Health Events in Maine Sept 20 to Sept 27

Health Events in Maine Sept 20 to Sept 27

Find out about health events in Maine or submit your own event to the Catching Health Calendar. Read more ...

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A map of where you can pick apples in Maine

A map of where you can pick apples in Maine

If you plan to go apple picking in Maine and like to "see" where you're headed, I've created an interactive map to help lead the way. Read more ...

Maine Reports Gradual Change in Leaf Color in the North

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There is a hint of color in northern Maine as The Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry reports low 10 – 30%  color change and very low leaf drop. 

“We are right on target for a glorious fall foliage season, said Gale Ross, Fall Foliage Coordinator for Maine. “With the low leaf drop we anticipate that the northern part of the state will soon be a tapestry of beautiful colors,” she added.

Westbrook police chief resigns


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Just before 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, Westbrook's Public Safety Director Mike Pardue officially submitted his letter of resignation.

Pardue worked for the city for three and a half years as chief of both the police and fire departments. Pardue was originally hired as a consultant in 2010 in order to help the fire department through a sexual harassment lawsuit. He was then hired as the city's first full-time public safety director in 2011. Recently, there's been an ongoing investigation into sexual harassment at the police department. Last month, a female officer filed a notice of claim. In it she writes, "The Good Old Boys Club" is alive and well in Westbrook.

Pardue said that the harassment investigation has nothing to do with the timing of his announcement.

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Haven's Candies, a century-old Maine business, changes hands


WESTBROOK, Maine (Portland Press Herald) -- Haven's Candies, the Westbrook-based chocolate maker that counts Intel and HBO among its customers, is under new ownership.

Erin Collins, a Freeport resident who spent the last 15 years in the financial services industry, acquired the chocolatier on Friday and took over as CEO on Monday.

"It's a real honor and I'm looking forward to servicing Haven's legacy well and showing everybody what I got," Collins, 36, said on Tuesday.

Coming Soon! Medicare Annual Enrollment Period October 15 through December 7!

 

 

Medicare Annual Enrollment, Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, is the one time each year that Medicare beneficiaries have a chance to take a look at what plans are being offered for the next calendar year and make a change to a different plan if they want too.  For folks who have Medicare and a Medicare prescription drug plan or a Medicare Advantage plan, this short window time is your opportunity to find out what plans are being offered next year.

Healthy Eating on a Budget

Healthy Eating on a Budget

Have you looked at your food bill lately?  Let’s face it: food prices are not going down. Whether you buy food at a local market, grocery store or your favorite “super center,” planning a healthy meal for one or a family while keeping to a budget is challenging. While we all have preferences, keeping an open mind and varying our diets makes affording nutritious food easier. You might even surprise yourself by trying something out of ordinary that is absolutely delicious, easy to prepare and cost-effective. Read more ...