Sunday, May 24, 2015

Miss Maine 2015 Heather Elwell Steps Out For USO Operation That's My Dress Event

New York City, New York - Miss Maine 2015 Heather Elwell looked fabulous wearing Sherri Hill outfits as she steps out for USO Operation That's My Dress event held at Center548 on Sunday, May 24th, 2015 in New York City, New York.

Heather Elwell is an American beauty pageant titleholder from Portland, Maine. She was crowned Miss Maine USA 2015 and she will represent Maine at Miss USA 2015.

Pretty Little Liars Season 6 Premieres June 2nd

Premiere Follows an All-Day “Pretty Little Liars” Marathon from 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET/PT
The future looks bleak as the Liars are still stuck in Charles’ twisted web in “Game On, Charles,” the season six premiere of ABC Family’s hit original series “Pretty Little Liars,” premiering Tuesday, June 2nd (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT). Fans can start to put the “A” puzzle pieces together with an all-day marathon starting at 12:00 PM (ET/PT) and running up to the one-hour season premiere at 8:00 PM (ET/PT). #SummerofAnswers

Moments after where the season five finale left off, Aria, Emily, Hanna, Spencer and Mona are trapped outside of Charles’ Dollhouse with nowhere to go and must now deal with an angry tormentor. Just when the Liars thought Charles couldn’t get any worse, his games take a more demented and darker turn. As the girls struggle to survive, the puzzle of Charles’ story begins to come together.

Meanwhile, Ezra, Caleb and Toby continue the fight to find the girls with or without Rosewood P.D.’s help.

“Pretty Little Liars” is produced by Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television and is executive produced by I. Marlene King, Oliver Goldstick, Leslie Morgenstein and Joseph Dougherty. The series stars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Tyler Blackburn, Lucy Hale, Ian Harding, Laura Leighton, Shay Mitchell, Janel Parrish and Sasha Pieterse.
Photos are credited to ABC Family.

Baby Daddy "Home Is Where The Wheeler Is", Summer Premiere June 3rd

Christa B. Allen (“Revenge”), Lindsey Gort (“The Carrie Diaries”)
and Alex Kapp Horner (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) Guest Star
Riley must figure out where she really belongs on the summer premiere of “Baby Daddy,” airing Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 at 8:30PM ET/PT on ABC Family.

In “Home Is Where The Wheeler Is,” Riley can’t face the mess she has made out of her relationships with Ben and Danny, so she runs home to her mom’s (Alex Kapp Horner) house in Jersey to hide from her problems. Once Ben realizes where Riley has gone, he stages a “friendervention” to get her to come home, but will Riley and Danny be able to move past their hurt feelings and go back to the way things were? Bonnie is thrilled when their next door neighbor, Evelyn, dies and plots to get the apartment listing. Once she discovers that Evelyn’s granddaughter Ashley (Lindsey Gort) is a big Danny Wheeler fan and knows all his hockey stats, Bonnie tries to trade her son for the listing, despite the fact that Danny is still dating Robyn (Christa B. Allen). Meanwhile, Tucker is determined to get his hands on the items Evelyn promised him.

“Baby Daddy” stars Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Derek Theler, Tahj Mowry, with Melissa Peterman and Chelsea Kane. The series is created and executive produced by Dan Berendsen (“The Nine Lives of Chloe King,” “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” and “Hannah Montana: The Movie”). “Baby Daddy” is a multi-camera comedy that shoots in front of a live studio audience in Los Angeles.

Photos are credited to ABC Family.

K.C Undercover "Double Crossed", 3 Part Episode, Airs May 29, 30, 31st

Next weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 29-31st, 2015, fans of the Disney Channel will be able to watch a special three part episode entitled "Double Crossed". The timing for these episodes to air is 8:30pm ET/PT.

When The Organization assigns Junior Spy of the Year, Brett Willis, to go undercover as K.C.'s boyfriend for a mission, K.C. winds up having real feelings for him. Meanwhile, Craig and Kira receive alarming news that their old arch rival Zane is back and determined to destroy them.

