Thursday, July 27, 2017

MES FOUNDATION PROVIDES $60,000 TO MAINE STUDENTS

MES Foundation (MES) announced today the winners of the Richard H. Pierce Memorial Scholarship and the MES Foundation Scholarship, totaling $60,000 in awards to 12 Maine students.

The Richard H. Pierce Memorial Scholarship provided 10 Maine high school graduates $5,000 towards their 2017/2018 post-secondary education. Established in honor of MES founder, Dick Pierce, who passed away in 2011, the scholarship is awarded based on distinguished academic merit and financial need. The Pierce Scholarship is renewable for up to four years.

The MES Board of Directors also selected two Maine graduates to receive the MES Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $5,000, renewable for up to two years.

 "Our goal is to help alleviate some of the financial burden placed on Maine students and their families, while they continue their post-secondary education," said MES Foundation President Darren Hurlburt. "And we are proud to be able to support these 12 outstanding young men and women."

Beginning in January 2018, scholarship applications for the 2018/2019 academic year will be available online at www.mesfoundation.org.

Richard H. Pierce Memorial Scholarship Winners:

Amanda Alberda - Lewiston High School
Ravin Davis - Madison High School
Owen Doane - South Portland High School
Anna Dunbar - Mount Blue High School
Reegan Hussey - Cheverus High School
Lily McVetty - Oceanside High School
Angel Moore - Morse High School
Emma Pooler - Fort Kent Community High School
Erin Qiu - Gardiner Area High School
Sophie Silva - Deering High School

MES Foundation Scholarship Winners:

Hannah Crone - East Grand High School
Zach Hammond - Easton High School

MES Foundation is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to fostering and promoting higher education.



"Eastbound" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Eastbound" by Doug Mills
Historic schooner Isaac H. Evans, built 1886, eastbound on Penobscot Bay.


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



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: South Thomaston EMS, Fire, Rockland Fire Responding To Single Vehicle Spruce Head Rd, Waterman Beach Rd Rollover

UPDATE 7:48pm: All fire units are clear an returning.
UPDATE 7:27pm: Driver is being transported to Pen Bay by South Thomaston ambulance non-emergency.
UPDATE 7:15pm: Driver has been freed from the car.
UPDATE 7:11pm: Waterman Beach Rd is shutdown at this time.
BREAKING NEWS: South Thomaston, Maine - South Thomaston EMS, Fire, Rockland Fire, Knox County Sheriffs Office responding to a single vehicle rollover at the intersection of Spruce Head Rd and Waterman Beach Rd in South Thomaston, Maine on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017.

Person reported trapped, citizens trying to get them out.

Vehicle on it side according to fire unit on scene.

More details to come.


Maine Lobster Festival's Sea Princesses Practice, Practice, Practice


Rockland, Maine - This is it, the last practice before the Judges Banquet at the Samoset on Friday night.  So much to do, practice the walk, the wave, and all those questions that the judges will be asking at the Judges Banquet which is only days away.









Using Basic Botany to Become a Better Perennial Gardener

Camden, Maine - Gardener John Fromer will lead a presentation on using basic botany to become a better perennial gardener Tuesday, August 1 at 12:00 pm.

Continuing his series, John Fromer gives this talk using basic concepts of biology to better understand the perennial garden.  John will speak about the different ways in which different plant species grow, including root systems, bloom times, life expectancy, pollination methods, and seed generation- and how to use these concepts to better plan and manage the garden.
This is an outdoor program, so guests should dress appropriately for weather and wear sturdy shoes. A selection of recommended gardening books, tools, and plants will be for sale after the presentation.

John Fromer has been a Maine Master Gardener since 1998 and runs Appleton Ridge Flower and Vegetable Farm with his wife Kathy, also a Maine Master Gardener. They grow flowers, vegetables and herbs in a sustainable and authentic fashion.

This lecture is part of the Summer Talk series at Merryspring, sponsored by The First National Bank. Admission to Tuesday talks is $5, with free admission for members of Merryspring.

Merryspring is your community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year round. The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information on this program, please contact info@merryspring.org or call 207-236-2239.

Tree Identification Workshop

Camden, Maine - Merryspring Nature Center will host a free summer tree identification walk on Friday, July 28 at 10:00 am.

Tree identification is fun and easy. This walk will lead families and children through Merryspring’s recently-restored Kitty Todd Arboretum to teach the basics of identifying trees by their leaves and bark.

This is an outdoor program. Guests should bring water bottles, wear weather appropriate clothing, wear sturdy shoes, and be prepared to walk in summer heat for up to one hour.

This program is part of the Free Family Programs series at Merryspring.

