Monday, September 30, 2013

Timyra-Joi "The Voice" Blind Audition Video

Fifteen year old cutie Timyra-joi performed Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys for her blind audition on "The
Voice" September 30th. Timyra is an amazing vocalist, who should be great to watch along her journey on "The Voice" who picked Christina has her mentor. How far will she go.


We here at RCN America Network can't wait to see where this wonderful singer will go. She has a very bright future ahead of her.

You can follow Timyra-Joi here and her Youtube here.
 Photos Credit: NBC UNIVERSAL

Jaguar to be featured at celebration of foreign autos; vehicles of all marques welcome to exhibit

Owls Head, Maine - More than 100 antique automobiles from around the world are expected to rally at the Owls Head Transportation Museum Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6 for the Museum’s annual Foreign Auto Festival and Antique Aeroplane Show.

While a diverse range of stunning vehicles is expected at the event, this year the Owls Head Transportation Museum is celebrating Jaguars as the featured marque of the Foreign Auto Festival. Owners of pre-1993 foreign automobiles and all Jaguar owners—regardless of year—are invited to exhibit their vehicles free of charge.

Exhibitor gates open at 8:30 a.m., and gates open to the public at 9:00 a.m.

This annual event attracts foreign car enthusiasts from all over the state—from luxury sedans to the high-performance sports cars. The variety can be impressive: Austin Healey, MG, Triumph, Porsche, Ferrari, Citroën, Mercedes, BMW, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Jaguar, Volkswagen and more. The meet draws a large number of Japanese models as well.

Members of the Down East Porsche Club and Mid Maine Sports Car Club are expected to attend, and featured display cars will include a 1930 Bentley Speed 6 and a 1955 Jaguar XK140. Jaguar Scarborough will be at the Museum on Saturday, October 5 to showcase and discuss new model Jaguars including the new Jaguar F-Type, which will be on hand for museum guests to see.

On both days of the show Owls Head Transportation Museum Aircraft Conservator Karl Erickson and our team of dedicated aviation workshop volunteers and pilots will demonstrate the Museum’s unrivalled collection of antique aircraft. The most recent addition to our aircraft collection, the last surviving 1930 Pitcairn PA-7S Sport Mailwing, will take to the skies, and additional planes that may fly for demonstrations include the Museum’s 1941 Stearman, our 1933 Waco, our 1916 Sopwith Pup, our 1923 Fokker C.IV and our beloved 1917 Fokker DR.I triplane (aka the Red Baron). Our open flightline, also scheduled for both days of the event, provides an opportunity for visitors to see, hear and experience the planes close up and visit with our pilots.

Rain or shine, visitors will have access to the Museum’s indoor collection featuring dozens of rare antique cars, motorcycles and aeroplanes. Guests will also have an opportunity to view the Museum’s exhibition, MGs & Microcars, showcasing a unique collection of more than 25 MGs and small cars from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s.
Admission is $12 for adults and, as always, children under 18 are admitted to the Museum and show free of charge. Refreshments catered by French & Brawn Catering and Market Place will be available for purchase at the Caboose during both days of the show. No pets are allowed in the Museum or on show grounds.

Any visitor who renews their membership or purchases a new membership on the day of an event is automatically entered in a drawing for a scenic ride in the Museum’s 1941 Stearman biplane. One winner is drawn at noon and one at 3:00 p.m. each day of the event.

The Owls Head Transportation Museum is located at 117 Museum Street in Owls Head, Maine, directly off of Route 73. The Museum is open seven days a week, year round. For more information please contact Owls Head Transportation Museum Public Relations Director Jenna Lookner at (207) 594-4418.

Governor LePage Issues Food Drive Challenge to Maine Chambers of Commerce

As part of the Third Annual Blaine House Food Drive, Governor encourages statewide participation
Augusta, Maine - Governor Paul R. LePage has issued a Food Drive Challenge to Maine Chambers of Commerce. In a letter issued last week to Maine chambers, Governor LePage encouraged participation in a local food drive throughout the month of October

Chambers that participate will have a chance to host a “Business After Hours” event at the Blaine House.

“As our holiday season approaches, it is very important that we remember those who are less fortunate,” said Governor LePage. “The First Lady and I will be hosting Blaine House food drives, but I am encouraging local chambers to get involved and help out their local food pantries or homeless shelters.”

The Governor and First Lady request each chamber submit an itemized list of products donated, as well as contact information for the organization receiving the donation. Donations are to be collected and donated for the challenge between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31. Participating chambers will be entered into a raffle to host a “Business After Hours” event at the Blaine House with the Governor and First Lady and senior officials in the LePage Administration.

