Saturday, July 4, 2015

Sea Dogs drop the opener in Binghamton 5-2

Binghamton, NY - The Binghamton Mets (41-39) received six strong innings from Michael Fulmer (3-1) and hit two homers, beating the Portland Sea Dogs (29-53), 5-2, Saturday night in front of 4,858 fans on July 4th at NYSEG Stadium.

Fulmer beat Portland and Cuevas for the second time this season, working six innings on four hits, two runs (one earned), one walk and eight strikeouts. Binghamton's bullpen worked three scoreless. Jon Velasquez pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save of the season.

Portland took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Manuel Margot singled with two outs, moved to second on a passed ball, and scored on a strange play. Aneury Tavarez struck out for what looked like the third out, but catcher Xorge Carillo threw it away, allowing Margot to score.

Binghamton responded with a two-out hit in their second inning, as Gavin Cecchini launched a grand slam to left field, giving the B-Mets the lead for good. All four runs were unearned due to a fielding error by 3B Jantzen Witte.

Cuevas took his fifth loss of the season, giving up four hits and four unearned runs over 5 IP.

Witte came through in the third inning, nailed a two-out RBI double, cutting Binghamton's lead to 4-2.  Aderlin Rodriguez added the final run, a solo-shot off Mike McCarthy in the seventh.

Tickets are still available for the next Sea Dogs homestand beginning July 10th as well as the Eastern League All-Star Game on July 15th at Hadlock Field.  Call 207-879-9500 or visit to book your nine-inning vacation today!

39th Annual Great Schooner Race

David Mills
story and photos
Doug Mills
video production

Penobscot Bay - Fourteen Schooners sets sail in 39th Annual Great Schooner Race  held on Friday, July 3rd, 2015 from Islesboro's Gilkey Harbor to Rockland's harbor under perfect sailing conditions.

Taking part in this years race were Bowdoin built 1921, Heron built 2003, Heritage built 1983, Heritage built 1962, Olad built 1927, American Eagle built 1930, Victory Chimes built 1900, J&E Riggin built 1927, Stephen Taber built 1871, Mary Day built 1962, Angelique built 1980, Mercentile built 1916, Grace Bailey built 1882 and Lewis R. French built 1871.  Lewis R. French, the oldest sailing schooner in America and Stephen Taber, the oldest continuously sailing schooner,  were both launched in 1871.

Four classes makes up the race, Flying Jib (under 50 feet), Coaster (pre-World War I vessels), Leeward (post-World War I vessels) and Windward (largest vessels). Schooners for each class is determined by size and design.

"The history of racing these magnificent wooden coasting schooners started over a century ago with sailors trying to beat their competitors to market. The first boat back to port always got the best price for their cargo—perhaps fish, lumber, granite or even Christmas trees. The "Race" was always unspoken, but ever present.
Needless to say, sailors have always been independent types. Contributing to the Great Schooner Race’s quirkiness, it is one of the only sailing events in the world that requires no prior sailing experience on the part of the participants!"
"Every summer since 1977, the Maine Windjammer Association has hosted the Great Schooner Race, providing an opportunity for captains, crews and passengers aboard traditional vessels from all over the Eastern Seaboard to rendezvous for a fun day of racing.
Hailed as "the largest annual gathering of traditional schooners in America,"
                                                                            Maine Windjammer Association

Winners from the 2015 Great Schooner Race included:

Cutty Sark Award:First Overall:Stephen Taber
Flying Jib Class:First Place:Heritage
Flying Jib Class:Second Place:Olad
Coasters Class:First Place:Victory Chimes
Coasters Class:Second Place:Stephen Taber
Coasters Class:Third Place:Lewis R. French
Leeward Class:First Place:Angelique
Leeward Class:Second Place:Heritage
Leeward Class:Third Place:J. & E. Riggin
Windward Class:First Place:Heron
Windward Class:Second Place:Mary Day
Windward Class:Third Place:American Eagle
3-Masters Class:First Place:Victory Chimes

Celebrate the American passion for cool cars at the Rod, Custom and Muscle Car Cruise-In

Owls Head, Maine - Car enthusiasts of all persuasions are certain to enjoy the Rod, Custom and Muscle Car Cruise-In Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12 at the Owls Head Transportation Museum. Gates open to the public at 9:00 a.m.; exhibitor gates open at 8:00 a.m.  The show will go on rain or shine and a variety of indoor demonstrations and activities are planned in the event of inclement weather.

