Friday, February 23, 2018

Wilton CareerCenter First in System to See Changes

WILTON, Maine -- Last month, the Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Employment Services (BES) announced that it would be accelerating its commitment to revamping Maine’s CareerCenter delivery system in 2018. These actions are an effort by the LePage Administration toward a more efficient and effective service-delivery model for job seekers and employers, and to reform the system in anticipation of potential federal budget cuts.

“Being responsive to the needs of Maine employers and workers is at the forefront of everything we do,” said DOL Commissioner, John Butera. “That means understanding and adapting to the ways our customers want to interact with us. While in the early years of the CareerCenter model that meant ‘bricks and mortar’ to manage foot traffic into the offices throughout the state, today it means a modernized approach more in alignment with the current technology and the access demands of our customers.”

According to BES Director, Ed Upham, the first of many upcoming changes are the hours of the Wilton CareerCenter. “In an effort to coordinate and maximize the time and customer traffic patterns into our Wilton office, we will be changing the hours to Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning March 12,” he said. “These new office hours will ensure staff are available during the peak days when customers tend to use this resource the most, and it will allow staff more time to work directly with employers, educational institutions and other stakeholders on their needs for a quality workforce during the rest of the week.” Signs updating the hours of operation will be put up beginning next week.

The second major change is currently in the works. “We are moving our Augusta CareerCenter from its current location on Enterprise Drive now that our lease contract is up, and consolidating it into space in the same business park where the Maine Department of Labor is located, on Commerce Drive,” he said. The move is slated for late-March, with limited disruption to service during the move and no changes to staff or services to workers and employers.

In 2011, BES began upgrading the then-outdated labor exchange, Maine’s JobBank, to Maine JobLink, which today offers self-service options for labor information, career mapping and training. More recent changes have included updating mainecareercenter.gov for mobile devices and adding to it Live Chat, and co-locating the Portland CareerCenter and DHHS in State Offices in Portland to better serve Cumberland County residents and to provide a path from poverty to prosperity. “We definitely will look different a year from now, including smaller physical spaces, use of partner sites, and distance services,” Upham added.

Department of Labor staff will be looking at contracts, seeking partners and finding new and more effective ways to reach workers and employers alike. “As we continually seek ways to better deliver CareerCenter services in the new year and beyond, we will build on existing partnerships and forge new ones to make delivery of CareerCenter services more efficient and effective, and modernize the system and its physical footprint to meet our customers’ needs now and well into the future,” said Commissioner Butera.

CareerCenters, with 12 locations across the state, are part of the Maine Department of Labor (MDOL), and provide employment and training services at no charge for Maine workers and businesses. Job Seekers can use the CareerCenter’s free resources to jumpstart their job search. CareerCenters assist Employers with recruitment, training, and workforce services, and offers access to Labor Market Information.

Maine Department of Labor and Maine CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.

Friends of the Strand Theatre welcomes three new Board Members

ROCKLAND, Maine - The Board of Directors of Friends of the Strand Theatre recently welcomed three new members with strong ties to the community: Normas Thomas, Ariel Hall, and Elysa Rose Coster.

Norman Thomas does part time technical and management consulting with the Office of Naval Research and the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC.  A career Naval Officer he graduated from Princeton University in 1963 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and the Naval Postgraduate School in 1967 with an MSEE; he also has a certificate in Management from the University of Virginia.  After retiring from the Navy he has worked for Western Union, Norden Systems and Northrop Grumman developing electronic systems for the military.

Norman married Susan Allen in Rockland in 1964, and after 45 years they built a house in Owls Head and returned to her home.  They have both been active in local government and community affairs wherever they have lived and are continuing that service on the Mid-Coast.  They have seen and enjoyed the Strand as it has gone through its many lives as the entertainment heart of Rockland, and are especially pleased to see it returned to its original glory.
 
Ariel Hall grew up in Hope. She left Maine at 16, returning in her early thirties after years in New York City. Ariel is a multi-disciplinary artist working mainly in performance and installation. She has shown her work at La MaMa, Panoply Performance Lab, the Culture Project, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, the Steel House, and in the streets of New York City and São Paulo, among other locales and venues. In her last stint in New York, Ariel assisted curators at the Museum of Modern Art, helping them better execute performative and interactive artworks in the museum’s galleries; she also performed and facilitated the production of these artworks. Ariel holds a BA in art, psychology, and feminist theory, and an MA in Performance Studies, both from NYU. Most recently, Ariel opened Periscope, a modern design shop focused on interiors, with her partner, Jan Leth. They live in Spruce Head with their baby daughter.

