Monday, March 2, 2015

Nominations Open for the 2015 Governor's Award for Business Excellence

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Governor's Award for Business Excellence.

"Every year I look forward to recognizing those businesses that go above and beyond and demonstrate a commitment to investment, innovation, employees, and communities," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "I am proud to present the Governor's Award for Business Excellence to companies with outstanding leadership and direction. These businesses are a model of success in our state and deserve recognition."

Business excellence is epitomized by a balanced combination of manufacturing and service excellence and a steadfast commitment to employees, customers and the community. This award is presented to for-profit companies that consistently demonstrate high levels of attentiveness and dedication in each of these areas.

"For the past 24 years, the Governor of the State of Maine has been honoring Maine's premier

Yara Shahidi Attends 'Cinderella' World Premiere

Hollywood, California - Sixteen year old 'black-ish' star Yara Shahidi looked beautiful wearing a cute outfit with black high heels as she hits the red carpet for the world premiere of Disney's 'Cinderella' held at the El Capitan Theatre on March 1, 2015 in Hollywood, 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 9:30pm ET/PT.

Diamond White Attends 'Cinderella' World Premiere

Hollywood, California - Sixteen year old actress, singer Diamond White looked beautiful wearing a black strapless jumpsuit, high heels and white jacket as she hits the red carpet for the world premiere of Disney's 'Cinderella' held at the El Capitan Theatre on March 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Diamond White is an American singer, actress, and voice actress from Los Angeles, California. At 8, she starred in a Chicago-based production of The Color Purple that also toured nationally.

The Fosters "Now Hear This" Airs Tonight, MAR. 2nd





Callie must face the upsetting impact her news has had on her siblings, especially Mariana, in an all-new episode of “The Fosters,” airing Monday, March 2, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.

Mariana finds it difficult to deal with impending changes at home and focuses her attention on organizing a student protest over an administrative incident at school. Meanwhile, when she learns Kiara is back in town and on the streets, Callie is willing to do anything she can in order to help her friend, even if that means disobeying Stef’s orders and putting herself in danger. Jude finally confronts Connor over the mixed messages he’s been sending, leading to a make-or-break moment in their friendship.

The episode, titled “Now Hear This,” was written by Thomas Higgins and directed by Rob Morrow.

Chasing Life "Rest in Peace" Airs Tonight, MAR 2.

Photo Credit: ABC Family

A recurrence of April’s cancer symptoms leads her to ask deeper questions about her life in “Rest in Peace,” an all-new episode of “Chasing Life,” airing Monday, March 2 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.

April panics about a recent recurrence of her cancer symptoms and her worries increase about the stability of her remission. A desperate search for ways to alleviate her anxiety leads her down unexpected paths. The tension between April and Leo is still palpable, but a twist of fate may encourage them to reconnect.

Meanwhile, Sara hosts a college prep meeting for other parents and students from Brenna’s school,

Miles Brown Attends 'Cinderella' World Premiere

Hollywood, California - 'black-ish' star Miles Brown looked handsome as he hits the red carpet for the world premiere of Disney's 'Cinderella' held at the El Capitan Theatre on March 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Miles Brown known also as Baby Boogaloo is an actor, dancer, rapper from Oxnard, California. He has been featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, America's Got Talent, Yo Gabba Gabba, Justin Bieber's "Believe", & Battlefield America. Miles started dancing at the age of 3 and within 1 year started hitting the stage. This led to Miles being blessed to travel & perform for international festivals. Miles loves music.

The Rockland Report February 27, 2015

 Two lot storage permits were issued this week.
 The last bait cooler has been removed from the pier.
 Submitted metered electric user bills to the Finance Department for payment.

