Thursday, October 31, 2013

ALL HALLOW"S EVE


UMA expands service hours to accommodate working students and prospective students

Augusta, Maine - The University of Maine at Augusta's offices of admissions and advising have combined into a concierge-style Enrollment Services Center, and expanded its service hours past the traditional workday.

The Enrollment Services Center is located in room 138 of the Randall Student Center and offers students and prospective students access to admissions, placement testing, academic advising, career planning and transfer assistance in a one-stop-shop setting.

The new service hours are 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday-Thursday and 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Fridays.  Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information contact the Enrollment Services Center at 1-877-UMA-1234.

“Challenging Times & Changing Oceans”


Graham Shimmield, Executive Director and President of the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, will present his talk “Challenging Times & Changing Oceans” on Tuesday, November 12, 7-8:30pm at the Camden Public Library.  This event is free and open to all.

During the 20th century alone, the population in the world has grown from 1.65 billion to over 7 billion – where will all the food protein and drinking water come from in the future?  Over 30% of our global fish stocks are overexploited. There is no part of the ocean that does not have the fingerprint of human impact or contamination, even though the oceans cover 71% of the earth. Within the next decade the Arctic will be a routine thoroughfare for summer shipping from Europe and the eastern seaboard of North America to Asia, whilst sea ice melts impacting ecosystems and native populations. The oceans have ameliorated the worst excesses of fossil fuel burning by adsorbing excess CO2, but are now showing the concerning effects of acidification. However, the oceans also offer opportunities.  Energy from tide, wind, heat and algal biofuel (via sunlight and photosynthesis) may become a viable alternative to fossil fuel. Less than 2% of the microbes in the ocean can be cultivated in the laboratory rendering a vast potential of marine genetic resources waiting to be discovered for biotechnological and biomedical research through new scientific techniques and discoveries. 

Against this backdrop of oceans that are going through the most profound and rapid changes since the earth’s creation, is the opportunity afforded by fundamental and applied research, and especially the study of microbial life from the ocean surface to the abyss. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is a world leader in the field of microbial oceanography spanning biogeochemistry, genomics, ecology and ocean climate change. In his presentation, Graham Shimmield will describe some of the latest research in microbial oceanography, how such research offers insight and potential solutions to the challenges described above, and fundamentally, why the oceans matter to everyone.

Graham Shimmield received a Ph.D. in Marine Geochemistry from the University of Edinburgh in 1985 and was appointed to a faculty position as Lecturer in Chemical Oceanography in 1984, and promoted to Reader in 1995. In 1996, he moved institution becoming the Director of Scottish Association of Marine Science at the Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory, a post he held for 12 years. Currently, he is the Executive Director and President of the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, since March 2008.  Graham's particular interest is in marine geochemistry, which includes the fundamental studies of geochemical processes operating in ancient oceans through identifying indicators of ocean and climate change (palaeoceanography), the biogeochemical cycling of modern oceans using naturally-occurring radioisotopes, and examining human impacts and contamination in coastal and deep seas.

In 2000, Graham was awarded the title of Honorary Professor at the University of St Andrews. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1998), and the Society of Biology (1999). He has published over 65 scientific peer-reviewed articles.  Since arriving in Maine, Graham is serving on the boards of the Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board, Maine Space Grant and Maine Sea Grant, and advisory boards for Maine Maritime Academy and Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. Very recently, he has been elected to the Board of Trustees for the national Consortium for Ocean Leadership. In November 2011, Graham was named by MaineBiz as one of ten “Nexters” helping to shape the future of Maine’s economy.

This event is offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 27th Annual Camden Conference: The Global Politics of Food and Water, February 21-23, 2014. 

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world affairs through year-round community events, public and student engagement, and an annual weekend conference. For more information, visit www.camdenconference.org, email info@camdenconference.org, or call 207-236-1034.


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“Resilience in Cuba, India and the U.S.”

Sustainability pioneer, James Merkel, will share images, data and reports from his travels to Cuba and India, two societies that exhibit some of the characteristics of a sustainable society.   His presentation, “Resilience in Cuba, India and the U.S.” takes place on Thursday, November 14th at the Rockland Public Library from 6:30-8PM.  This event is free and open to all.

