Nineteenth Annual Poinsettia Ball

Presented by R. H. Foster Energy and Machias Savings Bank

It is difficult to believe that 18 years have elapsed since the first Poinsettia Ball took place on a snowy Saturday back in 1992.  R. H.

Halloween treats with a healthy spin

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Halloween is typically known as a holiday for young trick-or-treaters to stock up on a giant pillowcase full of candy. But some health professionals are suggesting a healthier spin on tradition.

While Kate Yerxa of the UMaine Cooperative Extension says there's room for all food groups in moderation, not everyone has to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters.  Bubble, pencils, or temporary tattoos are healthy alternatives.  If you prefer to hand out food though, Yerxa says it is possible to add candy to a healthier option.

Ellsworth newspaper goes pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A newspaper in Ellsworth is taking a unique approach to recognizing National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

The Ellsworth American has published an entirely pink edition of its weekly newspaper.  The edition first came out last week and will be on newsstands until tomorrow.  The paper says most of the stories in the edition have breast cancer awareness as a common theme.  Editors say 10% of all advertising revenue and newsstand sales will go to breast cancer clinics at the three hospitals in Hancock County.  The paper estimates between $5,000-$6,000 will be raised. 

"We thought this would be a real good opportunity to use our medium and our access to the community to really get the word out about breast cancer prevention, treatment, care and cost," said Managing Editor Stephen Fay. 

Holland trial enters Day 2

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- The trial of a Biddeford man accused of murdering two brothers in June of 2009 entered its second day on Tuesday.

Fifty-six year old Rory Holland is charged in the shooting deaths of 19-year old Gage Greene and his 21-year-old brother Derek Greene. A friend of the brothers, Andrew Lee, was on the stand Tuesday morning and testified that he saw Holland shoot Gage Greene in the chest outside of his South Street home on the early morning of June 30, 2009. Lee also testified that Holland fired the gun after Greene pushed him.

Authorities then say Holland shot Derek Greene three times as he was running across the street towards the scene.


Prolific and acclaimed writer David Madden will spend the day at the University of Maine on Monday, Nov. 1.   Louisiana State University's Robert Penn Warren Professor of Creative Writing, emeritus, Madden will visit with UMaine English
students and faculty members to share his insights and expertise on writing.  At 4 p.m., the University of Maine bookstore will host him for a reading and book signing.

Madden's new novel, "Abducted by Circumstance," is his tenth.  He was a Pulitzer Prize nominee for his 1978 novel, "The Suicide's Wife," a story that also became a television movie.  Arguably one of the most prolific writers in contemporary literature, Madden has produced numerous short stories, poems, essays, textbooks and scholarly works -- in addition to his novels -- in a career that has spanned more than 50 years.

The Monday Nov.

Downeast-Area LNG Activist Wins NRCM's 2010 "People’s Choice" Award

The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) is pleased to announce that Vera Francis of Perry has won NRCM’s 2010 People’s Choice Award, for her work protecting Passamaquoddy Bay.

     NRCM’s People’s Choice is one of the organization’s Environmental Awards, which it gives each year to an individual or group whose actions have made a real difference at the local, regional, or state level in the protection of Maine’s environment. The People’s Choice Award provides an opportunity for citizens across the state to nominate someone in their community who has worked selflessly to protect a special place or otherwise has made a difference for Maine’s environment.

     Vera Francis was nominated for her efforts to keep a liquefied natural gas (LNG) company out of Sipayik (Pleasant Point), Maine.

The Acadia Hospital Promotes Staff Members to Key Positions

The Acadia Hospital is pleased to announce the promotion of three of its employees. Naomi Brown, PMH-NP has become the Director of Magnet and Research, Dan Johnson, PhD has become the Director of Education, and Jeanne Wypyski, LCSW, CCS has been chosen as the Administrator for Adult Inpatient Services.

Brown will bring her passion for nursing and Acadia Hospital to her position, and will work very closely with nursing leaders and with the new Director of Education to maintain Acadia's level of clinical and service excellence. She began her psychiatric nursing career at Acadia in 1994, working in various programs including inpatient, Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program and Ambulatory Services. Most recently Brown served as an administrator.