Vietnam veteran Edward Cislak says it was a dark road to civilian life after coming home from war.”I went to drinking, which I quit, I hadn’t had a beer or anything for a long time, there were memories brought back, flashbacks, whatever you want to call them,” he said.Cislak sought treatment to help with post traumatic stress disorder and numerous disabilities, he says without it he wouldn’t be here.He hopes other veterans will do the same.”I think more people should attend them, veterans, anyone to understand the help is out there.”Cislak shared his story at the launch of Operation Outreach, an innovative veterans healthcare program that will provide substance abuse and mental health treatment services to the more than 11-thousand veterans in Aroostook and Washington counties.Congressman Mike Michaud, the Chairman of the VA Subcommittee on Health, says the progam is a team effort by the Atlantic Mental Health Center and the VA Maine Health Care System.”Anytime that we can work collaboratively with health care providers in rural areas I think it’s very important that we do it because it will help hold down the ultimate cost.”Joe Owens with AMHC says in rural areas like Maine, access is a big issue.He says the addition of Operation Outreach gives veterans treatment that’s closer to home.”When I had issues I had to drive all the way to TOGUS to get help, this means somebody in Calais can go down to Calais to get help, somebody in Machias can go to Machias.”Owens says the program also provides veterans with a support system, which includes veterans who have been in combat.The program hopes having that kind of staff will inspire others to reach out and get help.If you’d like more information on Operation Outreach, you can contact them at 1-800-244-6431.
Camden residents will get a chance, next month, to learn a lot more about a plan to turn an old factory in town over to a film production company.Last week, selectmen approved a deal with B ‘D’ Turman ‘d’ Entertainment to break ground on the site of the former Apollo Tannery.Camden pledged to give the land to a company that would provide at least two-dozen good jobs.A public hearing will be held Tuesday, April 7th at 7p.m.
Living Well: a 6-week class for those of us who are living with a chronic disease.There is no cost to attend.Classes are once a week, 2 1/2 hours per session.For more information, give Eastern Area Agency on Aging a call at 1-800-432-7812, or check them out on the web at www.eaaa.org
It’s a team effort at the Crandall home where 10-month old Clifford is just learning the basics of life, and his mom Nicole is trying to make sure he understands them.”Being a new mom you don’t always know if what you’re doing is right, if there’s something different or something better you could be doing.”Fortunately, she has someone standing by to find an answer to all her questions.”Once I started the program I just can’t imagine not doing it now,” said Crandall.As part of the Maine Families Home Visit program, Nicole sees a home care professional twice a month to help with Clifford’s development.”I didn’t have an upbringing like where my mom read me stories at night or things like that where we had family time where we ate at the table together and stuff like that.”But with the help of her visitor she’s learning the significance of all that and more.
A 27 year old Sedgwick man died early this morning in a crash on Route 15.According to State Police, Daniel Parker at the scene.Police say Parker lost control of his car on the snow covered road, crossed the center line, and slammed into a pick-up.The driver of the truck, Rosemarie Kane of Harborside, was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but officials say road conditions played a role in the accident.
For the past three months, Jody Mackin has been delivering the Bangor Daily News to customers along Union Street.”You’re at this house six days a week, yeah you know pretty much what’s going on,” he said.But one Tuesday morning a few weeks ago, his gut feeling told him something was off when he approached the home of 76-year-old Jerome Mishou.”My first thought was somebody had robbed him or stole his vehicle, that was my first thought that first day, but then I thought, well don’t think that way he may have gotten coffee or something.”Mackin noticed the garage door was open and Mishou’s car was gone.
A Mars Hill woman pleaded guilty today to sexually abusing a two year old child while broadcasting it live on the internet.Thirty-three year old Julie Carr had already been sentenced by a judge in federal court to twenty years behind bars.Today, Carr changed her plea to state charges of gross sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a minor.Carr was sentenced to 15 years in prison, which she’ll serve at the same time as her federal sentence.After she’s released, Carr will be on probation for ten years, and will have to register as a sex offender.