Presenter Jim Merkel believes the future of our life on earth is in peril and man is both responsible for how that’s happened and required to meet the challenges we now face. While consumerism and human populations continue to grow the planet’s capacity to support them has not. The United States’ own widening gap between rich and poor is a reflection of a world in which widening inequality and the stresses on the earth’s biosphere affect the climate and food and water security. Ultimately, these impacts will diminish our standard of living and destabilize society. Unwanted and unmanageable change is coming if we don’t change first.

Merkel believes that some models already exist for how we will need to cope and adapt. They may appear drastic but are the necessary characteristics of a desirable future planet and will include: small families, modest ecological footprints, and the eradication of poverty.

Merkel, will share images and information from his travels to Cuba and the Kerala region in India, two societies that exhibit some of the practices that may be necessary for sustainable human life. Cuba now ranks second in the world in literacy (the US is 34th) and has a lower infant mortality rate than in the US. With free dental, health care and education, and near exclusive organic farming methods, much can be gleaned from Cuba’s experiments, despite how different our two forms of government may be.  In India the people of Kerala have advanced from poverty to a higher standard of living and a leveling of inequality through land reform, women’s rights and support for the disenfranchised. Kerala is achieving a basic life quality on small incomes and smaller families.

Merkel will also talk about his own experiments in sustainable living in the U.S. and Canada and show that there are low-cost and low-waste solutions that are underway and easily attained.

About the Speaker: Jim Merkel has done pioneering work in sustainability. In addition to his book, Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth, Merkel’s work helped Dartmouth College become one of America’s earliest and highest ranked “sustainable” campuses.  Merkel was elected to three terms on the Sierra Club's Executive Committee and as a lobbyist in Washington D.C., promoted wilderness legislation, peace and Native American rights. Jim currently writes, lectures and consults with campuses and municipalities on sustainability initiatives and teaches at Unity College.

This presentation is hosted by the Rockland Public Library and offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 27th Annual Camden Conference: The Global Politics of Food and Water, February 21-23, 2014. 

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world affairs through year-round community events, public and student engagement, and an annual weekend conference. For more information, visit www.camdenconference.org, email info@camdenconference.org, or call 207-236-1034.


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Patten Free Library to Host Talk by Bath Native, Stewart Day, World War II Veteran

Bath, Maine - On Saturday, November 16, Patten Free Library (PFL) will host a presentation by Stewart Day, a ninety-year-old decorated World War II veteran. Day will recount stories of his service as a tail gunner on a B-17s, flying bombing missions over Germany and shooting down three German fighters. His own plane was shot down and ditched in the ocean where Stewart assisted fellow crew members before being captured and imprisoned in P.O.W. camp Stalag 17B. His unofficial job there was to make escape maps of the camp. When Allied victory became apparent, he was forced to make a 281-mile march before being freed by the advancing American Army. Stewart was awarded many medals, including the Purple Heart, for his wartime service.

The presentation is free, open to the public, and will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Library’s second floor Community Room. Some of Mr. Day’s personal artifacts and photographs will be on display, and there will be opportunities for questions during his talk.

Mr. Day’s presentation will be moderated by Brunswick native Chris Gutscher. Last year, Gutscher worked with Mr. Day to record an oral history of his war memories; he submitted it to the Library of Congress’ Veteran’s History Project, where he hopes it will be permanently archived.

For additional information, contact Roberta Jordan, the Outreach and Instruction Librarian at Patten Free Library, at 443-5141, extension 25.

‘HOLLERFEST’ HOSTS THREE NEW ENGLAND BANDS AT STRAND

Rockland, Maine - The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., hosts three New England bands on-the-rise for one night of HOLLERFEST, featuring Toughcats, with The Ghost of Paul Revere, and Darlingside, Friday, November 22 at 7:30pm.

For ten years now the Toughcats power trio of banjo, resonator guitar, and drums have been playing and performing their original Garage Rock styled Pop Americana across the nation. They are known for their captivating high energy live performances, intricate catchy melodies, driving rhythm, and tight vocal harmonies.

The Ghost of Paul Revere is a holler folk band from Portland, Maine centered around the three part harmonies of life long friends Max Davis, Sean McCarthy, and Griffin Sherry. They formed in 2011 with the additions of Matthew Baker and Matt Young.

They are dedicated to writing powerful, stripped down music that is meant to be experienced live and intimately. Their 2012 debut album North recorded in Portsmouth, NH is available for download.  

