Penquis Head Start

Updated 2 months ago

Penquis Director of Child Development Heidi LeBlanc was on the 5pm newscast to talk about Head Start.

Head Start has been in existence for 50 years.
32 years ago this week on October 22, 1982, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October Head Start Awareness Month.
“Perhaps the most significant factor in the success of Head Start has been the involvement of parents, volunteers, and the community,” President Reagan said. “Their commitment and the services provided by dedicated Head Start staff have been instrumental in creating a quality program that truly provides young children with a ‘head start’ in life.”
Penquis offers HS and Early HS programs in Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Knox Counties.
18 locations/36 classrooms=630 children—–431 through HS or Early HS
All programs are licensed and enrolled in the Quality Rating System. All classroom teachers have degrees in ECE or closely related field.
Comprehensive services (health screenings, assistance with medical and dental care, nutritional guidance, behavioral and mental health guidance) as well as family involvement and goal setting.
Developmentally appropriate classroom activities-using thoughtfully planned and meaningful play experiences as a vehicle for learning.
HS and Early HS require income eligibility, but other factors can be considered (homelessness, child disability, etc.)
Child care can be accessed using vouchers and subsidy but we offer the same services to children whose families are over the income eligibility levels but wish to access child care. They can directly pay for child care services as they would with any provider.
For information, contact our enrollment specialist, Linda Henderson at 973-3567

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I Love My Pet: Monday, October 20, 2014

Updated 2 months ago

On Monday’s I Love My Pet, we met Jaxon.

Jaxon is 2 1/2 year old Black Lab, who belongs to Harley.

He loves everybody and everything.

Two of his favorite things to do, going to the dog park and running with other dogs and playing tug of war.

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Senior Watch: Brown Bag Days

Updated 2 months ago

Erin Coltvet from Eastern Area Agency on Aging was in for this week’s Senior Watch, to talk about Brown Bagging it to keep seniors safe.

Pharmacy staff will be offering “brown-bag” checks to go over medication safety and any issues you may have with taking your medication as prescribed.

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Kitchen Bytes: Butternut Squash Soup

Updated 2 months ago

For this week Kitchen Bytes, Abby Freethy  showed Joy how to make a fresh and organic butternut squash soup.  If you have any questions for Abby about this segment or you would like to know how to make the dish, you can email her at abby@northwoodsgourmetgirl.com.

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Do you agree with Fairpoint Union workers going on strike?

Updated 2 months ago

Yes       54% (878 Votes)

No        46% (750 Votes)


Total: 1,628 Votes

Cinema Savvy: A- for Fury

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 2 months ago

Fury takes place near the end of World War 2 in Nazi occupied Germany. Brad Pitt plays Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier, an army sergeant who is desperately trying to keep his humanity in the most inhumane of situations. He’s in charge of a five-man crew of the Sherman tank called Fury. Fury is essentially a day in the life of these hardened men as they face the insurmountable odds of their journey across enemy occupied territory.

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Celebrity Dessert and Auction

Updated 2 months ago

Linda Boyle with Pathfinders was in the studio Friday morning, talking to Joy about the 9th Annual Celebrity Dessert and Auction.

The Celebrity Dessert and Auction is tonight from 5:45 PM – 8:30 PM at Rangeley Hall on the Eastern Maine Community College campus. Tickets are $15 and benefit Hospice of Eastern Maine and Pathfinders: Support for Grieving Children.

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Celebrity Dessert and Auction: Maple Bacon Cheesecake

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Lacey Joseph and Luke Duplessis from Boomhouse Restaurant in Old Town were in the kitchen with Todd Friday morning, talking about the 9th Annual Celebrity Dessert and Auction, and teaching him how to make their maple bacon cheesecake, which will be featured at the dessert galla.

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Have you decided how you will vote in the election?

Updated 2 months ago

Yes      85% (465 Votes)

No       15% (81 Votes)


Total: 546 Votes

Castine Pumpkin Fest

Updated 2 months ago

Tiffany Martin a member of the Planning Committee for the Castine Pumpkin Fest was on the Noon news to talk about the upcoming event in Castine.

