Monday, August 29, 2016

U.S Refugee Policy origins under Roosevelt and Truman


Robert Rackmales will give a talk entitled " Forging a US refugee policy for the Middle East: The Roosevelt and Truman Years" on Tuesday, September 13, 6:30 pm at the Belfast Free Library. This event is free and open to all.

Many organizations that are struggling today to cope with massive population displacements had their origins in the refugee crises that preceded and followed World War II.  The non-governmental International Rescue Committee (IRC) was founded in Germany in 1933.  The UN Relief & Rehabilitation Administration was founded in 1943, and the UN Refugee Convention signed in 1951.

Mr. Rackmales’ talk will focus on the period from July, 1938 when Franklin Roosevelt’s attempt to organize an international effort to provide refuge to victims of Nazism in Germany and Austria collapsed, to July, 1951 when the UN Refugee Convention was signed in Geneva (but not by the United States). As is the case today, issues involving acceptance of refugees aroused intense public reactions in the US, often limiting presidential options.  These controversies did not always follow strictly partisan lines and were also capable of creating deep divisions within the government.

During his 32-year career in the US Foreign Service, Bob Rackmales dealt with refugee issues on multiple occasions.  His meeting in Istanbul in 1986 with Turkish refugees from Bulgarian persecution was shown on Turkish national TV.  As US Charge d’Affaires in Belgrade during the Balkan wars of the 1990’S, he worked closely with IRC and UNHCR officials providing assistance to refugees from each of the affected ethnic groups.  He is a former board member of the Camden Conference and Senior College at Belfast, and is a member of the American Foreign Service Association and the American Historical Association.  

This presentation is hosted by the Belfast Free Library and offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 30th Annual Camden Conference -Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis, February 17-19, 2017. The 30th Anniversary Camden Conference Community Events Series is supported in part by the Maine Humanities Council.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit www.camdenconference.org, email info@camdenconference.org, or call 207-236-1034.



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The Rockland Report August 26, 2016

OFFICE OF THE ACTING CITY MANAGER/COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
 Troy Curtis from the Pen bay YMCA and I caught up to review the first year of the operating agreement between the City and the YMCA for recreational programs. We both agreed that the partnership between the YMCA and City has been very successful to date and has resulted in significantly improved recreational opportunities for children and youth before. Moving forward there are going to be even more opportunities to broaden our partnership and expand the recreation and lifestyle programs available to Rockland’s residents. To that end the Friends of the Y have very generously donated funds that will allow all Rockland youth from middle to high school free membership. This means that all Rockland children and youth can be members of the Y for free.
o I think there is currently a misconception that the Rec cannot be used by any other community group when the YMCA has programming on. Troy was clear that if a community group wants to use the Rec during a time when the YMCA is operating (and their use doesn’t conflict with YMCA programming) they will do all they can to accommodate this. In addition when the Y is not operating at the Rec community groups are more than welcome to contact the City if they would like to use the Rec Center.
o There are a number of programs being offered this fall including:
o Youth Soccer
o Youth Gymnastics
o Cheerleading
o Dance
o Art
o Yoga
o Parenting Classes
o Rooms are also available to rent for birthday parties
o I have included more information about the YMCA and their programs at the Rec Center.
 A lot of my time this week has been occupied with the email migration that we are getting ready to undergo in early September. In preparation for our new email system Sandy and I have been working closely with Systems Engineering to try and make this transition as seamless as possible for staff and the public. This email system migration will help address a lot of obsolescence issues that makes our current email system difficult to manage and secure. We’re attempting to synchronize the transition to the new email system with our new domain name being brought online. Instead of our domain being:  ci.rockland.me.us it will be rocklandmaine.gov. There are quite a few moving parts that need to be worked out when a major change is made to an IT system; in advance we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding.
 I had a meeting with Cr Pritchett and Brooks Winner to discuss a weatherization initiative the Energy Committee is going to bring before the City Council at the September meeting. I won’t go into too much detail on the specifics of this program because the Energy
Committee is preparing all the necessary information in a memo for the Council. The Committee has started this process by working with City Staff to understand what the organizational requirements will be when designing this program (procurement procedures, liability, etc.) and finding out how this program may intersect with work in other City Departments or with other Committees. For example I explained that weatherization is part of the City’s housing redevelopment loan/grant program for qualified applicants and the Energy Committee is going to determine if there is an opportunity for these programs to work in tandem.
 REDAC had its monthly meeting yesterday. While most members of REDAC were away and there was no quorum, there was a very interesting presentation by Callie Black to REDAC regarding the potential for Rockland to start a Community Heart & Soul project. For those on the Council not familiar with Heart and Soul here is a link that provides a lot of useful information on this program: http://www.orton.org/what-we-do/whatcommunity- heart-soul. As Callie explained this discussion started with the Comprehensive Planning Commission because Heart & Soul was identified as a potential process that could be used to update the Comprehensive Plan. REDAC undertook a very
similar process with the planning for the redevelopment of Camden Street and had a lot of great input on how this process could be successful.