Free Family Programs run on select Friday mornings throughout the summer. No sign-up necessary. For more information on this program, please contact Merryspring at 236-2239 or info@merryspring.org.

"Sailing Western Penobscot Bay" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Sailing Western Penobscot Bay" by Doug Mills
Schooner Heritage sailing western Penobscot Bay near Rockport Maine.


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



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

U.S.S Mahan To Visit Rockland For 70th Annual Maine Lobster Festival

Rockland, Maine - The U.S.S. MAHAN (DDG 72) will anchor in Rockland Harbor for the 70th Maine Lobster Festival. The ship was last in Rockland for the 64th Maine Lobster Festival.

 The U.S.S. Mahan was built at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, and commissioned on February 14, 1998 by the United States Navy in Tampa, Florida. It was the 22nd Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer to be commissioned, and was the first Flight II Variant. The ship is capable of operating both independently and as part of a Strike Group. Designed for stealth and equipped with the latest stealth and weaponry technology, the U.S.S. Mahan can combat air, surface, and subsurface threats. Four gas turbine engines can propel the ship at over 30 knots. A crew of 35 officers and 279 enlisted sailors operate the U.S.S. Mahan.

 On February 19, 2000, the ship left its home port of Norfolk, Virginia, for its first deployment to the Mediterranean as a member of the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower Battle Group. The U.S.S. Mahan would go on to be deployed to the Mediterranean many times.

 In 2006 the U.S.S. Mahan was awarded the Battle Efficiency Award. This award is given every year to a small number of ships in the United States Navy, and is awarded for demonstrating superior battle readiness.

 The U.S.S. Mahan (DDG 72) was the 4th ship to be named for Alfred Thayer Mahan, known as the father of the modern Navy. Rear Admiral Mahan graduated from the Naval Academy in 1859. During the Civil War, he served with the South Atlantic and Western Gulf Blockading Squadrons. Mahan is credited with convincing Congress to rebuild the deteriorating U.S. Navy at the end of the 19th century.

 As in previous years, tours of the vessel will be available during festival week. Tours are currently scheduled for Thursday, August 3 and Friday, August 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. These dates and times are subject to change. Crew members of the U.S.S. Oak Hill will also escort the Sea Princesses on the Main Stage for the Maine Sea Goddess Coronation.

70th Annual Maine Lobster Festival Kicks Off Next Wednesday

Rockland, Maine - Maine Lobster Festival will kick off their 70th year from Wednesday August 2nd through Sunday August 6th, 2017 in Rockland, Maine.

There is a lot you can do during the festival from riding rides, crate race, road races, enjoy live music, food and so much more.

It is a special time for the people behind Maine Lobster Festival as they will be celebrating their 70th year. For volunteers who spend their time volunteering from eating tent to ticket taker at the gates. Volunteers is what keeps the festival going.

Highlights of this year's festival are coronation, where one young lady will win Maine Sea Goddess title, seafood cooking contest, marine tent, children's events, entertainment and touring a Navy ship.

Full Schedule:

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
12:00 p.m.
OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY
Other

Official ribbon cutting ceremony at the Main Gate followed immediately by the arrival of King Neptune and his court, along with Adrianna Elaine Ames, the 2016 Maine Sea Goddess, arrive on the main dock from the briny deep to raise the flag and officially open the 2017 Maine Lobster Festival. Opening ceremonies will take place next to the flagpole by the Harbor Master’s building.

Then, King Neptune and his court, along with Adrianna Elaine Ames, the 2016 Maine Sea Goddess, arrive on the main dock from the briny deep to raise the flag and officially open the 2017 Maine Lobster Festival. Opening ceremonies will take place next to the flagpole by the Harbor Master’s building.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
CORONATION REHEARSAL - MAIN STAGE
Entertainment

12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
70TH ANNUAL MAINE LOBSTER FESTIVAL OPENS FOR THE DAY
Other

Festival officially opens, along with exhibition tents, booths, vendors, carnival rides and games.

Special Gate admission – 70th Anniversary WEDNESDAY ONLY
Admission $1.00 adults 12 and older
Admission – Free -children under the age of 12

Smokey’s Greater Shows - OLD FASHIONED DOLLAR DAY – RIDE TICKETS $1.00 EACH all Day!!

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
MAD SCIENTIST HANDS-ON BOOTH - NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT
Children

A fun hands-on learning experience for kids.

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
MIDCOAST MUSIC ACADEMY SHOWCASE - NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT
Entertainment

Students and faculty from The Midcoast Music Academy perform in various ensembles.

