Saturday, December 20, 2014

Oceanside Boys Defeats Erskine Academy With Game Video

Rockland, Maine - The Oceanside Boys had a great night as they hosted Erskine Academy of South China in a junior varsity and varsity matches. These two matches turned up wins for Oceanside High School on Friday, December 19th, 2014 in Rockland, Maine.

In the junior varsity match Oceanside won by a score of 65 to 35. Scorers for Oceanside were Andrew King 6, Nick Tinker 5, Josef Berger 6, Michael Norton 6, Josh Luttrell 10, Zach Gledhill 4, Coby Dorr 8, Sam Atwood 17 and Anthony Marsh with 3 points. Erskine Academy scorers were Austin Berry 7, Branden K, 2, Nick T. 8, Noah Bonsant 6, Elliot S. 2, Cody Taylor 2, Tyler C. 2, Trever Devine 2 and Jeff C. with 4 points.

The varsity match saw a great game as Oceanside was able to win by a score of 67 to 44. Players for Oceanside that were able to score were Jarrod Leonardi 11, Riley Sprague 2, Griffin Lombardo 1, Nicholas Mazurek 19, Zach Peaco 6, Nate Raye 4, Keenan Hendricks 15, Jimmy Strong 3 and Eli Thorbjornson with 4 points. Scorers for Erskine were Josh R. 2, Matt C. 5, Trevor Browne 23, Trevor H. 2, Andrew Brown 8 and Takota M. with 2 points.

It was a great night for the Oceanside Boys as they go 4 and 1 with Friday night's win.

Camden Public Library Events December 25 through January 7, 2015

Tuesday, December 30

“Song Circle” in the Picker Room at the Camden Public Library, 6:30-8:30 pm. Bring a song or two and a friend or two for some live music in song-circle format. All are welcome!

Saturday, January 3

Opening reception for Jack Silverio’s art exhibit “Progressions and Proportions” at the Camden Public Library, 2:00 pm. Silverio is an architect and artist in Lincolnville.

Meeting of the Simply Books Club at the Camden Public Library, 2:00 pm. Simply bring along whatever book you’re currently reading and share it with the group; all are welcome.

Tuesday, January 6

Cate Lamb will lead a “Needle Felting” Workshop at 7:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. Participants in this hands-on workshop will create a piece of felted art and learn how to create and decorate felt jewelry, ornaments, and sculpture. There will be a $10 materials and registration fee; all materials and tools will be provided. Call the library at 236-3340 to sign up or with questions.

Wednesday, January 7

Regular meeting of the Midcoast Stroke Support Group, 10:00 am at the Camden Public Library. All are welcome.

“Song Circle”

“Song Circle” December 30 at Camden Public Library

The Camden Public Library will host another Song Circle on Tuesday evening, December 30, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, in the Picker Room. “It’s a perfect evening to get together for some live music,” said Ken Gross, program director at the Camden Public Library. “It’s a relaxed time right between Christmas and New Year’s, and a good opportunity to warm up your guitar and your voice or whatever instrument you have and come down to the library.” The Song Circle is open to all acoustic musicians to share their songs, both traditional and original, in an informal song-circle format. Bring a song or two and a friend or two and join in, you may find some instrumental and voice support at the Song Circle. Call Ken Gross at the library at 236-3440 with any questions.

The library will also host the Songwriters Sessions beginning in January, which is a similar, supportive format in which to try out new songs. The Songwriters work on all-new, original songs, to create a song and then to polish it for performing at the annual Songwriters Coffeehouse in June. The Songwriters Sessions will again be led by veteran songwriters David Dodson and John Nicholas. The sessions are set for Third Tuesdays, beginning January 20 at 6:00 pm.

"Two Lights" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Two Lights" by Doug Mills
Two Lights Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.[10032014]

Friday, December 19, 2014

Trekkers’ 11th Graders Participate in Leadership Training Weekend

Nobleboro, Maine - From December 12–14, nine juniors and three adult leaders participated in a three-day leadership training through Trekkers, a non-profit, outdoor-based mentoring program that connects young people with caring adults. Held at the Kieve-Wavus Leadership School in Nobleboro, the training weekend was the starting point for Trekkers’ two-year Leadership Program. This program provides experiential learning, teaches lessons in leadership and offers older Trekkers the opportunity to mentor younger Trekkers students.

