Thursday, May 31, 2012

Stratford Shakespeare Festival's The Tempest at Lincoln Theater

Christopher Plummer as Prospero
Stratford Shakespeare Festival's The Tempest at Lincoln Theater.  On Thursday, June 14 at 7 PM Lincoln Theater will be broadcasting the Stratford Shakespeare Festival production of The Tempest, starring Christopher Plummer. The Tempest pits the desire for revenge against the demands of love and asks if man is capable of creating a brave new world. The story focuses on Prospero (Christopher Plummer), the banished Duke of Milan. Marooned on a distant island with his daughter, Miranda (Trish Lindström), Prospero has spent twelve years perfecting his magic arts. Now, with the help of the spirit Ariel (Julyana Soelistyo), he raises a storm at sea, bringing within his grasp the enemies who robbed him of his dukedom. In addition to the 131 minute presentation of the theatrical play, the presentation will include a 20 minute captured live Q&A with Christopher Plummer. The Lincoln Theater is located at 2 Theater Street in Damariscotta.  Tickets are $15 for adults/ $5 for youth.  Additional information can be found on the theater's website or by calling 563-3424.

MET Encore Series: Donezetti's Anna Bolena starring Anna Netrebko

Netrebko as Anna Bolena Launches MET Encore Series
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera
 Damariscotta, Me-The Best of the MET: Live In HD Encore Series will debut at Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta on Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30 PM with Donezetti's Anna Bolena starring Anna Netrebko.  Originally broadcast on October 15, 2011, Netrebko opened the Met’s 2011-12 season with her portrayal of the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king, singing one of opera's greatest mad scenes. David McVicar’s Met premiere production also stars Ekaterina Gubanova as her rival, Jane Seymour, and Ildar Abdrazakov as Henry VIII. Marco Armiliato conducts.
The The Best of the MET: Live In HD Encore Series will continue on Wednesday evenings through July 25th (excluding July 4th). Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling the theater box office at 563-3424 or by visiting during regular box office hours, Tuesday-Friday 1-5 PM.  Additional information on the entire series can be found on the theater's website at

Family Fun At Sharp's Point



Round Two Voting Runs Through June 4th

Portland, Maine - Slugger the Sea Dog has advanced to the second round of Mascot Mania, an interactive tournament hosted by, to determine the Best Mascot in Minor League Baseball.

Slugger defeated "Buster" from the Lakewood BlueClaws in round one.  According to Slugger received the second most votes of the 64 mascots in round one.

Slugger's second round opponent is "Buster Bison" from the Buffalo Bisons. Voting for round two of the competition runs through June 4th. Fans may cast their votes at or mania. Four additional rounds are scheduled with the winner to be crowned on June 19th.

Slugger is truly humbled by even being considered for this most prestigious tournament and would like to thank the MiLB big wigs for including him in Mascot Mania, and all his fans for voting him into the second round.

"I am thankful to have received the "seal" of approval from fans everywhere. Buster was a valiant opponent and I wish him the best of luck," said a visibly excited Slugger, "Now I'm turning my attention to . . . . what?  Another 'Buster'? . . . Buster Bison, from Buffalo?  How many 'Busters' are in this competition?  Who's next?  Buster Olney, Buster Douglas?"

Slugger continues to work hard to entertain fans young and old and hopes to release a video message to all MiLB fans participating in Mascot Mania - clearly a desperate attempt to win favor with the voters.  Lastly, Slugger would like to give a shout out to his seafaring friends still in the running - Manny the Manatee, Muddy the Mudcat, Snappy D. Turtle, and especially Lou Seal - "us sea creatures gotta stick together, yo!"

As the Sea Dogs' Director of Crowd Entertainment, Slugger is responsible for rallying the Hadlock faithful through crazy on-field antics, dances, skits and general Tom-Foolery. More importantly, he has helped raise over $4 million for the Maine Children's Cancer Program through the "Strike Out Cancer in Kids" program, in which he serves as the poster figure. He has entertained over seven million fans since arriving at Hadlock Field from the cool waters of Casco Bay in 1994. Slugger makes hundred of community appearances each year, there is nothing I enjoy more than making fans of all ages smile. Fans can "Like" Slugger on facebook at

Fans can make their choices in each matchup after reviewing photos and bios of all mascots. Once all selections are made, fans can enter the Mascot Mania Sweepstakes for a chance to win a variety of prizes, including subscriptions to MLB.TV and MiLB.TV, in addition to mascot-themed prize packs.

Tickets for all 2012 Sea Dogs home game are available and can be purchased by calling the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-874-9300 or online at Book your nine inning vacation today!

Brentz Collects Second 5-hit Game as Dogs Win 7-2 May 31st

Brentz Collects Second 5-hit Game as Dogs Win 7-2 May 31st

Sea Dogs Win First Series in Harrisburg Since 2007

Portland, Maine - Bryce Brentz added his name to the record books Thursday afternoon with his second five hit game of the month. Brentz went 5-for-5 with 3 doubles, four runs scored, and a RBI leading the Sea Dogs to 7-2 win over the Harrisburg Senators (28-25) at Metro Bank Park. The Sea Dogs (22-31) pounded out a season team high 16 hits and collected their first series win, taking two of three games, in Harrisburg since the 2007 season.

Brentz is the first player in franchise history to collect two five hit games. Earlier this month, Brentz went 5-for-5 on May 13th against Trenton and would string together eight consecutive at-bats with a hit. Only ten other Sea Dogs have produced a five hit game. With today's effort, Brentz raised his average to .306.  His three doubles today also tied a franchise record.

Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish played centerfield for the Sea Dogs in a Major League rehab appearance.  Kalish was 1-for-4 with a double and walk. Kalish also made a spectacular catch at the wall to end the game. Chris Balcom-Miller (3-4) earned the win in front of 4,659 fans. Paul Demny (4-3) suffered the loss for Harrisburg.

The Senators threatened immediately in the bottom of the first inning. Eury Perez led-off with a bunt single to Chris Balcom-Miller and he was followed by a single to right-field by Jose Lozada which put runners on first and third. However, an unconventional double-play got Balcom-Miller out of trouble. Perez got caught in a run-down between third and home on a grounder off the bat of Valdez. Butler applied the tag on Perez and quickly threw out Lozada who had stopped between second and third. Balcom-Miller then enticed Chris Rahl into an inning ending pop-out to right-field.

The Sea Dogs took that momentum to the offensive side in the top of the second. Brentz kick-started the inning with a double to left field. He would come around to score on a single from Derrik Gibson but, was first moved to third by a ground-out sacrifice by Dan Butler. With Gibson and Nick Natoli, who reached on a liner to center field, running on an 0-and-2 pitch, Hazelbaker hit a pop up to center that landed between Perez, Jesus Valdez and Chris McConnell allowing Gibson to score giving the Sea Dogs a 2-to-0 lead.

The Senators cut the Sea Dogs lead in half in the bottom of the second. Rahl came around to score, after a lead-off walk, on a Devin Ivany sacrifice fly to make the score 2-to-1.