All pre-1995 vehicles and all organized automobile clubs are welcome to exhibit. Exhibitors and one guest get in free. Clubs wishing to arrange parking are encouraged to call ahead.

The event coincides with National Street Rod Association appreciation weekend.  NSRA members

Rockland Harbor Last Night!

The scene at Rockland harbor last night as more that a dozen historic schooners make there way to the docks after the 2015 Great Schooner Race!

"2015 Great Schooner Race" The Maine Windjammer Project

"2015 Great Schooner Race" by Doug Mills
Schooner Mercantile, and Artic exploration schooner Bowdoin at 2015 Great Schooner Race.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Attorney General Janet Mills Announces Terms of Settlement Allowing Dollar Tree to Acquire Family Dollar's stores

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills announced the terms of a settlement that she and 16 other States have reached with Dollar Tree, Inc., following their review of the company's proposed acquisition of Family Dollar Stores, Inc. The merger combines two large national chains of deep discount stores.

Working with the Federal Trade Commission, the State Attorneys General are requiring Dollar Tree to sell more than 300 Family Dollar store to a new competitor in order to complete the acquisition. All of the affected stores are to be sold and re-branded as Dollar Express stores, a new chain of deep discount stores being launched by Sycamore Partners.

Attorney General Mills said she was concerned that the merger would substantially lessen competition in several Maine markets and is requiring seven stores in Maine to be sold to Dollar Express. Those stores are located in: Caribou, Gray, Lewiston, Livermore Falls, Old Town, South Portland, and Waterville. In addition to these stores being sold to Dollar Express, Dollar Tree will be required to report or notify the Maine Attorney General's office of future acquisitions or store relocations or closings.

"These stores are located in both small towns and in our larger cities and suburbs," said Attorney General Mills. "We wanted to be sure that in areas where these stores were near each other that there would still be competition to offer the best prices and merchandise."

Attorney General Mills noted that her office worked with the Federal Trade Commission and the other Attorneys General in conducting a national review of the transaction. The Attorneys General have filed their lawsuit and proposed consent judgment in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia.

Sycamore Partners is expected to acquire the stores being divested over the coming few months and operate them under its Dollar Express banner.

Dollar Tree (NASDAQ: DLTR) is headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia, and operates more than 4,200 stores, including more than 25 stores in Maine. Family Dollar (NYSE: FDO) is headquartered in Matthews, North Carolina, and operates more than 8,000 stores nationwide, including approximately 60 stores in Maine.

Turnpike Officials Expecting Busy Holiday Weekend

--Over 1 million vehicles predicted to travel the turnpike over July 4th weekend--
Portland, Maine - More than 1 million vehicles are anticipated to travel the Maine Turnpike over this Independence Day weekend, an increase of 4.5% from the weekend of the 4th last year.  Friday is expected to be the busiest day, with more than 315,000 vehicles; and about 270,000 vehicles are expected to travel the turnpike on Sunday.  From January through May 2015, the turnpike has seen a 4.3% growth in traffic compared to the same period in 2014.  May 2015 was the busiest May in Maine Turnpike history, and all signs point towards this to be the busiest 4th of July weekend the Maine Turnpike has seen in the past decade, and potentially busiest 4th of July weekend in Maine Turnpike history.

With heavy traffic expected on the road this holiday weekend, the MTA is urging motorists to drive safely and take proper precautions over the 4th. Here are some summer safety driving tips:

·         Move over.  It’s the law. – When you see emergency lights on the side of the road, you need to move over. If you can’t move over, you must slow down.  Don’t follow too closely behind vehicles with strobes flashing as they may need to pull over suddenly.

·         Summer is Construction Season in Maine - Make sure to be cautious while traveling through work zones.  Obey the posted speeds and watch out for stopped vehicles in front of you.  Stay alert, do not get distracted by the construction activity.

·         Summer Means Campers and Boats on Our Roads – If you cannot see an RV’s mirrors, then they can’t see you.  Travel at a safe distance. If you are hauling a boat or camper, make sure the lights are connected and working properly and always have a spare tire if using a trailer.

·         Watch out for Wildlife.  – Moose and deer are most active around dawn and dusk. Be especially alert after sunset because these dark colored animals can be very hard to see until they are right in front of you.  Know that moose are hard to spot because they are taller than deer and their eyes won’t reflect in your headlights.

Tending the Perennial Garden in Mid-July‏

Camden/Rockport, Maine - Gardener Wendy Andresen will present the third installment of her Tending the Perennial Garden lecture series at Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, July 14 at 12:00 noon.

