Thursday, December 18, 2014

Downtown Countdown in Bangor is Maine’s Largest, Free Public New Year’s Eve Celebration

Bangor, Maine – Get your resolutions ready! On December 31, 2014 the Downtown Bangor Partnership hosts Maine’s largest, free public New Year’s Eve celebration, Downtown Countdown. This year’s event, presented by Cross Insurance, will be an evening full of downtown festivities for all ages to enjoy—fire twirlers, improv comedy, face painting, crown/tiara making, and a variety of musical performances. And, Downtown Countdown wouldn’t be complete without the infamous beach ball covered in lights dropping from the roof of Paddy Murphy’s at midnight in West Market Square! A full schedule of the evening’s events can be found at www.countdownbangor.com.
The “Countdown Connector,” a free shuttle provided by Eastern Maine Community College, will pick up and drop off event goers around downtown Bangor throughout the evening, so you won’t miss a thing! Revelers can stop in at the Information Hub at Epic Sports (6 Central Street) to grab a map, warm up with hot chocolate and popcorn, and purchase a $5 “Downtown Countdown” button that will offer exclusive offers and discounts at area businesses throughout the month of January. The Parking Garage will be open from 7 a.m. on December 31, 2014 until 7 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
Every year, Downtown Countdown is made possible through the generous support from our community partners. Thanks to Cross Insurance, Eastern Maine Community College, the City of Bangor’s Commission on Cultural Development, Bangor Daily News, Paul Cook, Epstein Commercial Real Estate, Hollywood Casino, The Maine Edge, Bangor Savings Bank, Brewer Federal Credit Union, Caron Signs, Emera Maine, Northeast Whitewater, The Beta Agency, Creative Print Services, The Henry’s Bridal Boutique, Rudman Winchell, Waterfront Concerts, Webber Energy, Jeff Kirlin—The Thing of the Moment, Justin Russell Photography, The Law Offices of Joe Baldacci, Mexicali Blues, and The Rock & Art Shop for partnering with the Downtown Bangor Partnership to make this event happen!
(Editor’s Note: Due to a lack of contestants, the Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bunyan Competition, which was slated to be part of the Downtown Countdown 2015 activities, has been cancelled. While we regret the loss of this event, the schedule of activities in Downtown Bangor remains full and exciting throughout New Year’s evening!)
(Photo courtesy of The Thing of the Moment—Jeff Kirlin.)
The Downtown Bangor Partnership promotes and markets activities that enhance the distinctive identity of Downtown Bangor, encouraging retention and growth of commercial, residential, and cultural life within the downtown district.  For more information on the Downtown Bangor Partnership visit www.downtownbangor.com.



Unlikely Heros

I would like to share an amazing story with you today – the story of hope, redemption, and a future given back. Three years ago we rescued Jenny, a young 15 year old, from a brothel in the Philippines.
Sold into slavery by family members, this precious girl began working in the brothel at age 12 in order to survive. She felt as though she was living like a stray animal; only owning one set of clothes and being prostituted for each meal.

This last spring, Jenny graduated from high school and gave the opening address at her graduation ceremony. (Picture above) When I asked her if she felt nervous before giving her speech, she replied: “No! I am confident!” If only you could have seen the joy on her face! You make turnarounds like this possible.

Over the past year, we have been working tirelessly to rescue and care for children all over the world. In April, because of our focus on holistic rehabilitation we were called into action to provide on the ground support in Nigeria. Our work included: trauma counseling, safety, and medical services to the Chibok schoolgirls who escaped from the mass kidnapping and to the traumatized parents, who are still waiting to see the return of their daughters. December 18 marks the 292th day of captivity for these precious young girls.

Together, our efforts are making a tremendous difference in the lives of the children we've rescued. We now have 4 homes located in 3 nations – the Philippines, Thailand and Mexico. In March, we opened a brand new home built from the ground up in the Philippines. This is a direct result of your generosity!

We have so much to celebrate, but we know that the road to freedom for so many has yet to be paved. All of our restoration homes are ready to grow and expand – and we urgently need your help to rescue more children from a life filled with suffering. Please consider making a year-end donation today or increasing your monthly support to help us continue our work.

We have a pressing need for $50,000 to fund 10 new beds, which will allow us to immediately rescue 10 more children from sex slavery for one year. $5,000 sponsors one child for a year. 
$416 rescues one child from sex slavery for one month and provides safe housing, food, education, medical care, trauma therapy & LOVE!

Can you imagine 10 more children rescued out of a life of terror? I am asking you now to look deep inside your heart and to give the gift of life to a child who is in desperate need of freedom. Please give today and together we will bring a child home so they never have to experience the pain of a holiday alone again.

