Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Collins, King Applaud Announcement that Maine has been Named a TechHire Community

Senators praise additional news that Portland startup community can compete for $100,000 in investment as part of “Rise of the Rest Tour”
Washington D.C - Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King applauded an announcement from the White House that Educate Maine’s Project >Login campaign will be designated as a TechHire Community. Launched in March 2015, the TechHire initiative aims to empower Americans with the skills they need to pursue technology training. As a Tech Hire community, participating businesses in Maine will receive in-kind services from LinkedIn, LaunchCode, and other businesses to help recruit candidates and match them with positions more efficiently in IT and tech-related industries. The formal announcement of the designation will occur later today at the White House during the inaugural “White House Demo Day.” With this announcement, Maine and 9 other communities from around the country are being recognized today as a national leader in expanding access to tech jobs – joining the first round of TechHire communities announced in March 2015.

In addition to the TechHire announcement today, former AOL CEO and head of the White House

Collins, King Congratulate Three Maine Award Winners Recognized by SBA for Supporting Startup Community

Washington, D.C - Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King congratulated the Maine Center for Entrepreneurship Development (MCED), the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech), and the City of Rockland for each winning $50,000 awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

MCED and E2Tech are among 80 national winners of the SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Competition, which awards $50,000 prizes to organizations that help startups become commercially viable and create jobs. The City of Rockland is one of 25 communities around the country receiving a $50,000 “Startup in a Day” award. The award will allow the city to streamline its online permit and licensing processes to help businesses get off the ground faster and easier.

“Small businesses and entrepreneurship are major drivers of our economy, and Maine is proud to have some of the more innovative organizations and communities working to promote startup growth,” Senators Collins and King said in a joint statement. “Right here in Maine, visionary thinking from groups like the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development and E2Tech are helping businesses succeed and create jobs. And municipalities like Rockland are recognizing that these small businesses can act as catalysts for local development. We commend MCED, E2Tech, and the City of Rockland for these well-deserved awards, and look forward to continuing to work together on behalf of Maine small businesses and the communities they support.”

The Growth Accelerator Fund Competition, now in its second year, encourages the development of business programs – known as accelerators or entrepreneurial ecosystem models – that promote entrepreneurship through mentorships, education, and networking. The SBA initiative allows organizations from around the country to compete for $50,000 prizes totaling $4 million nationally. MCED will use the $50,000 award to fund the operating budget for its Top Gun program, which accelerates growing Maine companies through mentoring, training, and connections. The program started in 2009 with 12 entrepreneurs, and graduated 32 companies in 2015. To date, 110 program graduates have generated more than $25 million in revenue growth and 100 net new jobs. E2Tech plan to use the $50,000 to build on its work connecting Maine’s energy and environmental innovators with mentors, investors, and peers throughout the Northeast. Specific initiatives include studying the ripple effect of clean-energy development in expanding Maine’s manufacturing supply chains, and convening an “E2Tech Expo” this fall focusing on Maine’s energy, environmental, and cleantech sector.

President Obama  announced the “Startup in a Day” initiative earlier this year, aiming to help cities and Native American communities streamline the licensing, permitting, and other requirements needed to start a business in their areas. The goal is for entrepreneurs to be able to apply for all these necessary requirements within one business day.  Rockland is one of only four “Startup in a Day” award recipients in New England.

"In The Fog" The Maine Windjammer Project

"In The Fog" by Doug Mills
The schooner American Eagle in the fog off Owls Head Maine.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Maine Lobster Festival Parade Draws Thousands

Rockland, Maine - It was a perfect day for a parade during the 68th annual Maine Lobster Festival on August 1st, 2015 in Rockland, Maine. Thousands lined on both sides of North Main Street and Main Street.

There were many colorful floats, marching units, fire trucks, 2015 Sea Princesses, King Neptune, His Court, Sea Goddess Jackie Thorbjorson, Crown Princess Payton Billingsley, Clydesdale horses and many more.