OFFICE OF THE CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
 John has been on vacation and will return to the office on September 1st.
 Bill and Roxy organized and attended the Comprehensive Planning Commission meeting on Thursday evening.
 Bill performed a Certificate of Occupancy inspection and issued a certificate for a singlefamily dwelling on Suffolk Street.
 Bill met with contractors and representatives of the Rockland Middle School regarding electrical work being done.
 Bill provided guidance to a resident on Harbor Lane on finalizing garage construction.
 One complaint was filed this week regarding signs at a Camden Street business, which is now resolved.
 We continue to follow up and work on complaint issues within the city, including followup inspections at various locations around the city, confirming adequate erosion control on Littlefield Street, and discussing with a church trustee the repair and/or replacement of
directional signs on Route 17.
 We issued a commercial building permit for Planning Board approved renovations and addition to the Meals on Wheels kitchen at the Methodist Conference Home at 39 Summer Street. We issued a Change of Use permit to change an office to an apartment on Elm Street. We issued two updated residential building permits this week. One was for a garage and one was for a small unconditioned addition.
 We continue to be busy with various other permits, inspections, and assisting the public with questions. The following permits were issued by the Code Office this week:
 4 Building Permits
 3 Electrical Permits
 1 Sewer Connection Permit
 1 Driveway Permit

OFFICE OF THE FIRE CHIEF
 Over the preceding week, in addition to the response to 43 Fire and EMS calls, shift training, conducting apparatus checks, daily cleaning, routine repairs and maintenance to the fleet and of the quarters, the following occurred:
 We are working on filling the full time paramedic position left vacant by a recent resignation. The applications are online on the City’s website and can also be picked up at City Hall.
 Rockland Fire and EMS is honored with the opportunity to house a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. The steel was procured by a local resident and will hopefully rest in a September 11th memorial within the City. It will sit in the lobby of the firehouse until a decision has been made on where it will rest.
 Squad 3 had some in house preventative maintenance performed on it over the week. The truck is our first out piece of apparatus and we make sure it’s ready to go at a minutes notice, just like all of our apparatus.
 Training for the week was focused on positive pressure ventilation (PPV). PPV is one way that we can evacuate smoke from a building by using large fans and openings within the building, like windows and doors. The larger the building, the more complex this can become. When conditions are right, PPV can be used to assist firefighters in search and rescue as well as extinguishment of the fire.
 Chief Whytock and Leticia VanVuuren at the Emergency Management Office worked together in establishing evacuation zones close to the coastline in the event of a natural disaster like a hurricane or nor’easter. Different sized storms will typically dictate evacuation procedures.
 Chief Whytock attended the Incident Command System (ICS) 402 class with the elected officials for Rockland and other communities in the area. This class gives our elected officials the chance to see what their rolls would be in the case of a disaster incident. It was a well put together class by Ray Sisk, the Knox County EMA Director.

OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC SERVICES DIRECTOR
 Removed weeds and seeded the median island at the Park Street and Route 1 intersection.
 Replaced the static mixer, containment and electrical that is part of the pretreatment process at the landfill. We were also able to eliminate a confined space with the new design.
 Loamed the edge of Warren Street sidewalk. The Warren Street sidewalk which is over a quarter of a mile long is now complete.
 Built a transportation cradle to use in moving the new downtown street lights. We will begin downtown street light installation early in September.
 Began crack sealing roads. This will be ongoing and will help preserve the roads.
 Picked up excavator from repair shop in Bangor.
 Weeded and edged Sandy Beach sidewalk.
 Assisted with the removal of debris at the Fish Pier.
 Street Sweeping was performed.
 City Wide trash pickup was completed.
 Continued on street painting.
 Continued Atlantic Street sidewalk construction.
 Trim brush and conduct roadside mowing.
 Water flowers.
 Collect water samples as part of the Maine’s Healthy Beach program.
 Mowed lawn at landfill.
 Continue the process of updating the SWPPP for the solid waste facility.
 Submitted response letter to DEP Regarding increased sampling and new monitoring well installation.
 Worked with our Geologist to begin assembling the team that will be involved with the engineering the landfill closure. We will start putting together the timeline and deliverables that will be necessary to begin the closure process.
 Reviewed the ECO Maine contract and contacted ECO Maine to provide more
information on the educational component and recycling.
 We had our first solid waste club meeting. The group is a branch off of Renew Rockland and currently consists of 7 Rockland Residents. We have tentatively scheduled our first workshop for September 14. The 14th workshop topic will be Backyard Composting and will be presented by Mark King of the DEP. We plan to have some instructional time, with also some hands on demonstrations as well as the opportunity to purchase locally made composters. The workshop will be at City Hall. The group is also planning the upcoming waste audit which will give a better understanding of the percentages and types of waste and help with waste avoidance and future recycling initiatives. The group also came up with the club name, “The Waste Watchers” which I will use moving forward. Old County Road:
 The entire final paving coat from Thompson Meadow Road to Route 17 is now complete.
 Shouldering is being completed.
 Clean up and sign installation continues.
 Paving driveway aprons continues.
 Striping is scheduled for next week.
 Paving on the East Side of 17 is scheduled for next week which should wrap up all paving.
 Next week is the planned completion date to a very successful project.
 We have been very fortunate to have worked with such a great crew from Crooker Construction. Also I want to thank Old County Road Residents for their patients and flexibility during this project. Enjoy the new road.

