Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dreams Do Come True! 'Dogs Win 6-2

Mike Miller goes 3-for-4, Rodriguez improves to 3-1 with Dogs
Portland, Maine - The Portland Sea Dogs (88-53) stayed with their winning ways and took down the Harrisburg Senators (52-89) 6-2, Sunday afternoon, on Field of Dreams and Fan Appreciation Day at Hadlock Field. The win ups the season series to 6-0 in favor of Portland with one game to play.

After a fantastic pre-game ceremony, complete with a "corn field" in center, the Sea Dogs jumped on the board right away in the first inning. Mike Miller crushed an off-speed pitch over the Maine Monster for a solo home run, his third of the season and first at Hadlock, giving the 'Dogs a 1-0 lead.

Eduardo Rodriguez climbed the hill and tossed three scoreless to begin his outing. The southpaw retired the first man he faced in the fourth, but gave up back-to-back base hits followed by a sac-fly and Harrisburg tied the game at 1-1.

The tie was short-lived as Portland rebounded and plated three in the fifth inning against the starter Zach

Midcoast Mini Maker Faire

Midcoast Mini Maker Faire September 6

“We’re looking forward to tons of fun and interesting things to see and do at the Faire, rain or shine,” said Ken Gross, chair of the Faire committee. “This is our second Midcoast Mini Maker Faire in Camden and it’s shaping up to be every bit as exciting as last year, with a bunch of different Makers. It’s a great mix of hands-on and high tech!” The Midcoast Mini Maker Faire is on Saturday, September 6, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Camden Amphitheatre.

Again this year there will be at least 20 exhibitors, with family-friendly presentations. Makers at the Faire will have displays, demos, and hands-on activities including hats from Capestries; “robot” making with the Robot Overlord; the Ansteron controller board; a wind-powered coffee stand from the Coffeeman; biomass gassification; LegoLab; Oven-Baked Clay; sauerkraut making; Little Free Libraries; monoprints; Plain Crazy Bubbles; a solar-powered merry-go-round swing; foam flyers and quadrocopter; Jory Squibb’s Moonbeam; a display from Firefly Restoration; “modular” origami; illustrated six-word memoirs; and more!

The Faire is hosted by the Camden Public Library with support from the Midcoast Magnet, and sponsorship by Bangor Savings, Blackstone Accelerates Growth, and Make Magazine. Admission to the Faire will be a $2 donation, $5 for families.

The first Maker Faire occurred in 2005 in San Mateo, CA and was sponsored by MAKE and CRAFT magazines. It has since grown to over 100 events in 10 different countries. You can learn more about the Midcoast Mini Maker Faire online at or its Facebook page.

History of Modern Israel through Film

History of Modern Israel through Film

The Coastal Senior College will offer a course on the history of Israel at the Camden Public Library beginning September 9. “The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel: Ten Films Exploring a Remarkable History, a Complicated Present, and an Unknown Future” with instructor Steve Shaw will meet on ten Tuesday mornings, 9:15 am-12:15 pm, September 9 to November 18. To register for the course call the Senior College, 800 286 1594.

Ten films have been selected to explore the founding of the state and its on-going conflict with the Arab world; the centrality of the utopian vision of the kibbutz; the in-gathering of Jewish exiles from a myriad of different countries; the significance of Israel’s citizen army and the dilemmas created by its governing the Palestinian territories conquered in 1967; and the complicated role of religion in Israeli political and cultural life.

Two recently published and highly acclaimed books will serve as background reading: Ari Shavit’s My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, and Yossi Klein-Halevi’s Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation.

Steve Shaw is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he studied both philosophy and forestry.  He holds a rabbinical degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary where, for many years, he served as Director of the Seminary’s Department of Community Education.  He has lived in Israel for the greater part of eight years, first as a student at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and, more recently, as a consultant working with Israel’s Bedouin Arab community in the Negev.

Camden Public Library Events September 4 through September 18

Thursday, September 4

Author Paul Doiron of Camden presents the latest in his “Poacher’s Son” series, The Bone Orchard, 7:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. Books will be on hand provided by Owl & Turtle Books.

