Friday, October 24, 2014

Photos Preview: Once Upon A Time "Breaking Glass" Airs Sunday, October 26th

Photo Credit: ABC
Regina reluctantly teams up with Emma to search for the Snow Queen after Sidney, who is once again Regina's prisoner in the mirror, discovers her whereabouts and agrees to lead her to the location. With Belle babysitting baby Neal, a nervous Mary Margaret and David prepare for their first date night away from their child and find themselves on a mission to track down Will Scarlet, who has escaped from the town jail, and Elsa sees Anna in the Storybrooke woods. Meanwhile, back in the past, young Emma finds herself a kindred spirit when she befriends a girl who, like her, is a runaway orphan, on "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

'Once Upon A Time' stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as

DEVELOPING: Marysville High School Shooting Leaves Two Dead, Four Injuried, 3 Of Which Crucially

Photos Credit: komonews.com



UPDATE #2: The shooter has been named Jaylen Fryberg, a freshman, football player and who was recently named homecoming king.

UPDATE #1: 2 dead includes shooter, 4 critically injured according to Washington TV station KOMO News.

DEVELOPING...Marysville, Washington - Marysville police, ems and fire are currently on scene of a school shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

Also on scene is the Snohomish Sheriff department and FBI swat team.

What we know at this time, students have been taken away from the scene on buses, student shooter is dead and four were transported by EMS to hospital with head wounds. The shooting occured at 10:39amPT. Police units are currently working to secure the school campus.

More information on this when it becomes available.

EXCLUSIVE Musician Spotlight: Skylar Stecker

Skylar Stecker from Tampa, Florida is a wonderful 12 year old singer, songwriter and actor who loves music and entertainment. She is currently in California making her dreams come true. She hopes you like her singing and I can't thank you enough for your support.

Skylar will be perform at the Roxy in Los Angeles, California on November 16th, 2014. At the Roxy she will be performing thirteen of her original songs. If you are in the area make sure you check it out which happens to be her first concert.

We recently had the great opportunity to interview this upcoming and coming singer or her singing, is education important to her and if she is passionate about any charities. Here is what Skylar had to say.

When did you start singing?
When I was 9 years old. I signed myself up for a talent show to play the piano and the teacher in charge of auditions asked me to sing instead. I got in surprisingly for singing instead of playing the piano which was shocking because I had no idea I could even sing. Although, once I started, I couldn't stop singing.

Was it your dream to be a singer?

Photo Preview: Nashville “Nobody Said It Was Going to be Easy” Airs Wednesday, October 29th

JULIETTE BRAVELY FACES HER NEW REALITY AND THE CMA AWARD NOMINATIONS
ARE ANNOUNCED, PITTING RAYNA AGAINST LUKE, ON “NASHVILLE” ON ABC
Sara Evans, Robin Roberts and Amy Robach Guest Star as Themselves
After a health scare, Juliette decides to ask Avery if he wants to be a part of her life as the baby’s father. Then, Gunnar deals with some recent life changing news and seeks advice from Scarlett. Meanwhile, Rayna sweeps the nominations for the CMA Awards but is up against her fiancé Luke for the most prized “Entertainer of the Year” category. Her glory is abruptly interrupted when she finds out Maddie and Daphne have been misbehaving back at home. While out on tour, Deacon finds his purpose in music thanks to the help of Pam, a backup singer in Luke’s band and country music star Sara Evans guest stars as herself, performing “Put My Heart Down” with Luke. Later, Scarlett befriends an unlikely new friend, on “Nashville,” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Nashville” stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Clare

Photos Preview: Modern Family “Halloween 3: AwesomeLand” Airs Wednesday, October 29th

CLAIRE LETS PHIL TAKE CHARGE OF HALLOWEEN THIS YEAR, BUT WILL THE
HALLOWEEN SPIRIT BE TOO MUCH FOR HER TO RESIST? ON ABC’S “MODERN FAMILY”