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE
Officers responded to 250 calls for service. Rockland Police Officers responded to 8 motor vehicle crashes and 8 animal complaints. 45 traffic stops and traffic violations were conducted. Officers charged or made arrests of 22 individuals for various offenses, to include Warrants of Arrest, Bail violations, Traffic offenses, Drug violations, Probation Violations, Assault, OUI, Child Abuse and Protection from Abuse violations.

Administration:
 Chief Boucher attended an Executive Board meeting of Sexual Assault Support Services of Mid-coast Maine.
 Chief Boucher met with representatives of Coastal Electronics to set up the PD mobile data system in our patrol vehicles.
 Chief Boucher met with Connie Putnam on the CDBG-SN Grant to begin setting up the afterschool programs for South School for this grant project.
 DC Young participated in a meeting of the Knox County Regional Communications Executive Board.
 DC Young completed and submitted a grant for new optics for the department’s patrol rifles.
 Currently facilitating the completion of the newest module of mandatory training from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.
 DC Young continued to oversee the current hiring process for the vacant patrol officer position.

Criminal Investigation Division –
 Conducted a joint investigation with the Maine Healthcare Crimes Unit.
 Assisted the Department of Corrections, Office of Probation & Parole with Probationer screenings to ensure Probationers were in compliance with the conditions of their probation.
 Re-structured the current layout of the evidence storage room for more efficient storage and handling of evidence.
 Finalized last minute logistics for the upcoming Statement Analysis class being sponsored by Rockland P.D.
 Conducted resellers compliance checks to ensure all resellers within the City were complying with City Ordinance.

Patrol Division –
 Officers conducted Bail and Probation Compliance Checks to ensure that residence that were on Bail or Probation were in compliance.
 Officers continued nightly checks of the bathrooms at Johnson Memorial Park and Tillson Ave. to make sure they were secured.
 Officers continued to conduct compliance checks at locations that serve alcoholic beverages to ensure they were complaint with State Laws.
 Officers deployed on foot patrol, bicycle patrol and motorcycle patrol when weather and staffing levels permitted.
 Officers conducted targeted traffic enforcement details at various locations throughout the City. The focus of these details were speed and distracted driving.

OFFICE OF THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR
 Huge thanks to the Friends and other volunteers (as well as to the Public Services staff who assisted in the tent-raising) who worked so incredibly hard to make last week’s Second Annual Bag & Tag Sale such a shining success!
 Two technicians from Eastern Fire replaced the Sprinkler heads that had been recalled by the manufacturer, and located during a mandatory inspection last spring.
 I had a phone discussion with the supervisor for the Maine Vocational & Rehab Associates who places participants in the Library, and I am very happy to report that the adult volunteers will be cleaning the Library grounds of trash and other debris. We’ve needed this for a while, so the contributions they make will be much more meaningful and will be greatly appreciated.
 Catinka Knoth’s Adult Drawing class featured lobster boat heading home by Marshall Point.; the Children’s class had the theme: Let's draw Maine birds!
 I met with one of the candidates for on call/substitute part-time position, who has quite a lot of Library experience, including here, before my tenure.
 This week for LEGO™ Club, the theme was Whacky Wheels. Please note: beginning on September 8, LEGO™ Club will move to Thursday afternoons!
 We had a staff meeting on Wednesday morning, and reviewed some procedural issues. We also began the discussion about plans for Library card Sign-up month (September).
 I completed the annual VDT training, required for City staff who spend more than four hours using a computer, daily.
 Wednesday Storytime was the last of three planned events hosted Catie Lary, Community Outreach and Education Coordinator for Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine; a good group gathered. Catie read Library Lion, by Michelle Knudsen and visited with the group; she also offered a craft project.
 The Friends held their Annual Meeting, which I attended, and reported on some of the Library highlights for the year.
 Children’s Librarian Jean Young attended the South School Open House, bringing information about the Library and its offerings.
 The Thursday evening Arts & Cultural Event was a film: Dirty Dancing! Participants were invited to attend and have "the time of [their] life" and feel free to sing and move along to this great soundtrack!
 You have one more week to make a contribution to the Back-to-School collection box. Notebooks, writing implements and other school necessities are all welcome, and will be distributed to schools in the RSU13 district!