 Catinka Knoth’s Adult Art class concentrated on the Chinese New Year, Year of the Ram, Sheep, Goat, and the Children’s Art Class drew Happy Chinese New
Year motifs, as well.
 The Memoir Writing Workshop was held on Tuesday. This group meets weekly, and is open to anyone who wants to write, or just listen.
 On Tuesday afternoon, the Rockland Library LEGO club met, led by LEGOMaster Jon; this week’s theme was robots.
 Several planned programs were cancelled again this week due to weather,
and/or staff illness, including the Family Place Library™ workshop, which will be held this coming Wednesday.
 Representatives from the City’s insurance toured the building, and directed us to have ice dams and the huge icicle in the Children’s Garden removed by steam. I am waiting on this service from Daggett Builders.
 The Friends’ Board met again this week, which I attended.
 The weekly Rockland Rhythm Masters Drumming Troupe met on Thursday
 We continued a survey of patrons and community members with regard to Adult programming at the Library.
 The scheduling of appointments and hosting of the AARP Tax Aide Volunteer
Income Tax continues; there are still some openings in March and April, but they
are filling up fast.
 The Thursday Evening Arts & Cultural Event was the film: King of Masks-- Desperate for his art to survive, the King of Masks finds an apprentice in a destitute child purchased on the black market. When the child reveals an unexpected secret, their relationship is suddenly tested by both the old man's stubborn sense of tradition and the established customs of China.
 The Maine State Library is publicizing the tax check off to support Maine Libraries; any Maine income tax filer can donate to the Maine Public Library Fund tax check-off by specifying a contribution amount on Maine income tax form schedule C-P. For more information about the program, visit Last year’s income from this went to enhancing the
Maine InfoNet Download Library
 Keith Drago and Jessie Blanchard held the Book Talk Kickoff Party: Teens who attended the party were able to record their own book talks, up to two minutes in length. For every two book talks recorded a $5 gift card to is earned, while supplies last. Free pizza, games, and a movie rounded out the event.
 Upcoming: Friends’ Winter Clearance Book Sale with Bake Sale, and Finding
People for Fun and Profit--Donald Saastamoinen has been conducting legal
investigations since 1980. In that role, he gathers information for lawyers, but has developed a specialty in the area of finding people. If you have an interest in
picking up pointers in this area, come to this program.

 The treatment plant is running good.
 Average daily plant flows were 2.0 MGD.
 There were no CSO events during the past week.
 The lab did BOD and TSS testing for Northhaven and BOD testing for Vinalhaven.
 Finalized the DEP pretreatment report that is due March 1st.
 Met with selectman Dick Carver from Owls Head to discuss a recent billing
question due to a faulty flow meter. After the meeting it was agreed that we will
follow the provisions outlined in the March 2000 interlocal sewer agreement
between the City of Rockland and Owls Head.
 The city insurance risk agent visited the treatment plant for an inspection and
review of some of the plant operating procedures.
 Scheduled with Protection Professionals to install fire and heat detectors in the
second floor computer and control room.
 Began to look into installing cameras and monitors for the sludge processing area to allow remote monitoring of the equipment during processing.
 Cleaned the weirs and baffles in the primary and secondary clarifiers.
 Installed new ultrasonic sensors for the effluent flow meters.
 Checked with Power Products on the status of the new trailer mounted
emergency generator. The tentative delivery date is the first week of March.
 Ordered new pump guide brackets and 6 inch check valves for the FMC
equalization basin.
 Scheduled Somatex to begin the annual crane/hoist inspections.

 Picked up trash from city receptacles and buildings for a day.
 Hauled off three large damaged hazardous trees (Shaw Ave., Lake Ave. and
Willow St.) that Lucas (CMP) cut down for Public Works and the property owners at no charge.
 Call-in for plowing and sanding Saturday/Sunday 5” snowstorm. Plowing all roads, parking lots, and priority sidewalks.
 Monday call-in for sanding/scraping roads for 1” snowfall.
 Call-in for plowing and sanding Wednesday for 6” snowstorm. Plowing all roads, parking lots, and priority sidewalks. I have now recorded 108” of snow so far this season.
 Snow cleanup crew came in at midnight Wednesday to clean up roads and plow priority sidewalks. 2 plow trucks, and 2 sidewalk machines worked all night.
 Pushing back intersections of snow for better site lines for a day.
 Opening up catch basins of snow and ice on Wed. to minimize flooding issues.
 Hauling snow from parking lots with Public Works trucks and equipment to the
Transfer Station for three days this week. Loader pushing snow at dump area.
 Backhoe and loader working sand pile for a day removing frozen chunks of sand
and preparing it for next storm.
 Demonstration of a newer version of our MacLean MV2 sidewalk machine. Tried it out for a day.
 At least one sidewalk machine working all week (except Friday) on sidewalk snow removal. Remaining sidewalks that have not had snow removed yet will have to be taken care of with larger equipment as time permits.
 Digging out snow/ice from scales at Transfer Station. Problem with load sensing cells not working properly most likely due to moisture problems. Northeast Scale provided us with replacement dry packs on Friday.
 Picking up repaired Transfer Station Western Star tractor at O’Connor’s on
 Attended Transfer Station annual operations training on Monday at City Hall
conducted by Woodard and Curran.
 Picked up repaired 2001 John Deere grader at Hammond Tractor in Union on
 One crew all day and another crew half a day cold patching potholes on lower
Broadway, North Main St., and Old County Rd. areas on Friday.
 Cleaning out snow from around Harbormaster building for better access for
Superior Maintenance to clean it out because of a water line break in the
 Met with Travelers Insurance regarding Public Works and Transfer Station

