Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Issues Alert to Corporations and Non-Profit Entities Regarding Solicitations from Council for Corporations

AUGUSTA, Maine - Numerous Maine corporations have received mailings recently from a business operating under the name Maine Council for Corporations, whose address is usually listed as 126 Western Ave., #338, Augusta, ME 04330-7252. These unsolicited mailings include a form titled "2015 - Annual Records Solicitation Form" and an offer from the Maine Council for Corporations to prepare documents to compile annual corporate records, for a fee.

**Please be advised that the form provided by the Maine Council for Corporations is not a document prescribed or recognized by the Department of the Secretary of State. This is not being sent on behalf of the Department of the Secretary of State, and the records described are not required to be filed with the Secretary of State.**

The mailings from the "Maine Council for Corporations" include an official-looking document titled

Lily James w/Richard Madden Attends 'Cinderella' World Premiere

Hollywood, California - Twenty five year old actress Lily James looked gorgeous wearing a lovely flowing dress with high heels as she and actor Richard Madden hits the red carpet for the world premiere of Disney's 'Cinderella' held at the El Capitan Theatre on March 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson, better known by her stage name Lily James, is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Lady Rose MacClare in the period drama Downton Abbey.

Willow Shields Attends 'Cinderella' World Premiere

Hollywood, California - Fourteen year old actress Willow Shields looked simply beautiful wearing a black and white outfit with silver high heels as she hits the red carpet for the world premiere of Disney's 'Cinderella' held at the El Capitan Theatre on March 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Willow Shields born June 1, 2000 is an American film and television actress.

Elizabeth Henstridge Attends 'Cinderella' World Premiere

Hollywood, California - Twenty seven year old 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D' star Elizabeth Henstridge looked simply beautiful wearing a black/blue dress with black high heels as she hits the red carpet for the world premiere of Disney's 'Cinderella' held at the El Capitan Theatre on March 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Elizabeth Frances Henstridge born September 11th, 1987 is an English actress. She has starred in the ABC television series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. since it debuted in 2013.

The Goldbergs "Happy Mom, Happy Life" Airs Tonight, MAR. 4th

BEVERLY DAMAGES ADAM AND DANA’S SCHOOL PROJECT

WHILE ERICA JOINS THE JTP, ON ABC’S “THE GOLDBERGS”

Nick Swardson guest stars as Rick

When Dana and Adam have to parent a doll for class, Beverly becomes a grand-smother and compromises their project AND relationship. Meanwhile, Erica is annoyed Barry takes up all her best friend time with Lainey. To get back at him, she joins the JTP and they shun Barry out of the group, but it later backfires for Erica, on “The Goldbergs,” WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

This episode replaces the episode “Just Say No.”

“The Goldbergs” stars Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”) as Beverly Goldberg, Patton Oswalt (“Ratatouille”) as adult Adam Goldberg, Sean Giambrone as Adam Goldberg, Troy Gentile (“Good Luck Chuck”) as Barry Goldberg, Hayley Orrantia (“The X Factor”) as Erica Goldberg, with George Segal (“Just Shoot Me”) as Pops Solomon and Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) as Murray Goldberg.

Guest starring is Michaela Watkins as Miss Taraborelli, Natalie Alyn Lind as Dan Caldwell, AJ

Pediatrician joins CMMC Family Medicine Residency‏

Lewiston, Maine - Kristen M. Schwindt-Brown, M.D. has joined the staff and faculty at the Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency in Lewiston.

“Dr. Brown has a gift and great enthusiasm for providing care to young people. She is also focused on connecting with our community to help all kids maintain good health,” says Raj Woolever, M.D., the residency’s program director.

“Teaching the next generation of physicians to care for children is both a privilege and passion for me. It is essential for the health of our community that its youngest members get the care, advocacy, and support they deserve,” Brown says.

Originally from North Dakota, Brown completed her undergraduate studies at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., in 1997 and earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in 2002. She served an internship and residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Brown has held numerous clinical positions, working at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the

Maine agricultural officials report record interest in obtaining licenses to sell dairy products

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Division of Quality Assurance and Regulations reports record interest on the part of Maine farms to obtain licenses to sell retail dairy products. Recent requests for inspections and inquiries clearly points to a substantial increase in the number of licenses to sell dairy products from the current number of 134.

The recent interest comes on the heels of explosive growth in the number of operations producing artisanal cheese and raw milk products. Department officials report that seventeen (17) farms have expressed enough interest in obtaining a license to contact dairy inspectors and have an inspection done. An additional twenty (20) have made inquiries, but have not yet scheduled an inspection. The retail dairy licenses involve cow, goat sheep, and water buffalo milk.