Thank you for believing in us; your support will help make every rescue possible. You really have become a part of our history and we are so grateful for you!




Thomaston Public Library Hosting New Year's Reception

Thomaston, Maine - The Thomaston Public Library will host a New Year's reception on Friday, January 2nd, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. The reception provides an opportunity for staff, patrons, Friends, volunteers, the library board, and the entire Thomaston community to come together to toast the new year -- with great food and sparkling cider.

New library cards will be issued to anyone whose new year's resolutions include acquiring a library card! The reception also launches the library's food collection as a part of 2015's Martin Luther King food drive, so canned goods and other nonperishable food items will be welcome at the party.

Thomaston Public Library is located in the Thomaston Academy building at 60 Main Street. Parking and the library entrance are located at the rear of the building.

Met Live-in-HD season continues at Strand with THE MERRY WIDOW on January 17

Rockland, Maine - The 2014-2015 Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD season of broadcasts from Lincoln Center to the Strand Theatre continues Saturday, January 17 at 1pm with Lehar’s THE MERRY WIDOW.  An Encore broadcast takes place Tuesday, January 27 at 1pm.

The great RenĂ©e Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in the  enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O’Hara is Valencienne. Andrew Davis conducts.

Sung in English. Running time: 2 hours, 30 min. Tickets on sale now: $27 adults, $15 students; Encore tickets available day-of-show: Adult $23 / Student $5. The theater in located at 345 Main Street, Rockland. For more information on all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts, and events at the Strand, visit www.rocklandstrand.com. Tel: (207) 594-0070 Email: info@rocklandstrand.com.

Maine Natives Play Starring Roles in Award-Winning Broadway Tours Presented by Portland Ovations

Portland, Maine - Portland Ovations brings four top National Broadway tours to Merrill Auditorium in the winter and spring, with two Maine natives in starring roles. Boasting a combined 21 Tony Award nominations and 5 wins, Portland Ovations is proud to present: Sister Act - January 17th at 3pm and 8pm; Million Dollar Quartet - February 21st at 4pm and 8pm; the 2010 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Memphis - March 14th at 4pm and 8pm; and - back by popular demand - Mamma Mia! - right after Mother's Day on May 13th and 14th at 7:30pm. All performances are at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.

If the titles and award nominations are not exciting enough, two out of the four Broadway

"Spring Point Light" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Spring Point Light" by Doug Mills
Spring Point Light as seen from Fort Preble in South Portland Maine.[10032014]




Reducing Domestic Violence Crime Remains Top Priority for Governor LePage

AUGUSTA, Maine – Governor Paul R. LePage today approved funding for electronic monitoring programs in three counties in an effort to reduce domestic violence in Maine. The programs are part of a pilot project that will research the use of electronic devices on offenders as a way to increase compliance, reduce recidivism and maintain public safety.

The State Board o Corrections (SBOC) approved three applications on Wednesday. The SBOC announced Kennebec County will serve as the urban pilot project site, while Somerset County and Sagadahoc County will both serve as rural pilot project sites.

“Identifying and implementing programs that reduce domestic violence crimes across our State continues to be a priority for our administration,” said Governor LePage. “I appreciate the ongoing support Representative Ken Fredette has provided on this issue and in the coming weeks expect to introduce other initiatives to help end domestic violence. Meanwhile, this is a good step. Electronic monitoring has proven successful in other states, and I look forward to the results of these programs so we can move ahead on this as quickly as possible.”

The SBOC expects the pilot projects will run for up to six months, between January 1 and June 30,

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oceanside Boys Sweeps Camden Hills In Three Matches

Rockland, Maine - What a night in Rockland Tuesday night as the Oceanside Boys hosted Camden Hills in what would be three great games. It was in Oceanside's favor as they won all three matches against Camden. The gym was filled with lots of fan rooting on their team. Oceanside had the loudest fans during Tuesday's games.



Oceanside Freshman boys were able to pull off a win by 60-50. This game went into overtime as they were tied at 50-50 at the end off the game. Players from Oceanside really came together as they were able to score ten points against Camden in overtime with final score of 60-50.

Scorers for Oceanside were Leo Reid 9, Hunter Davis 7, Michael Norton 14, Jack Freeman 2, Logan Sheridan 14, Nick Crudell 4 and Josh Peaco with 10 points.

Camden Hills scorers were Jesse Frasier 18, Tucker G. 4, Eric Glaser 14, Chris R. 2, Conrad Clans 4 and Daniel Peabody with 8 points.