 License inspections were done along with the Fire department at the Landings
Restaurant and the Home Kitchen Cafe.
 John and David attended a Maine Indoor Air Quality Council Workshop on
Ventilation, held at the Shelter Institute in Woolwich on 2/26/15.
 John and David also attended the REDAC meeting on 2/26/15.
 David attended the Comprehensive Planning Commission meeting 2/26/15.
 There were two complaints filed this week.
 The following permits were received by the Code Office this week:
 1 Driveway permit
 3 Electrical permits
 1 Plumbing permit

 The Dodge ball league has begun the season this week and we are at 13 teams
now. This will run on Wednesday for the next five weeks.
 The walk ways around the building are getting high but they are clear to walk in, we need a few days of above freezing temps to melt the snow banks. There is nowhere left to put the snow.
 All the travel teams are practicing and getting ready for the busy month of
March. They will be traveling around the state representing the Rockland
Recreation Department. Good Luck to them all.
 We held the end of the year meeting for the Mid-Coast Basketball league to
review any changes that need to be made to improve the program for next year.
We also met with a representative from the YMCA as they are interested in joining our basketball league next year.

 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
 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.

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:
 Hydrant shoveling continued through Friday, Saturday and into Sunday due to
staffing and emergency calls.
 Monday our staff held EMS training on new airway devices that will allow us to more rapidly secure a patients airway in an emergency. This included the
introduction of the King Airway device and an updated Cricothyrotomy kit that
allows our paramedics to insert a surgical airway.
 On Monday afternoon the FD responded to a reported basement fire on
Samoset Road. Upon arrival it was determined that the central vacuum system
had sucked up a hot ember and began to burn the vacuum itself which was in
the basement, causing a growing smoke condition. Thankfully the fire was
contained and the smoke was removed from the home with no ill effects.
Without a doubt another case proving that people fail to recognize how long
wood embers can hold heat and remain a danger for igniting a fire.
 Dave Kalloch and I conducted an apartment inspection for the General
Assistance program. Our inspection revealed no safety issues that would
preclude the City’s program from assisting the tenant(s).
 On Tuesday afternoon B-Shift personnel utilizing Tower 3, removed dangerous icicles from the McLain School.
 David and I also inspected the Home Kitchen for their upcoming license
 C Shift removed snow from the valleys on the Fire Station roof on Wednesday
afternoon to help minimize water intrusion that is certain to come with the
warmer temperatures we’re all so anxiously waiting for.
 Wednesday evening’s fire department drill was on utilizing our air bags and
high lift jack to lift, move or stabilize vehicles or other objects that have trapped
 On Thursday I attended the local EMA directors meeting at the Knox County
EMA office. Much of this focused on securing future grant funding for regional
projects and how to document storm related costs for possible reimbursement
in a declared disaster. It appears to me that there is very little chance that
we’ll see any money related to this winters’ snowfall totals although that
continues to be something that EMA is looking at.
 A big thank you to Mayor Isganitis, whose Facebook post resulted in All For You donating time shoveling hydrants on Thursday. Between their crew and our onduty staff all the hydrants in the City were cleaned up by 2:30 pm. Of course, a
big “thank you” to Jim Gamage and crew for their assistance, as well as all of
those other citizens who chipped in to help clear hydrants. We are fortunate to
have people out there that understand that while ensuring the hydrants are
ready for immediate use is our job, spending the day shoveling is physically
taxing and can diminish personnel’s effectiveness later on in their 24 hour shift.
 On Friday I met with a local building owner seeking details on the Life Safety
Code and how they might apply to the proposed “Short Term Rental

