Tuesday, September 2, 2014

How is Climate Change Affecting Maine Wildlife?

Maine Bobcat photo by Luke Lermond
Camden/Rockport, Maine - Ecologist Ethel Wilkerson will lead a presentation assessing and addressing the effects of climate change on Maine species at Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, September 9 at 12:00 noon.

Climate change has important implications for many of Maine’s wild plants and animals, as well as for our communities and economy.  Wilkerson will identify many of these species, discussing what determines their resilience or vulnerability, and the current efforts being made to prepare them for changes in climate and weather.

Wilkerson serves as Program Manager of the Sustainable Economies Program at Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences in Brunswick. She holds an MS in Aquatic Ecology and an MPA in Environmental Policy from Indiana University.

This presentation is part of the Summer Talk Series at Merryspring, co-sponsored by Camden National Bank and Jaret & Cohn Real-Estate.

Admission to the Tuesday Talks is free to Merryspring members and children, with a nominal $5 fee for non-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 info@merryspring.org.

Photos Preview I Didn't Do It "Logan's Run" Airs September 21st

At 9pm ET/PT on Sunday, September 21st, fans of the Disney Channel series 'I Didn't Do It' will be able to watch an all new episode entitled "Logan's Run". When Logan learns his friends think he runs very awkwardly and strange, he fakes an injury to get out of Lindy's charity jog-a-thon for the endangered snot otter. Meanwhile, Delia inadvertently gets Brenda fired from Rumble Juice and tries to find the inept employee another job.

I Didn't Do It stars Olivia Holt ("Kickin' It," "Girl vs. Monster") as Lindy, Austin North ("A.N.T. Farm," "Kickin' It") as Logan, Piper Curda ("A.N.T. Farm," "Rule the Mix") as Jasmine, Peyton Clark ("Danger Jane") as Garrett and Sarah Gilman ("Last Man Standing") as Delia.
Photos Credit: Disney Channel

Photos Preview Dog With A Blog "The Kids Find Out Stan Blogs" Airs September 12th

At 8pm ET/PT on Friday, September 12th, fans of the Disney Channel series 'Dog With A Blog' will be able to watch an all new episode entitled "The Kids Find Out Stan Blogs". Stan's blog is accidentally submitted as Bennett's latest book and the kids must work together to protect Stan's secret.

'Dog With A Blog' stars G Hannelius as Avery, Blake Michael as Tyler, Francesca Capaldi as Chloe, Beth Littleford as Ellen and Regan Burns as Bennett. Stephen Full voices Stan who is played by the canine performer, Mick.
Photos Credit: Disney Channel

Photos Preview Austin & Ally "Videos & Villains" Airs September 21st

At 8pm ET/PT on Sunday, September 21st, fans of the Disney Channel series 'Austin & Ally' will be able to watch an all new episode entitled "Videos & Villains". When Austin disappears before his scheduled performance on "Video Countdown Live," the gang soon discovers Brooke is holding Austin captive until he writes a song for her.

'Austin & Ally' stars Ross Lynch as Austin, Laura Marano as Ally, Raini Rodriguez as Trish and Calum Worthy as Dez.
Photos Credit: Disney Channel

Photos Preview Girl Meets World "Girl Meets Smackle" Airs September 12th

At 8:30pm ET/PT on Friday, September 12th fans of the Disney Channel series 'Girl Meets World' will be able to watch an all new episode entitled "Girl Meets Smackle". When Smackle (Cecilia Balagot), a debate champion from another school who happens to have a crush on Farkle, realizes that he only sees her as an academic rival, she enlists Maya and Riley to give her a makeover.

This series stars Rowan Blanchard as Riley Matthews, Sabrina Carpenter as Maya, Peyton Meyer as Lucas Friar, August Maturo as Auggie Matthews, Danielle Fishel and Ben Savage reprising the "Cory and Topanga" roles they made famous in ABC's hugely-popular sitcom "Boy Meets World" (1993-2000).
Photos Credit: Disney Channel

Photos Preview Jessie "Between the Swoon and New York City" Airs September 19th

At 8pm ET/PT on September 19th fans of the Disney Channel series 'Jessie will be able to watch an all new episode entitled "Between the Swoon and New York City". Jessie hits it off with a new guy she meets in the park named Brooks, unaware that he is Ms. Chesterfield's son.