Elysa Rose Coster received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University.  She worked as an art director in New York in advertising and promotion until she and her husband Paul moved to India and then Singapore. While in India, Elysa worked with battered women designing and producing patchwork quilts and, in Singapore, had her two daughters and wrote book reviews for a Singapore magazine. The Coster family moved back from Asia in 2000 and spent 18 years in Lloyd Harbor, NY before relocating to Rockland in 2016.

While raising her two daughters, who now are in college, Elysa was active in her local community and worked with organizations that promote education, the arts, and healthy living. Her creativity, penchant for aesthetics and originality, and strong commitment to working with local talent and being a integral member of the community are evident in her multiple home renovations and building management projects in NY, Camden, and most recently in Rockland on Steel House and Steel House South. Elysa is a member of the Universalist Unitarian church in Rockland, cleans the Good Tern once a week, and is teaching Iyengar Yoga and starting a pottery studio at Steel House South.

The Strand Theatre, which has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the  National Trust for Historic Preservation, became a nonprofit in January 2014 and is now operated by Friends of the Strand Theatre. It is located at 345 Main Street, Rockland. For more information about the theater visit www.rocklandstrand.com or call (207) 594-0070.

JUST IN: Coast Guard investigates tug collision, monitors sunken boat

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BOSTON — The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of a tug collision that occurred about three miles south of Kennebunk, Maine, early Thursday, and monitoring the site where one of the stricken vessels sank.

One of the two crewmen aboard the 40-foot tugboat Helen Louise alerted Coast Guard watchstanders Wednesday that their vessel collided with the 80-foot tugboat Capt Mackintire while they had it in tow. The Capt Mackintire had no crew aboard.

A response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor, in New Hampshire, and the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Reef Shark, homeported in Boston, deployed to assist.

Once on scene, the Station Portsmouth Harbor boat crew confirmed there were no injuries to the two-man tug crew. The Coast Guard then escorted the tug Helen Louise, with the two people aboard, into Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where it safely moored.

The Coast Guard Cutter Reef Shark established a tow with the tugboat Capt Mackintire, with intentions to bring the boat into Portland, Maine.

While in transit to Portland early Thursday, the Capt Mackintire began taking on water, forcing the crew to cut the towline where it sunk in about 158 feet of water.

The Coast Guard is working with federal, state, and local authorities to evaluate pollution potential and respond to reports of sheening in the area where the tug sank.

The investigation is ongoing.

"Small Boats" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Small Boats" by Doug Mills
Small boats in the fog along side schooner Heritage at North End Shipyard.



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Thursday, February 22, 2018

"Rockland Breakwater Light" The Maine Windjammer Project



"Rockland Breakwater Light" by Doug Mills
Tall ships Victory Chimes, built 1900 and Stephen Taber, built 1871, at the Rockland Breakwater Light.



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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Women's tennis wins 7-2 at Chapman in spring opener

Hannah Sweeney won at third singles and second doubles in Bates' 7-2 victory at Chapman on Feb. 20, 2018. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)
ORANGE, Calif. -- The Bates women's tennis team swept doubles play and rolled to a 7-2 victory at Chapman University on Tuesday in the Bobcats' spring season opener.

The Bobcats (1-0) earned two tough doubles wins at the first and third spots while at second doubles, first-year Hannah Sweeney (Franklin, Mass.) and sophomore Lauren Hernandez (Chester, N.J.) teamed up to win 8-0. At third doubles, first-year Haley Washington (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and sophomore Suzanne Elfman (Longmeadow, Mass.) edged Delara Fotovatjah and Alisa Organovich 8-7 (7-2) while at the top spot, senior captain Maisie Silverman (Brunswick, Maine) and junior Bella Stone (Concord, Mass.) defeated Vasilia Trofimova and Nicole Fouts 8-7 (9-7).

