Monday, April 30, 2012

Aris Valeris Quartet

Aris Valeris Quartet
Editor: David Mills

WAKEFIELD, MA - Aris Valeris is a piano player and composer trained in both the jazz and classical idioms. He started at the early age of 3 and worked with several classical teachers on his piano skills. However, throughout his childhood he always felt the need to create improvised music. As the son of two directors, he fulfilled this passion by composing or improvising live for more than 40 theatrical plays. In his teenage years, after having earned several musical awards for his work on classical piano, his attention was caught by the improvisational element of jazz.

Originally from Greece, Valeris moved to Boston in September 2009 after winning several scholarships to study at Berklee, where he studied piano performance and film scoring. His teachers included Ray Santisi, Stavros Lantsias, Nando Michelin, and Steve Heck.

In 2010 he created the Aris Valeris Quartet. The group is composed of four musicians with various musical influences and backgrounds. It came together to perform Valeris's originals and group compositions with a unique sound, energy, and emotion that flows through the deep connection of its members and grows in the music while being recorded or performed live.

Admission: Free

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
Wakefield Library
345 Main Street
Wakefield MA 01880 [Map]

Last Man Standing "The Spotlight" Premiers Tuesday May 1st

Last Man Standing "The Spotlight" Premiers Tuesday May 1st
Editor: David Mills

On Tuesday night fans will be able to watch an all new episode of Last Man Standing entitled "The Spotlight", airing at 8pm. In this episode, When Mike realizes he unintentionally upstaged Vanessa's announcement about being nominated as the top volunteer school parent, his efforts to make it up to her might cause more harm than good. Meanwhile, Eve is afraid she won't fit in at high school; and Ed wants to release an Outdoor Man action figure inspired by Mike.

"Last Man Standing" stars Tim Allen as Mike, Nancy Travis, as Vanessa, Kaitlyn Dever as Eve, Molly Ephraim as Mandy, Alexandra Krosney as Kristin, Christoph Sanders as Kyle and Hector Elizondo as Ed.

Guest starring is Jerry Minor as Mel and Melanie Paxson as Liz.

"The Spotlight" was written by Eben Russell and directed by John Pasquin.

Photographs of May 1st episode of Last Man Standing are provided by ABC.

Brian McKnight Clinic May 3rd

Brian McKnight Clinic May 3rd
Editor: David Mills

BOSTON, MA - In addition to being a singer, songwriter, and producer who has sold over 20 million albums, Brian McKnight is also a multi-instrumentalist who plays piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussions, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn, and trumpet.

In an industry known for a constantly revolving door of artists, McKnight has easily established himself with an enviable record of chart consistency, has toured successfully for over a decade, and has collaborated with performers across every genre including Quincy Jones, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Diddy, Christina Aguilera, Rascal Flatts, Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Willie Nelson, and Kenny G.

Along with several Grammy nominations, Brian McKnight has been the recipient of American Music awards, Soul Train awards, NAACP Image and Blockbuster awards, and has been named Billboard Songwriter of the Year. He has crossed the boundaries of every medium. He has hosted Soul Session Countdown with Brian McKnight on BETJ. In addition, The Brian McKnight Morning Showon KTWV the Wave smooth jazz radio station, was a Top 5–rated show two years running. In 2009 McKnight started hosting his own radio show The Brian McKnight Show which ran in over 60 markets and was syndicated through ABC Radio. He also hosted his own nationally syndicated TV show The Brian McKnight Show.

McKnight has also used his vast industry knowledge as a red carpet host for Extra!, and in 2007, McKnight stepped into Broadway with a successful run as Billy Flynn in Chicago. He was also a contestant on the Donald Trump hit show Celebrity Apprentice and is currently touring nationwide in the Je'Caryous Johnson play Cheaper to Keep Her with Vivica A. Fox.

2011 will see the release of McKnight's 14th album, entitled Just Me, along with a worldwide tour and live DVD. McKnight is making the tour a family affair and will be joined by his brother Claude McKnight (Take 6) and sons BJ and Niko, also known as "BRKN RBTZ" (broken robots), for what promises to be a spectacular one-of-a kind show.

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston MA 02115 [Map]

BGJI Jazz Masters Series ft. Danilo Pérez May 2nd

BGJI Jazz Masters Series ft. Danilo Pérez May 2nd
Editor: David Mills

CAMBRIDGE, MA - The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is proud to present this series of concerts featuring some of world's most talented emerging artists. Each of these concerts will be dedicated to the music of the artist in residence they are working with at that time. Tonight's program will be feature Danilo Pérez and his music.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.

The Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz, covering the music of the Americas, folkloric, and world music, has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters (Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy), Pérez is making a decidedly fresh imprint on contemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz. Born in Panama in 1965, Pérez went to Berklee in the 1980s and has led his own groups since the early 1990s. As a bandleader, he has earned three Grammy nominations for his ebullient and innovative recordings. Pérez serves as the ambassador of goodwill for Unicef, cultural ambassador of Panama, president and founder of the Panama Jazz Festival, and a faculty member at Berklee College of Music. He has worked as a music educator for more than 20 years.

Rising Actress/Singer Lyra Jazmine

Rising Actress/Singer Lyra Jazmine
Editor: David Mills

LOS ANGELES - Sixteen-year-old Lyra Jazmine is a multi-talented kid. Who loves entertaining other people by doing what she loves, which are acting, singing, dancing, songwriting, directing, and also story-writing. At a very young age of 4 she started dreaming about being an actress, being seen on television and on films. After a couple of years dreaming, she later joined a musical play called "A Little Song Of Christmas" after the play, she didn't stop thinking about being an actress. But not only she discovered her love for acting at the age of 6 because at the same age she started taking vocal training and piano lessons, which made her realize that she also loves making music. She then took guitar lessons and studied how to play the bell lyre at the same time, but she's not yet satisfied with only knowing 3 instruments to play. She also taught herself how to play the drums and the bass guitar and she also took lessons on double bass. As of now, Lyra Jazmine is pursuing her dreams to entertain more people and to become an actor.

Join Lyra on her adventure to success.


-She was in a play called "A Little Song Of Christmas" and have been in many school plays
-She was the cover of her school's magazine (k-12 to college)
-She was featured in a noon time show in the Philippines called "ASAP XV-All Access"
-She was the cover of an online magazine called "Upcoming Teen Idol"
-She was featured in Juan Velez's music video called "Tu Espacio Vacio"
-She's in a Disneyland: "Star Tours 3D" commercial
-She's in a Mercedes Benz commercial airing in Germany
-She's in a horror short film called "Bunnyman 2"
-She's in a music video of Brooklyn Haley's "Crash"
-She's the lead in a play called "Goodbye Marianne"

Lyra, when did you start acting and singing?
I started acting professionally when I was 6 when I was a part of a musical play but I started copying actors and actresses on TV and movies when I was 4. I started singing when I was around five and started taking vocal training when I was 6 years old.

Was it your dream to be an up and coming actress/singer?
It's always been a dream of mine to be an actress but singing just showed up on my door and I let them in! Should never turn away any talent.

Does your parents support you?
Definitely! My parents, sister and my friends are always there to show their support and love and pushes me to be better on what I do.

Do you write your own songs?
Yes, I do write my own songs.

