Maine has joined 47 other states as part of a national initiative aimed at improving healthcare through the advancement of nurses.The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action wants to strengthen nurse education and training, help give nurses a voice in management and on policy debates, and improve data collection and collaboration from healthcare projects.For more information on this program, log on to www.thefutureofnursing.org
A former Norridgewock town worker fired for allegedly secretly recording town hall conversations has been elected to the Board of Selectmen.Charlotte Curtis, fired as office clerk in January by town manager Michelle Flewelling, will now serve on the panel that oversees Flewelling.The 66-year-old Curtis won election on Monday.She tells the Morning Sentinel that she just wants to work to make the town better.Although Curtis was fired from her 40-hour-per-week job, she retained the elected positions of town clerk and treasurer.
A bill that would require people filling prescriptions for painkillers and some other drugs to show photo identification at the pharmacy is making its way through the Statehouse.Representatives of Maine doctors and pharmacies testified in favor of the bill at a public hearing Tuesday.Civil libertarians and others raised concerns about patient privacy and safety.The Bangor Daily News reports that the bill would require pharmacists to check photo IDs before filling customers’ prescriptions for controlled substances including OxyContin, Ritalin, Vicodin and drugs used to treat insomnia, anxiety and muscle spasms.Maine Attorney General William Schneider has said there is an epidemic of prescription drug abuse in Maine that has claimed the lives of hundreds.
It’s still winter but there’s a sign that spring is around the corner: The Coast Guard is ready to bring ice-breaking operations on the Kennebec River.Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Bob Albert said Tuesday that people should remove their ice shacks and fishing gear as soon as possible.Starting on Monday, the Coast Guard will break ice from Merrymeeting Bay to Gardiner to reduce the risk of ice jams and flooding as snow and ice begin to melt.The 65-foot Portland-based Shackle, 65-foot Rockland-based Tackle and 65-foot Southwest Harbor-based Bridle will participate in the operation.
The National Guard was called in to Fort Kent Tuesday after the elementary school there received a letter from Texas with white powder in it.According to authorities the school was not evacuated because the letter was opened in the office.Fort Kent’s police chief says National Guard members took a look at the letter and felt the powder is not dangerous.We’re told the letter was taken to the crime lab in Augusta for further testing.A member of the F.B.I.
Main Street in Madison has been reopened after being closed down for several hours early Wednesday morning, while fire fighters battled a blaze downtown.The initial call came in at 10:30 p.m.Five other towns joined in with the Madison Fire Department at the building on Main Street.There has been no word yet if this was a home or business.We’re told the Fire Marshal’s office is on scene as well.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle is searching for a successor to President Donald Zillman, who will step down after graduation in the spring.A 14-member presidential search committee appointed by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees named three finalists Tuesday after reviewing applications for several months.They named Jon Connolly, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Sheridan and Gillette Colleges in Wyoming: Linda Schott, Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Fort Lewis College in Colorado and Michael Sonntag, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Maine at Presque Isle as the finalists.The candidates will begin visiting the campus next week.
An RSU Director and three new selectmen are named in Newburgh.The ballots have been tallied from Tuesday’s election.Kelly Bickmore is now the director of RSU 22 with 97 votes.James Hopkins and Gene Yountz, as well as write in Stanley Smith have all been appointed as selectmen for a one year term.
If you live in Hancock County and have a failing well or septic system there’s a meeting Thursday you might want to attend.The Hancock County Planning Commission and the Washington Hancock Community Agency want to know how many people need their systems fixed.The groups are trying to get another round of community development grants to help replace systems in income-qualifying homes.