Guest Stars Steve Zahn (“Treme”) and Andrea Anders (“Better Off Ted”)
Return as the Dunphy’s Neighbors
Even though Halloween is Claire’s holiday, she allows Phil to take over this year so instead of her usual fright-fest theme, he decides to turn the house into AwesomeLand! Gloria picks out Princess Fiona and Shrek costumes for her and Jay but Jay decides he wants to be Prince Charming complete with a full head of gorgeous hair, and with the hair comes a new sense of confidence. Elsewhere, Cameron gets overwhelmed by the day’s activities and Mitchell has closing arguments for a huge case, and it doesn’t help that the stenographer is dressed like a spider, on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

“Modern Family” stars Ed O’Neill as Jay, Julie Bowen as

Photos Preview: The Middle "Halloween V" Airs Wednesday, October 29th

HALLOWEEN FINDS FRANKIE AND MIKE A BIT SPOOKED AFTER LEARNING THAT BRICK HAS INVITED A GIRL OVER TO THE HOUSE JUST TO HANG WITH HIM, AND SUE ATTEMPTS TO PUT TOGETHER A PUMPKIN PATCH SCREENING OF A HOLIDAY CLASSIC TO HELP SUPPLEMENT

HER COLLEGE FUND, ON ABC’S “THE MIDDLE”
It's Halloween night, and Frankie and Mike are stunned – and a bit scared -- to learn that Brick has invited a girl over to the house just to hang with him. Meanwhile, to help supplement her college fund, Sue attempts to put together a pumpkin patch screening of the animated classic, “It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” and Axl reluctantly goes to the library to write a history paper and ironically gets locked inside after staying past closing hours, on “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“The Middle” stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden

Photos Preview: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. "A Fractured House" Airs Tuesday, October 28th

The world turns against S.H.I.E.L.D. when Hydra impersonates them to attack The United Nations, and an unexpected enemy leads the charge to bring about their downfall, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

'Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' stars Clark Gregg as Director Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Agent Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons and Nick Blood as Lance Hunter.

Guest starring are B.J. Britt as Agent Antoine Triplett, Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse, Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie, Adrian Pasdar as General Glenn Talbot, Tim Dekay as Senator Christian Ward, Falk Hentschel as Marcus Scarlotti, Joe Marinelli as Adamo Dioli, Liberte Chan as international reporter, Parisa Fakhri as Senator’s aide, Michael Enright as Julien Beckers, Melanie Cruz as Agent Noelle Walters, Brian Tee as Toshiro Mori, Darrel Cherney as tattoo artist, Brian Van Holt as stranger and Chris Wolfe as news reporter.

"A Fractured House" was written by Rafe Judkins & Lauren LeFranc and directed by Ron Underwood.

'Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'  is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to the airdate.

For more information on 'Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,' visit ABC.com

Photos Preview: The Goldbergs "Family Takes Care of Beverly" Airs Wednesday, October 29th

When Pops accidentally starts a fire in his apartment during a Halloween party, he’s evicted and Beverly invites him to move into the Goldbergs’ home. Pops’ wild lifestyle is soon too much for the family to handle and they decide to look into other options.  Meanwhile, Barry stops Erica from eating Pop Rocks candy with soda, since according to urban legend, the combination would kill her. Since he “saves” her, Barry wants something in return from Erica, on “The Goldbergs,” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“The Goldbergs” stars Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”) as Beverly Goldberg, Patton

Maine CDC Launches Website That Focuses on Ebola

AUGUSTA, Maine - In ongoing efforts to provide the latest information to healthcare providers and Maine citizens regarding guideline updates and developments regarding preparedness and response to potential suspected cases of Ebola, the Maine Center for Disease Control announced the launch of a new website, http://www.maine.gov/ebola .

The publicly facing website includes descriptions of Ebola, how it is transmitted and other important information about the disease. Easy-to-understand fact sheets and answers to frequently asked questions are also available and can be downloaded.

The pages for healthcare providers offer the latest in U.S. CDC guidance on a variety of topics and will serve as a repository of information for those organizations and their staff as well as first responders. Maine CDC's Health Alert Network can also be accessed from this site.

"It is important for Mainers to know that there are no cases of Ebola in our state and that the only way Ebola can be transmitted is when an individual has direct contact with blood or bodily fluids from a person who is showing symptoms. It is not an airborne disease," said Dr. Sheila Pinette, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The website will be updated regularly, Dr. Pinette said, keeping the public informed.