Zane has captured K.C., but her family has no idea because the evil agent has created a K.C. look

I Didn't Do It "Falling For...Who" Airs Sunday, May 31st

Next Sunday, May 31st, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT, fans of the Disney Channel series 'I Didn't Do It' will be able to watch an all new episode entitled "Falling For...Who".

Logan realizes that he has feelings for Jasmine at the school's fall dance.

'I Didn't Do It' stars Olivia Holt ("Kickin' It," "Girl vs. Monster") as Lindy, Austin North ("A.N.T. Farm," "Kickin' It") as Logan, Piper Curda ("A.N.T. Farm," "Rule the Mix") as Jasmine, Peyton Clark ("Danger Jane") as Garrett and Sarah Gilman ("Last Man Standing") as Delia.
Photos are credited to Disney Channel.

American Odyssey "KMAG YOYO" Airs Tonight, May 24th

Tonight, Sunday, May 24th, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT, fans of the NBC series 'American Odyssey' will be able to watch an all new episode entitled "KMAG YOYO".

Odelle (Anna Friel) and Aslam (Omar Ghazaoui) are hit hard by Frank Majors' (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) attack on Shakir Khan (Yousef Sweid). Meanwhile, a desperate Peter (Peter Facinelli) makes a deal with Societel Mining CEO Alex Baker (Jay Sanders), as his marriage reaches a breaking point. Bob (Nate Mooney) gets closer to discovering Ruby's (Daniella Pineda) true identity, though what he discovers might not be enough to stop her relationship with Harrison (Jake Robinson). Also, Suzanne (Sadie Sink) makes a new friend (Allison Mack). Jim True-Frost and Elena Kampouris also star.
Photos are credited to NBC.

"Off Rockport Maine" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Off Rockport Maine" by Doug Mills
Schooners Olad and Victory under sail off Rockport Maine.[07132012]

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sea Dogs Walk-Off With 2-1 Win, Split Doubleheader

Witte Hit by Pitch with the Bases Loaded to Give Sea Dogs a 2-1 Walk-Off Win in Game 2
Portland, Maine - The Portland Sea Dogs (18-25) and Reading Fightin Phils (22-19) split a twinbill on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field. Reading grabbed the opener 3-2, but Portland scored a 2-1 walk-off win in the second game.

Game 1 recap

In the opener, Reading's Tom Windle (1-3) tossed five innings, allowing two unearned runs on two infield hits, but earned the win.

The Fightins got the game-winning RBI from SS KC Serna.

Portland received RBI's from Marco Hernandez and Jonathan Roof, and had infield hits from Hernandez and Oscar Tejeda.

Justin Haley (1-5) took the loss for Portland, giving up 7 hits and 3 runs (2 earned) over 5.2 IP. Pat Light closed out the game with 1.1 innings on one hit and 2 strikeouts.

Tyler Knigge closed out the game with two scoreless to earn his first save of the season.

Game 2 recap

Jantzen Witte knocked in both runs, leading the Sea Dogs to a 2-1 walk-off win in Game 2. Witte was hit-by-a-pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh. The first-year Sea Dog knocked in the first run with a double in the first.

Madison Younginer (1-2) worked two scoreless on 2 hits and one walk to earn his first Double-A win. Reading's Hoby Milner (1-1) was saddled with the loss, giving up 3 hits and one run over 2.2 IP.

Carlos Asuaje went 3-for-4 with a run scored and Jonathan Roof singled in the seventh inning and scored the winning run.

Mike McCarthy had a strong start for Portland, giving up 4 hits and 1 run over 5 innings pitched.

Portland and Reading play game four of their five-game series on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field with a 1 PM first pitch. Luis Diaz (0-3, 6.75) makes his 9th start of the season for Portland.  Ben Lively (3-1, 3.50) gets the start for the Fightins Pre-Game coverage on the WPEI U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network begins at 12:40 PM.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased by phone at 207-879-9500 or online at

Oceanside Lacrosse Defeats Winslow

Thomaston, Maine - The Oceanside High School Girls Lacrosse team hosted visiting Winslow High School in another impressive Varsity Lacrosse game on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 in Thomaston, Maine. The game ended in a 12-2 win for Oceanside.