Under one roof in New England’s Pioneer Valley, Darlingside, a string-rock quintet, came together with five songwriters, a mandolin, a cello and violin, guitars and drums, a chorus of voices, and a van named Chauncey. Holed up in their home between a cornfield and the Connecticut River, they forged a seamless, exhilarating sound at the intersection of rock, classical, and folk music. The band recently released their debut full-length album Pilot Machine’ and are currently shaking rafters along the eastern seaboard with their vibrant live shows.

Tickets: $17 general admission. The Strand balcony and lobby bars will be open for those ages 21+ with a valid ID. This concert is sponsored by Maine Magazine. For more information on all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts, and events at the Strand, visit www.rocklandstrand.com. Tel: (207) 594-0070 EX 3  Email: info@rocklandstrand.com

Seven DB&T Employees Recognized for Milestones

DB&T employees recently recognized for milestones are (from left to right) are Suzan Cotter, Jennifer Smith, Janet Verney, Deborah Anderson, Breanne Hatch and Emily Hills. Missing from the photo is Sarah Sanchez
Damariscotta Bank & Trust recently recognized a group of dedicated employees for their years of service. DB&T held its annual Employee Recognition Night on October 8 at the 1812 Farm in Bristol. While the annual event recognizes all 63 of the employees who work together to maintain the DB&T tradition of value, each year those individuals celebrating anniversaries in five year multiples are specifically recognized for their longevity, hard work and commitment to DB&T.
 
“We are proud of all 63 employees of the Bank. They are the key ingredient to its success,” said DB&T President Scott Conant.  “It is a pleasure to recognize these seven employees as they reach personal milestones here at the bank,” Conant said.
 
Celebrating 25 years at DB&T is Janet Verney, the head teller at the bank’s 25 Main St branch.
 
Debbie Anderson, Union Branch manager, is celebrating 15 years with DB&T. Debbie has been in charge the Union Branch since it first opened. 
 
Recognized for ten years of service are Suzan Cotter, Customer Service Representative in Belfast; Emily Hills, Credit Analyst; and Sarah Sanchez, Customer Service Representative in Union.
 
Breanne Hatch and Jennifer Smith were both recognized for five years of service. Brea is the Branch Manager at the 619 Main St. branch in Damariscotta and has been there since it opened. Jennifer is the Branch Supervisor in the Belfast Branch.
 
Damariscotta Bank and Trust is a community bank established in 1973 to serve the needs of businesses and individuals in the midcoast area.  The bank offers services such as telephone banking, online banking and bill pay. DB&T has six locations: Damariscotta (two locations); New Harbor; Warren; Union and Belfast. The bank can be reached at 1-800-639-8381 or 207-563-8121 or visit them online at damariscottabank.com.


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Maine Vigilant Guard Exercise 2013 to Kick off Tuesday, November 5

Augusta, Maine - Starting Tuesday, November 5 and continuing through Friday November 8, National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, local and state first responders, local, county and state emergency managers, voluntary agencies and multi-national participants and observers will be conducting a large-scale training exercise at venues all across the State of Maine.

The exercise, called "Vigilant Guard," will begin with a simulated ice storm, followed by simulated blizzard conditions and frigid temperatures. Then other training scenarios will unfold all over the State, including simulated bus accidents, potential intruders, bomb threats and other possible terrorist threats, hazardous materials incidents, collapsed structures and cyber security breaches.

Just as in real life, these simulated events will create consequences that will require emergency intervention. In addition, public health officials will test their plans to distribute and dispense of emergency medications, and the American Red Cross will be exercising some of their critical emergency functions.

**In the areas where specific training events are taking place, the public may see an increased number of public safety or military vehicles, uniformed first responders and military personnel. Emergency vehicles will

Governor LePage Congratulates Two Maine Businesses for Receiving Prestigious Award

Augusta, Maine - Governor Paul R. LePage today congratulated Bow Street Market of Freeport for being chosen as 2013 Grocer of the Year - and GrandyOats of Brownfield for being selected as 2013 Producer of the Year during the recent 2013 Maine Food Means Business Summit.

Bow Street Market recently tripled the size of its downtown Freeport location, which currently employs nearly 100 people. GrandyOats is continuing to capitalize on recent success with its granola-producing facility and has become the single-largest employer in the rural - Western Maine Town of Brownfield.

