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A Suicide Attempt Can Be Stopped if You Know the Signs

In 2011 alone, 224 Mainers took their own life by suicide.

More can be done to prevent suicides in Maine, but it takes a community of well-educated people to do so.

One of the biggest myths dealing with suicide is that talking about the issue will actually cause someone who's suicidal to make an attempt.

That's just not the case according to Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Dr. Sheila Pinnette, and she says an upcoming conference will help people to better identify risk factors.

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A Tree-Tapping Ceremony

It's a sure sign of Spring, as time has come once again for the traditional, gubernatorial responsibility of ushering in the maple sugar season in Maine.

Maine maple syrup producers are set to join Governor Paul LePage tomorrow in Augusta as he taps a maple tree on the Blaine House lawn tomorrow.

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Photo, Susan Patten, Townsquaremedia

Separate Fires Damage an Apartment Building and Museum

 

There have been no injuries reported in two separate fires last night that have damaged an apartment building in Old Town and a wildlife sanctuary museum in Ellsworth.

The Ellsworth fire was reported just after 6 last night at the Standwood Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as Birdsacre.

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Crash Kills One and Injures Well-Known Bangor Orthodontist and His Wife

A fatal crash remains under investigation after one woman was killed and three others were hurt.

The crash happened yesterday afternoon on Route 16 in Embden.

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Photo, Susan Patten, Townsquaremedia
Photo, Susan Patten, Townsquaremedia

Suicide Prevention Fence Considered for Penobscot Narrows Bridge

In the wake of a Bucksport Middle School teacher taking her life by jumping from the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Sunday, the state legislature considers erecting a suicide-prevention fence to prevent more deaths.

The proposal was forwarded by Representative Joe Brooks of Winterport and it moved through committee without debate and now moves forward for consideration.

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Thinking About Buying a House?

As we round the corner toward Spring in Maine many folks think about new beginnings and for some that can mean a new home.

Anyone who has purchased a home previously understand the process of bank lending and mortgages can be confusing at times and there's a lot of paperwork, even when you work with a Realtor.

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Purple Iris Foundation Fundraiser Features Maine’s Psychic Sisters

Tonight's the night! Join me for a fun evening to benefit an organization that works to increase awareness of Pancreatic Cancer. I will be hosting an evening that will feature readings from Maine's Psychic Sisters!

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Bone Marrow Registration Clinic at Husson Next Week

A donation of bone marrow could be the difference between life and death for someone suffering from blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. But the challenge is finding a compatible donor. So the Phi Delta Chi Fraternity at Husson University is holding a registration clinic next week.

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Will Maine’s Forest Rangers Be Armed? LD 297 Goes Before the House

Maine’s forest rangers are asked to enforce state laws and often deal with crimes of theft, arson and more.

They have been asking the state for the right to be properly trained and equipped with firearms to afford them proper protection. 

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Photo, Mario Tama, Getty Images

Got Power? The EMP Threat Grows With Iran’s Nuclear Capabilities [Complete Audio Interview]

"The American people are being lied to...."

That is a statement that sends a shiver down my spine every time it's spoken.

Thirty plus years ago, I was an idealistic young woman who chose to pursue the career of journalism. My understanding of the career, at that time, was rooted in a deep respect for the U.S. Constitution. (I'm eternally grateful to my high school History and American Government teachers)

I suppose there was a little romanticism thrown in too for good measure, because I saw the role of a journalist falling some where between Under Dog and Superman. You know, protecting the American people from the tyranny of the rich and powerful, that 'Truth, Justice, and the American Way' sort of thing.

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