Officers responded to 200 calls for service. Rockland Police Officers responded to 16 motor vehicle crashes and two animal complaints. Twenty-two (22) traffic stops and traffic violations were conducted. Officers charged or made 14 arrests of individuals for various offenses, to include Warrant of Arrest, Tobacco product violations, Domestic Assault, Trespassing, Bail violations Traffic offenses, OUI, Assault, Harassment and a Drug offense.
 The department continues to engage in community outreach concerning safety
tips for pedestrians via our social media face book page.
 Chief Boucher attended the Knox County Community Health Coalition Board
meeting this week.
 Chief Boucher attended the Sexual Assault Support Services of Mid-Coast Maine board meeting this week.
 Note: We are warning the community that the following ‘IRS” Scam is occurring in
our area:
o The sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers where victims are told they
owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly or they will be sued. Callers
are being instructed to call this # 202-684-3436 to speak to an IRS official. The
victim is instructed to pay the debt through a pre-loaded debit card or wire
transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with
arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many
cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.
“This scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country. We want to
educate taxpayers so they can help protect themselves. Rest assured, we do
not and will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor request a prepaid
debit card or wire transfer,” says IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel.
“If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens
police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don’t pay immediately,
that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling.” Werfel noted that the first IRS
contact with taxpayers on a tax issue is likely to occur via mail.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what
you should do:
o If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at
1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment
issue – if there really is such an issue.
o If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any
taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some
bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.
o More information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS is available on the genuine IRS website,

 Organized and met with Town Managers and Elected Officials from Thomaston,
Owls Head, Rockport, Camden and Belfast to reach an agreement on
participating in and funding a High Speed Broadband Planning Study.
 Meetings with three businesses to discuss working collaboratively, assistance and
advice on the Knox County Microloan program, CDBG Economic Development
program and business planning.
 Rockland Economic Development Advisory Committee meeting with attendance
from members of the Comprehensive Planning Commission with guest speaker
Jane LaFleur who discussed lessons learned from Damariscotta with Form Based
 Compilation and analysis of housing data and formulation of potential draft
options for a housing strategy.
 Attended Midcoast Economic Development District Board of Directors Meeting.
Discussed sustainability of the organization moving forward and the need to
transfer the Economic Development District designation to the Midcoast Council
of Governments. This will impact Rockland because membership to an Economic Development District is important for access to federal grant funds

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August Maturo Attends 'Cinderella' World Premiere

Hollywood, California - Seven year old 'Girl Meets World' star August Maturo looked handsome as he hits the red carpet for the world premiere of Disney's 'Cinderella' held at the El Capitan Theatre on March 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

August Maturo is an American actor. He portrays Auggie Matthews in the Disney Channel show 'Girl Meets World'.

Sarah Hyland Attends 'Cinderella' World Premiere

Hollywood, California - Twenty three year old 'Modern Family' star Sarah Hyland looked beautiful wearing a black/grayish dress with high heels as she hits the red carpet for the world premiere of Disney's 'Cinderella' held at the El Capitan Theatre on March 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Sarah Jane Hyland is an American actress. She is best known for her role as oldest sibling Haley Dunphy on the ABC sitcom Modern Family.

Darcy Rose Byrnes Attends 'Cinderella' World Premiere

Hollywood, California - Sixteen year old actress Darcy Rose Byrnes looked lovely wearing a blue, sequin dress with high heels as she hits the red carpet for the world premiere of Disney's 'Cinderella' held at the El Capitan Theatre on March 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Darcy Rose Byrnes is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as Abby Carlton Newman on The Young and the Restless and Penny Scavo on Desperate Housewives.