You can relive the parade by clicking here for the video of the whole thing.

Don McLean Performs For Huge Maine Lobster Festival Crowd

Rockland, Maine - 'American Pie' singer Don McLean performed wonderfully in front of a huge crowd during the 68th annual Maine Lobster Festival on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 in Rockland, Maine.

Don McLean is one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters and is forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie“,”Vincent (Starry Starry Night)”, “Castles in the Air”, “And I Love You So” and “Crying”. Since first hitting the charts in 1971, Don has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records world-wide and, in 2004, was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. His songs have been recorded by artists from every musical genre, most notably Madonna’s No. 1 recording of “American Pie” in 2000 and George Michael’s version of “The Grave” in 2003, sung in protest at the Iraq War.

To learn more about Don McLean, click here.

Scarlett Flint Wins Great International Crate Race, 3,000 Crates

Rockland, Maine - It was a perfect day for a crate race during the 68th annual Maine Lobster Festival on Sunday, August 2nd, 2015. Around 90 contestants took part in this year's race with 8 year old Scarlett Flint (photo above) winning by running 3,000 crates. This is the second time Scarlett took part in the crate race. Last year Scarlett ran 6,500 crates.

Full results of winners, people completing and number of crates ran.

Featherweight: Scarlett Flint, 8, Warren, ME - 3,000 crates
Runner-up: Finn Kaeyer, 9, Wilton, CT - 77 crates

Lightweight: Duncan Widdecombe, 13, South Thomaston, ME - 198 crates
Runner-up: Katherine Page, 14, South Berwick, ME - 128 crates

Mediumweight: Connor MacGonagle, 15, of Owls Head, ME - 524 crates

Super size: Ben Hilard - 10 crates

Corbin Farnham, Thomaston, ME,  Age 12 and 39 Crates

Amy & The Engine Performs Maine Lobster Festival

Rockland, Maine - Amy Allen and her band Amy & The Engine sounded wonderful as they performed on main stage during the 68th annual Maine Lobster Festival on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 in Rockland, Maine.

Hailing from South Portland, Maine, frontwoman Amy Allen began her love affair with music when she picked up the guitar at age nine. Allen has released three solo EPs and after appearing on The Voice, enrolled in Berklee College of Music to study songwriting. There she met her “engine” – an eclectic group of guys who would become her supporting outfit – and Amy & The Engine was born.

Founded just over one year ago, the indie-pop band has opened for acts the likes of Vance Joy, Rachel Platten, The Veronicas, Kacey Musgraves and more, and has impressed audiences with performances at VH1’s Save The Music Foundation, NYC’s CMJ Music Marathon and Boston's Listen Local. Their 50s-inspired single/video "Last Forever" dropped Valentine's Day with exclusive features on Teen Vogue and Entertainment Weekly.

To learn more about Amy & The Engine, click here.

Downtown Advocacy Group Recognizes 10 Year Old Mason Curtis

When a young person demonstrates the kind of initiative shown by Mason Curtis of Rockland, it doesn’t go unnoticed.

Just over a week ago, Mason was discovered on Main Street doing something unusual. The 10-year-old was seen hauling a small wagon with a sign on it suggesting that he was taking it upon himself to clean up the streets of his hometown.

It seems that Mason and an occasional friend would walk through the downtown district with rubber gloves and a hand-held grabbing device to pick up litter. Although Rockland has made great strides in its ongoing revitalization, Mason noticed that some people are not as sensitive to how they dispose their personal trash and cigarette butts.

After one of the region’s news outlets published a story about Mason’t efforts, the executive director of Rockland Main Street, Inc., Gordon Page, made contact with Mason’s family and offered to present Mason with a certificate of appreciation, at which time he and Mason’s mom put the wheels in motion to surprise the youngster with a brief event that took place at the administrative offices of the downtown advocacy organization.