UPCOMING: Children’s Public Safety Day--Come hear stories of our policemen, firemen, and rescue crews of the Coast Guard, including a special guest, giveaways, and crafts. Also, the Library will be hosting the Rockland area’s Knox County Recovery Coalition Community Conversation Opiate Addiction Epidemic with Dr. Ira Mandel.

OFFICE OF THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY DIRECTOR
 Cleared a blockage from the #2 vortex under flow pump.
 Repaired the heat and ventilation controls in the secondary pump building electrical room.
 Scheduled the annual service for back-up generators at the pump stations and the treatment plant.
 Completed cleanup of the buildings and grounds at the 10 pump stations.
 Reconditioned and painted misc. used pump parts and pipe fittings and returned them to spare parts inventory.
 Exercised and tested the portable trailer mounted generator.
 Smoke tested the sewer main on Talbot Ave. west of Broadway.
 Completed CCTV inspection of 1000 ft. of sewer main on Jefferson Street.
 Performed a confined space entry into a sewer manhole on Talbot Ave. to modify some piping that was restricting access with the inspection camera.
 Spoke with a contractor regarding a new sewer connection proposed for a property on Seavey Lane.
 Met with a property owner on Park St. to discuss their plans for repair of a failed sewer lateral.

OFFICE OF THE HARBORMASTER
 Disposed of two derelict floats at fish pier and five old floats in south end.
 Re-roofed the fish pier office.

Public Calendar for week ending 9.2.16.
CITY OF ROCKLAND
Meeting Weekly Schedule

Monday, August 29, 2016
10:00 AM Library Advisory Committee, Library Board Room

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
5:30 PM Parking Advisory Committee, City Hall Board Room

Thursday, September 1, 2016
5:00 PM Energy Committee Meeting, Mural Room, Public Library




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Maine 7 Day Forecast

"Stonington by Schooner"
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Today
Sunny, with a high near 81. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Tonight
Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday
Sunny, with a high near 76. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. Southwest wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday
A chance of thunderstorms after 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Wednesday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.
Friday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 53.

Saturday
Sunny, with a high near 72.
Saturday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 54.

Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 73.



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"Stonington by Schooner" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Stonington by Schooner" by Doug Mills
Stonington by Schooner: American Eagle and Timberwind outbound from Stonington Maine.


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Sunday, August 28, 2016

"Off The Port Bow" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Off The Port Bow" by Doug Mills
Maine windjammer Angelique off the port bow of Victory Chimes off Vinalhaven Maine.


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Saturday, August 27, 2016

"No Wind" The Maine Windjammer Project

"No Wind" by Doug Mills
Schooners Grace Bailey and Mercantile with no wind at the start of the Great Schooner Race of 2012.

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UPDATE: US, CANADIAN COAST GUARD WORKING TO RESCUE 4 FROM BOAT FLOODING 60 MILES OFF MAINE’S COAST

FOUR HEADED HOME TO GLOUCESTER, MA, AFTER COAST GUARD HELPS FISHERMEN DEWATER, MAKE REPAIRS TO FLOODING BOAT
BOSTON — Four people are safely making their way back to port Friday following a multi-asset response to a fishing boat taking on water Friday morning about 60 miles southeast of Vinalhaven, Maine.
A person aboard fishing vessel Tyler, homeported in Gloucester, used a VHF radio to contact watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England’s command center at about 7:30 a.m. and reported their boat was rapidly taking on water with four people aboard. The hailer reported they were using pumps, but were unable to keep up with the flooding.
An MH-60 helicopter crew deployed from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod and provided two dewatering pumps to the fishermen, who were able to dewater the boat and make repairs to stop the flooding.
The Coast Guard Cutter Moray, a coastal patrol boat homeported in Jonesport, Maine, arrived on scene to assist Tyler’s crew in dewatering and making repairs.
“It was discovered Tyler’s shaft seal packing box had come off," said Seaman Amanda Geber, a crewmember aboard Moray. "However, after dewatering the engine space, the crew was able to make repairs. After sea trials, it was determined Tyler could make it safely back to port on her own power. It was fortunate this case was concluded without loss of crew, vessel, or catch."
An Air Station Cape Cod 144 Ocean Sentry crew, Coast Guard Station Jonesport, Maine, a Canadian surveillance aircraft diverted from The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Halifax, and a nearby high-speed ferry that runs from Portland, Maine, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, also responded to help.
Tyler is currently en route to Gloucester.