Commissioner Walt Whitcomb highlighted Department support of the growth in the number of

Marsai Martin Attends 'Cinderella' World Premiere

Hollywood, California - Ten year old 'black-ish' star Marsai Martin looked simply adorable wearing a cute dress with blue flats as she hits the red carpet for the world premiere of Disney's 'Cinderella' held at the El Capitan Theatre on March 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Marsai plays the sassy eldest twin Diane Johnson on the ABC hit comedy Black-ish. Alongside an all-star cast including Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis-Ross and Lawrence Fishburn, the young starlet has stolen the hearts of viewers who tune in every week to see her mischievous antics on the show. Her work on the award winning show has garnered her industry recognition including a recent nomination from the Young Artists Awards and for young Marsai this is only the beginning.

SEA DOGS JOB FAIR SET FOR MARCH 11TH

Part-Time Seasonal Jobs Available
Portland, Maine - The Portland Sea Dogs will a host a job fair to hire part-time seasonal employees for the 2015 season on Wednesday, March 11th from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Portland Room at Hadlock Field.

The Sea Dogs are looking to fill a variety of game day positions including: Camera Operators, Board Operators for the Radio Broadcast, Concession Stand Workers, Stand Supervisors/Assistant Supervisors, Cooks (Pizza, Grill, Fry, Sky Box), Vendors. Sky Box Wait Staff, Beer Pourers, Mascot Services, and Ticket Office Staff.

Interested applicants will be able to complete applications at the job fair and ask questions of Sea Dogs personnel.

To expedite the process, the Sea Dogs have an application available online at www.seadogs.com.

Strong Opposition to Governor's Budget Cuts

Physicians, Businesses, High School Students and Public Health Professionals Strongly Oppose Governor’s Cuts to Maine’s Community Public Health and School-Based Tobacco Prevention Programs

(AUGUSTA) Calling the governor’s budget “flawed and short-sighted”, physicians and public health professionals are expressing united opposition to the proposal to cut $10 million from Maine’s community public health programs in order to maintain current Medicaid reimbursement levels for primary care physicians in Maine.

A large crowd attended a press conference at the State House just prior to the public hearing before the Appropriations and Health and Human Services Committees.  Speakers included physicians, high school students, representatives from Maine’s largest health systems, and business leaders in Maine’s rural counties.

“The proposed budget presents a false choice to policy makers,” said Doug Michael, President of the Maine Public Health Association and Chief Community Healthy Officer at Eastern Maine Health Systems in Bangor.  “It reflects a lack of understanding about how our collective health system works in Maine, particularly the interconnected relationship between community public health and primary health care.  We also know that preventing tobacco addiction saves lives and reduces health costs.  Abandoning our efforts to help kids resist tobacco use will have the opposite effect, just as it has in other states.”

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) included a provision to slightly increase primary care reimbursement rates for two years. But this federal provision has ended and states have to decide whether to continue it. The LePage administration has proposed using the Fund for a Healthy Maine to maintain this slightly higher reimbursement rate. Opponents were united in expressing support for the higher reimbursement rates, but warned against cutting community health to pay for them.

“To cut community programs to fund primary care is like robbing Peter to pay Paul, or really, killing Peter to pay Paul,” said Dr. Daniel Onion, a primary care physician from Augusta.  “Community health issues, like smoking, are most effective when coordinated jointly between public education programs and primary care clinicians to change a community’s culture. We need both. They save lives and money.  And of all the things we can do to lower sickness and mortality in Maine, smoking cessation is the most important. It prevents smoking related cancers, chronic lung disease, low birth weights, heart disease, and stroke. It is very cost effective because it prevents disease before it happens.”

The Fund for a Healthy Maine is a special annual revenue stream - not taxpayer dollars - that result from the 1998 legal settlement with the tobacco industry.  Maine was one of 46 states to participate in that settlement.  Since the Fund for a Healthy Maine was created, Maine has seen a 48% decrease in youth smoking (from 24.8% in 2001 to 12.8% in 2013).
More than one third (35%) of students who smoke and were seen at a school-based health center reported that they reduced their smoking or quit smoking as a result of their visit.

Jessica Scheno, a senior at Maranacook Community High School spoke passionately about the importance of school-based health centers, which are slated for elimination in the governor’s budget.  She stated, “My grandmother started smoking at a very young age.  By the age of 54 she developed lung cancer. They had to make a hole in her throat so she could breath and a year later she passed away. No one wants their child, friend or family member to end up like that. That’s why we have to make a change. Every day in this country 700 kids who have already experimented with cigarettes become new daily smokers. If we are only able to rely on a doctor’s visit, you will see a major increase in smoking among teens. We need to stop targeting kids and start targeting the tobacco industries. We refuse to sit quietly and be the industry’s replacement smokers.”

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids reports that kids are twice as sensitive to tobacco advertising as adults and are more likely to be influenced to smoke by cigarette marketing than by peer pressure. One-third of underage experimentation with smoking is attributable to tobacco companies’ advertising.  The tobacco industry spends approximately $40.9 million in Maine every year marketing their products.  Also in Maine 2,400 adults die each year from their own smoking.  Approximately 27,000 kids now under 18 and alive in Maine will ultimately die prematurely from smoking.  And 1,300 kids under the age of 18 become new daily smokers each year.

