Thursday, May 28, 2015

Road Reconstruction to Begin in Caribou

Caribou, Maine - Crews will be fully reconstructing a portion of Route 161 just north of the Caribou/Fairfield town line beginning on Monday, June 1st.

The project begins 0.81 of a mile north of the Caribou/Fairfield town line and extends northwesterly for 4.01 miles to the Aroostook River Bridge.

Traffic will be controlled by flaggers with restricted 11ft. lanes within the work zones. Motorists should expect slight delays while work is being performed Monday through Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The project includes excavation, placing gravel, paving, new drainage and guardrails as well as shoulder and ditch work.

Crews will finish the first phase in the fall, and return in the spring of 2016 to complete the second phase.

Soderberg Construction Company of Caribou will perform this $4.5 million project.

Emma Holzer Steps Out For Direct TV's 'Barely Lethal' Hollywood Premiere

Hollywood, California - 'Empire' star Emma Holzer looked beautiful wearing a green dress with gray heels as she steps out for premiere of Direct TV's 'Barely Lethal' held at ArcLight Hollywood on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Emma Holzer is an American actress. She plays Edith Thompson in Boardwalk Empire. She is a recurring co-star in the third and fourth seasons and debuts in the episode "Spaghetti and Coffee". She has been active since 2010 and has also appeared in the series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and the films What Maisie Knew (2012) and Spring Breakers (2012).

"The Far North"


Capt.MacMILLAN SAILS NORTH on the Schooner Bowdoin. 
Explorer Hopes to Determine Whether New "Ice Age" Is Coming.

Luna Blaise Steps Out For Direct TV's 'Barely Lethal' Hollywood Premiere

Hollywood, California - 'Fresh Off The Boat' star Luna Blaise looked wonderful wearing a black outfit with pink heels as she steps out for premiere of Direct TV's 'Barely Lethal' held at ArcLight Hollywood on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Luna Blaise is a thirteen year old actress who currently stars as Nicole on the ABC series 'Fresh Of The Boat'. She was born in Los Angeles, California on October 1st, 2001.

"Under A Full Moon" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Under A Full Moon" by Doug Mills
Schooner Heritage under a full moon in Burnt Coat Harbor on Swans Island. [07022012]

Ryan McCartan Steps Out For Direct TV's 'Barely Lethal' Hollywood Premiere

Hollywood, California - 'Liv And Maddie' star Ryan McCartan shares a kiss with his girlfriend Dove Cameron as he steps out for premiere of Direct TV's 'Barely Lethal' held at ArcLight Hollywood on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Ryan McCartan is an American actor, singer and public speaker. He portrays the character Diggie in the Disney Channel Original Comedy Series, Liv and Maddie.

Hailee Steinfeld Steps Out For Direct TV's 'Barely Lethal' Hollywood Premiere

Hollywood, California - Seventeen year old actress Hailee Steinfeld looked gorgeous wearing a black dress and heels as she steps out for premiere of Direct TV's 'Barely Lethal' held at ArcLight Hollywood on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Hailee Steinfeld is an American actress and model. She is known for her portrayal of Mattie Ross in the 2010 film True Grit, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She also played Petra Arkanian in the 2013 sci-fi film Ender's Game. She portrayed Juliet Capulet in the 2013 film adaptation of William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, Zoey in the 2014 crime film Three Days to Kill, and Violet in Begin Again. In 2014, she finished filming the sequel to Pitch Perfect.

Dove Cameron Steps Out For Direct TV's 'Barely Lethal' Hollywood Premiere

Hollywood, California - Nineteen year old actress Dove Cameron looked fabulous wearing a red dress with black heels as she steps out for premiere of Direct TV's 'Barely Lethal' held at ArcLight Hollywood on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Dove Olivia Cameron is an American actress and singer. She is known for playing a dual role as both title characters in the Disney Channel sitcom Liv and Maddie. She also starred in the Disney Channel original movie Cloud 9 as Kayla Morgan.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cuevas earns his 6th win, 'Dogs win at Binghamton 3-2

Portland has won 5 straight road games
Binghamton, New York - The Portland Sea Dogs (21-26) made it five straight road wins, defeating the Binghamton Mets (24-22) 3-2 on Wednesday night at NYSEG Stadium. Portland seeks their first series sweep of the season on Thursday morning.

Jorge Marban worked around a lead-off double in the ninth inning, fanning Jared King to end the game. Binghamton had two runners on base in the final inning, but Marban notched his second save of the season.

William Cuevas (6-2) was outstanding for Portland, becoming the third 6-game winner in the Eastern League. Cuevas allowed one run on one hit, 4 walks and fanned 3. The young righty retired the final 10 batters faced.

Dillon Gee took the loss in a Major League Rehab Assignment for Portland. Gee worked 6.1 innings

Oceanside JV & Varsity Baseball Defeats Morse, Stats Included

Thomaston, Maine - The Oceanside Varsity saw another win Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 in Thomaston, Maine. Oceanside Varsity were able to defeat Morse by a score of 9-6.

Also, Oceanside JV were able to win against Morse by a score of 10-5.

