Wednesday, July 31, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Melissa Lena Philbrook Crowned 2013 Maine Sea Goddess

2013 Maine Sea Goddess,Melissa Lena Philbrook with 2012 Maine Sea Goddess,  Alexandra Dienesch-Calamari 
Melissa Lena Philbrook Crowned 2013 Maine Sea Goddess. Melissa Lena Philbrook of Warren is a 2013 graduate of Medomak Valley High School. She is the daughter of Ronald and Denise Philbrook. Her school activities included National Honor Society, PAWS, AAU Basketball, math team, Girls State 2012, private tutoring in Algebra 2, cross country, basketball, softball, track & field and yearbook. Her outside activities include volunteering for many school events including the Alzheimer’s Association, Relay for Life and the Humane Society, face painting and community events. Philbrook is employed at Moody’s Diner and Point Lookout. Her future plans are to attend the University of New England to study pre-med/medical biology. Philbrook’s sponsors are Wallace Lobster Corp, Bowden's Egg Farm, Inc. and Moody’s Diner.

Hannah Elizabeth Plourde was named Crowned Princess and Zoey Jeanne Proctor was voted Miss Congeniality.



Sea Princess Saga Opening Day The 66th Maine Lobster Festival

Doug Mills story and video
David Mills Photography
RCN America Nettwork

Rockland Maine - Today is the opening day for the 66th Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland Maine.  It is also coronation day for the new 2013 Maine Sea Goddess.  This morning the Sea Princesses had their last practice before the coronation at 8:00 pm tonight.  The last chance to get that walk and wave just right.  The last chance to be sure everything is ready for the ceremony tonight.  The last day of Alexandra Dienesch-Calamari's reign as 2012 Maine Sea Goddess!  Tonight the new 2013 Maine Sea Goddess will be chosen and begin her reign.

As noon approached King Neptune and his court arrived at the public landing in Rockland with a Coast Guard escort.  The festival flag was raised and King Neptune declared the 66th Maine Lobster Festival open!  With an amazing bounty from the sea it is no surprise that the lines at the food tent were already long, but have no fear this crew will get them all feed in no time.


8:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.

THE 66TH MAINE SEA GODDESS CORONATION

Main Stage
Come see the coronation of the 66th Maine Lobster Festival Sea Goddess be crowned! Festivities start at 8pm with music and the introduction of the Sea Princesses with their US Coast Guard escorts from our own Rockland Station.

The winner received a cash prize and the title of The Maine Lobster Festival Sea Goddess with a very lovely crown. She reigns at many events throughout the year culminating with the start of the 2014 Lobster Festival. Also crowned is the Crown Princess and Miss Congeniality.
Come and joins and cheer for all the Sea Princesses.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE PUBLIC SCHEDULE TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013

DEPARTMENT OF STATE
PUBLIC SCHEDULE
TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013


SECRETARY JOHN KERRY
10:15 a.m. Secretary Kerry holds a trilateral meeting with Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, at the Department of State.
11:00 a.m. Secretary Kerry delivers remarks on the Middle East Peace Process Talks, at the Department of State. Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat will also be in attendance.

DEPUTY SECRETARY BILL BURNS10:00 a.m. Deputy Secretary Burns officiates the swearing-in ceremony for the Ambassador-designate to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, at the Department of State.

UNDER SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS WENDY SHERMAN11:30 a.m. Under Secretary Sherman meets with the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the U.S. Kairat Umarov, at the Department of State.

UNDER SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH, ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT ROBERT HORMATS
1:30 p.m. Under Secretary Hormats holds a conference call with John Watson, Chairman and CEO of Chevron Corporation, at the Department of State.

ACTING UNDER SECRETARY FOR ARMS CONTROL AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ROSE GOTTEMOELLER
6:30 p.m. Acting Under Secretary Gottemoeller attends the Senate National Security Working Group dinner, at the Capitol Building.

