An unlicensed tattoo artist is at the heart of a warning from the Maine CDC. Health officials say clients of the East Machias tattoo artist may have been exposed to Hepatitis C, since at least one client has contracted it. They say anyone who gets a tattoo from an unlicensed artist runs the risk of contract HIV or either Hep B or C, which often have no symptoms.

A gun raffle to support project graduation at Hodgdon High school is at the center of a hot debate, with some parents feeling it’s inappropriate. The owner of MAC’s trading post in Houlton that’s holding the raffle says it’s happening at the store, not at the school, and that all gun licensing laws will be applied before the handgun is turned over to the winner. Still, some parents feel that, in light of the recent school shootings, it sends the wrong message.Take our poll and let us know what you think.

The public is invited to a meeting next week to discuss the relicensing of dams on the Union River. Officials from the Fish and Wildlife service and Maine DEP have been invited to attend by the Downeast Salmon Federation, who plans to speak on the importance of preserving safe fish passage by removing the dams. The meeting is scheduled for March 28th at Ellsworth High School.

A maple breakfast will be served up Sunday at Foxcroft Academy, in recognition of Maine Maple Sunday. The menu from 7 to 10 will include pancakes and French toast, along with eggs, bacon, and sausage, with real maple syrup, donated by Bob’s Sugar House. Proceeds from the event will benefit future homecoming activities in Dover-Foxcroft.

High school students can send a message to their peers about the dangers of drinking and driving by taking part in the 14th annual Arrive Alive Creative Contest. Entries can include everything from essays, to poems, artwork, to videos, and the winners will receive a new laptop or iPads. Find more information at the Arrive Alive website.

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