Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dramatic Repertory Company presents Gidion's Knot‏

By Johnna Adams
March 5 - 15, 2015
9 Performances Only!
At the Studio Theatre at Portland Stage
25A Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine
Portland, Maine - Dramatic Repertory Company (Keith Powell Beyland, Artistic Director) continues its 2014-2015 season - A Year of the Woman Playwright - with the Maine Premiere of Gidion's
Knot by Johnna Adams. The show will run for 9 performances only, March 5 - 15, 2015 at the Studio Theatre at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine.

The cast of Gidion's Knot features Amanda Huotari (Artistic Director of Celebration Barn) and Bess Welden (DRC's A Bright New Boise & Swimming in the Shallows). The show is directed by Cait Robinson (The Singularity - Science Fiction Theater Company; Winesburg, Ohio and Carrie -
Stoneham Theatre Winter Festival; PINK - PortFringe, The Maids - MadHorse/Lorem Ipsum).

An unusual and charged parent/teacher conference unfolds as a mystery. A strong-willed mother

March Programs for Job Seekers at the York County CareerCenter

*The 5th Annual York County Regional Job Fair will be held on Friday, March 27 at the Nasson Community Center*

SPRINGVALE, Maine - The York County CareerCenter in Springvale continues its workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability.

"CareerCenter workshops around the state serve all types of job seekers, from those looking to find work to Mainers interested in starting their own business," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "The Department of Labor has several training programs that may be able to help you re-train for a new career or finish your degree. I encourage job seekers to visit their local CareerCenter and see what programs they may be eligible for."

CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other

Waterville Main Street and Art Society present Maine Open Juried Art Show

March 21st, 2015 - April 24th, 2015
Waterville Public Library

Waterville, Maine - The Waterville Area Art Society, Waterville Public Library & Waterville Main Street are proudly co-presenting the 2015 Maine Open Juried Art Show at the spectacular Waterville Public Library in Downtown Waterville. Now entering its 25th year, the Maine Open Juried Art Show attracts over 80 artists representing over 50 Maine communities in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, and other media.

Sponsored by Kennebec Savings Bank, The Colby College Museum of Art, and Bank of Maine this year, the show seeks to provide a venue for artists to display their work, inspire artistic excellence, and showcase Waterville as a hub for creative enterprise.  Over $3000 in prizes are to be awarded this year. In addition, local prizes of high quality art printing services from Digital Imageworks, watercolor field studio set by Winsor Newton from Berry’s Stationers, framing services from FrameMakers, Maine Film Center and Railroad Square Cinema gift passes, and The Lunder Collection: a Gift of Art to Colby College, a catalogue of the museum’s works, will be presented to the winners.

Judges

Camden Public Library Events March 5 through March 19

Thursday, March 5

The Camden Library Coffeehouse is pleased to host singer-songwriter Nat Hussey, 7:00 pm. Hussey now lives, works, and plays music on Matinicus. “A Maine native, I tell my story plus lots of made-up stuff about Maine through folk, rock, and blues tunes. I write of haunted beaches, cheap thrills, and the human spirit. I began on electric guitar around the same time as I was learning how to chuck hay bales and fix fences in Bowdoinham.” Admission to the Coffeehouse concert is $6/$5 for seniors and students.


Sunday, March 8

“Very Early Camden: People and Events from 1622 to 1778”  slide presentation by Sandy Delano, 2:00 at the Camden Public Library, as part of the Camden-Rockport Historical Society’s “Maine Living Series.


Monday, March 9

“Destination Wellness” speaker Nancy Lubin will present “Practice Safe Scents,” 12:00 noon at the Camden Public Library. Lubin is certified in clinical aromatherapy and will cover what essential oils are, how they are used in aromatherapy, how they differ from other plant products, how they are produced, and ways they can be used to advantage.


Tuesday, March 10

“Leer y charlar” discussion group -- read and chat, entirely in Spanish! --  meets at 1:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. FMI contact Lynne Taylor at leerycharlar@gmail.com.

 “Is Art a Superstition?” discussion session hosted by the Camden Philosophical Society Reading Group, 4:00 pm at the Camden Public Library, with host Chris Augusta, based on selected essays by Asian art scholar Ananda Coomaraswamy. All are welcome.


Thursday, March 12

Peter Pfeiffer, author of “Hard Chance: Tree Farming in Troubled Times,” explains both the how and the why of becoming an independent tree farmer in northern Maine, including a history of the local back-to-the-land movement during the turbulent 1970s and the subsequent satisfactions of living in a backwoods community. Pfeiffer’s reading will be at the Camden Public Library at 7:00 pm.