As the summer days get hotter, the perennial garden needs more attention.  Wendy will continue to demonstrate techniques and tips for helping perennial gardens thrive throughout the summer. By July, many plants are past their first bloom. Wendy will emphasize the importance of cutting back bloomed-out flowers such as peonies and irises to encourage continual growth.  This program will be an interactive tour of Merryspring's perennial beds, with questions encouraged. Copies of the reference for this series, Tracy DiSabato-Aust's The Well-Tended Perennial Garden, will be for sale, as well as other gardening and nature books, tools, and plants.

Participants for this talk should meet outside at Merryspring's Hexagon at noon. Guests are reminded to wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing to this event. This talk is part of a continuing series, with a new installment occurring once every three weeks between June and October.

After owning and managing a garden design and maintenance business in Connecticut, Wendy and her husband Ray moved to Camden in 2006. Wendy currently serves as a volunteer at Merryspring, where she maintains the park's perennial beds.

This talk is part of the Summer Talk Series at Merryspring, co-sponsored by Camden National Bank and Goodridge-Lermond Tree Service.  Tuesday Talks are open to the public for $5, with free admittance for Merryspring members.

Merryspring is a member-supported, non-profit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road just off Rt. 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or email .

Jennings Selects LaChance to Serve as Deputy City Manager

Portland, Maine - Incoming Portland City Manager Jon Jennings has selected Anita LaChance to serve as his Deputy City Manager. LaChance currently serves as Acting Deputy City Manager alongside Acting City Manager Michael Sauschuck. Prior to that, she was the Director of Recreation and Facilities Management. The City Council is set to vote on the appointment at its July 6, 2015 meeting. If approved, LaChance would earn an annual salary of $136,656 effective July 13, 2015.

"I have known Anita for a long time and have always been impressed with her commitment and passion for the City of Portland,” said Jon Jennings. “Anita knows Portland’s city government inside and out. Her depth and institutional knowledge of the various city departments makes her an excellent choice for this position."

A 35-year veteran of the City of Portland, LaChance previously served as the City’s Budget Director, Assistant Finance Director, and from February of 1998 until July of 2012, Assistant City Manager.

"Mattie and Mercantile" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Mattie and Mercantile" by Doug Mills
Two remaining original windjammers, Mattie [Grace Bailey] and Mercantile at the dock in Camden Maine.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Sea Dogs to Host All-Star Game at Hadlock Field on July 15th
Portland, Maine - The Portland Sea Dogs, Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, will have five players participating in the 2015 Sullivan Tire All-Star Classic, which will be held at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine on Wednesday, July 15th at 7:00 PM.  Infielders Carlos Asuaje, Marco Hernandez and Jantzen Witte will represent the Sea Dogs at the mid-summer classic along with pitchers William Cuevas and Robby Scott.

The All-Star Game will feature the Eastern Division All-Stars against the Western Division All-Stars.  Each team will consist of 24 players. One position player and one pitcher representing each team was selected through online fan balloting. Remaining roster spots were filled through voting by Eastern League media, managers, and officials.

William Cuevas and Jantzen Witte were the fan selections for the Sea Dogs.

Second baseman Carlos Asuaje is hitting .240 (62-for-258) with 4 home runs and 36 RBI in 70 games

Fisher Cats Shut Down Sea Dogs' Bats, Win 2-0

Portland, Maine - John Anderson went 6.2 scoreless and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (37-39) shutout the Sea Dogs (28-51) 2-0 in game two of their series at Hadlock Field on Wednesday night.

Anderson (W, 3-3) scattered seven hits throughout the game and struck out four while walking none.  Chad Girodo worked and inning and a third and retired all four batters he faced, and Wil Browning pitched a perfect ninth to record his first save of the season.

New Hampshire took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI single by Dalton Pompey (2-4, RBI, BB) scoring Ian Parmley (2-3, BB, 2 R).  It marked the 14th consecutive game that the opposing team has scored first at Hadlock Field.  The Fisher Cats doubled up on their lead in the fifth on an RBI single by Dwight Smith, Jr. (2-5, RBI) that scored Parmley.

Luis Diaz (0-7) worked a quality start but was handed the loss.  Diaz allowed two earned runs on seven hits over six innings of work, walking two and striking out five.  John Cornely worked two scoreless innings in relief for Portland, while Miguel Celestino pitched a scoreless ninth, allowing one hit.