Starring are Debby Ryan as Jessie ("Radio Rebel," "The Suite Life on Deck," "16 Wishes"); Tony Award-nominated Kevin Chamberlin (Broadway's "The Addams

September Programs for Job Seekers at the Machias and Calais CareerCenters

Machias/Calais, Maine - CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O'Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

"Mainers who want help in finding a job will have plenty of opportunities this fall," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "CareerCenter workshops in interviewing, job search skills and resume writing are just a few ways to improve your work search. With several fall job fairs already scheduled, job seekers should check out their local CareerCenter or visit MaineCareerCenter.com and the Maine Job Bank to get prepared."

To learn more, like the Washington County CareerCenters on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-County-CareerCenters/606111642755982 . The following workshops and programs will be held at the indicated CareerCenters. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone.

**GATEways to Employment:** Group Access to Employment Session September 3, 2 p.m., Calais

Culvert Replacement at the China-Winslow Town Line

China, Maine - Crews will be replacing a failing culvert on Route 137 at the China/Winslow town line beginning on Wednesday, September 3rd.

A detour will be in place that will take motorists approximately 7.3 miles from Route 137 onto Maple Ridge Road to Stanley Hill Road to Neck Road then back to Route 137.

It is anticipated all work will be completed by the end of the day on Friday, September 5th.

This $91,000 project will be performed by KC Works, Inc. of Jackson, Maine.

The Rockland Report August 29, 2014

OFFICE OF THE ACTING CITY MANAGER/FINANCE DIRECTOR
 Approved Payroll Warrant.
 Preparing for Year End – audit work.
 Reviewed Mechanic Street sewer issue with WWTF Director – found another
property direct discharge to harbor.
 Attended FY15 Work Plan meeting with Council.
 Monthly Main Street walk about with Rockland Main Street Director Gordon Page
and Mayor Pritchett.
 Met/spoke with Citizens on the following concerns:
o Lindsey Brook
o Outdoor Fire Pits

OFFICE OF THE CITY ASSESSOR
 Tax bills have been delivered to property owners. The new rate is $20.16
per thousand of assessed value. An error was found on the bills.
Contacted all local papers (Courier Gazette, Freepress, Penbay Pilot and
Bangor Daily News) to publish article about the error.
 Processed Real Estate Transfers, updating parcel cards, sales book,
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
assessments.
 Making appointments to review properties at the property owner’s
request.
 Updating Tax Maps and posting to the web site.

OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL FISH PIER DIRECTOR
 The following permits were issued this week.
o Three lobster vessels
 The f/v western sea has offloaded 800,000 pounds of herring.
 The f/v western wave has offloaded 600,000 pounds of herring.
 The price per pound for new shell lobster is $3.35.

OFFICE OF THE HARBORMASTER
 A busy week with just more of the same. Lots of activity in the Parks and at the
Public Landing. Busy with boats at the dock during the day as they go ashore to
go shopping, and most of our moorings rented at night for boats staying in town.
 Almost everyone that comes by boat winds up staying longer in Rockland than
they planned. An extra day at the docks, a few extra days on a mooring.
Rockland is much more than they planned on when they first put us on their
itinerary.
 The Farnsworth's open air cat video showing was well attended and a big hit. Yet
another good use of our public parks.
 We had an unscheduled visit by one of our small ACL cruise boats over the
weekend that made for a bit of confusion, but everything appears to have
worked out well, and we get to make a little more for dockage.
 Rebuilding the trailer for the harbormaster's boat, just some odds and ends so we'll
be ready when we go to take the boat out for the fall.