If so, tell us what goes into writing a great song?
Sometimes, lyrics just pops out of my head randomly that's why I always have my phone or paper with me to write it down. But sometimes, I lock myself in my room and have my guitar with me, play few notes and concentrate on what I want to write or what I feel. Writing a song is hard work and a long process but as long as your heart and mind is in it, its always rewarding.

Where was your first acting job, were you excited?
My first acting job was on January 2011 in downtown LA, it was early in the morning and it was freezing and I was filming a music video. We were on the sidewalk and the cars were honking and waving at us so I thought it was funny. I was really excited to book my first acting job and to think that it was a music video made it more exciting!

Where have you been able to show your acting skills?
Since I was in elementary, I have been joining school plays and performances even until now that I'm in high school, a couple of weeks ago I was the lead of a World War II play in our school called "Goodbye Marianne" the play opened my eyes and gave me more understanding about what happened in Germany during WWII.

Who inspires you with your career?
My family definitely inspires me with my career and also Anne Hathaway who is my favorite actress.

If you could act on any show, what would it be and why?
I would love to be in ABC Family's "Switched At Birth", the show is very unique and heart warming. The show revolves around two teenage daughters that was switched at birth, hence the title and one of them is deaf while the other girl speaks and can hear normally. I was already learning sign language before the show but when I watched the show, it made me more eager to learn a new language through my hands.

Along the same line, who would you love to star with in a TV Show or Movie?
I have a long list of who I want to work with in the future, Anne Hathaway is top of the list with Emma Roberts, Rachel McAdams, Mila Kunis, Diana Agron and so much more!

What are some of your goals for your career?
My goals for my career is to be the best actress I can be, have my own TV show or star in a movie. As a singer, is to write more songs and release more songs!

What do you hope to accomplish with your acting/singing career?
What I hope to accomplish is to simply make my family proud of me and have my fans enjoy everything I do for them

Lyra, do you have any advice for those wanting to start a career in acting and singing/songwriting?
NEVER GIVE UP, those three words has been used too many times but that's how it is. If you love what you do and want to succeed in life with it, giving up is never an option for them. Of course, take classes and research to learn more about it.

Is there anything else you want our readers to know about yourself?
I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart, everyone who supported and never gave up on me. And also to the ones who told me that I can't do it, they simply motivated me to show them that I can be who ever I want to be.
My family for always being there and also to my best friend.

We have a feeling that Lyra will have a very successful career ahead of her and wish her all the best.

Lyra's Sites:

Emerging Talent at the Messler Gallery

Emerging Talent at the Messler Gallery
Editor: David Mills

ROCKPORT, ME - “Current Student Work” opens at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine on Friday, April 13. The opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. and public attendance is encouraged. The exhibition runs through May 30.

“Current Student Work” showcases furniture and decorative objects created by participants in the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s flagship course, the Nine-Month Comprehensive. The students who are presently enrolled come from a wide array of backgrounds and experience, including fine arts management, cabinetmaking, engineering, climbing instruction, and health and human services. For many, this exhibition is the first opportunity to see their work in a professional setting. Commenting on the work in the exhibition, the Center’s director, Peter Korn, said “Exciting, fresh designs such as these can only happen when talented individuals explore a new medium, unburdened by ingrained assumptions about the limitations of material, function, and technique.”

The Nine-month Comprehensive program is designed for aspiring professional furniture makers and dedicated amateurs who seek in-depth training at the highest standard of excellence. Students complete eleven sequential projects that take them from woodworking fundamentals through the fine points of design and craftsmanship. The Lead Instructor for the course is Aled Lewis, a highly respected
furniture maker from the U.K. Lewis is joined by twelve co-teachers who are experts in areas such as casework, finishing, carving, drawing, bending, veneering, and chair making. Maine woodworkers and artists who serve as instructors include painter Linden Frederick, turner Stephen Gleasner, marquetarian Jim Macdonald, furniture maker Mason McBrien, cabinetmaker Weber Roberts, furniture maker Kevin Rodel, furniture maker Tim Rousseau, carver Valdemar Skov, and artist John Whalley. Other instructors include furniture maker Adrian Ferrazzutti, from Ontario, woodworker Beth Ireland, from Massachusetts, and finisher Teri Masaschi, from New Mexico.

Exhibitors in “Current Student Work” are Gregory Boll, from Indiana, Michael Danchak, from Connecticut, Ian Kirk, from Maine, Ryan Meacham, from Pennsylvania, Ted Newman, from Montana, Monica Raymond, from New Hampshire, Alex Roebuck, from Ontario, Arnd Seibert, from Germany, and Jerry Wilkins, from North Carolina.

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is a nonprofit, year-round school that offers courses in furniture making and related arts such as carving and woodturning.  For more information, call 207-594-561, e-mail or visit our website at Messler Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The Messler Gallery is located on the campus of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, at the corner of Route 90 and Mill Street in Rockport, Maine.

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Jerry Wilkins, “Hall Table”   Monica Raymond, “Meditation”                        Ted Newman, “Casa de Newlewdel” macassar & gabon ebony, satinwood walnut, maple, hemp, varnish quartersawn white oak

NO TAX RATE INCREASE FY13 Budget Proposal to be Considered by Lewiston City Council

NO TAX RATE INCREASE FY13 Budget Proposal to be Considered by Lewiston City Council
Editor: David Mills

LEWISTON, ME - At a regular meeting of the Lewiston City Council on Tuesday, May 1st, at 7 p.m., councilors will consider adopting a FY13 budget that maintains the City’s current property tax rate!

As originally proposed in March by City Administrator Ed Barrett, the tax rate would have increased 19 cents due to funding for the City’s capital needs, particularly street paving and cost increases in General Assistance related to changes in State law.  Since then, the Council has been meeting twice each week to review the proposed budget and evaluate changes to it.

As a result of these efforts, the Council is poised to approve $344,234 in reductions to the property tax levy through a combination of expenditure reductions and revenue increases, allowing the coming year’s property tax rate to remain the same as this year.

In addition, property owners who have received the homestead exemption will see that exemption increase from $8,500 to $8,800 as a result of an increase in the City’s ratio of assessed to market value.  For homeowners with a homestead exemption, this will result in an actual property tax reduction in the amount of $77.37 for the coming year.

In addition to maintaining the property tax rate, the proposed budget will allow the City to return to funding a portion of annually recurring capital purchases to its operating budget in such areas as street paving, minor building and facility maintenance, and vehicle replacement.

The budget will maintain all current service levels and programs.

Several uncertainties remain regarding the General Assistance program.  This State-mandated program, which is municipally administered, will be impacted by changes at the State level including a new 60-month limit on eligibility for the State/Federally funded Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program and the recent line-item veto of the additional State funding required in the coming year to meet the State’s statutory financial commitment to the program.  While the City has attempted to take these changes into account by increasing funding for the program by about $650,000, of which $100,000 will be supported by local taxpayers, the potential remains for the Legislature to make other program changes that will further shift costs to the City.  Should this happen, the budget could potentially be reopened and changed.
Prior to adopting the budget, the Council will hold a public hearing at which interested residents may provide comments and/or recommendations about the budget.

For further information, contact: Ed Barrett, City Administrator, 513-3121 ext 3800.

