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Show us your favorite Scenic Maine Photo!

Show us your favorite Scenic Maine Photo!

SIS Scenic Maine Photo Contest Promoted via Facebook™

Opportunity to Win a Prize and Select a Local Charity to Receive a Donation

Show us your favorite Scenic Maine Photo!

To enter our Maine Scenic Photo contest, you can post up to 5 photos now through June 8, 2012. We’ll select our favorite twelve (no more than one per person) that may be chosen for SIS’s 2013 calendar or other print materials and then ask our online social network community to vote for #1. For each vote placed, we will make a $1 donation to a charity or organization of the winner’s choice, up to $300. Plus, the winner gets a $100 gift card! That’s not all!

Long waits prompt Maine lobster licensing review

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine's 15-year-old lobster-licensing system will soon get a top-to-bottom review for the first time.

The Department of Marine Resources is awarding a contract to a consultant next month calling for an independent analysis on the system. A report with recommendations for improving the system will be presented to the Legislature's Marine Resources Committee in January.

Critics of the existing system say it can take years and even decades for people to now get a lobster license. There are 302 people statewide on the waiting list.

New report details growing populations on Maine islands

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) - A new report on Maine's 15 island communities shows that the islands' population has increased about 6 percent since 1990.

The Rockland-based Island Institute's "Island Indicators" report provides a detailed look at various indicators that affect Maine's year-round island communities.

According to the report, the population grew by nearly 12 percent on Casco Bay islands and by a little over 5 percent on Penobscot Bay islands between 1990 and 2011, while falling by 8 percent on islands in eastern Maine.

Prostate Cancer: Should You Get a PSA Test?

Prostate Cancer: Should You Get a PSA Test?

This week the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced its  final recommendation against PSA screening for prostate cancer for men of all ages. In 2008 the same panel had recommended against PSA screening for men aged 75 and older, but said the evidence was inconclusive for younger men. Since then, the USPSTF reviewed new evidence on the benefits and harms of PSA testing and the benefits and harms of treating localized prostate cancer. It concluded that, "The harms of PSA-based screening for prostate cancer include a high rate of false positive results and accompanying negative psychological effects, high rate of complications associated with diagnostic biopsy, and — most important — a high risk for overdiagnosis coupled with overtreatment." Read more.

2012 2 Those Who Care Nomination Form

Bangor, MAINE (NEWS CENTER) 2 Those Who Care is a program that seeks to find and honor individuals who demonstrate exceptional service to the community.

Click at the bottom of this article to download the 2012 2 Those Who Care nomination form.  (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required).

The 2 Those Who Care, the John W. Coombs Award, and the Agency of Distinction honorees will be recognized at a ceremony in October in Bangor. The event will be hosted by WLBZ NEWS CENTER 2 personalities.

Individual honorees will receive an award and a cash contribution will be donated to the non-profit organization of their choice. The Agency will receive an award and a cash contribution. For more information call WLBZ 2 (207) 942-4821, or Volunteer Development at United Way of Eastern Maine at (207) 941-2800. 

What Baby Boomers Need to Know About Hepatitis C

What Baby Boomers Need to Know About Hepatitis C

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just issued a draft recommendation that all baby boomers born between 1945 and 1965 get a one-time blood test for Hepatitis C. That’s because they are five times more likely to be infected than other adults and account for more than three-quarters of all cases of the infection in this country. Read more.

Maine man indicted in killing of Fla. firefighter

BELFAST, Maine (AP) -- A Maine man accused of shooting a Florida firefighter in the head in a drug-related dispute has been indicted on murder charges.

The indictment was handed up this week by a grand jury in Waldo County. Daniel Porter was already being held without bail on a murder charge.

Porter was arrested Feb. 28 at a rented house in Jackson where police say he killed the 31-year-old Jerry Perdomo of Orange City, Fla. Porter told police that he owed Perdomo $3,000 and police said threats were exchanged.

The Bangor Daily News says police arrested Porter after discovering skull fragments and blood drops in the Jackson home. Perdomo's body was found the next day on property belonging to Porter's family in Newburgh.