Brentz continued his hot hitting with his second double of the game in the top of the third which was good for his 15th multi-hit game of the season. With two outs, Butler lauched a two run homer bringing himself and Brentz home to put the Sea Dogs in front 4-to-1. Natoli followed with his first Double-A extra base hit, a double to left-fielder Rahl.

Notali picked up his first Double-A RBI in the Sea Dogs half of the fifth inning. Brentz began the frame with his third hit of the game, a single into very shallow left field that was stopped on a diving stab by short-stop McConnell. Notali then hit a sacrifice ground-out to drive Brentz expanding the Sea Dogs lead to four at 5-to-1.

Harrisburg closed the scoring gap to three in the bottom of the fifth. Perez led-off with a double (6) and was driven home by a Valdez double after being sacrificed over to third from a Lozada ground-out to first base. That made the score 5-to-2.

Brentz turned a good day into a monumental day in the top of the sixth with his fourth hit of the game scoring Shannon Wilkerson to bring the Sea Dogs' lead back to 6-to-2. The single by Brentz followed back-to-back walks by Wilkerson and Kalish. Brentz then doubled yet again in the top of the ninth to conclude his stellar month of May hitting .355.

Chris Balcom-Miller went five innings giving up two runs on six hits. Balcom-Miller also struck out two batters. Marco Duarte pitched four scoreless innings in relief of Balcom-Miller and picked up the save (1) but ran into trouble in the bottom of the ninth. With the bases load, and Duarte trying to protect the 7-to-2 lead, Rahl drove a ball to left field where Kalish made the game-ending catch before crashing into the wall to put a stamp on his rehab appearance.

The Sea Dogs travel to Altoona to play the Curve in a three game series starting Friday, June 1 at 7:00 PM. Red Sox top pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo (0-1, 7.36) is scheduled to start for the Sea Dogs.  Altoona will send lefty Nathan Baker (3-5, 5.17) to the hill. Portland will travel back home after the Altoona series to start a six-game home stand against Bowie and Richmond beginning on June 5th at 7:00 PM. Tickets are available at



Rockland, Maine - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine recently received several grant awards for its youth mentoring program.

A $10,000 grant was received from the Penobscot Valley Health Association Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to continue the agency’s 1-to-1 School-Based and Community-Based Mentoring in Penobscot County.  The grant was made at the recommendation of the Penobscot County fund advisors.

The agency also received a $10,000 grant from the John T. Gorman Foundation to support Big/Little matches during the May 15, 2012 to May 14, 2013 time period.  Funds will be used to create and stock activity bins at participating schools; recruit, screen, interview, conduct background checks, and train volunteer School Coordinators and prospective adult Bigs for both School-Based and Community-Based Mentoring.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine also received a $333 “Jumpstart our Youth” (JOY) grant from students at the Wiscasset Middle School.  This grant was awarded by students of Jobs For Maine’s Graduates (JMG) program.  This program, funded by the Unity Foundation teaches Maine’s young people – our future community leaders and philanthropists – valuable lessons about philanthropy and volunteerism.  The Wiscasset Middle School JMG students received and reviewed grant proposals from Midcoast non-profits and selected three of them to split the $1,000 award.

“We are extremely grateful for each of these grant awards,” says BBBSMCM’s CEO Alex Gaeth.  “In the past year, we have expanded our program from serving 360 youth to now serve 560 youth in Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot and Waldo County, and we know there is more work to be done.  These grants will allow us to continue to provide our proven 1-to-1 youth mentoring program to the children who need it most.”

Sea Dogs Split Double-Dip with Senators 3-2, 2-5

Sea Dogs Split Double-Dip with Senators 3-2, 2-5

Late-Inning Rally Clinches Game One, Five Run Fourth Dooms 'Dogs in Game Two

Harrisburg, Pa. - The Portland Sea Dogs (21-31) and Harrisburg Senators (28-24) battled in a doubleheader, and split both games Wednesday night at Metro Bank Park. The Sea Dogs took game one 3-2 and game two went to the Senators 5-2.

Game 1 Recap

The Portland Sea Dogs scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to defeat the Harrisburg Senators 3-2 in game one of a doubleheader Wednesday night at Metro Bank Park. The win marks just the sixth in 18 games at Metro Bank Park since 2008.

Trailing 2-1 heading into the seventh, it was Bryce Brentz that provided the power with a leadoff solo home run that tied the game. With one out, Derrik Gibson drew a walk and stole second with Zach Gentile at the plate. Gentile followed with a single to center that scored the Gibson with the go-ahead run from second.

Billy Buckner took the mound for Portland and labored in the first before he finished all seven innings on the mound. Harrisburg picked up back-to-back base hits to lead off the ballgame against the Portland righty. Jose Lozada drove in the first run on an RBI double and moved to third on a strikeout. Tim Pahuta put the Sens' out in front 2-0 with a sacrifice fly that scored Lozada.

Buckner (4-3) settled into a groove after the first and pitched four perfect frames over the final six innings. The 'Dogs plated the two runs in the seventh against Harrisburg's Erik Davis (4-2). Davis was the first out of the 'pen after lefty Mike Ballard tossed the first six innings.

Prime Motor Group Player of the Game: Billy Buckner CG, W, 7IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 4K

Game 2 Recap

The Harrisburg Senators used a five-run fourth inning to defeat the Portland Sea Dogs 5-2 in game two of a doubleheader Wednesday night at Metro Bank Park.

Trailing 1-1 heading to the fourth, the Senators sent nine men to the plate, and scored five of them to take the lead for good over the 'Dogs. Tim Pahuta rocked a double to left to open up the inning and scored on Jimmy Van Ostrand's single, two batters later. Chris McConnel delivered the lethal blow with a bases loaded triple that upped the lead to 4-1. The Sens' tacked on another on a Eury Perez single.

Juan Carlos Linares generated all of the offense for the Sea Dogs in the second game. In the third, he singled home Jeremy Hazelbaker to put Portland in front 1-0 at the time. Linares homered to leadoff the sixth to cut the deficit to three, and that was as close as the Sea Dogs would get.

Stolmy Pimentel (1-2) took the loss, but followed suit of Billy Buckner and delivered a complete game. The Senators used five pitchers in the seven-inning affair. Christian Garcia (1-0) earned the win, Hector Nelo earned his fifth save.

Prime Motor Group Player of the Game: Juan Carlos Linares 2-4, HR, 2RBI

The Sea Dogs continue a six game road trip on Thursday with a 10:30 AM game against the Harrisburg Senators from Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Right-handed pitcher Chris Balcom-Miller (2-4, 5.15) will get the start for the Sea Dogs. Harrisburg will send righty Paul Demny (4-2, 4.11) to the hill. The Sea Dogs can be heard on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs radio network with 95.5/95.9 FM WPEI serving as the flagship station.

The Sea Dogs return to Hadlock Field June 5-10 for six games, a three game series with the Bowie Baysox (Orioles affiliate), followed by three against the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants affiliate). Tickets are available for all remaining 2012 Sea Dogs' home games. Book your nine-inning vacation by calling the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500 or log on to

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Rising Musician Breanna Lynn

Rising Musician Breanna Lynn
By: David Mills

Illinois - Our latest Musician Spotlight is on a  very talent Singer/Songwriter from Illinois. This Singer/Songwriter is on the talented Breanna Lynn. In this MS, you will learn more about the great Singer/Songwriter.