State of Maine Acquires Important Seboeis Lake Acreage

State of Maine Acquires Important Seboeis Lake Acreage
Editor: David Mills

AUGUSTA, ME - The acquisition today by the State of Maine of more than 5,700 acres south of Millinocket in Piscataquis County, including 2 miles of Seboeis Lake shoreland, is expected to enhance outdoor recreation, tourism, public access and economic development throughout the region, according to state and conservation officials.

The $2.7-million Lakeville Plantation land acquisition finalized Monday expands the Seboeis Lands Unit managed by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL), under the Maine Department of Conservation (MDOC), to more than 21,000 acres, according to MDOC and The Trust for Public Land. The total parcel amounts to 5,741 acres.

The parcel acquisition is funded through federal and state monies and purchased from the Bigelow Timber Corp. of Madison. As a result, the purchase brings into state ownership a key linkage in a regional system of snowmobile and ATV trails between Milo and Millinocket and includes important shoreland and associated wetlands. Designated as "Public Reserved Lands" by the BPL, it will continue to be managed for timber production, recreation and wildlife, officials said.

"Acquiring the south end of Seboeis Lake not only completes shoreline conservation and water access around the lake at the geographic center of Maine, but it also provides the critical inter-connection point of major snowmobile and ATV trail networks between the central Maine and Millinocket regions of the state," said Conservation Commissioner Bill Beardsley. "This is what public access for Maine people to Maine's natural environment is all about. This also is working forest that will produce revenue that supports management of the public reserved lands system."

"Bigelow Timber Corp. is pleased that the property will continue to be a working forestland and an outdoor-recreation opportunity," according to a statement issued by company officials.

"We are really pleased to be adding this piece of property to our Seboeis Unit that will provide increased public access through snowmobile and ATV trails, as well as public access to virtually all of the shoreline on this beautiful lake," said Will Harris, BPL director. "These public benefits will be assured while still maintaining this as working forestland."

"We are grateful to the State of Maine for its steadfast commitment to protecting access to Seboeis Lake, preserving recreational trails, and supporting the local timber economy," said Wolfe Tone, The Trust for Public Land's Maine state director. "This is a big victory for Maine and for recreation and jobs tied to our best natural assets. We are thankful for the support from the federal congressional delegation and many Millinocket and Maine partners."

Seboeis Lake is popular for boating, water access, and its views of Mount Katahdin and the Barren-Chairback Range. Maintaining large intact sections of productive forestland will complement and enhance the region's forest-based economy. Key regional ATV and snowmobile trail linkages on the property will facilitate future trail investments and support outdoor recreation and tourism development.

The State of Maine and The Trust for Public Land, a national conservation organization, has worked for several years to purchase this strategic property. Most of the $2.7 million purchase price was secured with $2,187,941 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Legacy Program (FLP). Additional funding included $483,136 from the state's Land for Maine's Future program and $14,461.50 each from both the federal Department of Transportation's Recreational Trails Program and the state Department of Conservation's Bureau of Parks and Lands. In addition, The Trust for Public Lands contributed $37,000 for appraisal and survey costs.

Maine's congressional delegation was instrumental in getting the funding for the acquisition.

"As a long-time supporter of the Forest Legacy Program and a member of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, I am pleased to see the addition of the Seboeis Lake shoreland, part of the Katahdin Forest Expansion project, finalized," said U.S. Sen. Susan Collins. "This acquisition will allow for all Mainers to enjoy our state's priceless assets. Public recreation is vital to Maine's tourism and is a great service to local residents. In the heart of Maine's North woods, this acquisition will connect existing recreation and conservation lands and will preserve the working forest while maintaining public access and protecting the natural beauty of our state."

U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe noted: "The Katahdin region is the jewel of Maine's preeminent outdoor economy, and this conservation project will help to not only preserve, but in fact, bolster the fishing and hiking opportunities the area affords, while also maintaining key ATV access. I am proud to have supported this vital project in 2009 and am grateful to the Town of Millinocket, the State of Maine, and The Trust for Public Land, as well as the many other organizations and countless individuals who have played an integral role in the completion of this project.

"It's great to see the State of Maine continue its strong commitment to land conservation through collaboration with local interests," U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud commented. "State, local, and private partnership is the Maine way of maintaining working landscapes and recreational activities. This Seboeis Lake acquisition will continue to enhance outdoor recreation, promote economic development, and improve public access throughout the Katahdin region.

Conservation of the property creates one of the only remaining linkages for ATV travel along the 50-mile-long, multi-use trail running between Millinocket and the southern and western parts of the state. Nearly 12 miles of the proposed trail travels through the Seboeis Land Unit and now links north and south legs of the trail, which both terminated at the property's borders. The public now can access approximately 5 miles of ITS 111, which links southwest to the Brownville area and north to the Jo-Mary region and directly north through Millinocket.

The addition of the southern Seboeis Lake property also will serve as an anchor to Maine's largest contiguous block of conservation land -- more than 500,000 acres. From this property, visitors can travel across entirely protected land in all directions, north along either side of the lake, through the Katahdin Forest to the Nahmakanta Reserve and on to the Canadian border, or through the 100 Mile Wilderness to Baxter State Park and the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.

Paul Sannicandro, secretary of the Northern Timber Cruisers ATV and Snowmobile Club, a Millinocket recreation group instrumental in supporting the funding of the Seboeis acquisition, pointed out the five-year collaborative effort made by the club, the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce, the communities of Millinocket, East Millinocket and Medway, Katahdin Forest Management LLC, The Trust for Public Land and MDOC in acquiring the unique property. He also stressed the possible impact of the acquisition on the area as it relates to the newly developed Katahdin Region Multi-Use Trail.

"This purchase is what this region has been relying on to encourage trail connectivity to the ATV system to the south," Sannicandro said. "It is going to expand our recreational and economic opportunities.

"The Katahdin region already is known as the gateway to the Northern Maine Woods, but now we have the opportunity to enhance the potential of what ATVs can do for our outdoor recreation and tourism development," he said. "It's been proven to help economic development in other parts of the state, and now it can happen here."

The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, within the Maine Department of Conservation, manages 48 state parks and historic sites, 600,000 acres of public reserved land and 3 million acres of submerged land and provides conservation oversight monitoring of 3 million acres of conservation easements on private lands. Its multiple-use guidelines provide an extraordinary array of working forests, wildland preserves, outdoor recreation, and more than 20,000 miles of ATV, snowmobile, waterway and coastal trails.

The Trust for Public Land, established in 1972, specializes in conservation real estate, applying its expertise in negotiations, public finance, and law to protect land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and natural areas. TPL depends on the support of individuals, foundations, and corporations. In Maine, TPL has protected more than 130,000 acres, including Katahdin Lake, the western shoreline of Seboeis Lake, and Millinocket Forest.

For more information about the Maine Department of Conservation, go to:

For more information about the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, go to:

For more information about The Trust for Public Lands, go to:


Editor: David Mills

MID-COAST, ME - Through June 1:  Debra Arter Art Exhibit “Nature as Touchstone” at PWA's office, 15 Courtyard St. above Salt Bay Café and the Chamber of Commerce in Damariscotta weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Deb is donating 35% from exhibit sales to support PWA's mission.