Varsity Stats:
Morse (6-8)          2-0-0  1-0-0  3 --- 6 - 9 - 2

Oceanside (12-2) 1-0-1  0-4-3  X --- 9 - 15 - 2

Oceanside Pitching

Caleb Jacob (W 2-0)  6⅓ Inn - 6R - 4ER - 9H - 3K - 0BB - 1HBP - 1WP

Logan Sheridan (Sv 1)  ⅔ Inn - 0R - 0ER - 0H - 0K - 1BB - 0HBP

Catcher Walker Ranney, Riley Sprague (7)

Morse Pitching

Jacob Cressey (L)  4⅓ Inn - 6R - 5ER - 11H - 0K - 3BB (2 Intentional) - 1WP

Nick Doughty           ⅔ Inn - 0R - 0ER - 1H - 1K - 0BB

Trevor Drouin           1 Inn - 3R - 3ER - 3H - 0K - 1BB - 1 HBP - 2WP

Catcher Josh McDougal

Doubles - Oceanside - Zac Roman, Mazlin Higbee, Zach Peaco, Walker Ranney

Triples - None

Home Runs - Oceanside - Nick Mazurek (5th of season)

Repeat Hitters - Oceanside - Zac Roman 3 (2 singles, 1 double), Walker Ranney 3 (2 singles, 1 double), Zach Peaco 2 (singles & double), Travis Frye 2 (2 singles) … Morse - Zach Holbrook 2 (2 singles), Brendon Harper 2 (2 singles) 

RBIs - Oceanside - Walker Ranney 3, Nick Mazurek 2, Mazlin Higbee 2, Zach Peaco 1 … 

Morse - Andrew LaCavera 1, Keegan McDonough 1, Zach Holbrook 1, Brendon Harper 1

Morse 1st - Andrew LaCavera reaches on an error and steals second, Zach Holbrook reaches on an infield single put a throwing error scores LaCavera with Holbrook moving to third and he scores on a wild pitch.

Oceanside 1st - Nick Mazurek Solo Home Run to Left Field (5th of the season)

Oceanside 3rd - Jimmy Strong singles, Zac Roman singles, Caleb Jacob grounds into a double play moving Strong to third, Strong scores on a wild pitch.

Morse 4th - Dakota Jacob singles, Tucker Berger runs for Jacob and steals second and third then scores on Brandon Harper singles to drive in Berger

Oceanside 5th - Zac Roman doubles, Caleb Jacob reaches on an error, Nick Mazurek is walked intentionally, Mazlin Higbee doubles driving in Roman and Jacob however Mazurek is thrown out at the plate, Zach Peaco singles driving in Higbee, Travis Frye singles, Walker Ranney singles driving in Peaco.

Oceanside 6th - Caleb Jacob reaches on an infield singles and advances to second on a throwing error then moves to third on a wild pitch, Jacob scores on Nick Mazurek’s sacrifice fly, Mazlin Higbee is hit by a pitch, moves to second on a wild pitch, Zach Peaco singles moving Higbee to third, Peaco steals second, Nick Doughty on in relief/  Walker Ranney doubles driving in Higbee and Peaco.

Morse 7th - Tucker Berger singles, Brandon Harper singles, Ethan Winglass singles to load by the bases, Andrew LaCavera is hit hit by a pitch to drive in Berger, Logan Sheridan comes in relief. Keegan McDonough walks to drive in Harper, Zach Holbrook grounds out but drives in Winglass 

Next Game - Friday at Erskine Academy - 4 PM first pitch

Oceanside Lacrosse Defeats Camden Hills 14-8

Rockport, Maine - The Oceanside High School Girls Lacrosse team traveled to Camden Hills Regional High School on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 in Rockport, Maine. Oceanside's Varsity team had a great, hard fought battle the resulted in them winning 14-8.

Oceanside's Bailee Cox had 9 goalie saves, Lily Vachon 2 goals, 3 assists, Brittany Rytky 2 goals, 2 assists, Rebekah Freeman: 2 goals, 1 assist, Kelsey Brooks 2 goals, 1 assist, Jillian Brooks 2 goals, 1 assist, Alexis Pine 1 goal, 1 assist, Sierra Beal 1 goal, 1 assist, Janelle Fowlie 1 goal and Abbey Lacasse 1 goal. This win against Camden Hills Regional High School means Oceanside is sitting pretty in the number 1 spot in the Class B East heal point standings with 9 wins and 1 loss.

Camden stats are Hanna Winklehofer 3 goals, Katherine Orne 1 goal, Willow Grinnell 1 goal, Macy Buck 1 goal, O. Powers 1 goal, Samantha Zwecker 1 goal and E. Bowen with 1 assist.

Oceanside Varsity Baseball Defeats Lincoln Academy 11-1, Stats

Waldoboro, Maine - Varsity game at Begley Memorial Field in Waldoboro, Maine saw Oceanside taking on Lincoln Academy on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015. In this Varsity Baseball game saw Oceanside win by a score of 11-1.

Stats for Oceanside are below. Lincoln Academy stats are unavailable at this time.

