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“SHAH BARS” HONOR MAINE’S CDC DIRECTOR

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
September 2020
“SHAH BARS” HONOR MAINE’S CDC DIRECTOR

Americans have shown their appreciation to doctors, nurses and other health workers in a variety of ways during the pandemic, but Dr. Nirav Shah of Maine may have received the “sweetest” honor.

A chocolate company has named a candy bar after Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Called the “Shah Bar,” it features a portrait of Shah on its wrapper, as well as an outline of Maine with a heart at its center.

“Our new chocolate bars combine our appreciation and respect for Dr. Shah, Maine’s CDC Director, with our premium milk and dark chocolate bars!” Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections stated in a social media post, adding that 10 percent of sales will be donated to a local food pantry.

Catherine Carty-Wilbur, co-founder of Wilbur’s, came up with the idea for the Shah Bar and received Shah’s permission through the CDC. Her son, Andy, who took over the business in 2016, made the product a reality.

Shah, 42, who has both medical and law degrees from the University of Chicago, has impressed people with his knowledge and manner during his pandemic briefings.

“[Dr. Shah] has been a big part of not only keeping Maine safe but also to convey a sense of warmth and caring for the people of Maine,” Kristin Frazier, Andy’s wife, told News Center Maine. “He seems to really have a lot of compassion.”

Added Catherine: “Like everyone else in the state, we are in love with the guy.”


Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

[Comments? Contributions? We would love to hear from you about Chai Time. If you have contributions, please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]



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