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Friday, August 26, 2016

Largest Cruise Ship Visit of the Season is This Sunday In Portland

Anthem of the Seas arrives on its maiden voyage carrying more than 6,000 passengers and crew

PORTLAND, Maine – As the cruise ship season kicks into high gear in Portland, this Sunday (8/28/16) the city is poised to welcome the Anthem of the Seas on its maiden voyage carrying roughly 5,000 passengers and almost 1,500 crew members. The ship is expected to arrive at 8:00 AM and will depart at 5:00 PM from Ocean Gateway, Pier 2, Berth 2. The Anthem of the Seas will visit Portland again twice in September and once in October.

The 2016 cruise season in Portland began in May with the arrival of roughly 1,100 passengers aboard the Balmoral. The season now kicks into high gear with the two busiest months:  28 ships in September and 18 in October. The last ship of the season arrives on October 29.

The City’s port will host 76 cruise ship visits this year with, for the first time, more than 100,000 passengers between May and October. The 76 ships will also bring more than 40,000 crew with them. The cruise ship activity is in addition to the return of The Cat, which ferries visitors daily between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

For a full list of ships cruising in and out of Portland this season with schedule and passenger count information, visit Cruise Portland.

Girl Meets World "Girl Meets Bear" Airs TONIGHT, August 26th

Fans of the Disney Channel series 'Girl Meets World' will be able to watch, enjoy an all  new episode Friday, August 26th, 2016 at 8:30pm EDT/PDT entitled "Girl Meets Bear".

In this episode, Riley's childhood teddy bear, Barry the Bear, goes missing and she enlists the help of her family to find it.

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).
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U.S Refugee Policy origins under Roosevelt and Truman


Robert Rackmales will give a talk entitled " Forging a US refugee policy for the Middle East: The Roosevelt and Truman Years" on Thursday, September 13, 6:30 pm at the Belfast Free Library. This event is free and open to all.

Many organizations that are struggling today to cope with massive population displacements had their origins in the refugee crises that preceded and followed World War II.  The non-governmental International Rescue Committee (IRC) was founded in Germany in 1933.  The UN Relief & Rehabilitation Administration was founded in 1943, and the UN Refugee Convention signed in 1951.

Mr. Rackmales’ talk will focus on the period from July, 1938 when Franklin Roosevelt’s attempt to organize an international effort to provide refuge to victims of Nazism in Germany and Austria collapsed, to July, 1951 when the UN Refugee Convention was signed in Geneva (but not by the United States).
As is the case today, issues involving acceptance of refugees aroused intense public reactions in the US, often limiting presidential options.  These controversies did not always follow strictly partisan lines and were also capable of creating deep divisions within the government.

During his 32-year career in the US Foreign Service, Bob Rackmales dealt with refugee issues on multiple occasions.  His meeting in Istanbul in 1986 with Turkish refugees from Bulgarian persecution was shown on Turkish national TV.  As US Charge d’Affaires in Belgrade during the Balkan wars of the 1990’S, he worked closely with IRC and UNHCR officials providing assistance to refugees from each of the affected ethnic groups.  He is a former board member of the Camden Conference and Senior College at Belfast, and is a member of the American Foreign Service Association and the American Historical Association.  

This presentation is hosted by the Belfast Free Library and offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 30th Annual Camden Conference -Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis, February 17-19, 2017. The 30th Anniversary Camden Conference Community Events Series is supported in part by the Maine Humanities Council.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit www.camdenconference.org, email info@camdenconference.org, or call 207-236-1034.



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UMaine Women's Soccer Blanks Holy Cross

ORONO, Maine - In their third game of the year, the University of Maine Black Bears Women's Soccer team shut out Holy Cross 3-0 on Thursday evening.

The Black Bears scored two goals in the first half, the first coming 33:55 into the game when a cross from Theresa Gosch found Kaitlyn Ball in the goalmouth who scored on a header that just got past the goalkeeper. Ball continued her production by assisting on Maine's second goal when she took a shot point blank, which then rebounded to Nicole Bailey, who knocked it in. The goal came 44:09 into the game.

Coming out of halftime with a 2-0 lead, the Black Bears controlled possession and scored 56:33 into the game when Theresa Gosch collected a through-ball from Kaitlyn Ball, and then dribbled into the goalies box and chipped it over the keeper's head.