Alli Simpson Attends 'Cinderella' World Premiere

Hollywood, California - Sixteen year old singer Alli Simpson looked beautiful wearing a red romper with black high heels as she hits the red carpet for the world premiere of Disney's 'Cinderella' held at the El Capitan Theatre on March 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Alli Simpson April 24th, 1998 is a singer, actress and sister to singer Cody Simpson.

G. Hannelius Attends 'Cinderella' World Premiere

Hollywood, California - Sixteen year old 'Dog With A Blog' star G. Hannelius looked simply beautiful wearing a blue top and polka-dotted skirt with high heels as she hits the red carpet for the world premiere of Disney's 'Cinderella' held at the El Capitan Theatre on March 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Genevieve Knight Hannelius, 16, born December 22, 1998, known professionally as G. Hannelius, is an American actress and singer. She currently stars as Avery Jennings in the Disney Channel sitcom Dog with a Blog. Prior to this, she had recurring roles in the Disney Channel series Sonny with a Chance and Good Luck Charlie. She has also starred in Leo Little's Big Show and has done voice work as Rosebud in the Air Buddies films.

Maine 7 Day Forecast

A 20 percent chance of snow showers before noon. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 35. West wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.
Mostly clear, with a low around 7. Wind chill values as low as -1. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

Increasing clouds, with a high near 24. Wind chill values as low as -1. West wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night 
Snow, mainly before 4am. Low around 18. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

A chance of sleet before 7am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Southwest wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Wednesday Night
 A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.

Partly sunny, with a high near 26.
Thursday Night
 Mostly clear, with a low around 5.

 Sunny, with a high near 23.
Friday Night 
Partly cloudy, with a low around 12.

 Partly sunny, with a high near 31.
Saturday Night 
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.

 Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.

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"Nathaniel Bowditch" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Nathaniel Bowditch" by Doug Mills
The schooner Nathaniel Bowditch under full sail during the 2013 Great Schooner Race. [07052013]

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Francesca Capaldi Attends 'Cinderella' World Premiere

Hollywood, California - Ten year old 'Dog With A Blog' star Francesca Capaldi looked simply adorable wearing a blue dress with high heels as she hits the red carpet for the world premiere of Disney's 'Cinderella' held at the El Capitan Theatre on March 1, 2015 in 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.

K.C Undercover "Photo Bombed" Airs Tonight MAR. 1st

Fans of the Disney Channel series 'K.C Undercover' will be able to watch an all new episode at 8:30pm ET/PT entitled "Photo Bombed". Marisa has been named a finalist in a photo contest and her winning photo could be in magazines and billboards everywhere, the only problem is her entry photo is of K.C.

'K.C Undercover' stars Zendaya, Kadeem Hardison, Tammy Townsend, Kamil McFadden, Veronica Dunne and Trinitee Stokes.
Photos Credit: Disney Channel

Blue Hill Library Film: The General

Blue Hill, Maine - The Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library Film Series continues on Thursday, March 12th at 7:00 PM with The General (1927), starring Buster Keaton and Marion Mack. Now considered one of the greatest films ever made, The General is a silent action comedy that takes place during the Civil War.  Inspired by an actual event known as the “Great Locomotive Chase” of 1862, the film is famous for its daring and dramatic stunts including an actual steam locomotive falling from a bridge.

All films are shown free of charge on the Library’s “pretty big” screen in the Howard Room. For more information, call the Library (374-5515) or Michael Donahue, 374-5248 or

Blue Hill Public Library Other News:

“March Madness” Book Sale at the Blue Hill Library

Blue Hill, Maine - The Friends of Blue Hill Public Library will hold their first-Saturday-of-the-month “March Madness” book sale on March 7st in the Library’s basement “book nook” from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  This time the “madness” is that we have so many recently donated books!  “Mini” collections include foreign language books for adults and children. Not-so-mini collections include nature (birds, plants, insects, etc.), Maine and art.

The Friends wish to thank the many donors who keep the sale supplied with quality books, and welcome contributions - big or small. Book sale proceeds enable the Friends to sponsor many of the special programs offered at the library, and to make special purchases of books, dvds, etc., and equipment for the library. To donate books that are in good condition or for more information, contact the Library at 374-5515.