OFFICE OF THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR
 Officially on vacation through September 5, we are already feeling the absence
of Linda Barnes.
 A new part-time/on call/substitute library assistant, Diane DuBois is being trained
this week in a myriad of Library duties.
 Catinka Knoth’s Adult Drawing class worked on “Lobster boat Heads Home by
Marshall Point " and the Children’s drawing class theme was “Let's draw a Maine
Country Fair.”
 Jean Young reports that the Children’s Room had a “guy” Storytime with Judith
Andersen, guest reader again and the little guys. They were very busy playing so
Miss Judith went to them and read favorite boy stories such as If Waffles Were Like
Boys by Charise Mericle Harper, one of our newer books. Other books read were
Yellow Is My Color Star by Judy Horacek; Biblioburro, A True Story from Colombia
by Jeanette Winter; and of course, The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. After the
readings, Jean brought out a new plaything, a fort made of plastic where they
could “hide from the pirates…”
 This was the final week of Storytime at the Farmers’ Market, with Friends’ Board
member Marilyn Trask presenting, and Brian and Marilyn Trask setting up. I am
exceedingly grateful to all who helped with making this program a wonderful
success again this year.
 This Thursday evening’s Arts & Cultural Events program was a film presented by
Erika Pfander, To Be or Not to Be--Jack Benny and Carol Lombard portray Maria
and Josefa Tura, Polish stage stars, who pit the talents of their acting troupe
against the Gestapo in the early stages of the Second World War.
 The Library closes for Labor Day on both Sunday and Monday.
 Upcoming Event: Folk Duo-- Dusty and Joanna, with Ray Montana.
 *****Mentioned before, but I urge you to check out Lynda.com, from the Library’s
website . It truly is a phenomenal resource which helps “anyone learn software,
design, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. The site
offers over 2,500 video courses covering technical skills, creative techniques,
business strategies, and more.”
 Down to the wire--read the Maine Readers’ Choice Award Finalists now, to vote in
September: Benediction by Kent Haruf; The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt; The Golem
and the Jinni by Helene Weck; and TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. More
information can be found here.

OFFICE OF THE FIRE CHIEF
In addition to responding to the general response to fire and EMS calls, conducting
apparatus checks, daily cleaning, routine repairs and maintenance to the fleet and
of the quarters, the following occurred:
 On Friday I toured the new CNG receiving area and system at FMC. FMC Officials
and I discussed potential issues and the engineered safety systems built in to
address any emergencies. As has been our previous experience FMC has gone
above and beyond to ensure the safety of the system and in the end will result in
a system with less hazards than the one it replaces. We will be working with FMC
and XNG (the gas supplier) to ensure our personnel and local emergency
responders are aware of the hazards and safety systems that go along with CNG
being transported to the plant.
 On Saturday C-Shift responded to a bi-plane “crash” as part of the Regional
Airport Response plan. Fortunately EMS and fire resources were not needed upon
arrival.
 On Monday, Paramedic Carrie Adams and I attended the Knox County Regional
Communications Executive Board meeting to review proposed changes to the
bylaws and governance of the KRCC. Carrie and I are two of the seven member
executive board that helps guide the dispatch center. This allows Rockland to
have good representation with the agency that receives and dispatches all of the
911 calls in the region. Our recent efforts are focused on ensuring the local
communities retain as much control as possible to see the end product meets our
“customers” needs.
 On Tuesday all Confined Space Rescue certified personnel participated in the first
half of our mandatory annual refresher training. The group was split and each
went through 4 stations that covered: EMS considerations, rappelling, using
mechanical advantage systems to make rescues and the utilization of our
confined space tripod and rescue SKEDs.
 On Tuesday afternoon a flurry of EMS activity resulted in four separate ambulance
calls in a 50 minute period, requiring all three RFD ambulances to be out and
Thomaston to have to cover the station. Luckily one call was able to close out
before the fourth began allowing RFD assets to transport all four patients.
 I began preliminary review of the latest (final?) set of plans for the Pleasant and
Main Hotel project. As with all new projects we will work closely with the Code
Office and the architects to ensure the new building meets or exceeds the Life
Safety Code.

OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR
 City wide receptacle and building trash for three days including roadside.
 Sweeping city streets for two days.
 Harbor trail post and sign installation for two days.
 Approx. 750 yards winter sand delivered over two day period from Hartland, Inc.
from Warren. Mixing with salt and stockpiling with loader.
 Roadside mowing for one and a half days.
 Mowed city owned houses on Thomaston Street and Limerock Street.
 Cleaning catch basins all week.
 Lanes Construction paved final coat on Upper Pleasant Street. Approximately
half of cost is Thomaston responsibility.
 Waste oil pickup from Genuine and Transfer Station.
 Meeting with George Hall and Water Co. to address Camden Street trench
settlements between Achorn Street and Griffin Street in south bound lane. They
will be scheduling the repair work of these five settled areas after the Labor Day
holiday which will include the closing of one lane.
 Installed catch basin and replaced drainage culvert on Lake Avenue at
intersection of West Meadow Road. Three and a half days of work also included
ditching and shouldering on east side of road.
 Ditching and shouldering work on West Meadow Road between Tolman Road
and Lake Avenue.
 Backfilling shoulders with gravel on Upper Pleasant Street.