Rising artist Breanna Lynn is a rare find in the pop music scene of today. As a seemingly typical teen from a small town in Illinois, Breanna Lynn’s natural musical ability gives her an extraordinary quality that defines her as an artist and makes her much more than your average teenager. With an increasing amount of buzz developing for her music, Breanna Lynn will release her highly anticipated, self-titled full-length album, exclusively with iTunes on March 18th, 2012. Filled with passion for sharing her musical talents, Breanna Lynn was born to be a star.

For the new album, Breanna Lynn teamed with highly credited producers like Ken Caillat (Colbie Caillat, Fleetwood Mac), Keith Follese (Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Randy Travis), and artist Jamie O’Neil. Breanna Lynn was credited and featured in ’Dorothy of OZ’, directed by Will Finn and Dan St. Pierre, scheduled to be release August 3rd, 2012 via Summertime Entertainment.

’I’m so excited to have had the amazing opportunity to work with some incredible producers on this album. They've helped bring my art to life,’ states Breanna. ’The album contains seven of my favorite songs that I’ve written along with three original songs that I wrote with Jamie O’Neal, Keith and Adrienne Follese, and Jim Cooper and Tommy Collier. I have my own style in writing music, but have been inspired by Demi Lovato, Stevie Nicks and Christina Perri. I’m hoping this album can give hope to those who have forgotten how to love themselves. I hope people can connect to this album as much as I can.’

A gifted singer and guitar virtuoso, Breanna Lynn picked up her first guitar at the age of nine and began writing her musical autobiography in songs by the time she was just 12 years old, yet her interest in music stems from a younger age. As a young child, Breanna Lynn practiced singing notes with her aunt, a world-renowned opera singer. Her love of music and performance grew with each year, and in 3rd grade when she was chosen over every other student, including high school students, to be the lead vocalist of her school’s band, Breanna Lynn knew that music was something special to her.

Growing up in the Midwest wasn’t always easy for this talented teen, but Breanna Lynn held on tightly to her faith in God. Her interest in music and poetry made her an outcast at school, and she often was bullied for her unique devotion to creative expression. While her peers were quick to judge her for being different, Breanna Lynn turned to music and began to pour her heart into her very own songs. As music took on an even greater meaning in Breanna Lynn’s life, she made a promise to herself to never let anyone make her feel like she didn’t belong. That promise proved to be the pivotal moment that ignited Breanna Lynn’s career, and the young talent has been devoted to speaking out against anti-bullying ever since. Even as a teen, the fiercely independent Breanna Lynn is on a mission to inspire young girls around the world to never give up hope and be who you are.

’They’re not worth pretending for,’ states Breanna Lynn. ’You are so beautiful the way you are, it’d be a shame if you let them change that.’

Breanna Lynn’s youth brings a charming energy to her original melodies, which carry Breanna Lynn’s refreshing lyrical honesty. It is this rarely found unique talent that has allowed Breanna Lynn coveted opportunities to work with some of the most well-respected and well-known names in music. Armed with this mission to inspire and provoke through her music and an unquestionable talent, Breanna Lynn’s exciting journey as a musician has only just begun.

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Answers from questions we were able to ask Breanna are below.

Breanna, when did you start singing? I've been singing since I could talk honestly! My Aunt was a very successful opera singer in Europe so I would always emulate her, singing around the house until someone told me to cut it out. Then I'd start again 2 minutes later. So I've had a love for singing since a very young age.

Was it your dream to be a singer? Not really! I mean, I think my main thing was acting for a while. When I was about 11, my ideal situation was to take the place of Hannah Montana so I could sing and act! But then after being in LA for a while, it really opened my eyes to what I truly loved to do, and that was singing and songwriting.

Do your parents support you? Oh my gosh yes. They are my biggest fans. I could have NEVER done what I am doing now without the incredible support of my parents. I mean they moved to LA for me to pursue my dream! You don't see that very often! I am SO blessed to have them.

Do you write your own songs? Yes I do! I wrote 5 of the songs on my album independently, 2 others were changed just a little bit from my original lyrics, and the rest I cowrote. I only like performing songs that I have a part in the writing. It allows me to be more emotionally connected to the songs. As of now, I've written more then 100 songs!

Tell us what goes into writing a great song? There is honestly no formula to a great song, at least from my perspective! As long as it has a great message, a great hook, and it's something you love performing, then there is no reason it can't be a hit!

Where was your first performance, were you excited? Well I've been performing for a while, but the first performance where I did my own songs in LA was at Genghis Cohen. I was SO nervous because I was performing by myself, just me and my guitar. But when I got on stage and saw all of those friendly faces in the audience, I knew that the stage was where I belonged.

Where have you been able to  perform? I've performed at a bunch of different places, from Genghis Cohen to most recently, the Canyon Club opening for Everlast! I've had some amazing experiences in the many different stages I've been able to play on.

Who inspires you with your singing and songwriting? I think my main inspirations are Stevie Nicks because of her incredible songwriting talent, writing songs that are so emotionally deep. Adele, for her beautiful voice and INCREDIBLE writing ability. And of course, Taylor Swift, because she is the overall package, her charm or voice and songwriting ability is definitely something that I want to live up to.

If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? It's so funny you asked that, because I have ALWAYS said that I want to perform at the Staples Center. Always. I don't even know why, but to me, once you have a sold out show at the Staples Center, you know you've made it. I can't wait to perform there someday!

Along the same line, who would you love to perform with? Oh that's a hard one! I want to do duets with so many people! I think Stevie Nicks is the main one. She is my musical idol and it would be such an honor to play with her. ALSO John Mayer! Now THAT would be awesome.

What are some of your goals for your Music? My goal is to share my music with the world, and for it to help people. My whole purpose for writing and performing is for my fans. I want my songs to inspire them and give them hope for a better tomorrow. So basically my goal, though it sounds lofty, is to help change the world.

What do you hope to accomplish with your singing/songwriting? Same things as I said previously, I want my songwriting to help people. I want them to find comfort and safety in my songs and know that they are not alone in whatever they're going through.

Breanna, do you have any advice for those wanting to start a career in singing and songwriting? I think the main thing is to believe in yourself. There will be hundreds of people telling you that you can't do it, that it's impossible, that you will never be able to make it. But I can tell you right now that that is a lie. If music is something that you love, then never, ever give up. Keep performing, keep writing, keep practicing, and if it's meant to happen, then you will not be disappointed.

Is there anything else you want our readers to know about you? I want my readers and fans to know that I am there for them. I am not only an artist, I want to be like a friend to people who listen to my music. I want my music to relate to people in ways that other music hasn't before. I want to be able to help them and inspire them and learn from them. Basically I want them to know that this is all for them.