May 6-12 is National Drinking Water Week --  In honor of National Drinking Water Week, Pemaquid Watershed Association has created a poster about local drinking water supplies. The poster will be on display from May 5-12 in the back lobby of Skidompha Library in downtown Damariscotta. The library is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The poster includes information on Little Pond, private wells, and local geology as it relates to groundwater. Leaflets for visitors to take home and share with others will be available.

Thurs., May 10: Trail crew and painting morning at the Doyle Preserve, led by Steve O’Bryan. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the parking area. The trail crew will complete maintenance tasks such as clearing the trail of accumulated debris and removing downed timber that has blocked the trail as well as ‘leaners’ that pose a risk of falling and obstructing the trail.  Please bring a bow saw or loppers; those proficient with chainsaws are asked to bring one.  Steve also will lead a team to paint the small educational building and will need help carrying a ladder and painting supplies in.  RSVP to  Doyle Preserve is sponsored by The First.  DIRECTIONS: From Damariscotta, take the Biscay Road 2 miles and turn left onto Egypt Road (just before Pinkham’s Plantation, a landscaping business located on the right).  Travel 1.7 miles and turn right on to Castaway Cove Road. Preserve parking area is 0.1 miles down on the right.

Sat. May 12:  Buffer planting at Biscay Beach, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Come help Lincoln Academy Climate Action Club members plant a buffer planting at Biacay Beach.  Please bring planting tools, including a wheelbarrow if you have one.  There will be some soil, compost, mulch and possibly stone to move. Bring water and lunch.  FMI

Tues. May 15 Healthy Beaches Volunteer Training 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the pavilion at Pemaquid Beach Park.  The Maine Healthy Beaches Program, a statewide effort to monitor water quality and protect public health at Maine's coastal beaches, will teach participants how to collect water samples. Volunteers will be asked to commit approximately 1 hour every other week during the summer to collect samples.  Be ready to get wet, as we will be wading into the water. Please bring waders if you have them; if not, there will be some there to borrow.  Meet at the beach parking lot at 1:00 p.m.  RSVP to   DIRECTIONS:  From Damariscotta, take the Bristol Road (State Route 130) about 12 miles.  Take the first right about 50 yards after the Fire Department (and just before Hannah's Store) onto Snowball Hill Road. Travel 9/10ths of a mile. At the bottom of the hill, on the left, there is a sign for the entrance to Pemaquid Beach Park.   NOTE:  This training is for those interested in sampling at Pemaquid Beach as well as at Biscay Beach and the Bristol Mills Swimming Hole.
May 15-Sept 30  Osborn Finch Cabin on the Osborn Finch Wildlife Sanctuary, Dutch Neck, Waldoboro, is open for guests.  This rustic and cozy cabin setting provides 300 feet of tidal frontage on the Medomak River, perfect for kayaking. The cost is $50/night, with a 2-night minimum stay. Call or email PWA to reserve dates for your summer respite!


Call for Cabin Cleaning Crew Members:

In between each stay, the cabin needs to be cleaned.

Cleaning involves taking in 2 gallons of water, checking the propane canister level, sweeping, and general tidying up for the next guest.

Each cleaning takes about an hour (including the short walk down to and back from the shore).

Can you spare a few hours a month to take a short drive

to enjoy a beautiful walk through a moss-draped woodland to a seaside cabin

where you can do a bit of housekeeping while enjoying the magnificent views?

Please contact Peter Lawrence today at 563-7663 or

for information on how to volunteer to be part of the PWA Cabin Cleaning Crew.

Sat., May 19   Courtesy Boat Inspection Training from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Nobleboro Town Office at 192 Rte 1. This is an opportunity to learn how to be part of the front-line educational effort to keep milfoil and other invasive plant species out of our ponds and lakes. This training is free and is mandatory for anyone who wants to be a CBI. Held in conjunction with DLWA.

*Sat., May 19  8:30 a.m. to noon at the annual Morris Farm Plant Sale, Wiscasset. PWA will have a booth selling wild sod and educating about buffers and water quality.  FMI

Sat. May 26, 10 a.m. - Nequasset Brook/Woolwich - Directions: From Damariscotta, take Rte 1 south to Wiscasset to Old Bath Rd (~1 mile on your right). Proceed on Old Bath Rd bearing right onto Old Stage Rd crossing Delano Rd on your left and Dana Rd on your right for a total of ~6 miles. Parking for the put-in is a short distance on the right just before the bridge; no public restroom; duration 2 hrs; optional lunch at the Montsweag Roadhouse restaurant.     [The 8th season of the PWA Paddlers includes 19 paddles on Saturday mornings from May 26 to September 29. The paddling trips explore waterways throughout the Pemaquid/Mid-Coast region, and this year most are ocean paddles.  Trips are designed to be easy to moderate in difficulty and will be cancelled if raining.  Participation is free and open to the public. Participants must provide their own kayak or canoe, wear a personal flotation device, and submit a standard release form prior to participation. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  FMI, contact Peter Lawrence at (207) 563-7663, (207) 563-3104, or  See the complete 2012 schedule at]

*Sat., May 26  8:00 a.m. to noon at the annual Bristol Library Plant Sale (at the library). AND 8:30 to noon at the Bristol Garden Club Plant Sale (Masonic Hall, Damariscotta).  PWA will have a booth selling wild sod and educating about buffers and water quality.  FMI

Pemaquid Watershed Association is also looking for volunteers, please let them if you have time to volunteer your time.

Humane Society of Knox County Celebrates Cinco de Meow with $5 Cat adoptions

Humane Society of Knox County Celebrates Cinco de Meow with $5 Cat adoptions
Editor: David Mills

THOMASTON, ME - The Humane Society of Knox County  will celebrate Cinco de Mayo "el gato" - style with a  "Cinco de Meow" adoption special beginning Saturday, May 5th, and running  through Saturday, May 19th.

Adult cats, aged one year and older, will head home for the exceptionally reduced adoption fee of just $5 dollars!  Normal adoption fees for adult felines  are $50 at the HSKC.  Each cat  receives a health evaluation, spay/neuter surgery, age appropriate vaccinations, rabies vaccinations, , de-worming, flea treatment,  a complimentary overall wellness examination with a participating local veterinarian and one free bag of cat food courtesy of Hills Science Diet, valued at over $300.  And, best of all, you go home with a fantastic feline companion.

HSKC alumni Schnitzel, adopted in 2009.
When you choose the adoption option, you and your furry friend celebrate a victory over homelessness and pet overpopulation.  Give a homeless animal a second chance at life by choosing to adopt from the Humane Society of Knox County.

The Humane Society of Knox County was founded in 1989 to provide care, protection and loving homes for abandoned and homeless companion animals in the Midcoast Maine area. The Society supports activities advocating responsible pet ownership and the prevention of abuse and cruelty, and it sponsors events and activities that promote the health and welfare of animals and demonstrate the benefits of the human-animal bond.  Since 1991, the Society has operated a shelter located on Buttermilk Lane in Thomaston.  The Shelter is open between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays.  The Humane Society of Knox County provides animal support services to the towns of: Rockland, Thomaston, Warren, Owls Head, St. George, Port Clyde, Martinsville, Tenants Harbor, S. Thomaston, Spruce Head, Hope, Union, Appleton, Montville, Cushing, Matinicus, North Haven, Vinalhaven, Stockton Springs, and Morrill.  For more information contact: 594-2200.