Saturday, September 6

Midcoast Mini Maker Faire at the Camden Amphitheatre, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Faire is a family-friendly “hands-on to high-tech” celebration of tinkerers, thinkers, and makers sharing their passions for innovation, creativity, and do-it-yourself activities. All are welcome; $2 donation, $5 for families. Sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank and Blackstone Accelerates Growth, hosted by Camden Public Library and Midcoast Magnet.

Free “Grow Your Business” Seminar, 1:00 pm at the Camden Public Library, as part of the Maker Faire events. The seminar, presented by Blackstone Accelerates Growth, will offer the free resources and grants that are available to new businesses.

Sunday, September 7

Free seminar on “Money: The Myth and Mystery Explained,” with an emphasis on individual and family finances, presented by the Camden Seventh-Day Adventist Church at the Camden Public Library at 2:00 pm. The presenter is Ted Huskins, a pastor for over 20 years and the former President of Coleman Stewardship Services Inc.

Monday, September 8

 “A Paradigm for Healing” presented by Margaret Rauenhorst at the monthly Wellness Brown Bag Lunch, 12:00 noon at the Camden Public Library, co-sponsored by the library and PenBay Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday, September 9

“Grown-up Show & Tell,” 7:00 pm at the Camden Public Library, led by Meghan Vigeant. Bring an object and share the story behind it. Mementos, photos, letters, souvenirs, cards, newspaper clippings, musical instruments, old toys, artwork, something that you made, anything that means something to you! Each person will have five minutes to show and tell their story.
Coastal Senior College class, “The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel: Ten Films Exploring a Remarkable History, a Complicated Present, and an Unknown Future,” led by Steve Shaw, 9:15 am at the Camden Public Library. The class runs for ten weeks. You must register with Senior College, call 800 286 1594.

Regular meeting of the Tuesday Book Club, 1:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. All are welcome; call 470-7473 FMI.

Regular meeting of the Reading Group of the Camden Philosophical Society, 4:00 pm at the Camden Public Library, all are welcome.

Thursday, September 11

“Micronesia,” an illustrated history and slide talk by Paul Marshall, at the Camden Public Library, 7:00 pm. Marshall spent 5 years in Micronesia as an educational missionary in the 1960s.

Tuesday, September 16

“You Can Can,” 7:00 pm at the Camden Public Library, a seminar on canning led by Kate Waters of Blueberet of Ellsworth. Waters will share her experiences as a “home canner” with over 10 years of canning successes and failures.

Thursday, September 18

“Introduction to Unschooling” with unschooling advocate and author Sandra Dodd, her husband Keith Dodd, and local resident Laurie Wolfrum, 7:00 pm at the Camden Public Library.

Midcoast Audubon presents “All About Bluebirds – and More” 7:00 pm in the Reading Room of the Camden Public Library with John Rogers, covering the life history of the Eastern Bluebird. Rogers also shares his passion for the natural world in hopes the audience will take in some broader and deeper messages about nature and life.

$10,000 grant for Knox County Homeless Coalition from Camden Rotary

ROCKPORT, ME – August 29, 2014 – The Camden Rotary Club has awarded a  $10,000 grant to Knox County Homeless Coalition in support of Midcoast Hospitality House on Old County Road. From left to right, Rotarians Jane Monhart, Richard Householder and Tony Bates celebrate with Coalition Chair Pinny Beebe-Center and Midcoast Hospitality House Executive Director Stephanie Primm. The grant is helping the coalition provide housing and rehabilitation to homeless individuals and families in Knox County.  (Photo by Peter Palermo)

"Docking In Camden" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Docking In Camden" by Doug Mills
One of the original Maine windjammers, the Grace Bailey, docking in Camden. [08-29-2014]

Tall Ships at Camden: 2014 Camden Windjammer Festival Video Special

Camden Maine - The 2014 Camden Windjammer Festival started Friday with the arrival of the tall ships of the Maine Windjammer Fleet, kicking off a fantastic weekend celebrating sailing history.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

BEST EVER: 'Dogs Win 87th 5-1 Over Senators

The 87 wins top the 1995 Sea Dogs' 86-56 record - Haley goes seven scoreless
Portland, Maine - The Portland Sea Dogs (87-53) took advantage of three errors and downed the Harrisburg Senators (52-88) 5-1 Saturday night at Hadlock Field. The win marks the 87th of the season, and sets a new record for the most wins ever in franchise history, besting the 1995 team's 86 victories.