According to the Maine Center for Disease Control website, the Healthy Maine Partnerships are “where communities, schools, hospitals, businesses, and volunteers are working together at the state and local level to make Maine a healthier place to live and work”.

“Keeping employees healthy doesn’t start at the doctor’s office,” said Theresa Fowler, Director of the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce.  “It starts on Main Street, in our schools, at worksites and in communities.  Keeping employees healthy starts with community conversations, partnerships among businesses, non-profits, and local governments.  It starts with disease prevention and health promotion efforts at the community level that help prevent tobacco use and substance abuse, support physical activity and healthy eating, and provide supportive environments that make it easy to make a healthy choice.  A business’s most important asset is its employees.  Businesses need a strong community public health system in order to grow and thrive.  We need to be doing more, not less to keep our children and workers healthy – that’s an investment in Maine’s future and in Aroostook County’s future.”

Public health opponents say that by proposing to cut almost 40 Maine CDC positions, representing about 10% of their workforce, and cutting funding to Maine’s community-based public health infrastructure, Governor LePage’s budget leaves Maine people vulnerable to the impact of infectious disease outbreaks, public health emergencies, and emerging public health threats.

Deborah Deatrick, Senior Vice President for Community Health for MaineHealth, the state’s largest health system that employs more than 17,000 people, joined the call to reject the proposed cuts.  “Maine’s health system is unique, but it works,” said Deatrick. “We need a strong public health system at the state and local levels to assure that the health of entire communities, not just the patients of an individual doctor or hospital, is protected and promoted.  Now is not the time to put the health of our people at risk.  Last December, Maine’s overall health ranking slipped to number 16 in the country, its lowest ranking in more than two decades.  Only four years ago, we were ranked 8th healthiest in the nation – not too shabby, considering the huge challenges of the recession and a slowly recovering economy.  We can regain what has been lost, but not by cutting positions and programs.  Not by eliminating 40 key positions in the Maine CDC that are filled by epidemiologists and public health nurses and others.  Not by eliminating the TB control and STD programs.  And not by gutting the Fund for a Healthy Maine.”





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Skai Jackson Attends 'Cinderella' World Premiere

Hollywood, California - Twelve year old 'Jessie' star Skai Jackson looked simply adorable wearing a silver sparky dress with black/white high heels as she hits the red carpet for the world premiere of Disney's 'Cinderella' held at the El Capitan Theatre on March 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Skai Jackson is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Zuri Ross in the Disney Channel sitcom Jessie.

"Keeping Our Bridges Safe"

Maine bridges continue to be safe
But MaineDOT is only funding bridges at half of what is necessary to maintain and extend bridge life
Augusta, Maine – The Maine Department of Transportation has released its second Keeping Our Bridges Safe report. The report states on page one “The reality is that many bridges are not receiving timely preservation. These bridges will reach poor condition sooner than expected and compete with other bridges for replacements. As Maine can’t fund all the replacements in a timely manner, choices are made to ensure bridge safety.” The report also finds “Bridge funding needs to address both the need to rehabilitate or replace poor bridges and to proactively pursue preservation as a strategy to achieve long-term savings.” MaineDOT’s current funding level of $70 million per year is only half of what is needed to maintain and extend the life of Maine’s bridges.

The report continues to say that a long-term investment of $140 million per year will eliminate at least 90% of the structurally deficient and poor bridges on Maine’s most important roadways. This funding level will improve the average condition of Maine’s bridges over the next 25 years. It will also slow the deterioration of bridges that are in good condition which will reduce future investment needs.
In 2012 the Maine Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave Maine bridges a Cand noted conditions improved from 2008 to 2012 due to legislation passed in 2008 that provided additional short-term funding. That funding initiative has expired and needs to be replaced as MaineDOT recommends or otherwise Maine bridges may slip backwards and the grade could be reduced in the next Report Card planned to be issued in 2016 or 2017.

The 2012 Report Card for Maine’s Infrastructure, assigned the state’s 14 infrastructure areas a cumulative grade of “C-,“ which was unchanged from the first Report Card in 2008. The Report Card covered roads, bridges, railroads, ports and waterways, passenger transportation, airports, dams, municipal wastewater, municipal drinking water, contaminated site remediation, solid waste, schools, energy, and state parks.
“The trend we see with the condition of bridges in Maine is one that we could apply to most of the infrastructure categories that we evaluate,” said Lauren Swett, P.E., 2014-2015 President of the Maine Section of ASCE. “While short- term funding increases do result in improvements, a consistent source of funding is necessary to raise the grade and meet the needs of the public. Ongoing investment in all of Maine’s infrastructure will be critical to first maintain, and eventually improve the quality of life for Mainers.”

The Maine Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (Maine Section ASCE) represents more than 700 civil engineering professionals who live and work in Maine. Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 145,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. For more information and a full copy of the Report Card report visit www.maineasce.org.