Saturday-Sunday March 14-15

Indoor Book Sale at the Camden Public Library, all day Saturday and on Sunday afternoon. To benefit the book purchases at the Library.


Tuesday, March 17

 “Tech Tuesday” topic “Staying Safe Online” led by Olga Zimmerman, staff librarian and tech wizard, 3:00 pm at the Camden Public Library, all are welcome. Learn how to protect your identity online, avoid scams, and ensure that your personal information is secure. Please call to sign up, 236-3440.

Free family movie “Wall-E,” 5:30 pm at the Camden Public Library.

“Songwriters Session” led by John Nicholas and David Dodson, 6:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. Open to all, $5 donation accepted. Bring in a song you are working on and share with the group.


Wednesday, March 18

 “Using Herbs to Find Comfort in Aging,” an educational program presented by Jillian Kelsey-Rose, 1:00 pm at the Camden Public Library, as part of Quarry Hill’s Adventures in Living Well series for adults age 55-plus. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required, call Quarry Hill at 921-6116.


Thursday, March 19

The Midcoast Audubon Society presents “Monitoring Winged Migrations in Acadia National Park,” with Seth Benz, 7:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. National parks are natural laboratories offering geographically and ecologically diverse, long-term protected landscapes in which to study large-scale patterns and how climate change may be impacting these patterns.






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"The Start" The Maine Windjammer Project

"The Start" by Doug Mills
Schooners J&E Riggin, Stephen Taber, Mary Day and Heritage leave Islesboro at the start of The Great Schooner Race. [07052013]





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How Do Phytoplankton Rule the World?

Photo Credit:
Prof. Gordon Taylor, Stony Brook University
Camden/Rockport, Maine - Marine biologist Ivona Cetinic will lead a presentation on phytoplankton and their effects on global systems at Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, March 10 at 12:00 pm.

Phytoplankton are photosynthesizing microorganisms that live in our oceans, seas, and lakes. Despite being so small, phytoplankton have a huge effect on our world. Not only are these tiny drifters the backbone of the oceanic food chain, they are responsible for regulating carbon the carbon cycle in our waterways, and even contribute much of the atmosphere’s oxygen. Ivona’s presentation will elaborate how important phytoplankton are to our world, as well as how harmful they can be if their populations go out of control through algae blooms due to rising ocean temperatures and pollution.

Ivona Cetinic is a Research Associate at the Perry Phytoplankton & Optics Lab at the University of

Friday, February 27, 2015

EXCLUSIVE Actor Spotlight: Austin North of 'I Didn't Do It'

Cincinnati, Ohio native Austin North is a eighteen year old actor who stars in the Disney Channel series 'I Didn't Do It'. He stars as Logan Watson, twin to sister Lindy Watson played by Olivia Holt.

I Didn't Do It is an American comedy television series that premiered on January 17, 2014 on Disney Channel. The series stars Olivia Holt and Austin North. A pilot for the series was announced November 2012 with production of the pilot filmed in January 2013. The series was picked up on June 18, 2013. Production of the series started in the summer of 2013. The series was created by Todd Himmel and Josh Silverstein.

Besides 'I Didn't Do It', Austin stared in these series 'See Dad Run', 'A.N.T. Farm', and General Hospital. His acting career started at the young age of twelve when he was discovered during a talent showcase in Atlanta, Georgia.

The youngest of two, North currently resides in Los Angeles with his parents and sister.

We recently had the opportunity to interview this eighteen year old actor of Disney Channel series 'I

Russia Resurgent: 2015 Camden Conference

Russia Resurgent: 2015 Camden Conference

Camden Maine -
The World Comes To Camden Maine.  This past weekend the world came to the MidCoast Maine area for the sold out Camden Conference.  What could possibly draw so many to the coast of Maine in the middle of one of the worst winters on record?  A topic as timely as tonight's news, Russia and it’s influence on the world today.  Ad to that a list of speakers who are a who’s who of world diplomacy From Russia, China, Germany, Bulgaria and the United States.

Russia Resurgent covered three main themes. First, the historic, economic and political factors that have shaped how Russians conceive of themselves and their place in the world. Second how Russia is viewed by other countries of Europe and Asia. Third, in-depth perspectives from Washington, Europe, China and Moscow on the diplomatic and geostrategic challenges in U.S.– Russia relations.