Trekkers’ Leadership Program now offers two training weekends to 11th grade students, followed by two additional training weekends after the students progress to the 12th grade. Each subsequent session in the two-year progression builds upon the topics and skills from the previous training. The weekend retreats focus on a particular theme that is addressed through group discussion, reflection, games, journaling and team-building activities.      

The goals of the December weekend were to introduce the qualities of an effective leader, different

National Theatre Live’s OF MICE AND MEN at Strand on January 15

James Franco and Chris O’Dowd
Rockland, Maine - The 2014-2015 NT Live season of high definition play broadcasts continues with OF MICE AND MEN on Thursday, January 15 at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street. The captured-live broadcasts will show at 2pm and 7pm.

Following its record-breaking run on Broadway in New York City, OF MICE AND MEN is being filmed and brought to the big screen in movie theaters around the world by London’s National

Rockland Public Library: "Wild Mushrooms of the Yuletide Season"‏

Rockland, Maine - Thoughts of wild mushrooms bring to mind widely different images and emotions in people.  Some dwell the possibilities of tasty gourmet dinners of Chanterelles or King Boletes foraged from the Maine woods; for others, the risk of poisonous mushrooms and the potential for illness comes first to mind.   The more adventurous sort may imagine the magic mushrooms and a very different toxic experience.  But few people are aware of the deep connection between mushrooms and the Christmas season.

The most frequently illustrated mushroom is the bright red and white Amanita muscaria, the Fly Agaric.  It graces the cover and pages of children’s books, fantasy illustrations and can even be glimpsed dancing across the screen of certain computer games.  In Central Europe, this colorful and distinctive mushroom has long been a symbol of good fortune for the New Year and often adorns decorations during the Christmas season.  Is there a reason that we see Santa as a rotund man garbed in bright red and pristine white; the living image of this Christmas mushroom?   Why do you think Santa is pulled across the sky by flying reindeer?

Join local mushroom expert and author Greg Marley at the Rockland Public Library on Tuesday, December 23 at 6:00 PM as he explores wild edible, medicinal and poisonous mushrooms, reveals the connections of mushrooms to the Yuletide season, and the answers to these vexing seasonal questions.  This talk will be an entertaining blend of fact, fantasy and supposition for all ages.   Greg will have copies of his books available for sale after the presentation.

"Fort Gorges" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Fort Gorges" by Doug Mills
A view of Fort Gorges and Spring Point Lighthouse from Fort Preble in South Portland Maine. [10032014]

Georges River Land Trust Earns National Accreditation

Accreditation Awarded by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission
Rockland, Maine - Georges River Land Trust has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

“We are very excited and honored to be receive this national recognition,” said Jim Robbins, Board President of Georges River Land Trust. “We are so grateful to our members and volunteers who helped us reach this well-earned milestone. This is a tremendous accomplishment for the Georges River Land Trust.”

Georges River Land Trust, based in Rockland, ME, has been working to conserve the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed region through permanent land protection, stewardship, education, and outdoor experiences for over a quarter of a century. Accomplishments include more than 3,400 acres conserved and 50 miles of trails created in 14 towns along the St. George River.

Georges River Land Trust was awarded accreditation this December and is one of only 285 land

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Downtown Countdown in Bangor is Maine’s Largest, Free Public New Year’s Eve Celebration

Bangor, Maine – Get your resolutions ready! On December 31, 2014 the Downtown Bangor Partnership hosts Maine’s largest, free public New Year’s Eve celebration, Downtown Countdown. This year’s event, presented by Cross Insurance, will be an evening full of downtown festivities for all ages to enjoy—fire twirlers, improv comedy, face painting, crown/tiara making, and a variety of musical performances. And, Downtown Countdown wouldn’t be complete without the infamous beach ball covered in lights dropping from the roof of Paddy Murphy’s at midnight in West Market Square! A full schedule of the evening’s events can be found at
The “Countdown Connector,” a free shuttle provided by Eastern Maine Community College, will pick up and drop off event goers around downtown Bangor throughout the evening, so you won’t miss a thing! Revelers can stop in at the Information Hub at Epic Sports (6 Central Street) to grab a map, warm up with hot chocolate and popcorn, and purchase a $5 “Downtown Countdown” button that will offer exclusive offers and discounts at area businesses throughout the month of January. The Parking Garage will be open from 7 a.m. on December 31, 2014 until 7 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
Every year, Downtown Countdown is made possible through the generous support from our community partners. Thanks to Cross Insurance, Eastern Maine Community College, the City of Bangor’s Commission on Cultural Development, Bangor Daily News, Paul Cook, Epstein Commercial Real Estate, Hollywood Casino, The Maine Edge, Bangor Savings Bank, Brewer Federal Credit Union, Caron Signs, Emera Maine, Northeast Whitewater, The Beta Agency, Creative Print Services, The Henry’s Bridal Boutique, Rudman Winchell, Waterfront Concerts, Webber Energy, Jeff Kirlin—The Thing of the Moment, Justin Russell Photography, The Law Offices of Joe Baldacci, Mexicali Blues, and The Rock & Art Shop for partnering with the Downtown Bangor Partnership to make this event happen!
(Editor’s Note: Due to a lack of contestants, the Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bunyan Competition, which was slated to be part of the Downtown Countdown 2015 activities, has been cancelled. While we regret the loss of this event, the schedule of activities in Downtown Bangor remains full and exciting throughout New Year’s evening!)
(Photo courtesy of The Thing of the Moment—Jeff Kirlin.)
The Downtown Bangor Partnership promotes and markets activities that enhance the distinctive identity of Downtown Bangor, encouraging retention and growth of commercial, residential, and cultural life within the downtown district.  For more information on the Downtown Bangor Partnership visit