CHIEF OF PROTOCOL AMBASSADOR CAPRICIA PENAVIC MARSHALL
9:00 a.m. Ambassador Marshall delivers remarks at the Protocol and Diplomacy International - Protocol Officers Association’s (PDI-POA) 12th Annual International Educational Forum, in Chicago, Illinois.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS JOSE FERNANDEZ

1:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Fernandez attends the U.S.-Brazil Innovation Summit, at the Embassy of Brazil, in Washington, DC.
8:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Fernandez attends the Kingdom of Morocco’s National Day reception, at the Embassy of Morocco, in Bethesda, MD.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS MIKE HAMMER
8:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Hammer attends the Kingdom of Morocco’s National Day reception, at the Embassy of Morocco, in Bethesda, MD.

ACTING ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND LABOR UZRA ZEYA
Acting Assistant Secretary Zeya is on foreign travel to China from July 29 through August 2 for the Annual U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue and related meetings. Please click here for more information.

AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE TO MONITOR AND COMBAT TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS LUIS CDEBACA
Ambassador CdeBaca is on foreign travel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
10:00 a.m. LOCAL Ambassador CdeBaca meets with Nancy Shukri, Law Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
12:00 p.m. LOCAL Ambassador CdeBaca meets with Tuan Abdul Wahab Mohamed, Head of Prosecution, Attorney General’s Chambers, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
2:00 p.m. LOCAL Ambassador CdeBaca meets with Dato’ Sri Abdul Rahim Bin Mohamad Radzi, Secretary General of Home Affairs, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
2:30 p.m. LOCAL Ambassador CdeBaca meets with the Anti-Human Trafficking Council, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
7:00 p.m. LOCAL Ambassador CdeBaca attends an Iftar reception hosted by the Ministry of Home Affairs, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.



White House Schedule - July 31, 2013

President Barack Obama signs a line worker's shirt after touring the Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga, Tenn., July 30, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
In the morning, the President will travel to Capitol Hill to meet with the House and Senate Democratic Caucuses. 
In the afternoon, the President will welcome NCAA Champion UConn Huskies to honor the team and their 2013 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship.  This visit will also continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to communities as part of their trip to Washington. 
Following these remarks, the President and the Vice President will meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew in the Oval Office. 
In the morning, the Vice President will attend meetings at the White House.

10:10 AM
The President meets with the House Democratic Caucus
United States Capitol
11:25 AM
The President meets with the Senate Democratic Caucus
United States Capitol
12:45 PM
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
2:10 PM
The President welcomes the NCAA Champion UConn Huskies to honor the team and their 2013 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship
East Room
4:30 PM
The President and the Vice President meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew
Oval Office


"Quiet Anchorage" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Quiet Anchorage" By Doug Mills
The Schooner Heritage in a quiet anchorage off Castine, Maine. [07-06-2011]





Tuesday, July 30, 2013

66th Maine Lobster Festival Volunteers

Doug Mills story and video
David Mills Photography
RCN America Network

Rockland, Maine- It's the last day before the start of the 66th Maine Lobster Festival and it is the volunteers that make the difference.  It takes a minimum of 1000 volunteers to make the Maine Lobster Festival happen.  A quick trip around the grounds and we find many of our Sea Princesses helping to prepare for this years opening day. So many jobs to be done.  "Every year, more than 1,000 volunteers make this festival run – there wouldn't be a festival without them! Our volunteers come from all over the country. Local residents, summer residents, and vacationers of all ages volunteer for at least one shift on the grounds. People plan their vacations around their obligation at the Festival.
Each volunteer receives an exclusive Maine Lobster Festival Volunteer T-Shirt – these shirts are not for sale and can only be obtained by volunteering! In addition volunteers receive free admission on the day they volunteer.
Volunteering is fun and exciting! You meet old friends and make new."
http://www.mainelobsterfestival.com/festival-info/volunteer/

Here is the opening day's schedule:

JULY 31

All Day

ART SHOW AT MAIN STREET BRANCH OF CAMDEN NATIONAL BANK

Art Show at Main Street branch of Camden National Bank.
All Day

FREE SHUTTLE BUS

The Festival provides free shuttle services to and from the festival grounds from the following locations (free parking at both locations):
  • Oceanside High School (formerly Rockland District High School)
  • Rockland District Middle School
Bus arrives at each location approximately every 30 minutes.
        CHECK DAYS FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE:
Wednesday July 31 - Bus starts running at noon and ends at 10PM
Thursday and Friday August 1 & 2 - Bus starts at 10AM and ends at 11PM
Saturday August 3 - Bus starts after parade (usually around noon) and ends at 11PM
Sunday August 4 - Bus starts at 10AM and ends at 5PM
9:00 a.m.