OFFICE OF THE CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
 John Root is on vacation until Sept. 2, 2014.
 The Code Office received a Site Plan Review Application from Verizon Wireless
proposing the collocation of wireless telecommunication antennas to be
constructed on the existing building at 91 Camden Street.(Breakwater
Marketplace).
 All necessary permits have been issued for the demolition of the building at 21
Winter Street making way for CMCA’s new Contemporary Arts Center. Demolition
is scheduled to begin on or around Sept. 8, 2014 and take about 8 working days.
 There were no complaints filed this week.
 The following permits were received by the Code Office this week:
o 2 Building permits
o 1 Electrical permit
o 1 Plumbing permit
o 1 Sewer Connection permit

OFFICE OF THE POLICE CHIEF
The officers responded to 218 calls for service. Rockland Police Officers responded to
eight motor vehicle crashes and 15 Animal complaints. Twenty-nine (29) traffic stops
and traffic violations were conducted. The officers made 11 arrests of individuals for
various offenses, to include Bail violations, Domestic assault offense, Theft Offenses,
Probation violations, Warrants of Arrest, Drug offense and Assault.
 Chief Boucher attended the Board of Directors meeting for Sexual Assault Support
Service of Mid coast Maine in Brunswick.
 Officers are preparing to present the department sponsored Hunter Safety classes
at City hall.
 Sgt. Finnegan presented the drug impairment training for educational
professionals on Monday and Tuesday of this week to 45 teachers at Ocean Side
East High school.
 Officer Solozarno is at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy taking instructor
certification classes on MARC (Mechanics of Arrest, Restraint and Control.)
 C.I.D. assisted MDEA with ongoing drug investigations in the Knox County Area.
 C.I.D. has been assisting the Maine Marine Patrol with a stolen boat investigation.
This boat theft occurred in Camden. C.I.D. has assisted by providing technical
support in obtaining search warrants for the suspect’s cell phone records and
social media accounts. This is an ongoing investigation at this time.
 Officer Neal assisted the Knox County court system with the service of court
documentation throughout the city this past week.

OFFICE OF THE RECREATION DIRECTOR
 The summer is coming to a close and we are trying to put some last minute touch
ups around the City.
 The staff has been working to get the soccer fields set up and the registration for
fall soccer will be going out the first day of school.
 We have been putting some finishing touches on the new bench outside the
Tower room so that it’s ready when dance class begins.
 The staff continues to working hard to get Snow Marine Park open as soon as
possible.
 The After School Program is ready to begin on September 2nd.

OFFICE OF THE GENERAL ASSISTANCE ADMINISTRATOR
 Handled General Assistance inquiries.
 Met with clients who had scheduled appointments.
 Updated General Assistance paperwork and client files.

OFFICE OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
 Review of business plan for new business in Rockland interested in Regional Micro
Loan.
 Meeting with existing two (separate) service based businesses to discuss Rockland
economic development.
 Coordination with Rockland Main Street, Inc. on behalf of new business seeking
downtown location.
 Outreach with partners in City cultural planning initiative to discuss application to
Maine Arts Commission.
 General review and planning with Farnsworth on Cultural Arts Leadership Forum.
 Follow up to confirm budget and plans for Thorndike Parking Lot; Met with two
owners along block regarding the project and future expansion plans for their
properties.
 Meeting with University of Maine School of Economics on range of economic
analysis projects and use of interns for the City and RMSI.
 Meeting with Maine and Company staff to introduce them to economic
development efforts and sites in Rockland.
 Prepare and staff REDAC meeting.
 Prepare and staff Harbor Trail Committee meeting.
 Coordinate and tour potential new business showing potential sites for their
expansion and relocation to Rockland.

