One Man's Ongoing Struggle with Lyme Disease

One Man's Ongoing Struggle with Lyme Disease

Michael Anderson recently wrote to me about his ongoing struggle with Lyme disease. He gave me permission to share his story, which I decided to do in his own words:

By Michael Anderson

Dear Diane,

South Portland considers sex offender residency restrictions


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- South Portland could be the next community to restrict where registered sex offenders can live.

The South Portland City Council will vote on an ordinance Monday night that would prohibit sex offenders from living within 750 feet of a school or park.

According to Police Chief Edward Googins, six of the ten registered sex offenders living in the city live within 750 feet of a school or park.

The proposed ordinance would apply to new people coming in to the community. If a sex offender lived too close to a park or school, the city would give him or her 30 days notice to find a new place to live, or else be subject to a fine up to $500 per day.

Health Events in Maine May 5 to May 21

MONDAY MAY 5
Conception and Beyond

Maine Medical Center
The Dana Center
22 Bramhall Street
Portland, ME

5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Spring Has Arrived in Maine and so Have the Farmers' Markets

Spring Has Arrived in Maine and so Have the Farmers' Markets

Saturday was such a beautiful day — perfect for a trip to the Farmers' Market at Deering Oaks Park in Portland. Yes, the season had begun. I couldn't help but take a few pictures. See more ...

South Portland Food Cupboard celebrates new space


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For more than a decade, the South Portland Food Cupboard operated out of the basement of a church on Main Street.

They didn't have to pay rent or utilities, but it was difficult to keep setting up and tearing down the tables and food each time.

When the church closed, the cupboard was without a home. After thousands of dollars in donations, the South Portland Food Cupboard has moved into a new space.

Now located at 130 Thadeus Street, the cupboard has its own facility.

According to Executive Director Sybil Riemensnider, it took a community to make the transition possible.

"I think the people get very proud of their own food pantry," said Riemensnider. "We're all volunteers, we always have been. We're like a family and we treat our clients with dignity."

City council to vote on third outdoor concert Monday

City council to vote on third outdoor concert Monday

PORTLAND, Maine -- The Portland City Council will vote on Monday at its regular council meeting on a proposal to authorize country music artist Dierks Bentley in concert as a festival on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Maine State Pier. The potential concert would be presented and organized by Waterfront Concerts.

Waterfront Concerts has already been approved to organize and present 3 Doors Down for an acoustic show on August 3, 2014 and Portland Reggae Fest on August 10, 2014.

The City Council meeting begins at 7:00PM on Monday, May 5, 2014. The meeting can be streamed live by visiting this link.

photo: John Athayde https://flic.kr/p/29urNC

A taste of the Mediterranean: Olives — their oil and our health

A taste of the Mediterranean: Olives — their oil and our health

Guest post by Kit Broihier, MS, RD, LD
Courtesy of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Continuing with the Mediterranean eating theme practically requires that we cover olives and olive oil at some point in the discussion, since they are so widely consumed by Mediterranean cultures. Traditionally, a Mediterranean diet calls for eating several olives (maybe up to 10) or consuming 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil each day. Let’s take a look at what the benefits of this practice may be.