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
THE 70TH MAINE SEA GODDESS CORONATION - MAIN STAGE
Entertainment

Come see the coronation of the 70th Maine Lobster Festival Sea Goddess! Festivities begin at 8 p.m. with music and the introduction of the Sea Princesses. The winner receives a cash prize and the title of The Maine Lobster Festival Sea Goddess with a lovely crown. She reigns at many events throughout the year, culminating with the start of the 2018 Lobster Festival. Also crowned is the Crown Princess and Miss Congeniality.

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
2:00 p.m.
JOHN MCDONALD, MAINE STORYTELLER
Entertainment

4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
BEST IN SHOW - NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT

A fun band mixing many styles including jazz, blues, and swing.

Part of Steins and Vines - Separate ticket requried.

4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
STEINS & VINES TASTING EVENT - NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT
Entertainment

Please join us at our 4th annual tasting event with local beers and wines made right here in Maine, sponsored by Hampton Inn & Suites. Must be 21 years or older and present photo ID for admittance. The $25 ticket includes Festival admission and 12 samples.

Location: North Entertainment tent

Music Provided by: Best in Show

When: Thursday Aug 3rd - 2 separate tasting sessions$25.00 per person which includes park admission.

Tasting I: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Tasting II: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
SMOKEY’S GREATER SHOWS – BRACELET DAY
Children

Bracelet $17.00

7:30 p.m.
CIRCUS MAINE, MAIN STAGE
Entertainment

Cabaret, trapeze and aerial apparatus, clowning, acrobatics, juggling and more!

General Admission seating available – first come first serve at no additional charge.

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
RT. 17 RAMBLERS, NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT
Entertainment

A traditional country/early rock music trio.

Friday, August 4th, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
EMILIA DAHLIN BAND, MAIN STAGE
Entertainment

One of Maine’s premier songstresses returns to the Festival stage. Portland ME based, she combines mesmerizing tales with rootsy folk and jazz vocals.

2:00 p.m.
WORLD’S FASTEST KNITTERS, NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT

Prizes and glory await this fun and popular event – hosted by Mim Bird of Over The Rainbow Yarns in Rockland.

3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
DON ROY TRIO, NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT
Entertainment

Specializing in traditional dance music from their Franco-American Heritage, and led by a Rockland native, The Don Roy Trio (fiddle, piano and bass) has been together for over 30 years with appearances that include the Kennedy Center and The Library of Congress.

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
HELLO NEWMAN, NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT
Entertainment

A dance party with one of Maine’s favorite bands.

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
SMOKEY’S GREATER SHOWS – BRACELET DAY
Children

Bracelet $17.00

7:30 p.m.
FELIX CAVALIERE’S RASCALS, MAIN STAGE
Entertainment

General admission seating tickets available $25.00 which includes park admission.

“Good Lovin’”, “Groovin on a Sunday Afternoon” and “Beautiful Morning” are just a few of the Rascals hit songs. Led by original member, keyboard and vocalist Felix Cavaliere, The Rascals were one of the defining acts of the 1960-70’s with a cascade of big hits and giving rise to the phrase “blue-eyed soul.”

8:45 p.m.
LASER LIGHT SHOW FINALE - MAIN STAGE
Entertainment

Saturday, August 5th, 2017
10:00 a.m.
THE BIG PARADE, ROCKLAND MAIN STREET
Entertainment

 “The 70th Anniversary of The Maine Lobster Festival”

Grand Marshal:  Lois Stackpole Alley

Parade: Jen Chapman - 1-800-576-7512
parade@mainelobsterfestival.com

2:30 p.m.
MOJO (MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ ORCHESTRA), MAIN STAGE
Entertainment

Enjoy our own premier community jazz orchestra of the Midcoast area as they perform a variety of musical styles – traditional Big Band, Latin, funk, blues. Vocal numbers are also included.

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
JONESVILLE - NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT
Entertainment

Popular local duo-performing classic hits.

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
PRE-REGISTRATION FOR THE 10K ROAD RACE AND 5K WALK - MAIN STAGE AREA

Last chance to pre-register for the 10K Road Race and 5K Walk. If you've already registered online, you can pick up your packet at this time so you can head straight to the start line in the morning. Come to the tent at the bottom of the hill inside the Main Gate.

6:00 p.m.
STEELIN’ THUNDER, NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT
Entertainment

Everyone’s favorite Local steel drum group returns to the Maine Lobster Festival.

7:30 p.m.
THE OUTLAWS, MAIN STAGE
Entertainment

General admission seating tickets available $25.00 which includes park admission.

Best known for “Green Grass and High Tides forever,” and “There goes another Love Song,” The Outlaws are often credited as among the founders of Southern Rock, and they have maintained very successful touring and recording careers for 40 years.

Sunday, August 6th, 2017
All Day
FAMILY FUN DAY! FREE ADMISSION

All Day
FREE SHUTTLE BUS

The festival provides free shuttle services to and from the festival grounds from the following locations. A bus arrives at each location approximately every 30 minutes.