"We encourage healthcare providers and the public to refer to this website for valuable information and guidance from the U.S. CDC," she said. "The best way for each and every person to stay prepared is to be informed."

Photos Preview: Castle "Meme is Murder" Airs Monday, October 27th

Photo Credit: ABC
When a web celebrity is murdered, Castle and Beckett explore the flashy world of internet fame. But when the killer posts pictures from the crime scene on a photo-sharing site, they realize they are up against a social media sociopath who may strike again, on “Castle,” MONDAY, OCTOBER 27 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

'Castle' stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle, Penny Johnson Jerald as NYPD Captain Victoria Gates, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, and Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan.

Guest Cast: Maya Stojan as Tory Ellis, Emily Davenport as Abby Smith, Matt Pascua as Carlos Villegas, James Huang as Edward Han.

"Meme is Murder" was written by Jim Adler and directed by Bill Roe.

'Castle' is produced by ABC Studios. The executive producers are Andrew Marlowe (creator), David Amann (showrunner), Rob Bowman, Armyan Bernstein, Rob Hanning and Terri Edda Miller.

'Castle' is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG,L,V parental guideline.

Photos Preview: Black-ish "The Prank King" Airs Wednesday, October 29th

Dre fears his holiday fun will be ruined when the older kids balk at the glorious Johnson Halloween tradition of seeing who can pull the most outlandish pranks on each other, on “black-ish,” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

'black-ish' stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson, Jr., Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson and special guest star, Laurence Fishburne.

Guest starring are Peter Mackenzie as Mr. Stevens, Deon Cole as Charlie Telphy, Jeff Meacham as Josh and Jacob Kemp as Kris.

"The Prank King" was written by Lindsey Shockley and directed by Matt Sohn.

Photos Credit: ABC

Last Man Standing "School Merger" Airs Tonight, Friday October 24th

Mike and Chuck debate the merits of a local ballot measure merging their upscale neighborhood high school with one in the inner city. For Halloween, Ryan dresses up Boyd as a lump of coal – another reminder to Vanessa how her job as a geologist may be hurting the environment, on "Last Man Standing," tonight, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24 (8:00-8:31 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network.

"School Merger" was written

Lab Rats "Spike Fright" Airs Tonight, Friday October 24th

Fans of Disney XD series 'Lab Rats' will be able to watch an all new episode tonight, Friday, October 24th entitled "Spike Fright" at 7:30pm ET/PT. When Chase finally gets a girl interested in him, Adam gets jealous and sabotages their date by purposefully causing Chase to turn into Spike.

Guest starring Ashlee Fuss.

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

"Storm" the Maine Windjammer Project

"Storm" by David Mills
A monster storm lashes the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. [10-30-2014]




Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sierra McCormick Attends 2014 Starlight Awards

Los Angeles, California - Sixteen year old actress Sierra McCormick looked gorgeous wearing a black top,skirt, tights and high heels to the 2014 Starlight Awards held at Vibiana on October 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Sierra McCormick is an American actress, best known for her role as Olive Doyle in the Disney Channel Original Series, A.N.T. Farm, and her participation on the U.S. game show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Video/Photo Gallery: October Storm

An October storm lashes the Rockland Breakwater Light in Rockland Maine.

Camden International Film Festival’s 2014 Engagement Summit

Nonprofit leaders and filmmakers met during CIFF’s Engagement Summit to discuss and plan the use of documentary film as a resource for public dialogue and engagement around Maine’s aging demographic
Camden, Maine - The Camden International Film Festival just completed its second annual Engagement Summit, part of a two-year thematic program called Aging in Maine. Through the summit and a statewide screening tour, the program connects nonprofit leaders, healthcare professionals and community leaders from across the state to harness the power of documentary film to spark a public, intergenerational dialogue around the challenges and opportunities of Maine’s aging demographics.