May 7 & 10 Stroke Presentations

May 7 & 10 Stroke Presentations
Editor: David Mills

LEWISTON, ME - “F.A.S.T. Facts on Stroke” will be the subject of two Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentations set for May.

Peggy McRae, director of Outpatient Cardiovascular Services at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, will explain what happens when someone experiences a stroke. In particular, she’ll present the five symptoms of stroke and discuss what actions should be taken when someone appears to be having a stroke.

McRae has over 30 years experience in emergency and critical care nursing, including work at major trauma-critical care centers in Florida. She earned a nursing degree at St.Mary's Hospital School of Nursing in Waterbury, Conn., and later completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing through the State of New York Regents College University. She is certified in critical care nursing through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She is also certified as a hospital emergency department coordinator through the Medical College of Georgia’s Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta, Ga.

The program will be presented from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on May 7 and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on May 10. Both sessions will be held in the first-floor conference room in the Young Wing, located near the main entrance to CMMC at 60 High Street.

There is no cost for attending the presentation.

Those interested in attending either of the programs are urged to register in advance by calling 795-8448, emailing, or registering online at

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

Rebar shuts down Hermon

Rebar shuts down Hermon
Editor: David Mills

HERMON, ME - Ryan Rebar threw a complete-game, three-hit shutout to lead the FA baseball team to a 6-0 win at Hermon Thursday afternoon. Rebar, who was backed by a sparkling team defensive performance, fanned seven and yielded just one walk. The win improves FA to 3-1 and drops Hermon, a preseason favorite, to 0-3.

The Ponies scored one run in the first and two in the second off Hermon’s ace, Will Perkins. They went on to score three more runs in the third off Logan Trembley, who pitched the final five innings and held the Ponies in check for the final four. Cody Coiley singled, tripled, drove in a run, and scored a run, and Cameron Fadley went 2-4 with a stolen base and a run. Jesse Provost (pictured below with Caleb Richard during an attempted squeeze play) singled, stole two bases, scored a run, and made a terrific running catch deep in the right-center gap. Rebar singled, stole a base, and scored a run, and Kaleb Smith drew two walks and stole two bases. Shinsuke Mikame played outstanding defense at third base, Luke Olson was terrific at second, and Coiley gunned down the Hawks’ only attempted base stealer.

Photo taken by John You '13.

Ponies split doubleheader with Ellsworth

Ponies split doubleheader with Ellsworth
Editor: David Mills

DOVER-FOXCROFT, ME - The FA baseball team piled up 13 hits en route to a 16-1 win over the Ellsworth Eagles in the first leg of Saturday afternoon’s doubleheader at Foxcroft Academy, but Ellsworth bounced back to win 7-5 in a 9-inning thriller in the day’s second contest. The split leaves FA with a 4-2 record while the Eagles stand at 3-4.

Kaleb Smith was outstanding on the mound for the Ponies in game one. Smith improved his season record to 2-1 with four shutout innings, racking up 9 strikeouts while holding the Eagles to just 3 hits. Colby Snell closed out the five-inning game for the Ponies, yielding one run on one hit while striking out one batter. Jesse Provost (pictured at bat above) put forth a heroic effort in game two, pitching all nine innings for the Ponies in his first start of the year. Provost fanned 8 hitters and relinquished 3 earned runs in the hard-luck loss, the first of his career. The junior was 6-0 with one save for the Ponies in 2011.

The Ponies scored early and often in game one, registering three runs in the first, five in the second, three in the third, and five in the fourth. Ellsworth saved ace Kyle Haslam for game two and was able to build a 4-1 lead through five innings. The Ponies chipped away for a run in the bottom of the 6th and trailed 4-2 heading into their final at bat. Cody Coiley got things started in the 7th with an opposite-field double but remained at second as Shinsuke Mikame and pinch-hitter Brooks Law were retired. Matt Chapman then blooped a two-out single to shallow right. Coiley had to hold up at second, but both he and Chapman moved into scoring position when Haslam’s third offering to Luke Olson (pictured below) got away from catcher Dustin Smelley. With the game on the line, Olson delivered the Ponies’ biggest hit of the year, tying the game with a shot through the left side of the infield. Caleb Richard then hit a bullet right at center fielder Del Beckwith, and the game headed to extra innings.

Neither side was able to scratch a run across in the 8th, but the Eagles scored three runs in the top of the 9th after the Ponies failed to corral Haslam’s two-out pop up. David Barnard’s single put the Eagles on top, and Smelley followed with a backbreaking two-run double deep in the left-center gap. Mikame scorched a double into the gap to open the bottom of the 9th and came around to score after a Hunter Law groundout and a passed ball. Haslam, who like Provost pitched all 9 innings, then bore done and struck out Chapman and Olson to seal the dramatic 7-5 win.

For the afternoon, Richard went 4-7 with 5 runs and 3 RBI. The Ponies’ catalyst raised his batting average to a team-leading .450 and also leads the team in hits (9) and runs scored (10). Cameron Fadley finished the day 3-6 and drove in a career-high 6 runs in game one. Olson went 3-6 with 3 runs, 2 RBI, and 2 stolen bases, and Coiley smacked 3 doubles and scored 3 runs. Ryan Rebar finished 2-6 with 3 runs, 2 RBI, and 2 stolen bases, Provost went 2-4 with 2 RBI, and Mikame went 2-6 with a run.

Photos are provided by John You ‘13.

Track teams place third and fourth at Belfast meet

Track teams place third and fourth at Belfast meet
Editor: David Mills

BELFAST, ME - The FA boys’ track team racked up 120 points to finish third behind Belfast and Mt. Ararat at Friday’s meet at Belfast High School. Donnie Boyer won the 300 meter hurdles and the high jump and was runner up in the 100 meter dash. Ryan Wang finished second in the 200 meter dash, second in the javelin throw, and third in the 100 meter dash. Louis Lafache won the shot put, and Cody Levensalor finished fourth. Garrett Hilton placed third in the 800 meter run and fifth in the 1600 meter run, Zach Smith placed fourth in the 200 meter dash and fifth in the 100 meter dash, and Colby Bombero finished fifth in the 200 meter dash sixth in the 100 meter dash. Also earning individual points for the Ponies were Alex Stevens (third in the 110 meter hurdles), Sebastian Zepeda (fourth in the 100 meter hurdles), Pete Boyer (fifth in the high jump), Jarrod Black (sixth in the high jump), and Corey Bjornson (fifth in the discus throw).

In relay action, Pete Boyer, Zach Smith, Hilton, and Donnie Boyer won the 4x400 meter relay, Pete Boyer, Stevens, Bombero, and Wang were runners up in the 4x100 meter relay, and Zach Smith, Hilton, Mark Smith, and James Birtwistle finished third in the 4x800 meter relay.

The girls’ team scored 49 points to place fourth behind MCI, Mt. Ararat, and Belfast. Fern Morrison won the 400 meter dash, finished fifth in the 200 meter dash, and placed fourth in the 100 meter dash. Chelsie Oldfield won the 1600 meter run, finished second in the 800 meter run, and placed fourth in the 400 meter dash. Monica Miles (fifth in the 400 meter dash) and Annie Rich (sixth in the javelin throw) also earned points. In addition, Miles, Chastity Vainio, Morrison, and Julia Annis were runners up in the 4x100 meter relay.