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Haley Ramm Attends 'Cinderella' World Premiere

Hollywood, California - Twenty two year old 'Chasing Life' star Haley Ramm looked beautiful wearing a Charlotte Ronson Spring / Summer 2013 dress, Erickson Beamon Rocks earrings (style Tropical Punch; $38), and Konstantina Tzovolou pumps (style Noula; $475) as she hits the red carpet for the world premiere of Disney's 'Cinderella' held at the El Capitan Theatre on March 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Haley Ramm born March 26, 1992 is an American actress. She played a young Jean Grey in X-Men: The Last Stand and appeared in multiple episodes of the CBS drama Without a Trace throughout 2007 and 2008. Currently, Haley stars in the ABC Family series 'Chasing Life'.

Fire Aboard USS Gunston Hall

By Lt. Michael Hatfield, Expeditionary Strike Group 2 Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) and the Portsmouth, Virginia, Fire and Rescue Department responded to a fire aboard the amphibious dock landing ship at approximately 2 p.m. while the ship was undergoing a maintenance availability at NASSCO/Earl Industries shipyard in Portsmouth, Va.

Initial reports indicate that the fire began in an unmanned storeroom below the main deck. The ship's in-port emergency fire team responded to the initial report and the Portsmouth Fire Department was notified and responded with multiple units.

The Sailors and Portsmouth Fire Department declared the fire out at approximately 5:25 p.m.

All personnel were accounted for. One Navy firefighter experienced a minor smoke inhalation injury but quickly returned to duty.

The Sailors aboard the ship are trained in firefighting and damage control, and assisted Portsmouth Fire Department in fighting the fire.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

The Navy is grateful for the prompt and professional response of the Portsmouth Fire and Rescue Department.





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"Fitting Out" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Fitting Out" by Doug Mills
Schooners at the North End Shipyard fitting out for the sailing season. [05252010]





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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Maine marks 195 Years as an Independent State

AUGUSTA, Maine - On March 15, Maine will mark 195 years as one of the United States of America.

The federal notification of Maine's "Act of Admission" into the union is part of the holdings at the Maine State Archives. Congress passed the Act on March 3, 1820, and President James Monroe signed it that same day.

The Act of Admission designates Maine as a "separate and independent state." U.S. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, who would later be elected president of the United States in 1824, sent the Act to the State of Maine.

Before becoming a state, Maine was a district of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Maine brought pressure to become independent from Massachusetts and sought admission to the United States as a "free" state that rejected slavery. Southern states objected, contending that admitting Maine would upset the political balance between free states and states that allowed slavery. Congress ultimately proposed admitting Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state. Although many Maine politicians objected, Congress approved the Missouri Compromise.

The resulting Act of Admission states that, as of March 15, 1820, "the State of Maine is hereby declared to be one of the United States of America, and admitted into the Union on an equal footing with the original States, in all respects whatever."

The full transcript of the Act is available online at http://maine.gov/sos/arc/meadmission.html .

Historical documents such as the Act of Admission are preserved at the Maine State Archives facility in Augusta. An image of the Act is available on the Archives website at http://maine.gov/sos/arc/index.html and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MaineStateArchives/photos/a.795313613870557.1073741830.794722013929717/803644543037464/?type=1&theater .

LePage Budget Reforms GA, Eliminates Welfare for Non-Citizens

DHHS Commissioner to testify at public hearing before state budget committee

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Legislature's Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee at 1:00 PM today will hold public hearings on budget initiatives to reform the General Assistance reimbursement rate and eliminate state-funded welfare and entitlement benefits for non-citizens.

The state currently reimburses municipalities for 50 percent of General Assistance welfare costs up to a threshold, where the match increases to 90 percent. The budget proposal calls for a 90 percent match up-front and a smaller, 10 percent match upon a municipality reaching a certain threshold. This is designed to eliminate the perverse incentive for cities to spend more.

"Flipping this reimbursement rate on its head would encourage Maine's larger cities to manage their

MOTHER NATURE TO DETERMINE SEA DOGS TICKET PRICES

Tickets Priced at a "Dime-A-Degree" on Wednesday, March 4th   

Portland, Maine - The Portland Sea Dogs will let Mother Nature determine the price of a Sea Dogs general admission ticket on Wednesday, March 4th.  Fans will pay just a "Dime-A-Degree" for general admission tickets for any home game during the 2015 season, excluding the Eastern League All-Star Game.

The temperature at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, March 4th in Portland, Maine will determine the price of a ticket for the day.  For example, if the 9:00 AM temperature in Portland is 35 degrees Fahrenheit, all general admission tickets sold that day will be priced at $3.50.  General Admission tickets are normally $8.00 for Adults and $5.00 for kids & seniors.

The specially priced tickets will available at the Hadlock Field Ticket Office, by phone at 207-879-

"Captain John Foss" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Captain John Foss" by Doug Mills
Captain John Foss arrives for the Captain's Meeting before the 2013 Great Schooner Race. [07052013]





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Poetry Month Rockland Poetry Contest 2015

Rockland, Maine - THE ROCKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY AND POETRY MONTH ROCKLAND announce that the annual Poetry Month Rockland 2015 Poetry Contest is now open for submissions!

