What's the Fuss About Measles?

What's the Fuss About Measles?

In 2000, the CDC declared that measles in the United States had essentially been wiped out. Since then, vaccination rates are down, and measles is on the rise. Why the shift? Diane Atwood takes a look at some of the issues. You can read about them on her Catching Health blog.

Downeast Maine slammed by snowstorms


MACHIAS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's been a busy week and a half for Public Works crews across the state of Maine, but nowhere has received more snow and had the fewest number of people to remove it than in Machias.

Since Jan. 24, the town has gotten more than 62 inches of snow, shattering the old 10-day record of 35-and-a-half inches, which was set in 1964. Public Works employees have been working around the clock trying to clear and widen the roads for drivers.

"In a normal situation, we get the storm, we plow the snow and then we get a chance to rest, but when we get these back-to-back-to-back storms, we get one day to try to rest and then we're back to snow removal again," said Director Michael Schoppee.

Shine a Light on Autism for April, Autism Awareness Month

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day and to celebrate, thousands of people are coming together to shine a light on autism. Join Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue initiative to show your support this April

Kindergarten Registration in Ellsworth

Ellsworth Elementary/Middle School will be holding its Kindergarten registration on Wednesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 5.  This year we will be registering students by hourly appointments.  Parents may call Mrs. Cox at 667-6241 ext. 2 to set up an appointment to register their child for the 2015-2016 school year.  Children need not be present.  An Open House for incoming Kingergarten families will be held in late May.  The screening process will be done in the fall when the new school year begins. 

Be sure to bring your child's original birth certificate, immunization records, a current photo of your child and proof of your residency in Ellsworth.  We will also need a copy of any custody papers if parents are not together.  Any child who is five years old on or before October 15, 2015 is eligible to enter Kindergarten.

February's Staged Community Playreading

February's Staged Community Playreading

AT OPERA HOUSE ARTS: BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS’ “APPROPRIATE”

A play that explores family and racial tensions,

in celebration of African-American History Month

Opera House Arts (OHA) is proud to offer performances of a staged community reading of Branden Jacobs-Jenkin’s drama Appropriate at the Stonington Opera House Tuesday, February 24 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, February 25 at 7 p.m. The performance will be directed by Linda Nelson, OHA’s Producing Artistic Director, and include visiting artist David Mason in addition to talented area community members. The first read through of the play, open to all interested, will be on Friday, February 13, at 7 p.m.

What You Need to Know About Hypothermia

What You Need to Know About Hypothermia

When the core body temperature is below 95 °F hypothermia can develop. It happens if the body loses heat faster than it can be produced. In her Catching Health blog, Diane Atwood explains why some people are at risk even if they don't go outside. Read more...

Cervical Cancer and HPV: Prevention is Possible

Cervical Cancer and HPV: Prevention is Possible

In the United States alone, 27,000 people are diagnosed with an HPV-related cancer every year. That translates to a new case every 20 minutes. As Diane Atwood shares on her Catching Health blog, prevention is possible. Read more...