OFFICE OF THE SOLID WASTE DIRECTOR
 Participated in a MRRA Board of Directors Meeting.
 Replaced door in the transfer station and cleaned out and painted control room.
 Installed solids screen and pump in Transfer Station Basement.
 Submitted budget for phase 2 of Gas Collection piping and flare.
 Overturned cars for the fire department in preparation of their rescue drills.
 Public Works inspected and stickered the three MSW trailers.
 Painted and renumbered all monitoring wells.
 Replaced a leaking sample port on the 816 transmission filter housing.
 Mowed and picked up litter.
 Replaced hopper mirror that was broken by the public and secured electrical
conduit that was pulled away from the wall.



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  • Evening News - anchor
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September Programs at the Rockland CareerCenter

Rockland, Maine - The Rockland CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers.

"Mainers who want help in finding a job will have plenty of opportunities this fall," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "CareerCenter workshops in interviewing, job search skills and resume writing are just a few ways to improve your work search. With several fall job fairs already scheduled, job seekers should check out their local CareerCenter or visit MaineCareerCenter.com and the Maine Job Bank to get prepared."

The Rockland CareerCenter continues its series of workshops and programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. For more information, like the Rockland CareerCenter on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RocklandCareerCenter or call 596-2600.

The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter in Rockland unless otherwise noted. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone.

**GATEways to Employment:** Tuesday, September 2 and 16, 9 a.m. to noon Designed to help you

September Programs at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers.

"Mainers who want help in finding a job will have plenty of opportunities this fall," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "CareerCenter workshops in interviewing, job search skills and resume writing are just a few ways to improve your work search. With several fall job fairs already scheduled, job seekers should check out their local CareerCenter or visit MaineCareerCenter.com and the Maine Job Bank to get prepared."

The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick continues its series of workshops and programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. For more information, like the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SouthernMidcoastCareerCenter or call 373-4000.

The following workshops and programs are available to the public at no charge and will be held at the

September Workshops at the Skowhegan CareerCenter

SKOWHEGAN, Maine - Maine CareerCenters bring job seekers and employers together. For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Skowhegan CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers in September.

"Mainers who want help in finding a job will have plenty of opportunities this fall," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "CareerCenter workshops in interviewing, job search skills and resume writing are just a few ways to improve your work search. With several fall job fairs already scheduled, job seekers should check out their local CareerCenter or visit MaineCareerCenter.com and the Maine Job Bank to get prepared."

Workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To learn more, like the Skowhegan CareerCenter on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SkowheganCareercenter . Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 474-4950.

**GATEway to Employment-**Monday, September 8 and 22, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. This workshop will

So You Think You Know Rockland Quiz Show Returns

So You Think You Know Rockland Quiz Show Returns

(Rockland) The popular downtown audience participation quiz show, “So You Think You Know Rockland”, is scheduled for September 9th at the Strand Theater.

For the past several years the contest, a production of Rockland Main Street, Inc., has pitted multiple teams against each other to see who knows the most about history, trivia, and current events pertaining to the Lime City.  History buffs and other interested parties fill the theater seats to cheer for their favorite team and to stand ready to help with answers if necessary.

During the event, which is scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM, six teams will compete in 3 separate rounds, with the three round winners facing off against each other for the Championship Round.   The winning team will walk away with bragging rights and the much-prized, hand-crafted trophy, created just for the event.

Tickets are $10 for Adults, and $5 for Students under the age of 18.  This is a family oriented event, and one that instills pride in the community.

Rockland Main Street, Inc., is a downtown advocacy group that focuses on historic preservation of, and economic development in the downtown district, in addition to producing promotional events like, “So You Think You Know Rockland”; the Summer Solstice Celebration & Street Party; the “Midcoast Maine Has Talent – Or Not!” variety show; the “Rockland Has Style” Fashion Show & Experiential Auction; the “Festival of Lights Parade” and the “Lobster Trap Christmas Tree”.

WHAT: So You Think You Know Rockland – Quiz Show
WHEN: Tuesday – September 9, 2014 – 6:00 PM
WHERE: Strand Theater in Downtown Rockland
WHY: To celebrate and learn about the City of Rockland!



