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Vote for your favorite artwork

Penobscot Valley Hospital is currently displaying 37 new pieces of artwork from area youth in the main hallways of the facility and staff welcome you to stop in to view their talent.

This round of artwork was completely selected by students of Mattanawcook Academy. In addition to their academic achievements, students of MA are encouraged to increase their participation as involved citizens. With this in mind, Camren McReavy, Tiffany Dyer, Shane Chase, Zachariah Booker, and Hannah Baker worked to collect artwork submissions from local school districts. They also performed the matting and display of the artwork.

Student Shane Chase remarks about PVH, "Having the artwork in the hall just shows they are family oriented and want to make their place cheerful so everyone can enjoy it: the patients, the workers and the visitors."

The hospital would like to thank the students for their volunteerism in the community! Students would like the public’s help in selecting your favorite pieces to award prizes at the next art exhibit. The four categories for voting are: top overall, high school, middle school and elementary. Winning students will receive a gift card. To complete the survey, please go to our website, www.pvhme.org, and click on “Vote for Favorite Artwork” under What’s New at the bottom of the page. Voting ends January 31, 2015.

Please stop by Penobscot Valley Hospital to review the local talent of our young artists. 

Chamber director resigns

-Lee Rand Photo

December 2 - After several days of rumors and speculation, it is now official - Executive Director of the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Will LaBrie has resigned. According to LaBrie, he has taken a full-time job that requires him to be out of the area. His resignation is effective January 16, 2016. He had been with the Chamber since 2012 in varying capacities.
Anyone interested in that position can e-mail the Chamber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PVH student art contest

November 24 - Penobscot Valley Hospital hosted an exhibit for the public to view the student artwork on display in their facility on Tuesday, November 24. Families came out to enjoy the artists’ creations and enjoy ice cream sundaes. Forty pieces of artwork created by students from pre-kindergarten to high school have been on display at PVH for the last two months. All students with displayed artwork received a certificate at the event.

In November, the public voted for their favorite pieces in an online survey and four artists were selected for top pieces in each age category. The following students were awarded gift cards for the most votes received:
- Elementary School: Julianah for her picture of a fox on a farm at sunrise
- Middle School: Kenneth Brock Ireland for his “Roalin Cool” truck
- High School: Makala Jipson for her sketch of a warrior princess
- Most votes overall: Brookelyn Theriault for her Harry Potter portrait

PVH is working with students at Mattanawcook Academy to display the next round of artwork in December. We encourage the public to stop by any time and view the artwork in the main hallways at Penobscot Valley Hospital. Thank you to all of the young artists for sharing your work with the community! For a photo slideshow, CLICK HERE.

Artists recognized at the November 24 PVH Art Exhibit were Makala Jipson, Sierra Gerken, Parker Theriault, Brookelyn Theriault and Dakota. (Photo courtesy of Penobscot Valley Hospital)

 

"Support Your Local Police" meeting held in Lincoln

November 20 - About a dozen area citizens gathered at the Masonic Hall in Lincoln tonight to hear a presentation entitled "Support Your Local Police" with speaker Harold Shurtleff of the John Birch Society. Mr. Shurtleff spoke on the importance of keeping police independent and accountable to local communities.

Coffee With a Cop at Tim Hortons

November 18 - Tyler and Angela Belk, owners of Tim Hortons of Lincoln, welcomed area law enforcement to their restaurant this morning for "Coffee With a Cop"  to help form good relationships between law enforcement and the community. Representatives of the Maine Warden Service, Maine State Police, Lincoln Police Department and Penobscot County Sheriff's Department were there to talk with people who came to Tim Hortons for breakfast. Too often, people only meet law enforcement officers in stressful situations. Coffee With a Cop allows citizens to ask questions and get to know those whose job it is to protect them.

Coffee With a Cop began in Hawthorne, California in 2011, and since then has spread to 48 states and four countries. The mission stated on its website is "to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve". Meeting at neutral locations to talk about issues that matter, in a casual atmosphere, helps build trust and discover mutal goals. The opportunity to relax and chat together outside of a crisis situation is important. 

Lincoln Public Safety Director Dan Summers told us that other such events will be held around the Lincoln area. We'll keep you updated in case you missed this morning's event.

Angela Belk said, "We're happy to be a part of this program to bring local law enforcement and the community together for some meaningful conversation. We hope this event will foster trust and be a catalyst for more open communication between townspeople and those sworn to protect them."

For a photo slideshow, CLICK HERE.

- Connie Rand

PVH One of First Hospitals in Maine to Offer Digital Imaging

November 16PVH Imaging Director Heather Hines uses the new digital radiography equipment to take an X-ray, viewing the images right from the patient’s bedside. - You can likely remember X-ray films of years past, which would take time to develop in chemical tanks, review and mail to physicians’ practices. These films were large, bulky, and sometimes required repeat procedures for further analysis. Technology has come a long way and the imaging department at PVH is benefiting. Penobscot Valley Hospital is one of the first critical access hospitals in Maine to now house wireless digital radiography (DR) equipment.

The new DR equipment is essentially a mobile tablet with capabilities to immediately view images taken by X-ray. Within seconds, images can be securely transmitted to the radiologist for reading and interpretation.

“Past computed radiography systems required staff to manually pull the cassette, bring it back to the imaging department for processing and review. With the new DR equipment, we can immediately view the images on the tablet right at the patient’s bedside, checking the scans for accuracy and completeness,” states Heather D. Hines, R.T.(R)(M)(CT)(BD), Imaging Services Director at PVH.

The new DR equipment allows for a patient-focused care environment with
faster exams,
improved image quality and
less radiation.
On average, DR imaging typically uses 30-60% less radiation to obtain an image than past processes. Also, the DR panel can store up to 70 images at a time, so there is no need to reposition the patient to change cassettes between images.

“Today we used the DR system on a patient that needed lift assistance using our Hoyer lift. We set the DR panel on the table, lifted her onto the panel, and took the image. From the tablet, we saw the image of the bladder was cut off. We were then able to just slide her up on the Hoyer lift, taking another image within seconds,” adds Hines.

Staff in the PVH Imaging Department began using the new digital radiography equipment last week and look forward to serving the needs of our patients with the latest technology.  

PVH Imaging Director Heather Hines uses the new digital radiography equipment to take an X-ray, viewing the images right from the patient’s bedside.

 

Lincoln celebrates Veterans Day

Ruth Littlefield sings the National Anthem at today's ceremony

November 11 - Today Veterans Day was celebrated in Lincoln at the Veterans Memorial on Goding Avenue. It was a blustery morning, with a strong breeze fluttering the flags. A small crowd gathered to hear speeches and join in prayers. Veterans, active-duty military and their families were honored on this day set aside since the close of World War I. 

If you know a veteran, pause for a moment to say thanks for their service. If you know someone who is currently serving, don't forget to thank them as well. Without them, the United States of America wouldn't exist. Never take their service for granted!

To all of our site visitors who have served in the military or are currently serving, a big THANK YOU from us here a WelcomeToLincolnMaine.com.

 

New town councilors sworn in

November 9 - Lincoln's two newly-elected town councilors, Sheldon Hanington (left) and George Edwards, were sworn in tonight before the council meeting. 

 

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