Participants are asked to send in an original one page, typed (not required for Child 1 & 2 category), single spaced poem on the theme: “In Air, On Land, At Sea.” Categories for the contest are as follows: Child 1: Pre-K to third grade; Child 2: fourth to seventh grade; Teen: eighth through 12th grades; and Adult: age 19 and beyond. Entrants need not be Rockland Residents. For additional contest details & guidelines, go to: www.rocklandlibrary.org  or visit Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., Rockland, ME.

Poems may be submitted between now and April 7th for adults and until April 14th for children and teens. All poems should arrive at the Rockland Public Library at 80 Union Street, Rockland, ME 04841 no later than the above deadlines. There is no fee for the contest, and prizes will be awarded in all three age categories. Poets will be invited to read their winning poems at the Poetry Swarm, to be held at the library on Thursday, April 30 at 6:00 p.m.

Winter Weather Advisories Posted For Tonight, Most Of Maine

..A QUICK ROUND OF SNOW EXPECTED LATE TODAY INTO TONIGHT...

.LOW PRESSURE PASSING TO THE NORTH AND WEST OF NEW ENGLAND WILL
BRING A QUICK SHOT OF SNOW TO THE REGION LATE TODAY AND TONIGHT.
THE SNOW WILL BEGIN IN NEW HAMPSHIRE LATE THIS AFTERNOON...OR
AROUND SUNSET...AND BEGIN ION MAINE SHORTLY AFTER SUNSET INTO
EARLY EVENING. IT WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT...ENDING BY
SUNRISE ACROSS THE ENTIRE AREA. SOME FREEZING RAIN COULD MIX IN
OVER THE SOUTHERN HALF OF NEW HAMPSHIRE AND SOUTHWEST MAINE AFTER
MIDNIGHT. ACCUMULATIONS WILL GENERALLY RANGE FROM 3 TO 5 INCHES.

NORTHERN OXFORD-NORTHERN FRANKLIN-CENTRAL SOMERSET-
SOUTHERN OXFORD-SOUTHERN FRANKLIN-SOUTHERN SOMERSET-ANDROSCOGGIN-
KENNEBEC-INTERIOR WALDO-SAGADAHOC-LINCOLN-KNOX-COASTAL WALDO-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ANDOVER...ROXBURY...UPTON...
WILSONS MILLS...COBURN GORE...RANGELEY...KINGFIELD...BINGHAM...
JACKMAN...RUMFORD...NORWAY...FRYEBURG...OXFORD...FARMINGTON...
WILTON...MADISON...SKOWHEGAN...PITTSFIELD...LEWISTON-AUBURN...
LIVERMORE FALLS...AUGUSTA...WATERVILLE...WINTERPORT...UNITY...
BATH...TOPSHAM...BOOTHBAY HARBOR...WISCASSET...WALDOBORO...
CAMDEN...ROCKLAND...THOMASTON...BELFAST...LINCOLNVILLE

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO
7 AM EST WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAY HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER

Monday, March 2, 2015

Nominations Open for the 2015 Governor's Award for Business Excellence

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Governor's Award for Business Excellence.

"Every year I look forward to recognizing those businesses that go above and beyond and demonstrate a commitment to investment, innovation, employees, and communities," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "I am proud to present the Governor's Award for Business Excellence to companies with outstanding leadership and direction. These businesses are a model of success in our state and deserve recognition."

Business excellence is epitomized by a balanced combination of manufacturing and service excellence and a steadfast commitment to employees, customers and the community. This award is presented to for-profit companies that consistently demonstrate high levels of attentiveness and dedication in each of these areas.

"For the past 24 years, the Governor of the State of Maine has been honoring Maine's premier

Yara Shahidi Attends 'Cinderella' World Premiere

Hollywood, California - Sixteen year old 'black-ish' star Yara Shahidi looked beautiful wearing a cute outfit with black high heels as she hits the red carpet for the world premiere of Disney's 'Cinderella' held at the El Capitan Theatre on March 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Yara Sayeh Shahidi is an American actress who stars as Zoey Johnson in the ABC series 'Black-ish'. Black-ish airs Wednesday nights at 9:30pm ET/PT.

Diamond White Attends 'Cinderella' World Premiere

Hollywood, California - Sixteen year old actress, singer Diamond White looked beautiful wearing a black strapless jumpsuit, high heels and white jacket as she hits the red carpet for the world premiere of Disney's 'Cinderella' held at the El Capitan Theatre on March 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Diamond White is an American singer, actress, and voice actress from Los Angeles, California. At 8, she starred in a Chicago-based production of The Color Purple that also toured nationally.

The Fosters "Now Hear This" Airs Tonight, MAR. 2nd

THE ADAMS FOSTER FAMILY BRACES FOR A SHAKEUP

IN AN ALL-NEW EPISODE OF “THE FOSTERS,”

AIRING MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2015 AT 8:00PM ET/PT ON ABC FAMILY

ROSIE O’DONNELL (“THE VIEW”) GUEST STARS

Callie must face the upsetting impact her news has had on her siblings, especially Mariana, in an all-new episode of “The Fosters,” airing Monday, March 2, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.

