Archive for March, 2017

Sports Digest: McDonough’s four-hit day paces Southern Maine in 17-3 win over DePauw

March 31st, 2017

COLLEGES

Paul McDonough went 4 for 4 with five RBI to lead the University of Southern Maine to a 17-3 win Monday over DePauw at Winter Haven, Florida.

The Huskies (7-4) built a 5-0 lead by the end of the second inning, behind a two-run homer by McDonough. Dylan Hapworth added four RBI for USM.

Reid Pittard led the Tigers (12-4) with two hits and two RBI.

Gage Feeney (1-0) picked up the win, allowing six hits and two earned runs, while striking out eight over six innings.

TENNIS

MIAMI OPEN: Roger Federer hasn’t won the Miami Open in 11 years, but that may change as he advanced to the fourth round at Key Biscayne, Florida, beating No. 29 Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-4. Federer, ranked No. 4, never lost serve and improved to 15-1 this year.

 Top-seeded Angelique Kerber made the women’s quarterfinals after beating Risa Ozaki 6-2, 6-2. Caroline Wozniacki also reached the quarters when Garbine Muguruza retired after the first set due to the heat.

GOLF

PGA: Dustin Johnson withdrew from the Shell Houston Open at Humble, Texas, to rest from his five-day victory in Match Play.

Johnson won his third straight tournament Sunday when he won two matches that went the distance.

 Jason Day said he expects to go to Augusta, Georgia, on Friday to start practicing for the Masters, but could still pull out of the season’s first major, depending on his mother’s prognosis following surgery for lung cancer last week.

FOOTBALL

NFL: The Buffalo Bills claimed defensive lineman Scott Crichton a day after the Minnesota

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/03/27/sports-digest-mcdonoughs-four-hit-day-paces-southern-maine-in-17-3-win-over-depauw/

Topsham Police Beat: March 31

March 31st, 2017
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Arrests

3/26 at 12:37 a.m. Joshua Alves, 28, of Winter Street, was arrested by Officer Garrett Decker on River Road on charges of domestic violence assault and obstructing the report of a crime.

3/26 at 5:50 p.m. Savannah Fitch, 24, of Leighton Road, Pownal, was arrested by Sgt. Robert Ramsay on Interstate 295 on charges of operating with a suspended or revoked license, operating without a license and operating an unregistered motor vehicle more than 150 days.

Summonses

3/22 at 12:01 p.m. Two 15-year-old females and a 17-year-old female, towns not listed, were issued summonses by Officer Troy Garrison on Eagles Way on charges of illegal possession of marijuana.

3/27 at 9:40 a.m. Rhonda Dunning, 48, of Topsham, was issued a summons by Detective Mark LaFountain on Main Street on a charge of failure to comply with the Sex Offender Registration Act.

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3/24 at 5:29 p.m. Sgt. Mark Gilliam responded to the report of someone having opened an unlocked vehicle parked in the Target lot on Topsham Fair Mall Road. A side mirror was pushed in against the window, the driver’s side door opened, and coffee or soda was poured onto the seat.

Fire calls

3/21 at 2:06 p.m. Accident on Lewiston Road.

3/21 at 8:51 p.m. Gas odor on Main Street.

3/22 at 6:37 a.m. Possible motor vehicle fire on Gilmore Drive.

3/24 at 4:05 p.m. Accident on Whitehouse Crossing Road.

3/24 at 4:24 p.m. Accident on Middlesex Road.

3/26 at 6:13 p.m. Medical emergency on Interstate 295.

EMS

Topsham emergency medical services responded to 20 calls from March 20-27.

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/topsham-police-beat-march-31-2/

This Maine hospital is offering you a chance to stroll through a giant colon

March 30th, 2017

Good morning, Maine. Here’s your morning briefing.

National and international headlines

Ivanka Trump reverses course, will become a government employee

Ivanka Trump will officially become an unpaid government employee after she initially said she would serve as an informal adviser to her father from her office in the West Wing, according to The Washington Post.

Last week, the Trump administration announced that she would take an office in the West Wing and would not be paid but would remain an informal adviser without a job description. But the arrangement raised ethical questions,

“We are pleased that Ivanka Trump has chosen to take this step in her unprecedented role as First Daughter and in support of the President,” the White House said in a statement. “Ivanka’s service as an unpaid employee furthers our commitment to ethics, transparency, and compliance and affords her increased opportunities to lead initiatives driving real policy benefits for the American public that would not have been available to her previously.”

Trump made the decision to become a government employee after government watchdog groups raised concerns about the arrangement announced last week, for which she would also receive security clearance.

Now as a government employee she is required to comply with all ethics rules as other federal employees.

Astronaut Peggy Whitson set to break spacewalk record

Here’s a piece of breaking news from outer space.

Expedition 50 Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson is set to go on her eighth spacewalk Thursday morning and surpass astronaut Suni Williams’ record for the most spacewalks by a

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/link/this-maine-hospital-is-offering-you-a-chance-to-stroll-through-a-giant-colon/

Maine man taken off transplant list for using medical marijuana …

March 30th, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine man has been taken off a kidney transplant wait list for using medical marijuana.

