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Mid Coast Hospital’s Clinical Laboratory is Nationally Recognized and Certified for Excellence

Mid Coast Hospital’s Clinical Laboratory is  Nationally Recognized and Certified for Excellence

Mid Coast Hospital’s Clinical Laboratory is

Nationally Recognized and Certified for Excellence

The clinical laboratory at Mid Coast Hospital has been recognized nationally and recertified for excellence in services by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The notification of certification followed an on-site inspection of Mid Coast’s facilities and equipment.

“The CAP review examines all of the records, processes, and quality control procedures of the laboratory during the proceeding two years and evaluates the competency and education of the staff and its overall management,” explained Sue Ross, MT(HEW), Laboratory Director.

“The high level of knowledge, skill, and commitment of all the laboratory professionals here at Mid Coast is the reason we are able to meet the stringent standards of the College,” she said.

More Volunteers Sought to Help Area Nonprofit Care for Abused Horses

More Volunteers Sought to Help Area Nonprofit Care for Abused Horses

Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals Adds Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Intern to Volunteer Team

The Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals has recently added a new addition to its volunteer program.  Tasha Sanders, a senior at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine has joined the team as an intern for the spring of 2012.  Sanders will be graduating this May with a degree in Communications.  She is extremely excited to be a part of the developing MSSPA volunteer program.  “We are so pleased to be community partners with the Service Learning Program at Saint Joseph’s College,” said the Society’s Volunteer Coordinator Michelle Melaragno.  Updating the adoption page on the Society’s website, developing adoption and volunteer brochures, as well as event planning for community fundraisers are some of the goals for Ms.

81st Annual Maine Drama Festival

In the upcoming weeks, over 2000 students from 70 high schools will be preparing for the 81st  Annual Maine Drama Festival.  
 
March 9-10, at eight regional competitions across the State, schools will present plays ranging from the classics to original student-written plays.  Schools compete in two classes: Class A (over 550 students) and Class B (less than 550 students). 

At each of the regional competitions, a panel of three judges will decide which performances advance to the State Finals (March 23-24).  The Class A finals will be held at Falmouth High School and Class B will be held at Yarmouth High School.  The outstanding performance at each State Final will be nominated by the judges to participate in the New England Drama Festival (April 26-28 in Guilford, N.H.)

The performance schedules for each of the regional sites will be available on the Maine Drama Council website 

Student artists to be celebrated on 2012-13 laptop screensaver

Twenty student artists will have an audience of more than 72,000 students and teachers for their artwork starting this fall. The 20 students from across Maine have won the honor to have their artwork included in the Maine Learning Technology Initiative laptop screensaver for the 2012-13 school year.

More than 380 Maine students submitted images to be considered for the 2012-13 screensaver. Students and teachers voted on their favorites, and two of the 20 featured works were the top vote getters. An independent panel of three judges selected the other 18 pieces.

Many of the images are photographs, though several students used pencil, paint, clay and other media to create their images.

“The arts are an essential part of the student experience in Maine. The arts offer students the opportunities they need to explore their passions, discover their talents and apply their creativity,” said Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen.

Coffin Elementary School in Brunswick Celebrates 5-2-1-0

Coffin Elementary School in Brunswick Celebrates 5-2-1-0

Students and staff of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Coffin Elementary School in Brunswick recently held a Kindness Assembly during which they educated each other and celebrated healthy living.

Sagadahoc County Recognizes National Birth Defects Prevention Month and Folic Acid Awareness Week

Sagadahoc County Recognizes National Birth Defects Prevention Month and Folic Acid Awareness Week

Sagadahoc County Recognizes Birth Defects Prevention Month and Folic Acid Awareness Week

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that, “Major birth defects are conditions that cause structural changes in one or more parts of the body; are present at birth; and have a serious, adverse effect on heath, development, or functional ability.“ Approximately one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect.

This year, National Birth Defects Prevention Month focuses on one of the most common types of birth defects, congenital heart defects. Each year, nearly 40,000 infants in the United States are born with heart defects, which are the leading cause of death during the first year of life. As medical care and treatment have improved, those with congenital hearth defects are living longer lives.

January 8-14 is National Folic Acid Awareness Week.

Not all birth defects can be prevented.