Unlikely Heros

I would like to share an amazing story with you today – the story of hope, redemption, and a future given back. Three years ago we rescued Jenny, a young 15 year old, from a brothel in the Philippines.
Sold into slavery by family members, this precious girl began working in the brothel at age 12 in order to survive. She felt as though she was living like a stray animal; only owning one set of clothes and being prostituted for each meal.

This last spring, Jenny graduated from high school and gave the opening address at her graduation ceremony. (Picture above) When I asked her if she felt nervous before giving her speech, she replied: “No! I am confident!” If only you could have seen the joy on her face! You make turnarounds like this possible.

Over the past year, we have been working tirelessly to rescue and care for children all over the world. In April, because of our focus on holistic rehabilitation we were called into action to provide on the ground support in Nigeria. Our work included: trauma counseling, safety, and medical services to the Chibok schoolgirls who escaped from the mass kidnapping and to the traumatized parents, who are still waiting to see the return of their daughters. December 18 marks the 292th day of captivity for these precious young girls.

Together, our efforts are making a tremendous difference in the lives of the children we've rescued. We now have 4 homes located in 3 nations – the Philippines, Thailand and Mexico. In March, we opened a brand new home built from the ground up in the Philippines. This is a direct result of your generosity!

We have so much to celebrate, but we know that the road to freedom for so many has yet to be paved. All of our restoration homes are ready to grow and expand – and we urgently need your help to rescue more children from a life filled with suffering. Please consider making a year-end donation today or increasing your monthly support to help us continue our work.

We have a pressing need for $50,000 to fund 10 new beds, which will allow us to immediately rescue 10 more children from sex slavery for one year. $5,000 sponsors one child for a year. 
$416 rescues one child from sex slavery for one month and provides safe housing, food, education, medical care, trauma therapy & LOVE!

Can you imagine 10 more children rescued out of a life of terror? I am asking you now to look deep inside your heart and to give the gift of life to a child who is in desperate need of freedom. Please give today and together we will bring a child home so they never have to experience the pain of a holiday alone again.

Thank you for believing in us; your support will help make every rescue possible. You really have become a part of our history and we are so grateful for you!

Thomaston Public Library Hosting New Year's Reception

Thomaston, Maine - The Thomaston Public Library will host a New Year's reception on Friday, January 2nd, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. The reception provides an opportunity for staff, patrons, Friends, volunteers, the library board, and the entire Thomaston community to come together to toast the new year -- with great food and sparkling cider.

New library cards will be issued to anyone whose new year's resolutions include acquiring a library card! The reception also launches the library's food collection as a part of 2015's Martin Luther King food drive, so canned goods and other nonperishable food items will be welcome at the party.

Thomaston Public Library is located in the Thomaston Academy building at 60 Main Street. Parking and the library entrance are located at the rear of the building.

Met Live-in-HD season continues at Strand with THE MERRY WIDOW on January 17

Rockland, Maine - The 2014-2015 Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD season of broadcasts from Lincoln Center to the Strand Theatre continues Saturday, January 17 at 1pm with Lehar’s THE MERRY WIDOW.  An Encore broadcast takes place Tuesday, January 27 at 1pm.

The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in the  enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O’Hara is Valencienne. Andrew Davis conducts.