The Conference was hosted again by Nicholas Burns.  From 2005 until his retirement, Burns was

March ArtLab for All Ages Workshop at CMCA

Rockport, Maine - The Center for Maine Contemporary Art will present an ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, March 7, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at its downtown Rockport location, 162 Russell Ave. This fun, explorative workshop will feature watercolor and collage landscapes inspired by the stark beauty and subtle palette of the Maine winter and by the work of Maine artist William Thon. Participants will paint a background of winter skies and scenery and then add layers and detail with their choice of pastels, ink, and paper. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. No preregistration is required; all materials will be provided.

ArtLab is made possible in part thanks to generous support from Camden National Bank, Harbor Square Gallery, the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, and individual donors. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs.

Author Peter Pfeiffer Presents “Hard Chance: Tree Farming in Troubled Times”

Author Peter Pfeiffer Presents “Hard Chance: Tree Farming in Troubled Times” March 12 at Camden Public Library

“Hard Chance” seeks to explain both the how and the why of becoming an independent tree farmer in northern Maine. The how addresses the dangerous challenges of a solo logging operation as well as how to make a living working in harmony with the forest. The why includes a history of the local back-to-the-land movement during the turbulent 1970s and the subsequent satisfactions of living in a backwoods community. Author Peter Pfeiffer will present the story of “Hard Chance: Tree Farming in Troubled Times” at the Camden Public Library  on Thursday, March 12, at 7:00 pm.

Pfeiffer grew up in Waterville, Maine, and after traveling the world, moved north to Somerset County in the early 1970s. He has been an independent logger ever since, twice winning Tree Farmer of the Year for Somerset County, and successfully completing the Certified Logging Professional course. He has also written numerous plays for the In Spite of Life Players Theater company.

In a review in the Portland Press Herald, Mary Pols reports,  “Pfeiffer’s rebellious youth led him to Berkeley, riding his old BMW motorcycle cross-country in the winter of 1970-71, determined to bring ‘imperialist Amerikkka to its knees.’ He picketed fruit farms on behalf of striking Chicano farm workers. He protested the Vietnam War and looked for a revolutionary group that suited his purposes. He took classes (including in carpentry) at Merritt College in Oakland. And eventually, he came home and heard Scott Nearing speak at a country fair. That’s when he got serious about homesteading.

“What are the retirement plans for a 67-year-old tree farmer who has given away more copies of his memoir than he has sold? ‘I’m going to cut wood this winter and maybe I’ll cut some at my brother’s place next winter,’ he says. ‘I’m getting kind of worn out to tell you the truth. I really love this kind of work. . . . I just wish I could keep going until I dropped, and have the coyotes drag me off.’”

William N. Browning says in a  review on Amazon, “Peter Pfeiffer has written an exceptional book. . . . his prose is understated and lyrical; often lovely and captivating; frequently hilarious and then suddenly, marvelously serious. He wanders, just as he recounts his wandering through his own early adult life, from stories of one incident to another. Here, he is clinging to the edge of a cliff hoping a huge pine will not pitch down onto him toppling him into oblivion; and then he is in prison reading Robert Musil’s Man Without Qualities and helping us remember, or discover, what a splendid book it is. . . .
“Pfeiffer holds our attention with his fine-grained description of managing the dangers of cutting trees alone in deep winter and then leaps adroitly to a wider, thoughtful reflection on how we all manage our ambitions. Work madly to get ahead, or work easily and survive for another day? In the woods, these are serious questions.”

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event on March 12.






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Use Caution when Clearing Snow and Ice to Prevent Heating Oil Tank Spills

AUGUSTA, Maine - With the record amount of snow that Maine has seen this year, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) cautions about possible damage to outside heating oil tanks from snow and ice. The fuel filter attached to the bottom fitting of a residential oil storage tank is a weak component and makes a good target for falling and settling snow to shear off that connection. If this happens, most of the contents of the tank will be released before repairs can be made. These spills can contaminate drinking water wells and surface waters, degrade indoor air quality and require expensive repair or replacement of the tank, not to mention the cost of purchasing replacement fuel.

Falling snow and ice is the second most common cause of releases from home heating oil tanks (internal corrosion is number one). To help prevent this from happening, DEP suggests having a licensed oil technician install a steel filter protector, regularly and carefully clear snow from over and around the tank, remove snow and ice from the roof above to prevent slides and when doing so, be mindful of the tank below.

If a spill does occur, please report it immediately to Maine DEP's 24-hour oil spill emergency response hotline at 1-800-482-0777.