Photos are provided by Fern Morrison ’15

New Training Announcement: Enhanced Threat and Risk Assessment: Local Jurisdiction (MGT 315)

New Training Announcement: Enhanced Threat and Risk Assessment: Local Jurisdiction (MGT 315)
##Enhanced Threat and Risk Assessment: Local Jurisdiction (MGT 315) ###August 16-17, 2012

ROCKLAND, ME - This course, funded by the National Training and Education Division (NTED) within DHS/FEMA's National Preparedness Directorate, enhances the basic Threat and Risk Assessment course (MGT-310) by teaching participants how to apply all phases of the DHS/FEMA risk management process to jurisdictional critical infrastructure and key resources. Through lectures, discussions and classroom activities, participants learn methods to identify and prioritize risks from all hazards; assess vulnerabilities, estimate consequences, and use equipment, training and exercises to mitigate risk. Multidisciplinary participant teams visit and assess facilities selected by the host jurisdiction, determining risks, vulnerabilities, consequences and mitigation options specific to their assigned site. Teams then document their findings using a software assessment tool, develop an action plan, and present their results to the class. Subject matter experts from the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center will conduct the program.


Participants should work in one of the listed disciplines. It is recommended that participants complete either the TEEX online WMD Terrorism Incident Awareness (AWR-160) or TEEXs Threat and Risk Assessment course (MGT-310). Participants should be approved by the host jurisdiction prior to attending. The DHS/FEMA NTED course AWR-160 is offered online by [TEEX.](

###Course Location:

The course will be held in the Public Safety Florian Hall conference room at the Central Maine Commerce Center. The CMCC is located at 45 Commerce Drive off Route 27 in North Augusta. Classes will run from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Lunch and breaks will be provided all other expenses are the responsibility of the student.


For further information or to register, please do so through [TEEX Registration.]( Look up the class you want to participate in by going to the training calendar, finding the MGT 310 class scheduled for Augusta, ME, and then click on register and provide the information requested. You should, at a minimum, provide: full name, full agency address, position, email address and contact phone number.

Coach Philpot honored for "Unsung Heroine in Maine Sports Award"

Coach Philpot honored for "Unsung Heroine in Maine Sports Award"
Editor: David Mills

Dover-Foxcroft, ME - At Monday morning’s school assembly, Foxcroft Academy veteran teacher and coach Gene Philpot was honored for recently receiving the Maine Principals’ Association “Unsung Heroine in Maine Sports Award”. The annual award is given to individuals who are positive role models in high school sports in Maine, and, as Head of School Arnold Shorey noted in his introductory speech, “We all know Ms. Philpot is the very best.”

Coach Philpot
Mr. Shorey followed his remarks by inviting a few of Coach Philpot’s former and current players to speak about the influence she has had on their lives. Rae Davis-Folsom ’81 took to the podium first and spoke at length about her freshman year (1977) on the field hockey team, which also happened to be Ms. Philpot’s first year at FA. Rachel Cody ’12, Rachel Keane ’12, and Hilary Kendall ’12 followed Davis-Folsom to the podium, and Cody spoke about how Coach Philpot cares deeply about her players as people, and not just as athletes. Both Davis-Folsom and the trio of current players presented Coach Philpot with flowers.

Mr. Shorey then returned to the podium and read remarks from a few of Coach Philpot’s former players who could not attend the tribute. Kelly Chase Dennis ’99 had this to say:

Davis-Folsom presents Coach Philpot with flowers
“My favorite Coach Philpot story is the time she made us run miles in the absolute down-pouring rain. There was thunder, so we left our sticks behind. All other teams, including the football team had cancelled practice. Why were we running? We beat the Brewer Witches the day before 12 to 1. She said we should have not given that one goal to them...and we paid.  Seriously, I owe some of my success in life to Coach Philpot. She was thorough, detailed and instilled such a great balance of discipline, fun and teamwork.  I have carried those lessons through my journey of three degrees and a successful career.  There isn't another person I can think of that deserves such recognition as Coach Philpot.”

Stephanie Higgins Smith ’88 sent along these remarks:

“I am very pleased to hear that Coach Philpot will be receiving this honor.  It is WELL DESERVED!   I feel very blessed to have played for her and to be a part of her legacy.  I am one of the many who was influenced by her leadership, dedication, commitment and outstanding success.  (And of course, disciplined (rightly so), I seem to recall eighteen 100 yard sprints one late evening).  Many many fond memories!”

(L-R) Hilary Kendall ’12, Rachel Cody ’12, Rachel Keane ’12, and Philpot
Coach Philpot was nominated for the award by Mr. Shorey. In his nomination letter, Shorey emphasized the following key points:

1) Coach Philpot is professional, dedicated, and a positive role model.
2) She has been Foxcroft Academy’s physical education/health teacher and coach for 35 years and puts integrity first.
3) She does this by deflecting accolades and successes onto her students and players.
4) She has more than 350 wins as Foxcroft Academy’s field hockey coach.  Many of her players have gone on to play at the college level.  She instills into her players fundamentals, hard work, proper techniques. and sportsmanship.
5) She is intense but quiet.  She is consistent and is able to keep emotion out of her decision- making.
6) It is often said that class is hard to define but you know it when you see it.  Ms. Philpot is a class act.
7) The traits that make her an outstanding coach are the same traits that make her an outstanding teacher.  She is always prepared for her lessons with a purpose and goal.
8) She is able to break down the content in a manner that students can understand.
9) She earns respect from her students, staff, and parents.  She is a quiet person, and when she speaks, people listen.  She creates the environment for her students/athletes to shine as she always stays in the background.
If there is an award that is perfectly fitted for an individual, it is this award.  For more than 35 years, Ms. Philpot has been FA's unsung heroine.

Congratulations to Coach Philpot for this well-deserved honor!

Severe Weather Awareness Week: The Basics

Severe Weather Awareness Week: The Basics
Editor: David Mills

ROCKLAND, ME - The National Weather Service has declared the week of April 30th through May 4th, 2012 as **Severe Weather Awareness Week** in New England.

During Severe Weather Awareness week, the National Weather Service encourages the public to become more aware of the threats associated with thunderstorms, so they can act appropriately when severe storms threaten.

Some basic definitions...

New England is in transition from early spring-like weather to a more summer-like weather pattern. With the warmer weather comes an increasing threat of thunderstorms. By definition, every thunderstorm contains lightning and is, therefore, a potentially deadly storm.

In addition, certain thunderstorms present other threats, as well. These threats include high winds, hail, tornadoes, and flash flooding.

Tragically, in Maine and New Hampshire in 2008, two people were killed by lightning, one person was killed by a tornado, and one person drowned in a flash flood.

The National Weather Service uses a Watch and Warning program to alert the public to potentially threatening weather. In the summertime, Watches and Warnings are issued for severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flash flooding, and Special Marine Warnings are issued for gusty winds in marine areas. Here are some basic definitions.

A **Watch** indicates that the atmospheric conditions are favorable for severe weather to develop.

If a **Watch** has been issued for your area, keep an eye on the sky, and monitor NOAA Weather Radio or your local broadcast media for any possible warnings.

A **Warning** indicates that severe weather is imminent or is already occurring.

If a **Warning** has been issued for your area, be prepared to seek a safe shelter if you are in the path of the storm.

Here are some basic definitions of the events for which watches and warnings are issued.

