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Fun Events in the Bangor Area this weekend!

Bangor Comic and Toy Con 2017

Friday 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday 11:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm
Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main Street, Bangor, ME
The BCTC returns May 26-28th 2017 for a weekend of geek fun! Gaming, Cosplay, Films, Vendors, Artists, Comic Creators, Writers, Wrestling, Music and More! Tickets, Tables & Booths

Celebrate with Ralph Stanley

Join us for an afternoon of boat talk and music as we celebrate the career and talents of MDI boatbuilder, National Heritage Fellow and Penobscot Marine Museum Trustee Ralph Stanley!
Sat. May 27, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Penobscot Marine Museum, 5 Church Street, Searsport, ME (map)
$1 museum admission all day
1:00 p.m.-Ralph Stanley: An Eye for Wood with director commentary
2:00 p.m.- Music by Belfast Bay Fiddlers and Friends
3:00 p.m.- A toast to Ralph Stanley
4:00 p.m.- Music by Old Grey Goose
Beer provided by Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. will be served starting at 3:00 p.m.
For more information, please call 207-548-2529.

Earth, Moon, and Sun

Sun. May 28, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Road, Orono, ME (map)
Earth, Moon, & Sun is a fast-paced full dome demonstration of lunar phases, eclipses, day and night, the sun and other puzzling events with the help of a confused coyote.
This program beautifully illustrates basic concepts like moon phases and seasons. Based on the trickster of Native American lore, Coyote is constantly corrected in his misunderstandings of how things work. A live tour of the Maine sky and its beautiful constellations completes this micro-unit of astronomy. The program includes a tour of the night sky.
This program is geared for students 6 to 12 years of age.


Kristin Andreassen

Sunday, May 28, 7 pm – 10 pm

58 Main, 58 Main St, Bangor

Kristin Andreassen (formerly of the stringband Uncle Earl) will perform a show of her original songs at 58 Main in Downtown Bangor. Kristin will be joined by guitarist Jefferson Hamer of Session Americana and The Murphy Beds, and Shane Leonard of Kalispell.

Doors at 6pmShow at 7pm
$20 suggested donation.

Birding by Canoe at Hirundo


Monday, May 29,  8:00 am – 11:30 am

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, 1107 West Old Town Road, Old Town, Maine

Rad Mayfield will guide the group along Pushaw Stream to take inventory of feathered migrants. It all begins with a brief introduction on migratory birds over breakfast. We will take two 28’foot canoes (seat 12 persons each) to explore the shores of Pushaw Stream. Time permitting will take a look at the Alewife making their way over Pushaw Dam. Meet at the Parker Reed shelter in Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, accessible through Gate 1. Call 207.394.2171 by May 27 to reserve a paddle and seat.



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May is Motorcycle Safety Month!

Motorcycle Safety is a Two-way Street



When spring is in the air, motorcycles are everywhere. Do you long for the freedom that comes with riding on the open road? Then it’s critical to respect your machine and improve your skills throughout your lifetime.

But that’s only half the story. Motorists interested only in four-wheeled vehicles still have a major responsibility in keeping motorcyclists safe on the road.

In recognition of National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May, the National Safety Council reminds riders – and drivers – to do their part.

First, Some Stats

In 2015, 4,976 motorcycle riders and passengers died in crashes, and nonfatal injuries that year totaled 88,000, according to Injury Facts® 2017, the statistical compendium on unintentional deaths and injuries published by NSC. Fatalities among motorcycle riders and passengers have increased nearly 3% from 2006 to 2015, driven largely by an 8% increase in 2015.

“Although motorcycles make up 3% of all registered vehicles and only .7% of all vehicle miles traveled in the U.S., motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities, 17% of all occupant fatalities and 4% of all occupant injuries in 2014,” according to Injury Facts® 2017.

Nearly one-third of riders who died in a motorcycle crash in 2014 were alcohol-impaired, and in 2015, speeding was a factor in more than 30% of motorcycle crashes.

Drivers: Do You Ever Think About Motorcycles?

The vast majority of vehicles on the road are not motorcycles. They’re cars and vans and trucks. It’s quite possible that as a driver you rarely think about motorcycles.

This is a problem.

“When motorcycles and other vehicles collide, it is usually the other (non-motorcycle) driver who violates the motorcyclist’s right of way,” according to an issue statement from NHTSA. “There is a continuing need to help other motorists ‘think’ motorcycles and to educate motorcyclists to be aware of this problem.”

