State Officials are looking for anyone who came in contact with a rabid bat in Bangor last weekend. The live bat was found near the Shaw House on Union Street, but officials that’s not the only place the bat was handled. Anyone who had direct skin contact with the bat is urged to start medication immediately.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency is warning residents about the potential for flooding this spring, especially in Aroostook County. All areas are vulnerable, however, with swollen rivers and the potential for ice jams. Officials say it’s important to be prepared for changing conditions and avoid driving on flooded roadways.

Downeast Hospice is looking for people who are willing to train as volunteers. A hospice volunteer acts as a companion for terminally ill patients, giving much-needed breaks to caregivers, and offering friendship and support, but isn’t involved in any nursing procedures. Find more information about volunteer training on the Calais hospital website.

One Maine town has put restrictions on balloons within city limits. Residents of Unity approved an ordinance over the weekend prohibiting the release of 10 or more balloons within a 24-hour period. According to the Morning Sentinel, a town selectperson recommended the ban out of concern for the environment, and hopes the legislature will consider doing the same statewide.

Down East YMCA in Ellsworth is gearing up for its 4th annual Couch Potato Race on April 1st, which is open to all ages. The distance for the race nearly two feet long, and the proceeds will help buy free weights for the senior classes. Find more information on the Down East YMCA website.


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