Breanna's Future Performances: 
The Mint on July 9th at 8:45 pm. Old Country Harvest Festival, June 8th at 8pm. The Toluca Lake Club June 26th at 7pm. Breanna continually updates her website with new performances that she will be doing, so if you want any more dates, just go to this link -

Breanna Lynn is a Singer/Songwriter to watch as she has a very bright future. We want to share some of her singing for you all to get a real taste of her great singing voice.

Rocky Coast News is pleased to have Breanna Lynn as our latest "Musician Spotlight", where we highlight, promote up and coming musicians that have amazing vocals, sound, style and/or who are able to play an instrument well singing.

Entrepreneurs Extravaganza at APL

Entrepreneurs Extravaganza at APL

Auburn, Maine - An Entrepreneurs’ Extravaganza, designed to inform and inspire local entrepreneurs and small business owners, will be held at the Auburn Public Library on Tuesday, June 26 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Recognizing that entrepreneurship and small businesses are key drivers of economic growth and essential to the local economy, the Auburn Public Library and the City of Auburn’s Economic Development Office will host the event. The evening will cap recent efforts to increase business intelligence resources at the Library and to improve information sharing among agencies serving the small business community.

The event’s focus will be on introducing free resources available to entrepreneurs and small business owners and will include workshops on how to finance and market. Additionally, Don Gooding, director of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, will be sharing his vision for entrepreneurship in Maine. MCED is an organization committed to fostering growth and self-sufficiency among the state’s most promising, innovative start-ups.

The evening will kick off with light refreshments and an opportunity to network and to meet local resource providers from SCORE, Women, Work, & Community, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service, U.S. Rural Development, USM’s Center for Entrepreneurship, the Maine Patent Program, CEI/SmartStart, and others offering support and services.

Auburn Public Library is located at 49 Spring Street in Auburn. For more information about the event, contact the Auburn Public Library at 333-6640.

School of Nursing Graduation‏

School of Nursing Graduation

Lewiston, Maine - The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions (CMMC CONHP) graduated 49 nursing students in a ceremony at theFranco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston.

Having successfully completed the CMMC College of Nursing’s two-year nursing education program, the graduates were awarded associate degrees in the applied science of nursing. Erin Elizabeth Cady of Mechanic Falls and Sherryann St.Pierre of New Gloucester were named to the honor list. A number of graduating students received awards during the ceremony.

Cady was honored with the CMMC Board of Trustees Award, presented to the student who exhibits excellence in delivering nursing care. The recipient demonstrates gentleness, independence, understanding, caring, compassion, and love in communicating with and caring for people. She was also presented the CONHP President’s Award for the senior student attaining the highest academic achievement.

St. Pierre was the winner of the Central Maine General Hospital-CMMC College of Nursing Alumni Association Award. The winner of the Alumni Association Award is chosen by members of the graduating class as the person they would most like to care for themselves or their family. She also garnered a CMMC Medical Staff Award for Excellence in Nursing for her work in pediatric nursing.

Elizabeth Ann Carroll of Rockland was presented the Charles E. Fortier Jr. Memorial Award, given to the student whose “behavior as a whole is indicative of a people-oriented person,” who directs “his or her expression in action rather than denying its existence,” and whose “sense of humor permeates all of his or her activities.”

Erin Nancy Dodd of Naples was given the Samuel L. Singer and Ruth Small Award. This award is presented to a student who will become a credit to herself and her profession, who shows pride as a representative of the CMMC CONHP, and maintains good academic standing.

Heidi Lee MacLean-Marafa of South Portland was presented the CMMC CONHP Board of Trustees Award, given each year to the student who demonstrates leadership qualities, displays concern and understanding for others, makes decisions and assumes responsibility for his or her actions, and establishes trust in interactions.

The Mary Ann Strout Memorial Award was presented to Rose Mary Poirier of Peru.

CMMC Medical Staff Awards for Excellence in Nursing were presented to the following graduates: Isabelle Babette Troadec of Greene, mental health nursing; Meredith Louise Hatch of North Conway, N.H., medical nursing; April Lee Evans of Ogunquit, surgical nursing; and Jennifer Joy McCausland, obstetrical nursing.

Also comprising the CMMC College of Nursing Class of 2011 are: Craig William Bender, Rachael Lee Lewis, Gail Ashley Palmer, and Melanie Ruth Siegle, all of Auburn; Peter Bartholomew Brigham of Augusta; Stacey Michele Wheeler, Bowdoin; Kelly Lynn Danielson, Buckfield;  Michelle Denise Howard, Chesterville; Katherine Teresa Perkins and Victoria E. Triffin, Durham; Susan Frances Sebestyen, Gray; Ashlee Marie Madore, Greene; Bonnie Annola Trundy, Hebron;Lisa Jean Marshall, Hiram; Barbara B. Grant, Leeds; Lindsey Beth Anderson, Jamie Dawn Bannister, Eliza Ellen Burke, Ashley Marie Cioffa-Orr, Shannon Louise Craig, Lisa Marie Girouard, Adrianne Lee Mercier, Joshua Stephen Peters, Kasey Lynn Smith, and Jordan Michael Stewart, all of Lewiston; Denise MarieDeAngelis, Lisbon; Lynne Marie Decesere, Lovell; Nicole Elizabeth Nason, Minot; Erin Elyse Swett, New Gloucester; Rebecca Lynn Leighton, Poland; Nicole Marie Roberts, South Paris; Julie A. Rogers, Standish; Ryan James Berube, Christina Marie Lavoie, and Cheri Kim Gagnon, all of Turner; Katie Michelle Brown, Waterville; Amy Heather Moody, Wells; Elizabeth Jean Seabury, Yarmouth; and Candie May Bailey, Newburgh, N.Y.

CONHP President Susan Baltrus welcomed those attending the ceremony, including: Central Maine Healthcare President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Chalke; CONHP Board of Trustees Chairperson Marsha Auster; Rev. James Weathersby of Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta; CMMC College of Nursing Alumni Association Vice-President Patricia Dyer; CMMC Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Roy; and John D. Dickens, Jr, M.D., a CMMC hospitalist. Rev. Jay Turner offered the invocation and benediction.

Weathersby gave the commencement address: The Heart of Nursing. “Nurses are the heart of hospital institutions, facilities, forward military units and even first responders; because they provide that life-giving touch and humanity to otherwise cold and sterile environments,” he said.

After presentation of the awards, lights in the performance hall were dimmed for a candlelight ceremony, during which the graduates recited a nursing pledge.

The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions offers an associate in the applied science in nursing degree program. Program graduates who pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) become registered nurses. For more information about programs at CMMC CONHP, visit or call 207-795-2840.

Photo: Erin Cady, left, and Kelly Danielson.

Photo credit: Dave Gondek.

June Events at Lithgow Public Library

June Events at Lithgow Public Library

Augusta, Maine - The following are events happening at Lithgow Public Library during the month of June/

All events are free and open to the public. Please contact the library for more information: 626-2415 or The library is located at 45 Winthrop Street, across from the former YMCA. The library is open Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

June 1
Incredible Infants 10 a.m., Youth Services
Enjoy stories, songs and finger plays at this story time for infants and their care givers.