Severe Thunderstorm:

A thunderstorm that produces damaging wind gusts of 58 mph or more, and/or hail 1 inch or greater in diameter.


A violently rotating column of air that extends from the cloud to the ground.

Flash Flood:

Flooding that occurs very rapidly, usually due to very heavy rain from a slow moving thunderstorm.

In addition to these warnings which are issued for land areas, the National Weather Service issues **Special Marine Warnings** for marine areas, for storms with frequent wind gusts of 34 knots (about 39mph) or greater.

Get the alerts ...

One of the best ways to monitor these conditions is by purchasing an alert-activated NOAA Weather Radio for your home or business. If you are within the broadcast range of a NOAA Weather Radio transmitter, tone activated NOAA Weather Radios can be set to automatically turn on when a severe thunderstorm, tornado, or flash flood warning has been issued by the National Weather Service.

In addition, alert-activated weather radios can be programmed to activate only if the warning has been issued for the county(ies) that you are interested in. For more information on purchasing a NOAA Weather Radio, contact the National Weather Service. NOAA Weather Radios can often be purchased at stores that sell small electronic equipment.

In addition, you can sign up to receive weather alerts by e-mail or text via [subscription service from MEMA and](

Be safe ...

Finally, if you are caught in a severe thunderstorm or tornado, know what to do to minimize the risk that you or someone with you could be killed or seriously injured from the storm. And, after the storm, be sure to report storm damage to local law enforcement agencies and ask them to relay the information to the National Weather Service.

Severe Weather Awareness Week ...

These messages are presented in partnership with the National Weather Service Forecast Offices in Maine:

* [National Weather Service Gray]( covers western and Southern Maine, include York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, Waldo, Androscoggin, Oxford, Franklin and Kennebec Counties, and central and southern Somerset County. * [National Weather Service Caribou]( covers eastern and Northern Maine, including Aroostook, Penobscot, Washington, Hancock, Piscataquis and northern Somerset County.

Architalx 2012 Stuart Wood: Making

Architalx 2012 Stuart Wood: Making

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Bernard A. Osher Auditorium
Stuart Wood
Senior Designer, Heatherwick Studio
London, England

PORTLAND, ME - In 2001, Stuart Wood joined London-based Heatherwick Studio, a highly-creative firm recognized for its work in architecture, urban infrastructure, sculpture, furniture design, and strategic thinking. As a senior designer there, Stuart has worked on award winning projects such as the Rolling Bridge at Paddington Basin and the UK Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo. He also leads the studio’s Craft team which is responsible for making models, experimental pieces and prototypes. He is currently the Project Leader for design and development of the New Bus for London which is expected to debut in time for the 2012 London Olympics.

Heatherwick Studio exploded onto the architectural world scene with its RIBA award-winning design for the Seed Cathedral, the UK Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo, in 2010.

Architalx is an annual lecture series that showcases leaders in the architecture and design fields, and provides the opportunity for inspiration and dialogue with the Maine creative community and the general public.

Tickets: $8 online/$10 at the door. Tickets available online at Seating is limited; overflow seating with video feed is available.

From Portland to Paris: Mildred Burrage’s Years in France Exhibit

From Portland to Paris: Mildred Burrage’s Years in France Exhibit

April 21, 2012 - July 15, 2012

PORTLAND, ME - This exhibition will focus on Portland-born artist Mildred Burrage (1890-1983), who as a young aspiring painter traveled in the early 1900s to Giverny, France. There Burrage trained her eye on the landscape, creating oil paintings and filling sketchbooks with her Impressionist style. She wrote copious letters to her family back in Maine, detailing her adventures and providing vivid accounts of the artists, dealers, and distinguished figures whom she encountered, including French artistic legend Claude Monet and avid collectors Gertrude and Leo Stein. While Burrage was a prolific artist up until her death, this exhibition will celebrate these crucial, formative years (1909-1914) when she traveled abroad and was introduced and exposed to modern European movements. Comprised of approximately 70 works of art, including paintings, drawings, and never-before-exhibited letters, this exhibition will reflect a unique time of innocence, ebullience, and optimism in Mildred Burrage’s life and career, and in the American and European psyche before the onset of the First World War.

Mildred Giddings Burrage (1890-1983), A November Day: Brittany, 1912, 1912, oil on canvas, 31 7/8” x 25 1/2”. Gift of the artist. Photo by Melville McLean.

The exhibition is supported by Sally Wallace Rand, William G. Waters, and by Wilmont and Arlene Schwind in honor of Sally Wallace Rand. Corporate sponsorship is provided by The Bear Bookshop, Marlboro, VT.

Be sure to check out this exhibit before July 15th, 2012.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Welcomes New Staff

Big Brothers Big Sisters Welcomes New Staff
Editor: David Mills

ROCKLAND, ME - Two new staff members have joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine as Community-Based Mentoring Managers.  In these positions, they will be responsible for recruiting, interviewing, screening and training prospective new mentors to serve as Big Brothers and Big Sisters.  They will also be matching these screened Bigs with Littles from the community and working with the matches to provide match support as they develop their relationships.

Gwendolyn Hudson comes to Big Brothers Big Sisters with an extensive background as an educator, and a parent of two school-aged children.  After graduating with a Bachelors degree in Spanish, German, and Anthropology from the University of Maine Orono, she taught on the Navajo Reservation in Chinle, Arizona.  Ten years ago Gwendolyn returned to Midcoast Maine to raise her family and earned her Master's degree in Education, while teaching middle school.  She is looking forward to supporting Bigs and Littles within their communities, and providing the richness of a parent's perspective.  "I'm delighted to work with people to support and nurture healthy relationships, and excited to be part of such a respected agency dedicated to supporting children and their communities," she says.

Angelique Lavallee comes to BBBS of Midcoast Maine as a staff member after volunteering for BBBS in Washington County, Maine.  She was also a Little Sister in the program while living in Hyde Park, VT.  She obtained her Bachelors Degree in Biology and Secondary Education from University of Maine, Machias. "First as a Little Sister and later as a Big Sister, I learned the importance of the program and will take what I learned with me in my new position to help others.  I know firsthand how the Big Brothers Big Sisters program helps Littles achieve success." Since graduating from college, Angelique has taught in schools in Northern Maine and worked for Upward Bound in Johnson, VT.  She is excited about living in the Midcoast area and her new position.

For more information about becoming a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine, contact Gwendolyn or Angelique at 593-0380 or email them at or

The MaineSail Magazine To Offer Digital

The MaineSail Magazine a magazine about tall ships , classic sailing, wooden boats and the lure of the sea has returned to it's roots and will again offer a digital copy of it's Lighthouse Edition!  Started in 2011 and published by Shoot Maine Studios Publications as a digital magazine but due to the demand for good printed books changed the operation over to a printed edition.  The owner Doug Mills has announced that The MaineSail Magazine will now be offered as a printed 8.5x11 book bound version and as a PDF digital download.
The MaineSail is unique in that it has no advertising in it! The spring issue is filled with spectacular photography of the Maine coast and it's historic lighthouses. Stories in this issue include: Nantucket:Americas Most Dangerous Lightstation, Maine Lighthouse Heroes and Legends, The Lighthouse Keepers Gallery and The Maine Gallery.
The new digital download will be only $10.00.

