Washington county leaders looking into events surrounding leak of social security data


MACHIAS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Circumstances surrounding the leak of personnel data for dozens of current and former Washington county employees continues to dominate discussion here. County leaders say for a period of hours earlier this month the date of births and social security numbers for more than 50 workers were accidentally available for anyone to see on the internet.

Those listed in the documents -- which were hyper-linked to a Bangor Daily News Article published on April 7, 2014 -- included past sheriffs deputies at the Washington County Sheriffs Office as well as many others who still work in law enforcement. Some of those employees still work for the county and are now left asking what went wrong.

Belfast among Maine cities with rooted history on Patriots Day


BELFAST, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Monday of course marked 'Patriots Day' across parts of New England.

The holiday commemorates the first fired shots of the American Revolutionary War, which is a conflict that impacted the lives of many Mainers.

A few of them lie in Grove Cemetery in Belfast, which is one of the cities oldest grave sites. Historians figure about 90 people buried there were original settlers.

One of them was John Cochran. He was a landowner in Belfast and one of only dozens of men who took part in the Boston Tea Party of 1773. That's where colonists raided cargo ships in Boston Harbor and tossed the tea they were carrying into the water to protest British tax laws.

Belfast itself also has a lot of history during the Revolutionary War as the threat of the British army forced settlers to abandon the city for five years during the conflict.

When should you be concerned about heartburn?

If you were to ask me if I ever have heartburn, a week ago I would have answered no. It turns out I was quite wrong.

I had an endoscopy last week — Dr. Doug Howell, my gastroenterologist, threaded a scope with a camera on the end of it through my mouth, down my esophagus and into my stomach. Pleasant image — right? I’m grateful for the medication that prevented me from participating on a conscious level.

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Health Events in Maine April 21 to May 5

Health Events in Maine April 21 to May 5
MONDAY APRIL 21

Stress relief group

Community Partners space
56 North Street
Portland, ME

Monday April 21
2:30 to 3:30

Join board-certified music therapist Kate Beever for an hour of relaxation, discussion, and joy based in music (no musical experience necessary). Go home with simple tools for your own stress relief.

How telemedicine helps some elderly people stay home longer

How telemedicine helps some elderly people stay home longer

Rita, who is 79 years old, has congestive heart failure, a chronic health condition that lands many people in the hospital or nursing home. Telemedicine has allowed her to closely monitor important vital signs and stay in her own home. Read more ...