June 5
Toddler Time 10 a.m., Youth Services
Sing songs, listen to stories, and learn nursery rhymes while interacting with your child and other care providers.

June 6
Family Story Time 10 a.m., Youth Services
Stories, educational activities and art projects for children ages 3-5 and their care givers.

June 7
Rockin’ Readers 6:30-7:30p.m., Youth Services
Readers in 3rd to 6th grade and adults can take part in this fun, interactive inter-generational book discussion. Our book for June is "Letters from Wolfie" by  Patti Sherlock. Please see Sarah for a copy of the book, and more details!

June 8
Incredible Infants 10 a.m., Youth Services
Enjoy stories, songs and finger plays at this story time for infants and their care givers.

June 12
Toddler Time 10 a.m., Youth Services
Sing songs, listen to stories, and learn nursery rhymes while interacting with your child and other care providers.

June 13
Family Story Time 10 a.m., Youth Services
Stories, educational activities and art projects for children ages 3-5 and their care givers. This will be the last meeting until September.

June 14
Bounce! Roll! Move! READ! Lithgow Public Library’s Annual Free Summer Reading Program
Registration begins June 14th for the challenge of reading/listening for 16 hours.
Prizes include vouchers for a free Portland Sea Dogs ticket for youth, a free book, and more! This is an all ages program open to all. Fun events are hosted at the library every Thursday from 6/21 until 8/9.

June 15
Incredible Infants 10 a.m., Youth Services
Enjoy stories, songs and finger plays at this story time for infants and their care givers.

June 19
Toddler Time 10 a.m., Youth Services
Sing songs, listen to stories, and learn nursery rhymes while interacting with your child and other care providers.

June 21
Bounce! Roll! Move! READ! Summer Reading Event: Kickoff Concert featuring the Music of Jennifer Armstrong 10 a.m., Reading Room
Jennifer Armstrong is a Maine musical storyteller with songs and stories for all ages. Join us in the Reading Room for this first event for our annual summer reading program.

June 22
Incredible Infants 10 a.m., Youth Services
Enjoy stories, songs and finger plays at this story time for infants and their care givers.

June 26
Toddler Time 10 a.m., Youth Services
Sing songs, listen to stories, and learn nursery rhymes while interacting with your child and other care providers.

June 28
Bounce! Roll! Move! READ! Summer Reading Event: Have a Ball Game Day, 10 a.m. Lithgow Lawn
Join us for giant bowling, bean bag basketball and more fun outside on the Lithgow Lawn. This event will be cancelled if it rains.

June 29
Incredible Infants 10 a.m., Youth Services
Enjoy stories, songs and finger plays at this story time for infants and their care givers.

July 3
Toddler Time 10 a.m., Youth Services
Sing songs, listen to stories, and learn nursery rhymes while interacting with your child and other care providers.

July 4
The l.ithgow Public Library will be closed in observance of Independence Day.

July 5
Bounce! Roll! Move! READ! Summer Reading Event: Butterfly Snack, 10 a.m. Youth Services
Create a delicious, edible masterpiece to take home.

Brunswick Psychiatrist Reprimanded

Brunswick Psychiatrist Reprimanded

Augusta, Maine - Charles M. Stewart, M.D., accepted a reprimand from the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine in a Consent Agreement signed May 25, 2012. In addition, Dr. Stewart's license will be placed on probation for five years and he cannot treat any new female patients until he has successfully completed an approved course in medical ethics and boundaries. Dr. Stewart practices in Brunswick.

Dr. Stewart concedes the Board has sufficient evidence from which it could conclude that he engaged in unprofessional conduct. Dr. Stewart acknowledged that he told a patient he loved her in a manner she could misinterpret, massaged her back when she was experiencing a back spasm, hugged her, and gave her money for gas and to pay a cell phone bill.

As a condition of the Consent Agreement, Dr. Stewart must have a Board-approved practice monitor who has full access to Dr. Stewart's medical practice. In addition, Dr. Stewart must create an audio recording of all treatment sessions involving female patients.

All Board disciplinary actions are reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank, the Health Integrity and Protection Data Bank, and the Federation of State Medical Boards Action Data Bank. These reports are regularly reviewed by every state licensing board in the country.

The Board is made up of 6 physicians and 3 public members appointed by the Governor. Disciplinary actions taken by the Board are available to the public either by telephone at (207) 287-3601, or on the Board's website at

The Board of Licensure in Medicine is the State of Maine agency charged to protect the health and welfare of the public by verifying the qualifications of physicians to practice, and disciplining physicians for unprofessional conduct and incompetence. Any citizen can request an investigation of a physician or physician assistant by contacting the Board office by telephone at (207) 287-3608, by letter, or by visiting the Board's web site.

Wiscasset High School News May 30th

front left to right:  Miranda, Kathryn, Brooke
back left to right:  Eddie & Kayla
Wiscasset High School News May 30th

Wiscasset, Maine - The following Wiscasset High School students were chosen to be the
Students of the 4th Quarter by the faculty and staff:

Grade 9:
Miranda McIntire, daughter of Scott and Jennifer McIntire of Alna

Grade 10:
Brooke Howard, daughter of Jeffrey and Anne Howard of Wiscasset

Grade 11 Co-Students of the Quarter :
Kathryn Connors, daughter of Keith and Peggi Connors of Wiscasset

Edward Stewart, son of Daniel and Deborah Stewart of Dresden

Grade 12:
Kayla Connors, daughter of Scott and Wendy Connors of Wiscasset

Maine Businesses Report Strong Memorial Day Weekend

Maine Businesses Report Strong Memorial Day Weekend

Augusta, Maine - Maine Department of Economic & Community Development's Office of Tourism, is hearing reports of a busy Memorial Day weekend from throughout the state.

"From what we are hearing, the tourism season is off to a fantastic start," said the Office of Tourism Director Carolann Ouellette.

With sunny skies and warm temperatures for most of the weekend, the unofficial start of the summer season began late Friday afternoon when traffic on the Maine Turnpike started picking up.

Sarah Diment, innkeeper of the Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit reported the inn and town busy. "The inn was full this past weekend. Every room was occupied Friday through Sunday. Shops in town were busy and restaurants had lines to get in. I'd say southern Maine had a successful kickoff to the summer tourism season," said Diment.

Further up the coast, the Samoset Resort in Rockport also reported a strong weekend. "We had the best Memorial Day Weekend in seven years thanks to mother nature's cooperation, two weddings and our marketing efforts. Over 50 percent of our occupancy was from Mainer's who took advantage of our Maine Resident promotional rate. It was a great way to start off what is looking like a very strong season with our pace well ahead of projections," said Samoset's General Manager Connie Russell.

Maine's campgrounds are reporting positive numbers, as well. "Reservations for the summer season are up by 10 percent or more at campgrounds throughout the state," reported Rick Abare, Executive Director or the Maine Campground Owners Association.

The Maine Office of Tourism started marketing for the summer season earlier than usual this year with ads on the Red Sox Radio Network. The campaign began on April 5th and includes one 30-second spot during each of the 162 games. The network consists of nearly 70 stations, giving Maine more than 11,000 spots running during the regular baseball season.