"Passing Owls Head" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Passing Owls Head" by Doug Mills
The schooner Heritage passing Owls Head during the 2013 Great Schooner Race.[07052013]

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dramatic Repertory Company presents Gidion's Knot‏

By Johnna Adams
March 5 - 15, 2015
9 Performances Only!
At the Studio Theatre at Portland Stage
25A Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine
Portland, Maine - Dramatic Repertory Company (Keith Powell Beyland, Artistic Director) continues its 2014-2015 season - A Year of the Woman Playwright - with the Maine Premiere of Gidion's
Knot by Johnna Adams. The show will run for 9 performances only, March 5 - 15, 2015 at the Studio Theatre at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine.

The cast of Gidion's Knot features Amanda Huotari (Artistic Director of Celebration Barn) and Bess Welden (DRC's A Bright New Boise & Swimming in the Shallows). The show is directed by Cait Robinson (The Singularity - Science Fiction Theater Company; Winesburg, Ohio and Carrie -
Stoneham Theatre Winter Festival; PINK - PortFringe, The Maids - MadHorse/Lorem Ipsum).

An unusual and charged parent/teacher conference unfolds as a mystery. A strong-willed mother

March Programs for Job Seekers at the York County CareerCenter

*The 5th Annual York County Regional Job Fair will be held on Friday, March 27 at the Nasson Community Center*

SPRINGVALE, Maine - The York County CareerCenter in Springvale continues its workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability.

"CareerCenter workshops around the state serve all types of job seekers, from those looking to find work to Mainers interested in starting their own business," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "The Department of Labor has several training programs that may be able to help you re-train for a new career or finish your degree. I encourage job seekers to visit their local CareerCenter and see what programs they may be eligible for."

CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other

Waterville Main Street and Art Society present Maine Open Juried Art Show

March 21st, 2015 - April 24th, 2015
Waterville Public Library

Waterville, Maine - The Waterville Area Art Society, Waterville Public Library & Waterville Main Street are proudly co-presenting the 2015 Maine Open Juried Art Show at the spectacular Waterville Public Library in Downtown Waterville. Now entering its 25th year, the Maine Open Juried Art Show attracts over 80 artists representing over 50 Maine communities in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, and other media.

Sponsored by Kennebec Savings Bank, The Colby College Museum of Art, and Bank of Maine this year, the show seeks to provide a venue for artists to display their work, inspire artistic excellence, and showcase Waterville as a hub for creative enterprise.  Over $3000 in prizes are to be awarded this year. In addition, local prizes of high quality art printing services from Digital Imageworks, watercolor field studio set by Winsor Newton from Berry’s Stationers, framing services from FrameMakers, Maine Film Center and Railroad Square Cinema gift passes, and The Lunder Collection: a Gift of Art to Colby College, a catalogue of the museum’s works, will be presented to the winners.


Camden Public Library Events March 5 through March 19

Thursday, March 5

The Camden Library Coffeehouse is pleased to host singer-songwriter Nat Hussey, 7:00 pm. Hussey now lives, works, and plays music on Matinicus. “A Maine native, I tell my story plus lots of made-up stuff about Maine through folk, rock, and blues tunes. I write of haunted beaches, cheap thrills, and the human spirit. I began on electric guitar around the same time as I was learning how to chuck hay bales and fix fences in Bowdoinham.” Admission to the Coffeehouse concert is $6/$5 for seniors and students.

Sunday, March 8

“Very Early Camden: People and Events from 1622 to 1778”  slide presentation by Sandy Delano, 2:00 at the Camden Public Library, as part of the Camden-Rockport Historical Society’s “Maine Living Series.

Monday, March 9

“Destination Wellness” speaker Nancy Lubin will present “Practice Safe Scents,” 12:00 noon at the Camden Public Library. Lubin is certified in clinical aromatherapy and will cover what essential oils are, how they are used in aromatherapy, how they differ from other plant products, how they are produced, and ways they can be used to advantage.

Tuesday, March 10

“Leer y charlar” discussion group -- read and chat, entirely in Spanish! --  meets at 1:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. FMI contact Lynne Taylor at

 “Is Art a Superstition?” discussion session hosted by the Camden Philosophical Society Reading Group, 4:00 pm at the Camden Public Library, with host Chris Augusta, based on selected essays by Asian art scholar Ananda Coomaraswamy. All are welcome.