Bug Maine-ia Infests Maine State Museum on September 10, 2014

A young visitor gets a close-up view of a beehive during Bug Maine-ia at the Maine State Museum.
Museum educator David Hunt becomes acquainted with
a tarantula during last year’s Bug Maine-ia at the
Maine State Museum. The tarantula will be making
a return appearance at the 2014 Bug Maine-ia.
Free admission for Human and Insect Visitors!
Augusta, Maine - Bug Maine-ia, Maine’s largest natural science education event, buzzes around the Maine State Museum in Augusta on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 with twenty-five exhibitors providing hands-on displays, fascinating discoveries, and fun for visitors of all ages.  The event begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.

“We look forward to Bug Maine-ia all year,” comments Maine State Museum Chief Educator Joanna Torow.  “It is truly a wonderful event, especially for teachers, parents, and students, who can get some great up-close experiences with the creepy, crawly world of insects and learn about the wide-ranging impact these tiny creatures have on our lives.”

Bug Maine-ia’s exhibitors come from throughout the state and include Tony Sohns and his Bug Zoo, Maine Entomological Society, Maine State Beekeepers Association, University of Maine, Maine Department of Agriculture, Maine Forest Service, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Maine State Museum, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Hudson Museum, Butterfly and Insect Museum, Maine Agriculture in the Classroom, and Chewonki’s Bug Mobile, as well as a master Maine fishing guide, artists, and entomologists.

Admission to the museum is free of charge all day.  Teachers or parents bringing groups of students are urged to make reservations by completing a Bug Maine-ia and Maine Earth Science Day reservation form on the museum’s website: www.mainestatemuseum.org/learn

The Maine State Museum is located at 230 State Street in Augusta, adjacent to the Maine State House.

"Captains Meeting" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Captains Meeting" by Doug Mills
Maine windjammer captains meeting before The Great Schooner Race, onboard the Victory Chimes. [07-05-2013]




Maine Fall Foliage Season is Almost Here

Maine's fall foliage website has a fresh look and new resources for trip planning

AUGUSTA, Maine - While the State of Maine is enjoying an abundance of sunshine and beautiful late summer weather, now is the time to start planning your fall foliage trip. Beginning Wednesday, September 10, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) and the Maine Office of Tourism will provide an update on gradual change in leaf color from north to south culminating in peak conditions in late-October.

"Maine fall foliage is world-renowned and draws visitors from all over the country and around the globe," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "The fall foliage website and weekly foliage updates are examples of how Maine welcomes visitors and is Open for Business'. Word is spreading. In just one area alone-farm-related agri-tourism-income has increased 78% over the last five years."

DACF Commissioner Walt Whitcomb noted that even though the Department's forestry employees have been reporting conditions since 1959, they are finding new ways to promote Maine and attract new visitors. "Advances in technology are helping state government be more responsive to taxpayers and accessible to the public," said Commissioner Whitcomb said. "The Department's fall foliage website got over 450,000 page views in the last year alone. That level of interest and interaction provides new opportunities to showcase Maine products, events and the best parts of Maine."

Maine's official fall foliage website: www.mainefoliage.com has a new look, with additional links to scenic

Monday, September 1, 2014

Windjammers Sail In To Camden For Annual Festival (58 Photo Gallery)

Camden, Maine - During the Labor Day weekend in Camden harbor was the annual Camden Windjammer Festival. This festival is centered around those windjammers that call this area home. Apart of this annual event the windjammers sail in to Camden harbor with Jim Sharp (Rockland Sail, Steam & Power Musuem) announcing when each windjammer sails in and it's history. This year's sail in was held on Friday August 28th, 2014 with 9 windjammers that go on week long adventures and around 4 day sailing windjammers.

This annual festival has pirates invasion, crate race, chowder challenge, talent show, fireworks and dog show

Oceanside Lady Mariners Hosts Annual Kick-off Tourney

Thomaston, Maine - The Oceanside lady mariners hosted their annual soccer kick-off tourney this past Saturday, August 30th, 2014. Teams that took part in this annual event were Oceanside, Lincoln, Searsport, Erskine (2 teams), Camden, Maranacook, Medomak, Messalonskee, Belfast, Winslow and MCI. It was a perfect day for the teams as it wasn't to hot, mostly sunny and enough breeze to keep them cool.

Each game played in this annual event were 25 minutes and between three fields. Noontime the teams took an hour long break for lunch, jugging, pair heading and shoot out  This is a great preseason event to see what the soccer season will bring and be with others who play this sport. I think it is safe to say all the teams had fun.