"With this kind of start, we are optimistic that the coming summer season will be just as strong for businesses throughout Maine," said Ouellette. In Maine there are roughly 108,000 jobs supported by tourism.

Secretary of State Charles E. Summers, Jr. Continues Corporate Identity Theft Education Seminar Series

Secretary of State Charles E. Summers, Jr. Continues Corporate Identity Theft Education Seminar Series

Portland, Maine - On Thursday, May 31 in Portland, Secretary of State Charlie Summers is sponsoring the third in a series of four seminars to educate Maine's business community of the risk of corporate identity theft. The Office of the Secretary of State is working in coordination with the U.S. Secret Service and regional business development organizations to inform Maine businesses about how they can minimize specific identity theft threats to their businesses. The goal of this series is to help business owners and managers learn how to be alert to risks, best protect their operations, and effectively respond should breaches in their identity security occur.

These seminars are open to the public and free of charge. Pre-registration for the Portland seminar is requested, but is not necessary for the seminars in Machias and Calais. Each seminar allows time for questions and answers.

Portland: Portland Regional Chamber, 443 Congress Street, Thursday, May 31, 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Machias: Sunrise County Economic Council, 1 Stackpole Road, Thursday, June 7, Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Calais (via simultaneous teleconference from Machias): Washington County Community College Administration Building, Room 6, Thursday, June 7, Noon - 1:30 p.m.

For more information about these seminars and to pre-register for the Portland seminar, please contact Jay Martin at the Office of the Secretary of State at (207) 626-8410

EMMC, Nurses Union Reach Agreement Nurses vote to ratify three-year contract

EMMC, Nurses Union Reach Agreement Nurses vote to ratify three-year contract

Bangor, Maine - Eastern Maine Medical Center was pleased to learn our nurses who are represented by Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United approved the three year contract yesterday. The next step is to present the final contract offer to EMMC’s Board of Trustees with recommendation from the bargaining team
for approval.

“This agreement is a result of compromise from both sides,” says Greg Howat, vice president of Human Resources and EMMC’s chief negotiator. “With the help of a federal mediator, we’re pleased to reach an agreement that is in the best interest of our patients, employees, and the communities we serve. With a three year contract in hand, we look forward to focusing our collective attention on innovations and improvements that continue to ensure our patients and their families receive the highest quality, compassionate care they’ve come to know and expect from EMMC.”



Rockport, Maine - Coastal Mountains Land Trust invites the community to a Beech Nut open house at Beech Hill in Rockport on Wednesday, June 6 from 10am – 2pm.

Land Trust volunteers will open Beech Nut, the historic sod-roofed stone hut, and provide guests with information about the history and management of the preserve, including the hut and the surrounding blueberry farm. Visitors may also enjoy field guides, spotting scopes and a Beech Hill community scrapbook. Beech Nut open houses occur twice a month from May through October. A complete list of open house dates and events is available on our website.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust owns and manages Beech Hill Preserve and completed rehabilitation of the historic building from its foundation to its sod roof in November of 2007. The Land Trust has worked since 1986 to permanently conserve land to benefit the natural and human communities of western Penobscot Bay, and has protected over 9,100 acres in the region for their natural, scenic and public recreation resources. For more information on the Land Trust, visit or call 236-7091.

Underground Utility Work Continues on Westbrook Bridge

Underground Utility Work Continues on Westbrook Bridge

Westbrook, Maine - Underground utility work that began on April 6th at the Cumberland Street Bridge in Westbrook will continue until June 22nd. Long delays are expected through the area. There are lane closures at night and traffic shifts during the daytime hours, so drivers should consider traveling the mandatory truck detour route beginning and ending at the intersections of Bridge Street and Cumberland Street, as well as Warren Avenue and Main Street. (Route 25). This alternate route will be in effect until the completion of the bridge construction, scheduled for November of 2013.

Variable message boards will help remind motorists of the project, as well as help guide them through the construction area.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Shake It Up "Wrestle It Up" Premiers Sunday June 3rd, 2012

Shake It Up "Wrestle It Up" Premiers Sunday June 3rd, 2012

SHAKE IT UP - "Wrestle It Up" - CeCe's mom gets a side job working security on a movie, so Rocky, CeCe and Flynn devise a plan to sneak onto set to see the stars. Meanwhile, Ty helps Deuce win Dina back, in a new episode of "Shake It Up," SUNDAY, JUNE 3 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

Shake It Up stars Bella Thorne and Zendaya as CeCe Jones and Rocky Blue, Davis Cleveland as Flynn Jones, Roshon Fegan as Ty Blue, Adam Irigoyen as Deuce Martinez, Kenton Duty as Gunther Hessenheffer and Caroline Sunshine as Tinka Hessenheffer.  Recurring are R. Brandon Johnson as Gary Wilde and Anita Barone as Georgia Jones.

Photographs are courtesy of Disney Channel.

Summer Family Fun in Maine

Summer Family Fun in Maine
The rides, games and attractions of Palace Playland are steps away from Old Orchard Beach.

Bring a carload. There's fun to be had by al.l ages during summer in Maine, from the back of a horse, or the last seat of a roller coaster. Here are a few entertaining ideas for the family.

"Timber" Tina Scheer is the lively host of The Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton. Watch two teams made up of lumberjacks and lumberjills compete in 12 events including speed climbing, power sawing, crosscut sawing, axe throwing, underhand chopping and head-to-head log rolling. The 75-minute show is both entertaining and educational, and includes special events for young spectators to participate in.

Beach amenities like an amusement park within walking distance will always get a thumbs up from children. Palace Playland is New England's only beachfront amusement park with rides for all ages, games and a 24,000 square foot arcade. It is centrally located along seven-mile Old Orchard Beach. York's Wild Kingdom is a short walk from Short Sands Beach in the town of York Beach, and offers a zoo, amusement park and miniature golf.

Last summer two Boothbay Harbor-based whale watch boats treated customers with the sighting of an approximately 80-foot long blue whale. The world's largest mammal is a rare visitor to the Gulf of Maine, while humpback, finback, minke, North Atlantic right, and pilot whales are commonly seen on narrated boat excursions that depart from seven Maine harbors. Whale watch trips also offer views of lighthouses, seals and dolphins.

Fun on the Farm
Horse Stables in central and western Maine offer guided trail rides through forests and fields that may include a river crossing or a dip in a lake. Teens and grade school-age children are welcome to ride, and basic riding instructions are covered before hitting the trail.

For more information about Maine's summer events and activities, go to

What's New & Unique

Rebuilding the Colonial Way in New Harbor
Two new dwellings at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site in New Harbor will reflect life for the earliest inhabitants of the area. The 17th Century Dwellings Project has produced a replica timber-framed home covered in "wattle and daub" and lived in by the earliest European settlers, and has under construction a replica bark-covered wigwam in the style of Pemaquid's earliest Native American residents. Visitors can enter the dwellings and learn how they were constructed with period tools.

