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Time to scare the kids!

You know … Halloween is this weekend … so I thought it was appropriate to provide some information on something scary. So I poked around a bit and reached out to one of the team at the Union Fair Grounds!

Here is his note back to me … doesn’t this sound like a scream!?!

The Union a Fair grounds are turned into an amazing haunted house event. There are two corn mazes, a fire pit, food vendors, several buildings and tents are haunted with in costume workers scaring the dickens out of you. The Grand Stand is so well done that it will leave you with this funny feeling in the pit of your stomach as you wonder is this real or not? If you don’t make it to this event you are missing out. It is free to get in to the food, fire pit and games.
$10.00 to go through the haunted house. No costumes are allowed.
The gates open at 6.00PM and the fun runs until 10.00PM!

There you have it … your weekend plans! Here is the poster! Have fun!
Click here for directions.


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Top 5 Questions – Choosing Wisely

It’s the night before you head in to see your provider. You have 2 things you want to chat with her about. It is crystal clear when you’re home however do you ever go blank when you finally get into the exam room? Me too … we want to help.

We have come up with 5 great questions to help guide you to get the correct amount of healthcare – at the right moment.

Here is the flyer. You can get one of these at any of our primary care practices in Bangor, Brewer or Hampden.

We hope this help you to chose wisely!

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Why you should have proper tires on your car for the season.

When the warm summer air gives way to the chill of an impending winter, some of you are probably thinking more about fading tans and lost beach days than you are about car care. We understand that anything related to cold weather might be a sore subject. However, snow tires (also known as “winter tires”) are tremendously important for your safety if you live in a snowy climate, and it’s important to know when to switch over to them.

The Basics
Winter tires, marked with a snowflake symbol, are made with special low temperature resiliant rubber compounds and have deep treads that grip unplowed snow, ice and other inclement conditions under your wheels. All-season tires, regardless of being branded with M+S for Mud and Snow, might not be suitable in heavy snow.

Robert Abram, product planning manager at Yokohama Tire Corporation describes the difference: “The compounding and tread designs for winter tires are altered from traditional all-season tires to maximize grip. Even the best all-season tires have compounds that get more brittle as the temperature drops, and when that happens, the tires tend to grip less. The winter tire compound remains pliable when temperatures are low, retaining grip.”

Without grip, most of your car’s safety functions – like all-wheel drive and anti-lock brakes – can’t do their jobs correctly.
Click here to read the full article and THANK YOU

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Weekend is coming. There is still COLOR!

falllakeMaine Fall Foliage Report
October 19, 2016

Maine’s 2016 Foliage Season is One for the Record Books!

Augusta, ME (October 19, 2016) – The final 2016 fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry reports past peak conditions throughout Maine.

“Without a doubt, 2016 will go down in the record books as being one of the most colorful fall foliage seasons as seen in the past seven years. It was apparent that the entire state reached peak or near-peak conditions in early to mid-October and the colors were spectacular and long lasting, according to Gale Ross, fall foliage spokesperson. “We’d like to thank our leaf peeping fans for sharing their awesome foliage photos with us to give those folks ‘from away’ who couldn’t be here this fall a virtual tour of why people flock to Maine in the fall. While the colors are now becoming a bit muted, there is still a small window to catch the reds, oranges and yellows. Oak trees are just starting to peak out,” Ross noted.

Click here for the full report.

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

bcamonthBreast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage your friends, family and loved ones to get involved.

Click here for the BCA campaign and here for lots of additional information on BCA month.

Click here to find an event happening near you.


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Flu Shots are Necessary, But…

We encourage everyone to get a flu shot each fall, and that’s good! But, there’s always a chance you can still catch the nasty influenza virus, even with the shot. So, please, get vaccinated, but keep in mind there are more things you can add to your arsenal of defenses against the bug. Here’s the low-down from the Mayo Clinic about what else you can do to prevent the flu.

In addition, you can do the following to minimize flu risk to you and those around you:

  • Boost your immunity with sleep, good nutrition. and hydration.
  • Carry hand sanitizer; use it before meals if hand washing is not an option (in a restaurant, at the drive-thru).
  • Cover your cough. Cough or sneeze into tissues or the inside of your elbow to contain germs.
  • Wipe down and disinfect surfaces in your home.

But above all, get that flu shot! Here’s help from the CDC to find a shot near you:

Click to Find a Flu Shot near You