The Nature of Phenology: Cedar Waxwings

by Joseph Horn

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Apex presents plans for $85M windmill project in Columbia, Township 19

by Tanya Rucosky

Apex Clean Energy presented its proposed Downeast Wind Project at the Columbia Town Office on December 19. Apex Energy staff made presentations regarding the environmental and economic impact the proposed turbines will have on the local communities. Senior development manager Paul Williams explained the 130-megawatt project in Columbia and Township 19 will include 30 wind turbines. He said it will provide enough clean electricity to power 36,000 homes.

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Report claims healthcare plan could reduce costs, cover everyone in Maine

by Ruth Leubecker

An all-encompassing healthcare proposal could save Maine $1.5 billion in healthcare spending, according to a new analysis released by Maine AllCare.
“When every Mainer is covered, and there is never a bill to patients. When doctors are paid promptly, and everyone contributes on a sliding scale, we will truly have a caring and cost-effective system,” says Joe Lendvai, stressing the plan’s simplicity and fairness.

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DECH Implements Safe Sleep Program for Infants

Machias - Down East Community Hospital is taking part in the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program!

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is implementing a safe sleep program and Down East Community Hospital wants to support this initiative by becoming a Safe Sleep Certified Hospital through the Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program.

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DECH Auxiliary pays pledge a year early and kicks in an additional $1,000

Down East Community Hospital (DECH) recently received $5,000 from the DECH Auxiliary.

Amid the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the Down East Community Hospital Auxiliary surprised the hospital with $4,000 to pay off their $10,000 pledge to the emergency department campaign a full year early.  Not only did they pull off that monumental task, but they also kicked in an additional $1,000 to the hospital’s annual Light A Life fundraiser!

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The winter blues

by Wayne Smith

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Students at Bay Ridge Elementary are going for the gold in the 3rd Annual WinterKids Winter Games

Cutler Students from Bay Ridge Elementary are participating in the WinterKids Winter Games for the month of January. Students will compete in a four-week series of outdoor physical activity and nutrition challenges designed to help them be active in the winter and learn healthy habits.  Each school is encouraged to involve volunteers, parents, healthy eating and active living organizations in their community, and hold a winter carnival to close out the month’s events. This year’s WinterKids Winter Games theme is STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math).

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Join Judy outside: opting out every day

by Commissioner Judy Camuso, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

Last week, I had to push myself to get outside and go for a walk.  It was a crappy weather day; my least favorite. Cold rain. I don’t mind a nice warm rain; when I could still run, running in a warm rain was always my favorite. It was cold though, not quite cold enough for snow, but cold sleety precipitation dropping from the sky. The air was raw, and the sky was gray and gloomy. Not a day that screams “let’s go for a walk.”

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The Nature of Phenology: Owls courting

by Hazel Stark

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The storied career of our journalist Ruth Leubecker

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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