Monday, December 9, 2019

Wreaths Across America Makes Its Way Through Rockland

Rockland, Maine - Wreaths Across America made it's way through Rockland, Maine as they track to Arlington Cemetery on Sunday, December 8th, 2019.

The wreath-laying is still held annually, on the second or third Saturday of December. WAA's annual pilgrimage from Harrington, Maine to Arlington National Cemetery has become known as the world’s largest veterans’ parade, stopping at schools, monuments, veterans’ homes and communities all along the way to remind people how important it is to remember, honor and teach.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

All State Offices Closed Today, Tuesday, 12/3

UPDATE: All State Offices Closed Today, Tuesday, December 3, 2019
December 3, 2019
In light of worsening weather conditions, Governor Janet Mills has directed that all State of Maine offices be closed today, Tuesday, December 3, 2019:

“With the snowfall intensifying and winds growing stronger in the coming hours, driving conditions will only become more difficult and dangerous,” said Governor Janet Mills. “Given the severe inclement weather, I have directed state offices closed for the day. I urge all Maine people to avoid driving if possible and, for those who must, I urge you to do so with caution and to provide ample space to our road maintenance crews and first responders as they work to clear and keep our roads safe.” 
Due to worsening weather conditions, all State Offices will be closed today, Tuesday, 12/3/2019.

Citywide Parking Ban Declared TONIGHT, Tues, Dec 3 at 10:00 PM

Citywide Parking Ban Declared Tuesday, December 3 at 10:00 PM through 6:00 AM Wednesday, December 4

PORTLAND, Maine -- A Citywide Parking Ban has been declared beginning Tuesday, December 3 at 10:00 PM through 6:00 AM Wednesday, December 4. Vehicles left on City streets after 10:00 PM can be towed at the owner’s expense. 

Because this is the first major storm of the season, it is imperative for our plow crews to be able to plow as close to the curb line as possible.


The City offers numerous free options for parking on the peninsula during a snow ban. These lots are available after 5:00 PM on weekdays on the day a ban is called unless otherwise posted. School lots and unrestricted parking areas can be accessed earlier on weekends/when school is not in session.

All vehicle owners must remove their vehicles from these designated areas listed below by 7:00 AM (except for school lots, which are 6:30 AM) the morning the ban is removed. The City may tow, at the owner's expense, any vehicle which has not been removed by the 7:00 AM deadline:

  • Deering Oaks - on the Tennis Court Road only - only on the left side of the road. No parking on the right side.
  • Fitzpatrick Stadium parking lot - this is the lot behind the Ice Arena. Do not park adjacent to the Ice Arena.
  • Hadlock Field parking lot
  • All Portland Public School parking lots except the Reiche School lots that abut the school and playgrounds/soccer field and pool on Clark St AND Brackett Street. *Must be out by 6:30 AM.
  • Cutter St. lots (off the Eastern Prom)
  • Beach St. lot accessible from Commercial St. after 8 PM.
  • City lot at the corner of Park and Commercial streets across the street from the 
  • IMT (International Marine Terminal) AKA Angelo's Acre 441 Commercial St.
  • On Peaks Island, snow ban parking is available at the Welch St. parking lot
  • Western Prom - Bowdoin to West Street (waterside)
  • Eastern Prom - Turner to East End School property light pole 33 (waterside)
  • Marginal Way - Plowman to just before the entrance area to the East End Wastewater treatment Plant (waterside) ** Please do not park on Marginal Way if there is flooding or standing water. **Parking is not allowed in the Maine DOT park and ride lot.
  • Preble Street Extension Parking Lot (Across from Hannaford) - adhere to the spaces that are designated for snow ban parking.
  • State Street Extension - Parking is available on State St Ext between Forest Ave & Park Ave across from the entrance to Deering Oaks Park. Left side of the road only where parking is typically available. Adhere to any no parking signs closest to Forest Ave. 

Most parking garages will be available during snow bans at reduced rates.

Vehicles must be out of these alternate parking lots by 7:00 AM (unless otherwise noted) the morning the ban is lifted.