Why do drivers often violate motorcyclists’ right of way?

  • Motorcycles are relatively small and drivers don’t see them
  • Drivers don’t anticipate motorcycles’ movements
  • The driver’s view of the motorcyclist is obstructed, often by the vehicle’s blind spots or other vehicles
  • The driver is distracted

Driver education programs should emphasize these issues – especially in programs for mature drivers who may have diminished abilities.

35% of All Fatalities in 2015 Were Older Riders

Riders 50 and older made up 35% of all motorcycle fatalities in 2015, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. So-called “re-entry riders,” who rode in their 20s and decided to take it up again in their late 40s to 60s face additional challenges today: more traffic, more powerful bikes, more distracted drivers and diminished physical skills.

If you’re going to ride a motorcycle, it’s important to commit to a lifetime of learning new skills and brushing up on the old ones.

Skill and Gear Can Protect You

A helmet is the most important equipment a biker can use. In 2015, 1,922 motorcyclists who died were not wearing a helmet.

Helmets are estimated to be 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries for operators and 41% for passengers, and they saved an estimated 1,772 lives in 2015, according to Injury Facts® 2017. An additional 740 lives could have been saved that year if all had worn helmets.

  • A full-coverage helmet offers the most protection
  • Look for the DOT sticker, which guarantees the helmet meets safety standards required by law
  • Never buy a used helmet; helmets are useless after they’ve been worn in a crash
  • Here is a fact sheet on motorcycle helmet use from NHTSA
  • Not every state has a helmet law, but even if yours doesn’t, wear one anyway.  A motorcycle crash is a “violent event.” More than 80% of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death, according to NHTSA.  In addition to wearing a helmet:
  • Choose a bike that fits you; “supersport bikes” have driver death rates about four times that of cruisers or standard bikes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
  • Invest in antilock brakes
  • New riders should take a motorcycle safety course, and experienced riders should take refresher courses after being off their bikes for a while
  • Know the rules of the road
  • Be aware that riding with a passenger requires considerably more skill
  • Never drink and ride
  • Drive defensively, especially at intersections, where half of all collisions occur
  • Watch for hazards like potholes, manhole covers, oil slicks, puddles, debris, railroad tracks and gravel
  • Assume you are invisible to other motorists and position yourself to be seen
  • Use headlights day and night
  • Be courteous; don’t weave in and out of lanes, or ride on the shoulder or between lanes
  • Don’t speed
  • Wear bright and/or reflective clothing that is durable and boots that cover the ankles
  • Wear goggles, glasses or use a face shield that is ventilated to prevent fogging, and make sure it’s clear if riding at night


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Carfentanil is now part of Maine’s epidemic

Remember this photo I shared a few weeks ago? A Florida police department sent out this powerful image showing the amounts of each drug that could kill you. You can see how dangerous just a speck of carfentanil can be.
3 bottles to compare

Well, a few days after that blog we learned of Maine’s first death from this elephant tranquilizer drug …

Click here to read the full article on #healthyregion

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Creating a better life through art

AZ event

Tomorrow, May 25, 2017
6PM – 8PM
University of Maine Museum of Art
40 Harlow St, Bangor, Maine 04401

Alzheimer’s Disease: Creating a better life through art

Join us for an informative panel discussion by experts in the healthcare field. This discussion is in conjunction with the Jason Bard Yarmosky: Somewhere exhibition on view from May 19th through September 2nd at the Museum of Art.

Panelists include: Laurie Trenholm – Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter; Cliff Singer, MD – Chief of Geriatric Mental Health and Neuropsychiatry at Acadia Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center; and Miki MacDonald – Family Nurse Practitioner at St. Joseph Internal Medicine.

This program is made possible by the generous sponsorship of St. Joseph Healthcare.
This event is FREE and open to the public.

Click here for more information about the event on Facebook.

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Today, May 24 is Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day

National EMS Week 2017 – Presented by ACEP in partnership with the National Association of EMT’s (NAEMT), is May 21 – 27

Today, Wednesday, May 24 is Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day to highlight the special needs of caring for children. The purpose of the annual EMS for Children Day is to highlight the distinctive aspects of caring for children and to raise awareness about the need to improve and expand specialized care for children in pre-hospital and acute care settings.

To all those who work in Emergency medical Services, we thank you, we applaud you and we are lucky to have you!
EMS Week 2017