Friday, February 24, 2017

Lily Collins Attends 19th CDGA (Costume Designers Guild Awards)

Beverly Hills, California - Twenty seven year old actress Lily Collins looking gorgeous wearing a multi-color dress and black heels attends the 19th CDGA (Costume Designers Guild Awards) at The Beverly Hilton Hotel back on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.


Book Discussion: I Am Not Your Negro

Blue Hill, Maine - Former professors Bernadette and Vivodh Anand invite the public to participate in a book discussion of James Baldwin and Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, a companion to the recently released documentary of the same name. The Blue Hill Public Library will host the discussion on two Tuesdays, March 14th and 21st from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.  There is no charge and everyone is welcome but registration is required and can be done on the library’s calendar at www.bhpl.net. Books are available now for participants to check out.

At the time of writer James Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of a book, “a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.” In the film, Peck “weaves together James Baldwin’s works and words to present an examination of the history of race in America.”

The film will be showing locally at Reel Pizza in Bar Harbor on March 7th, 8th, and 9th at 6:00 and 8:15 PM and at the Grand in Ellsworth on Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00 PM.

Both Bernadette and Vivodh Anand are fellows at the Public Science Project in the Graduate Psychology Department of City University of New York.  They are former professors and trained SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) facilitators who currently live in Milbridge. Last year they facilitated a discussion series at the library of Ta Nehisi Coates’ book Between the World and Me.

Both sessions will include personal stories, current connections, and engaging conversation emerging from the themes and ideas within the book, as well as possible actions the community can take in working towards social justice. The discussions are sponsored by the Blue Hill Public Library. For more information call 374-5515.

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Book jacket for I Am Not Your Negro
Bernadette and Vivodh Anand

Opera Preview: La Traviata

Blue Hill, Maine - The Bagaduce Music Lending Library and Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library will present a preview of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, La Traviata, at the Blue Hill Public Library on Friday March 10th at 1:00 PM. A live performance of the opera will be simulcast at the Grand in Ellsworth the following day, Saturday, March 11th, from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

According to the Met website, “Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015, opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson as his father, Germont.”

Local opera enthusiasts Linda Lesko and David Porter will summarize the plot, introduce the music and offer some ideas of special ways to enjoy the Saturday simulcast. All are welcome, no previous opera knowledge is needed, and admission is free. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.

Blue Hill Library Film: Bad Day at Black Rock

BLUE HILL, Maine – The Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library Film Series will continue with Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), starring Spencer Tracy and Robert Ryan, on Thursday, March 9th at 7:00 PM at the library. The film is a thriller, directed by John Sturges and adapted from the short story, Bad Time at Honda by Howard Breslin. The film is about a veteran visiting a small western town in search of a Japanese American man who had been interned during World War II, and finding the locals strangely hostile.

All films are shown free of charge on the library’s “pretty big” screen in the Howard Room. For more information, call the library (374-5515) or Michael Donahue, 374-5248 or Donahue.mg@gmail.com.

ANNE O’REGAN – VERMONT’S LONG TRAIL



Anne O’Regan will present at the Camden Public Library on Thursday, March 9th at 7:00 pm on her experiences hiking Vermont’s Long Trail. Vermont’s Long Trail is America’s oldest long distance trail.  The 273-mile footpath was built between 1910 and 1930, by the Green Mountain Club.  It begins on the Massachusetts-Vermont border and travels north to the Canadian border, along the way summiting the Green Mountains’ highest peaks: Stratton Mountain, Killington Peak, Mt Abraham, Camel’s Hump, Mount Mansfield, Jay Peak, and many other smaller mountains.  For the first 100-miles, the Long Trail coincides with the Appalachian Trail.


Anne will share stories and slides from this magnificent and challenging trail. She thru-hiked it twice, once in 2012 (south to north) and again in 2013 (north to south).  Anne previously spoke at the Camden Public Library about her Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike. She published a book about her experience on the PCT, which is available on her website: anneoregan.com

Photos courtesy of Anne O'Regan.


