Thursday, June 22, 2017

Coast Guard locates missing kayaker safe in Maine

BOSTON — The Coast Guard confirmed Thursday the kayaker missing off the coast of Maine was found safe.
According to watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, a Maine Fisheries and Wildlife officer heard the audio clip of the mayday call on the news and recognized the kayaker's voice. The officer contacted his office and obtained a phone number for the man, Adrian Cerezo, who was on Petit Manan, Maine. The officer confirmed Cerezo was the kayaker search crews were looking for.
Cerezo later spoke to the Coast Guard and reported a wave had initially knocked him out of his kayak. He said his radio was water resistant, but not in a waterproof case. He wasn't sure if anyone heard his mayday call before the radio stopped working. Cerezo said he was able to swim to Bois Bubert Island with his kayak, get back in it, and paddle back to Petit Manan.
"It's incredibly fortunate we located him safe on land," said Ken Stuart, a command duty officer at Sector Northern New England. He said responders treat every search as if someone is in distress, and if safe, they are encouraged to notify the authorities.

Stuart said Cerezo was wearing a winter wetsuit and a life jacket.

"He absolutely did the right thing by researching the water temperature, recognizing the need to dress for the 49-degree water, and wear a lifejacket, all of which contributed to keeping him safe once things went wrong," said Stuart.

No injuries were reported.

"Camden Romance" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Camden Romance" by Doug Mills
Spring Flowers aboard schooner Mistress in Camden Maine birthplace of the windjammer.

These photos are from the historical archives of the Maine Windjammer Project.
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sea Vegetable Nursery Aims To Make Maine A Seaweed Leader

ORONO, Maine — Lobsters, blueberries and potatoes are three of Maine's iconic foods.

Seaweed could one day be another, says Sarah Redmond.

“Maine has this potential to be this seaweed leader [and] be known as the seaweed state,” says Redmond, a seaweed farmer.

Redmond and University of Maine marine science professor Susan Brawley are working to make that a reality. The co-directors of the Sea Vegetable Nursery at the University of Maine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR) in Franklin, Maine are aiming to build an industry-supported seaweed nursery system.

Toward that end, they’re developing seed stock that’s regionally specific and well-suited to sea farmers up and down the state’s coast.

Seaweed, says Redmond, is a super food.

“Everybody in the world should eat a little bit of seaweed every day,” she says of the vegetable packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Redmond describes seaweed as crispy, salty and delicious, and says it’s wonderful in salads, as dried sea vegetable snacks, as a salt substitute and as an ingredient in soup and beer.

“It provides nutrients we’re missing in our land-based food system and it reconnects us with the ocean.”

Redmond says the market for all things seaweed is vast.

“There’s a whole world of possibilities,” she says, including bioremediation and as a healthy additive in pet food and skin care products.

Redmond, who graduated from UMaine with a degree in aquaculture, says being a seaweed farmer is her calling. She owns Springtide Seaweed, a 24-acre sea vegetable plot she tends in Frenchman Bay.

For others interested in, or already invested in the field, the Sea Vegetable Nursery is selling seeded spools of four species of seaweed — sugar kelp, skinny kelp, alaria and dulse.

Each spool contains about 200 feet of seed twine wrapped around a piece of PVC pipe. The seed on the twine is produced in the nursery from native Maine seaweed parents. During fall “planting,” farmers wind the seeded twine onto large secured ropes in ocean plots.

“Sea vegetable farming is a beautiful idea — but we need to make it real and make it an industry that can be self-supporting,” says Redmond. “This allows [farmers] to get the seed they need. The more people we have really invested in making this a reality, the more of a diversified ... successful industry we’ll create.”

The nursery is organically certified by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association; both organic and conventional seed spools can be pre-ordered through July 25 by contacting Redmond ( or Brawley (

More information about the seeds is available on the CCAR site. Also to learn more, watch this video about Redmond, seaweed and the Sea Vegetable Nursery.

About the University of Maine:
The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant university, with research and community engagement classifications awarded by the Carnegie Foundation. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 63 countries. It currently enrolls 11,219 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers 35 doctoral degrees, 85 master’s degrees, and more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards. For more information about UMaine, visit

Pirates ‘Invade’ the Twin Villages

Pirate Vessel Must Roos: The pirate vessel Must Roos leads the attack on the Twin Villages during a past Pirate Rendezvous. “Must Roos” is Estonian for “Dark Rose,” the symbol of the Dark Rose Pirates. (photo courtesy
The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous promises a host of pirates, both large and small, to invade the Twin Villages in search of piratical fun and lost treasure on Saturday, June 24.

Kid Pirates: Young pirates show their colors during the invasion
of the Twin Villages at a past Pirate Rendezvous.
(photo courtesy
At 10 a.m. the event will open at the Pirate Bazaar located at Schooner Landing, where there will be games, activities and pirate history displays. The authentically costumed Pirates of the Dark Rose re-enactors will be on hand at their Tortuga Village to interact with the event-goers. Volunteers from the Second Congregational Church in Newcastle will be on hand with a table that includes children’s activities and a crew of sea shanty singers, while volunteers from Blessings in a Backpack in Jefferson will have a table loaded with piratical crafts that children can enjoy.