Oceanside (11-2)         1-0-1  4-5 --- 11 - 13 - 1

Lincoln Academy (6-7) 0-0-0  1-0 ---   1 -  2  - 1

Oceanside Pitching

Ryan Allender (W 5-1)  5 Inn - 1R - 0ER - 2H - 5K - 1BB

Catcher Riley Sprague

Lincoln Academy Pitching

Devin Scherer (L)      4+ Inn - 7R - 7ER - 10H - 1K - 3BB - 1WP

Baker Gove                 1 Inn - 4R - 3ER -  3H - 0K - 1BB - 1WP - 1HBP

Catcher Wally Morris

Doubles - Lincoln - Travis Creamer

Triples - None

Home Runs - Oceanside - Nick Mazurek (2, 3rd & 4th of Season); Thomas Curtis (1st Career)

Repeat Hitters - Oceanside - Zac Roman 3 (3 singles), Thomas Curtis 3 (2 singles & 1 Home Run), Nick Mazurek 2 (2 Home Runs), Walker Ranney 2 (2 singles)

RBIs - Oceanside - Nick Mazurek 3, Zac Roman 2, Riley Sprague 2, Thomas Curtis 1, Jimmy Strong 1, Mazlin Higbee 1 … Lincoln Academy - Travis Creamer 1

Oceanside 1st - Zac Roman singles, stole second, moved to third on a ground out, Nick Mazurek walked, Roman scored on Riley Sprague’s fielder’s choice.

Oceanside 3rd - Nick Mazurek with a Solo Home Run (#3 on the season) to Centerfield.

Oceanside 4th - Walker Ranney singles, Travis Frye singles, Jimmy Strong sacrifice bunts moving both players up a base, Zac Roman single driving in Ranney, Roman thrown out trying to steal second, Frye scores on a wild pitch, Caleb Jacob walks, Nick Mazurek belts a 2-run homer to Centerfield (#4 on the season).

Lincoln Academy 4th - John Henry reaches on an error, Devin Scherer reaches on a fielder’s choice that retires Henry, Scherer moves to 2nd on a Wally Morris ground out and scores on Travis Creamer’s RBI double.

Oceanside 5th - Thomas Curtis homers to left center field (#1 on the season).  Baker Gove comes on in relief for Lincoln Academy.  Walker Ranney singles, Travis Frye is hit by a pitch, Jimmy Strong singles, Zac Roman reaches when his ground ball is misplayed driving in Ranney, Pinch Hitter Mazlin Higbee singles to drive in Frye, Strong scores on a wild pitch, Nick Mazurek is walked, Riley Sprague reaches on a fielder’s choice that retires Mazurek but drives in Roman.

Next Oceanside Game - Today, Wednesday, May 27th (Senior Day) - NEW TIME 3 PM

Lincoln Academy JVs defeated Oceanside 8-5

Sea Dogs open up the trip in style, 8-2 in Binghamton

Roof & Tekotte hit back-to-back homers, Witte 3 RBI
Binghamton, New York - The Sea Dogs (20-26) scored 5 runs in the seventh inning for the second straight game, and held on for an 8-5 win over the Binghamton Mets (24-21) on Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium in the opener of a three-game set.

Portland has won four straight road games, improving to 10-9 away from Hadlock Field. The Sea Dogs scored their runs in just two innings, and need one more win on the trip to clinch a winning-road record for May.

Right-hander Joe Gunkel (2-0) has wins in both Double-A starts for the Sea Dogs. Gunkel worked 5+ innings, giving up 9 hits, 2 runs, one walk and 3 strikeouts. B-Mets righty Gabriel Ynoa (2-3) suffered the loss on his 22nd birthday. Ynoa yielded 7 hits and 5 runs over 6.1 IP.Pat Light worked the final 1.1 innings, earning his second Double-A save. Light has not allowed an earned run in 13 of 16 outings. The righty put two on in the ninth inning, but the 'Dogs turned a 5-4-3 double play to end the game. Portland turned a season-high 3 double plays.

Jantzen Witte went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI, picking up his team-leading 10 th multi-RBI game. Blake

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

URock Awards College Scholarship to Adult Education Graduate Melissa Kennard

Rockland, Maine - At the Five Town CSD Adult Education graduation event on May 21, Deborah Meehan of University College at Rockland awarded a scholarship for one college course to graduating student, Melissa Kennard.

"Melissa was nominated by the teachers of the Five Town CSD Adult Education Program as a capable and motivated student ready to take the next step into the college environment," said Deborah Meehan. "This scholarship will allow Melissa to enroll in one college course in the fall and test her abilities and interest at the college level," added Meehan.

Kennard was surprised and excited by the recognition and the confidence shown in her abilities.
As Meehan noted, "Sometimes life events get in the way of pursuing educational goals. Melissa has completed a milestone by finishing high school. Now we want to urge her on to the next level."

Exit 45 Southbound Ramps Scheduled To Be Closed the Night of May 27‏

--Motorists will need to seek alternate routes --
Portland, Maine - Southbound ramps at Exit 45 of the Maine Turnpike – being the South Portland/Maine Mall exit - will be closed for one night next week to allow contractors to safely commence work to improve the railing system of the bridge passing over the Turnpike.   The ramp closures are being timed to minimize traffic impacts.

