2019-03-08 / Community News

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Atlantic Family Health opens in Scarborough

Dr. Evelyn Bunce recently opened a primary care/family health practice in Scarborough called Atlantic Family Health.

Atlantic Family Health is located at 51 Route 1, Unit A in the Nonesuch River Plaza. It is located within Scarborough Integrative Healthcare.

Atlantic Family Health provides primary care and integrative health services to children, adolescents, adults and older adults. The mission of Atlantic Family Health is to provide accessible primary care services with a focus on simple health-promoting strategies for people of all ages.

In a written statement, Bunce said the practice takes an integrative and holistic approach to health. Integrative healthcare providers seek to understand and improve the health of the whole person; body, mind and spirit. The approach can improve physical health … plus every other aspect of one’s life. Atlantic Family Health addresses physical, occupational, emotional, and spiritual health in the context of relationships, communities and environments.

Bunce is a board-certified family nurse practitioner trained in health promotion and disease prevention; certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Bunce completed her doctoral research project in the field of depression and exercise. She also holds a degree in English and art history from Wesleyan University.

Bunce said she seeks to reveal each person’s unique strengths and support them in a path to healing and wellness. Services offered include:

Adult and geriatric services: heart health, diabetes prevention and treatment, autoimmune disease management, inflammatory/chronic diseases, colds, flu and infections, anxiety and depression, nutrition and exercise.

Pediatric and adolescent services: colds, flu and infections, inflammatory issues, stress management, exercise guidance, cardiovascular disease prevention, nutritional imbalances, diabetes prevention, chronic disease management

Plans for bridge, road projects unveiled

Sen. Linda Sanborn, D-Gorham, announced the details of Maine’s three-year transportation infrastructure work plan and what it means for the state and region.

The plan is released annually with an outline of the Maine Department of Transportation’s strategy for road, bridge and other transportation projects throughout the state.

“I’m encouraged to see so much investment in Scarborough, Gorham and Buxton in this plan,” said Sen. Sanborn in a press release. “Improvements to critical infrastructure like roads and bridges, as well as expansion of the bicycle and pedestrian trails are welcome improvements.”

According to MDOT, the work plan includes more than $2.44 billion worth of construction and maintenance, which includes more than 1,900 work items. The three-year plan estimates MDOT will invest in 199 miles of highway construction and rehabilitation; 1,142 miles of pavement preservation; 1,800 miles of light capital paving for roads and highways; 203 spot and safety improvements; and 203 bridge projects.

The following breakdown is the planned capital and maintenance work for some communities in the region in 2019:

Paving projects

· Route 25 in Gorham beginning 0.09 of a mile north of Johnson Road and extending west 1.48 miles.

· Route 112, beginning at Route 114 and extending north 3.45 miles to Route 25. Includes two roundabouts.

· Route 237 beginning 0.37 miles north of Queen Street and extending north 1.18 miles to Route 202.

· Route 25 in Gorham and Westbrook beginning at Conant Street and extending west 3.49 miles to 0.02 miles east of Gray Road.

· Route 114 in Scarborough beginning at Maple Avenue and extending north 0.48 miles to Ridgeway Road.

· Scarborough Connector beginning at off-ramp and extending south 1.57 miles to Route 1.

· Route 701 in Scarborough, beginning at Route 1 and extending north 1.71 miles.

· Route 202 in Buxton beginning 0.23 miles northeast of Whittens Lane and extending east 5.43 miles.

Ditching/culvert maintenance

· Replacing a culvert on Route 22 in Scarborough, located 0.55 miles east of Saco Street.

Bridge improvements

· Replacing Higgins Bridge over Douglas Brook. Located 1.10 miles southeast of Dingley Spring Road in Gorham.

· Replacing Little River Bridge over Little River. Located 0.37 miles north of Queen Street in Gorham.

Safety improvements

· Improvements at the intersection of Route 25 and Libby Avenue in Gorham.

· Improvements at the intersection of Route 202 and Route 114; Route 202 and Water Street; and Route 202 and New Portland Road in Gorham.

· Guardrail additions on Route 701 beginning 0.3 miles north of Route 1 and extending north 1.35 miles.

· Improvements at the intersection of Broadturn Road and Route 22 in Buxton.

New construction

· Eastern Trail beginning at Wainwright Field in South Portland and extending south 0.8 miles to Pleasant Hill Road in Scarborough.

· Eastern Trail bicycle and pedestrian connection beginning at Nonesuch River and extending 0.6 miles to Pleasant Hill Road.

Planning projects

· Advanced project scoping Mitchell Bridge over Nonesuch River in Gorham. Located 0.04 miles northwest of the Scarborough town line.

For more information, view the entire MDOT work plan by searching the project listings by town.

Sanborn introduces bill to update family planning statutes

AUGUSTA — A bill introduced by Sen. Linda Sanborn, D-Cumberland, would update Maine’s 45-year-old family planning statutes to bring them in line with current medical practices.

LD 494 “An Act to Update Family Planning Statutes” received a public hearing before the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee on Monday.

“As Maine looks to expand access to essential health care like family planning, it is important that we have laws on the books that reflect best medical practices and real, lived experiences of Maine women and men,” said Sanborn in a written statement. “I believe these updates reflect our current practice and are long overdue.”

Current Maine family planning statutes apply only to physicians, instead of the various types of health care practitioners who are licensed and provide comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care.

Additionally, the statutes do not reference the wide array of services beyond birth control that are currently offered as part of family planning, such as sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment. LD 494 seeks to address these inconsistencies between the statutes and current medical practice.

Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Cumberland, also submitted testimony in favor of LD 494.

“These common sense updates acknowledge that medical practice has evolved in dramatic ways since 1973,” Breen said. “It’s time for reproductive health care to be on par with advances in other areas of medicine.”

LD 494 faces further action in the Health and Human Services Committee, as well as votes in the Maine House and Senate.

Compiled by Dan King, editor@scarboroughleader.com.

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