On July 31, accompanied by his parents, grandparents, and younger brother, Mason was surprised with a certificate of appreciation, a gift certificate to Planet Toys, an official Rockland Main Street, Inc., volunteer badge, and a Healthy Maine Streets tote bag. The family also received a gift card to Terra Optima Farm Market.

Rockland Main Street, Inc., is a focused partnership of residents, businesses and local government that enhances and protects the unique sense of place and economic vitality of downtown Rockland, Maine. The local 501[c][3] non-profit organization is fully accredited by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Main Street Center, an organization committed to historic preservation-based community revitalization, and the Maine Development Foundation's Downtown Center

In addition to working to improve the economic climate in the downtown district, Rockland Main Street, Inc., is responsible for the production of the annual Summer Solstice Celebration and Street Party every June, as well as the annual Festival of Lights Parade, the construction and lighting of the Lobster Trap Christmas Tree, hanging Christmas wreaths in the downtown, and a variety of events that draw positive attention to the downtown district.

FMI: rocklandmainstreet.com, or Rockland Main Street on Facebook.

The Rockland Report July 31, 2015

 Processed Real Estate Transfers, updating parcel cards, sales book, and
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.
 Updating GIS with the new splits and merging parcels.
 Listening and reviewing properties at the property owner’s request.
 Updating Tax Maps and posting to the web site.
 Close to final commitment on August 12th. Trying to get final numbers into
Munis Software.

 The Library has addressed all the issues found by the Department of Labor
representative, Tammy Gross.
 Catinka Knoth’s Children’s art class this week drew classic Maine scenes; Adults worked on “Rosa Rugosa - Beach Roses by Marshall Point Light.”
 The Summer Breakfast and Lunch programs continue.
 Keith Drago has updated all the public PCs; this will be an ongoing project.
 Keith hosted the Monday evening Drop-in Tech Help.
 Also on Monday evening, the Library hosted My Money Works, co-sponsored with Women, Work & Community, a four-week series.
 Tuesday afternoon was every-other-Tuesday Lego Club; this week’s theme—Sea Creatures and Lobster LEGOs.
 On Tuesday evening, the Library hosted an Author Talk. Jon Keller discussed his highly acclaimed debut novel, Of Sea and Cloud which was inspired by years of experience working in the secluded lobstering culture of rural Maine.
 The Polliwog Pages writing class finished this week; it was part of The Arts...series. The mother of one of the participants told Jean Young that this was the very best of the many programs the family has attended; it has inspired her daughter to become a writer.
 The Memoir Writing Workshop was held on Tuesday. This group meets weekly, and is open to anyone who wants to write, share, or just listen.
 Patty King attended a Sweetser (free) Training Workshop, an all-day practicum on Mental Health First Aid; while it’s not something we face every day, her take-away should be very useful here when Patty shares it with staff.
 Well, Judith Andersen was here to lead Wednesday Storytime, however no littles showed up. We’re not sure if they are at the Festival, or just avoiding downtown Rockland as we know many do.
 Rachel Nixon presented Children’s Yoga class, for kids and parents; this will
continue on Thursdays through the end of August. Also part of The Arts...
 The Beginning Ukuleles Class has finished; however, we will be making the
instruments available for borrowing very soon, and have hopes of a ukulele club.
 There was no Storytime at the Farmers’ Market this week, nor the next, due to the Lobster Festival, and the Boats, Homes, and Harbors event, respectively.
 I participated in the City/Downtown Merchants Thursday afternoon shift in the
Food Tent of the Maine Lobster Festival.
 The Thursday Evening Arts and Cultural Event was a Collaborative Performance: Artist Robert Shetterly & Jazz Composer Mary Anne Driscoll. Artist Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell the Truth portraits and narratives highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. There are more than 180 portraits in the non-partisan, AWTT series. The performance is a collaboration between Shetterly & the jazz composer singer Mary Anne Driscoll from Belfast.
 Patty was one of the presenters of WRFR’s Love My Radio show, where staff from area libraries share upcoming events and programs, in a lively format.
 On Saturday, Keith hosted Teen Summer Art Series: Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk. Young Adults ages 12-17 were invited to join library staff in making their own sidewalk chalk. The materials are provided and the chalk will be used in a followup program on the 15th decorating the sidewalk circle in front of the Library.
 Keith also hosted E-Books for Tablets in the afternoon. Did you know you could download free eBooks from the Rockland Public Library on your iPad, Android tablet, or smartphone? Participants were able to learn how by coming to our eBooks on Tablets class. Those bringing their tablet were able to download a new book that day.
 Upcoming: Picnic on the Lawn with African Drumming & More--bring your dinner, a blanket and listen to the West African drumming sounds of Jordan Benissan, a native of Togo, West Africa, is currently teaching at Colby College. Also-- The Friends of Rockland Public Library will be holding the First Annual Bag & Tag sale in August—here’s your chance to unload some unwanted items, and help raise funds for the Library at the same time. Please do note—items will not be accepted at the Library. Rather, please contact Jeanie: 593-7112 or Rebecca: 975- 3946. Tax deductible receipts available.