By including Chambers of Commerce throughout Maine, the First Family hopes to bring more awareness around the goodness of giving within Maine communities.

“We are a small state with big hearts,” said First Lady Ann LePage. “In our family, we have taught our children that giving is more important than receiving. Giving money is great, but giving your time is just as valuable. So we encourage Mainers to consider volunteering at a shelter, food pantry or soup kitchen. It’s a great gift to give.”

The First Family is hosting the Third Annual Blaine House Food Drive on three consecutive Saturdays during the month of October: Oct. 12, Oct. 19 and Oct.26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mainers will have an opportunity to bring a food donation, receive a tour of the Blaine House led by Governor LePage and enjoy light refreshments.

Owls Head Lighthouse "A View From Above"



The lighthouse was designed by Green & Foster and Jeremiah Barry and constructed in 1826. It is a 30-foot (9.1 m) tall cylindrical brick tower on a granite foundation standing on top a cliff. It has one of the last six Fresnel lenses in operation in Maine















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White House Schedule - September 30, 2013

President Barack Obama talks with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran during a phone call in the Oval Office, Sept. 27, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
10:15 AM
The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office
11:15 AM
The President holds a bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu; the Vice President also attends
Oval Office


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The Rockland Report

OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
 Met with staff to review Thorndike project as we prepare to release the RFP.
 Followed up and reviewed status of work on Ferry Terminal Park.
 Followed up and reviewed plans for annual Safety Day next Friday, October 4th.
 Met with staff to review stormwater and sewer related concerns and inspected various locations to discuss options moving forward.
 Held discussions with various individuals for possible public art to be displayed.
OFFICE OF THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY DIRECTOR
 Replaced the drive gearbox on the gravity belt thickener.
 Replaced the No. 2 secondary clarifier drive motor and gearbox support brackets.
 Accepted a bid for No. 1 Primary Clarifier metalwork recoating.
 Carried out an emergency sewer pipe repair on Laurel Street.
 Repaired the library chiller unit water line.
 Responded to a resident request for a sewer line tie in evaluation on Suffolk Street.
 Inspected a lateral on Union Street to determine if the homeowner needs to replace it.
 Marked sewer lines for Dig Safe in four locations.
OFFICE OF THE FINANCE DIRECTOR
 Approved Payroll Warrant
 Year End Work – EMS Fund & CIP Fund
 Monthly Journal Entries
 Attended Mid-Coast Veterans Association Meeting.
 Met with Machias Savings Bank.
OFFICE OF THE HARBORMASTER
 Even though we can really feel the approach of fall, the Public landing is still busy, both with overnight stays and shorter visits.
 Just one more scheduled visit of the ACL's Independence.
 Met with an inspector for the USCG to discuss harbor and Public Landing security needs as part of the larger Area Maritime Security Plan.
 Met with the City's Community Development Director to discuss the harbor grant applications for this fall.
 Did a lot of end of season holding tank pump outs for local boats.
 Winterized another handful of city rental moorings.
 Welcomed the Kiwi Spirit, the recently completed sailboat designed to try to set a new speed record as a solo-circumnavigator.
OFFICE OF THE POLICE CHIEF The officers responded to 187 calls for service. Rockland Police Officers responded to nine motor vehicle crashes. Thirty five (35) traffic stops and traffic violations were conducted. The officers made multiple arrests of individuals for various offenses, to include bail violations, domestic assaults, OUIs, disorderly conduct, arrest warrants, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and drug offenses.
 Chief Boucher and Deputy Chief Tower conducted a “school lock-down” presentation to the Board of the Mid Coast School of Technology.
OFFICE OF THE CITY ASSESSOR
 Processed real estate transfers.
 Analyzed current sales and the sales ratio.
 Talked with tax payers about the assessments.
 Reviewed permits that have been issued.
OFFICE OF THE CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
 Received a Planning Board pre-application meeting request from the owner of 743 Main Street to discuss opening a seafood restaurant.
 Issued a Building Permit for a 36,600 sq.ft. warehouse addition at 341 Park Street.
 Met with a vendor and contractors to review the installation of the new propane HVAC system at the soon to be, former WAL-MART property.
 A progress inspection was done on the work at 24 Lincoln Street.
 Attended the MCEOA Meeting in Rockport 9/25/13.
 Participated in a Floodplain Webinar presented by FEMA 9/25/13.
 Attended the MBOIA Membership/Training Meeting in Gray 9/26/13.
 There were three complaints filed this week.
 The following permits were received by the Code Office this week:
o 8 Building permits
o 3 Electrical permits
o 1 Plumbing permit
OFFICE OF THE FIRE CHIEF
In addition to responding to the normal flow of fire and EMS calls, apparatus checks, cleaning, repairs and maintenance to the fleet and cleaning and maintenance of the quarters, the following occurred:
 The Department responded under the local mutual aid agreement to upper Pleasant Street (Thomaston side) for a fire in a mobile home. Upon arrival it was found that the fire was under the home and the incident was quickly brought under control with a joint effort of the Rockland and Thomaston Fire Departments.
 The Department continued to work on employee evaluations.
 The Department participated in a benefit fundraiser by assisting with the cooking and serving of dinner.
 Assistant Chief Miceli participated in joint training with the Knox Regional Communications Center.
 Assistant Chief Mazzeo and Lt. Jamie Leo attended training on report writing.
 Annual state inspections of the apparatus are underway.