Maine goalkeeper Annalena Kriebisch got her 3rd win of the season and her 2nd shutout. She saved all 7 shots she faced, and improves to 3-0-0 on the season. Holy Cross goalkeeper Caroline Cashion faced 9 shots and saved 6, she falls to 1-2-0 on the season.

The Black Bears are back in action again Sunday afternoon when they take on Providence College at 1pm, in Saco Maine at Thorton Academy.

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Nor'easters announce roster for upcoming field hockey season

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BIDDEFORD, Maine -- The two-time defending Commonwealth Coast Conference champion University of New England field hockey team will begin defense of its titles with a roster 22 players when the season gets underway Sept. 1 at home versus Husson University.

Head coach Danielle Collins has 16 returning squad members, including CCC Rookie of the Year Kersey Boulay and five other all-conference players. UNE claimed the CCC title a year ago when Hannah Buckley notched an overtime goal to give the Nor'easters a thrilling 1-0 triumph over Endicott College.

That non-conference opener versus Husson will be the first of three contests versus teams that qualified for the 2015 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship, with matches versus Keene State College and national runner-up Bowdoin College also taking place during a seven-day span. Those games will help the Nor'easters prepare for their Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) schedule, which opens Sept. 17 versus Western New England University. UNE has won back-to-back CCC titles.


Click HERE to view the 2016 UNE field hockey roster.

BREAKING NEWS: US, CANADIAN COAST GUARD WORKING TO RESCUE 4 FROM BOAT FLOODING 60 MILES OFF MAINE’S COAST

BOSTON – The Coast Guard is responding Friday to a boat taking on water about 60 miles southeast of Vinalhaven, Maine.
A person aboard fishing vessel Tyler used a VHF radio to contact watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England’s command center at about 7:30 a.m. and reported their boat was rapidly taking on water with four people aboard. The hailer said they are using pumps, but are unable to keep up with the flooding.
Air Station Cape Cod launched an MH-60 helicopter crew, and a 144 Ocean Sentry crew arrived on scene shortly after 9 a.m. to provide additional dewatering equipment.  The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Halifax launched a Canadian aircraft to provide surveillance and keep location of the people.
The RCC also put out a notice to mariners and a high-speed ferry that runs from Portland, Maine, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, responded and is on scene to help with dewatering.
The Coast Guard Cutter Moray, a coastal patrol boat from Jonesport, Maine, and a motor lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor, Maine, are also en route to help rescue the people.
Tyler’s crew said they have a life raft and emergency position indicating radio beacon aboard.



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Camden Public Library Events September 1 through September 15

Thursday, September 1

Claudia Schmidt returns to the Camden Public Library to kick off the Library Coffeehouse season. 7:00 pm. Admission is $12, tickets are available at the Camden Public Library. Claudia Schmidt is an acclaimed singer with nineteen albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms, accompanying herself with 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer. For reservations call Ken Gross at 236-3440 or email info@librarycamden.org.


Friday, September 2

Free Walking Tour every Friday at 4:00 pm, hosted by the Camden Public Library and the Camden Area Business Group. The tour begins on Atlantic Avenue at the Children’s Garden of the Library and ends at the Opera House. Please call the library at 236-3440 to sign up.


Sunday, September 4

Camden’s classic yacht model maker Robert Eddy will give a slide talk on his craft and creations at the Camden Public Library, 2:00 pm. The presentation is part of the Camden Windjammer Festival’s weekend festivities. “I have some images that will show some of the highlights of my career,” said Eddy, “and which will show the process and complexities of yacht model making.”


Tuesday, September 6

Dr. Ira Mandel and the Knox County Recovery Coalition (KCRC) will hold a Community Conversation about Opiate Addiction in Knox County regarding the opiate addiction epidemic gripping Knox County, at 7:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. Mandel will provide an overview about the extent of the epidemic and how it affects entire families and more than a thousand people in Knox County.


Wednesday, September 7

Midcoast Stroke Support Group, 10:00 am at the Camden Public Library, all are welcome.


Thursday, September 8

Reception for Artist of the Month, Sarah Ann Smith, 4:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. Smith’s exhibit of art quilts, “C3: Color, Cloth, Collage” will be on display in the Picker Room at the library through the month of September.


Friday, September 9

Free Walking Tour of Camden, 4:00 pm, hosted by the Camden Public Library and the Camden Area Business Group. The tour begins on Atlantic Avenue at the Children’s Garden of the Library and ends at the Opera House. Please call the library at 236-3440 to sign up.


Saturday, September 10

The fourth annual Midcoast Mini Maker Faire featuring many interactive exhibits with Makers, who will enthusiastically demonstrate all the projects they are working on. 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Camden Amphitheatre and Camden Public Library. Maker Faire is the greatest show-and-tell on earth, with everything from hands-on to high tech!