The second game of the series began as a pitcher's duel with each starter tossing three scoreless innings.

Felipe Rivero had allowed a walk, but no hits to the Sea Dogs through the first 11 hitters, before Sean Coyle stepped in with one out in the fourth. The second baseman took a 0-1 fastball from the southpaw and hit a laser over the Maine Monster in left-center for a solo home run, his 16th, and put Portland in front 1-0.

The floodgates opened up defensively for the Senators and the 'Dogs capitalized for four, unearned runs in the fifth. Rivero walked the leadoff man and Kevin Heller reached on an error to the third baseman putting two on with no outs. A sacrifice bunt had moved the two into scoring position for Heiker Meneses.

With the infield drawn in, Meneses crushed a one-hopper through the shortstop's legs, for an error that

BEASTS OF THE EAST: Portland Clinches Division Title with 3-2 Over Senators

'Dogs clinch first title since 2005, 5th in franchise history - tie record with 86th win
Portland, Maine - The Portland Sea Dogs (86-53) scored early and held on late to take down the Harrisburg Senators (52-87) 3-2 Friday night at Hadlock Field. The win coupled with Binghamton's loss to Richmond clinched the East Division crown for the Sea Dogs, their first since 2005 and fifth division title in franchise history.

Portland wasted no time and jumped on the board with a run in the first against Harrisburg's righty Omar Poveda. Shannon Wilkerson began the game with an infield single and Mike Miller followed with one of the same to put two on with nobody out. Two batters later it was the red-hot Keury De La Cruz that crushed a double to right-center and plated Wilkerson to make it 1-0 Portland.

The 'Dogs went quietly in the next two frames, but tripled the lead with another pair of unearned runs in the fourth. The first two reached in the inning, but Wilkerson popped a bunt up, at the plate, which the Senators' catcher caught on a dive and fired to second, doubling off Jonathan Roof who was stealing on the pitch.

Despite the double play, Portland kept the rally alive courtesy of a Matt Skole error on a Mike Miller ground

" America's Largest Commercial Sailing Vessel" The Maine Windjammer Project

" America's Largest Commercial Sailing Vessel" by Doug Mills
The Victory Chimes, America's oldest commercial sailing vessel, sails into Camden for Camden Windjammer Festival. [08-29-2014]

Friday, August 29, 2014

"Tight Squeeze" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Tight Squeeze" by Doug Mills
It is a tight squeeze as the Victory Chimes enters Camden harbor for the Camden Windjammer Festival.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

UPDATED Car Accident Shuts Down Park/Union Intersection Til Mid-night

Rockland, Maine - Park/Union Street intersection is shut down in Rockland, Maine due to a car accident involving a power pole support wire. The pole will need to be replaced as it is snapped almost at the top. This pole when replaced will require rerouting power away from the intersection.

CMP has seven trucks on scene to help replace the damaged pole quickly.

Motorists are advised to avoid this intersection. The intersection may be closed to at least mid-night.

The driver was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Rockland Police Department posted this following message; A traffic crash has caused significant damage to a utility pole at the intersection of Park and Union Streets. The intersection is closed while Central Maine Power crews begin working. Please seek an alternate route if travelling through the area.

Vintage Motorcycles Rumble Into Owls Head This Weekend

Owls Head, Maine - Antique and vintage motorcycles take center stage at the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s annual Vintage Motorcycle Meet and Antique Aeroplane Show on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31. Owners of pre-1994 motorcycles are encouraged to exhibit and will be admitted free of charge. For the second year, a special, designated parking area for modern motorcycles will also be  offered alongside the exhibition parking area. The Vintage Motorcycle Meet attracts antique, custom and racing bikes from all over northern New England. In 2013 the OHTM Vintage Motorcycle Meet attracted more than 300 exhibitors during the course of the weekend.