March Book Sale


Camden - It is time to stock up with more books to get you through the rest of the winter whether you are reading by the fireplace or snuggling in bed! You can find these books on Saturday, March 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p. m and Sunday, March 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Camden Public Library’s March book sale.

This sale will offer a large selection of hard cover and soft cover trade paperbacks at $2 each on a wide range of topics including the arts, biographies, cooking, fiction, foreign language, gardening, health, history, how to, Maine, marine, nature, religion, science, and sports.

There will also be a large section of children’s books, hard covered books at $2 each; soft cover books at $1 each and board books at 50 cents each. Young adult books will be $2 each. There will be hundreds of paperbacks at 50 cents each, covering a variety of topics, as well as fiction by leading authors.

 DVDs and CDs will be $2 each and VHS tapes will be 50 cent each and include movies for all ages, cartoons for children, how too topics, music and books on tape.

 Volunteers are needed at the library at noon on Friday, March 10 to set out the books on tables in the Picker Room. Book sale chairperson Jean Freedman-White said, “We need people during the weekend to serve for three-hour shifts as cashiers and to refresh the tables of books during the sale. Volunteers are also needed to help pack up books at the end of the sale, on Monday, March 13 beginning at 9 a.m.”

“We are not accepting donations of books at this time because we are winterizing the book storage shed, but we will be accepting books again in April,” Freedman-White noted.

Blue Hill Library Book Sale March 4th

BLUE HILL, Maine — The Friends of Blue Hill Public Library will hold their first-Saturday-of-the-month book sale on March 4th in the library’s basement “book nook” from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. In addition to a good selection of high quality, clean books, shoppers can look forward to a special section of “unique books,” collections of travelogues, books on golf and for a limited time, LP records.  Most books are still only a dollar or two, and paperbacks only 50 cents. Each child may select a free book. There is also an ongoing paperback sale upstairs available whenever the library is open (25 cents each for a limited time!).

The Friends wish to thank the many donors who keep the sale supplied with quality books, and welcome contributions - big or small. Book sale proceeds enable the Friends to sponsor many of the special programs offered at the library, and to make special purchases of books, DVDs, etc., and equipment for the library. To donate books that are in good condition (please no moldy or soiled books!) or for more information, contact the library at 374-5515.

Annalise Basso Attends Vanity Fair And L'Oreal Paris Toast To Young Hollywood

West Hollywood, California - Eighteen year old actress Annalise Basso looking gorgeous wearing a black dress and heels attends Vanity Fair and L'Oreal Paris Toast to Young Hollywood hosted by Dakota Johnson and Krista Smith at Delilah on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.


Rockland Library/Poetry Month Rockland Contest Open

Rockland Public Library and Poetry Month Rockland are pleased to announce the opening of the annual Poetry Month Contest- Away From Home!

Rockland, Maine - It’s a big world; it’s a small world. Where in this world do you want to go? Why? For this year’s Poetry Contest we would like you to write about being away. Your poem can be about someone from away, a special place you have gone, or the place you most want to visit. Your poem’s limit is world-wide. Take us on your journey.

There are 4 categories for contest entrants: Child 1- PreK to 3rd grade, Child 2- grades 4 to 7, Teen- grades 8 to 12, Adult-  ages 19 and up. Poems should be limited to one sheet of paper, typed, 12 point font. Child 1 and 2 need not be typed but should be no more than one page. Please provide two copies of your poem, one with name, address, phone or email on the back, one with no identifying information. Please mail, email or drop off to Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., Rockland, ME 04841, by Friday April 7th for adults and Friday, April 14th for all student categories. For full contest rules go to www.rocklandlibrary.org or stop by the library. Get writing and have fun!

Brenton Thwaites, Jane Levy Attends Vanity Fair And L'Oreal Paris Toast To Young Hollywood

West Hollywood, California - Actors Brenton Thwaites, Jane Levy looking wonderful in their outfits attends Vanity Fair and L'Oreal Paris Toast to Young Hollywood hosted by Dakota Johnson and Krista Smith at Delilah on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.


