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Archive for January 2014

Babies get new sleep sacks at CMMC

CMMC babies

Adam LeClair of Harpswell and Rebecca Brakeley, M.D. help Carter LeClair (l.) and his brother Chase model the Halo Sleep Sack wearable blankets now used at CMMC in place of traditional baby blankets. The sons of Adam and his wife, Melody, the twins arrived on December 5.

Central Maine Medical Center has replaced the age-old infant receiving blanket with a slightly higher-tech and safer “sleep sack,” according CMMC nurse educator Betsy McGrail.

Babies born at the hospital’s Special Delivery Family Birthing Center and infants cared for in its Neonatal Intermediate Care Unit now sleep in HALO Sleep Sack wearable blankets. The HALO Sleep Sack safely envelopes infants, keeping them warm while eliminating chances that the child’s breathing will be obstructed by loose blankets. CMMC is also discharging infants with sleep sacks.

Tragically, between seven and 10 babies die in Maine each year from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), a phenomenon not fully understood by medical researchers. SIDS is defined as the sudden death of an infant younger than one year of age that remains unexplained even after a complete autopsy, death scene investigation, and thorough review of the clinical history are conducted.

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Bates Museum of Art features collage, shaman objects from Vietnam

Paper masks used in shaman rituals of the Yao people of Vietnam.

Paper masks used in shaman rituals of the Yao people of Vietnam.

In an exhibition believed to be the most extensive of its kind in the United States, the Bates College Museum of Art will present in January an extraordinary selection of painted scrolls, masks and other objects used in the shamanist ceremonies of five ethnic minorities in northern Vietnam.

“How to Make the Universe Right: The Art of the Shaman in Vietnam and Southern China” will open at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, with a talk by Trian Nguyen, associate professor of art and visual culture at Bates, in Room 104 of Olin Arts Center. The exhibition is based upon recent research by Nguyen. A reception will follow the lecture.

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LFA, Falcon Shoe donate winter boots

Sonia Taylor of the Jesus Party (2nd from l.), with Lewiston Firefighters Association members (from l.) Jon Demers, Todd LeClerc, and Alan Hodgkins.

Sonia Taylor of the Jesus Party (2nd from l.), with Lewiston Firefighters Association members (from l.) Jon Demers, Todd LeClerc, and Alan Hodgkins.

Members of the Lewiston Firefighters Association (LFA) recently got an opportunity to keep the feet of over forty people warmer this winter, thanks to a donation of forty pairs of winter boots by Falcon Performance Footwear of Auburn.

Known for its strong tradition of craftsmanship, and innovation, Falcon has been making quality footwear in Maine for over four decades. LFA distributed the boots through Hope Haven Gospel Mission and the Jesus Party.

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CMCC, Husson sign major new agreement

Representatives of Central Maine Community College and Husson University sign a major new agreement allowing students to more easily transfer credits between the two schools.

Representatives of Central Maine Community College and Husson University sign a major new agreement allowing students to more easily transfer credits between the two schools.

Central Maine Community College (CMCC) and Husson University have approved a memorandum of understanding that will facilitate the transfer of credits between the two schools and provide CMCC students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transition from CMCC to Husson.

The agreement outlines admission and program requirements. It also specifies which CMCC courses can be used to meet general elective and major requirements at Husson. To assist in the advising process, individual course equivalencies listed by program are included in the agreement. Read the rest of this entry »

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Enough is Enough: Spreading goodwill and tending to the truly needy

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Last week, I was unexpectedly out of commission for a few days. Politics and this column was the last thing on my mind.

However, I did learn the value of expanded cable, a DVD player and a VCR. Passing the time with basic cable makes for a long day.

I felt that I had been placed in a re-education camp. News and editorial opinions were being constantly thrown at me. As tedious as this became, in the end, I was able to take time and reflect about what had been reported.

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