More specifically, the southbound ramp off the Turnpike at Exit 45 is scheduled to be closed from 7:30pm on Wednesday, May 27th until 5:30am the following Thursday morning.  Motorists traveling south on the Turnpike are advised to use Turnpike Exit 46 (Jetport) or seek other routes.  On the same night, the southbound on ramp at Exit 45 is scheduled to be closed from 9:30pm on Wednesday until 5:30am the following Thursday morning.  Motorists seeking to get onto the Turnpike heading south who normally use Exit 45 are advised to use I-295, Turnpike Exits 42 or 46, or other alternative routes.  Motorists heading north on the Turnpike will be unaffected by this work.

This work is weather dependent.  If the weather is inclement on Wednesday evening, the work will be scheduled to start at the same times on the next evening, Thursday May 28.  This bridge work is being performed by CPM Contractors of Freeport, Maine. The project will last until August and will likely require one or two more nighttime ramp closures.  Notice of those additional closures will be provided.

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Foreign Film Night at the Rockport Public Library

June 9th              Foreign Film Night at the Rockport Public Library, 6:00pm. This month’s film will be Traitors directed by Sean Gullette. Malika, leader of Traitors, an all-female punk rock band, has a strong vision of the world, her hometown of Tangier, and her place in it. When she needs money to save her family from eviction and to realize her dreams for the band, Malika agrees to a fast cash proposition: a smuggling run over the mountains for a dangerous drug dealer. But her companion on the road is Amal, a burnt-out young drug mule who Malika decides to free from her enslavement to the dangerous drug dealers. The challenge will put Malika's rebel ethos to the test, and to survive she will have to call on all her instincts and nerve.

Poetry Reading: Peter Harris and Betsy Sholl at the Harlow Gallery on June 29th

Hallowell, Maine - On Friday, May 29th starting at 7pm the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell is hosting an evening of poetry featuring Peter Harris and Betsy Sholl. A $3 donation is appreciated, and refreshments will be served.

The Harlow Gallery’s poetry reading series has been renamed “The Bookey Readings” in honor of Ted and Ruth Bookey who recently retired from their long standing volunteer job of organizing readings at the gallery​​.  The Harlow Gallery is the perfect setting to experience the spoken word at its very best.

Betsy Sholl served as Poet Laureate of Maine from 2006 to 2011.  Her eighth collection of poetry is Otherwise Unseeable, winner of the Four Lakes Poetry Prize (Wisconsin, 2014).  Her awards include the AWP Prize for Poetry, the Felix Pollak Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and two Maine Individual Artists Grants. She currently teaches in the MFA Program of Vermont College of Fine Arts, and volunteers at Preble Street Soup Kitchen.  She lives in Portland, Maine.

Peter Harris lives in Waterville, where he teaches poetry. Individual poems of his have appeared in places such as the Atlantic Monthly, Crab Orchard Review, Epoch, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, Seattle Review, and Sewanee Review.  He has published two books, Blue Hallelujahs and, recently, Freeing the Hook.

During the reading, guests will enjoy Art2015, the Harlow Gallery’s 20th annual juried art show, on view through May 30th.  Monthly exhibitions at the Harlow Gallery are always free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday 12-6 pm. The Harlow Gallery is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community  in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963.

For more information about The Bookey Readings at the Harlow Gallery, contact event organizer Jay Franzel at

Breakwater Blackhearts take on Western Mass Destruction for Rock Coast Rollers June bout

Join us for some high-action roller derby as the Rock Coast Rollers' Breakwater Blackhearts take on Pioneer Valley Roller Derby's Western Mass Destruction.

Saturday, June 13
Midcoast Recreation Center, 535 West St., Rockport
Doors open at 5pm, First whistle at 6 pm
Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door, free admission for kids under 12
Local vendors: Clean Bee Laundry, Drakes, Good Tern, Belfast Co-op

A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Teen and Young Parent Program, an organization committed to building a strong, nurturing community for young families.

The Rock Coast Rollers' Jeerleaders will be performing at half-time. Stay tuned for after-party details.

The Rock Coast Rollers is a 501c3 organization dedicated to advancing and advocating for the sport of roller derby, women, our league, and our community. We are a member league of WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association). For more information regarding our league please visit our website

The Rockland Report May 22, 2015

 I met with RSU #13 School Officials regarding the budget adoption
according the City Council’s resolve. The City issued a PR and scheduled
the Wednesday meeting with the City Council.
 The City had two information meetings with Maine Municipal Employee’s
Health Trust regarding the proposed health insurance plan presented to
employees. Non Union and the Firefighter union were scheduled this
week and the Teamsters meet June 1.
 I toured downtown with Gordon Page, RMSI. We discussed several issues
in the downtown that the City is interested in.
 Worked on a communication and economic impact strategy regarding
Rockland Energy Center. This should be ready for implementation of initial
stages shortly.
 Continued to work on several projects for future revelation, including
composting program, recycling program, budget scenarios, MLM
scenarios, and personnel performance system.
 On Friday, Chief Micelli and I met with FMC leaders regarding City
coverage of confined space entry. It has created a lot of stress on the
Fire/EMS personnel. It was a great meeting and FMC has already
implemented strategies to reduce the strain on the City.

