Friday, February 5, 2016

Last Man Standing "Home Sweet Loan" Airs TONIGHT, February 5th

MIKE CONVINCES KRISTIN AND RYAN TO FINALLY BUY A HOUSE, BUT RYAN
SURPRISES EVERYONE WHEN HE CHANGES HIS MIND, ON “LAST MAN STANDING”
Mike has convinced Kristin and Ryan to buy a home instead of renting an apartment. But when he finds the ideal place for them, Ryan surprises everyone with a change of heart and backs out of the idea. Meanwhile, Mandy doesn’t want Eve in the basement, which doubles as her work space, but Kyle defends her right to be there, on “Last Man Standing,” tonight, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5 (8:00--8:31 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network.

“Home Sweet Loan” was written by Dylan Tanous and directed by Victor Gonzalez.

“Last Man Standing” stars Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, Nancy Travis as Vanessa Baxter, Molly Ephraim as Mandy Baxter, Kaitlyn Dever as Eve Baxter, Amanda Fuller as Kristin Baxter, Jordan Masterson as Ryan Vogelson, Christoph Sanders as Kyle Anderson, Flynn Morrison as Boyd Baxter, Jonathan Adams as Chuck Larabee and Hector Elizondo as Ed Alzate.

“Last Man Standing” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.
Photos are credited to ABC.

HS Boys Basketball: Oceanside JV, Varsity Sweeps Gardiner, Seniors Honored

Written, Photos By: David Mills, Founder/Editor
Video By: Doug Mills
Rockland, Maine - It was a great night for Oceanside High School boys junior varsity and varsity basketball teams swept Gardiner Senior High School on Thursday, February 4th, 2016 in Rockland, Maine. Oceanside seniors were honored before the varsity game.

In the junior varsity game Oceanside was victories against Gardiner Senior High School by a score of 56-48. Scorers were Hunter Davis 7pts, 3pts from a three pointer and two foul shots, Jacob Curtis 4pts, Jack Freeman with 8pts from foul shots, Amos Anderson 5pts, 3pts from a three pointer, Josh Peaco 7pts, 5pts from foul shots, Cody Dorr 3pts, 1 foul shot point, Leo Reid 4pts and Cooper Wirkala 19pts with one three pointer and 6pts from foul shots.

Scorers for Gardiner were Cam Austin, Cole Lawrence and Joe Albert with 2pts each, Collin Foye 8pts, Chandler Moran 2pts from foul shots, Ben Babcock 7pts, 1pt from foul shot, Kyle Johnson 7pts, 1pt from foul shot and two three pointers and Connor McGuire 18pts, 3pts from a three pointer and one foul shot.
Before the varsity game, Oceanside High School seniors Keenan Hendricks, Josh Luttrell, Jake

Veronica Dunne Attends Miss Me And Cosmopolitan's Spring Campaign Launch Event

West Hollywood, California - 'K.C Undercover' star Veronica Dunne, 20, looking pretty in a white top, black pants, suit jacket and heels attends the Miss Me and Cosmopolitan's spring campaign launch event on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.

Jenna Ortega Attends Miss Me And Cosmopolitan's Spring Campaign Launch Event

West Hollywood, California - 'Stuck In The Middle' star Jenna Ortega, 13, looking simply adorable in a silver top, white skirt and black heels attends the Miss Me and Cosmopolitan's spring campaign launch event on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.

Kira Kosarin, Emily Robinson, Megan Lee, Chloe East, Kayla Maisonet, Sarah Jeffery Attends Miss Me And Cosmopolitan's Spring Campaign Launch Event

West Hollywood, California - Actresses Kira Kosarin, Emily Robinson, Megan Lee, Chloe East, Kayla Maisonet, Sarah Jeffery looking simply beautiful in their outfits attends the Miss Me and Cosmopolitan's spring campaign launch event on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.

Kira wore a pattern dress with blue heels.

Emily wore a black and white stripped dress with orange heels.

Megan Lee wore multi-color top, black shorts and blue heels.

Chloe East wore a black and white top, black skirt with red slip-ons.

Kayla Maisonet wore a purple dress with rainbow heels.

Sarah Jeffery wore a lovely red dress with black heels.

Maddie Ziegler Attends Miss Me And Cosmopolitan's Spring Campaign Launch Event

West Hollywood, California - Thirteen year old dancer Maddie Ziegler looking lovely in a pink top, lips print skirt and white heels attends the Miss Me and Cosmopolitan's spring campaign launch event on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.