During the festival, just over 20 Maine-based nonprofit leaders and healthcare professionals converged in Camden for a daylong strategic summit meeting at the Camden Opera House. Designed and facilitated by Working Films, a national organization that specializes in connecting storytelling with community engagement and action, participants in the program included representatives from AARP, Alzheimer's Association - Maine Chapter, Aroostook Area on Agency, The Bingham Program, Camden National Bank, The Charlotte White Center, MaineHealth, Making Community Happen, Maine Medical Center, Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation, Somerset Public Health, Southern Maine Agency on Aging, Spectrum Generations, University of Maine’s Center on Aging and filmmaker Banker White.

The summit allowed participants to identify a wide range of needs facing aging communities and the

QUARRY HILL EMPLOYEES HONORED FOR EXCELLENCE IN CAREGIVING

Camden, Maine - The Maine Health Care Association (MHCA) has honored two Quarry Hill employees as recipients of the organization’s 2014 Celebrating Excellence in Caregiving Awards. Shannon Black and Linda Meservey, CNA, are among 17 award winners statewide.

Black serves as service representative for Quarry Hill’s assisted living and nursing care centers. Assistant administrator Nancy Marcille, RN, called her “a role model for the best of what we all strive to be in long-term care: loving, kind, capable, organized, focused, compassionate, quick-thinking, people-oriented and able to juggle a zillion tasks and still make each person she speaks to feel at ease. Shannon is loved by everyone—residents, families, and coworkers alike.”

Meservey, a certified nursing assistant with 28 years of experience, provides bedside care for

Gov. LePage wins re-election in Maine Student Mock Election 2014

**Collins, Pingree, Cain also chosen as thousands of youth ballots counted at Augusta "Rally and Tally" event**

AUGUSTA, Maine - Hundreds of students filled the Augusta Armory Wednesday for the 2014 Rally and Tally Mock Election event, compiling student votes from around the state and taking part in election-related activities.

Chosen as winners of the student vote were Gov. Paul LePage, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, while Emily Cain bested Bruce Poliquin in Congressional District 2. Question 1, the bear baiting referendum, failed, while the six other referendum bond issues were passed. Full results can be viewed at http://www.maine.gov/mockelection/. Several speakers addressed the students in attendance, who hailed from Fort Fairfield Elementary School, Greater Portland Christian School, Mount View Middle School in Thorndike and Riley School in Rockport.

Gubernatorial candidate Congressman Mike Michaud told students how he started in politics due to

Mayor Celebrates National Food Day in Portland Tomorrow

Announces $50,000 Grant from National League of Cities for Summer and
Afterschool Meal Programs

PORTLAND, Maine - Mayor Brennan will celebrate National Food Day at 10:00 AM tomorrow during the monthly meeting of his Healthy & Sustainable Food System Committee in Room 209 in City Hall. At the meeting, Mayor Brennan will announce that the City recently received a
$50,000 grant from The National League of Cities to create programs providing children with after school and summer meals.

This $50,000 grant will support ongoing efforts to expand summer meal programs across the City and to break new ground by establishing programs that provide nutritious meals for kids afterschool as well.

“With over 50% of our students eligible for free or reduced lunch, it’s clear we need to do whatever

Camden Public Library Events October 30 through November 13

Thursday, October 30

Halloween Spooktacular at the Camden Public Library, 6:00-7:00 pm, with stories, games, crafts, and costumes! Spooky-snack volunteers please call Miss Amy at 236-3440.


Tuesday, November 4

“Maine to Greenland” opening reception and gallery talk by author and photographer Wilfred Richard, 7:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. Richard is the author of National Geographic’s “Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast” just published in October.


Wednesday, November 5

Midcoast Stroke Support Group regular meeting, 10:00 am at the Camden Public Library, open to all.


Thursday, November 6

Camden Library Coffeehouse features John Roberts and Debra Cowan, 7:00 pm. Roberts and Cowan are at the heart of traditional music in New England; they share an enthusiasm and passion for old songs and ballads, as well as a ripping good yarn now and then. Admission is only $7 for what promises to be a wonderfully satisfying evening.


