Bangor, Maine News Update: February 12, 2019
Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has instituted its flu season policy to protect patients from the spread of the virus. All visitors to EMMC must be at least 12 years old, answer questions to determine if they have the flu, and each patient is limited to only two visitors at a time.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is warning residents to ignore a flyer that’s being circulated because it contains what they say is incorrect information about vaccinations. The flyer claims to include a list of ‘known vaccine side effects’ that the CDC says is false, and lists the website CDC dot org, which doesn’t exist.
Maine legislators have rejected a bill that would have made it a criminal offense for educators to teach materials deemed obscene without notifying parents. Representative Amy Arata had proposed the bill after her son, who’s a senior in high school, brought home a book with explicit descriptions. She says now she’ll look to address the same issue, but without making it a criminal offense.
Bangor’s Department of Health and Human Services is moving to a new Bangor office. The search for a new location was satisfied when Bangor Savings Bank built the new waterfront building, opening up their old space on Maine Avenue. DHHS is expected to complete their move into the new location sometime this summer.
Camp Capella, that serves children and adults with disabilities, is getting closer to their goal of raising 600 thousand dollars to build two new camper cabins at the Dedham location. So far, they’ve raised 423 thousand in funds, with help from the Sunshine Lady Foundation. Community members can help them get another grant now by voting online through the Community Matters More Program.