Cat recovering from shooting by officer who suspected rabies


WESTBROOK, Maine

(PORTLAND PRESS HERALD) --Clark the cat is on strict cage rest while veterinarians wait to see if the front leg bones shattered by a policeman's shotgun blast will heal without surgery.

Meanwhile, the Gorham police officer who shot the cat, and the animal control officer who couldn't catch the stray suspected of being rabid, are awaiting the results of a police department investigation into the incident.

The department is footing the medical bills for Clark, named for Superman's alter ego, Clark Kent. He is recovering in a Westbrook shelter, and he didn't have rabies, it turns out.

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Maine environmentalists rally for cap-and-trade


WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) -- Maine environmental advocates will gather in Westbrook in support of the multi-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

The Natural Resources Council of Maine and others say the agreement is slated to hold its twenty-fifth auction of carbon credits. The council and others will gather at a Hannaford grocery store in Westbrook on Wednesday at 10 a.m. to celebrate the milestone.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is a so-called "cap-and-trade" program that seeks to reduce carbon dioxide pollution by placing limits on emissions by fossil fuel-burning power plants. Its auctions allow power generators to acquire credits needed to comply with the program.

Colby College professor and environmental economics expert Tom Tietenberg will be among the people attending.

Where You Can Pick Apples in Maine

Where You Can Pick Apples in Maine

Some people consider apples a superfood, so one a day just might help you stay healthy. There are thousands of varieties to choose from, many of them right here in Maine. I’ve put together a list of some Maine orchards that let you pick your own apples — a great way to spend a late summer/early fall afternoon. See the list ...

 

Health Events in Maine August 31 to September 13

Health Events in Maine August 31 to September 13

From a documentary about opiate addiction to community acupuncture for people undergoing cancer treatments to a walk to raise money and awareness about brain aneurysms — see what's happening in Maine on the Catching Health Calendar and find out how to submit your own health and wellness event. Read more ...

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Officer suing city of Westbrook for sexual harassment


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A female police officer is suing the city of Westbrook for sexual harassment.

Officer Melissa May has been working for the Westbrook Police Department since 2009. May claims that for the last several years she has dealt with a hostile work environment, sexual harassment and discrimination based on her gender and in retaliation for being a whistle blower. May said many of the problems began after she issued a speeding ticket to the girlfriend of a fellow officer.

The Mayor of Westbook, Coleen Hilton said the city has attempted to address May's concerns and is disappointed that she decided to take this to court. Hilton said the city will continue to try to resolve her grievances.


My Mother's Bookcase

My Mother's Bookcase

From my blog MyLateStart, which chronicles my adventures as a fine arts student at the University of Southern Maine.

My mother, who is 88, has Alzheimer’s disease. What does that have to do with getting an art degree, you might ask. Well … in my Drawing 2 class at USM this spring, we had an assignment that had my mother’s lost memories written all over it. Read more ...

Catching Health on the Morning Report

Catching Health on the Morning Report

Did you know that Catching Health with Diane Atwood is on the Morning Report every other Tuesday? That's right!

This week I was Jackie Ward's guest and got to share some fun and easy ways to help support two great organizations in Maine. Watch the video...