Dakota Johnson Attends Vanity Fair And L'Oreal Paris Toast To Young Hollywood

West Hollywood, California - Twenty seven year old actress Dakota Johnson looking beautiful wearing a black dress and heels attends Vanity Fair and L'Oreal Paris Toast to Young Hollywood hosted by Dakota Johnson and Krista Smith at Delilah on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.


"Tall Ships" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Tall Ships" by Doug Mills
Tall ships Victory Chimes, Stephen Taber Heritage and Angelique at the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse at Rockland, Maine.


Bayside Adapts Design Challenge Announces Call for Submissions

PORTLAND, Maine -- The City of Portland announces a call for submissions for the Bayside Adapts Design Challenge, a planning and community engagement exercise to develop visionary ways to make the Bayside Neighborhood more resilient in the face of climate change. The deadline for submissions is April 10, 2017. Details on how to submit are listed below. 

“The Bayside Adapts Design Challenge asks participants to imagine a future Bayside that remains an economically vital and vibrant community in the face of intensifying rain, increased storm surge, and rising seas," said Troy Moon, the City's Sustainability Coordinator.  The submitted designs, while not intended for construction, will provide context for community discussion and inform planning decisions in future phases of the Bayside adaptation process.

The Design Challenge is open to anyone and has three submission categories - Citizen Planner (individual, team, or neighborhood), Student (Middle and High Schools), and Professional Designers (Including Undergraduate and Graduate Degree candidates). Entrants will be asked to provide a concept summary board and up to three supporting boards with research, renderings, and details around how their vision will promote resiliency in Bayside. 

Submissions will be judged based on five main criteria - coherency, credibility, scope, practicality, and inspiration. After judging, selected submissions will be printed and displayed at the Portland Public Library’s Rines Auditorium on May 3 for public review and discussion. 

“The goal of this visioning process is to inspire, engage and help the community envision a viable future for the neighborhood. We hope that this challenge will spark conversation and excitement around the innovative ideas to make Bayside more resilient,” added Waterfront Coordinator, Bill Needelman.

The submission selected as Best in Show based on the judging criteria will receive a $1,000 cash prize or equivalent donation to the local charity of the winner’s choice. Funding for design challenge is from the City’s recent award of a Leadership in Community Resiliency Grant from the National League of Cities.

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SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

DEADLINE:  April 10, 2017

All submissions and questions should be sent to thm@portlandmaine.gov

A preliminary meeting to field any questions that entrants may have as they embark on the challenge will be held on March 8 at 4 PM.  A conference line will be available to join the meeting remotely.  Contract Troy Moon at thm@portlandmaine.gov for call in details.

Awards will be announced on May 3 at Rines Auditorium in the Portland Public Library

Please see the City of Portland Sustainability Office website for more information and future updates.

Commissioner Mayhew Presents Opioid Health Home Plan to Budget Committee

Bipartisan collaboration between Governor and Senate leader allocates nearly $5million to opioid crisis

AUGUSTA, Maine - On Thursday the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Commissioner Mary Mayhew presented a plan to allocate nearly $5 million to opioid addiction treatment. The plan, presented to a joint work session of the Legislature's Appropriations and Financial Affairs (AFA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) Committees, would create an Opioid Health Home model for substance use disorder treatment focused on expanding primary care access to addiction treatment services.

This would be an amendment to the Governor's supplemental budget proposal which would appropriate $2 million in state funds for treatment for uninsured Mainers and another $2.8 million in state and federal dollars for MaineCare-eligible Mainers. Commissioner Mayhew advocated for an expansion of the Health Homes model to specifically include opioid addiction treatment as the destination for those funds.

"I am very pleased with this bipartisan agreement to appropriate funding for the creation of Opioid Health Homes, which is in keeping with Governor LePage's priority to support integrated and coordinated treatment for those suffering from opioid addiction," said Commissioner Mary Mayhew. "We want to target these resources to improve the length of time individuals remain committed to treatment and to achieve improved outcomes focused on sustained sobriety and recovery."

