Turkey-athon has nonprofit staff dressed like turkeys

Nonprofits in Washington County are conducting a Turkey-athon to collect turkeys for low-income folks' holiday dinners. Our own Susan Farley is going to dress up like a turkey tomorrow and stand in front of the Blue Bird Restaurant in Machias to collect donations. Other WHCA staff members will be dressed as a pea, a potato and a farmer. It is rumored that County Manager Betsy Fitzgerald will be a pea as part of the effort. There is a challenge to local police departments to donate 10 turkeys each if Susan pulls off this stunt.

The turkey and her friends will be in front of the Blue Bird Restaurant in Machias from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, October 22.

Maine chefs to gather tomorrow at Grace!

Native Maine Produce & Specialty Foods, the states largest independent distributor of fresh fruits, vegetables and specialty foods is hosting Fancy Flavah, the states first ever micro specialty food show open to hospitality professionals only. The show is being held at the beautifully restored Gothic Revival styled Restaurant Grace, 15 Chestnut Street, Portland, Maine, from 1pm - 4pm.

"This is an opportunity for the professional Maine chef who features boutique proteins, artisanal cheeses and extraordinary specialty foods on their menus to meet local food producers and European specialty food purveyors in one place.

At this event, Maine farmers who raise pasture fed and sustainable proteins will be along side merchants who work with small, family-owned European artisans that produce cheese, olives, oils, vinegars & musts, thus bringing to Maine the finest flavors of the world.

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Acquires State-Of-The-Art Ultrasound System

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital recently acquired and installed the ACUSON S2000™ ultrasound system from Siemens Healthcare as part of its ongoing mission of providing outstanding and personalized care to its patients. 

 "This new system is state-of-the-art and will enhance our diagnostic capabilities," says Richard Seger, M.D., radiology director.  "The advanced technologies significantly enhance ultrasound image quality.  This enhancement is timely for the patients in our growing obstetrics, gynecology, orthopedics, general surgery and oncology programs.  The new ultrasound equipment will also support patients who come to our emergency department." 

Kathleen Ober, MD, the hospital’s obstetrician and gynecologist, is excited about what the new system will offer.  "This system creates photo-realistic fetal ultrasound images.  While this image quality is critical to helping us diagnose clinical issues, even mothers with a routine pr

College of the Atlantic president to retire

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) -- The president of the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor says he is retiring at the end of the academic year.

David Hales, 67, who came to the college in 2006, made the announcement Monday.

Under his watch, College of the Atlantic became the nation's first "net-zero" campus for carbon emissions. The school has about 300 students and focuses on the relationship between humans and their environment.

College officials say they expect to have a new president on board by the beginning of the 2011-2012 academic year.


Maine lawmaker featured in "Time"

(NEWS CENTER) -- Maine Speaker of the House Hannah Pingree is listed in time's "40 Under 40", an article about rising young political stars.

In the "Time" article, Pingree, who is 33, says she's been able to earn her colleague's respect by proving she's smart and cares about the issues.

Hannah Pingree is the daughter of Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree.

Other young political up-and-comers included on the list are Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and George P. Bush, the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.








8 week Rock Climbing Course

Washington County Community College’s Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) is open for business this fall offering programs and equipment rental related to outdoor adventure.  The OAC is currently accepting registrations for an 8-week rock climbing program for kids ages 8-18.  The program covers climbing technique, movement over rock, and technical belay techniques with an emphasis on safety and fun.  The sessions are held on Monday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 pm starting on October 25th. The cost for the program is $65 per person, maximum 12 participants.   Call 454-1060 to register.

In addition to the formal climbing program, the OAC has public hours on its climbing wall in St.

Special Report on Longterm Unemployed

(NEWS CENTER) -- It is about as stressful a situation as you could ever find yourself in: thousands of Mainers have exhausted their unemployment benefits ... but have been unable to find work.

The Maine Department of Labor calls them "Exhaustees", and has set up a series of programs aimed at putting these Mainers back to work. Others refer to them as "The Invisible Unemployed" because they are not counted in Unemployment reports or as part of the workforce.