Monday, September 12

Destination Wellness speaker Meg Barclay will describe the joys of movement through Nia; 12:00 noon at the Camden Public Library. Nia is for Every Body: young or old, big or small, energetic or weary, well or injured.


Tuesday, September 13

Leer y charlar is Read and chat – entirely in Spanish! All who are fluent in Spanish are welcome to the discussion group, 1:00 pm at the Camden Public Library.

Tuesday Book Club, 1:00 pm at the Camden Public Library, all are welcome, please call Mary at 763-3035 for more information. The book for this session is My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, by Fredrik Backman.

New Ventures Maine offers “Clean Up Your Credit,” a class on how to reduce your debt, improve your credit, and maintain a good credit score, 6:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. The class will help you create your own step-by-step plan to pay down your debt. The class is free, to register by phone or with questions, contact Melinda Wildes, 593-7942 or melinda.wildes@maine.edu.


Thursday, September 15

“A History of Ocean Garbage Dumping Practices and Relevant Regulations,” presented by Jack Boak, hosted by Midcoast Audubon Society, 7:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. Boak is a retired Master Mariner who served 35 years on various US-flag merchant ships and is also a Nautical Science Specialist


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CHANS Announces Full Schedule of Free Flu Shot Clinics

BRUNSWICK, ME — Over the next three months, CHANS Home Health Care will offer more than 40 public flu shot clinics throughout the Midcoast region. Available free of charge to anyone in the community over six months of age, the vaccinations help to prevent the spread of seasonal influenza. The full schedule of clinics is available at www.midcoasthealth.com/flu<http://www.midcoasthealth.com/flu>. Additionally, CHANS will host “Flu Shot Fridays” beginning September 16, 9 a.m. to Noon at Mid Coast Senior Health Center, 58 Baribeau Drive in Brunswick.

Part of the Mid Coast–Parkview Health, CHANS Home Health Care partners with local municipalities, schools, and organizations annually to offer the vaccination clinics. Many people die from complications of infection with seasonal flu, and even more require hospitalization. Last year, CHANS provided more than 5,000 free vaccinations to community members, helping to keep them safe.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of severe complications from illness, and for persons who are in close contact with those at higher risk. High-risk groups include adults over 65, children younger than 5, and pregnant women.

Supporting community health has been part of the CHANS service mission since 1947. For more information about the flu vaccination clinics listed above please call CHANS Home Health Care at (207) 729-6782.


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Labor Day Weekend tradition continues with OHTM’s Vintage Motorcycle Festival

Owls Head, Maine - Antique and vintage motorcycles take center stage at the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s annual Vintage Motorcycle Festival and Antique Aeroplane Show on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4. Owners of pre-1996 motorcycles are encouraged to exhibit and will be admitted free of charge. Show hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. For the fourth year running, a special, designated parking area for modern motorcycles will also be set up in the main parking area. With more than 400 exhibitors in 2015, the Vintage Motorcycle Festival attracts antique, custom and racing bikes from all over New England.

From Harleys and Triumphs to Hondas and BMWs, visit the Museum to show off your vintage motorcycle. While the theme of this popular show is motorcycles, guests arriving in their pre-1996 vehicles, as well as organized clubs receive free admission to this show and all other Museum (non-auction) events. Clubs are encouraged to call ahead in order to arrange parking. Exhibitor gates open at 8:00 am.

“The Vintage Motorcycle Festival is one of our most popular events of the season and it has become

Dubon Delivers in Sea Dogs 4-3 Win

Mitch Atkins Fans Season-High 10 in Seven Innings
Portland, Maine - Mauricio Dubon hit a game-tying home run in the fifth and a game-winning RBI double in the seventh and the Sea Dogs (52-76) came from behind to defeat the Trenton Thunder (81-50) 4-3 on Thursday night at Hadlock Field.
 
Mitch Atkins (W, 5-7) struck out a season-high 10 in seven innings as the Sea Dogs starter.  He allowed three runs on seven hits while walking just one.  Atkins now leads the Eastern League with 132 strikeouts on the season and is the third Sea Dogs starter to fan 10 in a game this year (Wilkerson 4/7 @ REA, Beeks 6/23 v. HAR).
 
Portland scored the game's first run in the first inning on an RBI groundout by Nate Freiman, who

"Anchored At Stonington" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Anchored At Stonington" by Doug Mills
Maine schooner Grace Bailey, built 1882, anchored at Stonington Maine.


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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Husson Men's Soccer Volunteers Their Time With Local Community

BANGOR, Maine — The Husson University men's soccer program took time out of their busy preseason schedule to volunteer for the local community this past week. All coaches and players were in attendance helping move items for a local yard sale.