The series continues tomorrow night at Hadlock Field for game three, Mike Augliera (2-11, 5.20) makes the start for Portland while Austin Bibens-Dirkx (2-3, 7.13) is scheduled to start for New Hampshire.  First pitch comes at 7:00 PM and pregame coverage begins live on the WPEI U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network at 6:40 PM.  Tickets are still available and be purchased by phone at 207-879-9500 or online at

Hobson's Grand Slam Powers 'Cats Past 'Dogs

Shane Victorino Goes 1-for-3 with an RBI Double in Rehab Appearance
Portland, Maine - Portland, Maine - K.C. Hobson hit a grand slam in the third inning and provided the offensive punch for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (36-39) as they defeated the Sea Dogs (28-50) 7-4 on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field.

Making his second straight start against Portland, Joel Pineiro (W, 4-2) worked seven innings and allowed four earned runs on six hits while walking one and striking out one.  He retired the last eight batters he faced.  Hobson finished the game 2-for-5 with a grand slam and four RBI.

Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino joined the Sea Dogs on rehab assignment for the second time this season and finished the game 1-for-3 with an RBI double.  He also scored from second base on a sac fly to center field by Carlos Asuaje in the fifth inning.

Justin Haley (L, 2-9) lasted 3+ innings in the start for Portland and allowed five runs on five hits, walking three and striking out three.  After trailing 6-0, the Sea Dogs scored four runs off Pineiro in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Marco Hernandez, an RBI double by Shane Victorino, and then a two-RBI sac fly from Carlos Asuaje that scored Hernandez and Victorino.

Mike McCarthy had another impressive showing out of the bullpen in long relief, going four innings and allowing one earned run on four hits.

New Hampshire added an insurance run in the eighth on a double by Jorge Flores off of Jorge Marban that scored Ian Parmley after Aneury Tavarez bobbled the ball in left field.

The teams will meet again tonight at Hadlock Field at 7:00 PM.  Luis Diaz (0-6, 6.68) makes the start for the Sea Dogs, while John Anderson (2-3, 5.13) is scheduled to go for New Hampshire.  Pregame coverage begins at 6:40 PM on the WPEI U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.  Tickets are still available and can be purchased by phone at 207-879-9500 or online at

Mighty Med "New Kids Are the Docs" Airs Tonight, July 1st

Photo is credited to Disney XD
Fans of the Disney XD series 'Mighty Med' will be able to watch an all new episode tonight, Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT entitled "New Kids Are the Docs".

Gulliver and Chaz stumble into Mighty Med and Horace hires them, threatening Oliver and Kaz; Skylar makes a suggestion box to boost staff morale.

'Mighty Med' stars Bradley Steven Perry ("Good Luck Charlie") as Kaz, Jake Short ("A.N.T. Farm") as Oliver, Paris Berelc as Skylar Storm, Devan Leos as Alan and Augie Isaac as Gus.

Kelli Berglund & Spencer Boldman Says Goodbyes To Lab Rats: Bionic Island As Production Wraps

Nineteen year old actress Kelli Berglund shared a heartfelt message on Instagram today, Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 after wrapping up production on Lab Rats: Bionic Island along with her co-star Spencer.

“These boys right here are my family, and I love each & every one of them from the bottom of my heart. It’s kinda hard to believe today is our final day on the set of lab rats after 4 years; what a journeyyy its been. It’s been a roller coaster ride, but the endless love and laughter has made it worth it. I’m gettin teary-eyed just typing this up, but I know it won’t be the last time our paths cross. Thank you for making me one of the boys. And thank you for the memories. ?? @billyunger @sboldman @tyrel_j_will,” she wrote.

Spencer Boldman shared, keeping his shorter and sweeter: “4 seasons. 98 episodes. So much love. To the best cast, crew and fans… Thank you for this journey.”

Lab Rats "Forbidden Hero" Airs Tonight, July 1st

Fans of the Disney XD series 'Lab Rats' will be able to watch an all new episode tonight, Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 8:30pm ET/PT entitled "Forbidden Hero".

Spin once again tries to prove he is mission ready, but his plan backfires.

'Lab Rats' stars Billy Unger as Chase, Spencer Boldman as Adam, Kelli Berglund as Bree, Tyrel Jackson Williams as Leo and Hal Sparks as Donald Davenport.

Photo are credited to Disney XD.