 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
 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.
 The appeal from Wal-Mart to the State Board was withdrawn.
 There are two appeals that I am reviewing, the information was provided.
They are, Ocean State Job Lots and Trade Winds.

 Maine Boats and Harbors have placed their stored floats in the water for use.
 Presented Municipal Fish Pier Department Budget to City Council.
 Fred Beal’s Survey Co. has completed the drawings of the soundings around pier and has provided us with a set of drawings. Also, they have sent by e-mail a pdf of the drawing. Fred Beal’s Surveying Co. will send all info to ECO-ANALYSTS INC. for their review. If they need any more info, Fred Beal will provide them with it.

Pollution Control Facility
 The treatment plant has been operating well, average plant flows this week were about 2.2 MGD and there were no CSO events.
 Completed the DMR filing.
 Completed a composting needs assessment with Green Mountain Technologies and reviewed new compost permit with Vance Calvez.
 Provided Harold Brown from ECO-Analysts Inc. with treatment plant effluent
monitoring data as part of the due diligence needed for dredging around
Rockland Fish Pier.
 Worked with Woodard & Curran to resolve alarm issues in the Multitrode SCADA system for lift station monitoring and control.
 Investigated a power anomaly which caused significant plant problems on
5/16/15, CMP was contacted and other users in the area reported a power bump
around the same time. Woodard & Curran is also assisting with this. It was
necessary to reprogram the controls for the #1 Neuros aeration blower and it
appears that the variable frequency drive for #3 RAS pump was damaged as
 An Industrial User (IU) requested information on the transfer of their IU wastewater permit in the event of the sale of the business. They were directed to the terms of their permit which specifically outlines permit transfer in the event of change in ownership.
 The lab did BOD testing for Vinalhaven.
 Discharge chlorination as required by our MPDES begins on May 15th and much time and effort has been dedicated by all treatment facility personnel to make sure this process is up and running properly.
Environmental Services
 Dye tested the sewer from the Methodist Home on Summer St. and determined that it connects to the cross country interceptor crossing the property.
 Attempted to locate a possible buried manhole on Luce Avenue at Railroad
Avenue that appears on some of the old sewer maps and isn’t visible. Unable to
locate from the surface with a metal detector. After the sewer main has been
cleaned we will attempt again with a camera.
 Used the CCTV equipment to inspect the sewer main on Grove Street.
 Additional equipment for the collection system flow monitoring study arrived and was installed. There were some issues with the programming but with help from tech support at FlowAV it was corrected and the flow monitors are all installed and working.
 Delivered the vac truck to Cushing Diesel for a problem with the automatic idle for the auxiliary motor.
Other Projects    ;
Winter Street
 Project is still shut down pending relocation of a utility pole on the Trade Winds property. The current scheduling from CMP is for the pole to be moved at the beginning of next week with the utility wires transferred from the existing pole by the end of the week. If on schedule this will have caused a three week delay in the project. Thorndike Parking Lot
 Pavement patching has been completed.
 All lawn areas have been hydro-seeded.
 The stone veneer on the seating wall is completed.
 The concrete slab in the seating area is poured.
 The controls for the lighting are installed.
 The lamp posts have been installed.
Summer Street
Sanitary sewer and drain lines have been installed as far as the property at 63
Summer Street. All properties are now connected to the new sewer main. Work on the pipelines should be completed next week leaving cleanup and paving to finish this portion of the project.

In addition to the general response to 36 Fire and EMS calls, conducting apparatus checks, daily cleaning, routine repairs and maintenance to the fleet and of the quarters, the following occurred:
 Notable: On Friday City manager Chaousis and I met with FMC officials to discuss ways to reduce the strain that confined space rescue coverage was having on our personnel. I think all parties consider the meeting and solutions successful.
 Hazardous Situation: Sunday evening’s propane leak went very well given the
potential problems due to the situation and the location. Any other time of day or
week may have been far more challenging. As it was very few people seemed to
know anything was amiss. In these incidents, the real danger is where the
escaped gas collects, not at the leaking tank. We were able to control the
ignition sources near the leak and ensure the gas never collected in at a
dangerous level anywhere outside the immediate area of the tank. As was noted
in the media, gas monitoring was conducted continuously to ensure the area and
particularly the motel remained safe.
 Training:
o I, along with John Root and Dave Kalloch attended the Maine Building Officials Conference on Monday and Tuesday. The classes are intended to help keep inspectors, code officers and design professionals current with code changes, interpretations and “best practices.”
o Monday our EMS personnel trained on Cardiac Rhythm recognition.
o Wednesday evening’s drill had apparatus and personnel at Snow Marine Park
practicing deploying large water volume monitors.