From Harleys and Triumphs to Hondas and BMWs, join us to show off your vintage motorcycle. While the theme of this popular show is motorcycles, guests arriving in their pre-1994 vehicles receive free admission to this show and all other Museum (non-auction) events.

In addition to assorted vintage motorcycles of all kinds, an array of family activities will include

"Early Morning Calm" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Early Morning Calm" by Doug Mills
Victory Chimes, Heritage, Mary Day and J&E Riggin in the early morning calm off Islesboro. [07-05-2013]

The National Theatre's Medea at the Grand!

Ellsworth, Maine - The Grand screens Euripides’ powerful tragedy Medea, the first in the 2014-2015 season of high-definition performances from The National Theatre of London, at 2 pm on Thursday, September 4th. General admission tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, $14 for Grand members, $12 for students, and $10 for youth 12 and under, and are available at The Grand Box Office, by phone (207) 667-9500, or online at

Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in a new version of Medea by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell. Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.
So bring a friend and share the experience of seeing the world’s finest theater featuring an actress that The Telegraph’s Charles Spencer said “gives the performance of her career” – Helen McCrory as the title character in NT Live’s HD presentation of Medea on screen at The Grand.

The Grand is proud to be presenting NT Live, a series of high definition simulcasts and encore performances from The National Theatre of London, which includes the fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history, Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire – starring Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall) as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, Kill Your Darlings) as Stanley, and Vanessa Kirby (About Time, BBC’s Great Expectations) as Stella – broadcast live from London at 2 pm on Thursday, September 16th, as part of its commitment to presenting theater in all of its forms.

A full schedule can be found online at Or follow The Grand on Facebook –

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sussman House Dedication Set For September 6th

Rockport, Maine - Pen Bay Healthcare cordially invites the community to a public dedication of the Sussman House. Rain or shine, the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 6 at 10 a.m. Tours of the Sussman House are scheduled following the morning’s events.

Hospice care seeks to provide comfort to those in their final days. With the opening of Maine’s third free-standing hospice house in Rockport, the options for end-of life care in Central and Midcoast Maine communities expand to offer an alternative to hospital or long-term care facilities. The Sussman House will offer a tranquil, private atmosphere with the look and feel of a New England Farmhouse.

Attendees may park at the Physician’s Building, Pen Bay Creative Learning Center or by Women’s Health/Urology. Shuttles will be provided for anyone who needs assistance.

For questions about the event, call 207-594-6705 or visit

For information about hospice care, please call Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care & Hospice at 207-594-9561.

I-195 Off-Ramps to Close Thursday Night

Saco, Maine - As the paving and milling project continues on I-195 in Saco, ramp closures are scheduled for Thursday evening, August 28th into Friday morning, August 29th. The schedule is as follows:

The Exit 2B eastbound off-ramp will be closed from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

The Exit 2A westbound off-ramp will be closed from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

The Exit 2B westbound off-ramp will be closed from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Motorists will follow the signed detour route during these closures.

Maine DEP sends over $400,000 to communities for cleaning or closing their landfills

AUGUSTA, Maine - Over $400,000 in reimbursement checks have been sent to 11 municipalities for landfill closure and cleanup costs bringing the total to $863,000 since January 2013. 

In 2012, Governor Paul R. LePage signed legislation so the Maine Department of Environmental Protection could pay back its bills to towns and cities who closed or remediated their landfills which were causing environmental and public health risks. 

"Towns and cities did the right thing for the environment by cleaning or closing their landfills and my Administration did the right thing by getting its fiscal house in order," said Governor LePage. "These communities were promised reimbursement for their work but the funding ran out in 2000. Now other towns are seeing that by getting balancing our books, they too can clean up their landfill and receive a portion of that money back." 