In the second game, Oceanside JV Boys won by a score of 60 to 48. Players for Oceanside were

"Grace Bailey" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Grace Bailey" by Doug Mills
The Grace Bailey, one of the original Windjammers, sailing off Rockport, Maine. [07062012]




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Vinalhaven Fire, Marine Patrol, Coast Guard Responded To Fully Involved Lobster Boat

Vinalhaven, Maine - The Vinalhaven fire department, Knox Sheriffs Office and Marine Patrol responded to fully involved lobster boat fire by Crane Island Tuesday afternoon, December 16th.

Coast Guard was informed an sent a boat to the scene. Ferry Frank Thompson and several boats were on scene as well.

Everyone has made it off the boat named 'Midnight Rider' with two transported to the medical center on the island.

The fire was reported out around 2:20pm.

According to Bangor Daily News the people made safely off the boat to shore were father and David Anthony and son Blake Anthony. The Coast Guard got the call around 1:05pm about the lobster boat 'Midnight Rider' was fully involved.

Maine DEP Announces Computer Based Testing for Wastewater Operator Certification Exams

Wastewater operators in Maine will soon have a new way to take the exam needed to receive their certification. Beginning in March 2015, certification testing will change from pencil and paper to a computerized test. Computer based testing will modernize the Maine Department of Environmental Protection's Wastewater Operator Certification process and testing.

"During my interactions with wastewater operators I have repeatedly heard requests for modernization of the testing and certification process," said DEP Commissioner Patricia Aho. "Specifically, I have received suggestions related to increasing the frequency of testing, reducing the lag time to receive exam results and moving to electronic testing," she added.

The current paper testing is only offered twice a year and it can take up to eight weeks to receive exam results. The change from paper to computer based exams will allow a more convenient testing schedule, more opportunities to take the exam (at least one Saturday a month), and allow the tester to receive their results immediately upon completing the exam. "These changes are long overdue and create greater opportunities for our current and potential wastewater operators. They will get immediate feedback and the process overall will be improved," Aho said. At the present time, there are two testing centers in Maine as well as a location in Portsmouth, NH. The paper exam will continue to be offered in Presque Isle for the time being.

In partnership with the Department, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) will continue to administer the testing and certification process through their South Portland, Maine office which houses the Joint Environmental Training Coordinating Committee (JETCC). Computer based testing has been successfully used by Maine's Drinking Water Certification Program since 2012, as well as by other New England wastewater operator certification programs.

35mm Screenings of Classic Occult Thriller DON’T LOOK NOW at Strand

December 27th and 28th
Rockland, Maine - The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., will present two special 35mm screenings of the 1973 British film DON’T LOOK NOW on December 27 at 8pm and December 28 at 3pm.

Adapted from the short story by Daphne du Maurier. Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland star as a married couple who travel to Venice following the recent accidental death of their daughter, after the husband accepts a commission to restore a church. They encounter two sisters, one of whom claims to be clairvoyant and informs them that their daughter is trying to contact them and warn them of danger. The husband at first dismisses their claims, but starts to experience mysterious sightings himself.

DON’T LOOK NOW  is renowned for it’s convincing depiction of grief, its innovative editing style, and its use of recurring motifs and themes. Originally causing controversy on its initial release due to an explicit and—for the time—very graphic sex scene between Christie and Sutherland, its reputation has grown considerably in the years since, and it is now acknowledged as a modern classic and an influential work in horror and British film.

This film is rated R. Tickets are $8.50/Adults;$7.50/seniors and matinees. For more information about all upcoming films, live concerts, HD broadcasts, and events at the Strand, visit www.rocklandstrand.com. Tel: (207) 594-0070 EX 3  Email: info@rocklandstrand.com.

New Years Eve Family Contra Dance with Maggie Robinson & Jenny Van West

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 11:00 – 12:00
in the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
All ages welcome!
Portland, Maine - Children and families are invited to ring in the New Year with a family contra dance on New Year’s Eve morning at the Portland Public Library!

Contra Dance is a type of social dance where parallel lines of dancers stand opposite -- or "contra to" -- their partners. A caller, usually working with a group of live musicians, guides new and experienced dancers alike through a variety of dances. Contra dancing is about social interaction, meeting people, and making new friends, set to music. The accompanying music for contra dances includes, but is not limited to Irish, Scottish, and French-Canadian folk songs. The fiddle is considered the core instrument, though other stringed instruments such as the guitar and mandolin are used as well. Music in a dance can consist of one or multiple songs, and key changes during the course of a dance are common.

Children and their accompanying adults will be able to learn a variety of fun and easy dances at this

American troubadour David Mallett on Strand stage January 9

Rockland, Maine - David Mallet, well known for his American folk classic "Garden Song (Inch by Inch, Row by Row)," will appear in concert at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, on January 9 at 7:30pm.