Thursday, March 12

Peter Pfeiffer, author of “Hard Chance: Tree Farming in Troubled Times,” explains both the how and the why of becoming an independent tree farmer in northern Maine, including a history of the local back-to-the-land movement during the turbulent 1970s and the subsequent satisfactions of living in a backwoods community. Pfeiffer’s reading will be at the Camden Public Library at 7:00 pm.

Saturday-Sunday March 14-15

Indoor Book Sale at the Camden Public Library, all day Saturday and on Sunday afternoon. To benefit the book purchases at the Library.

Tuesday, March 17

 “Tech Tuesday” topic “Staying Safe Online” led by Olga Zimmerman, staff librarian and tech wizard, 3:00 pm at the Camden Public Library, all are welcome. Learn how to protect your identity online, avoid scams, and ensure that your personal information is secure. Please call to sign up, 236-3440.

Free family movie “Wall-E,” 5:30 pm at the Camden Public Library.

“Songwriters Session” led by John Nicholas and David Dodson, 6:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. Open to all, $5 donation accepted. Bring in a song you are working on and share with the group.

Wednesday, March 18

 “Using Herbs to Find Comfort in Aging,” an educational program presented by Jillian Kelsey-Rose, 1:00 pm at the Camden Public Library, as part of Quarry Hill’s Adventures in Living Well series for adults age 55-plus. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required, call Quarry Hill at 921-6116.

Thursday, March 19

The Midcoast Audubon Society presents “Monitoring Winged Migrations in Acadia National Park,” with Seth Benz, 7:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. National parks are natural laboratories offering geographically and ecologically diverse, long-term protected landscapes in which to study large-scale patterns and how climate change may be impacting these patterns.

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"The Start" The Maine Windjammer Project

"The Start" by Doug Mills
Schooners J&E Riggin, Stephen Taber, Mary Day and Heritage leave Islesboro at the start of The Great Schooner Race. [07052013]

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How Do Phytoplankton Rule the World?

Photo Credit:
Prof. Gordon Taylor, Stony Brook University
Camden/Rockport, Maine - Marine biologist Ivona Cetinic will lead a presentation on phytoplankton and their effects on global systems at Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, March 10 at 12:00 pm.

Phytoplankton are photosynthesizing microorganisms that live in our oceans, seas, and lakes. Despite being so small, phytoplankton have a huge effect on our world. Not only are these tiny drifters the backbone of the oceanic food chain, they are responsible for regulating carbon the carbon cycle in our waterways, and even contribute much of the atmosphere’s oxygen. Ivona’s presentation will elaborate how important phytoplankton are to our world, as well as how harmful they can be if their populations go out of control through algae blooms due to rising ocean temperatures and pollution.

Ivona Cetinic is a Research Associate at the Perry Phytoplankton & Optics Lab at the University of

Friday, February 27, 2015

EXCLUSIVE Actor Spotlight: Austin North of 'I Didn't Do It'

Cincinnati, Ohio native Austin North is a eighteen year old actor who stars in the Disney Channel series 'I Didn't Do It'. He stars as Logan Watson, twin to sister Lindy Watson played by Olivia Holt.

I Didn't Do It is an American comedy television series that premiered on January 17, 2014 on Disney Channel. The series stars Olivia Holt and Austin North. A pilot for the series was announced November 2012 with production of the pilot filmed in January 2013. The series was picked up on June 18, 2013. Production of the series started in the summer of 2013. The series was created by Todd Himmel and Josh Silverstein.

Besides 'I Didn't Do It', Austin stared in these series 'See Dad Run', 'A.N.T. Farm', and General Hospital. His acting career started at the young age of twelve when he was discovered during a talent showcase in Atlanta, Georgia.

The youngest of two, North currently resides in Los Angeles with his parents and sister.