Bates increased its lead by winning four out of six singles matches, led by Silverman's 6-3, 6-4 victory over Madison Ross at No. 1 singles.

Sweeney posted an impressive 6-3, 6-2 win at third singles over Trofimova, while Hernandez defeated Anna Kaplan 6-4, 6-2 at No. 5 singles and junior Hannah Londoner (Westport, Conn.) scored a 6-1, 6-3 win at sixth singles over Raven Hampton.

Bates will play at No. 6 nationally ranked Pomona-Pitzer on Friday at 3pm Pacific time.

Trulli homers in baseball's 9-2 loss at Whittier

Dan Trulli hit his third career home run in the sixth inning of Bates' 9-2 loss at Whittier College on Feb. 20, 2018. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)
WHITTIER, Calif. -- Whittier College rode a 14-hit attack to defeat the Bates College baseball team 9-2 on Tuesday, in the Bobcats' third of six games played in Southern California.

The host Poets (5-3) collected six runs (five earned) on eight hits and three walks in five innings against Bates junior Justin Foley (Lynnfield, Mass.) to build a 6-1 lead, then added three more runs over Bates sophomore reliever Will Slayne's (Dedham, Mass.) three-inning stint.

Bates (0-3) was limited to five hits and no walks against Whittier starter Justin Kottinger, who gave up both of Bates' runs over six innings, and reliever Dante Mancia, who threw a perfect final three innings with four strikeouts.

Bates scored a run in the third inning to cut Whittier's lead in half, as senior Asher MacDonald (Hillsborough, N.C.) singled, senior Connor DiVincenzo (Westwood, Mass.) doubled and sophomore Will Sylvia (Newton, Mass.) drove MacDonald in on a groundout. Junior Dan Trulli (Melrose, Mass.) tagged a solo home run in the sixth inning, his third career homer.

Whittier collected 12 singles and two doubles in the game, and put runs on the board in five different innings. Matthew Macey and Michael Angulo both went 3-for-4 on the day.

DiVincenzo and MacDonald both batted 2-for-3 to lead the Bobcats.

Bates next plays at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Wednesday at 2:30 Pacific time.

No. 19 men's tennis sweeps Chapman in spring opener

Bates sophomore Jacob Kauppila won at No. 1 doubles and No. 4 singles in Bates' 9-0 sweep of Chapman University on Feb. 20, 2018. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)
ORANGE, Calif. -- The No. 19 nationally ranked Bates men's tennis team took its spring opener handily in a 9-0 victory at Chapman University Tuesday night.

The Bobcats (1-0) won every set in singles and swept doubles play in the win. They will next play Thursday at No. 12 Pomona-Pitzer, starting at 4pm Pacific time in Claremont, California.

Following the Bates women's team's 7-2 win over Chapman, the Bates men took the courts and swept doubles play. Senior Ben Rosen (Port Washington, N.Y.) and sophomore Jacob Kauppila (Chesterfield, Mo.) teamed up at No. 1 doubles in an 8-2 victory; at No. 2, junior Josh Quijano (Los Angeles, Calif.) and senior captain Josh Leiner (Baltimore, Md.) won 8-4; and at third doubles, sophomore Vidyut Yadav (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and junior Duane Davis (Dix Hills, N.Y.) defeated Darrus Lee and Terry Kang 8-6.

Rosen, Bates' three-time All-American, proceeded to defeat Len Kamemoto 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 singles. That and sophomore Jacob Eisenberg's (Armonk, N.Y.) 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 5 singles represented the two closest contests, as Quijano won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2, Leiner won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3, Kauppila won 6-1, 6-1 at fourth singles and Yadav won every game in his match at sixth singles.

"Maine's Own Tall Ship" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Maine's Own Tall Ship" by Doug Mills
Maine's own tall ship, the Victory Chimes, passing the Rockland Breakwater Light.



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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

"Flying With The Birds" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Flying With The Birds" by Doug Mills
The Victory Chimes flying with the birds across Penobscot Bay off Rockport Maine.



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Monday, February 19, 2018

"Foggy Morning On Penobscot Bay" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Foggy Morning On Penobscot Bay" by  Doug Mills
Former fishing schooner American Eagle, and a foggy morning on Penobscot Bay.



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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.
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