This innovative model of substance abuse treatment, places patients with a primary care provider, or "home," who directs the patient's care through multiple providers. This approach treats the 'whole person' through counseling, care coordination, medication-assisted treatment, peer support and medical care.

The amendment requires four quarterly reports from DHHS to the Legislature disclosing the amount spent and total members served under this initiative. Earlier this year, the Department announced an additional $2.4 million internally allocated for opioid addiction treatment for the uninsured. This amendment along with the previous expansion of treatment services brings the total increase in opioid addiction treatment spending to $7.2 million so far this year.

"This is just one important step of many that state government has taken and must take to fight the opioid crisis on all fronts: treatment, prevention and law enforcement," said Commissioner Mayhew. "Maine families are suffering from this crisis and it is imperative that we work together to support effective models of care to treat addiction and to support individuals on the road to recovery."

Upon anticipated passage of the supplemental budget, DHHS will promulgate rulemaking to govern the program and engage with health care providers to implement Opioid Health Homes.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Shay Mitchell Attends Vanity Fair And L'Oreal Paris Toast To Young Hollywood

West Hollywood, California - Twenty nine year old actress Shay Mitchell looking stunning wearing a black top, pants and heels attends Vanity Fair and L'Oreal Paris Toast to Young Hollywood hosted by Dakota Johnson and Krista Smith at Delilah on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.


Normani Kordei Attends Vanity Fair And L'Oreal Paris Toast To Young Hollywood

West Hollywood, California - Twenty year old actress Normani Kordei looking lovely wearing a black, white, blue dress and black heels attends Vanity Fair and L'Oreal Paris Toast to Young Hollywood hosted by Dakota Johnson and Krista Smith at Delilah on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.


Yarmouth, Intersection Improvements at The Route 1 and I-95 Northbound Exit 17 Off Ramp

Yarmouth, Maine - The Maine Department of Transportation is seeking public input on the design and installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Route 1 and the I-295 NB Exit 17 off-ramp in Yarmouth. Please join us at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, held at the Merrill Memorial Library at 215 Main Street, in Lewis Hall, at which time representatives from the MaineDOT and the design firm will discuss the proposed improvements, listen to concerns, receive comments, and answer questions from persons interested in the project to ensure transportation needs are being addressed. Accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Auxiliary aids will be provided upon advance request. Any inquiries regarding this project may be directed to the attention of Brian Keezer, Project Manager, Maine Department of Transportation, Multimodal Program, 24 Child Street, 16 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0016. Telephone: (207) 624-3612. Email: Brian.Keezer@maine.gov.

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Merryspring Photo Contest

Camden/Rockport, Maine - Do you have an evocative image of Merryspring Nature Center that beckons one and all? Perhaps the rolling green of the North Meadow, the vibrant colors of the perennial or lily garden. Maybe the Hexagon or a winding trail.  Autumn leaves or spring blossoms?
 
They are looking for a welcoming digital photo or two for the new cover of our brochures. Winner will receive a free family membership for a year and the satisfaction of seeing your work in print.

Please submit images to Toni Goodridge at  info@merryspring.org. Call 236-2239 for more information

Solon Selectman, Rockport Manager Join Maine Municipal Executive Committee

AUGUSTA, Maine – Solon Selectman Elaine Aloes and Rockport Town Manager Richard “Rick” Bates were appointed recently to the 12-member Executive Committee that helps to guide the priorities and operations of the Maine Municipal Association.

Aloes, who has chaired the Solon Select Board since 1998, has more than 26 years of municipal experience, dating to 1990, when she first ran for the town board. Like many “hands on” municipal officials in rural Maine, Aloes has served on Solon’s budget committee, prepares the Solon town budget and Town Meeting warrants, and applies for municipal grants.

Since 1999, Aloes has served on MMA’s 70-member Legislative Policy Committee, which steers the organization during each legislative session on municipal priorities and legislative positions at the State House. She previously served on MMA’s Executive Committee, from 2001-2003.