"Maine Windjammer" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Maine Windjammer" by Doug Mills
Maine windjammer Mercantile, built 100 years ago, sailing off Islesboro Maine.




Thursday, February 4, 2016

Paris Berelc, Asia Monet Ray, Nia Sioux Frazier Attends Miss Me And Cosmopolitan's Spring Campaign Launch Event

West Hollywood, California - Actresses Paris Berelc, Asia Monet Ray and Nia Sioux Frazier of 'Dance Moms' looking fabulous in their all black outfits attends the Miss Me and Cosmopolitan's spring campaign launch event on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.

Kelli Berglund Attends Miss Me And Cosmopolitan's Spring Campaign Launch Event

West Hollywood, California - 'Lab Rats: Elite Force' star Kelli Berglund looking fabulous in a black top, pants and heels attends the Miss Me and Cosmopolitan's spring campaign launch event on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.

Ronni Hawk Attends Miss Me And Cosmopolitan's Spring Campaign Launch Event

West Hollywood, California - 'Stuck In The Middle' star Ronni Hawk looking great in a black dress and heels attends the Miss Me and Cosmopolitan's spring campaign launch event on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.

Veronica Faith Hawk, better known as Ronni Hawk, is an American actress who portrays Rachel in Stuck in the Middle.

Amanda Steele Attends Miss Me And Cosmopolitan's Spring Campaign Launch Event

West Hollywood, California - Sixteen year old Internet personality Amanda Steele looking fabulous in a black top, pants and heels attends the Miss Me and Cosmopolitan's spring campaign launch event on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.

Saxon Sharbino Attends Miss Me And Cosmopolitan's Spring Campaign Launch Event

West Hollywood, California - Sixteen year old actress Saxon Sharbino looking really pretty in a black romper, leather jacket and knee high boots attends the Miss Me and Cosmopolitan's spring campaign launch event on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.

Saxon Paige Sharbino is an American actress. She is best known for portraying Amelia Robbins in the Fox series Touch and Chastity Storch in the 2010 horror film I Spit on Your Grave. She played Kendra Bowen in the 2015 remake of Poltergeist.

Taylor Spreitler Attends Miss Me And Cosmopolitan's Spring Campaign Launch Event

West Hollywood, California - Twenty two year old actress Taylor Spreitler looking lovely in a black dress, gold heels and silver/black jacket attends the Miss Me and Cosmopolitan's spring campaign launch event on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.

Katherine McNamara Attends Miss Me And Cosmopolitan's Spring Campaign Launch Event

West Hollywood, California - Twenty year old 'Shadowhunters' star Katherine McNamara looking wonderful in a black top and floral pants attends the Miss Me and Cosmopolitan's spring campaign launch event on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.

"Through The Rigging" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Through The Rigging" by Doug Mills
The three masted schooner Victory Chimes as seen through the rigging of the Angelique.




Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Katherine Mcnamara Attends Lionsgate's 'The Choice' Premiere

Hollywood, California - Twenty year old actress Katherine Mcnamara looking simply beautiful in a black dress and heels attends the premiere of 'The Choice' at ArcLight Cinemas on February 1, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

She currently has the lead role on the Freeform series 'Shadowhunters'.

Skai Jackson Attends Lionsgate's 'The Choice' Premiere

Hollywood, California - Thirteen year old Actress Skai Jackson looking lovely in a yellow top and skirt with silver heels attends the premiere of 'The Choice' at ArcLight Cinemas on February 1, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

HS Unified Basketball: Oceanside Sees Victory Against Orono, Lots Of Fun To Watch

Rockland, Maine - The Oceanside High School unified basketball team saw a win and fun against Orono on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 in Rockland, Maine.

Oceanside was able to pull off a win against Orono by a score of 48-32. Scorers were Jacob Morris 10pts, Zachary Villano 2pt, Kaylee Heino 4pts, Nick Colson 2pts, Adrieanna Stowe 2pts, Tyler Ward 4pts, Isaiah Jones 4pts and Eddie Davis 20pts.

Scorers for Orono were Jacob Long 16pts, Makayla Sennett 2pts, Marius DeLannee 2pts, Dan

HS Girls Basketball: Oceanside JV, Varsity Earns Victories Against Belfast, Seniors Honored

Written, Photos By: David Mills, Founder/Editor
Rockland, Maine - The Oceanside girls junior varsity and varsity basketball teams hosted Belfast High School on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 in Rockland, Maine. Oceanside earned two victories in the junior varsity game 46-17 and varsity 66-26.