 Street sweeping City-wide.
 Spring clean-up continues.
 Clean up of City-owned property at 63 Warren Street.
 Trash pick-up City-wide.
 Cleaned Wink’s Place at Transfer Station.
 Prepping for hot top at Broadway and Park Street.
 Flagging traffic for hot top on Broadway.
 Prepping sidewalk for hot top.
 Hanging flowers and flags along Main Street. Watering flowers.
 Road/line painting.
 Picked up waste oil.
 Installed pump in quarry north end, new pipe and electrical.
 Transfer Station tractor – new exhaust system and fuel filters.
 Serviced Transfer Station pickup truck.
 Rewired electrical in dozer.
 Hose in Transfer Station loader.
 Prepped truck to water flowers.

 Sandy beach was cleaned up on Tuesday by a group from Boston Financial. They have been helping clean the area around their building this spring which has been a huge help. It’s great to see the community support.
 The flowers for Main Street were delivered on Tuesday morning and they went up on Wednesday. They look good so far.
 The whiskey barrels that go in the island near City Hall have been planted and just need to be put in place. They have the same plantings as the flowers on Main
 I have placed two new benches in Mildred Merrill Park to replace the two
memorial benches that were destroyed last fall. They are a different style and will be much stronger for wear and tear.
 I have replaced the flag at Ralph Ulmer Square for Memorial Day.

Officers responded to 2217 calls for service. Rockland Police Officers responded to 6 motor vehicle crashes and 7 animal complaints. Thirty-nine (39) traffic stops and traffic violations were conducted. Forty-five (45) parking violations were issued. Officers charged or made arrests of 17 individuals for various offenses, to include Trespassing, Warrants of Arrest, Bail violations, Traffic offenses, and Operating under the Influence.
 We have reviewed and implemented the departments updated Domestic
Violence Policy.
 Worked with the Maine Department of Transportation to address the legality of locations of crosswalk signs on Main Street.
 Continued to work on addressing current budget issues.
 Sgt. Finnegan provided recertification training to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s
Office’s Drug Recognition Expert.
 Officers Redmun and Solorzano attended Field Training Officer School.
 Officers were busy catching up on reports and serving court paperwork from the previous week.
 At the request of the City Manager the sign board was placed on Main Street with a message encouraging community members to get out and vote on the
upcoming school budget.
 Sgt. Smith assisted the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office with an accident
 Officer Redmun and Officer Redden responded to P.B.M.C. for a mutual aid
request to deal with a disorderly patient.
 Officer Redden responded to Thomaston for a mutual aid request for a possible domestic violence complaint.
 Officer Redmun and Officer Redden responded to Thomaston for a mutual aid
request involving a suspicious male going through vehicles.
 Officer Redmun responded to Rockport for a mutual aid request involving a motor vehicle crash.
 Two grant funded underage drinking details were conducted last weekend. The focus of these details is to disrupt the avenues in which youth obtain alcohol.
 Day shift continued conducting visits at the area schools. Three of these visits
were conducted last week.
 Officers continue to check the public restrooms at night to make sure they are
 Det. Neal attended an appreciation breakfast at the Rockland District Middle

 This was a good week too – though there are still a few details left to address, the new ADA gangway is pretty much done, and usable. I don't know if we should have a christening or a ribbon cutting, but people will start to use it this weekend, and I think it will be a big hit. I don't think it is an overstatement to call it magnificent. Everyone should come down and give it a whirl. Maybe once the
rest of the floating docks are in we can have an unveiling.
 Boats have started to use the Public Landing for rigging and loading and
unloading and just general getting ready for the new season. It won't be too busy
this weekend, but they will come and go in little dribs and drabs as we start the
 The new pilings are in at Snow Park, and like everything else, we'll still need to do a few things to get it perfect, but it is all coming together and people are already using them.
 Most of the electricity is on at the Public Landing, water and the holding tank
pump-out will wait till next week – the new gangway is forcing us to re-route them and they will take a little longer to set up than usual.
 The Public Restrooms in the Harbor Building are all done and open, they really look spiffy.
 Middle Pier boats are all up and running, and the Buoy Park food vendors are
dishing it out.

 I attended the presentation on proposed changes to health insurance, at City
 I met with the Library Advisory Committee, with the PLEA Board, and with the Friends of Rockland Public Library.
 Keith Drago offered Drop-in Tech Help, on Monday evening.
 Catinka Knoth’s Adult Drawing class this week concentrated on migrating birds and warblers; the Children’s Drawing theme was Memorial Day.
 This was an “on week” for the alternating weekly LEGO Club, with a “free-for-all,” rather than a specific theme.
 The Memoir Writing Workshop was held on Tuesday. This group meets weekly, and is open to anyone who wants to write, share, or just listen.
 Next time you are in the Library, please take a look at the new signs for shelving; Keith is doing a great job with these, and it is so much easier to find material.
 Judith Andersen presented Wednesday Storytime this week; in addition to other titles, Ms. Judith read from several books, including Froggy Learns to Swim, and Have you seen my Dragon?
 Jessie Blanchard made the weekly trip to North Haven Community School Library.
 The Thursday Evening Arts and Cultural Event Author Talk: Ken Textor:
The Hidden Coast of Maine. Ken’s book includes photos of the Maine coast in all seasons and weathers, landward reaches to offshore islands, and directions to
each featured place. Every photo was taken from a vantage point you can
reach by car of ferry—86 destinations, 200 vistas, and a thousand excursions into
the life and natural history of a storied coast.
 A workshop on creating sea glass pendants was held in the Children’s Room on Saturday, as part of The Arts...for Kids and their Families at the Rockland Public Library.
 Upcoming events—Historical Society Talk: Dramatic Images of the Commercial Fishing Industry in Maine, and the Friends’ two-day Book, Bake, and Botanicals sale is the weekend of June 13th.

