• Drive-thru flu shots offered

    Drive-thru flu shots offered

    ELLSWORTH AND BLUE HILL— In a year when flu shots are extremely important, Northern Light Blue Hill and Maine Coast hospitals are making it easy to get vaccinated. Drive-thru flu shots will be offered: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 5-7 p.m. Blue Hill Hospital, 57 Water Street, Blue Hill Saturday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. to noon  Blue

  • Harvest Truck Campaign a success 

    Harvest Truck Campaign a success 

    ELLSWORTH—This summer, Healthy Acadia has been fundraising to purchase a Harvest Truck that will help them bring more local produce to food pantries across the Downeast region and to feed more families in need. They have just announced that, thanks to community, business and foundation contributions, they have exceeded their campaign goal, and have just purchased a

  • Hospital marks transitions, thanks supporters 

    Hospital marks transitions, thanks supporters 

    BAR HARBOR — Picking up the theme of “everyday heroes,” as nurses and other frontline workers have been labeled this year during the pandemic, the leaders of Mount Desert Island Hospital honored the organization’s 525 employees last Thursday at its annual meeting.  The challenges of the pandemic, hospital President and CEO Art Blank said, have “reaffirmed

  • Water treatment pilot on horizon 

    Water treatment pilot on horizon 

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR— A recent notice that went out to residents via mail regarding trihalomethanes is not highlighting a new problem with the town’s water supply; it is just a new way of delivering the news.   According to Water and Sewer District Manager Steve Kenney, the state now requires notices to go out in the mail versus

  • Hospital reports new COVID-19 case, nonresident test count updated

    Hospital reports new COVID-19 case, nonresident test count updated

    BAR HARBOR — On Aug. 18, Mount Desert Island Hospital reported a new positive test for the virus that causes COVID-19 from a sample taken at its testing center, the first for the facility since mid-July.  The person tested was a Hancock County resident who was showing symptoms of the disease, hospital spokesperson Oka Hutchins said, and was not

  • Contact tracing not up and running

    Contact tracing not up and running

    BAR HARBOR — In the week of Aug. 11-18, the Maine Center for Disease Control reported 13 new positive COVID-19 test results among people whose primary residence is in another state. Under rules from the federal CDC, these cases are reported in each individual’s home state and not included in Maine’s total case count.  Since the pandemic began in

  • Sleep and Alzheimer’s disease 

    BAR HARBOR—Learn more about how sleep affects Alzheimer’s disease and the importance of sleep for healthy aging during a virtual talk with Dr. Cliff Singer, chief of geriatric mental health and neuropsychiatry at Northern Light Acadia Hospital, on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. on Webex.   This talk is part of the Primary Source Speaker Series, which is a collaboration between The Jackson Laboratory and the Jesup Memorial Library that presents science talks for

  • Grant funding for those in recovery 

    Grant funding for those in recovery 

    ELLSWORTH — For people struggling with substance use disorder, COVID-19 has created new challenges and barriers for those seeking recovery. Support meetings, coaching sessions and many clinical treatments have moved to online or virtual formats. Not everyone in this corner of the state has access to reliable cell phone or internet service. The economic impact of the pandemic on many of the

  • Rate of COVID cases among nonresidents falls

    ELLSWORTH — Despite tourism picking up around the region, the rate of positive COVID-19 tests per day recorded among nonresidents has fallen compared to the most recent period in mid-June, according to figures provided by Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) spokesman Robert Long in an email over the weekend.  As of July 18, the

  • Town distributing 1,200 masks a day

    Town distributing 1,200 masks a day

    BAR HARBOR — “Don’t make us ask. Please wear a mask,” proclaims a digital traffic trailer sign at the entrance to downtown on Route 3. Mailboxes with free disposable face masks, instructions and hand sanitizer are available downtown. Signs are posted encouraging people to wear face coverings, especially in the most congested central areas.  It seems to