We recently had the opportunity to interview this eighteen year old actor of Disney Channel series 'I

Russia Resurgent: 2015 Camden Conference

Russia Resurgent: 2015 Camden Conference

Camden Maine -
The World Comes To Camden Maine.  This past weekend the world came to the MidCoast Maine area for the sold out Camden Conference.  What could possibly draw so many to the coast of Maine in the middle of one of the worst winters on record?  A topic as timely as tonight's news, Russia and it’s influence on the world today.  Ad to that a list of speakers who are a who’s who of world diplomacy From Russia, China, Germany, Bulgaria and the United States.

Russia Resurgent covered three main themes. First, the historic, economic and political factors that have shaped how Russians conceive of themselves and their place in the world. Second how Russia is viewed by other countries of Europe and Asia. Third, in-depth perspectives from Washington, Europe, China and Moscow on the diplomatic and geostrategic challenges in U.S.– Russia relations.

The Conference was hosted again by Nicholas Burns.  From 2005 until his retirement, Burns was

March ArtLab for All Ages Workshop at CMCA

Rockport, Maine - The Center for Maine Contemporary Art will present an ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, March 7, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at its downtown Rockport location, 162 Russell Ave. This fun, explorative workshop will feature watercolor and collage landscapes inspired by the stark beauty and subtle palette of the Maine winter and by the work of Maine artist William Thon. Participants will paint a background of winter skies and scenery and then add layers and detail with their choice of pastels, ink, and paper. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. No preregistration is required; all materials will be provided.

ArtLab is made possible in part thanks to generous support from Camden National Bank, Harbor Square Gallery, the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, and individual donors. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs.

Author Peter Pfeiffer Presents “Hard Chance: Tree Farming in Troubled Times”

Author Peter Pfeiffer Presents “Hard Chance: Tree Farming in Troubled Times” March 12 at Camden Public Library

“Hard Chance” seeks to explain both the how and the why of becoming an independent tree farmer in northern Maine. The how addresses the dangerous challenges of a solo logging operation as well as how to make a living working in harmony with the forest. The why includes a history of the local back-to-the-land movement during the turbulent 1970s and the subsequent satisfactions of living in a backwoods community. Author Peter Pfeiffer will present the story of “Hard Chance: Tree Farming in Troubled Times” at the Camden Public Library  on Thursday, March 12, at 7:00 pm.

Pfeiffer grew up in Waterville, Maine, and after traveling the world, moved north to Somerset County in the early 1970s. He has been an independent logger ever since, twice winning Tree Farmer of the Year for Somerset County, and successfully completing the Certified Logging Professional course. He has also written numerous plays for the In Spite of Life Players Theater company.

In a review in the Portland Press Herald, Mary Pols reports,  “Pfeiffer’s rebellious youth led him to Berkeley, riding his old BMW motorcycle cross-country in the winter of 1970-71, determined to bring ‘imperialist Amerikkka to its knees.’ He picketed fruit farms on behalf of striking Chicano farm workers. He protested the Vietnam War and looked for a revolutionary group that suited his purposes. He took classes (including in carpentry) at Merritt College in Oakland. And eventually, he came home and heard Scott Nearing speak at a country fair. That’s when he got serious about homesteading.

“What are the retirement plans for a 67-year-old tree farmer who has given away more copies of his memoir than he has sold? ‘I’m going to cut wood this winter and maybe I’ll cut some at my brother’s place next winter,’ he says. ‘I’m getting kind of worn out to tell you the truth. I really love this kind of work. . . . I just wish I could keep going until I dropped, and have the coyotes drag me off.’”

William N. Browning says in a  review on Amazon, “Peter Pfeiffer has written an exceptional book. . . . his prose is understated and lyrical; often lovely and captivating; frequently hilarious and then suddenly, marvelously serious. He wanders, just as he recounts his wandering through his own early adult life, from stories of one incident to another. Here, he is clinging to the edge of a cliff hoping a huge pine will not pitch down onto him toppling him into oblivion; and then he is in prison reading Robert Musil’s Man Without Qualities and helping us remember, or discover, what a splendid book it is. . . .
“Pfeiffer holds our attention with his fine-grained description of managing the dangers of cutting trees alone in deep winter and then leaps adroitly to a wider, thoughtful reflection on how we all manage our ambitions. Work madly to get ahead, or work easily and survive for another day? In the woods, these are serious questions.”

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event on March 12.

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