Debra Perry, MD, internist, Mountain Health services, Berlin

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Month. Approximately four million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s dementia. Its prevalence increases with age. Occasionally, it can be seen in people as young as 40, but most people with Alzheimer's dementia are over 65. Roughly 30% of people over 85 have Alzheimer's dementia. Most people with Alzheimer’s dementia are cared for at home by family, but 15% live alone. Approximately half of nursing home residents have Alzheimer’s. ...

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Questions before A Vital Vote By Ithaca Bound At the risk of being overly dramatic about it, I firmly believe that the vote to be cast this coming Tuesday and the one to be cast in two years will be among the most important votes we will ever have to make. The decisions made in these next two elections will color the history of this country and this state and the day-to-day lives of its people for at least the next decade - perhaps far longer. Every eligible voter should exercise his ...

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Column writer Lala Dinsmore bikes up one of the Islesboro roads, with a gorgeous view behind her.


by John Walsh

Call me a cock-eyed optimist, but I seem to have some nearly unreasonable expectations for the New Year which begins tonight at the stroke of Midnight. Why am I so keen to greet Little Oh Three? Maybe it's because Oh Two has been so damned good to me. It seems to have gone by in a blur of good times with the Shelburne Babe here and abroad. There was the Elderhostel bike trip to Italy and Austria in May followed by the visit to Copper Canyon and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico in ...

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Poof Tardiff Once Upon a Berlin Time Gilbert Block Fire (Part 1) Hello fellow Berlinites. Our Main Street has been plagued with numerous major fires. One of the first recorded fires on this street that made the newspaper headlines, was the complete destruction of the Gilbert block in April of 1892. At this time, all the buildings on Main Street were made of wood. My research shows that this block stood across Mechanic Street from where ...