Pingree receives recognition

By Beth A. Birmingham | Aug 26, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, right, receives an award from Dinah Moyer, executive director of Islands Community Medical Services, on Vinalhaven Aug. 21.

Vinalhaven — Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, D-Maine was presented the 2014 Distinguished Community Health Award Aug. 21 the Islands Community Medical Services of Vinalhaven.

"It's expensive to run a clinic out here with blue collar workers," said Earl Morse, physician's assistant at the island clinic.

Dinah Moyer, executive director of the clinic, presented the award to Pingree on behalf of the National Association of Community Health Care Centers and the Federally Qualified Health Care Centers.

"Thank you so much for your support of Amercia's health care centers and all of us here," said Moyer.

"Having Vinalhaven as the example of why these [facilities] are so important is great," said Pingree. "I am a big fan of FQHC's," she added. "They really make a difference."

Members of the clinic board of directors, clinic staff and representatives from the Maine Primary Care Association were on hand to thank Pingree for her support.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at


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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.

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