I Love My Pet March 31, 2014

Updated 2 weeks ago

Do you want your pet featured on I Love My Pet

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E-mail it to WABI at wabi@wabi.tv. Please put “Attention I Love My Pet” in the subject line.

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Senior Watch: March 31, 2014

Updated 2 weeks ago

Janet Hope, Administrator of Brewer Rehab and Angela Lufkin, Gentiva Market Manager talk about a community event being held at Brewer Rehab on April 23rd.

Learn about your lungs

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Should Scarborough Downs be allowed to have a casino?

Updated 2 weeks ago

Yes 47% (347 Votes)
No 53% (393 Votes)

Consumer Contact: Competitive Electricity Pricing

Updated 2 weeks ago

Russ Van Arsdale was in for this weeks Consumer Contact segment to continue a talk about competitive electric pricing offers.

The Maine Public Advocate put an advisory for consumers to be wary of competitive electric pricing offers that start out as a fixed rate, but may change to a variable rate after the introductory period.

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Should the Veterans and Legal Affairs committee investigate claims made by candidates running for office?

Updated 2 weeks ago

Yes 83% (207 Votes)
No 17% (43 Votes)

Should the state’s rainy day fund always have at least $50 million in it?

Updated 2 weeks ago

Yes 64% (445 Votes)
No 36% (247 Votes)

SPCA Pet of the Week: Meet Jewel

Updated 3 weeks ago

Diana de los Santos from the SPCA of Hancock county talks about Jewel.

Jewel is an tri colored American foxhound.  She is about 3 yrs old. She was picked up in the Machias area and was not claimed from the stray holding facility and then came to us.  She must have been someones pet, as she was a bit overweight when she came in, but alas, no one came to claim her.  She’s about as sweet as can be and is a real “Jewel”.

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Senior Spotlight: Fraud Watch Network

Updated 3 weeks ago

Jane Margesson the Communications Director for AARP Maine, was in for this weeks Senior Spotlight to talk about AARP’s Fraud Watch Network.

The Fraud Watch Network is a program to fight identity theft, fraud, and give people access to information on how to protect themselves and others.

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Should the federal minimum wage increase to $10.10?

Updated 3 weeks ago

Yes 61% (572 Votes)
No 39% (366 Votes)

Measles 2014: New Reminders of Old Lessons

Updated 3 weeks ago


By: Amy Movius MD

This year is shaping up to be the worst for measles cases in the US for many, many years. In fact, measles was declared effectively eradicated from the United States in the year 2000 as it did not circulate within our population. This was because of the high vaccination rates of Americans.
Before the measles vaccine was available in the 1960s, there were 3 to 4 MILLION cases/year in our country resulting in 500-600 deaths and many more survivors who suffered pulmonary and neurologic injuries because of infection. In the early 2000s, the few cases still reported each year were “imported” from individuals traveling from other countries where measles still circulates. In recent years, however, more cases are being seen. 2011 was the worst with 220 cases. This also coincides with more people choosing not to vaccinate. With at least 80 cases already confirmed this year, 2014 is likely to exceed this with well- publicized out breaks in NYC and other parts of the country. Hopefully a silver lining of this unfortunate state of affairs will be a reminder of why vaccinations are so important and how much illness and suffering they prevent.
Measles is one of the most contagious infections known. 90% of unimmunized people exposed to measles will develop the illness. It spreads through the air, leaving a room “infected” for up to 2hours after the person with measles has left!! Also, an individual with measles can spread the disease 4 days before they develop the tell-tale rash – and for 4 days after the rash has disappeared. For this reason, unimmunized people exposed to measles should self- quarantine for 21 days.
Measles is also a very nasty disease. Even in developed countries like ours, 1 in 4 people who develop measles require hospitalization. Pneumonia and encephalitis (brain inflammation/swelling) are well known dangerous and potentially fatal consequences. Unfortunately, children are overrepresented in the US measles cases because the first immunization is given at 12 -15 months. The second is given around 4 years of age.
The current outbreak in our country started with measles brought in from unvaccinated persons who were traveling abroad. It has been a public health nightmare, with a domino effect of secondary cases. Some of the ways this outbreak has been found to be spread has been to other family members in unvaccinated households, hospitals and health clinics where ill individuals have presented as well as doctor’s offices, classrooms, buses and other public transportation. Potential sites of further spread also include airport and other large public places. One person the CDC has tracked may have exposed up to 100 cancer patients.
This robust spread of measles is completely avoidable. Receiving the recommended 2 doses of measles vaccine confers 99% immunity. The risk of the vaccine is minor and certainly much less than contracting the disease. THE MEASLES VACCINE DOES NOT CAUSE AUTISM. Multiple, rigorous studies from different countries have extensively evaluated this. Misinformation remains common however. Spreading of these myths can result in more unimmunized people, which can result in more measles cases as we see in NYC now. This potentially puts all children at danger. A mother of a 10 month old boy who nearly died from measles he contracted from unimmunized children put it best. “People who chose not to vaccinate their children actually make a choice for other children and put them at risk.”
I hope against hope the current outbreak of this highly contagious disease fades quickly. Meanwhile, I also hope Americans will take advantage of the lessons learned from history – before vaccinations were widely available – and get their families immunized. Vaccinations like the one for measles protect our children.

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Meet The Centsables

Updated 3 weeks ago

Like many of us, I wish I had learned this or that when I was a kid. And often our sentiment is, ‘I wish I had learned more about money.’

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Pet of the Week: Bangor Humane Society

Updated 3 weeks ago

Bobbie Fowler was in from the Old Town Animal Orphanage with a furry friend for us to meet.

She also told us about a couple of fundraisers the orphanage has coming up.

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Should the state close the jail in Machiasport?

Updated 3 weeks ago

Yes 16% (78 Votes)
No 84% (411 Votes)

I Love My Pet March 24, 2014

Updated 3 weeks ago

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Senior Watch March 24, 2014

Updated 3 weeks ago

Dr. Clifton Guthrie talks about a presentation on a very sensitive subject.

Monday, March 31, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business Husson University

1 College Circle, Bangor ME 04401-2929 | husson.edu

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Abby’s Kitchen Bytes: Curry Fried Rice

Updated 3 weeks ago

For this weeks Abby’s Kitchen Bytes, Abby Freethy, made curry fried rice. Abby had a guest with her to make this dish, Thomas Kitteridge the Economic Development Director of Belfast. If you have any questions for Abby about this segment or you would like to know how to make this dish, you can email her at abby@northwoodsgourmetgirl.com.

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Should any person on Maine state retirement who return to work get paid in full and get their retirement benefits?

Updated 3 weeks ago

Yes 52% (447 Votes)
No 48% (418 Votes)

Engineering Expo

Updated 4 weeks ago

David Sturm, an Instructional Lab & Lecture Demonstration Specialist at the University of Maine was on the morning show to do some demonstrations and to tell us about the upcoming Engineering Expo taking place at the University of Maine.

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Do you think the start of the elver fishing season should have been delayed?

Updated 4 weeks ago

Yes 57% (218 Votes)
No 43% (164 Votes)

Arts and Crafts with Tracey Marceron: Duct Tape Crafts

Updated 4 weeks ago

Tracey Marceron from Between Friends Art Studio in Brewer, showed Wayne how to make Duct Tape flowers and how to decorate a notebook with Duct Tape. For more information on the craft Tracey did Thursday morning you can visit her website at  www.nextgenerationtheatre.com

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