 At the request of the City Manager, the Fire Chief investigated a citizen complaint regarding possible illegal burning by a neighbor in the South end of Town. Upon arrival the Chief found the neighbor to be in compliance with all state and local regulations. Other investigations into related complaints have likewise found no violations. The Chief has since spoken with the complainant in order to ascertain specific concerns.
OFFICE OF THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR
 We had the most unusual visitor in my tenure this week, when a (presumably) young porcupine took up temporary residence in the Mountain Ash. There’s a picture of the little critter on the Library's Facebook page, taken by Alan Athearn in response to a call from a Library patron. We were very happy to see s/he’d left by the following morning, though; it didn’t seem the safest nesting place.
 With support from Terry Pinto and John Dutcher from the WPCF, and Energy Chair Larry Pritchett, JBI quickly found the leak in the AC’s water line and repaired this leak. Thank you to all involved!
 The second series of Family Place Libraries™ workshops began this week, with Friends’ Board Member (and retired teacher) Linda Gundel. “Miss Jean” had about a dozen families for 25 participating.
 Patty King held an impromptu Wednesday Storytime; while the Children’s Librarian was running the above-mentioned workshop.
 Marty Schindler’s reading aloud of the Redwall books concluded this week.
 The first of the school year’s Library visits to North Haven Community School Library began this week, with Jean Young bringing books and other requested items over.
 Thursday evening Arts & Cultural series featured author Robert (Bob) Branco, who wrote, Strike from the Deep, a mystery/thriller and modern-day pirate tale. This book is available at your beloved library.
 Upcoming events of note: Slide-Talk: Amazon Pueblo Project: Enterprise and Adventure in the Rainforest and the start of a six-week series of film and discussion entitled Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness.
 Did you know the Library has Kill a Watt Energy detectors to lend?
OFFICE OF THE SOLID WASTE DIRECTOR
 Painted the recycling building.
 Submitted the waste water pumping totals and analytical data.
 Conducted quarterly gas sampling.
 We had to have the 924 loader drive shaft seal replaced due to a piece of wire wrapping around while placing daily cover.
 Sent out a load of e-waste.
 Conducted waste water sampling.
 Working on repairing recycling bins and replacing wheels.
 Received comments on our annual report and operations manual revisions that were submitted at the end of March. A few recommendations were made and will be addressed.
 Scheduled Site Required Specific Training.
OFFICE OF THE FISH PIER DIRECTOR
 Damaged light pole fixtures have been replaced. More energy efficient light bulbs had to be ordered to replace burnt out bulbs. All ground fault outlet boxes have been repaired and are now working properly as designed.
 Continue with the general cleanup of the pier, floats, and user areas.
 The fuel station platform and fuel hose reels have been installed.
 Herring closure areas will be opened on October 1, 2013.
 Lobster price is around $3.10 a pound.
OFFICE OF THE RECREATION DIRECTOR
 Soccer games and clinics are now in full swing. There were games all over this last weekend. All of our 1st & 2nd graders played Saturday and our 3rd & 4th grade players were scattered around Knox County. Our 5th & 6th grade boys played at home and the girls were on the road in Waldoboro.
 Public works is working on installing the granite tables for the Ferry Terminal Park. This project should be complete by the first of next week.
 Preparations for the safety day are in place and we will be ready for October 4th.
OFFICE OF THE GENERAL ASSISTANCE ADMINISTRATOR
 Made appointments for clients who did not have any scheduled.
 Met with clients who had scheduled appointments.
 Handled General Assistance inquiries.
 Made referrals to the Disability Advocacy Program.
 Applied for SSDI Interim Reimbursements.
 Updated General Assistance Paperwork and client files.
 With the support from multiple departments, we have planned, scheduled and coordinated an annual safety day to be held on Friday, October 4th.
OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR
 Completed cold patching over a three day period.
 Completed trash pickups, including roadside and watered pole flowers.
 Backfilled Talbot Avenue, which included loam, gravel, and seeding.
 Backfilling and leveling the former MacDougal school property in preparation of planned hydroseeding to restore this area.
 Prepped site, poured three concrete pads, and installed granite tables with benches at Ferry Terminal Park.
 Cut up and removed large limb that came down at Butler Square Park.
 Continued routine street sweeping activities.
 Assisting Lanes/MDOT with traffic control and sweeping of Limerock Street (Main to Union) and Claremont Street. Contractors work included grinding, shimming, tacking, and surface pavement. MDOT inspector was on site for quality control.
 Mechanics removed roadside mower from Kubota tractor and reinstalled backhoe, 2007 dump truck rear drum and brake shoes replaced, serviced leaf blowers, removed and repaired radiator in 1995 Kobelco excavator, flat tire and plow wing work.
 Next week we plan to prep and pave several areas including manholes, sidewalks on Union Street, and driveway aprons; ditching industrial park area between Thomaston Street and Gordon Drive, ditching work on Lake Avenue, final grading and hydroseeding at MacDougal property, install catch basin on Limerock Street by Knox Center.
OFFICE OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
 Provided assistance to the Producer of Catatonk Blues, for a portion of the film being shot here in the City of Rockland.
 Met with Maine Eastern Railroad, Eimskip, and Maine Port Authority to explore opportunities for increased freight traffic to and from the Mid-Coast.
 Spoke before Tourism and Economic Development classes at USM and UM.
 Reviewed and finalized bid package for last of the City's CDBG facade program.
 Reviewed and finalized bid package for City's CFMF Thorndike project.
 Followed up with three existing companies exploring financing and other plans for expansion.