Sung in English. Running time: 2 hours, 30 min. Tickets on sale now: $27 adults, $15 students; Encore tickets available day-of-show: Adult $23 / Student $5. The theater in located at 345 Main Street, Rockland. For more information on all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts, and events at the Strand, visit Tel: (207) 594-0070 Email:

Maine Natives Play Starring Roles in Award-Winning Broadway Tours Presented by Portland Ovations

Portland, Maine - Portland Ovations brings four top National Broadway tours to Merrill Auditorium in the winter and spring, with two Maine natives in starring roles. Boasting a combined 21 Tony Award nominations and 5 wins, Portland Ovations is proud to present: Sister Act - January 17th at 3pm and 8pm; Million Dollar Quartet - February 21st at 4pm and 8pm; the 2010 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Memphis - March 14th at 4pm and 8pm; and - back by popular demand - Mamma Mia! - right after Mother's Day on May 13th and 14th at 7:30pm. All performances are at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.

If the titles and award nominations are not exciting enough, two out of the four Broadway

"Spring Point Light" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Spring Point Light" by Doug Mills
Spring Point Light as seen from Fort Preble in South Portland Maine.[10032014]

Reducing Domestic Violence Crime Remains Top Priority for Governor LePage

AUGUSTA, Maine – Governor Paul R. LePage today approved funding for electronic monitoring programs in three counties in an effort to reduce domestic violence in Maine. The programs are part of a pilot project that will research the use of electronic devices on offenders as a way to increase compliance, reduce recidivism and maintain public safety.

The State Board o Corrections (SBOC) approved three applications on Wednesday. The SBOC announced Kennebec County will serve as the urban pilot project site, while Somerset County and Sagadahoc County will both serve as rural pilot project sites.

“Identifying and implementing programs that reduce domestic violence crimes across our State continues to be a priority for our administration,” said Governor LePage. “I appreciate the ongoing support Representative Ken Fredette has provided on this issue and in the coming weeks expect to introduce other initiatives to help end domestic violence. Meanwhile, this is a good step. Electronic monitoring has proven successful in other states, and I look forward to the results of these programs so we can move ahead on this as quickly as possible.”

The SBOC expects the pilot projects will run for up to six months, between January 1 and June 30,

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oceanside Boys Sweeps Camden Hills In Three Matches

Rockland, Maine - What a night in Rockland Tuesday night as the Oceanside Boys hosted Camden Hills in what would be three great games. It was in Oceanside's favor as they won all three matches against Camden. The gym was filled with lots of fan rooting on their team. Oceanside had the loudest fans during Tuesday's games.

Oceanside Freshman boys were able to pull off a win by 60-50. This game went into overtime as they were tied at 50-50 at the end off the game. Players from Oceanside really came together as they were able to score ten points against Camden in overtime with final score of 60-50.

Scorers for Oceanside were Leo Reid 9, Hunter Davis 7, Michael Norton 14, Jack Freeman 2, Logan Sheridan 14, Nick Crudell 4 and Josh Peaco with 10 points.

Camden Hills scorers were Jesse Frasier 18, Tucker G. 4, Eric Glaser 14, Chris R. 2, Conrad Clans 4 and Daniel Peabody with 8 points.

In the second game, Oceanside JV Boys won by a score of 60 to 48. Players for Oceanside were

"Grace Bailey" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Grace Bailey" by Doug Mills
The Grace Bailey, one of the original Windjammers, sailing off Rockport, Maine. [07062012]

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Vinalhaven Fire, Marine Patrol, Coast Guard Responded To Fully Involved Lobster Boat

Vinalhaven, Maine - The Vinalhaven fire department, Knox Sheriffs Office and Marine Patrol responded to fully involved lobster boat fire by Crane Island Tuesday afternoon, December 16th.

Coast Guard was informed an sent a boat to the scene. Ferry Frank Thompson and several boats were on scene as well.

Everyone has made it off the boat named 'Midnight Rider' with two transported to the medical center on the island.

The fire was reported out around 2:20pm.

According to Bangor Daily News the people made safely off the boat to shore were father and David Anthony and son Blake Anthony. The Coast Guard got the call around 1:05pm about the lobster boat 'Midnight Rider' was fully involved.

Maine DEP Announces Computer Based Testing for Wastewater Operator Certification Exams

Wastewater operators in Maine will soon have a new way to take the exam needed to receive their certification. Beginning in March 2015, certification testing will change from pencil and paper to a computerized test. Computer based testing will modernize the Maine Department of Environmental Protection's Wastewater Operator Certification process and testing.

