Science career leads WA alum to Abbott labs COVID-19 test team

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Michael Peasley discovered his love of science growing up in Machiasport. Today, he’s part of the Abbott Laboratories team manufacturing a rapid COVID-19 test which will soon be deployed in Maine and nationwide.

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Washington County lags in census response

by Nancy Beal

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Rural Maine faces tough obstacles in health care turmoil

by Ruth Leubecker

Substandard broadband and ill-suited federal policies have seriously hampered information technology from bringing optimum health care to rural Maine.

The hurdles for rural Mainers are often insurmountable, plagued by a lack of resources, generally hinging on insufficient manpower and funding.

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J’pt, C’Falls sweeten their withdrawal offer from PRSWDD

by Nancy Beal

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Working on the frontline

by Wayne Smith

I caught up with one of my cousins. Tianna Muniz is 21 years old and works at Lawrence General Hospital in Massachusetts where she is a nurse’s aide. She works on the COVID-19 floor, and she talked about what she does there. She talked about how she has dealt with different situations and about how it takes a toll on her mentally and physically. She also speaks about where she gets her inspiration. She was brave to tell her story, at times her voice shook yet we got through it.

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Out and About in Columbia

by Ronie Strout

 

We had quite a snowstorm on Thursday evening, April 9, into Friday so that we had to have a two-hour delay to deliver the school lunches. Some folks in the area lost power but we did not on the Ridge. Thank goodness, and hopefully, the next storm that is predicted will also not affect us. If we are getting high winds here then there is the chance that some trees will fall over onto the wires. As long as everyone stays safe is all that matters.

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Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles find shelter in many homes

by Natalie Boomer

Many of us have noticed ladybugs in our homes recently. These bugs are actually a specific type of ladybug known as the Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, and they become more common in New England homes during times of cold weather.

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WCCC launches online business management program

Technology is rapidly changing the business world. Team members are able to engage and productively collaborate with one another no matter where they are physically located. To foster a new generation of business leaders who are well-prepared to thrive in an online environment, Washington County Community College [WCCC] is now offering its popular Business Management program fully online.

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Sewing circle makes face masks on virtual assembly line

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Bags of fabric are crisscrossing Washington County along a virtual assembly line so precisely orchestrated, the people working on it never see each other. Working remotely, the Washington County Covid-19 Mask Sewing Circle has already delivered more than 500 cloth face masks, and taken orders for 1,200 more.

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Daredevil cyclist was born in West Quoddy Head Lighthouse

by Ruth Leubecker

Fittingly born a pioneering firecracker on the Fourth of July 1895, Hazel Marion Eaton also is distinguished by being the only person born in the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse. Not the family’s living quarters, but the tower itself.

Her father, Edwin Eaton, assistant lighthouse keeper (1895-1900), was overseeing the painting of the main house when her mother became nauseous from the paint fumes. Eaton ushered his pregnant wife into the tower for some relief, where she promptly went into labor, and Hazel was soon born.  

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