A hard-learned lesson about shingles

A hard-learned lesson about shingles

It was the beginning of a Labor Day weekend when Al felt a strange sensation on his right buttock, just underneath his back pocket where he carried his wallet. It was kind of sore and kind of itchy.

Although it wasn’t easy to do, he took a look and saw a red area. He figured his skin was irritated from rubbing against the corner of his wallet.

The red area got larger and the painful itch became more intense. Al hated to bother his doctor on a holiday weekend, so he waited three days to call for an appointment.

Opera House Arts Welcomes Director of Development & Communications

Opera House Arts Welcomes Director of Development & Communications

Kelly Johnson arrives in Stonington

Opera House Arts (OHA) is pleased to welcome Kelly Johnson as its new Director of Development and Communications.

Kelly is a native of Long Island, New York. She graduated from American University in 2012 with an MA in Public History. Her studies concentrated on cultural and theater history in the U.S. Before moving to Deer Isle, she was a federal employee in the Washington, D.C. area, spending time with both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Food and Drug Administration. Most recently, she has worked as a public speaker at the Tobyhanna Army Depot in Pennsylvania and volunteered as a fundraiser for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. 

Caring for someone with dementia? The Stewart Center offers respite and more

Caring for someone with dementia? The Stewart Center offers respite and more

Millions of Americans have Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. As baby boomers age, the number is expected to escalate. Family members usually provide most of the care, often while they are also trying to hold down a job and run their own households. Studies have documented the toll it can take — depression, anxiety and other serious medical problems. The Stewart  Center, an adult day center for people living with dementia, recently opened in Falmouth.

Tips and Tools for Eating Healthy on A Budget

Tips and Tools for Eating Healthy on A Budget

Free Cooking class, Instructor, Shoshona Smith, from Healthy Acadia

Join Healthy Acadia in four fun and interactive classes at the YWCA MDI, 36 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor to learn new tips and tools for eating healthy on a budget.  Days and times: Thursdays, Feb 12th & 26th, and March 12th & 26th, 9-10AM.  Based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, each class highlights key nutrition concepts accompanied by hands on cooking demonstrations.  Free recipe sampling and takeaways! 

Healthy Acadia Nutrition Education Initiative classes are made possible through Maine SNAP-Ed. Maine SNAP-Ed is funded by the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which is administered by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and implemented through a contract with the University of New England (UNE).

Crews battle cold temps and fire in Baring


BARING, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Crews battled a fire at Knock on Wood on Route 1 Monday afternoon.

Officials said numerous towns responded to help fight the fire. The freezing temperatures caused instruments and water to freeze, which made fighting the fire difficult. The fire destroyed the gift shop.

Route 1 has been closed since the fire started and is still closed, as of 9:30 p.m.

NEWS CENTER will update this story when more information is available.


Heart Healthy Tips in 140 Characters or Less

Heart Healthy Tips in 140 Characters or Less

I was invited by MaineHealth to "watch" a Twitter chat recently. It was organized by the Maine Health Learning Resource Center and was its first ever.

For those of you who don't know, a Twitter chat is a live conversation on Twitter centered around a specific topic. In this case, since it's American Heart month, the conversation was about heart health. Read the Catching Health blog to find out what I learned — about participating in a Twitter chat and about how to have a healthy heart.

Don't Ever Shovel Like My Husband Does

Don't Ever Shovel Like My Husband Does

Shoveling pounds and pounds of snow can take its toll on your heart and your back. Diane Atwood has some helpful tips in this Catching Health blog post, including why you shouldn't shovel like her husband does. Read more ...