr. Marcella Sorg of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center who analyzes overdose deaths for the Office of the Attorney General.  Doubled, that would be 370 compared to 376 in 2016, or more than one drug overdose a day.

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Overview of 2017, January - June overdose data

 • Most (79%) drug deaths were caused by two or more drugs. The average cause of death involved three drugs.

• The vast majority of overdoses (84%) were caused by at least one opioid, including both pharmaceutical and illicit (non-pharmaceutical) opioid drugs.

• Fentanyl (and/or its analogs) caused 61% of deaths, alone or in combination with other drugs, up from 52% in 2016. 

• Heroin caused 22% of deaths, alone or in combination with other drugs, down from 32% in 2016.

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On the Greatness of Great Wass Island

Past the bobbing fishing boats of Jonesport and endless stacked lobster traps of Beals, Great Wass Island stands proudly in the Eastern Bay, accessed by the winding Black Duck Cove Road. Several miles down the road lies a small gravel parking lot for the Great Wass Island Preserve, a marker signifying the start of one of Downeast Maine’s beautiful wooded hikes. 

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Preparing for winter

The East Machias sliding hill is sporting a clean new haircut in anticipation of winter weather. After being purchased by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the hill was turned over to the town of East Machias earlier this year to be used by the community. In years past the hill was not mowed before winter and the tall grasses stuck through the snow, preventing would-be sled racers from achieving maximum speed. Not so, this winter. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Axiom aims at closing the ‘digital divide’

The Axiom Education & Training Center, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is pleased to announce its new flagship program, the “National Digital Equity Center” (NDEC).

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4-H Summer of Science brings STEM learning to Machias, Lubec

This summer in 16 communities statewide, more than 2,000 youths ages 8-13 participated in the Maine 4-H Summer of Science, which provided hands-on STEM learning activities in areas ranging from animal adaptation and bioremediation to chromatography and engineering design.

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Columbia News

The first week of school has come and gone, where does the time go? All of the kiddos are happy to be back with their friends. Some of our buses were acting up as if they did not want to get back to work either but we soon straightened them out.

I was blessed again with more beans to can this past week, and with the corn that I got when we traveled to Bangor on Labor Day I was able to put that up, too. I don’t think I will go hungry this coming winter as I will eat out of my larder.  

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Wesley News

Karen made it to her cousin’s wedding in New Hampshire with Lisa and Dorothy for company. Great pictures and a great time was had by all.

Karen thanks everyone for their prayers. She has been having hard times with her chemo but she’s tough and makes it through.

Thanking Wendy for helping at Bear Camp in Karen’s place when she’s not up to it.

Andy and a couple of his good friends showed up and split all my firewood by hand, no splitter. Thank you. guys.

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Whitneyville Library to begin construction of new library

The Friends of the Whitneyville Public Library along with Librarian Patricia Brightly are pleased to announce that construction of the new library will be begin on Sept. 23 with a ground breaking ceremony. It is a momentous step in the library’s next chapter and marks a glorious milestone.

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Harrington News

The hurricane in St. Petersburg, Florida is scary. Many of us have family and friends living there. I am praying for their safety. Our son, Roger, and his wife, Susan, and their basset hounds have hunkered down with friends in Rog’s wife’s beauty salon. It is a cement building. By the time you read this, they should all be safe!

Julie and Elliot Noyes just moved back to Harrington a short time ago. They still have two sons and their families. We are praying for everyone’s safety.

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