In the junior varsity Oceanside played great game earning a first win of the afternoon. Scorers were Abby Veilleux sinks two three pointers for 6pts, Olivia Staples 2pts worth of foul shots, Anna Poisson 2pts, Kassidy Robinson 8pts, Jordan Brackett 8pts, 3pts from a three pointer and 3 foul shots, Myla Ferland 2pts from foul shots, Alexis Rytky 2pts, Elise Laslavic 8pts, Hope Butler 2pts and Hannah Mohalland 6pts with 2pts from foul shots.

Scorers for Belfast were Abby Flagg 2pts, Allison Defeo 2pts from foul shots, Alexia Sweet 5pts, 1pt

"Entering Rockland Harbor" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Entering Rockland Harbor" by Doug Mills
The last three masted schooner, Victory Chimes built 1900, entering Rockland harbor.




Monday, February 1, 2016

HS Girls Basketball: Medomak Valley Freshman Shoots Past Oceanside

Rockland, Maine - Medomak Valley High School girls freshman basketball team traveled to Oceanside High School on Monday, February 1st, 2016 in Rockland, Maine. This game saw Medomak Valley shot past Oceanside for the win by a score of 43-39.

It was a tough game for Medomak as they were trailing most of the game until the fourth quarter when they scored twice, one of those 2pts shots came at the buzzer. Scorers for Medomak were Hattie W. 4pts, Ambry S. 9pts with 1pt coming from a foul shot, Elizabeth F. 4pts, Maddy White 6pts, Addie J., Kasee L. 2pts and Lydia S. 16pts with 2pts from foul shot.

Despite not being able to pull off a win, they still played an outstanding game. Scorers for Oceanside were Abby Veilleux, Anna Poisson with 6pts each, Alexis Rytky 2pts from foul shots, Hannah Moholland 8pts, Chloe Jones 7pts, 1pt foul shot and six points from two three pointers and Kassidy Robinson 10pts.

Cumberbatch in Hamlet Encore Screening at Damariscotta’s Lincoln Theater

Cumberbatch as Hamlet courtesy of National Theatre Live
Damariscotta, Maine - Lincoln Theater in downtown Damariscotta is pleased to announce that it will screen an encore of the fastest-selling show in London theatre history, Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) in Hamlet on Saturday February 13 at 1 PM.  Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live originally broadcast this acclaimed production in October 2015.  Now is your chance to catch it if you missed it, or come and see it again.

In Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, often considered the pinnacle of English drama, we find that, as a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

Tickets are $15 for Adults, $13 Lincoln Theater Members and $5 for Youth 18 and under and can be purchased by calling the theater at 563-3424 during office hours (Tuesday through Friday, 11 AM to 2 PM), emailing info@lcct.org, or at the door on the day of the screening starting at Noon.  Additional information can be found on the theater’s website, www.lcct.org.  The show’s running time is 3 hours 20 mins, including a 20-minute intermission.  Come an indulge in this amazing production, truly “Sweets to the sweet.”

Rockland Public Library: Februarys Event Series to focus on Incarceration

Rockland, Maine - The focus for the Rockland Public Library's Thursday night event series in February is varied perspectives on incarceration.  According to Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2013 the incarcerated population in the United States was 2,220,300 and there were 4,751,400 people on probation or parole.

On Thursday, February 4 at 6:00 PM Marie Finnegan will present a talk on the K9 Corrections program. Puppies in prison? Come learn more about K-9 Corrections, the collaboration between the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County and the Maine State prison. Marie Finnegan, founder of K-9 Solutions Dog Training Inc., discusses how the program works and the benefits to both the dogs and the men involved. Marie has been training dogs and their people for the public professionally after completing her apprenticeship under master trainer Lloyd Williams of Bear Brook Kennel in 2001. She has been working with the inmates and running the K-9 Corrections program since it began in 2006.

On Thursday, February 18 at 6:00 PM there will be an Author Talk with Rob Reilly on his book "Life

Visionary director Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to screen at Strand

ROCKLAND, Maine - Julie Taymor’s critically acclaimed version of Shakespeare’s iconic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be screened on Saturday, February 13 at 2:00pm at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street.

Filmed at the Theatre For A New Audience in Brooklyn, New York in 2014, the film opened to rave reviews at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and boasts a stellar cast, including David Harewood(Homeland, Blood Diamond), Kathryn Hunter(Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), Tina Benko (The Avengers) and Max Casella (Blue Jasmine).