“This event has always been about the children, and we plan on continuing that tradition,” said Charlie Herrick of Schooner Landing, the event host.

There is no admission for the Pirate Rendezvous. All of the fundraising is accomplished through the games and activities. Generous sponsors help cover many of the Pirate Rendezvous expenses so that more of the money generated during the event can go to the event beneficiaries.

Pirates Charge: This group of buccaneers are showing their “piratitude” during the costume contest at a past Pirate Rendezvous. (photo courtesy
This year those sponsors include Renys, Ames Supply, Damariscotta Bank & Trust, the Cheney Financial Group, Colby & Gale and The Lincoln County News.

Volunteers from Lincoln County SPARK, a local young professionals network, will lead the way during the Pirate Rendezvous with fundraising for the event beneficiaries, by awarding contributions with a pirate sticker acknowledging the giver’s generosity at the Contribution Buckets located at the event entrance.

The pirates have also joined forces with the Pemaquid Watershed Association to offer “Pirate Duckies” as part of the PWA Rubber Ducky River Race. The Pirate Duckies will be on sale at the PWA table at the Pirate Bazaar, and will be priced to include a donation to the Pirate Rendezvous beneficiaries.

Proceeds from the efforts of Lincoln County SPARK and other Pirate Rendezvous income streams will benefit the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Newcastle, Blessings in a Backpack in Jefferson, and Feed Our Scholars in Wiscasset. (Blessings in a Backpack and Feed Our Scholars are both programs that provide weekend meals and other sustenance to school children.)

Thanks to the staff at Lincoln Academy there will be plenty of parking at the Lincoln Academy student parking lot on Academy Hill Rd., along with shuttles provided by the school and driven by school staff. The shuttle will run from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and the route has been refined to make waiting time an average of only 5 minutes.

Also at 10 a.m., historical interpreter Jeff Smith of the Lincoln County Historical Association will conduct a blacksmithing demonstration at the Chapman-Hall House just up the road from the Pirate Bazaar at 270 Main Street in Damariscotta. The demonstration will continue until 4 p.m.

Tickets will be available for a special boat ride aboard the RiverTripper even before the event opens by making a reservation at 207-315-5544. Tickets can also be purchased at the Pirate Bazaar at the RiverTripper table. The vessel will be embarking from Schooner Landing Marina, where the Pirate Bazaar is located, at 11:15 a.m. and will follow a course down the Damariscotta River, perhaps sighting seals and other wildlife. Then the RiverTripper will alter course offering guests a chance to see the pirate attack from a vantage point aboard the RiverTripper. Prices for tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children under 12 years old. A portion of ticket sales goes to support the event beneficiaries.

At 10:30 a.m. there will be a Crew Muster at the Pirate Bazaar, specifically for any re-enactors who want to join the pirate crew. The Crew Muster is intended for experienced re-enactors who want to bring edged or black powder weapons to the invasion. Children and their parents are welcome to join the pirate crew any time.

The Mystic Pirates of the Damariscotta should be heading upriver aboard their armed sailing vessel at about 11:30 a.m. with a plan to open fire on the Pirate Bazaar and invade the Twin Villages at high noon. As soon as they land, the Mystic Pirates will invite participants to join their merry band as they march through town making mischief.

At 2 p.m. there will be a Lil’ Pirates Costume Contest coordinated by volunteers from Feed our Scholars in Wiscasset, with many prizes for all sorts of categories.

After the Costume Contest, at approximately 3 p.m., there will be a surprise announcement about the possible whereabouts of pirate treasure, and how all the little pirates can get a share of it.

While pirate activities begin to wind down, the Eric Green Band will take the stage with their original style of blues music, so that any pirates who want to remain will have plenty of reason to do so.

For information on the Pirate Rendezvous as a volunteer or sponsor, please contact Greg Latimer at 380-9912 or

Mid Coast Hospital Providers Train Tufts Medical Students

Brunswick, ME – On June 5, two medical students began a nine-month clinical rotation at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick. Maine Track students, Diana Stade and Madeline Wetterhahn, are gaining hands-on training under the supervision of Mid Coast providers as part of the Tufts University School of Medicine - Maine Medical Center Program (TUSM-MMC) Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum (LIC) program.

Commonly referred to as “the Maine Track,” Mid Coast Hospital has participated as a training site for the program since 2011. Through this program medical students explore multiple medical disciplines including OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, and General Surgery. The intensive program allows students to fulfill their third-year core competencies while offering a uniquely broad view of the variety of comprehensive care patients receive throughout life.

Marybeth Ford, MD, coordinates the LIC program at Mid Coast Hospital. “Mid Coast Hospital is honored to participate in the TUSM-MMC LIC program. Our providers offer an innovative way to receive training that allows the students exposure to variety of disciplines,” she stated. “We have participated in the program since its inception and are so grateful that the program is succeeding in its mission to encourage medical students to return to Maine. As the concern of physician shortages in Maine's smaller and rural communities continues to grow, this program remains a vital component to the long-term health of Maine.”

