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Page 24 THE QUODDY TIDES 27March, 2009 BOBBY MOHO1_J_AND of Charlotte plays in the snow while hundreds of re@oils fly around his head and eat at the feeders. (Eileen Clark photo) Solos offers fine dining and live music by Susan Esposito McMichael, who says he originally moved A new restaurant that offers good food to Calais to do substance abuse counsel- and good music has opened in Calais. So- ling. los Coffee House and Fine Dining is lo- Helping McMichael in the kitchen is cated in the former Chandler House Shawn Marsh of Calais, and his "excel- building on Chandler Street, and owner/ lent" wait staff includes Kerry LeSeur, chef Scott McMichael has been setting Hilary Denvir, Cynthia Russell and aside Friday and Saturday evenings for Sheena Shain. live music from 8 to 10 p.m. "People who Solos Coffee House and Fine Dining is have come in those nights are coming back open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 3 because they've enjoyed it," points out p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Dinner is McMiehael. "I'm going to stick with it." served from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tues- Overall, business has been "'going well" day, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday since McMichael opened Solos on Janu- and from 4:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday and ary 21. He describes his lunch and dinner Saturdays. The restaurant is closed Man- menus as "extensive" with choices in days. meats, fish and pasta. For more information or to make a res- "This is my second restaurant," reports ervation, call 454-0400. Volunteer drivers sought for.patients Lack of transportation to treatment ap- pointments can be a major problem for Cancer patients. Many need daily or weekly treatment, often over the course of several months, and they may not have a car or be able to drive themselves. The American Cancer Society's Road to Re- covery program provides free transporta- tion for cancer patients to and from their life-saving appointments by way of vol- unteer drivers who donate their time and the use of their personal vehicles in order to help others. The American Cancer Society is now recruiting Volunteers in Washington County to ensure that all cancer patients have transportation to and from their treat- ments. Anyone with a car and some spare time can volunteer. An hour-long training for those interested in becoming a Road to Recovery driver will be offered at 10 a.m. Telemedicine bill- on Wednesday, April 8, at Calais Regional Hospital. For more information about the subjei:t of hearing program, or to register for the training, contact Doug Dieckmann with the Ameri- A bill submitted by Rep. Anne Perry of can Cancer Society at 207-532-5622. Calais that would provide insurance cov- erage for telemedicine services has been referred to the Joint Standing Comznittee Clinic and i on Insurance and Financial Services. support Telemedicine is the use of interactive elec- group meetings set tronic media for the purpose of diagnosis, consultation or treatment. It does not in- Upcoming support group meetings and elude telephone, fax or e-mail, clinics sponsored by Calais Regional Has- Perry's bill would require deductibles, pital include the following. copayments and coinsurance for services Cardiac rehabilitation support group will provided via telemedicine to be the same meet Friday, April 3, at 3 p.m. in the Calais as for in-person health services. The bill hospital classroom. For more information also provides for coverage consistent with contact Shelly Bodkin, R.N., at 454-9217. in-person health care services. Perry says Caring connections support group, a that telemedicine is not being used as support and education group for women much as it could be and one of the road- diagnosed with breast cancer, will meet in blocks to additional use includes the lack Mona Van Wart's office at Calais hospital of, or questions about, insurance coverage on Thursday, April 9, from 3-4 p.m. For and reimbursement. A public hearing will more information contact Mona Van Wart be held by the committee at 1:30 p.m. on at 454-3906 or Eva at 454-2006. Monday, March 30. Free blood pressure clinics will be held in Baileyville on Tuesday, April 7, at 9 Calais school to a.m. at the Woodland Manor; and in Pem- broke on Thursday, April 16, 11 a.m. at host Tooth Ferry the Country View Apartments. For more information contact Dolly Newcomb .at The Blue Devil Health Center at Calais 454-7200. Middle/High School is hosting the Tooth Diabetic education and support group Ferry dental van for students in grades 7- will meet in Eastport on Monday, April 12 from March 30 through April 2. Stu- 13, at 6 p.m. at Eastport Healthcare; and dents enrolled in the health center may in Calais on Wednesday, April 15, at 6 participate in this program, which offers p.m. at the Calais hospital Health Services dental exams, cleanings, fluoride treat- Building (old facility). For more informa- meats and sealants for as little as $12 or tion contact Mona Van Wart at 454-9218. no cost for those enrolled in MaineCare. Brenda Bowden, C.Ped, conducts a The services are provided by the Wash- footwear clinic the last Friday of every ingt0n County Children's Program dental month at 10 Palmer Street from 9 a.m. to hygienist in a fully equipped van parked 2 p.m. Call for