Aloes works as an automobile damage appraiser for Bishop Auto Adjustment Co., doing mostly auto

Madelaine Petsch Attends 14th Annual Global Green Pre-Oscar Gala

Los Angeles, California - Twenty two year old actress Madelaine Petsch looking beautiful wearing a light purple dress and gold heels attends the 14th Annual Global Green Pre-Oscar Gala at TAO Hollywood on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.


Jenna Ortega Attends 14th Annual Global Green Pre-Oscar Gala

Los Angeles, California - Fourteen year old actress Jenna Ortega looking breathtakingly gorgeous wearing a black, brown dress and silver heels attends the 14th Annual Global Green Pre-Oscar Gala at TAO Hollywood on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.


Halston Sage Attends Vanity Fair And L'Oreal Paris Toast To Young Hollywood

West Hollywood, California - Twenty one year old actress Halston Sage looking beautiful wearing a black, white dress and black heels attends Vanity Fair and L'Oreal Paris Toast to Young Hollywood hosted by Dakota Johnson and Krista Smith at Delilah on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.


Dove Cameron Attends Vanity Fair And L'Oreal Paris Toast To Young Hollywood

West Hollywood, California - Twenty one year old actress Dove Cameron looking stunning wearing a light color strapless dress and chrome heels attends Vanity Fair and L'Oreal Paris Toast to Young Hollywood hosted by Dakota Johnson and Krista Smith at Delilah on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.


Emily Robinson Attends Vanity Fair And L'Oreal Paris Toast To Young Hollywood

West Hollywood, California - Eighteen year old actress Emily Robinson looking gorgeous wearing a white dress and heels attends Vanity Fair and L'Oreal Paris Toast to Young Hollywood hosted by Dakota Johnson and Krista Smith at Delilah on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.


Brigette Lundy-Paine Attends Vanity Fair And L'Oreal Paris Toast To Young Hollywood

West Hollywood, California - Actress Brigette Lundy-Paine looking beautiful wearing a white dress brown jacket and black shoes attends Vanity Fair and L'Oreal Paris Toast to Young Hollywood hosted by Dakota Johnson and Krista Smith at Delilah on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.


"Sailing Into Rockland" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Sailing Into Rockland" by Doug Mills
Maine windjammers Angelique and Mary Day sailing into Rockland passed the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sofia Carson Attends Vanity Fair And L'Oreal Paris Toast To Young Hollywood

West Hollywood, California - Twenty three year old actress, singer Sofia Carson looking stunning wearing a black dress and heels attends Vanity Fair and L'Oreal Paris Toast to Young Hollywood hosted by Dakota Johnson and Krista Smith at Delilah on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.


Victoria Justice Attends Vanity Fair And L'Oreal Paris Toast To Young Hollywood

West Hollywood, California - Twenty four year old actress Victoria Justice looking gorgeous wearing a black dress and heels attends Vanity Fair and L'Oreal Paris Toast to Young Hollywood hosted by Dakota Johnson and Krista Smith at Delilah on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.


Ashley Madekwe Attends Vanity Fair And L'Oreal Paris Toast To Young Hollywood

West Hollywood, California - Thirty three year old actress Ashley Madekwe looking fantastic wearing a colorful jumpsuit and silvervheels attends Vanity Fair and L'Oreal Paris Toast to Young Hollywood hosted by Dakota Johnson and Krista Smith at Delilah on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.


Maddie Ziegler Attends Vanity Fair And L'Oreal Paris Toast To Young Hollywood

West Hollywood, California - Fourteen year old actress, dancer Maddie Ziegler looking adorable wearing a black dress and heels attends Vanity Fair and L'Oreal Paris Toast to Young Hollywood hosted by Dakota Johnson and Krista Smith at Delilah on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.


Rowan Blanchard Attends Vanity Fair And L'Oreal Paris Toast To Young Hollywood

West Hollywood, California - Fifteen year old actress Rowan Blanchard looking lovely wearing a pink top, red leather pants and silver heels attends Vanity Fair and L'Oreal Paris Toast to Young Hollywood hosted by Dakota Johnson and Krista Smith at Delilah on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.