 John met with City Councilor Valli Geiger to review a possible infill ordinance that would allow increased density in the more developed areas of the City.
 John and Dave attended MBOIA’s 6th Annual Code Conference on 5/18 & 5/19 in Sebasco Estates. Both attended four half-day training sessions
 John met with the owner of one of the food wagons at Harbor Park to discuss a
more permanent space for the business.
 There were four complaints filed this week.
 The following permits were received by the Code Office this week:
o 2 Building permits
o 5 Electrical permits
o 5 Plumbing permit
o 1 Sidewalk Display permit
o 1 Sidewalk Table & Chairs permit

"The Last Chesapeake Ram" The Maine Windjammer Project

"The Last Chesapeake Ram" by Doug Mills
The last chesapeake ram Victory Chimes passes the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Augliera Works Seven Scoreless, 'Dogs Win Series Finale 8-2

Carlos Asuaje Homers Twice for Portland in the Victory
Portland, Maine - Mike Augliera worked seven scoreless innings, Carlos Asuaje hit two home runs, and the Portland Sea Dogs (19-26) defeated the Reading Fightin Phils (23-20) on a Memorial Day Monday afternoon at Hadlock Field, 8-2.

The Sea Dogs took the fifth and final game of the series with Reading thanks to a terrific start by Mike Augliera (2-7), who picked up the win.  Augliera worked seven shutout innings and allowed just four hits while walking one and striking out three.  He threw just 70 pitches (49 strikes).  The seven innings mark the longest outing by a Sea Dogs starting pitcher this season.

Aaron Nola (L, 6-2) had won his previous five starts coming into the game, but struggled against Portland for the second time this season.  Nola worked five innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out four.

Carlos Asuaje (2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI) went yard twice for the Dogs and now has three home runs this season - all of them coming in the series with Reading.  David Chester (1-3, HR, 2 RBI) added his third homer of the season off of Lee Ridenhour in the 7th inning.  It marks the first time this season the Sea Dogs have hit multiple home runs in a game, and Asuaje's multi-homer performance is the first for Portland since Matt Spring hit two home runs at Reading on June 29th, 2014.

The Sea Dogs embark on a six-game road trip tomorrow evening in Binghamton, first pitch comes at 6:35 PM.  Pregame coverage begins live on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network at 6:05 PM.  Joe Gunkel (1-0, 4.32) will start game one for Portland against Gabriel Ynoa (2-2, 4.35) of the Mets.  The Sea Dogs next homestand begins June 2nd - tickets are still available for all Sea Dogs remaining home games as well as the Sullivan Tire Eastern League All-Star Classic on July 15th.  Call the ticket office at 207-879-9500 or buy tickets online at

Rockland Celebrates Memorial Day

Rockland, Maine - The community gathered under mostly sunny conditions in Chapman Park for a short ceremony and Main street for a parade in Rockland, Maine on Monday May 25th, 2015.

Speakers for the short ceremony in Chapman Park were Master of Ceremonies Walker Hutchins, Marshal Rev. Paul Munro and Maine author and poet Carol Bachoffner.

Taking part in the parade were U.S. Coast Guard Color Guard, the U.S. Marine Corp, American Legion and Veterans of the Armed Services, Boy Scouts, Rockland Police, Knox County Sheriffs and the Bay Winds North Wind Ensemble.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.

Maine 7 Day Forecast

Shoot Maine Studios
Rockland, Maine
Memorial Day
A chance of sprinkles before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Southwest wind around 10 mph.
A 30 percent chance of showers after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 57. South wind 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

A 30 percent chance of showers before 7am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 73. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73.
Thursday Night
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Partly sunny, with a high near 68.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71.
Saturday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 66.

"Tall Ships at Rockland" the Maine Windjammer Project

"Tall Ships at Rockland" by Doug Mills
Tall ships, Angelique, Victory Chimes, Stephen Taber, Lewis R French and Heritage at Rockland Maine.[07132008]

Sunday, May 24, 2015


Portland, Maine - The Sea Dogs had the lead runner reach in the final seven innings, but Reading held on for a 3-2 win on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field in front of a sellout crowd of 7,368.

Luis Martinez led off the ninth with a walk, but Nefi Ogando retired the next three batters, earning his second save of the season. The Sea Dogs finished the game 1-for-10 with runners-in-scoring position.

Fightins righty Ben Lively (4-1) earned the victory in his 8th start of the season. Lively tossed 5.2 innings on 5 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Luis Diaz (0-4) remained winless in 18 consecutive starts dating back to last season, but earned his first quality start of the season. Diaz pitched 6 innings on 5 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.