The filmed production is directed by Julie Taymor (Frida, ‘The Magic Flute’), the visionary director

Live Broadcast of Super Bowl at Strand

ROCKLAND, Maine - A live broadcast of Super Bowl 50 will be shown on Sunday, February 7 at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street. Doors open at 5:30pm, and kick-off is at 6:30pm. Admission is free.

Attendees will experience the 2016 Super Bowl, from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA as a high-definition broadcast with dolby-digital surround sound on the Strand’s 25-ft. screen.

Hot dogs, snacks and drinks will be available for purchase, and the Balcony Bar will open for those 21 and older.

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.

February 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.

"Job fairs are starting up again all across the state," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Our CareerCenters help Mainers put their best foot forward when meeting employers. Their no-cost workshops help you improve your application or resume as well as strengthen interview skills. I encourage both job seekers and employers to connect with their local CareerCenter this hiring season for job search and recruiting services."

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

February Programs for Job Seekers 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 February.

"Job fairs are starting up again all across the state," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Our CareerCenters help Mainers put their best foot forward when meeting employers. Their no-cost workshops help you improve your application or resume as well as strengthen interview skills. I encourage both job seekers and employers to connect with their local CareerCenter this hiring season for job search and recruiting services."

All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 474-4950.

**CareerCenter Orientation - February 5 and 19, 9 a.m. to noon**

This workshop will provide an overview of all available programs and resources that can be found at

February 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.

"Job fairs are starting up again all across the state," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Our CareerCenters help Mainers put their best foot forward when meeting employers. Their no-cost workshops help you improve your application or resume as well as strengthen interview skills. I encourage both job seekers and employers to connect with their local CareerCenter this hiring season for job search and recruiting services."

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 207-596-2600.

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

February 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 job seekers in February. All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 645-5800.

"Job fairs are starting up again all across the state," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Our CareerCenters help Mainers put their best foot forward when meeting employers. Their no-cost workshops help you improve your application or resume as well as strengthen interview skills. I encourage both job seekers and employers to connect with their local CareerCenter this hiring season for job search and recruiting services."

**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation: Thursday, February 4, 9 to 10:30 a.m.**

This orientation is for people with disabilities, who are considering Vocational Rehabilitation

Shakespeare Day at the Strand to include Free Vacation Week Programs

ROCKLAND, Maine -  The Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, announces Shakespeare Day on Wednesday, February 17, during February School Vacation Week.  Presented by the Barn Arts Collective, the day includes free programs for children as well as an evening stage production for all ages.

Shakespeare Is My Hero, presented at 11 am, is an interactive performance event with music, dancing and disguises, showcasing the world's greatest playwright. The show uses costumes, songs and help from the audience to introduce Shakespeare and his work to the next generation of readers, theater-makers and playgoers.  It features text from Macbeth, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream,and Hamlet as well as original music, a slew of Shakespearean insults and a dance party at the end of the show. The show lasts forty-five minutes and is ideal for children ages of 4 -11. Free Admission.

Shakespeare and Stage Combat, presented at 2pm, is a theater workshop that explores Shakespeare’s

Portland Public Library to screen documentary, “Just Eat It”

Saturday, February 20th 4:30-6:30pm in the Rines Auditorium

Portland, Maine - Portland Public Library is joining forces with The Natural Resources Council of Maine and the Portland Food Co-op join to host a community screening and discussion of the documentary, "Just Eat It."

Did you know that 40 percent of the food produced for humans in the U.S. is wasted every year? That's enough to fill the Empire State Building nearly 100 times. Meanwhile, Maine ranks first in New England in terms of food insecurity, including for children, and the State struggles to manage the costs and impact of our municipal solid waste stream, 43 percent of which is organic material.

NRCM's Sustainable Maine project helps individuals, communities, and the State adopt practical, effective measures to conserve and protect Maine’s natural resources, now and for future generations. We are committed to helping address the massive food waste problem as it relates to human and environmental health and economic sense.
RSVP for this event is encouraged: https://www.kintera.org/site/apps/ka/rg/register.asp?c=9pLILTPwEbLUH&b=9357109&en=clKNL3NLIbLWKdOOLaJTJ9NYLvJ0L8OXIrL1JcPTIjLWIeP4KzF

American troubadour David Mallett to release new CD at Strand concert on February 6

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 Saturday, February 6 at 7:30pm. Mallett will release his new CD “Celebration” at this performance. “Celebration,” recorded in Portland and Nashville, and includes ten new original songs.

In a career spanning four decades, David Mallett has recorded 17 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.