Chasing Life "A View from the Ledge" Airs Monday, July 6th

Krysta Rodriguez (“Smash” and Real Life Cancer Warrior) and
Aurora Perrineau (“Jem & the Holograms”) Guest Stars
Burbank, CA (June 17, 2015) – April tries to live life in the moment in “A View from the Ledge,” the
season two premiere of “Chasing Life,” airing Monday, July 6 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.
Newly engaged and unemployed, April tries to come to terms with her new reality. Always one to think two steps ahead, she decides to no longer plan for her future but just enjoy the moment she is in with a little help from fellow cancer patient Vanessa (Krysta Rodriguez). First up is to plan and enjoy her engagement party!

Meanwhile, Natalie stumbles upon a secret manuscript of her father’s that could have major

Baby Daddy "Ring Around the Party" Airs Wednesday, July 15th

Eddie Cibrian (“The Playboy Club”) and Lindsey Gort (“The Carrie Diaries”) Guest Star
Ben is determined to beat Ross at his own game an all-new episode of “Baby Daddy,” airing Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 at 8:30PM ET/PT on ABC Family.

In “Ring Around the Party,” Riley realizes that she hasn’t met any of Ross’s (Eddie Cibrian) friends and decides to throw a cocktail party so she can get to know them. Ross confronts Ben about his not-sosecret feelings for Riley and tells him to back off; in fact, don’t even come to the party. Not one to take orders, Ben crashes the party, but the night quickly takes a wrong turn when the boys get into a fist fight and a very drunk Tucker spills a few more secrets. Danny realizes he knows nothing about his new girlfriend, Ashley (Lindsey Gort), and goes to great lengths just to find out her last name. Will Danny be able to save his relationship once she figures out how little he knows about her? Meanwhile, Bonnie has some serious explaining to do when a valuable item goes missing.

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

Photos are credited to ABC Family.

Taylor Spreitler Steps Out For 6th Annual Thirst Gala

Beverly Hills, California - 'Melissa & Joey' star Taylor Spreitler, 21, looked simply gorgeous in a lovely orange, red high slit dress with heels as she steps out for the 6th annual Thirst Gala held at Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

The Thirst Gala educates and engages guests, by connecting them first hand to the people and communities we are helping.

Taylor Spreitler is an American actress and former model. Taylor portrayed the role of Mia McCormick on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives, from January 2009 until June 2010. She appears as Lennox Scanlon in the ABC Family sitcom Melissa & Joey.

Melissa & Joey "The Parent Trap" Airs Tonight, July 1st

Christopher Rich, Faith Prinz and Sterling Knight Guest Star
Mel invites her father over to talk to Joe’s mom but is horrified when the two wind up “together” on an all-new episode of “Melissa & Joey,” airing Wednesday, July 1st (8:00PM ET/PT) on ABC Family.

Mel tries to convince Joe to talk Gloria (guest star Faith Prinz) into drawing up a will, but Joe

Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding Acquires Historic Camden Company Wayfarer Marine Corporation

Thomaston, Camden, Maine - With this purchase, Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer Marine will now have the advantage of the infrastructure, expertise, reputation, and culture of Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding. Both yards are situated in two of the most historic boatbuilding/boatyard towns in New England of Thomaston and Camden, Maine.

“We are very excited about joining the two crews to create a most talented group of marine experts,” said Drew Lyman, President of Lyman-Morse. “Wayfarer’s customers will benefit in a big way through economies of scale and access to Lyman-Morse’s depth of expertise and resources including our boatbuilding pedigree, Lyman-Morse Fabrication, our CNC machining department, and Lyman-Morse Technologies. In addition, we recognize the benefits of having our name front and center in Camden, Maine, a place that for more than a century has been a destination harbor in the yachting world. We love the synergy of tying the two businesses together to create an even stronger world-class destination yard.”

 Lyman-Morse was started by Cabot and Heidi Lyman in 1978 after their world travels in the 60s and 70s and is now captained by their son Drew Lyman. Drew grew up in the marine industry and circumnavigated with his family on a Lyman-Morse built 49’ sailboat from 1987 to 1990.

Building on the historic 100-year-old Morse Boatbuilding Yard, Lyman-Morse has built over 100 of

Dove Cameron Steps Out For 6th Annual Thirst Gala

Beverly Hills, California - 'Liv and Maddie' star Dove Cameron, 19, looked simply gorgeous in a lovely top, skirt and shoes as she steps out for the 6th annual Thirst Gala held at Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

The Thirst Gala educates and engages guests, by connecting them first hand to the people and communities we are helping.

Dove Olivia Cameron is an American actress and singer. She is known for playing a dual role as both title characters in the Disney Channel sitcom Liv and Maddie. She also starred in the Disney Channel original movie Cloud 9 as Kayla Morgan.

