Saturday, August 31, 2013


Portland, Maine - The Eastern League of Professional Baseball Clubs has announced that Portland Sea Dogs right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo is the 2013 Eastern League Pitcher of the Year. This award was voted on by Eastern League managers and media members.
Ranaudo posted an 8-4 record with a 2.95 ERA (39 ER/ 109.2 IP) with 106 strikeouts in 19 starts for the Sea Dogs this season.  He opened the season notching a 6-1 record with a1.48 ERA (9 ER/54.2 IP) in his first 10 starts. The 23 year-old earned a promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket on August 2nd.  At the time of his call-up, Ranaudo was leading the Eastern League in WHIP (1.09) and batting average against (.204).  He also ranked third in ERA (2.95), tied for seventh in wins (8) and tied for eighth in strikeouts (106).  On June 13th, he tied a Sea Dogs franchise record by striking out 13 batters, a career high for Ranaudo, in a 2-0 win over Erie. 
In addition to being named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year, Ranaudo was selected as the right-handed pitcher on the recently announced 2013 Year-End Eastern League All-Star squad.  The 6'7", 230 lb. hurler was also tabbed as the starting pitcher for the Eastern Division in the 2013 Eastern League All-Star Game in New Britain, Connecticut and he participated in the prestigious MLB All-Star Futures Game at Citi Field in New York on July 14th. 
Since joining the Pawtucket Red Sox on August 2nd, Ranaudo is 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA (10 ER/ 26.1 IP) with 16 strikeouts.
The Jackson, New Jersey native entered the 2013 season ranked as the #6 pitching prospect in the Red Sox system and the 14th overall according to Baseball America.  Ranaudo was the Red Sox third pick (sandwich pick between the first and second rounds, 39th overall) in the June 2010 draft out of Louisiana State University.
Ranaudo is the third Sea Dogs pitcher to earn Eastern League Pitcher of the Year honors joining Michael Tejera (1999) and Jon Lester (2005).
Bowie right-handed starter Mike Wright finished second in the voting for the award and Richmond left-handed starter Jack Snodgrass finished in third place.  
Anthony Ranaudo's Statistics - 2013 Season

Camden Windjammer Festival Gallery and Saturday Schedule

If you didn't make it to the Camden Windjammer Festival yesterday you missed a great time.  What a sight to see the historic Maine Windjammer Fleet arriving in Camden!  It is not too late today there are great events scheduled for all day long.

SATURDAY 8/31/2013
7:30am - 10:00am Camden Rotary Pancake Breakfast Public Landing
9:00am - 5:00pm Maritime Heritage Fair: Booths and displays of maritime history, traditions and skills Public Landing
9:00am Build-a-Boat construction
Create a boat to your own design with materials supplied by us. See events page for more information.
Public Landing
10:30am Camden Fire Department Water Rescue Demonstration Harbor
11:00am Crate Race
Sign up starting at 9:00am to race across a line of crates without taking a swim. See events page for more information.
12:00pm - 5:00pm Music in the streets throughout town  
12:00pm - 2:00pm West Bay Rotary Chowder Challenge
Taste a variety of chowders from local restaurants and vote for your favorite.
Public Landing
1:00pm Children's drawing class with Buckley Smith
Bring paper and crayons or pencils.
Public Landing
1:00pm The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty
Illustrated talk by Richard Cornelia
Camden Public Library
1:15pm Lobster Hauling talk
See how Maine lobster are caught
Public Landing
2:00pm - 4:00pm Schooner Open House Harbor
2:00pm Diving for Artifacts
Rick Carney will share his diving experiences and finds.
Public Landing
4:00pm Maritime Wet Paint Auction
Bid on paintings created throughout the day on Saturday
Public Landing




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Friday, August 30, 2013

Portland Sea Dogs Playoff hopes alive

'Dogs rock the Thunder 8-1 Chris Hernandez tosses 7 scoreless, Linares 8th homer
Portland, Maine - The Sea Dogs entered Friday's series opener needing to win all five games in their series with Trenton. Portland (68-70) started off in the right direction, cruising by the Trenton Thunder (71-67) 8-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 7,368 fans at Hadlock Field.

Lefty Chris Hernandez (2-0) hurled seven scoreless frames on three hits, two walks and five strikeouts to earn the win for Portland. Hernandez was perfect in five of seven innings, throwing 60 of 100 pitches for strikes.

The 'Dogs put the game away in the sixth inning with three runs off losing pitcher Mikey O'Brien (7-8), who yielded four runs on six hits over 6 innings pitched.

J.C. Linares' career week continued in the series opener, as the 28-year old Cuban native went 2-for-4 with a 2-run homer. Linares is hitting .542 (13-for-24 ) with 4 homers and 12 RBI this week. His blast over the Maine Monster in the sixth gave Portland a 3-0 lead.