Oceanside continued their winning streak with Bailee Cox  6 goalie saves, Lily Vachon:  4 goals, 1 assist, Jillian Brooks: 3 goals, 1 assist, Brittany Rytky: 3 goals, Abbey Lacasse: 1 goal, 1 assist, Rebekah Freeman: 1 goal, Kelsey Brooks:  2 assists and Alexis Pine: 1 assist. Currently, Oceanside is sitting in the number one spot in the heal point standing for Class B East. Players for Oceanside played another outstanding game.

For Winslow, Harley Fitch: 4 goalie saves and Mackenzie Winslow had 2 goals.

Oceanside Varsity Baseball Beats Belfast 1-0 May 22nd

Thomaston, Maine - In Thomaston, Maine on Friday, May 22nd, 2015 Oceanside varsity baseball hosted visiting Belfast. This game was in Oceanside's favor as they were able to win the game by 1 to 0.

Belfast (7-5)         0-0-0  0-0-0  0 --- 0-2-2

Oceanside (10-2) 0-0-0  0-0-1  X --- 1-3-2

Oceanside Pitching

Nick Mazurek (W 3-1)  7Inn - 0R - 0ER - 2H - 8K - 1BB

Catcher Walker Ranney

Belfast Pitching

Emery Dinsmore (L)  6Inn - 1R - 0ER - 3H - 2K - 0BB

Catcher Kyle Antkup

No Repeat Hitters

Double - Belfast Matt Smith

Triples - None

Home Runs - None

RBI - Oceanside - Caleb Jacob

Belfast Hits - Garrett Hamlin single, Matt Smith double

Oceanside Hits - Singles by Zac Roman, Riley Sprague and Walker Ranney

Oceanside 6th - Zac Roman singles, a 2 base throwing error advances Roman to third base, Roman scores on Caleb Jacob’s suicide squeeze bunt.

NOTE - Friday night’s JV game was postponed by thunderstorms in Belfast

Next Oceanside Game - Tuesday at Lincoln Academy (Waldoboro Rec Park) at 4 PM

"Schooner Harvey Gamage" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Schooner Harvey Gamage" by Doug Mills
The schooner Harvey Gamage off Owls Head. [07132012]

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sea Dogs fight in the ninth, but Reading wins 6-2

Carlos Asuaje first Double-A homer
Portland, Maine - Zach Eflin (4-3) yielded two unearned runs over 8.2 innings, leading the visiting Reading Fightin Phils (21-18) to a 6-2 win over the Portland Sea Dogs (17-24) on Friday night at Hadlock Field in front of 6,053 fans.

Eflin was lifted in the ninth inning after four straight reached with two outs. Carlos Asuaje broke up the shutout with a two-run homer into the U.S. Cellular Pavilion. The homer was the first for Asuaje in Double-A and extended his team-high on-base streak to 29 straight games.  The Sea Dogs extended the inning off Eflin on singles by Jantzen Witte and Oscar Tejeda, but Lee Ridenhour retired Keury De La Cruz on a close 1-3 play to end the game. Ridenhour notched his first save of the season.

William Cuevas (5-2) took the loss for Portland, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits over 6 IP.  Gabriel Lino finished 3-for-4 with a homer, double and 2 RBI.  Brock Stassi went 3-for-3 with 2 RBI.

Reading scored three times off Kyle Kraus in the eighth inning on Lino's homer and a run-scoring groundout by KC Serna.

Portland is now 2-2 on the homestand, but has won 5 of their last 7 games.

