• State tobacco sales age raised to 21

    State tobacco sales age raised to 21

    ELLSWORTH — Last year, Maine became the fourth state in the nation to raise the tobacco sales age from 18 to 21, joining Hawaii, California, and Oregon. That law, which includes all tobacco products including electronic cigarettes, went into effect on July 1. Interestingly, there’s a grandfather clause for people who could not possibly be

  • Tai chi classes scheduled

    ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth and Bucksport are among several communities across Hancock and Washington counties to host free Tai Chi for Health classes offered by Healthy Acadia. Bucksport Regional Health Center (110 Broadway) is hosting an eight-week beginner-level class on Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. running from July 6 through Aug. 24. In Ellsworth, an

  • Rotary donates $12,713 to Department of Urology

    Rotary donates $12,713 to Department of Urology

    ELLSWORTH — Rotary Club of Ellsworth Treasurer Dom Efter recently presented a donation of $12,713 to John Ronan, president of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. The check represented part of the net proceeds from the 67th Annual Rotary Auction held on May 18. This concludes a two-year Rotary focus on women’s and men’s heath in partnership

  • May births at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

    May births at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

    At Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth To Morgan Jellison and Ben Follette of Prospect Harbor, a daughter, Braelyn Deane, May 2. To Laura Damon and David VanWart of Ellsworth, a daughter, Harleigh Quinn, May 3. To Haley Linscott and Jason Westleigh of Trenton, a son, Finn Trafton, May 7. To Melissa Rioux and Luke

  • Support groups starting in July

    ELLSWORTH — Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County has announced a series of support groups for those who are grieving and for those experiencing multiple losses associated with aging. A support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide will be held Mondays, July 9 through Aug. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m.

  • Hospitals announce new VP of patient care

    Hospitals announce new VP of patient care

    ELLSWORTH — Maine Coast Memorial Hospital (MCMH) and Blue Hill Memorial Hospital (BHMH) have appointed Kristin Cyr as the new senior nursing executive and vice president of patient care services. This position, formally the chief nursing officer, oversees and manages the nursing departments and patient care operations for the hospitals, maintains compliance with government and

  • Nurses on front lines of war against opioid addiction

    Nurses on front lines of war against opioid addiction

    ELLSWORTH — The war on heroin being waged by law enforcement has an unexpected ally: certified nurse anesthetists who are working to reduce the amount of opiates used for surgery. “The number of overdose deaths has risen and there’s just no sign of it abating,” said Susan DeCarlo-Picirrillo, a certified nurse anesthetist who practices at

  • Nutrition program at Wright Center

    ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth City Council Chairman Marc Blanchette will share his story of successful weight loss and cholesterol reduction when he changed to a whole food, plant-based diet in a talk at the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center. The program is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. It is free and