Mariana finds it difficult to deal with impending changes at home and focuses her attention on organizing a student protest over an administrative incident at school. Meanwhile, when she learns Kiara is back in town and on the streets, Callie is willing to do anything she can in order to help her friend, even if that means disobeying Stef’s orders and putting herself in danger. Jude finally confronts Connor over the mixed messages he’s been sending, leading to a make-or-break moment in their friendship.

The episode, titled “Now Hear This,” was written by Thomas Higgins and directed by Rob Morrow.

Chasing Life "Rest in Peace" Airs Tonight, MAR 2.

Photo Credit: ABC Family
APRIL’S ANXIETY MOUNTS WHEN HER CANCER SYMPTOMS RECUR
IN A NEW EPISODE OF “CHASING LIFE,” AIRING
MONDAY, MARCH 2 AT 9:00PM ET/PT ON ABC FAMILY

A recurrence of April’s cancer symptoms leads her to ask deeper questions about her life in “Rest in Peace,” an all-new episode of “Chasing Life,” airing Monday, March 2 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.

April panics about a recent recurrence of her cancer symptoms and her worries increase about the stability of her remission. A desperate search for ways to alleviate her anxiety leads her down unexpected paths. The tension between April and Leo is still palpable, but a twist of fate may encourage them to reconnect.

Meanwhile, Sara hosts a college prep meeting for other parents and students from Brenna’s school,

Miles Brown Attends 'Cinderella' World Premiere

Hollywood, California - 'black-ish' star Miles Brown looked handsome as he hits the red carpet for the world premiere of Disney's 'Cinderella' held at the El Capitan Theatre on March 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Miles Brown known also as Baby Boogaloo is an actor, dancer, rapper from Oxnard, California. He has been featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, America's Got Talent, Yo Gabba Gabba, Justin Bieber's "Believe", & Battlefield America. Miles started dancing at the age of 3 and within 1 year started hitting the stage. This led to Miles being blessed to travel & perform for international festivals. Miles loves music.

The Rockland Report February 27, 2015

OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL FISH PIER DIRECTOR
 Two lot storage permits were issued this week.
 The last bait cooler has been removed from the pier.
 Submitted metered electric user bills to the Finance Department for payment.

OFFICE OF THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR
 Catinka Knoth’s Adult Art class concentrated on the Chinese New Year, Year of the Ram, Sheep, Goat, and the Children’s Art Class drew Happy Chinese New
Year motifs, as well.
 The Memoir Writing Workshop was held on Tuesday. This group meets weekly, and is open to anyone who wants to write, or just listen.
 On Tuesday afternoon, the Rockland Library LEGO club met, led by LEGOMaster Jon; this week’s theme was robots.
 Several planned programs were cancelled again this week due to weather,
and/or staff illness, including the Family Place Library™ workshop, which will be held this coming Wednesday.
 Representatives from the City’s insurance toured the building, and directed us to have ice dams and the huge icicle in the Children’s Garden removed by steam. I am waiting on this service from Daggett Builders.
 The Friends’ Board met again this week, which I attended.
 The weekly Rockland Rhythm Masters Drumming Troupe met on Thursday
afternoon.
 We continued a survey of patrons and community members with regard to Adult programming at the Library.
 The scheduling of appointments and hosting of the AARP Tax Aide Volunteer
Income Tax continues; there are still some openings in March and April, but they
are filling up fast.
 The Thursday Evening Arts & Cultural Event was the film: King of Masks-- Desperate for his art to survive, the King of Masks finds an apprentice in a destitute child purchased on the black market. When the child reveals an unexpected secret, their relationship is suddenly tested by both the old man's stubborn sense of tradition and the established customs of China.
 The Maine State Library is publicizing the tax check off to support Maine Libraries; any Maine income tax filer can donate to the Maine Public Library Fund tax check-off by specifying a contribution amount on Maine income tax form schedule C-P. For more information about the program, visit
www.maine.gov/msl/tax Last year’s income from this went to enhancing the
Maine InfoNet Download Library
 Keith Drago and Jessie Blanchard held the Book Talk Kickoff Party: Teens who attended the party were able to record their own book talks, up to two minutes in length. For every two book talks recorded a $5 gift card to Amazon.com is earned, while supplies last. Free pizza, games, and a movie rounded out the event.
 Upcoming: Friends’ Winter Clearance Book Sale with Bake Sale, and Finding
People for Fun and Profit--Donald Saastamoinen has been conducting legal
investigations since 1980. In that role, he gathers information for lawyers, but has developed a specialty in the area of finding people. If you have an interest in
picking up pointers in this area, come to this program.