appointment at 866-345- at the school. This care is intended to 0276 or 992-4108. Medicare and supplement regular visits to the child's Mainecare are accepted. own dentist. Half hour appointments are scheduled throughout the school day to Seniority functions minimize loss of time from classes. For Seniority Breakfast Club will meet at further information or to enroll your child, the Wickachee Restaurant Wednesday, call Ann Skriletz, RN at 454-8262. April 29, at 7:15 a.m. LAND ROBERT G. COSTA GPS Mapping Boundary Line SurveysSoil Test Environmental Permits Mortgage Surveys Septic Design 953 South Meadow Road Perry, ME 04667 (207) 726-3914 AMBULANCE BOARD ACTS (from page 1) board also discussed the annual stipend with six employees, !0 to 15 per diem arrangement at the meeting. "About two- employees and three ambulances. She re- thirds of the community" representatives ports that no WCEMSA communities were at the meeting, Schuth says, and they have yet signed up to receive service,from "were in support" of the stipends remain- Calais Fire-EMS but that Robbinston and ing the same as they have been. 'q'he argu- Vanceboro have stated their intent to be meat was made that it might be safer to stay included in the new ambulance's licens- with a proven ambulance service," Schuth ing "so that if they decided to join, they says, than change to one that is not. don't have to go through the waiting pe- Asked about the health of WCEMSA riod." Barnes explains that a community over the next year, Schuth says, "I'm deft- that wishes to become licensed to receive nitely feeling more comfortable about the new ambulance service must go through a feasibility." Planning for the next month licensing process that can take as long as will be critical. "We need to put together a 220 days -- a 30-day public comment budget on projections. We are looking at period, up to 70 days for Maine EMS li- restnicturing the organization" for effi- censing, and up to 120 days to receive a ciencies, he says. "We'll be fine for the Medicare billing number. coming fiscal year, but the following year Certificate of need (CON) is not part of is in question. The problem is Calais may the licensing process required in Maine have the same problem." for an ambulance service, says Rick Petrie, director of Northeastern Maine EMS. Ac- Interim dlredor cording to the National Conference of "Calais is moving very quickly," State Legislature's website, CONs were Schuth noted at the previous week's developed in the 1960sasameansof"re- March 18 authority meeting. "We need a straining health care facility costs and al- director as of yesterday." Earl Small was lowin coordinated plannin of new hired at the meeting to become an interim services and construction. Laws authoriz- part-time director. Former Director Dan ing such programs are one mechanism by Carlow had been terminated with two which state governments seek to reduce weeks of severance pay. Schuth said of overall health and medical costs." Air am- the termination, "It does not impugn his bulance is one of many areas of medical performance in any way," and remarked service in Maine that is required to go that the dual position Carlow was main- through a CON process for licensing. taining was untenable. Carlow is the Petrie says that while a policy change Calais fire chief, responsible for research- might be worth looking at, it would be ing the Calais ambulance plans, and was difficult to implement because CONs are also the WCEMSA director, costly, because Of the "complexity of the Interim Director Small is the shift cap- EM$ process." He believes that the state tain of the Cutler Navy Base Fire Depart- resources do not exist to implement such a ment. He has 22 years of experience in licensing system. fire and emergency services. He has Of WCEMSA Petrie says, "Their re- served as president of the Birch Point gional concept was a good one; we need Fisheries Corporation, assistant fire chief to consider doing more like that." Of the at Pleasant Point for 18 years, and as an Calais decision to create its own service, Eastport city councillor for five years, two he says, "It would be interesting if this of which were as council president. "I'm was only happening in Washington just getting them through the hurdle," County. This is going on all over; every- Small says of the interim position. "My one is trying to find their niche, but the goal is to get them moved out and settled area has to look at needs and what is in the in 30 days," he explains of finding a new best interest." location for the authority's office and Petrie says that he is impressed with Calais-based equipment and staff. WCEMSA Chair Brian Schuth's and Calais City Manager Diane Barnes' "cam- Plans for Calais service mitment that coverage is imperative and The City of Calais is planning to create transition is seamless." Whatever direc- its own ambulance service by July 1 of tion either ambulance service takes in the this year. City Manager Diane Barnes says future, he says, "Our commitment is to that the name of the service Will be Calais work with them to make sure coverage Fire-EMS and that it will start operations continues." 9SecureHorizons Get more benefits from your Medicare health plan. Without paying more. Michael Murphy, Independent Sales Representative P.O. Box 35, Addison, ME 04606 Phone: 207-483-4508 Cell: 263-6625 www.SecureHorizons.corn Live Secure. Be Secure.