Since the reimbursement program was reinstated six towns - Hartland, Eastport, Pembroke, Tremont,


Join KELT to discover the lichens of Thorne Head Preserve
Bath, Maine - The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust's (KELT) celebrates lichens at its fourth Summer Exploration on August 30. At Thorne Head Preserve in Bath, learn to identify common lichen species and how they benefit the forest from 10am to noon with Maine Master Naturalist Volunteers Becky Kolak and Dr. Fred Cichocki.

Lichens are an organism made up of fungi and algae (or cyanobacteria). The harmonious relationship between the two allows lichens to grow in a vast array of environments from arctic tundra to rainforests to the mixed woodland of KELT's own Thorne Head Preserve. Deceivingly simple and found on tree trunks and branches, bare rock, and exposed soil, lichens will amaze seasoned and budding naturalists with their hidden complexities.

A rain or shine event, the program is free and open to the public. Registration is strongly encouraged and any questions can be directed to Becky Kolak at 442-8400 or This program was generously sponsored by the Merrymeeting Bay Trust.

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a membership supported organization dedicated to protecting the land, water and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary.  It maintains nine preserves for public enjoyment and has protected over 2,500 acres of land since founding in 1989. FMI visit or call (207) 442-8400.

White House Schedule - August 27, 2014

President Barack Obama talks with Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald aboard Air Force One on the flight to Charlotte, North Carolina, to address the American Legion's 96th National Convention, Aug. 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
In the morning, the President and Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office..
Later in the morning, the President and Vice President will meet with members of the President’s economic team and senior advisors to receive an update on the economy. 
10:00 AM
The President and Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office
11:15 AM
The President and Vice President meet with members of the President’s economic team and senior advisors
Roosevelt Room
12:45 PM
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest
2:00 PM
The Vice President visits the National Counterterrorism Center
National Counterterrorism Center - Washington

Governor Praises Opening of New Cyber Security Lab

Lab is the product of public and private partnerships
Augusta, Maine - State of Maine Chief Information Officer Jim Smith attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Cyber Security Lab Wednesday at the University of Southern Maine, Portland campus. The new lab is the product of the Maine Cyber Security Cluster, a collaboration of state executive branch agencies, state universities and private industry. The Office of Information Technology, Maine National Guard and Maine Emergency Management Agency are all members of the Cluster.

"Cyber security is a fast-growing industry," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "The completion of the Cyber Security Lab will allow students to train for high-paying, in-demand jobs right here in Maine."

With his background in the private sector, Governor LePage has long recognized the importance of securing electronic data from unauthorized access. In an effort to highlight the significance of securing this data, the Governor issued, "An Order Establishing the State of Maine Information Protection Working Group and For Other Purposes." (See link at bottom of this page for the Order.)

"Cyber threats are a serious economic issue," said Governor LePage. "The citizens of Maine trust the State with a massive repository of personal information. I am fully committed to protecting information in the State's custody from unauthorized use."

The Governor's Executive Order requires the newly established working group to regularly examine threats and vulnerabilities of State information assets; develop cost effective defenses, best practices, and risk management against threats to State information; and develop state-wide policy and procedures. It also directs cyber security training for all state personnel.

"Maine already has measures in place to protect itself from cyber threats," said Jim Smith, CIO for the State of Maine. "However, with the growing threat of cyber attacks worldwide, it is critical that the State remains constantly vigilant about cyber security. Over the last three years, the Governor has enthusiastically supported our efforts to partner with other states, the National Guard, Maine Emergency Management Agency, Homeland Security and private industry to protect the information of the citizens of the State of Maine."

The initial goal of the Maine Cyber Security Cluster is to build a central clearinghouse for cyber education and awareness in Maine. The first part of that project, the Cyber Security Lab at USM, was realized with grant funding. Future plans for the lab include providing cyber testing directly to Maine businesses, allowing the lab to become self-sustaining.

"A Birds Eye View" The Maine Windjammer Project

"A Birds Eye View" by Doug Mills
A birds eye view of the American Eagle as she enters Rockland harbor. [05-26-2008]