SVH Plans Fair and Walk for October 18th

Sebasticook Valley Health (SVH) will host its annual Community Health Fair on Saturday, October 18th, from 9 am to noon at Maine Central Institute’s Wright Gym in Pittsfield. With the theme of “Celebrating Traditions of Care,” this year’s fair will also host the 20th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. Admission to both events is free.

Returning to the larger Wright Gym (where both the walk and the fair were held years ago), the Community Health Fair is planning to provide seasonal flu shots for adults at least 18 years old, nutrition education, drug identification, hands-only CPR/Pet CPR instruction, senior resources, health screenings, and local health services offered throughout the community. Every year, the SVH Breast Cancer Awareness Walk raises money for the Nancy Stone Fund, which provides free mammograms and other breast health services to area women who cannot afford these services because of a lack of insurance or underinsurance.

Maine Anticipates Spectacular Fall Foliage

September 10, 2014 Marks the Official Launch of Season


Today is the official start of Maine’s fall foliage season.  The 2014 Fall Foliage Report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry reports that the northernmost area of the state is still green with hints of color.

“Ever so subtle changes are occurring in the northern regions of the state (zones 6 and 7), but right now we are still on track for a typical fall foliage season with northern Maine reaching peak conditions by the end of September into the first week of October.  The rest of the state’s progression of color will start occurring from north to south in mid-October. Coastal Maine typically reaches peak conditions October 13 through October 25,” according to Gale Ross, Maine’s fall foliage spokesperson.

Sebasticook Valley Hospital (SVH) will hold “Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic”

Sebasticook Valley Hospital (SVH) will hold “Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic”

On Saturday, October 4th, Sebasticook Valley Hospital (SVH) will hold a “Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic” at Pittsfield’s Bud’s Shop ‘n Save parking lot in the Somerset Plaza. Adults can receive their seasonal flu shots from the warmth and comfort of their vehicles. Flu shots will be administered from 10am to noon.

Terri Vieira, SVH president/CEO and EMHS senior vice president, stated, “SVH wants everyone to have the advantage of a seasonal flu shot that can keep them healthy during the flu season. Our drive-thru flu shot clinic reaches people with busy lives or mobility issues who may not have a chance to see a provider for a flu shot. The overwhelming response to this event has proven it is important to our community, and SVH is pleased to continue to offer this service.”

Health Events in Maine August 31 to September 13

Health Events in Maine August 31 to September 13

From a documentary about opiate addiction to community acupuncture for people undergoing cancer treatments to a walk to raise money and awareness about brain aneurysms — see what's happening in Maine on the Catching Health Calendar and find out how to submit your own health and wellness event. Read more ...

Catching Health on the Morning Report

Catching Health on the Morning Report

Did you know that Catching Health with Diane Atwood is on the Morning Report every other Tuesday? That's right!

This week I was Jackie Ward's guest and got to share some fun and easy ways to help support two great organizations in Maine. Watch the video...

Maine Preparing for Spectacular 2014 Fall Foliage Season


With the start of the Maine Fall Foliage season soon to begin, The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) reports that conditions in the northernmost part of the state are prime for subtle color changes with very low leaf drop.  Beginning Wednesday, September 10, the Maine Office of Tourism and DACF will provide an update on the gradual change in leaf color from north to south culminating in peak conditions in late-October.

Maine’s Popular “Open Lighthouse Day” Salutes the State’s Maritime Heritage on September 13, 2014

Complimentary Entry to 22 Iconic Light Stations

The State of Maine’s sixth annual Open Lighthouse Day will take place on Saturday, September 13 with lighthouses open throughout the state and free entry available to visitors on this one day.  The popular event, sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation, draws between 15,000 to 18,000 visitors annually with the unique opportunity to climb and learn about Maine’s historic lights.

“As one of our largest industries, tourism provides an outstanding way for Maine to attract visitors, create jobs and provide new investment opportunities,” said Governor Paul R. LePage.  “My administration is committed to supporting events and activities that showcase our state as a terrific place to visit, study, and invest.”