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    May 15, 2020

    Five simple steps of tick prevention

    As temperatures warm up and ticks become more active, how do we protect ourselves and our loved ones and reduce our fear of spending time outdoors? Here are five simple prevention steps that will not only reduce your contact with ticks and the fear factor, but are guaranteed to get you back outside doing the things that you love. Skin Repellents work by masking your scent, making it harder for insects and ticks …

  • Published
    May 9, 2020

    COVID-19: We’ve been here before

    As I witness the selfless commitments so many in our communities are making in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, I am reminded of how we have responded to past pandemics. This is not the first pandemic to touch Midcoast Maine. The Spanish flu of 1918-1920 resulted in between 50 million and 100 million deaths globally, including 5,000 deaths in Maine. How Belfast responded to the Spanish flu offers an interesting …

  • Published
    May 1, 2020

    Do what we can, safely, to alleviate business stress

    Back in my inn-keeping days, early May was the time for sprucing up the grounds of our B&B, planting pansies, trimming forsythia and mulching anything that wasn’t grass or asphalt. The weeks before Memorial Day were when we made last-minute repairs to guest rooms, scrubbed the scuff marks off the stairs and washed our Victorian Inn’s many windows until they sparkled. Spring was also the time when we took the bulk …

  • Published
    April 23, 2020

    Little heroes everywhere

    It is easy, in a crisis, to identify the big heroes. They are the Drs. Shah and Fauci, Govs. Mills, Hogan and Cuomo. We are thankful for them, for their calm and steady leadership in this unprecedented time, for their use of facts and plain language to articulate a path that will guide us through a confusing, novel landscape. But as I listen to these leaders, I often think about their families, picking up the …

  • Published
    March 21, 2020

    Useful resources during the coronavirus outbreak

    If I know folks in Maine, we’re going to make it through this crisis. The coronavirus is here, and it’s going to get worse. As much as I wish we could change that, we can’t. The question is how we respond. Do we succumb to fear and denial, waste precious time and turn on one another? Or do we stay hopeful, stick to the facts, make smart decisions, slow the spread of the virus and save lives? Since misinformation …

  • Published
    February 6, 2020

    Vaccines save lives. Vote no on Question 1.

    A little more than a month ago, the residents of a city in central China began getting terribly sick with a virus that no one had seen before. As that virus spread, one of the first things that public health officials did was begin to work on a vaccine because vaccines save lives. They are one of the best tools to safeguard our health, protect the health of those around us, friends and loved ones and children. You…

  • Published
    November 16, 2019

    On Veterans Day, a chance to honor American heroes

    It was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918, when the Allied Forces and Central Powers laid down their arms to formalize the end of the First World War. One year later, in 1919, the United States observed the first Armistice Day to remember the Americans who fought and died in the muddy trenches of Europe. In the 100 years since, we have come to recognize Nov. 11 as Veterans Day – a day to pay …

  • Published
    November 1, 2019

    A message from the owner

    Dear Readers, Advertisers and Friends of the “The Free Press” and “Courier Publications/Village Soup, We’re moving! As the newspaper industry continues to change and morph, so do we here in Midcoast Maine. In order to continue bringing you a quality weekly feature paper like “The Free Press” and your fine weekly “newspapers of record” in Rockland, Camden and Belfast (“Courier Publications”), with daily news via …

  • Published
    April 18, 2019

    Governor's executive order will benefit incarcerated population

    On Feb. 6, Gov. Janet Mills signed an executive order expanding access to opioid treatment through medical and behavioral interventions. Part of the executive order includes providing medication assisted treatment (MAT) in correctional and re-entry facilities across Maine. Suboxone, a common form of MAT consisting of a partial opioid agonist and a receptor blocker, can be prescribed in various forms, including …

  • Published
    April 11, 2019

    Combating the viral spread of vaccine misinformation

    In response to CDC reports that Maine’s pertussis rate is the worst in the nation and that several outbreaks have been reported here this year, our Legislature proposed a bill that would eliminate non-medical vaccination exemptions for schoolchildren. It’s timely legislation. Just last week, the Maine CDC announced this double-header: a measles patient visited businesses in the greater Portland area, and Maine’s …

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