Officers responded to 288 calls for service. Rockland Police Officers responded to 7 motor vehicle crashes and 8 animal complaints. 32 traffic stops and traffic violations were conducted. Officers charged or made arrests of 22 individuals for various offenses, to include Warrants of Arrest, Bail violations, Alcohol violations, Probation Violations, Obstruction of Government Administration, Disorderly Conduct, Domestic Assault, Criminal Threading, Trespassing, Assault and Operating under the Influence.
 We were very busy with public safety concerning the Maine Lobster Festival this past week.
 We are planning public safety concerning Maine Boats, Harbor and Home show over the next two weeks.
 Harbor Patrol is working with the Harbormaster’s Office, and US Navy in Marine Domain Awareness of the Harbor during the USS Tortuga port visit.

 It's the Lobster Festival and all the hullabaloo that implies. Navy vessel tours and slamming porta-pottie doors. Boats coming and going, and boats going too fast. Questions on parking and access, and even a few normal cruisers stopping in. Add hot weather, a few emergencies and it makes for a busy week.
 The number and size of the boats coming into Rockland the last few weeks has
been astounding. Large traditionally rigged vessels like the Picton Castle, the Lynx and the Columbia, as well as expensive yachts are augmenting our usual crowd of smaller cruising boats.
 The half-rebuilt windjammer, Ladona is in her berth at the Lermond's Cove
windjammer wharf, and they'll be working to get her ready for next summer's
sailing season.
 The US Navy's LSD 46 – the USS Tortuga is here, and rumor has it that she's taking a victory lap around the east coast before she's finally laid-up and
decommissioned. Of course, another rumor is that she's going into the shipyard for four years for a total rebuilding.