"Both of these family-owned Maine businesses are doing it the right way," said Governor LePage. "By investing in their employees and local communities, Bow Street Market and GrandyOats have sharpened their competitive edge and established a foundation for success and continued prosperity."

In issuing his congratulations, Governor LePage reiterated his goal of continuing to fight for a better business climate here in Maine. "I want to see this kind of prosperity in industries large and small across our great state," said the Governor. "We can do this, if we commit to making Maine as competitive as possible for private investment."

Portland Public Library invites teenagers to “Teen After Hours”

Friday, November 22nd from 6:00-9:00pm
Portland, Maine - Portland Public Library opens the Library once a month after hours just for teens!  Join us in the Teen Lounge on Friday, November 22nd from 6 to 9pm. We will be serving food, playing games, giving away prizes and watching a movie. Make friends and hang out with your neighbors at the library! Please sign up with the librarian. Space is limited.

St. Joseph Healthcare Hosting Free Prostate Health Screening Checks‏

Bangor, Maine  – St. Joseph Healthcare, in conjunction with Richard Batstone MD and the Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer, will hold a free prostate health screening check event on Thursday, November 14 at the urology office of Dr. Batstone at St. Joseph Hospital.

Come enjoy healthy snacks, educational materials, giveaways and a raffle for a Hannaford gift card!

The free check includes a digital rectal exam, urine analysis, prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test and International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS). Prostate health checks look for urological issues, enlarged prostate and cancer.

It is common for the prostate to grow larger with age which increases the chance of developing Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. As per the U.S. National Library of Medicine, 60% of men over the age of 60 and 80% of men over the age of 80 have been diagnosed as BPH patients and is the most common disorder of the prostate gland.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in men and strikes one in six American men. The American Cancer Society estimates that each year 1,100 Maine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 150 will die of the disease. Prostate cancer presents few symptoms and a screening is the best way to catch the disease early.

Patients must sign-up in advance. To register for the free health screening check, call Dr. Batstone’s urology office at 907-1977. The screening check-ups are limited to the first 30 men who sign up.

Holiday Tea – Exploring Children’s Gift Book Ideas at the Portland Public Library

Thursday, November 21st at noon
Portland, Maine - Looking for the perfect book for the children on your shopping list? Let the experts help! Join the Youth Services staff at the Portland Public Library for a holiday noontime tea on November 21st  at noon in the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library and hear recommendations that will help you find just the right book for the young ones on your holiday gift list. Recommendations for newborns through Middle School Age children will be discussed.  Light refreshments will be served.

“Armistice Day” a Veteran’s Day Celebration

Augusta, Maine - The staff of Old Fort Western is pleased to announce that we are hosting an Armistice Day Celebration on Sunday, November 10, 2013, and Monday, Veterans Day, November 11, 2013.

At 8:00am, on Sunday Nov 10, 2013 James Howard’s Reenactment Co. will be mustering out at the Old Fort Western Parade Ground. They will then march to the boat landing in the small park next to the fort where the bateau, a reproduction of an 18th Century flat bottomed boat will be in the water. A boat crew, commanded by “Sergeant Brooks,” Mr. Paul Daiute, will man the bateau on the Kennebec River from 8:30am – 3:00pm, weather permitting.  Also, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Sunday, there will be a military encampment by James Howards Company on the grounds of Old Fort Western. Camp followers will be preparing soldiers rations and other foodstuffs over open fires. These events are open to the public.

On Veterans Day, Monday Nov 11, 2013 Old Fort Western, in conjunction with area churches and the American Legion, will have a day of remembrance for the veterans of WWI.  It will begin at 10:45am, with the firing of the cannons at the fort, followed by the ringing of area church bells at 11:00am, the time of the WWI armistice, or cessation of hostilities. At 11:00am join local veterans, the Mayor of August, and the State Commander of The American Legion in laying a wreath at the WWI Memorial at Memorial Circle in Augusta, ME. At 3:00pm a memorial service for Captain Howard, Commander of Fort Western during the French and Indian War (1754-1767), and his descendants, will take place at the Riverside Cemetery.  The public is invited to attend both the wreath laying and the memorial service.

Admission is free and children and adults of all ages are welcome to attend.  Donations will be gratefully accepted. If you have any questions about this event or Old Fort Western, please call our offices at 626-2385 during normal business hours.  You can also keep track of events at the fort via our website at oldfortwestern.org or “like” us on Facebook.