In a career spanning four decades, David Mallett has recorded 14 albums, had several hundred covers of his songs, and performed in clubs, concert halls and festivals across the US, Canada and Europe. He has appeared on numerous broadcasts, including National Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion. Known for his carefully written, poetic offerings, his body of work has provided material for an eclectic list of artists that includes Alison Krauss, Pete Seeger, Hal Ketchum, Emmylou Harris, John Denver and the Muppets.

Mallett is currently working on a new album, to be released soon

Tickets: $20/General admission. The Strand lobby and balcony bars are open for all concerts for 21+. To buy tickets, or for more information about all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts, and events at the Strand, visit www.rocklandstrand.com. Tel: (207) 594-0070 EX 3  Email: info@rocklandstrand.com

"America's Oldest Schooners" The Maine Windjammer Project

"America's Oldest Schooners" by Doug Mills
America's oldest schooners, Lewis R French and Stephen Taber, both built in 1871. [06172011]




Monday, December 15, 2014

January Programs at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter

Brunswick, Maine - The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and its partners offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers.

"The CareerCenters provide Mainers with tools for an effective job search," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Along with workshops that will help you fine tune your resume or interviewing skills, they can help with Maine Job Bank registration and often hold job fairs. I encourage job seekers to start the new year off right and visit the CareerCenter online or at your local office."

The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick continues its series of workshops and programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. For more information on any of the CareerCenters programs, visit www.mainecareercenter.com or call 207-373-4000.

The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter in

January Programs at the Rockland CareerCenter

Rockland, Maine - The Rockland CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and its partners offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers.

"The CareerCenters provide Mainers with tools for an effective job search," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Along with workshops that will help you fine tune your resume or interviewing skills, they can help with Maine Job Bank registration and often hold job fairs. I encourage job seekers to start the new year off right and visit the CareerCenter online or at your local office."

The Rockland CareerCenter continues its series of workshops and programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. For more information, like the Rockland CareerCenter on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RocklandCareerCenter or call 596-2600.

The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter in

January Programs for Job Seekers at the Wilton CareerCenter

Wilton, Maine - For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Wilton CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for jobseekers in January. All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted.

"The CareerCenters provide Mainers with tools for an effective job search," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Along with workshops that will help you fine tune your resume or interviewing skills, they can help with Maine Job Bank registration and often hold job fairs. I encourage job seekers to start the new year off right and visit the CareerCenter online or at your local office."

To learn more, like the Wilton CareerCenter on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WiltonCareercenter . Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 645-5800.

GATEway to Employment: Wednesdays, January 7 and 21, 9 a.m. to noon

This workshop offers an overview of basic information on resumes; interviews and job search skills

Janaury Workshops at the Skowhegan CareerCenter

SKOWHEGAN, Maine - Maine CareerCenters bring job seekers and employers together. For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Skowhegan CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers in January.

"The CareerCenters provide Mainers with tools for an effective job search," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Along with workshops that will help you fine tune your resume or interviewing skills, they can help with Maine Job Bank registration and often hold job fairs. I encourage job seekers to start the new year off right and visit the CareerCenter online or at your local office."

Workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To learn more, like the Skowhegan CareerCenter on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SkowheganCareercenter . Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 474-4950.

GATEway to Employment: Mondays, January 5 and 26, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

This workshop will provide you more information about the resources that the CareerCenter has to

Yara Shahidi Hits Wayke Up Fundraiser Hosted By Nikki Reed

Los Angeles, California - Fourteen year old 'Blackish' star Yara Shahidi looked adorable wearing white top, jeans and pink shoes as she hits the Wayke Up Fundraiser presented by Wildfox and Ladygunn Magazine hosted by Nikki Reed at Sofitel Hotel on December 14, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Yara Sayeh Shahidi is an American actress who stars as Zoey Johnson in the ABC series 'Black-ish'. Black-ish airs Wednesday nights at 9pm ET/PT.

Joey King Hits Wayke Up Fundraiser Hosted By Nikki Reed

Los Angeles, California - Fourteen year old actress Joey King looked simply adorable wearing red top, jeans and flats to  the Wayke Up Fundraiser presented by Wildfox and Ladygunn Magazine hosted by Nikki Reed at Sofitel Hotel on December 14, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

She celebrated the holidays with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Town & Country held at Brooks Brothers Rodeo on December 13, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.

Joey Lynn King is an American teen actress. She is known for her starring role as Ramona Quimby in Ramona and Beezus, the 2010 adaption of Beverly Cleary's book series with the same title and as Emily Cale in the 2013 thriller White House Down, to name a few.