The Yard Sale will be held this weekend August 26th and 27th from 8am to 5pm. It will be located at the Old Town Christian Fellowship (Old VFW Building) located at 64 South Water Street in Old Town, Maine. All proceeds made this weekend will benefit the Safe Families for Children at Redeeming Refuge.

Head Coach Gavin Penny gave us his thoughts on the team and volunteering, "I can't thank the guys enough to give up their time during such a busy period. Again, its the emphasis on the people it benefits and nothing to do with our program. We're just looking for opportunities to put others before ourself."

The Eagles will start their 2016 season with an away contest at Gordon on Friday September 2nd at 7:00 p.m. They will then host the 5th Annual Adidas Challenge Cup on Friday September 9th at 7:30 p.m. at Boucher Field.

Ocean Avenue Elementary School Now an Authorized IB World School

IB (International Baccalaureate) schools focus is on helping students become “internationally-minded,” taking an active, principled, positive stance toward learning and making a difference
 in an increasingly globalized future.
Portland, Maine - Ocean Avenue Elementary School (OAES) has been named an authorized IB World School, Primary Years Programme. OAES is now the only elementary school in Maine to attain such a distinction, and one of just a few in New England, according to OAES Principal Beverly Coursey.

“This is wonderful news,” Coursey said. “Every staff member is to be congratulated. We have much to be proud of.”

IB stands for International Baccalaureate. The International Baccalaureate Organization is a nonprofit education organization that supports learning models built on rigorous intellectual inquiry and personal growth for children. At the elementary school level, this is called the Primary Years Programme (PYP).

In all IB programs, the focus is on helping students become “internationally-minded,” taking an

Fog and Crack Sealing to Begin in Hiram, Brownfield and Fryeburg

Hiram, Maine - Crews will be fog and crack sealing the pavement on Route 5 through the towns of Hiram, Brownfield and Fryeburg beginning on Monday, August 29th.

The project will start on Route 5 at the Saco River Bridge and extend northerly for 13.43 miles to the intersection of Route 302.

Motorists are advised of alternating one-way traffic controlled by flaggers through the work zones.

It is anticipated this pavement preservation work will be completed by October 8th, 2016.

All States Asphalt of Windham will perform this $1.2 million project.

Classic Yacht Model Maker Robert Eddy

Camden, Maine- Yacht model maker Robert Eddy will talk about his craft and his creations at the Camden Public Library on Sunday, September 4, at 2:00 pm. The presentation will be part of the Camden Windjammer Festival’s weekend festivities.

“I have some images that will show some of the highlights of my career,” said Eddy, “and which will show the process and complexities of yacht model making. I will include the Herreshoff 1915 schooner yacht Mariette, and Atlantide, which took 5500 hours to build. She is now in Blue Hill Bay and seen locally in Camden once in a while. I will talk a bit about the owner (the late Thomas J. Perkins) and his passions as well as the construction process for these time-consuming and challenging projects!”

Eddy and his crew create exquisitely crafted, custom yacht models for private collections. Each commissioned piece is flawlessly detailed and perfectly scaled. Every nuance of the owner’s yacht is recaptured using noble materials such as the finest woods, silver, gold, and precious gems. The results are the highest quality models, displayed in elegance and flair that make them timeless pieces of art.

Eddy works closely with clients to identify what their needs are in the same way they have worked with their shipyard. The desired scale, location of the model in the home, office, or on board the yacht, timing requirements, and choice of materials, are important factors. “We gather our preliminary information from the offices of the designers and the builders. We then compare the measurements and photographs that we have collected from the completed vessel to be meticulously cross-referenced in order to achieve the highest level of accuracy,” Eddy explained.

Eddy’s devotion to model building as an art form has led him to incorporate new technologies and acquire a variety of traditional and contemporary skills over four decades. He utilizes materials both natural and synthetic, appropriate to the chosen construction technique. He utilizes jewelry techniques and precious metals such as gold and silver to build the precise hardware unique to each individual model. This combination of devotion, skills, materials, techniques, and technology usage enables him to produce models that will retain value, integrity, and longevity to be endured for generations.

In 1978 after graduating from Wentworth Institute he returned to Maine for summer work and was employed by a local jeweler, Daryl Reiff.  In 1979 he moved to Boston to work in an architectural office overseeing the model shop of Benjamin Thompson & Associates, creators of the famed Faneuil Hall Marketplace. REddy1x300While in Boston, he set up his own shop in Lincoln, Massachusetts. It was during this period that he was employed by another model shop in Waltham and a jewelry store in Wellesley, MA, and began designing pendants and charms in gold and silver which his shop still produces today.

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