Debby Ryan Steps Out For 6th Annual Thirst Gala

Beverly Hills, California - Actress Debby Ryan, 22, looked simply beautiful in a black dress with heels as she steps out for the 6th annual Thirst Gala held at Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

The Thirst Gala educates and engages guests, by connecting them first hand to the people and communities we are helping.

Deborah Ann "Debby" Ryan is an American actress, singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. Ryan has starred in the Disney Channel Original Series Jessie since 2011.

"Pride of Baltimore" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Pride of Baltimore" by Doug Mills
Tall ship Pride of Baltimore in Lermonds Cove Rockland Maine[09-29-2010]

Jennette McCurdy Steps Out For 6th Annual Thirst Gala

Beverly Hills, California - Actress/Singer Jennette McCurdy, 23, looked simply beautiful in a floral dress with black heels as she steps out for the 6th annual Thirst Gala held at Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

The Thirst Gala educates and engages guests, by connecting them first hand to the people and communities we are helping.

Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy is an American actress, screenwriter, producer, singer, and songwriter. She is known for her role as Sam Puckett on the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly and its spin-off series Sam & Cat.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Alyson Stoner Steps Out For 6th Annual Thirst Gala

Beverly Hills, California - Actress/Singer Alyson Stoner, 21, looked simply gorgeous in a white dress with heels as she steps out for the 6th annual Thirst Gala held at Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

The Thirst Gala educates and engages guests, by connecting them first hand to the people and communities we are helping.

Alyson Rae Stoner is an American actress, dancer, choreographer and singer.

Bella Thorne w/ Boyfriend Gregg Sulkin Steps Out For 6th Annual Thirst Gala

Beverly Hills, California - Actress Bella Thorne, 17, looked simply wonderful in a white outfit as she and actor Gregg Sulkin steps out for the 6th annual Thirst Gala held at Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

The Thirst Gala educates and engages guests, by connecting them first hand to the people and communities we are helping.

 Bella Thorne has an impressive resume that includes starring in several Movies, TV shows, author of Autumn Falls which is out now and singer, to name a few. She was seen in the MTV series 'Scream' premiere episode June 30th, 2015 .

Gregg Sulkin is an English actor. At age ten he made his film debut in the 2002 Doctor Zhivago mini-series.

Elle Winter Releases "No Words" Music Video

Seventeen year old singer Elle Winter has released her newest music video for "No Words" on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 which stars Quincy‘s brother Christian Combs, and features a cameo by Stevie Wonder‘s son Kwame Morris. Elle sounds amazing in this video that was directed by Quincy, produced by Mike Navi & Roslyn, executive produced by Matt Mrok and edited by: Matt Maloni.

Elle tells the story of young innocent love so powerful that “No Words” are needed to describe its intensity.

Elle Winter is a pop singer, songwriter and actress from New York City. She competed in Radio Disney's Next Big Thing: Season 5 for a chance to record her on single and a guest starring role on Austin & Ally to perform. Elle's single 'Day Away' was released to iTunes on September 25th 2012. She was runner up on season five of Radio Disney's N.B.T.

Watch "No Words" music video below:

Stitchers "The Stitcher in the Rye" Airs Tonight, June 30th

Oded Fehr (“Covert Affairs”) Guest Stars
Kirsten stitches into the chaotic memories of a conspiracy theorist in an all-new episode of “Stitchers,” airing Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 9:00PM ET/PT on ABC Family.

When the algorithm for the Stitchers program turns up among thousands of classified documents hidden by a conspiracy theorist, Kirsten starts to suspect her colleagues. Meanwhile, Kirsten starts getting cryptic messages from an unexpected source.

“The Stitcher in the Rye” was written by Lynne E. Litt and directed by Janice Cooke.

“Stitchers” is executive-produced by Jeffrey Alan Schechter (“Overruled!”), Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken. The series stars Emma Ishta as Kirsten Clark, Kyle Harris (“Carrie Diaries”) as Cameron Goodkin, Ritesh Rajan (upcoming “Jungle Book” feature) as Linus Ahluwalia, Salli Richardson-Whitfield (“Eureka,” “I Am Legend”) as Maggie Baptiste, and Allison Scagliotti (“Warehouse 13”) as Camille Engelson.
Photos are credited to ABC Family.

The Monopoly Second Chance Drawing Winner's Announced!

The Maine Lottery announced today the winners of the June 30, 2015 second chance drawing for the Monopoly Millionaires' Club instant game. The lucky winners receive a five day four night trip for two to Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas the winners will have a chance to win up to a $1,000,000 on the Monopoly Millionaires' Club TV Game Show. The next second chance drawing will take place on August 18th where more lucky winners will be selected.