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

Wildlands Snowshoe Race & Winter Fun Day, Sunday, February 7

Orland, Maine - Come spend the day outdoors, snow or no, at Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery and the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands!

There’ll be a bonfire & wienie roast from noon to 2 pm at the fish hatchery. Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust will provide sticks and franks and cocoa; bring anything else you’d like and come and go as you please.

The annual Wildlands Snowshoe Run starts at noon at the hatchery; it’s a 4.9-mile run or walk on snowshoes (or other shoes!), following snowy dirt roads and single track trails into the Wildlands, with plenty of hills, small stream crossings and gorgeous views. If there is no snow, bring rugged running shoes or creepers! Proceeds benefit GPMCT; pre-registration is $10 or $25/family, and race day registration, starting at 11 am, is $15 or $35/family. Prizes and refreshments available. Visit www.greatpondtrust.org for map, details and registration form, or contact Peter Keeney, 207-288-3909 or pktrldrt@myfairpoint.net. Volunteers are needed! E-mail info@greatpondtrust.org or text 974-7097.

At 2 pm, join Maine Primitive Skills School elder Isaac Dorr at the hatchery for a shelter-building demo. If it’s snowy, we’ll build a quinzee snow shelter; if not we’ll do a brush-shelter or lean-to, then show you how to build a cozy fire using a bow drill! All ages welcome.

Bring skis, snowshoes or hiking boots and make a day of enjoying the beautiful Wildlands and fish hatchery trails!

For more information or weather updates, visit www.greatpondtrust.org or Facebook.

The Rockland Report January 29, 2015

OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
 At Monday evening’s Special Council Meeting Lissa Bitterman of
ecomaine presented information about single-stream recycling as it is
performed at their center and how their Municipal Solid Waste
incineration works for participating partners. Questions were asked and
answered and the entire presentation can be viewed on the City’s
website.
 This coming Monday, MRC (Municipal Review Committee, Inc.) will be
presenting their solution for municipal solid waste; Fiberight, and their new
facility to be built in Hampden. Included in your report is a copy of the
MRC plan.
 We said farewell to City Assessor, Dennis Reed on Wednesday as he
embarks on his retirement. I look forward to the City Council meeting with
our assessing candidate, Doreen French, in the near future.
 Audra Caler-Bell and I met with representatives from Tourmaline, Inc. to go
over progress on the City’s upcoming new (and very improved) website.
 Human Resources Consultant, Laurie Bouchard, will discuss the revisions to
the Employee Handbook at Monday night’s Council Meeting.
 Today is the deadline for candidates for the position of harbormaster.
There were many impressive applicants and I anticipate filling this position
with a highly qualified individual.
 Engineers from Resurgence Engineering and Casco Bay Engineering will
present their findings on the Public Library on Tuesday, February 2nd at
5:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers.
 On Thursday, February 4th at 5:30 P.M. there will be a Community Forum
hosted by the Knox County Community Health Coalition to discuss heroin
and opiate abuse in our community.

OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER/COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
 There has been some very exciting progress on the Camden Street
Project, which is explained in more detail in the attached media release.
 I completed the Local and Regional Government Efficiency Grant that we
have partnered with Knox County to develop. The Finance Director,
Virginia Lindsey, was an incredible help in preparing a very rigorous cost
benefit analysis. This is a $200,000 grant and we should hear from the
State Government if we have been invited to participate in the second
round of the grant process by April.
 Met with Public Services and Rockland Main St. Inc. to discuss the
condition of sidewalks in the downtown. Rockland Main St. Inc.’s Design
Committee has agreed to do a condition audit, identify priority areas for
repair and develop a plan for how they would like sidewalks to be
refurbished in the future (for example materials that should be used, color,
etc.).
 I attended a meeting Councilor Geiger organized with Tia Anderson from
Habitat for Humanity, Representative Beebe-Center and the Mayor to
discuss housing affordability issues in Rockland. I think there is a great
opportunity for the City to partner with a number of fantastic organizations
in the community to do more to address housing affordability issues.
 Gordon Page organized a meeting between myself and a property
owner in the Tillson Avenue area to discuss the 2011 Waterfront
Redevelopment Plan and how their property fit into this plan. This property
owner was very positive about the direction the City is going in.
 CMCA invited Rockland Main St. Inc. and myself to a meeting to discuss
the courtyard and how the community can be engaged so they feel
welcomed in this space. The courtyard will be open to the public and
CMCA wants members of the community to feel comfortable using the
courtyard even if they are not visiting the center.
 I did site searches for a very exciting business that is considering locating in
Rockland and brought this business on a tour of a number of potential
locations. This business would create nearly 30 highly skilled jobs in
Rockland.
 I met with representatives of the Central Maine & Quebec Railway, who
are the new operators of the rail line from Brunswick to Rockland. They are
very eager to grow their business in the Midcoast and work with local
businesses that many benefit from rail as a mode of transport to ship
goods and materials.
 REDAC had their monthly meeting where they discussed priority projects
for 2016. REDAC will be taking on housing development advisory
responsibilities where they will review housing rehabilitation applications to
the City and make policy recommendations regarding housing
affordability and development.
 I have been answering questions from a number of engineering and
design firms who are interested in putting in a proposal for the RFP to
redesign and engineer the public pier.