Other events in the area on Monday, November 11th include a free supper for veterans and their families at the South Parish Church at 5:00PM in Augusta, ME.

POLAR BEAR DIP, 5K RACE TO HELP FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

POLAR BEAR DIP, 5K RACE TO HELP FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE, DECEMBER 31 IN PORTLAND

Looking for a feel good adrenaline rush? Be bold in the cold with a plunge into the Atlantic and/or winter jaunt around the East End to support the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s work to reduce climate change pollution. The bone-chilling fun 5K and dip will take place at Portland’s East End on Tuesday, December 31.

Pre-register online at: nrcm.kintera.org/dipdash. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec 31 at the Back Cove parking area (across from Hannaford). The 5k begins at 11:00 and the dip will be at noon – the “warmest” part of the day – at East End Beach! A shuttle will return participants to their cars at Back Cove after the plunge.
 
The early-“bear” registration fee is $30 until November 15 ($35 after that time) and friends and family can pledge to help raise money and awareness about climate change and what NRCM is doing right here in Maine to curb it. Learn more and pledge online at: nrcm.kintera.org/dipdash.

All participants raising $50 (including registration fee), will receive a bpa-free, made in the USA water bottle that features the event and Mt. Katahdin. Participants raising $100 will earn the water bottle and a cozy event towel. Participants raising $250 will earn that plus a one-of-a-kind commemorative hand-made polar bear clay mug. And, participants raising $500 will earn all that plus a Patagonia fleece jacket. There are additional prizes for top finishers, best costume, youngest and oldest participants, including Lamey Wellehan gift certificates, hand-knit polar bear hats, books by Maine author/illustrator Jamie Hogan, and more.

And, it will be fun, with folks in polar bear costumes, hot drinks from Coffee by Design, and goodies from Whole Foods Market, too!

To participate in this certified sustainable event (by Athletes for a Fit Planet), Pre-register online at: nrcm.kintera.org/dipdash.

This year’s Dip & Dash is sponsored by: WCLZ, Lee Auto Mall, Robinson Financial, Clynk, ReVision Energy, Malley Weber, Lamey Wellehan, Renys, Delorme, Spectrum Medical, and other local businesses.


Cape Air Voted One of Top 10 Small Airlines


The readers of Conde Nast Traveler have voted Cape Air as one of the Top 10 Small Airlines in the world. Cape Air shares the honor with nine other airlines, including, Virgin Australia, Porter Airlines, Azul Brazilian, Sun Country and WestJet.

The Readers' Choice Survey, which began in 1988, garnered over 79,000 responses. The questionnaire contains a list of candidates in various categories. In order to be eligible for consideration, candidates had to have received a minimum amount of responses. Judging was based on a five-point scale for criteria relevant to their industry.

The Readers' Choice Awards are announced in the November, 2013 issue of Conde Nast Traveler.

Trekkers’ “Bid Big, Laugh Loud” Auction is November 9th

Maine Humorist Tim Sample will perform
at Trekkers’ Auction on Nov. 9.
Thomaston, Maine - On Saturday, November 9, Trekkers will host its annual auction at the Owls Head Transportation Museum. The event will feature silent and live components, beginning with a preview and silent auction bidding at 6:00. This year’s “Bid Big, Laugh Loud” Auction will begin at 6:30 with Auctioneer Bruce Gamage of Gamage Antiques in Rockland overseeing the bidding.  Following the auction at 8:30, Maine Humorist Tim Sample will entertain guests with his wit and humor. The event will include a dessert buffet and coffee bar, with over 80 desserts to choose from.

Admission to the auction is free and the dessert buffet cost $5 per person.  The comedy show is free if you attend the auction or $10 per person after 8 P.M.  All proceeds from the “Bid Big, Laugh Loud “Auction will benefit Trekkers’ students by lowering their program cost. Trekkers is a non-profit, outdoor-based mentoring program that connects young people with caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education.

A few live auction items of particular interest are as follows: a Port Clyde Stay & Play Package including a weeklong fall cottage rental for 8, painting by Maine artist Lydia Kaeyer; a signed print by local artist Ronald Frontin; a pink tourmaline pendant from Hansen Jewelry; 2 safari packages for a 6 day stay at the Zulu Nyala Safari Lodge in South Africa’s Zululand Conservation Area, and many, many more items.