The Pumpkin Fest is taking place on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

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Penobscot Valley Ski Club Annual Ski Sale

Updated 2 months ago

Dave Gauvin, President of the Penobscot Valley Ski Club was in the studio Thursday talking to Joy about the Annual Ski Sale coming up on Saturday, October 18th. The sale runs from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Bangor Parks & Rec building, at 647 Main St.

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Celebrity Dessert and Auction: Lemon Tarts

Updated 2 months ago

Julie Bartlett from Frank’s Bake Shop was in the kitchen Thursday morning, talking to Joy about the 9th Annual Celebrity Dessert and Auction, and teaching her how to make lemon tarts, which she will be featuring at the dessert galla.

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Do you think the patient being tested for Ebola at Maine Medical Center should have stayed in the hospital longer?

Updated 2 months ago

Yes       71% (263 Votes)

No        29% (106 Votes)


Total: 369 Votes

Wellness Wednesday: Pumpkin And White Bean Turkey Chili

Updated 2 months ago

Mary Lavanway was in for this week’s Wellness Wednesday to talk about how October is Celiac Awareness month and how to eat Gluten free.

You can find the recipe for the Pumpkin and White Bean Turkey Chili that Mary prepared on the show below:

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Senior Spotlight: Memory Care Program

Updated 2 months ago

Jason Moore, Liasison for Gentiva Clinical Transition was in the studio Wednesday for this week’s Senior Spotlight talking about Gentiva’s new Memory Care program.

Celebrate My Drive

Updated 2 months ago

State Farm Agent Bill Tisdale teamed up with Cavan Hagerty, Vice President of Bangor High School’s Student Council Wednesday morning to talk about the Celebrate My Drive event. Bangor High School is competing for prizes including grants of up to $100,000 in the campaign aimed to educate teens on the dangers of distracted driving.

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Do you think the patient being tested for Ebola at Maine Medical Center should have stayed in the hospital longer?N

Updated 2 months ago

Yes        77% (261 Votes)

No         23% (79 Votes)


Total: 340 Votes

Healthy Living: Should I Ask My Doctor for an Antibiotic for an Upper Respiratory Illness?

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By Dr. Pellegrini

The vast majority of upper respiratory illnesses are “colds” which are viral infections that are self-limiting. Antibiotics do not treat viral infections. However, doctors still sometimes prescribe antibiotics for upper respiratory viral infections. There are several reasons for this. One: it can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between a viral infection and a bacterial infection. A clinician will ask several questions about how the patient feels and then may add on some lab work or x-rays in order to differentiate between a viral and a bacterial infection. If there is still uncertainty and the patient has been ill for longer than expected, a clinician may try an antibiotic to see if it helps (if it does, then it was a bacterial infection). Second: sometimes a viral infection can cause enough immune weakening that a secondary bacterial infection then occurs. In that case an antibiotic will help. Third: a patient may request an antibiotic and the clinician is too busy to argue. This last point is important. A recent JAMA (1) article was a study of healthcare professionals and their tendency to prescribe antibiotics increased as the day went on. The theory is that they had the time and energy in the morning to have a detailed discussion with the patient about why an antibiotic was not needed but then had less time/energy as the day progressed. Doctors know that patients rarely get upset if an antibiotic is prescribed but they sometimes do get upset when one is not given. The problem is that antibiotics can cause problems such as rashes, diarrhea, resistance, nausea, etc. Therefore, it is best if the patient does not go to the doctor to get antibiotics but rather go to the doctor to see if anything else needs to be done. I would offer this same advice for sinusitis, ear infections, and “flu” symptoms. The best thing a patient can do is be very detailed about the symptoms and timing and other questions that the doctor will ask.

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Finance Is Fun: Tips for Tackling Debt Before The Holidays

Updated 2 months ago

Marion Syversen was on the Noon Show for this week’s Finance is Fun to give tips for tackling your debt before the holiday season begins.

There is no ideal time to get a grip on your finances, though there will be a wonderful freedom when it is tackled. It seems that there is always some need, some reason to keep going in the using credit direction. But if you are fed up, if you committed, NOW is a great time to turn a new leaf.

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Sesame Street Live: “Let’s Dance”

Updated 2 months ago

Cyndi Graves the performance director for Sesame Street Live along with Elmo and Cookie Monster dropped by the station for a visit recent to tell us about the upcoming Sesame Street Live show “Let’s Dance” that is coming to the Cross Insurance Center.

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