OFFICE OF THE FINANCE DIRECTOR
 The weeks seem to fly by here in the city of Rockland. Another busy week has
come and gone; and it’s the end of January.
 I’m currently working on the new budget format. Department Heads have been providing me with their budget requests for the coming new fiscal year. They’ve been very accommodating in adjusting to the new budget format that I have given them. This budget will also include a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP); although not as formal as one might like to have a CIP, the budget will include capital requests for the current year as well as projected requests for the next four years thereafter.
 Most of this past week has been devoted to creating a wages and benefits
workbook that can then be used in the budget process. Since wages and
benefits takes up a good portion of the municipalities’ expenses in any given year, it’s a rather big undertaking to get all of the numbers on paper for one to look at. This will be a budgeting tool that the city manager and his budgeting team will look at closely when reviewing the entire budget proposal. Budget reviews begin the second week of February, so I’ve been focusing my work exclusively on preparing a complete budget package for the budget review team.
 In addition, there have been many new hires recently; the payroll specialist has
been busy in meeting the new employees and processing all of the required
paperwork for each one of these new hires. And there is a never ending stream
of invoices processed by the accounts payable clerk; invoices are processed bimonthly.
 As stated in previous reports, the city’s cash flow is decreasing. Cash on hand is just under $2 million; however, we expect that tax money will start coming in
during the middle of February. I’m still hopeful that we will NOT have to borrow
funds in anticipation of taxes to see us through the month of February.
 And lastly, we are looking at funding for the much anticipated re-construction
work on Old County Road. This project will likely cost more than $2.7 million dollars, with $1 million of the total to be reimbursed by the state through two grants. However, the city will be required to pay all costs upfront. This could be
problematic for available cash on hand; but, because the length of the project is
supposed to be a matter of about four (4) months in total we’re hopeful the
state’s reimbursement will be swift, thereby alleviating any cash flow difficulties.
 That concludes my weekly report for the last week in January, 2016.

OFFICE OF THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR
 I am back at work this week, but still working partial days, due to illness. Library staff did a great job; although I was worried about deadlines and my own work, knowing the day-to day operations were well in hand made it easier to
concentrate on getting better. I want to acknowledge how much I appreciate
this terrific Library crew.
 Keith Drago offered Drop-in Tech Help—this is available on Monday evenings; patrons may also make appointments for individual assistance.
 Catinka Knoth’s Children’s Art Class drew winter scenes and sports, while the Adult classes concentrated on winter scenes alone.
 I met with the Finance Director, and presented the preliminary operating budget request for the Library, and hope to have the CIP budget request to Ginny early next week.
 This was an on-week for LEGO™ club; participants created robots.
 Scott Michaud of Michaud Electric was here, and, at very long last began
replacing the “guts” of the pendant lamps which have not been working for quite
some time, with new connections and LED bulbs. After all those which have been out of service are updated, we’ll gradually replace the rest. Meanwhile, you may notice the color of the LED replacements is a whiter light (by choice) than the ballast and fluorescent fixtures, but eventually all will match again. The lack of repair/replacement was bordering on a significant safety issue. Scott advised me that five of the converted pendant lamps will draw power equal to one of the
original lamps!
 Staff continue to book appointments for the annual AARP Tax Aide, free income tax filing assistance, from trained volunteers. This is a very popular service, and we are so glad we are able to offer it. Once again, Jack Kurowski is the coordinator as well as one of the preparers.
 This Wednesday was the third Family Place™ Library Workshop. Jean Young was assisted by Friend’s member Eileen Spectre.
 Concurrent with the above-mentioned workshop, staff member Jessie Blanchard
led Storytime and read I Spy on the Farm, and Little Blue Truck.
 The Thursday Evening Arts and Cultural Event was a Film: Tim’s Vermeer. Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically - 150 years before the invention of photography? Films will be hosted the Friends of the Library, this year, and they’ve added drawings for film related books from the BookStop.
 I attended a meeting of the Friends’ members who are providing enormous help for the upcoming Annual Open House/Love Your Library event.
 The teleconference meeting of the NMLD Executive Board was held Friday
morning; I was supposed to be the (rotating) secretary for this conference, but
happily someone took over for me. One distressing piece of news was reported
by the representative to the Maine Library Commission. As you may be aware, for many years now, public libraries in Maine have received internet connections free of charge through NetworkMaine. Much of their funding comes from the Universal Services tax on phone lines, and of course, as people get rid of the landlines, that lowers the revenue. Libraries will be charged on a sliding scale; I am still waiting to see the figure for Rockland.
 Patty King represented the Library on WRFR’s Love My Library radio show; it’s been on hiatus; staff from a few area libraries talk about upcoming events for the next month.
 Mark your calendars so you can attend Love Your Library; this will be the third year for this wonderful Open House/Library’s “Valentine to the Community”. There will be delicious hot food, music, juggler, Storytime and crafts for kids, adult coloring station, door prize drawings for cardholders with clear cards, and so much more.