OFFICE OF THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY DIRECTOR
 The treatment plant is running good.
 Average daily plant flows were 2.0 MGD.
 There were no CSO events during the past week.
 The lab did BOD and TSS testing for Northhaven and BOD testing for Vinalhaven.
 Finalized the DEP pretreatment report that is due March 1st.
 Met with selectman Dick Carver from Owls Head to discuss a recent billing
question due to a faulty flow meter. After the meeting it was agreed that we will
follow the provisions outlined in the March 2000 interlocal sewer agreement
between the City of Rockland and Owls Head.
 The city insurance risk agent visited the treatment plant for an inspection and
review of some of the plant operating procedures.
 Scheduled with Protection Professionals to install fire and heat detectors in the
second floor computer and control room.
 Began to look into installing cameras and monitors for the sludge processing area to allow remote monitoring of the equipment during processing.
 Cleaned the weirs and baffles in the primary and secondary clarifiers.
 Installed new ultrasonic sensors for the effluent flow meters.
 Checked with Power Products on the status of the new trailer mounted
emergency generator. The tentative delivery date is the first week of March.
 Ordered new pump guide brackets and 6 inch check valves for the FMC
equalization basin.
 Scheduled Somatex to begin the annual crane/hoist inspections.

OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR
 Picked up trash from city receptacles and buildings for a day.
 Hauled off three large damaged hazardous trees (Shaw Ave., Lake Ave. and
Willow St.) that Lucas (CMP) cut down for Public Works and the property owners at no charge.
 Call-in for plowing and sanding Saturday/Sunday 5” snowstorm. Plowing all roads, parking lots, and priority sidewalks.
 Monday call-in for sanding/scraping roads for 1” snowfall.
 Call-in for plowing and sanding Wednesday for 6” snowstorm. Plowing all roads, parking lots, and priority sidewalks. I have now recorded 108” of snow so far this season.
 Snow cleanup crew came in at midnight Wednesday to clean up roads and plow priority sidewalks. 2 plow trucks, and 2 sidewalk machines worked all night.
 Pushing back intersections of snow for better site lines for a day.
 Opening up catch basins of snow and ice on Wed. to minimize flooding issues.
 Hauling snow from parking lots with Public Works trucks and equipment to the
Transfer Station for three days this week. Loader pushing snow at dump area.
 Backhoe and loader working sand pile for a day removing frozen chunks of sand
and preparing it for next storm.
 Demonstration of a newer version of our MacLean MV2 sidewalk machine. Tried it out for a day.
 At least one sidewalk machine working all week (except Friday) on sidewalk snow removal. Remaining sidewalks that have not had snow removed yet will have to be taken care of with larger equipment as time permits.
 Digging out snow/ice from scales at Transfer Station. Problem with load sensing cells not working properly most likely due to moisture problems. Northeast Scale provided us with replacement dry packs on Friday.
 Picking up repaired Transfer Station Western Star tractor at O’Connor’s on
Saturday.
 Attended Transfer Station annual operations training on Monday at City Hall
conducted by Woodard and Curran.
 Picked up repaired 2001 John Deere grader at Hammond Tractor in Union on
Friday.
 One crew all day and another crew half a day cold patching potholes on lower
Broadway, North Main St., and Old County Rd. areas on Friday.
 Cleaning out snow from around Harbormaster building for better access for
Superior Maintenance to clean it out because of a water line break in the
building.
 Met with Travelers Insurance regarding Public Works and Transfer Station
operations.

OFFICE OF THE CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
 License inspections were done along with the Fire department at the Landings
Restaurant and the Home Kitchen Cafe.
 John and David attended a Maine Indoor Air Quality Council Workshop on
Ventilation, held at the Shelter Institute in Woolwich on 2/26/15.
 John and David also attended the REDAC meeting on 2/26/15.
 David attended the Comprehensive Planning Commission meeting 2/26/15.
 There were two complaints filed this week.
 The following permits were received by the Code Office this week:
 1 Driveway permit
 3 Electrical permits
 1 Plumbing permit

OFFICE OF THE RECREATION DIRECTOR
 The Dodge ball league has begun the season this week and we are at 13 teams
now. This will run on Wednesday for the next five weeks.
 The walk ways around the building are getting high but they are clear to walk in, we need a few days of above freezing temps to melt the snow banks. There is nowhere left to put the snow.
 All the travel teams are practicing and getting ready for the busy month of
March. They will be traveling around the state representing the Rockland
Recreation Department. Good Luck to them all.
 We held the end of the year meeting for the Mid-Coast Basketball league to
review any changes that need to be made to improve the program for next year.
We also met with a representative from the YMCA as they are interested in joining our basketball league next year.

OFFICE OF THE CITY ASSESSOR
 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.
 Analyzing qualified sales of all properties and neighborhoods for a fair and
equitable assessment.
 Completing State forms and returning for processing.
 Listening and reviewing properties at the property owner’s request.
 Updating Tax Maps and posting to the web site.