4-DAY PASSES AND ENTERTAINMENT TICKETS

Four Day passes and Entertainment tickets on sale at the Main gate.
12:00 p.m.

66TH MAINE LOBSTER FESTIVAL OPENS


Festival officially opens, along with exhibition tents, booths, vendors, carnival rides and games. Gates open at noon and stay open until 10pm.
Admisison is $5 for adults and $2 for children.
Also, lobster serving begins in the Eating Tent immediately, fresh from the ocean. King Neptune and his court, along with Alexandra Dienesch-Calamari, the 2012 Maine Sea Goddess, arrive on the main dock from the briny deep to raise the flag and officially open the 2013 Maine Lobster Festival. Opening ceremonies will take place next to the flagpole by the Harbor Master’s building.
All tents open at 1pm - Children's Tent, admission free - Fine Arts Tent - Marine Tent - Maine Craft Tent: ongoing demonstrations - Maine Products Tent - North Tent - all vendors.

We close at 10PM today.
12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.

CORONATION REHEARSAL

The Coronation rehearsal takes place on the Main stage.
12:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.

LOBSTER SERVING BEGINS

Lobster serving begins in the Food Tent. All food vendors also open as well as the new Lobster Cafe Lobster Rolls, Lobster Wraps and Lobster Caesar Salad.
Come in for one, two or three lobster dinners includes a buttery roll and fresh local corn on the cob. The menu includes lobster dinners, but also steamed clams, Fisherman's platter, crab cakes, Shore dinner, fried shrimp, fried haddock, and fried calamari. Check out our 2012 menu, it will be available by July.
12:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.

SMOKEY'S GREATEST SHOWS CARNIVAL

Smokey’s Greatest Shows carnival:
July 31, Thursday - Aug 3, Saturday - Noon - 10pm
Aug 4, Sunday - Noon - 6pm 

• Bracelet Day/Pay One Price days are Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Cost: $15.
Purchase bracelets from noon-5pm each bracelet day at the carnival.
Festival admission is not included in bracelet price.
1:00 p.m.

ALL'S TENTS OPEN

Children’s Tent, Fine Arts & Crafts Tent, Marine Tent, Maine Made Tent, ongoing demonstrations, all vendors.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

TOURS OF THE US COAST GUARD STATION ROCKLAND

Tours of the US Coast Guard Station Rockland will be open every day except for Sunday. Check the particular day for details.
US Coast Guard tours of the four units run every 30 minutes.
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

CASTLEBAY

North Entertainment Tent
Castlebay has been musically weaving together the heritage of New England and the Celtic lands since 1987. Members Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee have loved and researched traditional music for most of their lives and blend history, legend and experience into their personable performance style. Their concerts feature poignant ballads sung in Lane's ethereal soprano and Gosbee's rich baritone interspersed with joyous dance tunes played onCeltic harp, guitar, fiddle and tin whistle. Castlebay treats the audience to a musical journey through time and across the Atlantic. The duo also presents special theme concerts on various aspects of Celtic lore, nautical life or Colonial America.
6:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.

SIDEWAYS HIGHWAYS

North Entertainment Tent

Sideways Highways is a band based out of Rockland and Owls Head, Maine. We play many different styles of music, from rock to prog, jazz to blues, and everything in between, though we do mainly play rock. Our repertoire is composed of originals and covers, at about a 60/40 split. We only cover songs if they are incredibly inspirational, or if they just sound like fun to do. That being said, we do have quite a large repertoire of covers, as we find many things inspirational and fun.
8:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.

