Fire leaves nine restaurant employees homeless

BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --Investigators say a malfunctioning electrical circuit is to blame for the fire that destroyed a three-story rooming house in Bar Harbor late last Tuesday night.  The State Fire Marshal's office says the cause of the fire is accidental. 

When firefighters got to the building at 9 Roberts Square, they say flames had spread througout the top floor and there was a man standing on a second floor porch.

They were able to get him down and he was treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation.

We're told the rooming house was for nine employees of Testa's restaurant.

Everyone else in the building got out safely on their own.

The Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the victims. 

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Offers Flu Clinics

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital will be offering flu clinics through its Peninsula Primary Care practices located in Blue Hill, Bucksport, Castine, and Stonington.  Last year, many patients elected to receive separate immunizations to protect them against H1N1 and seasonal influenza.  This year, a single immunization will provide protection against both strains of the flu.

Blue Hill Family Medicine will offer a flu clinic on Friday, October 22 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Patients who wish to receive an immunization at this location should call the practice at 374-2311 to schedule an appointment.

Island Family Medicine in Stonington will offer flu clinics on Tuesday October 19 and Thursday, October 21.  Both clinics will take place from 1:30 p.m.

Calais Regional Hospital gets new mammography room

CALAIS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Women in Eastern Maine now won't have to travel far for their yearly mammograms.

Calais Regional Hospital now has state of the art mammography equipment. The new equipment will take pictures quickly. Those pictures will then appear instantly on the screen, for the radiologist to look over.

The project started in spring 2009. Through funds donated by the hospital auxiliary and private donors and grants, the hospital was able to open the new equipment.

"USDA Rural Development has come forward and awarded us at $200,000 grant," said Calais Regional Hospital CEO Mike Lally. "That put us over the edge and allows us to be here today with the newest technology on the market, so we're thrilled."

The project totals about $350,000.

Virulent skin germ grates on Maine lobstering isle

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Lobstermen on a Maine island are grappling with more than seafood: They're dealing with a persistent bout with antibiotic-resistant staph infections.

Over the past two summers, more than 30 people on Vinalhaven have come down with skin infections that have sent some people to their medical providers for repeated treatments with antibiotics.

It's the same variety of community-acquired methicillin-resistant staph, also known as MRSA that has hit the St. Louis Rams and other sports teams, military units and prisons.

Maine's epidemiologist, Dr. Stephen Sears, says it's a bit of a medical mystery as to how the bacteria found its way onto the island, but it's being spread by human-to-human contact. He says it's a problem for lobstermen but not lobster consumers. He says the state's signature seafood is safe to eat.