OFFICE OF THE FIRE CHIEF
Over the preceding week, in addition to the response to 28 Fire and EMS calls,
conducting apparatus checks, daily cleaning, routine repairs and maintenance to
the fleet and of the quarters, the following occurred:
 Our EMS staff had training on Adrenal Insufficiency on Monday. We also went over utilizing the EMS laptops to conduct daily and weekly equipment checks which cuts down on our physical storage and paper needs.
 I turned in the draft budget for both Fire and EMS for FY17 on Monday afternoon.
 I attended the Maine DOL’s Accident Investigation class Tuesday morning. This program is designed to prepare managers from both public and private entities to look into root causes of workplace accidents, injuries and “near-misses” to find out what corrective measures should be utilized to ensure repeat issues do not occur.
 Tuesday afternoon I attended the Knox County EMS Service Chief’s meeting at Knox EMA. The group discussed changes in EMS rules and other issues affecting our ability to efficiently deliver services, as well as working toward a cooperative purchasing program.
 Thursday I attended the Knox County EMA meeting, where we had instruction on documenting damage for disaster mitigation reimbursement.
 John Root, Bill Butler and I conducted a pre-final inspection walk-through of the 250 Main St. Hotel. Things are progressing well and we identified a few items that need to be addressed before the final inspection to ensure there are no
“surprises” at the last minute.
 I attended the Comprehensive Plan Committee meeting Thursday evening to
discuss the City’s Residential Sprinkler requirements for One and Two Family
Dwellings.

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE
Officers responded to 158 calls for service. Rockland Police Officers responded to 7 motor vehicle crashes and 4 animal complaints. Twenty-seven (27) traffic stops and traffic violations were conducted. Officers charged or made arrests of 13 individuals for various offenses, to include Warrants of Arrest, Traffic offenses, Bail violations, Probation violations and Criminal Trespassing
Administration-
 Coordinated with an electrician to have two minor safety issues corrected at the police department.
 Chief Boucher attended the Board of Directors meeting of Sexual Assault Support Service of Mid-Coast Maine in Brunswick this week.
 DC Young met with the District Attorney concerning the timeliness of felony
indictments and trying to expedite the process regarding certain cases.
 DC Young met with the MDEA task force commander regarding a more
coordinated approach to overdose death investigations.
 Assigned Det. Neal as the newest member of the policy review committee.
 Met with Sgt. Finnegan regarding changes to policies as we continue to update
the second section of our policy manual.
C.I.D. –
 Assisted the Maine State Police with their investigation into a statewide credit card
fraud ring. This resulted in two suspects in custody.
 Continued conducting sex offender compliance checks.
 Charged the person responsible for last week’s bomb threat at McDonalds
restaurant.
 Met with some local landlords to provide them information concerning the city’s Disorderly House ordinance and how to handle disorderly tenants.
Patrol Division –
 Officers continue to lead the policy review committee in making the necessary
changes to the second half of the policy manual. This is an ongoing process and
no particular completion date has been assigned at this time.
 Sgt. Finnegan provided a class to employees of Dragon Cement on how to
recognize signs of impairment.
 Sgt. Finnegan coordinated with Dead River Oil Company regarding closing Elm St. temporarily in order to remove a propane tank.
 Officers continue to aggressively conduct bail compliance checks to ensure that people out on bail are not in violation of their conditions.
 Continue to conduct school visits at all schools in Rockland.
 Radar details were conducted at various locations throughout the city including school zones and Main St.
Parking Enforcement-
 Issued 55 Parking tickets this week to include shuffling, parking on sidewalks, ADA violations and overtime violations.
 Two vehicles were “booted” for multiple outstanding violations.

OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL FISH PIER DIRECTOR
 No permits were issued this week.
 Picked up trash and debris uncovered by the melting snow.
 Completed FY-2017 budget and submitted same to the Finance Department.
 The price per pound for scallops has increased to $13.00 per pound.
 The price per pound for lobster has increased to $4.80 a pound.

OFFICE OF THE CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
 John attended the MCEOA meeting on Wednesday morning. The workshop was presented by the Manufactured Housing Board.
 John did license inspections for Park Street Grille and Chen’s China Coast.
 Bill did the license inspection for Comida.
 John and Bill continue to be busy with various permits and inspections.
 There were no complaints filed this week but Bill continues to work on ongoing issues from previous complaints.
 The following permits were received by the Code Office this week:
o 2 Electrical permits
o 2 Plumbing permits
o 1 Miscellaneous
o 1 Building Permit

OFFICE OF THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY DIRECTOR
 A faulty motor wiring harness in the headworks building was replaced.
 The remaining 600’ of sewer line at Harbor Park was camera inspected. Significant evidence of saltwater infiltration was observed during high tide.
 Contractor bids were requested for repair of leaking sewer line in Harbor Park.
 Pumping Stations were inspected.
 Personnel worked with Interstate Septic to clean and pump the wet well at the
Glenwood Avenue Pump Station.
 Average plant flows were approximately 2.0 MGD and no Combine Sanitary
Overflows occurred.
 Average flows were approximately 2.6 MGD.
 Aeration tanks #3 and #6 were drained and the direction of plant flow was
changed to allow operators to access a leaking flange on a Return Activated
Sludge (RAS) line in tank #6.
 Parts were ordered for the RAS line flange repair scheduled for next week.
 Work continued on updating plant drawings.
 The collection system camera crew worked with the Public Works Department to inspect a possible collapsed sewer line. No damage was observed.
Leaking pipe Flange in Aeration Tank #6
Saltwater infiltration at joint in concrete sewer pipe.
Crew members performing camera inspection of a
sewer line at Harbor Park. Employees from Public Works Department and the Treatment Plant performing a camera inspection of a possible collapsed sewer line.

OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC SERVICES DIRECTOR
 Plowed, scraped and de-iced sidewalks.
 Picked up used oil at two different businesses to be used to heat the Public
Services building.
 Cleaned the handicap ramps on Union and Main Street.
 Repaired manhole and cover on Park and South Main Street.
 Picked up 50 bales of hay.
 Repaired the driveway leading to the Back City Hall parking lot.
 Delivered RFP to Augusta.
 Placed heat tape on pipes at the Harbor Master/Yacht Club building to prevent
freezing.
 Cold patched roads.
 Brined roads to prevent morning glazing.
 Worked on brickwork behind the Thorndike.
 Cut brush blocking roadway signs.
 Met with Jerry Douglas from Maine DOT who provided training on Road Surface Management System (RSMS). Rockland will be one of the Beta sites for the new program which works with GIS to Identify, Rate, Prioritize, and develop costs and help manage roads and road repair. We expect to have the road inventory done in two weeks.
 We have been working on this year’s CIPs and one of those is the bridge on the Thompson Meadow Road. It is anticipated the cost to replace the bridge (which has been identified by Maine DOT as needing replacement) could be in the range of $76,000. The good news is that it looks like the Nature Conservancy
could potentially assist with some and maybe all of the cost of replacement to
assist with the migration and passage of alewives. This looks promising.
 All the Transfer Station overhead doors have been upgraded operationally for
safety reasons. The doors were also adjusted and preventative maintenance was
performed.
 The Assistant City Manager met with Gordon Page and Jason Merriman to review how we could assist downtown with waste baskets and sidewalks. Jason agreed to provide an inventory of the sidewalks in the downtown district. The completed overview of the downtown sidewalks could be aligned with long term planning for sidewalk transition and improvements.
 Worked on and submitted first draft of budget.
 Posted some roads due to the warm temperatures.
 Continued working on shop that will be used to build picnic tables and trash can holders and perform other City-related carpentry work.
 Worked on mooring permits.
 Worked on RFP for MSW trucking.
 Installed safety hours tracking board.