SMCC lab looks toward the future of manufacturing


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NECN) -- Maine celebrated Manufacturing Day on Friday and Southern Maine Community College said it has a technology lab that represents the future of the industry in Maine.

Voters approved a $1 million bond to pay for the nearly two dozen state of the art machines that will give students the skills to find jobs from automotive to aerospace to defense.

John Bolduc of SMCC said that while traditional manufacturing jobs may be shrinking, he sees a big need for students trained to work on precision machines.

"I have employers calling me during the summer letting me know they want to hire 8 people before the start of school," he said.

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Preventing Falls: What Fran Learned About Lowering Her Risk of Falling

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Fran Paris, who is 79, has a balance problem and tries to keep herself steady so that she doesn’t fall. When she noticed that Woodford’s Congregational Church was offering a Fall Risk Screening Event to help people learn more about their risks, she hightailed it over there. Read what Fran learned about her risks ...

 

Health Events in Maine September 27 to October 1

Health Events in Maine September 27 to October 1

Is every night a bedtime battle with your child? Check out the Catching Health calendar to find out about an upcoming event at the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center with infant and child sleep consultant Jessica Begley. Discover other health events in Maine and/or submit your own event — visit the Catching Health with Diane Atwood blog.

Northern Maine is Awash in Color with Peak Fall Foliage

A beautiful tapestry of colors blankets northern Maine where forest rangers report that the fall foliage season will reach peak conditions this weekend.

“With below average day time temperatures and very chilly nights over the past several days, northern Maine has seen the progression of color rapidly spreading throughout the forest canopies and hillsides in zones 6 and 7. The time is right for the spectacular viewing of why we love Maine in the fall,” noted Gale Ross, Fall Foliage spokesperson.

Get out your camera and head north to chronicle the change in seasons and then share your photos or sign up for e-mail reports detailing where to see the best fall foliage at http://www.mainefoliage.com/ .

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Never too old to get mono

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Not too long ago a friend of mine was diagnosed with mononucleosis (mono). When I hear that someone has mono, I think teenager. My friend may be so in spirit, but in reality she is a grandmother. Read more ...

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