Michael Almanzar and Travis Shaw smacked their 16th homers of the season. Almanzar finished 2-for-4, knocking in the game's first run with a two-out infield single in the fourth.

Christian Vazquez reached base three times, going 2-for-3, and tagging the Monster twice. His two-run single in the seventh gave Portland a 6-0 lead.Tony Thomas drove in a run with a fielder's choice.

Noe Ramirez closed out the game with two innings of relief on two hits and one run. Jose Pirela knocked in Trenton's lone tally with a single.Hernandez escaped a first and third nobody out jam in the fourth. The quality start was the fourth in five starts since joining Portland on August 7.

Garin Cecchini went 1-for-3, extending his on-base streak to 39 games, the third best streak in team history.

Before Friday's game, the Sea Dogs inducted Kevin Youkilis into the Unum Sea Dogs Hall of Fame.

Prime Motor Group Player of the Game: Chris Hernandez

The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) continue their five-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday night at Hadlock Field. LHP Mickey Pena (1-0, 3.29) and Terry Doyle (1-5, 3.94) start for Portland. RHP Shane Greene (7-4, 3.48) and RHP Caleb Smith (Double-A debut) get the starting nods for Trenton.

Radio coverage begins at 4:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network and powered by the Tune-In Radio app. Saturday Daniel Paille will be making an appearance at Hadlock Field. Tickets are available by calling 207-879-9500 or at

Husson University Attracts Student Applicants From 32 States and 28 Foreign Countries

Dedicated to creating the most geographically diverse student body in the university’s history
Bangor, Maine - This weekend, Husson University will welcome returning sophomores, juniors and seniors as well as the freshman class of 2017 to their Bangor campus. Students attending the educational institution this year were selected from a pool of applicants from 32 states and 28 countries.

Husson University has experienced enormous growth during the past 10 years.  In fact, the number of full-time undergraduate students enrolled at the educational institution has more than doubled over the past decade.

“Having a geographically diverse student body at Husson University offers a broader educational experience to our students,” said Dr. Robert A. Clark, President and CEO of Husson University. “Schools that attract students from across the world provide opportunities to learn about other cultures, ideas, music, food, and traditions. This knowledge is essential for our graduates to compete in today’s worldwide economy.”

A 2005 U.S. Census Bureau report on exports from manufacturing establishments states that the U.S. economy is becoming more globally connected. Today, one in five jobs in this country is tied to international trade and this trend is expected to continue.

Clark continued: “Geographic diversity not only brings an enormous amount of energy and vitality to both Husson University and the greater Bangor community, it helps our students develop a deeper understanding of the world’s economic, social, and political issues. We look forward to another productive year of helping individuals prepare for successful careers.”

New faculty members are also getting ready to begin the academic year. According to Provost Lynne Coy-Ogan, “Husson University continues to attract educational leaders from across the country. The combination of in-depth academic knowledge and real world experience that they bring to the classroom, makes Husson University an exciting and dynamic learning environment.”

Students interested in living on campus have the opportunity to reside in Hart, Carlisle or Bell Residence Halls.  In addition, the University’s Living Learning Center offers four floors of suite-style living for 244 students.  The Living Learning Center is unique on campus in that it also contains five experiential learning classrooms.  This combination of housing and educational space provides a unique, holistic learning environment for students.

While attracting a strong residential community on its One College Circle campus is important, Husson also welcomes both traditional and nontraditional students who live off campus.  The University is committed to engaging all of its students in the broader community.  To date, Husson students have devoted thousands of hours to community-based projects, including Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, food banks and other social initiatives.  In addition, students devote time to community organizations as part of internships, practicums and other professional development experiences.

For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees.  With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education.  Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in South Portland, Wells and Presque Isle provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies, science and humanities; as well as communication.  In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program.  For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit

Oceanside High School Girls Varsity Hosts Annual Soccer Play Day August 31st

Thomaston, Maine - The Oceanside High School girls varsity soccer will host their annual play in
Thomaston starting at 9pm. Lineup of teams taken part are Erskine Academy, Messalonskee, Belfast, Lincoln Academy, Winslow, Searsport, Mt. View and Camden Hills.

Please come on out to the Oceanside High School girls varsity play day for some great soccer action.

RCN America Network will be there with coverage of the play day. Stay tuned...

Group rhythmic gymnastics take center stage at 2013 World Rhythmic Championships

KIEV, Ukraine – The USA's group rhythmic gymnastics team will compete in the general group competition, which serves as the qualification round for the two event finals, on Saturday, Aug. 31, at the 2013 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, at Sports Palace in Kiev, Ukraine.

For Saturday, each group will perform a routine in both 10 clubs and three balls/two ribbons, with the total of both scores determining the rankings for the group competition. The two event scores will also determine which groups advance to the event finals for 10 clubs and three balls/two ribbons on Sept. 1.