Official Appalachian Trail Communities and a New Festival
In July the Appalachian Trail Conservancy will bestow the official title of "Appalachian Trail Community" on the town of Monson in Piscataquis County. The town will join Rangeley as two of only five official trail towns in New England. Towns receive the designation for their protection and promotion of the trail, and for the overall hospitality provided to hikers. Rangeley has plans to host the first A.T. Community Festival on Sept. 15.

In above photo: The rides, games and attractions of Palace Playland are steps away from Old Orchard Beach.
Credit: Maine Office of Tourism.

Governor’s Veto Message Urges Union to Support Teachers’ Professional Development Not Politics

Governor’s Veto Message Urges Union to Support Teachers’ Professional Development Not Politics

Augusta, Maine - Governor Paul LePage vetoed a bill today to reaffirm the need for the Maine Education Association (MEA) to provide professional development and support to its teachers. The union represents more than 24,000 active and retired educators. Governor LePage vetoed LD 1781, An Act To Restructure the National Board Certification Program for Teachers citing he believes a more coordinated state-wide solution is required.

The LePage Administration is committed to increasing support and development training to Maine teachers, and the Governor acknowledges the importance of National Board Certification. In his veto message Governor LePage offers to eliminate teacher certification fees and increase teachers’ salaries. However, the Governor does not feel that teachers and taxpayers should be the only contributors to funding the certification process. “LD 1781 requires teachers to partially fund the program, while simultaneously paying union dues,” Governor LePage wrote in the veto message, “which are squandered on a host of activities not even remotely related to professional development.”

Governor LePage reiterated his challenge last week urging the MEA to provide teacher training to its members. In a letter to MEA President, Chris Galgay, Governor LePage encouraged the MEA to partner with the State to improve professional development opportunities. “Specifically, I pledge to budget state funds to match – dollar for dollar – any increase in professional development funds offered to teachers by the MEA,” wrote Governor LePage.

Last year, Governor LePage offered this same challenge to the union, which has yet to offer a response. “We must work together to move education ahead in Maine,” the Governor said Tuesday, “right now the union is not stepping up to the plate. Teachers should be concerned when education is being put on the back burner as a result of decision-making from union bosses.”

Just last week, Rob Walker, executive director of the Maine Education Association said “making sure we have a highly skilled work force is the job of the employer” not the union. Meanwhile, the MEA announced its endorsement recently of the same-sex marriage proposal on the November ballot. This announcement is an example of what the union is choosing to focus on rather than expanding and enhancing opportunities for teacher development.

The Governor has consistently said that in order to improve education, we must first ensure that every student has an effective teacher. Research shows that investments in effective teaching are a critical component of educational success among students. According to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, research indicates that the single most influential school-based factor affecting student achievement is teacher quality. Therefore, the most important thing that schools and policymakers can do to improve student outcomes is to ensure that every student has a highly accomplished teacher.

Portland postponed due to rain

Portland postponed due to rain

Doubleheader on Wednesday from Metro Bank Park

Harriburg, PA - Tuesday night's game between the Portland Sea Dogs and Harrisburg Senators has been postponed due to rain.  The teams will play a doubleheader on Wednesday night, consisting of two 7-inning games beginning at 6:00 PM from Metro Bank Park.

Probable Pitching Match-ups for Wednesday's Doubleheader
RHP Billy Buckner (3-3, 3.28) vs. RHP Ryan Tatusko (0-1, 9.00)
RHP Stolmy Pimentel (1-1, 4.44) vs. LHP Mike Ballard (1-4, 3.31)

Coverage of Sea Dogs Baseball begins at 5:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs radio network with 95.5/95.9 FM WPEI serving as the flagship station. Tickets are available for all remaining 2012 Sea Dogs' home games. Book your nine inning vacation by calling the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500 or log on to

Award-Winning Back Cove Gardens Ready To Inspire More Sustainable Gardening

Award-Winning Back Cove Gardens Ready To Inspire More Sustainable Gardening

**WHO:** Maine YardScaping Partnership

**WHAT:** Grand Opening of YardScaping Gardens at Back Cove-Press Conference, Ribbon-Cutting, Garden Tours, Instructional Presentations

**WHEN:** Tuesday, June 12, 2012, Noon-2:00 PM

**WHERE:** Portland-YardScaping Gardens at Back Cove (adjacent to Preble Street soccer fields)

**DETAILS:** The Maine YardScaping Partnership will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony to announce the completion and grand opening of the YardScaping Gardens at Back Cove-an intensive landscaping project designed to be a showcase for trees, shrubs, and perennials that can be used to make Maine gardens more sustainable and help gardeners and landscapers reduce their reliance on fertilizers, pesticides, and irrigation water.

Over the past six years, visitors to the trails around Back Cove have witnessed a transformation of a two-and-a-half-acre open field, made available by the City of Portland, into a demonstration landscape planted with nearly 2,000 specially selected trees, shrubs, and perennials. The gardens were made possible by grants from government and nonprofit sources, and generous donations from local businesses and garden clubs, plus the efforts of many local volunteers, including Master Gardeners and dedicated members of the more than 30 YardScaping partner organizations.

Even before completion, the gardens have already been recognized, with the "Friend of Casco Bay" award from Friends of Casco Bay, and, most recently, with the "Gold Leaf Award for Outstanding Landscape Beautification Activities" from the International Society of Arboriculture.

All are invited to help celebrate the culmination of this project, first conceived more than 10 years ago.

*Press Conference Speakers:* - Michael Brennan-Mayor, City of Portland

- Walter Whitcomb-Commissioner, Maine Department of Agriculture - Cathy Ramsdell-Executive Director, Friends of Casco Bay

- Jeff Tarling-Arborist, City of Portland

- Irene Barber-Landscape Designer, Cosmic Stone & Garden Supply

- Gary Fish-Coordinator, Maine YardScaping Partnership/Manager, Pesticide Programs, Maine Board of Pesticides Control

More information about the YardScaping Gardens at Back Cove and YardScaping can be found at

Contact: Paul Schlein, 207-287-2731.

Maine Poet: Passing the Light

Governor LePage and First Lady Mourn the Death of Maine Soldier

Governor LePage and First Lady Mourn the Death of Maine Soldier

Augusta, Maine - Governor Paul R. LePage issued the following statement today regarding the death of U.S. Army Captain John “Jay” R. Brainard III, of Newport, who was killed in Afghanistan on May 28, 2012:

“It brings me great sadness to learn that Maine has lost Captain Brainard who dedicated himself to defending our State and Nation, and we are forever indebted to his display of courage and selfless sacrifice. It is with a heavy heart that I express my sincere condolences to his family and friends. This news never comes easy and is especially difficult knowing this young man made the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day.

As Memorial Day approached, the First Lady and I paused to honor those who have fallen in service to their country and decorated their graves with American flags. As my wife and I gazed across the Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery we honored, thanked and remembered those who gave their all – not for any recognition, but for the freedoms we all value today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Captain Brainard, and I join with all Mainers to forever remember him as a true son of the State of Maine.”

Captain Brainard, 26, was an active duty helicopter pilot assigned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade. He is a 2004 graduate of Foxcroft Academy and a 2008 graduate of the University of Maine.