The silent auction will feature well over one hundred and fifty offerings spanning from artwork, gift certificates, spa treatments, culinary services, loam, landscape services, just to name a few.  Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping while supporting Trekkers’ students at the same time.

For more information about the auction items or about the event in general, please contact Jenni Brooks, Development Assistant at 594-5095 or jenni@trekkers.org, or visit our website at www.trekkers.org.

Listening Club Event Celebrates David Bowie’s Seminal Heroes Album

Vintage & Vinyl Fundraiser for The Dance Hall
Kittery, Maine - Patrons of the Vintage & Vinyl Listening Club: David Bowie’s Heroes event set for Sat. Nov. 16 at 7 pm (doors open at 6 pm) will take a musical step back in time to the late 1970s to hear David Bowie’s Heroes, with the help of two Boston heavyweights – WBCN deejay and UNH alum, Bradley Jay, and Steve Morse, the enduring arts reporter for the Boston Globe who teaches a rock and roll history course for the Berklee College of Music.

In a year when music megastar David Bowie released his 25th album, The Next Day, to world acclaim, (the first release in a decade) and was the subject of the sold-out exhibition called “David Bowie Is…” at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, it makes perfect sense that an old school Listening Club would honor one of his legendary albums.

Just like Listening Clubs emerging on both sides of the Atlantic, the one in Kittery features a celeb deejay, who selects a seminal vinyl album that is played for a collective listen on a select component and totally period audio system, followed by a lecture on the subject performer and album.

Conceived and produced as the annual fundraiser for the Kittery, Maine-based arts non-profit organization, The Dance Hall, by career arts writer Laura Pope, the Vintage & Vinyl Listening Club only became possible after she assembled a production team. First, she contacted Bradley Jay, a friend she met at UNH who worked for decades at WBCN, the Rock of Boston, and convinced him to host the event. Bradley met Bowie while working at the famed radio station, and over the years, became an acquaintance. “I knew he would choose a Bowie album,” remarked Pope, who took Bradley to his first Bowie concert, the Station to Station tour, at the Boston Garden in 1976.

“Bowie has infinitely increased the age limit on coolness,” insists Bradley. “Age is no longer a factor in how long a man can be relevant. For me, Bowie isn't just about music, David dispenses self-esteem. He can wear or do anything and make it cool through sheer perceived confidence. And he teaches that lesson to those who will learn it.”

The Boston deejay, who now works as a WBZ talk radio host, produces his WBZ Person on the Street web video program called Jay Talking, and does occasional stints at WZBC and WZLX, then suggested Steve Morse as a second host to talk to the audience about Bowie, his musical gifts and the Heroes album.

"I think old-school listening clubs are a great idea,” writes Steve Morse. “We're all looking to relive albums that really mattered to us, and that also mattered to the culture. This was before rock and pop music got brutally commercialized, back when artists wrote from the heart and not for the charts."

Pope then tapped the audiophile talents of Eliot resident Michele Duval, an avid collector and curator of vintage audio systems, who put together a tech team of Paul Tibbetts from Seacoast Audio Service and Thom Mond of Apsara, to create a vintage audio system that includes an original JVC JR S-501, JVC’s top of the line offering in 1978 with a conservative 120 watts per channel rating; three sets of speakers: 1978 Allison Ones,1977 Allison Threes and 1970s Pioneer CS99As; a restored Thorens TD-125 turntable in a custom wood base, (provided by Dave Archambault of Vinyl Nirvana in Exeter) and a new SME M2-9 tone arm with an Ortofon 2M Black cartridge.

Duval, a celebrated chef, sommelier and event planner, selected a red wine, Passion Has Red Lips, and a white wine, Laurenz and Sophie Singing Gruner Veltliner, to add another layer of “vintage” to the event. A 1970s style poster for the event was created and donated to the Listening Club by Matt Talbot, a designer at Brown & Company Design in Portsmouth who is noted for his poster and album cover art.

The Vintage & Vinyl Listening Club event also includes an Audio Gear sales table, with a percentage of the sales from that buffet of audio gadgets going to The Dance Hall as will funds from a raffle of Bowie-related items.

For tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/464962 or visit www.thedancehallkittery.org

For more information on FB: go to Vintage & Vinyl Listening Club

White House Schedule - October 31, 2013

Marine One departs the South Lawn of the White House at the start of President Barack Obama's trip to Boston, Mass., Oct. 30, 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. 
In the afternoon, the President will host and deliver remarks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit. The President will discuss the importance of taking measures to grow the economy, encouraging the businesses and investors from around the world in attendance to bring new investment and jobs to the U.S. 
Later in the afternoon, the President will meet with Senator-elect Cory Booker, who will have been sworn in as Senator of New Jersey at the U.S. Capitol by the Vice President earlier in the day. 
In the evening, the President and the First Lady will welcome local children and children of military families to trick-or-treat at the South Portico of the White House.
10:45 AM
The President and Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office
12:00 PM
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

The Vice President swears in Cory Booker as Senator of New Jersey
U.S. Capitol
1:30 PM
The President delivers remarks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

The Vice President meets with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq
White House
3:15 PM
The President meets with Senator-elect Cory Booker
Oval Office
5:15 PM
The President and the First Lady welcome local children and military families to trick-or-treat at the White House
White House


Governor LePage Congratulates World Series Champions Red Sox

Augusta, Maine - Governor Paul R. LePage congratulated the Boston Red Sox today after they won their eighth World Series—and the first time they clinched the series at Fenway Park since 1918.

“I am so proud of the Red Sox and the effort they put into this series,” said Governor LePage. “Not only did they play hard and come back after some tough losses, but they finished ‘Boston Strong.’ After the tragedy in Boston earlier this year, the Sox really wanted to deliver for their city. They deserved this win and, even better, fans in Boston and all of New England deserve it too.”

Land Trust leads exploration of new loop trail

Belfast, Maine - Coastal Mountains Land Trust and the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition (BBWC) offer an exploration of the newly completed loop trail on the Head of Tide Preserve in Belfast on Tuesday, November 12 from 12:00 to 2:00pm.

Ian Stewart, Stewardship Director for the Land Trust and Cloe Chunn, Board Member of the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition, will lead the group along the new trail which was constructed by a volunteer group this past summer. The trail extends the existing trail system into a 1.5-mile loop, following the edge of one of several fields, before rolling along the forested ridge parallel to the Passagassawakeag River. The trail offers two opportunities to access the river directly and many chances to observe wildlife and the river's flow. Participants should dress appropriately for an outdoor excursion, including wearing blaze orange.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust has worked since 1986 to permanently conserve land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay. The Land Trust has protected over 9,100 acres to date. For more information about this event, other preserves or the Land Trust please call (207) 236-7091 or visit www.coastalmountains.org.

The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition is a group of individuals working to support conservation and stewardship of natural, scenic, historic, and public access resources of the Belfast Bay watershed through research, community-building, and education. For more information, visit www.belfastbaywatershed.org.

Governor LePage Applauds $30 Million in Savings for Businesses as Unemployment Insurance Rate Drops‏

Private-sector job growth points to improving economy
Augusta, Maine - Governor Paul R. LePage released a statement today about the Maine Department of Labor’s announcement that the 2014 Unemployment Insurance tax rates that businesses pay will fall to the lowest rates since 2009.

“The improving economy means that the tax rate for Maine’s employers will fall, saving them approximately $30 million in 2014,” said Governor LePage. “Employers can use this money to invest in their businesses and in their workers, further fueling economic growth. This is a win for Maine’s people and a win for our economy.”

The replenishment of the Unemployment Trust Fund, from which unemployment benefits are paid to laid-off workers, is a result of private-sector job growth and fewer unemployment claims.

David Clough, Maine state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, welcomed the news of the rate drop. “At a time when other labor costs are going up, the cut in state unemployment taxes will be welcome news for the thousands of Maine small business job creators,” Clough said. “However, there’s a danger that legislators will see these tax savings as something that can be spent via new mandates in higher labor expenses.”

Maine’s private-sector jobs have increased by about 12,500 under Governor LePage. Although the state has seen a decrease in government jobs, the vast majority of government employers do not pay unemployment taxes; they reimburse the trust fund when benefits are paid out. This means that the strength of the trust fund lies almost solely upon the taxes paid by private businesses. The increase in jobs, as well as any increases in hours worked or wages paid, builds up the trust fund balance.

Employers will see an annual decrease of between $19.20 and $169.20 in taxes paid per employee, with the average decrease being $64.80 per employee.