Portland's bullpen was outstanding, firing 3 scoreless and fanning 6. Jorge Marban pitched two innings with 3 K's and Robby Scott fanned 3 in the ninth.

Reading grabbed a quick 1-0 lead, scoring in their first turn against Diaz.  Brock Stassi delivered a two-out RBI single. In the third, Harold Martinez led off the frame with a solo-homer off the video board in left-center field.

Portland got on the board in the fourth inning off Lively. Carlos Asuaje led off with a single and scored on a Maine Monster double by Jantzen Witte (2-for-3, 2 doubles, walk).

The Fightins would add their second 2-out run in the sixth inning, taking a 3-1 lead.  Stassi walked with one out, stole second base and scored on a single by Brian Pointer. Portland answered with a two-out run in there half of the sixth. Witte led off with a double and scored on Marco Hernandez's (3-for-4, 2B) single to left.  Adam Loewen, who earned a hold in his first appearance of the season, yielded the hit.

Before the game, Aneury Tavarez was assigned to Portland from High-A Salem, and flied out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning.

The Sea Dogs are 3-4 on their eight-game homestand and 4-6 against Reading this season.

Portland and Reading wrap up their five-game series on Monday afternoon at Hadlock Field with a 1:00 PM first pitch. Mike Augliera (1-7, 5.18) makes his 9th start of the season for Portland.  Aaron Nola (6-2, 1.54) gets the start for the Fightins. Pre-Game coverage on the WPEI U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network begins at 12:40 PM. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by phone at 207-879-9500 or online at

Miss Maine 2015 Heather Elwell Steps Out For USO Operation That's My Dress Event

New York City, New York - Miss Maine 2015 Heather Elwell looked fabulous wearing Sherri Hill outfits as she steps out for USO Operation That's My Dress event held at Center548 on Sunday, May 24th, 2015 in New York City, New York.

Heather Elwell is an American beauty pageant titleholder from Portland, Maine. She was crowned Miss Maine USA 2015 and she will represent Maine at Miss USA 2015.

Pretty Little Liars Season 6 Premieres June 2nd

Premiere Follows an All-Day “Pretty Little Liars” Marathon from 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET/PT
The future looks bleak as the Liars are still stuck in Charles’ twisted web in “Game On, Charles,” the season six premiere of ABC Family’s hit original series “Pretty Little Liars,” premiering Tuesday, June 2nd (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT). Fans can start to put the “A” puzzle pieces together with an all-day marathon starting at 12:00 PM (ET/PT) and running up to the one-hour season premiere at 8:00 PM (ET/PT). #SummerofAnswers

Moments after where the season five finale left off, Aria, Emily, Hanna, Spencer and Mona are trapped outside of Charles’ Dollhouse with nowhere to go and must now deal with an angry tormentor. Just when the Liars thought Charles couldn’t get any worse, his games take a more demented and darker turn. As the girls struggle to survive, the puzzle of Charles’ story begins to come together.

Meanwhile, Ezra, Caleb and Toby continue the fight to find the girls with or without Rosewood P.D.’s help.

“Pretty Little Liars” is produced by Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television and is executive produced by I. Marlene King, Oliver Goldstick, Leslie Morgenstein and Joseph Dougherty. The series stars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Tyler Blackburn, Lucy Hale, Ian Harding, Laura Leighton, Shay Mitchell, Janel Parrish and Sasha Pieterse.
Photos are credited to ABC Family.

Baby Daddy "Home Is Where The Wheeler Is", Summer Premiere June 3rd

Christa B. Allen (“Revenge”), Lindsey Gort (“The Carrie Diaries”)
and Alex Kapp Horner (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) Guest Star
Riley must figure out where she really belongs on the summer premiere of “Baby Daddy,” airing Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 at 8:30PM ET/PT on ABC Family.

In “Home Is Where The Wheeler Is,” Riley can’t face the mess she has made out of her relationships with Ben and Danny, so she runs home to her mom’s (Alex Kapp Horner) house in Jersey to hide from her problems. Once Ben realizes where Riley has gone, he stages a “friendervention” to get her to come home, but will Riley and Danny be able to move past their hurt feelings and go back to the way things were? Bonnie is thrilled when their next door neighbor, Evelyn, dies and plots to get the apartment listing. Once she discovers that Evelyn’s granddaughter Ashley (Lindsey Gort) is a big Danny Wheeler fan and knows all his hockey stats, Bonnie tries to trade her son for the listing, despite the fact that Danny is still dating Robyn (Christa B. Allen). Meanwhile, Tucker is determined to get his hands on the items Evelyn promised him.

“Baby Daddy” stars Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Derek Theler, Tahj Mowry, with Melissa Peterman and Chelsea Kane. The series is created and executive produced by Dan Berendsen (“The Nine Lives of Chloe King,” “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” and “Hannah Montana: The Movie”). “Baby Daddy” is a multi-camera comedy that shoots in front of a live studio audience in Los Angeles.

Photos are credited to ABC Family.