"During my interactions with wastewater operators I have repeatedly heard requests for modernization of the testing and certification process," said DEP Commissioner Patricia Aho. "Specifically, I have received suggestions related to increasing the frequency of testing, reducing the lag time to receive exam results and moving to electronic testing," she added.

The current paper testing is only offered twice a year and it can take up to eight weeks to receive exam results. The change from paper to computer based exams will allow a more convenient testing schedule, more opportunities to take the exam (at least one Saturday a month), and allow the tester to receive their results immediately upon completing the exam. "These changes are long overdue and create greater opportunities for our current and potential wastewater operators. They will get immediate feedback and the process overall will be improved," Aho said. At the present time, there are two testing centers in Maine as well as a location in Portsmouth, NH. The paper exam will continue to be offered in Presque Isle for the time being.

In partnership with the Department, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) will continue to administer the testing and certification process through their South Portland, Maine office which houses the Joint Environmental Training Coordinating Committee (JETCC). Computer based testing has been successfully used by Maine's Drinking Water Certification Program since 2012, as well as by other New England wastewater operator certification programs.

35mm Screenings of Classic Occult Thriller DON’T LOOK NOW at Strand

December 27th and 28th
Rockland, Maine - The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., will present two special 35mm screenings of the 1973 British film DON’T LOOK NOW on December 27 at 8pm and December 28 at 3pm.

Adapted from the short story by Daphne du Maurier. Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland star as a married couple who travel to Venice following the recent accidental death of their daughter, after the husband accepts a commission to restore a church. They encounter two sisters, one of whom claims to be clairvoyant and informs them that their daughter is trying to contact them and warn them of danger. The husband at first dismisses their claims, but starts to experience mysterious sightings himself.

DON’T LOOK NOW  is renowned for it’s convincing depiction of grief, its innovative editing style, and its use of recurring motifs and themes. Originally causing controversy on its initial release due to an explicit and—for the time—very graphic sex scene between Christie and Sutherland, its reputation has grown considerably in the years since, and it is now acknowledged as a modern classic and an influential work in horror and British film.

This film is rated R. Tickets are $8.50/Adults;$7.50/seniors and matinees. For more information about all upcoming films, live concerts, HD broadcasts, and events at the Strand, visit Tel: (207) 594-0070 EX 3  Email:

New Years Eve Family Contra Dance with Maggie Robinson & Jenny Van West

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 11:00 – 12:00
in the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
All ages welcome!
Portland, Maine - Children and families are invited to ring in the New Year with a family contra dance on New Year’s Eve morning at the Portland Public Library!

Contra Dance is a type of social dance where parallel lines of dancers stand opposite -- or "contra to" -- their partners. A caller, usually working with a group of live musicians, guides new and experienced dancers alike through a variety of dances. Contra dancing is about social interaction, meeting people, and making new friends, set to music. The accompanying music for contra dances includes, but is not limited to Irish, Scottish, and French-Canadian folk songs. The fiddle is considered the core instrument, though other stringed instruments such as the guitar and mandolin are used as well. Music in a dance can consist of one or multiple songs, and key changes during the course of a dance are common.

Children and their accompanying adults will be able to learn a variety of fun and easy dances at this

American troubadour David Mallett on Strand stage January 9

Rockland, Maine - David Mallet, well known for his American folk classic "Garden Song (Inch by Inch, Row by Row)," will appear in concert at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, on January 9 at 7:30pm.

In a career spanning four decades, David Mallett has recorded 14 albums, had several hundred covers of his songs, and performed in clubs, concert halls and festivals across the US, Canada and Europe. He has appeared on numerous broadcasts, including National Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion. Known for his carefully written, poetic offerings, his body of work has provided material for an eclectic list of artists that includes Alison Krauss, Pete Seeger, Hal Ketchum, Emmylou Harris, John Denver and the Muppets.

Mallett is currently working on a new album, to be released soon

Tickets: $20/General admission. The Strand lobby and balcony bars are open for all concerts for 21+. To buy tickets, or for more information about all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts, and events at the Strand, visit Tel: (207) 594-0070 EX 3  Email:

"America's Oldest Schooners" The Maine Windjammer Project

"America's Oldest Schooners" by Doug Mills
America's oldest schooners, Lewis R French and Stephen Taber, both built in 1871. [06172011]