Monday, November 10

Consultant pharmacist Tanya Kibler will speak on “Bio-identical Hormone Therapy” at noon at the Camden Public Library at the monthly Wellness Brown Bag Lunch, co-hosted by the library and Destination Wellness Midcoast Maine. Come learn how your body’s own natural hormones can keep you healthy and youthful.


Thursday, November 13

Anthony Antolini will speak on “The Russian Orthodox Church Today” at 7:00 pm at the Camden Public Library as part of the Camden Conference Community Events series. The Russian Orthodox Church today represents a far more powerful force in Russian society than it has in over a century.


“Maine to Greenland”

“Maine to Greenland” November 4

Smithsonian geographer and photographer Wilfred E. Richard and anthropologist William W. Fitzhugh have long been fascinated by northern climates and northern lifestyles. They joined forces to create “Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast,” published this fall by the Smithsonian Institute. Photographs from the book will be exhibited at the Camden Public Library during the month of November, and Will Richard will give a combined book talk and gallery lecture at the library on Tuesday evening, November 4, at 7:00 pm.

“Maine to Greenland” is a testament to one of the world’s great geographic regions: the Maritime Far Northeast. For more than three decades, Fitzhugh and Richard have explored the Northeast’s Atlantic corridor and its history, habitat, and culture. Today, green technology, climate change, and the opening of the Arctic Ocean have transformed the Maritime Far Northeast from an icy frontier into a global resource zone and an increasingly integrated international crossroads. In a rapidly converging world, people have much to learn from the historic northeast cultures as they have adapted to, rather than changed, their environments during the past 10,000 years. “Maine to Greenland” is not only a complete account of the region’s unique culture and environment, but also a timely reminder of the very real consequences of climate change. The northwest Atlantic coastal region was once well-known to Europeans and Americans, but sank into obscurity at the closing of the great cod fisheries. Now, the region is re-emerging as a result of climate change, the political emergence of Native people, and the opening of the Arctic Ocean.

Wilfred E. Richard holds a PhD in geography from the University of Waterloo, Faculty of Environmental Studies of Ontario, Canada, and an MA in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a Research Collaborator with the Smithsonian’s Arctic Studies Center and a Research Fellow with Greenland’s Uummannaq Polar Institute. Richard is also a Registered Maine Guide.

The book explores a “macroregion” that defies national boundaries as it includes the United States, Canada, and Greenland and spans three climate zones and contains five ecosystems. The story includes Maine, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, northern Quebec, Labrador, Baffin Island (part of the territory of Nunavut, created for Canada’s indigenous Inuit population), Ellesmere Island, and Greenland.

“In addition to Richard’s exquisite photographs of caribou and icebergs, polar bears, and lighthouses, “Maine to Greenland” also includes sidebars on such topics as Robert Peary and Donald MacMillan’s early twentieth century polar expeditions; the International Appalachian Trail; and the history behind L’Anse Aux Meadows, the only known Norse site on the North American mainland,” said June Sawyers in a review in the Chicago Tribune Travel Section.

Thomas Urquhart reviewed the book in the Portland Press Herald, saying, “Each chapter is a small encyclopedia that deals with the area’s culture, history, and ecology, but also includes vignettes of the people the authors encountered on their travels. . . . The succession of colonists that started with the Norsemen a thousand years ago has made it a rich history. After the Vikings came Basque and Portuguese fishermen followed by the thrust and parry of the French and British empires. Their impact is to be read in the names and customs of the land today.
 
“Not surprisingly, given the rapidity with which it is affecting northern latitudes – the Northwest Passage became ice-free for the first time in recorded history in 2007 – global climate change is a major concern. In a separate chapter, its progress is documented with maps, time lines, and personal anecdotes. Among the researchers’ major worries while on expeditions is the increasing number of icebergs, spawned by retreating glaciers, through which their vessel must thread its way.”



Job Fair in Lewiston on November 3

*25 employers are hiring for a wide range of positions*
Lewiston, Maine - The Lewiston CareerCenter is hosting a Job Fair on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, from 9 to 11 a.m. at its building on 5 Mollison Way, Lewiston. About two dozen employers will be hiring.