The Winners are: William Fournier - Lebanon, ME Daniel Warren - Gorham, ME Richard Aube - Auburn, ME Mark Mccallum - Saco, ME

For more information please visit

The Grand Announces Free Summer Concerts At the Ellsworth Harbor Park!

Ellsworth, Maine - The Grand is excited to announce the lineup for the annual Free Summer Waterfront Concerts at the Ellsworth Harbor Park and Marina on Fridays at 6 pm (rain or shine!) beginning Friday, July 3rd and continuing through Friday, August 28th. The Waterfront Concerts are sponsored by the City of Ellsworth. Admission is free to all concerts.

Running the gamut from Country to Jazz to an all- steel pan group, this year’s series of free summer Waterfront Concerts has something for everybody. The full schedule is as follows:

July 3rd    The country sounds of “Danny Harper” brings the local legend's show to the Waterfront!
July 10th  “The Eclectones” (Will St. Peter, guitar; Connor Oyster, upright bass, and Scott Cleveland, piano) perform original cross genre music as well as original and reinterpreted jazz, blues and R&B!
July 17th  “Destroy Them My Robots!” playing 80s music six million times better than it was before.............better.............STROnger............FASTER.
July 24th Featuring one of the most popular female vocalists in the state of Maine, “The Allison Ames Band” is capable of doing practically any type of music, from Elvis to Sugarland or from Creedence to K.C and the Sunshine Band!
July  31st  “Flash in the Pan Steel Band” Based in Blue Hill, Maine, the group is one of the largest community steelbands in the United States, sharing their music with enthusiastic audiences of all ages!
August 7th The Maine-based bagpipe-tastic sounds of “Maine St. Andrews Pipe and Drum Band”
August 14th The high-energy blues of “The Juke Rockets!”
August 21st “The Galley Rats” are dedicated to the sound of the traditional folk music of New England and Maritime Canada performed with high energy and a good deal of humor!
August 28th “The Trisha Mason Band” that home grown Ellsworth, Maine ensemble concludes this year's Waterfront series with her signature Indie/Folk/Rock/Americana!

So, bring a friend, a blanket or chair, and some snacks. Share the experience of great entertainment in the open air at the annual free Summer Waterfront Concerts presented by The Grand and sponsored by the City of Ellsworth on Fridays at 6pm (rain or shine!) beginning Friday July 3rd and continuing through Friday August 28th.

A full schedule can be found online at Or find The Grand on Facebook –

Travelling Gallery of the South American Intercontinental Biennial of Indigenous Arts visits Portland

Portland Public Library – Lewis Gallery
July 3 through July 31, 2015
Portland, Maine - Portland Public Library will host a traveling exhibition of indigenous art from South America in July.  The exhibit includes artwork from indigenous artists working in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panamá and Peru, showcasing traditional and contemporary art.  Paintings by indigenous artists will be on display as well as sculptures.  Working with indigenous artists from all over South America, The Indigenous School of the Arts Foundation - in Quito, Ecuador - has put together this exhibit to celebrate the vast traditions of these millennial cultures.

The exhibit will be on display in the Portland Public Library’s Lewis gallery from July 3rd through July 31st with an opening reception held during the First Friday Art Walk from 5:00-8:00pm on July 3rd.  Some of the artists have traveled with the exhibit

The Grand Speaks the International Language of Cool Films!

Ellsworth, Maine - The Grand announces the line-up for its Summer French Films series for 2015. Ticket prices are for general admission seating for each movie and are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $5 for Grand members.

What else is there for audiences who want movies that don't have lasers, robots or robots with lasers? In 2015, The Grand offers everyone the opportunity to see the latest French films the way they were meant to be seen – projected on a giant screen, larger than life – movies where the explosions come from the storytelling not the special effects. The line-up of titles for Summer French Film Festival 2015 are as follows:

Friday, July 10th at 7 pm and Saturday, July 11th at 4 pm – Gemma Bovery. Director Anne

Trekkers Presents “Living the Art Of Stewardship” With Greg Mort on July 15

Rockland, Maine - Trekkers will be hosting a special presentation, “Living the Art of Stewardship” on Wednesday, July 15 at the Strand Theatre. Featured guest speaker will be Mr. Greg Mort, a well-known contemporary artist and amateur astronomer, whose paintings have been the subject of numerous exhibitions. Mr. Mort will share his reflections on the impact the natural world has had upon him and his artwork, as well as his passion to inspire others to enjoy and preserve the Earth's gifts.