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit Maine hospitals from doing that, even though one local hospital said there are medical reasons to disqualify patients who use marijuana.

Garry Godfrey has Alport syndrome, a hereditary disease that causes renal failure at a young age. He said it also causes debilitating pain, nausea and anxiety.

“I’ve tried so many pharmaceuticals and none of them worked, but the medical cannabis does,” Godfrey said. “It helps me function. It helps me take care of my kids.”

Godfrey said he needs a new kidney and was put on Maine Medical Center’s transplant list in 2003. In 2010, Maine Med adopted a new policy.

“I was informed that they changed their policy, that you can no longer use marijuana,” Godfrey said. “I was taken off the list.”

Maine Medical Center spokesman Clay Holtzman said he could not comment on this specific case but issued a statement Tuesday.

“Our drug use policy currently prohibits transplant candidates from using marijuana, due to the risk of an invasive fungal infection known as aspergillosis.”

The Maine Med statement also said this fungal infection can be life-threatening for transplant patients whose immune system is compromised.

Maine Med said that once off marijuana, patients can requalify and get put back on the hospital’s wait list.

But Godfrey said marijuana is the only drug that allows him to function.

“You should not be discriminated against for the type of medicine you choose,”

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2017/03/29/news/state/maine-man-taken-off-transplant-list-for-using-medical-marijuana/

Maine family seeks solutions to help child with epilepsy

March 30th, 2017

DEDHAM, Maine — Wyatt Beauchamp, 6, loves to dream up useful inventions, gets easily exasperated by his little sister and wears a hockey helmet while giggling and goofing off on the couch in his living room.

While this all sounds like par for the course for a first-grader, it isn’t. Wyatt has to wear his new hockey helmet — affectionately called “his lid” by family members — because he has epilepsy. Dozens of times per day, sometimes as many as 100 times, there is a sudden surge in the electrical activity in his brain and he has a seizure. The seizures can be almost unnoticeable, causing Wyatt to abruptly check out and stare into space for a few seconds. But they can also be big and frightening, as his slight body stiffens, then goes limp, often falling unprotected to the floor, which is why the helmet isn’t optional. Then he goes into convulsions.

After the seizures, sometimes he goes into a rage-filled temper tantrum that also seems like it may be connected to the epilepsy. But often he scrambles like a frightened bear cub onto his mother’s lap, in search of snuggles and reassurances. Then he runs off to play or eat a snack or return to any other normal kid activity that will last only until the next time there is a misfiring in his brain.

“I have to surrender a little bit to fate and trust that we are capable of walking this path,” his mom, Kristin Beauchamp, said.

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2017/03/22/homestead/maine-family-seeks-solutions-to-help-child-with-epilepsy/

Houlton marijuana ordinance

March 29th, 2017

It’s the first meeting of many for the town of Houlton. These people are gathered to discuss the rules and regulations surrounding recreational marijuana.

Marijuana graphic by MGN.

“The ordnance as it was presented was kind of a cut and paste to the medical marijuana ordinance, so it really didn’t fit the recreational marijuana ordinance, so we pasted it knowing we would actually be changing it. It’s coming whether people want it or not.”

Torres says this topic is still being discussed in Augusta.

“They probably won’t be ready to do any kind of licensing until February which gives us a lot of time to work out the details.”

Cultivating, manufacturing, retail sales, testing and social clubs are the five areas council will need to work details out on before people will be able to apply to grow.

“We know that the whole marijuana growing is coming here and we thought we would step up and say we’ve got the perfect place.”

This week’s meeting is the first of several that will be happening over the next few months. A subcommittee, along with council will be working out the details of what this ordinance will mean for the town of Houlton.

One of the members on the subcommittee is Houlton’s Police chief, Tim DeLuca.

“They asked me here just to bring the law enforcement perspective to the subcommittee during the discussion and give the point of views of police perspective and law enforcement perspective.”

DeLuca says there’s

Article source: http://www.wagmtv.com/content/news/Houlton-marijuana-ordinance-417453243.html

Maine man taken off transplant list for using medical marijuana

March 29th, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine man has been taken off a kidney transplant wait list for using medical marijuana.

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit Maine hospitals from doing that, even though one local hospital said there are medical reasons to disqualify patients who use marijuana.

Garry Godfrey has Alport syndrome, a hereditary disease that causes renal failure at a young age. He said it also causes debilitating pain, nausea and anxiety.

“I’ve tried so many pharmaceuticals and none of them worked, but the medical cannabis does,” Godfrey said. “It helps me function. It helps me take care of my kids.”

Godfrey said he needs a new kidney and was put on Maine Medical Center’s transplant list in 2003. In 2010, Maine Med adopted a new policy.

“I was informed that they changed their policy, that you can no longer use marijuana,” Godfrey said. “I was taken off the list.”