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"The Fleet Is In" The Maine Windjammer Project

"The Fleet Is In" By Doug Mills
The fleet is in at Camden.[09-29-13]




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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Bailee Madison: L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade Event

Culver City, California - Thirteen year old actress Bailee Madison looked beautiful wearing a blue dress
with white shoes to the L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade Event at the Culver Studios on September 28, 2013 in Culver City, California.

Bailee Madison is an American child actress. She is most famous for her role in Bridge to Terabithia in which she plays May Belle Aarons, the younger sister of Jesse Aarons.

Maine Fall Foliage Report




Sarah Hyland: Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party 2013

Los Angeles, California - Twenty two year old "Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland looked gorgeous
wearing a strapless dress with red high heels to the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party on September 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Sarah Jane Hyland is an American actress best known for her role as oldest sibling Haley Dunphy on the ABC sitcom Modern Family.

"Fall" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Fall" By Doug Mills
The J&E Riggin at North End Shipyard in the fall of 2010.[10-21-2010]




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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Holland Roden: Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party 2013

Los Angeles, California - Twenty six year old actress Holland Roden looked beautiful wearing a purple
dress with high heels to the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party on September 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Holland Marie Roden is an American actress and is best known for her role as Lydia Martin in MTV's popular teen drama Teen Wolf.

Amandla Stenberg: Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party 2013

Los Angeles, California - Fourteen year old actress Amandla Stenberg looked beautiful wearing
black/white dress with black heeled shoes to the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party on September 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Amandla Stenberg is an American teen actress. She is best known for her portrayal of young Cataleya in Colombiana and Rue in The Hunger Games.

Gabrielle Douglas: Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party 2013

Los Angeles, California - Seventeen year old gymnast Gabrielle Douglas looked beautiful wearing black
leather jacket, pants and black/white stripped shirt with black shoes to the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party on September 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Gabrielle Christina Victoria "Gabby" Douglas is an American artistic gymnast. As a member of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won gold medals in both the individual and team all-around competitions.

Oceanside Defeats Maranacook Girls Varsity Soccer Sept. 26th

THOMASTON, Maine - The Oceanside girls varsity soccer team hosted Maranacook on September
26th, 2013 for a match that ended with MaKenna  Brooks #3 scoring the lone score leading her team to win 1-0. Both teams played a well fought game.

Oceanside girls soccer next matches will be at Morse High School in Bath, Maine on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 while Maranacook matches will be on October 1st against Maine Central Institute.