Lincoln Theater to Screen Welcome to Lee Maine

Lincoln Theater to Screen Welcome to Lee Maine
Editor: David Mills

DAMARISCOTTA, ME - On Wednesday, May 9th at 7 PM Lincoln Theater will screen a special showing of the documentary, Welcome to Lee Maine, to be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Bill Perna.

The story tells how, on June 23, 2007 his mother’s birthday, Joel House was killed by an IED while on patrol in Taji, Iraq. He was 22. On November 30, 2007 Blair Emery was killed by an IED while on patrol in Baghdad, Iraq. Blair was 24. Both soldiers were from Lee, Maine.

Welcome to Lee Maine is a film about a small close-knit community in rural Maine; (pop 845) that must deal with devastating news that it has become the smallest community in America to lose two sons in the Iraqi War. Lee, Maine is a town with strong Christian, patriotic and traditional values that struggles to overcome it’s heartbreak. While many have very different views of the war, they are united in their support of the families and each other in their loss.

Each death is devastating in a small community like Lee where everyone knows each other and families have grown up with each other. Lee is the epitome of small town rural America.

Like the phoenix rising from the ashes in the midst of his grief Paul House, father of Sergeant Joel House has a dream. His dream is to build a retreat in the beautiful Maine woods that will become a safe harbor for other families who have lost loved ones in combat. His dream is that the families will come to the Maine woods and experience the beauty and solace of the outdoors and share the experience of their loss with other Gold Star families.

Paul enlists Bill Emery, father of Sergeant Blair Emery in his dream. They speak to community members. They speak to all who will listen. Through their relentless efforts and dogged determination they finally get the chance to present their dream to the Governor of Maine. The governor becomes totally supportive in making the dream a reality.
Don't miss the opportunity to participate in this extraordinary event.  Tickets are regular movie prices ($9/$7) and will be available only at the door on the day of the screening.  Additional information can be found on the theater's webiste,

Silent Auction Begins with Art, for Heartwood Regional Theater Company

Silent Auction Begins with Art, for Heartwood Regional Theater Company
Editor: David Mills

DAMARISCOTTA, ME - Paintings, sculptures, boat trips, dinners, jewelry, theater tickets, garden items, and pet supplies are among the many items on which to bid, in Heartwood Theater’s silent auction running May 4-19 at Damariscotta's Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta.  Items and bid-sheets will be on display in Skidompha’s atrium at 184 Main Street.  A complete list of auction items (with photos of many) will be available on Heartwood’s website, beginning Monday, May 7th, at  Absentee bidding is welcome through May 18, by phoning Heartwood at 563-1373.

Joseph Fiore and John Whalley are among ten Midcoast artists to be featured in the auction, along with a gift certificate for art conservator services by Terry Marsh.  Jewelry from Stars, Peapod Jewelry, Darling & Delisle and Ellen Whalley make for a dazzling display, along with accessories from Women of Substance.  Theater tickets, pre-show dinners, and valet parking round out the offerings for theater goers, along with summer camp scholarships, for young thespians.  Fine wines, coffee beans, and discount dinners tempt the palate, while rose bushes, bird feeder & a free spring clean-up will inspire you to get on with those outdoor projects!  And there is more … come see for yourself.

Library hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. -5 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Stop by, bid on the many exciting offerings, and support Heartwood, providing live theater performance and education in the Midcoast.  Bidding ends at noon, on May 19th.

For sale in Heartwood’s Silent Auction - Joseph Fiore, Between the Meadows, Oil on canvas, 30 x 36" 1975


Editor: David Mills

PORTSMOUTH, NH - The long-buried secrets of Smuttynose Island are revealed this summer in a surprising new exhibit at Discover Portsmouth, the city’s new downtown visitor center. “Under the Isles of Shoals” features artifacts unearthed in recent years by archaeology professor Nathan Hamilton and his students. Hamilton created the exhibit with historian J. Dennis Robinson who has written a companion book about the historic “dig” that continues this summer at the Isles of Shoals. The exhibit is free to the public and opened from 10 am to 5 pm daily from May through August 31.

 “If you think you know the Isles of Shoals, think again,” says Maryellen Burke, executive director of Discover Portsmouth. The 1810-era brick buildings, formerly the city library, have just undergone a $1 million renovation. “Prof. Hamilton’s research is literally rewriting history,” Burke says, “and you can only see it here.”

While legend claimed, for example, that Native Americans did not visit the Isles of Shoals 10 miles out to sea from Portsmouth, Hamilton’s researchers discovered six prehistoric occupations dating as far back as 6,000 years ago. Working from the Shoals Marine Lab on Appledore Island, Hamilton’s diggers also found evidence of an ancient tavern littered with thousands of clay pipe fragments dating to the 1620s. Archaeologists also turned up the remains of “great cod” that once weighed 120 pounds.

“We explore the same two acres of Smuttynose Island through five very different periods of time,” says co-curator Robinson. Once a thriving “fish factory” with hundreds of men in the late 1600s, Robinson says, the island was all but abandoned during the American Revolution.  Then in the early 1800s Smuttynose was the site of the first major hotel at the Isles of Shoals, ushering in the seacoast tourism industry that continues today.

Signed copies of Robinson’s book Under the Isles of Shoals: Archaeology & Discovery on Smuttynose Island will be available in the Discover Center gift shop. The colorful new book published by the Portsmouth Marine Society features over 180 photographs and illustrations in 176 pages.

In addition to historic artifacts, the book and exhibit feature five original illustrations by seacoast artist Bill Paarlberg. The exhibit also includes multiple slide presentations, scientific charts, a video of the diggers at work, and what Robinson calls “cool big stuff for kids.” The large objects on display include a dugout and a birch bark canoe, reconstructed “fish flakes” used to dry Atlantic cod, and a replica of the porch of the 1846 Mid-Ocean House of Entertainment that once stood on Smuttynose Island.

“You can have your picture taken at an ancient island hotel without leaving the building,” Burke says. “And you might even see a famous Smuttynose murder weapon if you look closely.”

Visitors can view Indian stone tools, rare coins, imported ceramics, early glassware, and the bones of fish and animals. Evidence shows that original settlers ate a wide variety of birds including loon, gull, duck, hawk, and the now-extinct “great auk,” a flightless bird related to the puffin. Remains of seashells from Smuttynose may help unlock the traffic patterns of colonial shipping and offer clues to global climate change.

Sponsors of the exhibit include Smuttynose Brewing Company,, Optima Bank, Shoals Marine Lab, Treehouse Toys,, Speedpro Imaging, Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, Portsmouth Harbor Cruises, Island Cruises, Dos Amigos, Independent Archaeological Consulting.

The exhibit is a production of the Portsmouth Historical Society that also owns and operates the John Paul Jones House Museum nearby. The visitor center is located at the corner of Middle and Islington streets downtown. For more information on group tours, special events, and lectures contact Discover Portsmouth at 603-436-8433 or visit


New Show & Book: Under the Isles of Shoals: Archaeology and Discovery at Smuttynose Island

Exhibit Runs: May 1, 2012 through August 31, 2012

Where: Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH

Admission: Free to the public, open daily 10-5pm

Special Event: Opening Gala Thursday, May 3rd  5-7pm, Reservations can be made online at, click on Discover Portsmouth

Web site: or call 603-436-8433