"Maine's employers are hiring; there are about 8,500 open jobs on our Job Bank right now," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "My administration knows that we still have more to do to get all Mainers back into the workforce in a good-paying career. Our CareerCenters are the first step for those who want a job or want to change paths, and this job fair in Lewiston is a good place to start. Don't hesitate to ask them for the help that can change your future for the better."

Employers participating in the job fair are ADECCO, Bath Iron Works, Clover Health Care, Dish

Steel-Pro Earns Safety Award

*Rockland manufacturer recognized for workplace safety*
Rockland, Maine - Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette announced that Steel-Pro, Inc., in Rockland has earned the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program Award (SHARP) in recognition of its rigorous safety achievement program. Steel-Pro is a custom manufacturer of ASME pressure vessels, biopharmaceutical equipment, modular skids, vacuum chambers, storage tanks and other custom designed equipment and stainless steel applications.

Acceptance into SHARP by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes this worksite as a model for safety and health standards.

"Employers earn SHARP recognition by operating their facility under strict safety and health management standards," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "We congratulate Steel-Pro for earning SHARP certification. They demonstrate to their industry that making safety a priority pays off."

A banner and certificate will be presented in a ceremony on Oct. 29, 2014.

Commissioner Paquette stated, "SHARP companies know that a safer facility is not only good for

Katahdin Health Care Earns Safety Award

*Millinocket facility recognized for workplace safety*
Millinocket, Maine - Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette announced that Katahdin Health Care in Millinocket has earned the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program Award (SHARP) in recognition of its rigorous safety achievement program. Katahdin Health is a 36-bed facility specializing in long-term, skilled rehabilitation and dementia care.

Acceptance into SHARP by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes this facility, part of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, as a model for worksite safety and health

SteelPro wins OSHA Award

Rockland, Maine - SteelPro, Inc., a Rockland based business since 1978 has been awarded the Safety and Health Achievement Program (SHARP) award from the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). SHARP is OSHA’s highest honor for small work sites. Less than 1600 worksites in the country currently share the honor of SHARP recognition. “SteelPro is proud of our safety record and this award is testament to our dedicated workforce, who are also proud owners of our company,” said SteelPro President Steve Ladd. “ We are proud members of the Rockland business community and look forward to our continued role in the community.”

SteelPro manufactures ASME code pressure vessels, biopharmaceutical equipment, vacuum chambers, storage tanks and other custom-designed equipment. Established in 1978 by Chris Beebe and Fred Carey, the company successfully converted to an employee owned company this year.

“SteelPro is one example of the presence and importance of the manufacturing sector in Rockland,” says the City’s Community Development Director John Holden. Rockland is well-known for our cultural, restaurant, and art scene, but the story about the City’s manufacturing base is not well known, according to Holden. We are working to make more people, citizens, and businesses around the State, New England, and Eastern Seaboard more aware of the City’s manufacturing and service economy. “Success stories like SteelPro make that job easier,” Holden said.

The award will be presented to SteelPro by Governor Paul LePage who will take the opportunity to
congratulate the employees of Steel-Pro on this important accomplishment. The presentation of the
award will be conducted by Mr. Steve Greeley, Safety Works! And Maine Department of Labor

Rockland continues to see new or expanding business

Rockland, Maine - The City of Rockland continues to see new and expanding business. “I am not sure when it is a ‘trend,’” say Community Development Director, John Holden, “but there has certainly been a noticeable number of inquiries looking for business space, announcements of existing companies expanding, and other positive news from our business community over the past six to nine months.” It is important to share these and other success stories to continue to encourage new or existing business expansions and to confirm that Rockland is a great place for business, according to Holden.

Recent news includes the naming of Kate McAleer, owner of Bixby & Co. to Mainebiz “Next” List. This annual issue of the business magazine names and highlights “10 people shaping the future of Maine's economy.” This marks the second year in a row that a Rockland business owner was named to the list. McAleer, started Bixby & Co. in December 2011 and has increased its presence in Whole Foods Market from 28 stores to more than 200. By next year, Bixby chocolate bars will be in more than 500 stores across much of the country, according to Mainebiz.

Shannon Kinney, Client Success Officer of Dream Local Digital was on last year’s Mainebiz Women