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LL Bean Is Working To Help Create Masks For Health Care Workers

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Robert F. Bukaty
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Freeport outdoor retailer LL Bean says it is working with Maine Health to create “sneeze masks” for health care workers. Bean spokesperson Marie McCarthy says the company is working with existing materials, such as dog bed liners, and sent prototypes to MaineHealth earlier this week.

“Now we're gearing up for production. So we'll start more full fledged on Monday with our stitchers working to create those masks.”

McCarthy, who was on Friday’s Maine Calling, says the plan is for both first and second shifts to make masks. She says the effort could go seven-days a week.

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BA in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with public broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.