Portland and continue their five-game series in four days with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. Game one features Justin Haley (1-4, 6.66) against Tom Windle (0-3, 5.35). In game two, the Sea Dogs have Mike McCarthy (3-3, 6.03) on the hill. Reading has not named their starter. Pre-Game coverage on the WPEI U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network begins at 12:40 PM. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by phone at 207-879-9500 or online at

Governor and First Lady to Pay Tribute to Maine's Veterans on Memorial Day Weekend

Ceremonies on Saturday and Monday honor and remember American heroes
Augusta, Maine - As Memorial Day approaches, Governor Paul R. LePage and the First Lady Ann M. LePage will pay tribute to Maine's veterans by joining hundreds of volunteers to place American flags on the gravestones of veterans. 

Nearly 15,000 American flags will be placed in Maine Veterans Memorial cemeteries in Augusta, Caribou and Springvale beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 23. The grave flag effort began in 2006 and is led by Army Veteran Donald Simoneau every year.

"These flags represent the American freedom our veterans have preserved," said Governor LePage. "They, and their families, sacrificed for the sake of liberty. We, and future generations, are forever indebted to them."

The Governor and First Lady will attend special ceremonies in Augusta at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemeteries on Civic Center Drive and Mount Vernon Road. Volunteers are encouraged to gather at the top of the hill at 9 a.m. near the flag pole for brief ceremony and instructions on how to properly place each flag on the grave markers.

Additional ceremonies will take place Saturday at the Northern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, located at 37 Lombard Road in Caribou, and the Southern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, located at 83 Stanley Road.

First Lady Ann LePage who spends much of her time supporting veterans and their families says it is a pleasure to honor and pay tribute to Maine's heroes. "I can safely say that from all I have seen across this state and this country, Americans deeply respect the sacrifices our service members make to protect the things and the people they love," she said. "It is a respect that is removed from age, gender or politics and unites us as a nation. On this Memorial Day, we remember our veterans who are no longer with us and honor their spirit with the American flag."

On Monday, the First Lady will attend a 2 p.m. Maine Veterans' Memorial Day Ceremony at the Maine Veterans' Cemetery on Mount Vernon Road in Augusta. Governor LePage will deliver remarks at a special 50th Vietnam Anniversary Commemorative event in Windham on Memorial Day. The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m., Veterans Center, 35 Veterans Memorial Drive, Windham.

Department of Labor Partners with Veterans' App that Offers Resources to Combat Isolation

Augusta, Maine - The Maine Department of Labor has engaged in a partnership with a new mobile app that aims to connect veterans with local peers and resources in order to combat isolation.

"Our veterans need our help," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "These courageous heroes have sacrificed much in service of our country and they deserve our support in transitioning back to civilian life. We're proud to partner with POS-REP and offer our services."

POS-REP, which is military jargon for "Position Report," was co-founded by veterans Jake Wood, Anthony Allman, and William McNulty in the wake of Marine Clay Hunt's suicide. Using the "Radar" feature, a veteran can set a radius around their position and see icons representing fellow veterans and resources in their area-locations are approximated for security purposes.

Maine CareerCenter locations will now be part of the available employment resources identified through POS-REP. Maine CareerCenters offer specialized employment and training services for veterans, including job search, identifying training opportunities to learn new skills, or access other state or federal resources.

Through POS-REP, veterans can reach out to fellow veterans, connect with former unit members, write an email or initiate a phone call to a resource agency, or even "pop a flare" with their exact location to share an event or ask for support.

The app is available now for iOS (Apple devices) and an Android version is forthcoming. For more information, visit .

Maine CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.

SECOND SUNDAYS: Mapping Hallowell‏

Hallowell, Maine - The Harlow Gallery’s Education Committee hosts SECOND SUNDAYS, a monthly series of free community art-making events sponsored by The Bank of Maine.

On Sunday, June 14th from 2-4pm we’re going to map Hallowell, inspired by Becky Cooper’s book “Mapping Manhattan”. Map your memories, dreams, history, path – it’s up to you! All ages welcome. We’ll be using a map of Hallowell designed by Chris Cart and printed by the Hallowell Board of Trade last year. Finished maps will be displayed in one of the gallery windows in July (If you wish, it’s optional!). If you cannot come on Second Sunday, you can still be in the mini-show, stop by for a map and map YOUR Hallowell.