The members of the U.S. Rhythmic Group Team, which trains at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics in Deerfield, Ill., are: Sharon Dassouli, Northbrook, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics; Alisa Kano, New York, N.Y./Isadora; Natalie McGiffert, Topanga, Calif./Platinum Gymnastics; Monica Rokhman, Northbrook, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics; Jennifer Rokhman, Northbrook, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics; and Laura Tutunikov, Northbrook, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics.

Collins, King Praise DOE Grant Funding to Support Tidal Energy Development in Maine

Washington D.C - U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King on August 29th praised an announcement from the U.S. Department of Energy that it is awarding Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) two grants totaling nearly $5 million to improve their TidGen Power System.

“Renewable energy sources, like tidal power, offer a promising opportunity to help our state and nation make significant strides in the direction of energy security and independence,” Senators Collins and King said in a joint statement. “With the continent’s first commercial tidal turbine, ORPC and its partners have demonstrated that Maine continues to be on the vanguard of renewable energy development, and these funds will help to bolster their TidGen Power System by improving its efficiency and energy production.”

The first grant, in the amount of $1.93 million, will be utilized to develop a control system that predicts tidal conditions. Those measurements will then be used to adjust turbine settings for optimal performance in order to more efficiently harvest energy in highly turbulent water. The second grant, in the amount of $3 million, will be utilized to conduct a study of system components that convert water currents into electricity in order to help develop more efficient equipment in tidal, wave, and river current generators.

In August 2012, ORPC launched its TidGen Power System, North America’s first commercial grid-tied tidal power project, in Cobscook Bay at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy between Lubec and Eastport. The system is designed to generate electricity at water depths of 50 to 100 feet and is used at shallow tidal and deep river sites. It connects directly to an on-shore station through a single underwater transmission line.

ORPC also plans to deploy power systems in Western Passage, also in the Bay of Fundy region, that will connect to the New England power grid through Bangor Hydro Electric.

Secretary of State Announces Order of Bond Questions for November 5, 2013 Referendum Election Ballot

**Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap and Maine Attorney General Janet Mills randomly select the order of the bond questions that were recently approved by the Legislature.** 
Augusta, Maine - Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap and Attorney General Janet Mills held a public drawing today to determine the order in which the recently approved bond questions will appear on the November 5, 2013 Referendum Election ballot. The five questions that will go before voters were drafted and approved by the 126th Maine Legislature. Each question was placed in an unmarked, sealed envelope and randomly selected from a bowl by Attorney General Mills.

Maine law requires the drawing process for ballot position and also requires the questions to be organized on the ballot by category as follows: people's veto questions first, then citizen initiatives, followed by bond questions, referendum questions proposed by the Legislature, and finally, resolutions to amend the state Constitution.

The November ballot will only contain bond questions as no other statewide measures have been proposed.

The questions for the November 5, 2013 Referendum ballot will appear as follows:

Question 1 (Bond Issue): Do you favor a $14,000,000 bond issue to provide funds for the State's share of maintenance, repair, capital improvement, modernization and energy efficiency projects for Maine Army National Guard readiness centers and support facilities and the purchase of land for training and to draw down federal matching funds?

Question 2 (Bond Issue): Do you favor a $15,500,000 bond issue to enhance educational and employment opportunities for Maine citizens and students by updating and improving existing laboratory and classroom facilities of the University of Maine System statewide?

Question 3 (Bond Issue): Do you favor a $100,000,000 bond issue for reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities or equipment related to ports, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation and transit, to be used to match an estimated $154,000,000 in federal and other funds?

Question 4 (Bond Issue): Do you favor a $4,500,000 bond issue to provide funds for a public-private partnership for a building project for a new science facility at the Maine Maritime Academy to be matched by other funds?

Question 5 (Bond Issue): Do you favor a $15,500,000 bond issue to upgrade buildings, classrooms and laboratories on the 7 campuses of the Maine Community College System in order to increase capacity to serve more students through expanded programs in health care, precision machining, information technology, criminal justice and other key programs?

Oceanside VS Erskine Preseason Soccer Action August 29th

Thomaston, Maine - The Oceanside High School boys, girls varsity and junior varsity teams hosted Erskine Academy in preseason action which showed team effort both all the teams. It was great to see the team work hard together to get ready for their official season,

First two games encompassed the girls junior varsity and boys varsity which ended in a 0-0 tie. The second two games with the girls varsity, 2-1 by midway through the second half and boys junior varsity in a deadlock of 0-0.

Oceanside girls varsity will be hosting their annual play day August 31st in Thomaston, Maine. Stay tuned to RCN America Network on who Oceanside will be hosting in their play day.