The Rockland Report December 12, 2014

OFFICE OF THE FINANCE DIRECTOR/ACTING CITY MANAGER
 Approved Payroll Warrant
 Audit – Field Work Near Completion
 Attended Council Meeting
 Met with WWTF Director on Thorndike Parking Project
 Met with RSU #13 Superintendent and Business Manager
 Met with Transfer Station Director on City Quarry Concerns
 Met with Residents on the following:
 General Assistance Concerns
 Transfer Station
 Police Department
 Ditching Concerns on Old County Road

OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL FISH PIER DIRECTOR
 Three Lobster Vessel permits for 2015 were issued this week.
 Two coolers were removed from the pier. That leaves only one cooler on pier and that one will be removed at the first of the year once the bait is used.
 The bait dealer coolers have been removed and the area has been cleaned. The
bait Dealer approval letter has been mailed accepting the permit for calendar
year 2015.
 Barrels that had been blown around the pier have been secured. Owner plans on removing barrels within the next couple of days for winter storage.
 Public Works completed clean-up of pallets and debris on pier and in the upper lot.
 The price per pound for lobster is $3.50.

OFFICE OF THE HARBORMASTER
 Attended a quarterly meeting of the Maine and New Hampshire Port Security
Forum, a chance to see what is on the agendas of many of our regulatory
agencies. The USCG is currently worried about Ebola entering the US aboard ships entering our harbors. And they are also redoing all of our coastal foghorns to only turn on when an approaching boat transmits a radio signal. The Maine Port Authority gave an update on the collapse of the Eastport breakwater and
commercial dock, and DHS gave a talk on preparing for coastal tide rise over the
next 100 years and preserving our critical infrastructure.
 One of our smaller cruise ships, the Regatta has signed up for another visit, fall of 2016.
 The Farnsworth Art Museum has applied to use Harbor Park again in late August for their second outdoor internet cat video festival and fair. City
 Mostly worked on the paperwork to send out next year's mooring permits.

OFFICE OF THE CITY ASSESSOR
 Processed Real Estate Transfers, updating parcel cards, sales book,
property splits.
 Processed Personal Property accounts, updating ownership, owned items,
depreciation, State BETR’S 801 returns, BETE exemptions.
 Processed building permits, reviewing, updating property cards and
assessments.
 Analyzing qualified sales of all properties and neighborhoods for a fair and
equitable assessment.
 Completing State forms and returning for processing.
 Listening and reviewing properties at the property owner’s request.
 Updating Tax Maps and posting to the web site.

OFFICE OF THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR
 Catinka Knoth’s Adult Drawing Class made holiday cards and ornaments, while the Children’s drawing class made holiday cards.
 A hearty thank you to Public Works staff, who secured the window on the North wall, for the winter, or until work can begin on repairing the entire wall.
 In response to my message to him, Eric Wass of Coastal Copper came by, and will
return in drier weather to take a look at some shingles and flashing by the South
Chimney, which we think responsible for the recent water infiltration.
 I contacted several area electricians to obtain quotes for installation of some
energy efficient lighting as a “test case” in three areas of the Library. Thank you to the City’s Energy Committee for their hard work on this project!
 Guest Storyteller Judith Andersen returned this week; she reported to Jean Young that the children were…very active…. , so she read Hop Jump, by Ellen Stoll Walsh and the children turned into frogs, “rippit, rabbit,” hopping from green cushion lily pads to green cushion lily pads. Next, Judith read Robert’s Snow, by Grace Lin, Meow, Cat Stories from around the World, by Jane Yolen, All I See, by Cynthia Rylant, and Willow and the Snow Day Dance, by Denise Brennann Nelson, It was a very lively group who played and played after the stories…
 Due to issues with the ferry, Jean Young did not make the weekly trip to North
Haven Community School.
 I attended a webinar from Booklist, Why Your Library Privacy Policy Matters. Although there were some helpful points shared, it turned out to be more of a long commercial for a new book on the topic.
 Rockland Rhythm Masters held the weekly Thursday session.
 Thursday evening’s Arts & Cultural Events program was a holiday-themed film curated by Erika Pfander, Remember the Night, Starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray.
 Jessie Blanchard attended a meeting of the Cornerstones of Science (COS)
libraries, at the Auburn Public Library; as this service was offered, she brought the Library telescope for some fine tuning and adjustments.
 Craft Fridays for the Holidays, with music, goodies, and lots of lovely craft ideas and supplies continued in the Children’s Room.
 On Sunday, the Library held a holiday Sing-along, with accompanists pianist
Sojourner Hodges, and Peter Proeller, banjo player.
 Upcoming/ongoing events: The Library will be closed to all but the staff on
Wednesday, December 17, as we have an in-service staff/training day scheduled.
 The food drive continues through December: please share with as many as
possible, that we are looking for non-perishable foods for the AIO Food Pantry to help out neighbors in need. For non-perishable food items, most needed are:
canned fish or meat products (protein food), soup, fruit and fruit juices,
evaporated milk and powdered milk and cereals. Also needed: soap – dish
washing and personal, tooth brushes and other basic toiletries. Look for the
startup of a new after-school LEGO club in January!