Public Works Customer Service: 207-874-8493 (24 hours during winter!) 

Parking Ban Hotline: 207-879-0300

Friends’ Holiday Party at the Blue Hill Library

Where:  Blue Hill Public Library

When: Saturday, December 14th, 2:30 to 5:30 PM

Cost: Admission is Free

Calendar listing: Blue Hill Library Holiday Party: music & stories by Noel Paul Stookey, caroling, children’s activities, and much more; partygoers can bring a wrapped gift for a child labeled with gender and age appropriateness. Sat. Dec. 14, 2:30-5:30 PM. Info: 374-5515.

BLUE HILL--The public is invited to the annual Friends of Blue Hill Library Holiday Party on Saturday, December 14th, from 2:30 to 5:30 PM. This much-anticipated event offers something for everyone! The entertainment schedule is as follows (times are approximate):

2:45—Songs and Stories from Noel Paul Stookey
3-5—Drop-in Craft Station for Kids
3:00—George Stevens Academy Jazz Combo, “Melodious Thunk”
3:30—Juggler Michael Menes
3:30—A Dramatic Reading of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
4:30—Misty Mountain Singers
4:30—Juggling Workshop with Michael Menes
5:00—Caroling Sing-Along

Partygoers are asked to consider bringing a wrapped gift for a child, labeled with intended age and gender of recipient. Gifts can be dropped off at the library anytime through the day of the party. The gifts will be donated to the Tree of Life and The Emmaus Center where they will be distributed to families in need.

Regular library services will be closing early that day, at 2:00 PM. There will be a wonderful array of refreshments, cookies and more cookies. Refreshment donations are welcome if anyone has a favorite holiday treat they would like to share. The party is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more information call the library on 374-5515.

Cards & Ornaments with Digital Cutting Machines

Where:   Blue Hill Public Library

When:  Friday, December 13th at 3:30 P.M.

Cost: Admission is Free

Calendar listingCards & Ornaments with Digital Cutting Machines: ages 10 & up, Fri. Dec. 13, 3:30 PM, Blue Hill Library, 374-5515.

BLUE HILL – Kids ages 10 and up are invited to learn to use a digital cutting machine to make holiday decorations on Friday, December 13 at 3:30 PM at the Blue Hill Public Library. James Rutter, the Fab Lab coordinator from Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, will instruct participants on how to use computer design software with the digital cutter to create their own holiday decorations, pop-up cards, and ornaments.

This “high tech” workshop will walk participants through the basics of computer design and fabricating paper crafts, so no experience is necessary. All materials will be provided. This event is sponsored by the library and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and is free of charge. For more information, contact the library at 374-5515.

Pajama Storytime at the Blue Hill Public Library

Where:  Blue Hill Public Library

When: Thursday, December 12, 4:30 PM

Cost: Admission is Free

Calendar listingPajama Storytime at the Blue Hill Library: for kids 0-5 years old. Thu. Dec. 12, 4:30 PM, 374-5515.

BLUE HILL—Blue Hill Public Library invites kids 0 to 5 years of age and their families to Pajama Storytime on Thursday, December 12th at 4:30 PM. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas and slippers, and bring a stuffed animal! Participants will enjoy a story or two, as well as sing songs and color pictures! Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years of age. For more information, call Claire at 374-5515.

Blue Hill Library Film: Shane

Where:  Howard Room, Blue Hill Public Library

When: Thursday December 12th at noon and 6:00 PM

Cost: Admission is Free

Calendar listing: Film: Shane (1953)Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur & Van Heflin, Thu. Dec. 12, two showings—noon & 6:00 PM, Blue Hill Library. Info: 374-5515.

BLUE HILL – The Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library Film Series continues with two showings of Shane (1953), starring Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur and Van Heflin, on Thursday, December 12th at noon, and then again at 6:00 PM. In this classic western, a weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.

All films are shown free of charge on the library’s “pretty big” screen in the Howard Room. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.