Oceanside High School (formerly Rockland District High School)
South Elementary School (formerly Rockland District Middle School)
Check days for detailed schedule:

Wednesday, Aug. 2: Bus starts at noon and ends at 10 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 3, and Friday, Aug. 4: Bus starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 11 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 5: Bus starts after parade (usually around noon) and ends at 11 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 6: Bus starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m.
Bus arrives at each location approximately every 30 minutes.

7:00 a.m.
REGISTRATION OPENS FOR ALL KIDS’ EVENTS - INFORMATION TENT

Registration officially opens for International Great Crate Race, Kids’ Fun Run, Children’s Lobster Eating Contest, and Little Lobster Diaper Derby.

7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST - MAIN EATING TENT
Food

All-the-pancakes-you-can-eat breakfast in the Food Tent featuring blueberry pancakes, juice, coffee and milk. Cost: $6 for adults, $3 for children; offered through Sunday.

8:00 a.m.
1 MILE KIDS’ FUN RUN, NEAR THE MAIN GATE
Children

Not to be outdone, the kids have all the glory before the adult race with their own 1-mile fun run down Rockland Main Street. The Fun Run begins outside the Main Gate of the Festival grounds. Registration opens at 7 a.m. on the Main Stage the morning of the race.

The Kids' Fun Run is sponsored by

250 Main Hotel

8:30 a.m.
10K ROAD RACE AND 5K WALK/RUN
Entertainment

Start your Sunday morning with a timed run or walk around the beautiful town of Rockland. 8:30 am, near the main gate

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
70TH ANNUAL MAINE LOBSTER FESTIVAL OPENS FOR THE DAY
Other

FREE ADMISSION TO ALL!

10:00 a.m.
CHILDREN'S PARADE
Children

Sign up at the far end of the Eating Tent at 9 a.m.

Rick Adam and his one-man band will lead the kids this year.

11:30 a.m.
COD FISH CARRY AND LOBSTER EATING CONTEST, MAIN STAGE
Children

12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
SMOKEY'S GREATEST SHOWS CARNIVAL 2017 OPENS
Entertainment

Smokey’s Greatest Shows Carnival. Bracelet Day! $17.00

12:30 p.m.
LITTLE LOBSTER DIAPER DERBY - MAIN STAGE
Children

Registration is at the Information Tent

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
BEATLEZANIA, NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT
Entertainment

The music of the Beatles brought to life by Rick Adam on one-man rock and junk bands.

1:30 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL GREAT LOBSTER CRATE RACE SHOWDOWN - ROCKLAND HARBOR
Entertainment

Join us for this special 70th Anniversary Celebration event featuring local First Responders as well as US Coast Guard teams competing in a best of “50” crates.

2:00 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL GREAT LOBSTER CRATE RACE BEGINS AT ROCKLAND HARBOR
Entertainment

Registration starts at 7AM at the Information Tent. The race is at the Waterfront and begins at 2pm

Sponsored by: Machias Savings Bank

5:00 p.m.
WREATH CEREMONY - PUBLIC PIER
Entertainment

King Neptune and the 2017 Sea Goddess will lead a wreath ceremony for fishermen lost at sea, held at the public pier.

6:00 p.m.
70TH MAINE LOBSTER FESTIVAL CLOSES
Other

See you at the 71st annual Maine Lobster Festival, August 1-5, 2018!

2017 Sea Princesses Visited Knox Center For Long Term Care


Rockland, Maine- On Sunday the Maine Lobster Festival's 2017 Sea Princesses visited the Knox Center For Long Term Care.  Of all the things we do with the girls leading up the the crowning of the Maine Sea Goddess I think this has to be the favorite.

This is the day each of the girls will meet one on one with the judges.  These meetings will continue till each girl has had a chance to meet with the judges.
In the meantime there is much to be done.

The girls gather at the Knox Center early for a viewing of the film "Buggin" an in depth look at the lobster industry through the eyes of a lobsterman.  After the film it is off to sign the Maine Lobster Festival posters that are given to all the sponsors of the festival.  Can we say writer's cramp, that is a lot of posters!  Once the posters are done the girls create their own bouquets for the Maine Sea Goddess Coronation, which will take place on Wednesday the second of August.

Everyone's favorite part of the day is when the girls have a chance to meet some of the residents and to sing for them.  The smiles on every face tell you that this is a good day.  After singing all those songs that were popular long before these girls were born it is time for lunch, a lobster dinner prepared by the Knox Center's staff.

Following lunch there is time for the girls to design and make bags.  After the bags are done there is just time for some group pictures before the day ends.