Mark your calendars and look forward to activities on the second Sunday of every month at the Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street Hallowell, Maine. These events bring artists and art lovers together to enjoy the process of making art as well as looking at art and discussing it. Most events are perfect for families, and all are welcome. Children under 10 MUST be accompanied by an adult. These sessions take place every 2nd Sunday from 2 to 4 pm at the Harlow Gallery, and are free and open to the public. Some materials are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well. Let’s get creative!

Donations and sponsors to support gallery programs like Second Sundays are welcome.  The Harlow Gallery is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and your gift is fully tax deductible in accordance with current tax law.  If you have an idea for a future Second Sunday event, please email us at


Advisory: Memorial Day Parade Information

WHO/WHAT: This Monday, the City of Portland and the Harold T. Andrews Post 17, American Legion, will sponsor a Memorial Day Parade. The parade will begin at 10:30 AM at Longfellow Square on Congress Street and progress along the street ending at Monument Square.
The Grand Marshals are Mary Jane Gardner, standing in for her late father William Gardner, as well as his grandchildren Peggy Ann Emmons, Scott Demchak, and great grandchild Matthew Demchakk. Guest speakers include: Ernest Shorey, Andrews Post 17, American Legion, Master of Ceremonies; Rev. William Doughty, Parade Chaplain, VFW Post 6859; Portland Mayor Michael Brennan; and Hon. Herb Adams.  

Following the speeches, the event will conclude with a wreath laying ceremony at the monument.
Portland City Council members, Police Department Color Guard, and the Portland Fire Department Color Guard will be marching as well as the Portland and Deering High School band, the 195th U.S. Army Band, the AMVETS Post 25 Color Guard, Girls Scouts of America, Slugger the Sea Dog, Crusher the Red Claw, and Salty Pete from the Portland Pirates, and much more.  
WHEN:           Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015
                        10:30 AM Parade Start
            11:00 AM Speaking and wreath laying ceremony at Monument Square

WHERE:         Longfellow Square – Monument Square
                        Congress Street, Portland

Oceanside Lacrosse Outscores Lincoln Academy

Thomaston, Maine - The Oceanside girls Lacrosse team hosted visiting Lincoln Academy (Newcastle) on Thursday, May 22nd, 2015 in Thomaston, Maine.

It was Oceanside's day as they were able to defeat visiting Lincoln Academy by an impressive score of 13 to 3. Bailee Cox's had 12 goalie saves, Brittany Rytky 4 goals, Alexis Pine 3 goals, Lily Vachon 2 goals, 1 assist, Jillian Brooks: 2 goals, Kelsey Brooks  1 goal, 2 assists, Sierra Beal 1 goal, Abbey Lacasse 2 assists and Julia Barbour with 1 assist.

What a season Oceanside Lacrosse is having as they are currently number 2 in the heal point standings with 7 wins and only one lose. That's impressive as this young team is only in there second year with varsity statues. Can't wait

"Schooner Mercantile" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Schooner Mercantile" by Doug Mills
The schooner Mercantile at anchor in Rockland harbor. [07062012]

Sea Dogs Take Series Over Altoona with 4-1 Win

Joe Gunkel Earns Win in First Double-A Start
Portland, Maine - The Portland Sea Dogs (17-23) took the rubber match of their three-game series with the Altoona Curve (23-15) on Thursday night, 4-1 was the final.  With the win, the Sea Dogs have posted back-to-back series wins over both Eastern League division leaders (New Britain and Altoona).

Joe Gunkel (1-0) earned the win in his Double-A debut as a starter, allowing one earned run on six hits in five innings, walking four and striking out six.  Simon Mercedes pitched two scoreless innings of relief in his first appearance since May 13th, and Jorge Marban (S, 1), making his Sea Dogs debut after being transferred from High-A Salem, pitched two hitless innings to earn the save.

Portland's offense got started early against Altoona starter Zach Dodson (L, 2-2).  After a two-out double by Jantzen Witte (2-4, 2B, 2 R), Oscar Tejeda (1-4, RBI) extended his hit streak to nine with an RBI single to make it 1-0.