Community Forum: Stimulating Affordable Housing

Where:   Roland Howard Room, Blue Hill Public Library

When:  Wednesday, December 11th at 6:30 P.M.

Cost:  Admission is Free

Calendar listingBlue Hill Peninsula Community Forum: Stimulating Affordable Housing, Wed. Dec. 11, 6:30 
PM, Blue Hill Library, 374-5515.

BLUE HILL – The Blue Hill Public Library’s Community Forum series continues on Wednesday December 11th at 6:30 PM. The topic will be: “Stimulating Affordable Housing.”

This forum will address issues of employment and social opportunities along with workforce housing in the Blue Hill area, with a focus on exploring ways to stimulate housing in the coming years. Subjects for discussion will include the unmet demand for housing on the peninsula, current affordable housing options, and programs and new ideas that have had success addressing housing issues.

Presenters will be Bruce Stahnke, architect; Mike Wood, Chairman of Island Workforce Housing on Deer Isle; Marla O’Byrne, Executive Director of Island Housing Trust on MDI; and Chuck Lawrence, owner of Tradewinds Markets. The program will be moderated by Dr. Gregory Bush, retired History Professor from the University of Miami.

This event is sponsored by the library, and is free and open to everyone. For more information contact the library at 374-5515.

Special Nature Storytime at the Blue Hill Public Library

Where:  Blue Hill Public Library

When: Tuesday, December 10th, 10:30 AM

Cost: Admission is Free

Calendar listing: Nature Storytime: Over & Under the Snow, by Kate Messner Tue. Dec. 10, 10:30 AM, Blue Hill Library, 374-5515.

BLUE HILL-- Kids are invited to a special nature themed storytime on Tuesday, December 10 at 10:30 am. Landere Naisbitt from Blue Hill Heritage Trust will read the story Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner. After the story, everyone will do a fun craft with evergreens, cones and berries.

This program is co-sponsored by the library and Blue Hill Heritage Trust. There is no charge and everyone is welcome. For more information call the library at 374-5515.

Two December Book Sales at the Blue Hill Library Feature Books for the Holidays

Where:  Basement “Book Nook,” Blue Hill Public Library

When: Saturdays, December 7th & 14th, 9AM to 2 PM

Calendar listing: TWO BOOK SALES IN DECEMBER featuring books for holiday giving, Sat. Dec. 7 & 14, 9AM- 2PM Blue Hill Public Library.

BLUE HILL—Friends of Blue Hill Public Library will hold two Saturday book sales in December, on the 7th and the 14th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (just before the Friends’ Holiday Party). There will be a wide selection of high quality books, DVDs and CDs for giving the gifts of adventure, creativity, knowledge and relaxation. Most books are just a dollar or two!

Proceeds from book sales enable the Friends of the Library to continue providing special events and purchases for the library. To donate books that are in good condition or for more information, contact the library at 374-5515.

Creative Ecology: Artwork from Natural Materials

Where:  Larchwood Case, Blue Hill Public Library

When: During December & January

Calendar listing: Exhibit: Creative Ecology: artwork using natural materials by local school aged kids, free native wildflower seeds for the community, Dec.-Jan. Blue Hill Library. Info: 374-5515.

BLUE HILL – Nature-inspired artwork by local school-aged kids will be on display at the Blue Hill Public Library in December and January. The library’s Larchwood Case will feature a collection of ecology themed artworks created from native seeds and plant material over the past year as part of program with the SEED Barn in Blue Hill.

As part of the installation, community members are invited to stop into the children's section of the library and gather a selection of native wildflower seeds to cultivate at home or sow at Pierce Pond as part of the SEED Barn’s community restoration project. Information on growing native plants from seed will be available. The exhibit encourages giving the gift of native seeds this holiday season.

The exhibit will be available for viewing during library hours. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

December 9: Family Movie & Pizza Night at Thomaston Public Library

Thomaston, Maine - Visit Thomaston Public Library on Monday, December 9 at 5:00 pm for Family Movie & Pizza Night! Free and open to all, and pajamas are welcome. For December, the library is excited to show you Home!

When Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons), a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip (voiced by Rihanna) who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.

Home is rated PG for "mild action and some rude humor" by the MPAA. The runtime is 94 minutes.

All films for Family Movie & Pizza Night are shown with closed captioning for the deaf and hard of hearing.

December 10: Let’s Talk About It Book Club at Thomaston Public Library

December 10: Let’s Talk About It Book Club at Thomaston Public Library

Thomaston,  Maine - The Let's Talk About It book group, facilitated by author and mentor Lee Heffner, will meet Tuesday, December 10, at 11 a.m. at Thomaston Public Library to continue the series entitled "So Near & So Far: An Exploration of Cuban Literature" with The Chase by Alejo Carpentier.

From the publisher:

"'In a nameless, Havana-like city, an anonymous man flees a team of shadowy, relentless political assassins, and ultimately takes refuge in a symphony auditorium during a performance of Beethoven’s Eroica. . . . This nightmarish novel does not so much tell a story as map the secret political infrastructure of cities, governments, churches, music, and bodies.' --The Independent

"'Carpentier was one of the early giants of modern Latin American literature, a man whose writing helped shape and define the period of ‘magic realism.’ . . . [The Chase is] a masterpiece.' -- New York Times Book Review

"'A taut tale of political violence and psychological suspense.' -- San Francisco Chronicle

"'One of the few perfect novellas in Spanish.' -- G. Cabrera Infante

"Perhaps Cuba’s most important intellectual figure of the twentieth century, Alejo Carpentier (1904–1980) was a novelist, a classically trained pianist and musicologist, a producer of avant-garde radio programming, and an influential theorist of politics and literature. Best known for his novels, Carpentier also collaborated with such luminaries as Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Georges Bataille, and Antonin Artaud. Born in Havana, he lived for many years in France and Venezuela but returned to Cuba after the 1959 revolution."

These discussions are always thought-provoking and lively, and we welcome anyone to join for one book or the whole series! Light refreshments are served.

On January 14, the group will continue the discussion of Cuban literature with Dreaming in Cuban by Christina Garcia. Copies are available to borrow at the library. For more information, please contact the library at (207) 354-2453 or at

McArthur Library Events & Programs December 2019

McArthur Library Events & Programs
December 2019
McArthur Library270 Main Street
Biddeford ME 04005
207 284 4181

Monday, November 18, 2019

Bicentennial Speaker Series continues on 12/5/19

Gardiner, Maine - The Gardiner Library Association continues celebrating Maine’s bicentennial with a yearlong speaker series celebrating the history of the communities making up the Lower Kennebec Valley. All events are free and open to all.

“Maine’s First Referendum: The Who, What, Why and When of the Vote for Statehood in the District of Maine and the Lower Kennebec Valley,” by Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, at 6:30 p.m on Thursday, December 5, 2019. Although there are now six communities in the Gardiner Library Association’s service area, in 1819 this geographical area included only three: Gardiner, which included what are now West Gardiner and Farmingdale; Pittston, which included Randolph; and Litchfield. Secretary Dunlap will speak about the 1819 referendum question that was overwhelmingly approved by voters in the District of Maine. Secretary Dunlap was elected by the Legislature to serve as Maine’s 47th and 49th Secretary of State. He was sworn in on Jan. 8, 2019, to his fourth consecutive and seventh overall term of office.


Mike Block is a celebrated cello player, singer and composer who is a Grammy Award-winning member of the Silk Road Ensemble;
Renowned guitarist, violist, and composer Derek Gripper forged his career blending classical music with African folk traditions.

Kittery, Maine- On Saturday, November 23rd at 7:30p.m., cellist Mike Block and guitarist Derek Gripper join forces for a concert at The Dance Hall in Kittery, Maine. 