Over the past week, in addition to the general response to 57 Fire and EMS calls,
conducting apparatus checks, daily cleaning, routine repairs and maintenance to
the fleet and of the quarters, the following occurred:
 We received our new Thermal Imaging Cameras on Friday and will be conducting in-service training with them over the next two week before putting them on apparatus.
 On Monday we had an instructor from Maine EMS conduct a training class on
Pharmacology as part of the EMS continuing education requirements.
 Squad 3 went to Vasselboro on Monday for a repair issue, and was swapped out with Engine 1 for its pump certification test on Tuesday.
 Met with PD and the Parade Marshal to finalize details of the Lobster Festival
 Conducted a final inspection along with CEO Root at the 220 Camden St.
Condos. We also reviewed a renovated apartment for a Certificate of
 Researched a commercial wood pellet boiler and storage issue on Main St. to find solutions to potential issues, mainly surrounding the storage of 12 tons of wood pellets. This is a heating field advancement that is outpacing Codes and
guidance available to us. A solution is well in hand utilizing the sprinkler contractor, the installer, and guidance from one of the State Oil and Solid Fuels Board inspectors.
 I spoke to the Ford Technical Expert who flew in to go over Rescue 3 in Brunswick; he tells me he’ll have a plan of action to begin diagnosing and correcting the problem.
 We picked up a loaner ambulance to have through the Festival week from our
ambulance dealer.
 Engine 2 was swapped with Engine 1 in Vasselboro for its pump certification and had an air leak issue requiring correction. Thursday the repair and certification test was completed and it returned. Now all our pumpers have been successfully serviced and certified.
 Assisted the State Fire Marshal’s inspectors as they reviewed the rides for the MLF. This was the third or fourth time these specific rides have been inspected this year. In the past once a ride had been inspected once in Maine, it was good for the season. This additional review was done at the request of the MLF President through us.
 Wednesday morning I began publishing the daily Incident Action Plan for the
Lobster Festival, to ensure all key players are up to date with contacts, weather
and hazards.
 Wednesday evening our personnel drilled on fire pump operations.
 Wednesday afternoon presented us with a first: we responded to the Breakwater Lighthouse for a fire alarm. Thankfully we could hitch a ride on the Police Boat cutting the response time significantly. We determined that key access to the Lighthouse was not readily available to us, but thankfully in the end, there was no fire or other hazards, so forcing entry was not necessary.

 All ten trees have been planted around the city. Thank you to Public Services and Casella.
 The parks are cleaned up and ready for the parade. The Rec Department and
Public services did a great job of getting these parks back to looking good. They
had become very overgrown.
 The Rec staff met with Troy Curtis Wednesday to look at possible employment with the YMCA.

 Watered flowers.
 Summer Street sidewalk.
 Picked up trash City-wide.
 Swept streets.
 Prepped for hot top on Summer Street.
 Prepped tree planting areas for Rec Department.
 Roadside mowing.
 Sign repair.
 Removed stones from Manning Brook.
 Finished Summer Street hot top.

Harrisburg wins 16-12 in an epic showdown on Sunday

Portland, Maine - The Harrisburg Senators (53-56) scored four times in the top of the 11th inning and beat the Portland Sea Dogs (40-69), 16-12 on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field in front of a sellout crowd of 7,368. Harrisburg took three of four from the Sea Dogs by winning the final three.

Trailing 12-9, the Sea Dogs tied the game with back-to-back homers in the eighth from Sam Travis (2-run) and Tim Roberson.  Portland had 18 hits and finished 7-for-16 with runners-in-scoring position. Harrisburg had a season-high 22 hits, the most yielded by Portland since 2008.

Brian Goodwin snapped a 12-12 in the 11th, leading off the frame with a solo-homer to right. Harrisburg added three more run son a fielder's choice, walk and a groundout.  John Cornely (0-2) took the loss and Gilberto Mendez (5-3) worked two scoreless to earn the win.

The game was tied at six after three innings, as the teams combined for 15 hits.  Drew Vettleson put

Maine 7 Day Forecast

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Sunny, with a high near 81. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
A 30 percent chance of showers after 3am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Some of the storms could produce small hail and gusty winds. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 79. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tuesday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. West wind around 5 mph.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Partly sunny, with a high near 73.
Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

:Mary Day" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Mary Day" by Doug Mills
The Maine windjammer Mary Day in picturesque Camden Maine.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Rock Band 'Duke' Performs During Maine Lobster Festival

Rockland, Maine - The rock band 'Duke' did a wonderful job as they performed in North Entertainment Tent during the 68th Maine Lobster Festival on Friday, July 31st, 2015 in Rockland, Maine.

'Duke' members are Kliff Scott - Lead Vocals & Bass,  Andrew Larochelle - Guitar, Ryan Larochelle - Drums and Joey Bertin- Lead Guitar.

You can learn more about this band by clicking here.