OFFICE OF THE FIRE CHIEF
In addition 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:
 Hydrant shoveling continued through Friday, Saturday and into Sunday due to
staffing and emergency calls.
 Monday our staff held EMS training on new airway devices that will allow us to more rapidly secure a patients airway in an emergency. This included the
introduction of the King Airway device and an updated Cricothyrotomy kit that
allows our paramedics to insert a surgical airway.
 On Monday afternoon the FD responded to a reported basement fire on
Samoset Road. Upon arrival it was determined that the central vacuum system
had sucked up a hot ember and began to burn the vacuum itself which was in
the basement, causing a growing smoke condition. Thankfully the fire was
contained and the smoke was removed from the home with no ill effects.
Without a doubt another case proving that people fail to recognize how long
wood embers can hold heat and remain a danger for igniting a fire.
 Dave Kalloch and I conducted an apartment inspection for the General
Assistance program. Our inspection revealed no safety issues that would
preclude the City’s program from assisting the tenant(s).
 On Tuesday afternoon B-Shift personnel utilizing Tower 3, removed dangerous icicles from the McLain School.
 David and I also inspected the Home Kitchen for their upcoming license
renewal.
 C Shift removed snow from the valleys on the Fire Station roof on Wednesday
afternoon to help minimize water intrusion that is certain to come with the
warmer temperatures we’re all so anxiously waiting for.
 Wednesday evening’s fire department drill was on utilizing our air bags and
high lift jack to lift, move or stabilize vehicles or other objects that have trapped
people.
 On Thursday I attended the local EMA directors meeting at the Knox County
EMA office. Much of this focused on securing future grant funding for regional
projects and how to document storm related costs for possible reimbursement
in a declared disaster. It appears to me that there is very little chance that
we’ll see any money related to this winters’ snowfall totals although that
continues to be something that EMA is looking at.
 A big thank you to Mayor Isganitis, whose Facebook post resulted in All For You donating time shoveling hydrants on Thursday. Between their crew and our onduty staff all the hydrants in the City were cleaned up by 2:30 pm. Of course, a
big “thank you” to Jim Gamage and crew for their assistance, as well as all of
those other citizens who chipped in to help clear hydrants. We are fortunate to
have people out there that understand that while ensuring the hydrants are
ready for immediate use is our job, spending the day shoveling is physically
taxing and can diminish personnel’s effectiveness later on in their 24 hour shift.
 On Friday I met with a local building owner seeking details on the Life Safety
Code and how they might apply to the proposed “Short Term Rental
Ordinance”.

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE
Officers responded to 200 calls for service. Rockland Police Officers responded to 16 motor vehicle crashes and two animal complaints. Twenty-two (22) traffic stops and traffic violations were conducted. Officers charged or made 14 arrests of individuals for various offenses, to include Warrant of Arrest, Tobacco product violations, Domestic Assault, Trespassing, Bail violations Traffic offenses, OUI, Assault, Harassment and a Drug offense.
 The department continues to engage in community outreach concerning safety
tips for pedestrians via our social media face book page.
 Chief Boucher attended the Knox County Community Health Coalition Board
meeting this week.
 Chief Boucher attended the Sexual Assault Support Services of Mid-Coast Maine board meeting this week.
 Note: We are warning the community that the following ‘IRS” Scam is occurring in
our area:
o The sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers where victims are told they
owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly or they will be sued. Callers
are being instructed to call this # 202-684-3436 to speak to an IRS official. The
victim is instructed to pay the debt through a pre-loaded debit card or wire
transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with
arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many
cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.
“This scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country. We want to
educate taxpayers so they can help protect themselves. Rest assured, we do
not and will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor request a prepaid
debit card or wire transfer,” says IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel.
“If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens
police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don’t pay immediately,
that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling.” Werfel noted that the first IRS
contact with taxpayers on a tax issue is likely to occur via mail.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what
you should do:
o If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at
1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment
issue – if there really is such an issue.
o If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any
taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some
bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.
o More information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS is available on the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov.

OFFICE OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
 Organized and met with Town Managers and Elected Officials from Thomaston,
Owls Head, Rockport, Camden and Belfast to reach an agreement on
participating in and funding a High Speed Broadband Planning Study.
 Meetings with three businesses to discuss working collaboratively, assistance and
advice on the Knox County Microloan program, CDBG Economic Development
program and business planning.
 Rockland Economic Development Advisory Committee meeting with attendance
from members of the Comprehensive Planning Commission with guest speaker
Jane LaFleur who discussed lessons learned from Damariscotta with Form Based
Code.
 Compilation and analysis of housing data and formulation of potential draft
options for a housing strategy.
 Attended Midcoast Economic Development District Board of Directors Meeting.
Discussed sustainability of the organization moving forward and the need to
transfer the Economic Development District designation to the Midcoast Council
of Governments. This will impact Rockland because membership to an Economic Development District is important for access to federal grant funds




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August Maturo Attends 'Cinderella' World Premiere

Hollywood, California - Seven year old 'Girl Meets World' star August Maturo looked handsome as he hits the red carpet for the world premiere of Disney's 'Cinderella' held at the El Capitan Theatre on March 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

August Maturo is an American actor. He portrays Auggie Matthews in the Disney Channel show 'Girl Meets World'.