Stillwater Health Care Receives National Quality Award

Stillwater Health Care Receives National Quality Award

Bangor, Maine - Rosscare is proud to announce that Stillwater Health Care, in Bangor, has been awarded the 2012 Bronze American Health Care Association’s (AHCA) National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) National Quality Award.

This national quality award demonstrates an increased commitment to quality and is based on the core values and criteria of the prestigious Baldridge Performance Excellence Program. As a bronze level recipient, Stillwater Health Care has committed to beginning a journey of quality excellence by developing an organizational profile including vision and mission statements, an awareness of environment and customers’ expectations, and a demonstration of process improvement.

Kristy Thibodeau, administrator for Stillwater Health Care, shares “Through our relationship with Rosscare, Stillwater Health Care has been on a path of quality excellence for many years. I am honored that Stillwater has received this bronze level award, as it exemplifies our strong commitment to providing our residents with the best care possible. We will continue to raise the bar on the quality of care we provide as we strive for the AHCA gold standard in excellence in quality.”

Stillwater Health Care is a skilled nursing facility and is owned and operated through a partnership between First Atlantic and Rosscare. It has a long standing reputation for quality care, gracious service, and a friendly environment. The experienced professional staff includes rehabilitation nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, activity professional, licensed dietician, and licensed social worker.

Rosscare is a member of EMHS. By collaborating with other agencies and organizations in the area, Rosscare is able to provide area seniors with unique opportunities that compliment a healthy and fulfilling life. In partnership with First Atlantic Corporation, Rosscare also owns and operates assisted living facilities such as Ross Manor and Sylvia Ross Home in Bangor, Colonial Health Care in Lincoln, Katahdin Health Care in Millinocket, and Dexter Health Care in Dexter. Rosscare also offers services to help seniors live independently, such as Telecare, a free service offering daily check-in calls, an emergency response help button service, and the Center for Healthy Aging. Visit Rosscare’s website at

Local Gallery Gets Festive for New Performing Arts Festival in June

Portland, Me.-It’s said that art sometimes mirrors life and that is the case with the new exhibit by members of Constellation Gallery, 511 Congress St in Portland ME until June 30th. Festival is the theme for the show as Constellation has become a site for the Portland Performing Arts Festival’s (PPAF) Fringe Events.  There will be an artists reception on Friday, June 1st  from 5 to 8 pm.  The event is free and open to the public.

The theme is interpreted wildly by David Marshall, Frank Gruber, Robin Farrin, Ann Tracy, Kenneth Kohl, Anastashi Weigle, Yos Ruks, Anthony S. Marino, Kyler Henningsen and Yelena Fiske.  The artists come at the idea from an abstract angle to portrayals of performing artists and assemblages.   During the PPAF Fringe, from June 28 to July 1, events ranging from poetry readings to belly dance performances will take place in the gallery.

Constellation Gallery is the home of the Maine Artists Collective whose mission is to connect the public with Maine artists and support development by providing exhibition and studio space, education, and professional workshops.

"Mid Coast Maine Has Talent...Or Not!"

"Mid Coast Maine Has Talent...Or Not!"
Variety Show presented by Paul Benjamin,
North Atlantic Blues Festival, 
a fundraiser for Rockland Main Street, Inc.

The Strand will be the place to be on Thursday, May 31st 6 - 9 PM for the best Entertainment in the MidCoast area.

"We are bringing out the local talented Singers, Comedy Acts and Dancers  to perform on the big stage at the Strand Theater" said Paul Benjamin.  Our Final Lineup of 15 acts has been announced:

Lynn Frey , singer songwriter; Aaron Clark / Cole Barbour, Jazz; Beth McKinney, comedy;
Alice Limoges singer; Annabel Parker, young singer; Tom Albury , singer; Bill Maddox , comedy; Rockport Dance Conservatory; KorinnsDance; Scott Simmons; Johnny & Louise; David and the Lowdown featuring: David Dodson, Mac Ferris, Stefan Low, Mike Nickerson.

Just Added ! : Blind Albert and Lynn Archer singing with Blind Albert .

and  featuring .... Men in Suits! 

Paul" Bluesman" Benjamin, Bryan "Honeyboy" Austin,  Michael"MoJo" Leonard,  Pat "Oilman" O'Brien,  Will"Boogie Woogie "Clayton,  Ken" Memphis Slim" Gardiner, Jeff "Loan Shark" Charland, Sandy" Hound Dog" Cox,  Peter " Big Horn" Horch

Hosting the show will be Paul Benjamin who will feature “Men in Suits”, an actnot to be missed ! You know all these men, now see them on the Big Stage !

“This our second year to showcase local talent, we are very excited about the greatlineup!” said Lorain Francis, Executive Director of Rockland Main Street, Inc.
"We are very pleased to have Paul Benjamin, North Atlantic Blues Festival hold his funevening of entertainment as a fundraiser for Rockland Main Street, Inc."

Tickets are available at: Grasshopper Shop, Fiore Olive Oils & Vinegars,and at the door the evening of the performance $15 Adults, $10 Students

Rockland Main Street, Inc.  ~   PO Box 402 , Rockland Maine 04841
Located at 417 Main Street # 203  ~  207  593  6093 ~ on facebook : Rockland Main Street
Named a 2010 Distinctive Destination ~ 501(c)(3) ~ Member Maine Downtown Center and Maine Development Foundation

Governor Launches Second Series of Job Creation Workshops

Governor Launches Second Series of Job Creation Workshops

Upcoming workshops invite hundreds of job creators to share ideas to get Maine working

Augusta, Maine - Governor Paul LePage announced today he will host another series of industry-specific job creation workshops throughout the summer months. These working sessions are designed for business leaders to share ideas regarding job creation in Maine with the Governor, state officials and fellow business leaders to improve Maine’s economy.

“I have continually said I want to listen to Maine’s job creators to find out what they need to succeed, expand, and create more jobs in our state,” said Governor LePage. “Our last round of job creation workshops was very successful, and we’re going to roll up our sleeves and work with the business community once again to get Maine’s economy moving forward,” continued the Governor.

The Governor will host four separate industry-specific sessions throughout the summer months which are free for attendees. The kickoff event will be held at Southern Maine Community College at the Brunswick Landing on June 13, 2012, and will focus on the fishing, marine resources, and coastal tourism industries. Businesses are invited to attend from all over the state, and preferred seating will be given to those representing the fishing, marine resource, and coastal tourism industries. Future sessions are expected to cover tourism, forestry, farming, and IT/manufacturing, with dates and locations to be determined.

Department commissioners and senior leadership within the Governor’s Office will join the Governor to listen to suggestions and concerns, and to work with business leaders to improve the climate for job creation in Maine. “I have said before, government does not create jobs. But what we can do in Augusta is change the environment by which jobs are created in the private sector. We have been working diligently on this, and have made some progress, but I firmly believe there is more to do,” said the Governor.

Interested businesses are encouraged to contact the Governor’s Office for more information at (207)287-3538 or visit to sign up. Space is limited and a CONFIRMED RSVP is required.