November 25, 2013

Local Dispatches

Fallen tree, power lines block Route 201 / Church offers Thanksgiving baskets / Campaign starts for dental hygienists bill

MOSCOW

Fallen tree, power lines cause Route 201 closure

A fallen tree and power lines blocked traffic for almost three hours Sunday morning on Route 201 in the Somerset County town of Moscow.

A Somerset County dispatcher said the incident occurred at about 8:15 a.m.

The road is the only route to and from Jackman and the Canadian border crossing. Traffic was backed up for miles. The road remained shut down in both directions until 11 a.m.

SACO

Good Shepherd Parish church offers Thanksgiving baskets

The Good Shepherd Parish church in Saco is putting Thanksgiving baskets together for more than 100 families who live in Saco, Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach and Lyman.

The Most Holy Trinity Church Hall in Saco will also be hosting its annual Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. The free event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. People can also receive home-delivered meals between noon and 2 p.m.

For more information or to schedule a delivery, call 468-0106 or 468-7324.

AUGUSTA

Campaign starting again for dental hygienists bill

A coalition is continuing its effort to create a new category of dental hygienists in Maine aimed at providing more people access to affordable dental care.

Dental Access for ME says it is launching a new campaign to urge support of a bill that would create a new license for dental hygiene therapists, who could do some procedures like filling cavities and pulling teeth. Dental hygienists could become dental hygiene therapists after schooling, 1,000 clinical hours and an exam.

The bill was carried over from last session and is expected to be taken up when the Democratic-controlled Legislature returns in January. The group says many areas in Maine are experiencing a dentist shortage.

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