A graduate of Gardiner Area High School, Stade earned her undergraduate degree from Bentley University and began her career at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute while taking coursework at the Harvard Extension School. She began clinical research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital developing and implementing a patient-centered plan of care for patients and families, which obtained an award at an international medical informatics symposium.

When asked about her participation in the Maine Track program, Stade commented, “The call of the loons at dusk and the scent of white pine are my memories of Maine from childhood. Returning to my past in the form of a healer and provider for the people of this great state is a humbling privilege and an honor. As a rural physician, my aim will be to educate patients of their illness and empower them to become advocates for their health and wellness.”

Originally from Adams, New York, Wetterhahn attended college at St. Lawrence University. While achieving her undergraduate degree, she worked with the Health and Counseling Center to develop the clinical services and community programming provided to students.
Her experiences in health professional shortage areas–volunteering in hospitals, on a rescue squad, and as a Health Coach in a transitional care program–demonstrated to her the importance of community and preventive medicine. She is pursuing her Masters of Public Health in addition to her medical degree through TUSM’s dual degree program.

“The Maine Track program at Tufts gets students involved with underserved or rural communities early in their training,” said Wetterhahn when asked why she chose the program. “Having grown up in a similar environment, and wanting to practice in an underserved area after medical school, this is important to me. What’s more, the MD/MPH option allows Maine Track students to get training in public health at the same time they are making connections in the communities they might one day serve.”

Screening of From the Ashes, a 2017 Film About the Coal Industry

Reel Pizza Opens the Sierra Club Environmental Film Series
With a Screening of From the Ashes, a 2017 Film About the Coal Industry,
on June 24

Reel Pizza Cinerama located at 33 Kennebec Pl in Bar Harbor will present a screening of From the Ashes on Saturday, June 24 at 2:00 pm. From the Ashes, produced by RadicalMedia in in 2017 in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration. From Appalachia to the West's Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the "war on coal" to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what's at stake for our economy, health, and climate. The film is being introduced by Doreen Stabinsky, Ph.D., professor of Global Environmental Politics at College of the Atlantic.

This film screening kicks off the 2017 Sierra Club Environmental Film Series that runs through October 2017. In partnership with the Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club, Reel Pizza offers this environmental film and speaker series free of charge. For more information, visit

"Historic Schooners" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Historic Schooners" by Doug Mills
Historic schooners Stephen Taber, built 1871, Mary Day, America's first purpose built windjammer and Lewis R. French also built 1871, anchored at Camden Maine, the birthplace of the windjammer trade.

These photos are from the historical archives of the Maine Windjammer Project.
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Video Special: Mid Coast Music Academy Holds Annual Summer Recital

Rockland, Maine - Mid Coast Music Academy held their annual summer recital at the Strand Theatre on Sunday, June 18th, 2017 in Rockland, Maine.

Recital featured performances by:

MCMA Girls' Pop Ensemble with Ruben Feldman

Aili Charland, Heather Stephenson, Anna Siletti, Myles Kelley and Emmit Dayhoof

Oliver Worner

Levi Caverly

Quinn Ryan

Nadia Markwith

Kyra Anderson, Carl & Helen Caverly and Reagan Billingsley

Ron Demers

MCMA Digital Music Lab

Hudson Finn

Robin Lane

Gabbi Chappell

Simon Fox

Bodhi Ames

MCMA Teen Jazz Ensemble

Scout Bookham, Natalee Hitz, Riley Williams and Aiden Sheridan

Bella Barnes, Bella Chappell and Maddie & Abbie Anderson

Wyatt Simmons and Donnie Havener

Anthony Marsh, Reagan Billingsley and Vera Fine


VIDEO SPECIAL: Rockland's 2017 Summer Solstice Celebration

Rockland's Summer Solstice celebration is decades-long tradition for residents from all over the Midcoast region bringing hundreds of families to a Main Street that was closed to all vehicular traffic for 3 hours.  During that time, the street was be filled with pedestrians enjoying live bands, plenty of food, and fun for all ages.
The traditional Whoopie Pie-Eating Contest, sponsored by Rockland CafĂ©, live bands, performers and plenty of food options.  Free face painting, temporary tattoos, giant bubbles and a street chalk-art were all part of the fun.

"Start Of The 2016 Great Schooner Race" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Start Of The 2016 Great Schooner Race" by Doug Mills
Grace Bailey, Heritage and American Eagle at the start of the 2016 Great Schooner Race.

These photos are from the historical archives of the Maine Windjammer Project.
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact:

Monday, June 19, 2017

"Early Morning Mists" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Early Morning Mists" by Doug Mills
Schooner Heritage sets sail from Rockland, Maine in the early morning mists.

These photos are from the historical archives of the Maine Windjammer Project.
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact:

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Maine 7 Day Forecast

"On The Bay" by Doug Mills
Shoot Maine Studios
Rockland, Maine
Areas of dense fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. South wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Monday Night
Showers, mainly after 8pm. Patchy fog after 10pm. Low around 63. South wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 10am, then a chance of showers between 10am and 4pm. High near 76. South wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.
Thursday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76.
Friday Night
A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.

A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77.
Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.

Partly sunny, with a high near 74.