OFFICE OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
 Prepare and coordinate agenda and meetings for REDAC and Harbor Trail
Committee.
 Continue to prepare status and project recommendations report for Acting City
Manager and CD Director successor.

OFFICE OF THE FIRE CHIEF
In addition to the general response to fire and EMS calls, conducting apparatus
checks, daily cleaning, routine repairs and maintenance to the fleet and of the
quarters, the following occurred:
 A-Shift and B-Shift both toured Lonza as part of an annual review of the facility. Thankfully neither shift was interrupted by calls during the 45 minute tour.
 Firefighter Cole conducted a fire safety presentation for a local group home that covered basic fire prevention and kitchen safety.
 The FD provided confined space coverage to FMC numerous times this week with on duty staff. This requires that we notify FMC if the crew is out on any call
dropping our staffing too low to continue coverage. This in and out coverage is a
common occurrence but allows FMC to address issues more quickly than having
to schedule coverage.
 The new Zoll Cardiac Monitor/Defibrillators arrived and will be entering service in the next few weeks after the vender supplied in-service training is complete.
 With the rain came numerous calls for flooded basements. While we do not have the capability to pump out basements, we typically try to assist the homeowner in find the most appropriate service to help them. Once in a while we do need to respond to assess the hazard of water rising to the level of electrical and other service equipment. Often when electrical equipment is involved, CMP must be called in to secure the power before it is safe to begin the water removal process.

OFFICE OF THE RECREATION DIRECTOR
 The game room has been stocked and we are going to open the space daily this
winter from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM with extra hours during school vacations. The room will also be open during basketball games. I have been going through the
inventory this week looking for a better way to both control inventory and
increase revenue while still keeping things at a price the kids can afford.
 We are looking at a way to create a teen lounge area in the building to give kids a place to hang out and do homework. There needs to be a place for kids that are not into sports or who are just looking for a place to relax.
 This week was the start of all the remaining basketball programs. Kindergarten
was Wednesday and this Sunday will be the 1st through 4th leagues. Winter is
ramping up.

OFFICE OF THE CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
 John and David attended an IBC Advanced Training Workshop in Augusta on
12/5/14.
 John Root did a final inspection for Certificate of Occupancy at the new Habitat for Humanity house at 9 Pine Street.
 David and John both attended the Comprehensive Planning Commission
meeting on 12/11/14.
 There were two complaints filed this week.
 The following permits were received by the Code Office this week:
o 2 Building permits
o 5 Electrical permits
o 3 Plumbing permits
o 2 Street Excavation permits

OFFICE OF THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY DIRECTOR
 Worked with Mike Eber to design a system to monitor and alarm the Polymer
system through the plant SCADA system, should hear within 1 week regarding cost and scheduling.
 Plant operators had to man Glenwood Ave. pump station and run pumps
manually for 12 hours during the heavy rain Tuesday night.
 A.C. Electric is scheduled to pick-up the pump from Glenwood Ave pump station for testing and repair on Monday the 15th.Arrangements were made for fast turnaround, should be back in service in 2-3 days.
 The plant has been processing two trailer loads of sludge per day all week.
 Primary and secondary scum pits were cleaned by the plant operators.
 Plant maintenance workers investigated and worked on a problem with rain
water leaking in around the door on the west side of the plant.
 The basement stairs and pump rooms in the headworks building are being
scraped and painted.
 Received a quote for a replacement pump for the FMC equalization tank of
$6100 vs. repair estimate for existing pump of $11,000. The replacement has been ordered.
 Lab began Metals and Nutrients testing of processed sludge.
 Started Vinalhaven Landfill annual pretreatment testing.
 Extra Testing for FMC resumed.
 Met with D.E.P. about changes to the pretreatment program.
 Started filing the DMR.
 Responded to a call in for basements flooding during the storm at 43 & 45
Highland Street; it was caused by the high storm flow in the city’s system coming back through illegal basement drains in the homes.
 Checked a sewer back-up at 486 Old County Road, determined the problem was in the sewer lateral from the house.
 Responded to a sewer back-up at 38 Summer Street that was another case of the home having a basement drain that allowed it to backup during high flows in the system. The owner had plugged the drain when we arrived.
 Responded to a sewer backup at 87 Broadway. Determined that the problem
was caused by tree roots growing into the lateral pipe from the house, had gotten
bad enough to reach the length of the pipe and begin to enter the city sewer.
Advised the owner to call a contractor to have them cut out.
 Checked a high level alarm at Park Street pump station and corrected a problem with a float switch.
 Thayer Corp. replaced a cracked rear section on the boiler for the plant.

OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR
 City wide receptacle and building trash pickup including roadsides.
 A crew picking up roadside limbs/brush all week.
 Cold patch crew for two days patching potholes.
 Picked up bagged leaves for two days.
 Leaf blower crew cleaning up leaf piles for two days.
 Drainage pipe repair on Mechanic Street near South Main Street.
 Checking and cleaning off leaves from catch basin grates and culvert entrances in preparation of heavy rainfall.
 Worked at the Library for a day cleaning gutters, installing poly over window, and caulking.
 Repaired washouts along roadsides on Upper Pleasant Street and West Meadow Road.
 Cleaned up Fish Pier debris and hauled to Transfer Station for a day and a half.
 Picked up broken asphalt curbing in various areas in the city.
 After hours call-in for flooding issues on Highland Street, Mechanic Street, Seavey Lane, and Payson Lane on Tuesday night.
 Ditching work in front of 106 New County Road.

OFFICE OF THE SOLID WASTE FACILITY DIRECTOR
 Gordon Page has responded about developing the cardboard profit sharing and
food waste composting and will be setting up a merchant and restaurant steering
committee to work out the details.
 Installed electrical for the new surveillance system in the office trailer and in the gatehouse.
 Replaced the belts on theD5M.
 Attended MRRA Board of Director Meeting in Augusta.
 Plowed snow for Public Works in the new snow dump.
 Submitted the 1B food waste composting license to DEP for approval.
 Prepared memo and illustration to the City Manager on the Dragon quarry filling option.
 Repaired jaws and installed grease fittings on the MSW compactor.
 Performed wastewater sampling and mailed out to be tested.
 Loaded and sent out to be recycled 21 bales of #2 plastic.

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE
The officers responded to 231 calls for service. Rockland Police Officers responded to 16 motor vehicle crashes and two animal complaints. Thirty Four (34) traffic stops and traffic violations were conducted. The officers charged or made 20 arrests of individuals for various offenses, to include Bail violations, Traffic Offenses, Warrants, Drug Violations and OUI.
 Officer assisted MDEA in drug interdiction investigations within the surrounding area.
 Sgt Finnegan taught a course concerning Drug Recognition at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy for DRE Certification School.
 Chief Boucher attended the second meeting of the Prevent Use/Abuse and
Support Recovery Group this week.
 Officers assisted Rockport PD with the identification of a person of interest
concerning criminal activity in the Rockport area.
 Detectives have been working with Coast Guard Criminal Investigative service on an ongoing investigation.



Maine 7 Day Forecast

Today 
Sunny, with a high near 38. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight 
Mostly clear, with a low around 26. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday
 Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night 
A 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. East wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday
 Rain likely, mainly before 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 47. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Wednesday Night 
A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 34.

Thursday
 Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.
Thursday Night
 Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.

Friday
 Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.
Friday Night 
Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.

Saturday
 Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.
Saturday Night 
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

Sunday 
A 40 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37.



"Into The Fog" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Into The Fog" by Doug Mills
The American Eagle sails into the fog near Rockport Maine.[07162010]




Sunday, December 14, 2014

Lincoln Academy Eagles Wins Hard Fought Battle Against Oceanside Mariners

Rockland, Maine - Lincoln Academy Eagles traveled to Oceanside High School to take on the Mariners of Oceanside High School December 12th for a varsity match in Rockland, Maine. This game saw the eagles win the game by 63-53.

Lincoln Academy scorers were Brady Leeman 4, Sawyer Pinkham 6, Devin Scherer 14, Travis Creamer 9, Cole Leeman 11 and Cody Tozier with 19 points. Players for Lincoln Academy played a great, hard fought battle an came out on top.

Players for Oceanside who were able to score are Eli Thorbjornson 1, Keenan Hendricks 14, Nate

G Hannelius Celebrates Her Sixteenth Birthday With Friends

West Hollywood, California - 'Dog With A Blog' star G Hannelius looked fabulous wearing a long floral dress as she and her friends steps out to celebrate her 16th Birthday Celebration held at Palihouse on December 13, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.

