Health Insurance 101

Health Insurance 101

Spectrum Generations is partnering with Maine Community Health Options to provide informational forums titled Health Insurance 101. The purpose of these forums is to help community members understand how health insurance works, the terms used, and how to maximize your health benefits.

The Affordable Care Act opened the door to health insurance coverage for thousands of Mainers. However, for many, trying to understand how to use this new coverage is not an easy task. This is an opportunity to get questions answered, learn the lingo and find out what MUST be covered. These forums can be found in Kennebec and Somerset County.  Open to the general public.

August 15th from 10 to 11am at Spectrum Generations Muskie Center, 38 Gold Street, Waterville - FMI call 873-4745.

August 15th from 12:30 to 1:30pm at Spectrum Generations Cohen Center, 22 Town Farm Road, Hallowell.  FMI call 626-7777.

Where You Can Pick Blueberries in Maine

Where You Can Pick Blueberries in Maine

If you're looking for a farm that will let you pick your own blueberries, you're in luck because there are several in Maine. Most places are opening mid to late July, but some not until the first of August. If a farm has a website or Facebook page, I included a link. It's really important to check ahead to make sure a farm is open for picking. If you want to add someone/something ( e.g., if organic) or notice an error please let me know — you can send a comment at the end of the post. Read more ...

Choose Love, Not Fear: Joe Semmes' Top Ten List for Seriously Ill Cancer Patients

Choose Love, Not Fear:  Joe Semmes' Top Ten List for Seriously Ill Cancer Patients

In 1996, Dr. B. Joseph Semmes, who goes by the name Joe, learned that he had a type of cancer of the pancreas called pNET or pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. Not only is it rare — seen in approximately one percent of pancreatic cancers and three in one million of all cancers diagnosed — it's also less aggressive than other pancreatic cancers and can often be cured. Read more ...

Hunger and Obesity: What’s The Connection?

 Hunger and Obesity: What’s The Connection?

Part two of a series on hunger in Maine.

In America there is an assumption that with girth comes wealth and that people who are food insecure or malnourished are also automatically thin. Let’s remember that food insecurity means lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Read more ...

Jane Johnson's Recipe for Maple Walnut Rhubarb Crisp

Jane Johnson's Recipe for Maple Walnut Rhubarb Crisp

The other day I posted a recipe for strawberry rhubarb pie that called for honey in place of sugar. I got an email from Jane Johnson, who lives in Forest City Township on the shores of East Grand Lake and the headwaters of the St. Croix River — "remote by choice," she told me. I happened to mention in the recipe that honey wasn't vegan and Jane suggested substituting maple syrup. Read more ...

Tri for a Cure: The Two Sisters at the Water Station

Tri for a Cure: The Two Sisters at the Water Station

What are the odds that two sisters would both have with the same type of lung cancer? Slim. Even if they are identical twins or identical mirror twins like Leni Grant and Lita Brown, from Gray. Read more ...