Finding one’s passions and learning to appreciate the environment by using nature as a classroom and the earth as teacher are integral components of the Trekkers’ model. These are themes that are incorporated in Trekkers’ programs and are integrated into the six-year core program to broaden and expand students’ life experience. Trekkers’ six-year program builds mentoring relationships through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education. Since 1994, Trekkers has worked with over 650 students, providing unique long-term mentoring services, educational programs and academic support.

The evening of celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a pre-event reception at the Island Institute

The Harlow Aviary - Summer Members’ Show

Hallowell, Maine - Harlow Gallery annual summer members’ show is a themed exhibition this year: The Harlow Aviary, featuring work depicting or inspired by birds, will be on view at the Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, Maine from July 3 through 25, 2015, with an opening on Friday, July 3, 5-8pm. The opening of the Sculpture Garden at Vaughan Homestead (Located at 2 Litchfield Road, Hallowell, Maine) will be happening at the same day and times – come enjoy both openings on what promises to be a beautiful summer evening in Hallowell.  The gallery will be closed for the Fourth of July.

Visit the Harlow Gallery in July for a varied selection of work by Maine artists: painting, drawing, printmaking, fiberarts, photography, sculpture, fine craft and more. Exhibitions at the Harlow are always free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday 12-6 pm. The Harlow Gallery is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963.

The Harlow Aviary is sponsored by McKee Billings Attorneys of Augusta, and by Mike Seitzinger & Maria Cusick of Augusta.

Exhibitions at the Harlow Gallery are made possible by our season sponsors: The Bank of Maine, Capitol Dental Care, Current Media,Dead River Company, the City of Hallowell, the Jennings Family of Hallowell, Kennebec Savings Bank, Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe and the Vallee Brothers, Chris & Ray Vallee.

The Grand's Summer CineGrand Films Are Cool!

Ellsworth, Maine - The Grand announces the line-up for its weekly Summer CineGrand series on Tuesday nights at 7:30 pm, beginning July 7th and running through August 25th. Ticket prices are for general admission seating for each movie and are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $5 for Grand members.

July 7th – Selma. David Oyelowo stars in one of the nominees for this year's Best Picture Oscar™ as the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as the film tells the real story of how he and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. John Ridley and Common won the Best Original Song Oscar® for their theme "Glory". Carmen Ejogo, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, Martin Sheen, and Wendell Pierce co-star.

July 14th –  Into the Woods. From the director of Chicago and Nine and the composer of Sweeney Todd, comes a modern musical twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales adapting the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) and ties them together with an original story involving a baker and his wife's (James Corden and Emily Blunt) wish to begin a family –  a wish with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. With Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Simon Russell Beale, and Johnny Depp as "The Wolf".

The Gothard Sisters bring Folk Roots Music, Fiddle Tunes and Irish Dance to Strand

Rockland, Maine - The Gothard Sisters will bring their dynamic Irish music and dance group to the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, on Wednesday, July 8 at 7:30 pm.

From the Pacific Northwest, the three sisters perform and record new Celtic arrangements of well-known traditional tunes and songs, as well as their own original compositions from their 6 recorded studio albums. As champion Irish dancers who have competed overseas multiple times at the World Championships, they include the visual elements and the exciting rhythms of Irish step dancing into their tightly choreographed, high-energy variety shows.

The signature sound of The Gothard Sisters’ recording blends the freedom and lyricism of traditional folk forms with the discipline gained from years of training as classical musicians and the competitive world of Irish dance. Their latest album Story Girl was awarded Album of the Year 2011 by Celtic Radio.

The sisters have taken their joyful, exuberant show around the country to Celtic and folk music festivals, state and county fairs, halftime shows, schools, theaters and concert series of all sizes. The performance is presented in cooperation with New England Celtic Arts.

Tickets: $18/General Admission. The Strand lobby and balcony bars are open for all concerts for 21+. To buy tickets, or for more information about all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts, and events at the Strand, visit Tel: (207) 594-0070 EX 3  Email:

Haley Ramm Steps Out For "Ant-Man" Premiere

Hollywood, California - Twenty three year old 'Chasing Life' star Haley Ramm looked simply beautiful wearing a black dress and high heels as she steps out for the premiere of Marvel's "Ant-Man" held at Dolby Theatre on Monday, June 29th, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Haley Ramm is an American actress who currently stars in the ABC Family series 'Chasing Life'.