G. Hannelius friends that came out to her sixteenth birthday celebration were Audrey Whitby, Blake Michael, Francesca Capaldi, Landry Bender, Danielle Soibelman,  Emery Kelly, Heather Hopkins, Jadin Gould,  LJ Benet, Taylar Hender, Beth Littleford, Madison De La Garza, Sammi Hanratty, Skai Jackson, Kira Kosarin, Teala Dunn, Piper Curda and Paris Berelc.

It looks like G. Hannelius and her friends had a wonderful time on Saturday, December 13th, 2014.

Skai Jackson Celebrates G Hannelius 16th Birthday

West Hollywood, California - Twelve year old 'Jessie' star Skai Jackson looked wonderful wearing a maids outfit as she steps out to celebrate G. Hannelius's 16th Birthday Celebration held at Palihouse on December 13, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.

Skai Jackson is an American actress. She currently co-stars as Zuri Ross in the Disney Channel sitcom Jessie.

Francesca Capaldi Celebrates G Hannelius 16th Birthday

West Hollywood, California - Ten year old 'Dog With A Blog' star Francesca Capaldi with straight hair looked wonderful wearing a white shirt, black pants, flats and white socks as she steps out to celebrate G. Hannelius's 16th Birthday Celebration held at Palihouse on December 13, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.

Francesca Capaldi is an American child actress. She currently co-stars as Chloe James in the Disney Channel sitcom Dog with a Blog.

Sammi Hanratty Celebrates G Hannelius 16th Birthday

West Hollywood, California - Nineteen year old actress,Sammi Hanratty looked lovely wearing a black, white polka-dotted dress with red high heels as she steps out to celebrate G. Hannelius's 16th Birthday Celebration held at Palihouse on December 13, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.

Samantha Lynne "Sammi" Hanratty born September 20, 1995 is an American actress and singer. In 2007, she began her acting career portraying young Charlotte "Chuck" Charles on the ABC series Pushing Daisies. Hanratty's first lead role took place in 2009 she portrayed Chrissa Maxwell in An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong. In 2011 She played the role Whitney Brown in the movie "The Greening of Whitney Brown." Hanratty currently serves as a StarPower Ambassador for Starlight Children's Foundation.

Kira Kosarin Celebrates G Hannelius 16th Birthday

West Hollywood, California - Sixteen year old 'The Thundermans' star Kira Kosarin looked great wearing a all black outfit with red high heels as she steps out to celebrate G. Hannelius's 16th Birthday Celebration held at Palihouse on December 13, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.

Kira Kosarin is an American actress and singer who currently stars as Phoebe Thunderman in the Nickelodeon series The Thundermans.

Teala Dunn Celebrates G Hannelius 16th Birthday

West Hollywood, California - Eighteen year old actress, youtuber Teala Dunn looked pretty wearing a black, white polka-dotted dress with black high heels as she steps out to celebrate G. Hannelius's 16th Birthday Celebration held at Palihouse on December 13, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.

Teala Dunn born December 8, 1996 is an American actress, voice actress, and comedian. She has starred in several episodes of Nickelodeon's series 'The Thundermans'.

Piper Curda & Paris Berelc Celebrates G Hannelius 16th Birthday

West Hollywood, California - Actors Piper Curda (17, tie-dye dress, blue sweater and red high heels) and Paris Berelc (15, black, red dress and black high heels) looked lovely wearing a black top, sweater, black, red cherries, green leaves print skirt with two tone high heels as she steps out to celebrate G. Hannelius's 16th Birthday Celebration held at Palihouse on December 13, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.

Piper Joy Curda is an American teen actress and singer, known for her role as Jasmine in I Didn't Do It.

Paris MaryJo Berelc born December 28, 1998 is an American actress, best known for her role as Skylar Storm in the new Disney XD comedy Mighty Med. Paris.

Audrey Whitby Celebrates G Hannelius 16th Birthday

West Hollywood, California - Eighteen year old actress Audrey Whitby looked pretty wearing a black top, sweater, black, red cherries, green leaves print skirt with two tone high heels as she steps out to celebrate G. Hannelius's 16th Birthday Celebration held at Palihouse on December 13, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.

Audrey Whitby is an American actress who had portrayed Tilly Thompson on the Disney Channel original series, Austin & Ally, along with appearing on several other shows, including the Disney Channel show, 'So Random'! She currently stars in 'Awesomeness TV' and 'The Thundermans'.

"Snow at Spring Point" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Snow at Spring Point" by Doug Mills
Snow at Spring Point Lighthouse in South Portland Maine. [01082009]