Health

  • New support group for family members of overdose victims

    ELLSWORTH — Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County has announced a new support group for those who have lost a family member to drug overdose. The group will be held Mondays, June 11 through July 16, from 5-7 p.m. at the HVHC Ellsworth office. There were over 400 overdose deaths in Maine in 2017; that’s an

  • April births at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

    April births at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

    At Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth To Althea Messer and Russell Poors Jr. of Ellsworth, a daughter, Whitney Marie, April 3. To Ashley Lawry and Daniel Bechard of Monroe, a son, Kellin Roger, April 3. To Jessica Hikade and Timothy Hikade of Blue Hill, a daughter, Elena Rose, April 4. To Mia Bowden and

  • Free clinic gets grant from MCF

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic has received a $7,323 grant from the Hancock County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to purchase equipment and contracts for electronic medical records. This grant will enable the clinic to be in compliance with state of Maine-mandated use of electronic ordering of prescriptions and to better assist

  • MCMH hosts first responders

    MCMH hosts first responders

    ELLSWORTH — Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, with the support of Machias Savings Bank, hosted emergency responders from Hancock and Washington Counties for an Emergency Responders Appreciation Dinner on May 22 in the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital cafeteria. The hospitals were looking to thank the men and women who are frequently

  • Relay for Life scheduled for June 2 at EEMS track

    Relay for Life scheduled for June 2 at EEMS track

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Relay for Life is scheduled for Saturday June 2, from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. at the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School track. Registration will continue throughout the day, so participants can either show up and register or pre-register at www.relayforlife.org/hancockme. There will be carnival games, a band and Sip & Swirl events. There

  • Survivor of suicide attempt celebrates her turnaround

    Survivor of suicide attempt celebrates her turnaround

    ELLSWORTH — “Castine was my eighth attempt,” said Jennifer Grant of Freeport. Grant was recalling her Nov. 24, 2015, attempted suicide in Castine. “What I understand is I had died right before they got there and they brought me back to life,” Grant said. Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Travis Frost, Lt. Chris Thornton, Maine Marine

  • How to strengthen your pelvic floor

    BUCKSPORT — The next time you’re driving to Bangor or Portland and wishing you’d taken a bathroom break at the last gas station you passed, try spelling your first name backward. That can trick your brain to stop urging your bladder that it needs to pee, according to Kacey Hutchins, a Blue Hill Memorial Hospital

  • Diabetes series starting June 7

    ELLSWORTH — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s free Dining with Diabetes Down East series will take place Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 3-5 p.m. at the UMaine Extension Hancock County office, 63 Boggy Brook Road in Ellsworth. This program is free and open to anyone with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes,

  • Bucksport run could help a 2-year-old boy walk

    Bucksport run could help a 2-year-old boy walk

    BUCKSPORT — The parents of a young boy with a rare genetic condition are hosting a benefit Color Run this Sunday. The race starts at 9 a.m. at Bucksport High School at 102 Broadway. Crystal and Dan Harlan’s son, Dalton, has a condition called phosphomannomutase 2-congenital disorder of glycosylation, otherwise known as PMM2-CDG, or just

  • Hospice Volunteers conference May 18

    ELLSWORTH — Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County is hosting its annual Hospice Foundation of America conference on Friday, May 18, from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Faith Community Fellowship church located on the Ellsworth/Trenton line. This year’s topic is “Transforming Loss, Finding Potential for Growth,” and will feature national experts in a recorded panel presentation