Don’t eat this if you’re taking that

Dear Savvy Senior,

If the prescription label says “take with meals,” does it matter what you eat? I currently take eight different medications for various health problems and would like to know if there are any foods I need to avoid.

Over Medicated

Dear Over,

It depends on the medication. Many meds should be taken with food – any food – to increase their absorption and reduce the risk of side effects. But some foods and medications can interact, reducing the medications’ effectiveness or increasing the risk of harmful side effects. 

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Quoddy Voices Winter Follies, January 12 -  7 p.m., show tunes to chanteys, skits and more, by $10 suggested donation, Eastport Arts Center. 

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on ’The State of Democracy in America,’ a special benefit for Eastport Arts Center. January 13, 3 p.m., Admission by $25 to $100 donation at the door or at  www.eastportartscenter.org.

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Machias Lady Bulldogs in action shots

Nice job boxing out by senior Amber Heath.

Jasmine Bell hustling the ball down the floor.

Machias senior Lady Bulldog Kassandra Cox taking the ball into the lane.

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500 Victory Club

by Phil Stuart

The coaching profession today isn’t what it once was. In the old days a coach for the most part taught at the school and he or she coached at. Lots of schools hire a health and physical education teacher or someone else in the school system. In many cases today a school’s basketball coach has no affiliation with the school and in many cases a lot of coaches don’t seem to last more than a few years. 

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UMM Clipper squads on break

by Phil Stuart

The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clippers men and women’s basketball squads made a two-day trip to New York to play Berkeley College of Brooklyn and the State University of New York at Delhi prior to going on their holiday break. 

On Dec. 17 Troy Alley’s club faced the powerful Berkeley Knights at Brooklyn. The Knights pretty much had their own way with the Clippers and got ahead early before going into the halftime break on top 51-21. 

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Long year for Lady Bulldogs and Raiders

by Phil Stuart

With the 2017/2018 high school basketball season approaching the halfway point, two local high school girls’ teams are experiencing losing seasons which may not produce a win.

The Machias Lady Bulldogs and Washington Academy Raiders have yet to win a game, and lopsided losses have become a common theme for both squads.

There are different reasons for each school to be competitive in Class D for Machias, and Class B for the Raiders.

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Raider boys back on track

by Phil Stuart

After back-to-back losses to Hermon and Mount Desert Island, the Washington Academy (WA) Raiders boys are back on track with consecutive victories over Waterville, John Bapst, and Caribou which gives them a 5-2 record.

On Dec. 27 the Raiders hosted the John Bapst Regional High School Crusaders of Bangor at Gardner gym in East Machias.

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‘Guagus boys defeat Shead

by Phil Stuart

The Narraguagus boys’ team got wiped out by graduation last year and had to go into the 2017-18 basketball season facing a very demanding schedule against some of the top teams in northern Maine Class D, C and B.

Ryan Fletcher’s Knights picked up their first victory of the season on Dec. 19 when they hosted the Shead Tigers of Eastport at Harrington.

The host Knights got off to a great start against Nick Bradbury’s Tigers. ‘Gugagus outscored the Tigers 18-0 in the first eight minutes and held a the edge at the halftime break.

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The Old Ski-Doo

by V. Paul Reynolds

There was a day when Ski-Doo was simply a generic name for a snowmobile. Early on, as I recall, Ski-Doo was the only game in town. In the early 1960s you went “ski-dooing,” not snowmobiling. The machines were the invention of Canadian Joseph-Armand Bombardier. Although the inventor worked many years trying to come up with a snow-going machine, the Ski-Doo didn’t hit the commercial U.S. market until 1959. 

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Bomb cyclone high tide

The convergence of an extremely high tide with last Thursday’s snow event caused flooding alongside Helen’s Restaurant and the dike in Machias. Photo courtesy Peter Scoville

The Machias River, seen here above Bad Little Falls, put on some ice but continued to flow despite record-breaking cold temperatures in the region. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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