Maine Medical Center spokesman Clay Holtzman said he could not comment on this specific case but issued a statement Tuesday.

“Our drug use policy currently prohibits transplant candidates from using marijuana, due to the risk of an invasive fungal infection known as aspergillosis.”

The Maine Med statement also said this fungal infection can be life-threatening for transplant patients whose immune system is compromised.

Maine Med said that once off marijuana, patients can requalify and get put back on the hospital’s wait list.

But Godfrey said marijuana is the only drug that allows him to function.

“You should not be discriminated against for the type of medicine you choose,”

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2017/03/29/news/state/maine-man-taken-off-transplant-list-for-using-medical-marijuana/?ref=latest

Hallowell panel recommends marijuana moratorium

March 29th, 2017

HALLOWELL — Members of a task force voted unanimously Monday to recommend to the City Council a temporary 180-day moratorium on the establishment of recreational marijuana retail stores and social clubs within the city limits, a precautionary step in the wake of a referendum approved by Maine voters in the Nov. 8 election.

Several other Maine cities and town have taken or are considering similar action.

The Hallowell Marijuana Task Force voted unanimously Monday to recommend to the City Council a 180-day moratorium on the establishment of recreational marijuana retail stores and social clubs in the city.The Hallowell Marijuana Task Force voted unanimously Monday to recommend to the City Council a 180-day moratorium on the establishment of recreational marijuana retail stores and social clubs in the city.


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Hallowell City Manager Nate Rudy said the moratorium will allow the city to get a better understanding of the effects of the citizens initiative legalizing the use and possession of recreational marijuana by adults who are at least 21. He said the moratorium will be on the council’s April 10 agenda.

“Then we’ll interpret the community’s goals and values into local zoning and licensing that reflects general support for having the adult-use marijuana industry become part of our business mix,” Rudy said.

In Hallowell, the initiative was supported by 873 voters and opposed by 755, with 31 blank ballots.

During Monday’s meeting, Rudy and Marijuana Task Force Chairwoman Lynn Irish, an at-large

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/03/28/hallowell-panel-votes-marijuana-moratorium/

Hallowell panel votes marijuana moratorium

March 28th, 2017

HALLOWELL — Members of a task force voted unanimously Monday to recommend to the City Council a temporary 180-day moratorium on the establishment of recreational marijuana retail stores and social clubs within the city limits, a precautionary step in the wake of a referendum approved by Maine voters in the Nov. 8 election.

Several other Maine cities and town have taken or are considering similar action.

The Hallowell Marijuana Task Force on Monday unanimously voted to recommend to the City Council a temporary 180-day moratorium on the establishment of recreational marijuana retail stores and social clubs within the city limitsThe Hallowell Marijuana Task Force on Monday unanimously voted to recommend to the City Council a temporary 180-day moratorium on the establishment of recreational marijuana retail stores and social clubs within the city limits


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Hallowell City Manager Nate Rudy said the moratorium will allow the city to get a better understanding of the effects of the citizens initiative legalizing the use and possession of recreational marijuana by adults who are at least 21. He said the moratorium will be on the council’s April 10 agenda.

“Then we’ll interpret the community’s goals and values into local zoning and licensing that reflects general support for having the adult-use marijuana industry become part of our business mix,” Rudy said.

In Hallowell, the initiative was supported by 873 voters and opposed by 755, with 31 blank ballots.

During Monday’s meeting, Rudy and

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/03/28/hallowell-panel-votes-marijuana-moratorium/

New legislation aims to alter Maine Medical Center’s organ transplant policy: 8 things to know

March 28th, 2017

A new bill under consideration by lawmakers in Maine would force Maine Medical Center in Portland to alter its organ transplant policy, which prohibits medical marijuana users from receiving donor organs, according to a report from the Portland Press Herald.

Here are eight things to know about the issue.

1. The current hospital rule bars medical marijuana users from receiving an organ transplant due to the risk of patients contracting aspergillosis from a type of black mold that can sometimes cultivate on marijuana buds.

2. The proposed legislation would only affect Maine Medical Center as it is the only transplant center in the state.

3. The proposed bill “prohibits the medical use of marijuana from being the sole disqualifying factor in determining a person’s suitability for receiving an anatomical gift,” according to the bill’s summary.

4. The namesake and inspiration for the bill is Milford resident Gary Godfrey. Mr. Godfrey suffers from Alport syndrome, a hereditary disease that causes kidney failure. Mr. Godfrey began using medical marijuana — which was legalized in the state in 1999 — after prescription medications failed to treat his symptoms.

5. In 2012, Mr. Godfrey was bumped from the transplant list at Maine Medical Center due to his marijuana use. Mr. Godfrey was faced with the decision to either quit using the only medication that had provided relief from his symptoms, or continue to use marijuana and receive dialysis until his kidneys ultimately failed him. Mr. Godfrey would have had

Article source: http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/quality/new-legislation-aims-to-alter-maine-medical-center-s-organ-transplant-policy-8-things-to-know.html