Altoona tied the game in the fourth on a two-out, RBI single by Keon Broxton (1-5, RBI), but the Sea Dogs took the lead back in the bottom of the fifth.  After Jonathan Roof (1-2, 3B, R, BB) led off the inning with a triple, Blake Tekotte (1-3, RBI) immediately followed up with an RBI single to give Portland a 2-1 edge.  The Sea Dogs added two more runs in the sixth on an RBI double by Tim Roberson (2-3, 2B, RBI, R) and a single by Luis Martinez (1-3, RBI).

The homestand continues today as the Reading Fightin Phils come to Hadlock Field for a five-game, four day series spanning the Memorial Day weekend.  William Cuevas (5-1, 3.03) is set to start for the Sea Dogs while Zach Eflin (3-3, 2.74) is scheduled to go for Reading.  Pregame coverage begins on the WPEI U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network at 5:40 PM.  Tickets are still available and can be purchased by phone at 207-879-9500 or online at

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Brittany Snow Steps Out For 6th Annual ELLE Women In Music Celebration

Hollywood, California - Twenty nine year old actress Brittany Snow looked wonderful wearing a white romper with blue high heels as she steps out for the 6th annual ELLE Women In Music celebration presented by eBay held at Boulevard3 on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Brittany Anne Snow is an American actress and singer.

Big Jump in Traffic Expected on Turnpike Memorial Day Weekend

--Motorists urged to practice safe driving with increased traffic on roadways --
Portland, Maine - Memorial Day weekend marks the kickoff to summer vacation season in Maine.  Maine Turnpike Authority expects it to be one of its busiest weekends in years.  More than 890,000 vehicles are anticipated to travel the Maine Turnpike over this Memorial Day weekend, an increase of 5.2% from Memorial Day weekend last year.  Friday is expected to be the busiest day, with more than 294,000 vehicles; and about 210,000 vehicles are expected to travel the turnpike on Saturday.. From January through April 2015, the turnpike has seen a 3.12% growth in traffic compared to the same period in 2014. 

With heavy traffic expected on the road this holiday weekend, the MTA is urging motorists to drive safely and take proper precautions during the summer vacation season.  Here are some summer safety driving tips:

·         Buckle up.  Every Trip.  Every Time. - Almost half of Maine’s recent highway deaths involved

2015 Maine County Teachers of the Year

(Bios available at
  • Aroostook: Susan Beaulier, Ashland District School
  • Androscoggin: Debra Miller, Raymond A. Geiger School, Lewiston
  • Cumberland: Talya Edlund, Pond Cove Elementary, Cape Elizabeth
  • Franklin: Brenda LaVerdiere, Academy Hill School, Wilton
  • Hancock: Mickie Flores, Deer Isle Stonington Elementary
  • Kennebec: Gretchen Nickerson, Helen Thompson Elementary, Gardiner
  • Knox: Fallyn Adams, Union Elementary
  • Lincoln: Jennifer Wright Gregg, Great Salt Bay Community School, Damariscotta
  • Oxford: Laurie Catanese, Oxford Hills Middle School, South Paris
  • Penobscot: Angela Mclaughlin, Glenburn School
  • Piscataquis: Mia Morrison, Foxcroft Academy, Dover-Foxcroft
  • Sagadahoc: Johnna Stanton, Morse High School, Bath
  • Somerset: Debora Tanner, Skowhegan Area Middle School
  • Waldo: Kathryn Foran, Leroy H. Smith School, Winterport
  • Washington: Ben Brigham, Shead High School, Eastport
  • York: Nick Wilson, Biddeford High School
The County Teachers of the Year will serve as ambassadors for teachers, students and quality education. One of these teachers will be selected as the 2016 Maine State Teacher of the Year. Click here to learn more about the Maine Teacher of the Year program.
Bangor Savings Bank congratulates the 2015 County Teachers of the Year!
Maine Teachers of the Year