Mike Block is a celebrated cello player, singer, composer, and a Grammy Award-winning member of the Silk Road Ensemble. Block's solo show features a mixture of original compositions and songs, arrangements of traditional folk music, and classical selections that draw inspiration from his diverse collaborations with artists such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, fiddler Mark O'Connor, Indian tabla player Sandeep Das, and pop stars including, Stevie Wonder, and Bon Iver.
Yo-Yo Ma has praised Block as the "ideal musician of the 21st-Century." Passionate about cross-cultural collaboration through music, Mike is committed to inspiring individuals and connecting communities. At home in a wide range of musical styles, through a multi-genre approach to composition, performance and education, he seeks to inspire audiences and empower musicians to find joy in the full world of music.

Mike is member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble (SRE), having joined in 2005 while a student at The Juilliard School. He has been featured as cello and vocal soloist, contributed arrangements and compositions, and earned a Grammy Award in 2017 for their album, Sing Me Home. 

As an innovator, Mike is among the first wave of cellists to adopt a strap in order to stand and move while playing. Employing his patented design, The Block Strap, Mike was the first standing cellist to perform at Carnegie Hall. The NY Times characterized the performance as, "Breathless ... Half dance, half dare."

Renowned guitarist, violist, and composer Derek Gripper has forged a career blending classical music with African folk traditions. The Cape Town-based musician first came to prominence in 2001 with the ensemble Sagtevlei, a collaboration with jazz accordionist and trumpeter Alex van Heerden and a string quartet. The group's spare deconstructions of South African music became known stylistically as "New Cape," a vision Gripper continued to follow on his first solo guitar release a year later. 

Over the following decade Gripper continued to push the boundaries of classical guitar both on his own and with other iterations of Sagtevlei. He released an inspired collaboration with Indian tabla master Udai Mazumdar and had one of his pieces adapted by acclaimed string ensemble the Kronos Quartet. Gripper's 2012 LP One Night on Earth launched a new phase of his career as he adapted the complex music of the kora (a 21-string African harp) for solo classical guitar. In 2015, he released a second collection of kora adaptations called Libraries on Fire.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and can be purchased at

Belfast Sand Shed Located at New Public Works Building

Sand shed 54 Crocker Road

The sand shed for public use is now located at the new Public Works building at 54 Crocker Road. Drive up the driveway toward the new building and it is just off to the left.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Maine Maritime Women's Soccer Falls in NCAA First Round

With the loss the Mariners conclude their season at 13-5 overall, while the Mammoths improve to 15-3-1 overall and extend their winning streak to nine games.

The Mariners held the Mammoths scoreless for the first 32 minutes of action before giving up an unassisted goal to Isabel Stern in the 33rd minute, to give Amherst a 1-0 lead. The Mammoths added on another goal shortly before half as Natalie Landau found Ruby Hastie in the 40th minute to push the lead to 2-0 going into halftime.

Amherst picked up a quick goal early in the second half as Stern scored her second of the game off of another Landau assist to make it 3-0. Hanna Gustafson scored her first of two in the 61st minute, when Landau found her for her third assist of the game, making it 4-0 Mammoths. Gustafson scored minutes later in the 68th minute from Navva Sedigh, extending the lead to 5-0. Maine Maritime would hold Amherst scoreless for the final 22 minutes of the game.

Emily Conway (Charleston, S.C.) picked up eight saves in 78 minutes of action for the Mariners, while Bess MacArthur (Castine, Maine) added two more in 12 minutes of relief. Antonia Tammaro made zero saves in the start and 28 minutes of action for the Mammoths, while Erica Sanders added one saves in 62 minutes of relief and the win.

Lauren Wood (Vallalboro, Maine) and Kelsea Anair (Richmond, Maine) each picked up a shot for the Mariners.

(Courtesy of Maine Maritime Sports Information)

Mariners Pick up First NCAA Postseason Set Win in 3-1 Defeat

MEDFORD, Mass. -- Maine Maritime Academy volleyball fell to Johnson & Wales University, 3-1 (22-25, 25-11, 25-11, 25-9) on Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Mariners are the first North Atlantic Conference (NAC) team to claim a set victory since the conference earned an automatic qualifier in 2004.

With the loss, the Mariners conclude the most