THE 66TH MAINE SEA GODDESS CORONATION

Main Stage
Come see the coronation of the 66th Maine Lobster Festival Sea Goddess be crowned! Festivities start at 8pm with music and the introduction of the Sea Princesses with their US Coast Guard escorts from our own Rockland Station.

The winner received a cash prize and the title of The Maine Lobster Festival Sea Goddess with a very lovely crown. She reigns at many events throughout the year culminating with the start of the 2014 Lobster Festival. Also crowned is the Crown Princess and Miss Congeniality.

Legal Basics Course Offered this Fall at Hutchinson Center

Belfast, Maine - Legal Basics for Family and Business Professionals, POS 359, meets on Thursday, 2:30 -
5:00 p.m. at the UMaine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The Hutchinson Center classroom will be connected by video conferencing technology to UMaine campus in Orono.  There are no pre-requisites for this course.

If you are planning a career working with people or own a small or family business, this course is a must for you!  This course is taught by Susan Longley, Judge of Probate, in Belfast.

Students who want to think about legal careers as paralegals and lawyers, or careers working with people in a variety of settings, should take this course. Also students who want to gift themselves with a solid understanding of the law and the ways even just a basic understanding of everyone's legal needs from early in one's career to later in one's life also will want to take this course.

Specific Objectives.  Specifically and with a strong emphasis on learning to use on-line legal resources, students will learn and be able to research substantive legal matters, prepare important legal documents and become familiar with both judicial and legislative processes.

Students first will learn more about legal issues affecting their personal and professional lives.  With this learning, students will start organizing legal documents that range from powers of attorney for finances and/or medical, wills, living wills, contracts, corporations and/or limited liability companies (LLCs).

Also, students will become familiar with court procedures so that should the student ever be served papers to appear in court, s/he will have a far better understanding of how to begin to handle these court matters.

Finally, armed in class with a deeper understanding and appreciation of important substantive and procedural legal matters, students next will learn where to go to find more legal information.  In addition to on-line legal work, students also will learn to find their ways into actual law libraries, courtrooms, and legislative hearing rooms and become familiar and comfortable with acting in these legal settings, as well.

The UMaine Hutchinson Center is an outreach center for our flagship University of Maine.

White House Schedule - July 30, 2013

President Barack Obama has lunch with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the patio outside the Oval Office, July 29, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
Later in the morning, the President will travel to Chattanooga, Tennessee. The departure from the South Lawn and the arrival at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport are open press.
While in Chattanooga, the President will travel to the Amazon fulfillment center to give the first in a series of policy speeches on his better bargain for the middle class. His speech will focus on proposals to jumpstart private sector job growth and strengthen the manufacturing sector. At the Amazon Fulfillment Center, the President will tour and give remarks. The tour is pooled press, while the remarks are open press.
In the evening, the President will depart Chattanooga, Tennessee en route Washington, DC. The departure from the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport and the arrival on the South Lawn are open press.
Later, the President and the Vice President will meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
At 8:30 AM, the Vice President and former Secretary Hillary Clinton will meet for breakfast at the Naval Observatory. 

8:30 AM
The Vice President and former Secretary Hillary Clinton meet for breakfast
Naval Observatory
10:00 AM
The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office
10:45 AM
The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews
South Lawn
11:00 AM
The President departs Joint Base Andrews
Travel Pool Coverage
12:30 PM
The President arrives Chattanooga, Tennessee
Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport
1:35 PM
The President tours the Amazon Fulfillment Center
Amazon Fulfillment Center, Chattanooga, Tennessee
2:00 PM
The President delivers remarks
Chattanooga, Chattanooga Amazon Fulfillment Center, Tennessee
3:05 PM
The President departs Chattanooga, Tennessee en route Washington, DC
Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport
4:40 PM
The President arrives Joint Base Andrews

The President arrives Joint Base Andrews
4:55 PM
The President arrives the White House
South Lawn
5:10 PM
The President and the Vice President meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel
Oval Office