For more information from DEP about keeping your home heating oil tank safe, visit http://www.maine.gov/dep/spills

Portland BMV Closed due to Water Line Break

Portland, Maine - The Portland Bureau of Motor Vehicles office has been closed today due to a water line break that has left the area without water.

The office is located at 125 Presumpscot St., Unit 4. Exams or hearings scheduled for today will be rescheduled.

Customers can conduct business at the Scarborough Bureau of Motor Vehicles, located at 200 Expedition Drive, Suite G. Several motor vehicle services can also be conducted online at http://maine.gov/sos/bmv/index.html .

Meet Rockland's New City Manager March 2nd

"Rounding The Mark" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Rounding The Mark" by Doug Mills
Mary Day and Stephen Taber round the mark in Rockland harbor during The Great Schooner Race. [07052013]






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Governor to Introduce Bill Addressing Attorney General’s Overreach of Authority

AUGUSTA, Maine – Governor Paul R. LePage yesterday announced he is introducing legislation to prevent the Attorney General’s overreaching of authority.

The Governor’s proposed bill clarifies and restricts the scope of the Attorney General’s authority as it pertains to the receipt and spending of public dollars. Governor LePage initiated the bill as a result of Attorney General Janet Mills taking unilateral action after the State of Maine received a $21.5 million settlement.

In a letter to Legislative leadership, Governor LePage cites McGraw-Hill and Standard & Poor’s litigation in which an agreement of the settlement allocates to the State of Maine $21.5 million – “the largest ever one-time settlement in Maine history,” according to the Attorney General.

The settlement stipulates the amounts allocated to the State are to “be used or expended in any way permitted by applicable state law at each State’s sole discretion.” Instead, Attorney General Mills has reserved to herself “sole discretion” over how the money would be used within a list of specified purposes related to consumer protection, the Governor explains in the letter.

“She does not have the authority to take settlement proceeds on behalf of the state and unilaterally make policy decisions about how that money should be spent,” the Governor wrote to legislative leaders. “Not only does her action overstep her authority, but it is also repugnant to the constitution. As you well know, the constitution clearly asserts that the power to appropriate revenue is held exclusively by the Legislature and checked by the Executive.”

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Author Talk with Denise Park Parsons

Rockport, Maine - Denise Park Parsons will talk about her book Touchstone: A Life unseen at The Rockport Public Library March 14th, 2:00 pm.


In Touchstone, Denise Park Parsons tells the story of her daughter’s life with Aicardi syndrome, which becomes the lens through which the reader views the author’s life over thirty years. The book tells how Park Parsons encountered the “three Ds”—death, disability, and divorce—and remained on her feet. It is a candid, revelatory look into one woman’s struggle to advocate for Emma in an indifferent educational system and an often confounded medical system. In the process, Denise and her husband started a newsletter in 1983 for parents of Aicardi syndrome children. That newsletter has matured into a global network that is a testament to what empowered parents can accomplish for their children and families.

How do you accomplish all that and maintain a loving, vibrant family life? Park Parsons succeeds, and she will succeed also in making you cry with her, flinch at the seemingly insurmountable difficulties, and rejoice at the delight nestled within adversity. And through it all you will be rooting for her and for Emma, who became the touchstone by which her mother measures what is valuable and good in life.

"Mary Day" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Mary Day" by Doug Mills
Mary Day during the 2013 Great Schooner Race flies into Rockland Harbor.[07052013]






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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Black-ish "The Dozens" Airs Tonight, FEB. 25th

DRE SCHOOLS ANDRE JR. IN “THE DOZENS” WHEN HE FACES A BULLY AT SCHOOL,

ON ABC’S “black-ish”

 “The Dozens” – Dre schools Andre Jr. in the art of “playing the dozens,” trash talking someone into submission, after he’s intimidated by a bully at school, but he succeeds a little too well with his plan; Bow struggles with sleep deprivation when Diane develops a fear of the dark, on “black-ish,” WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson,

UPDATED..Developing....Interstate Pile-up in Etna, 70+ Vehicles Involved, No Fatalities

UPDATE 5:40pm More than 70 vehicles involved in the Interstate pileup this morning in Carmel and Etna, with 50 of the vehicles having to be towed. 17 persons were treated at Bangor hospitals
UPDATE 12:50pm: I-95 pileup: Most of the wrecks have been removed, but there continues to be a few tractor trailers in the roadway.
UPDATE...There are reports that 40+ vehicles are involved.
UPDATE...There have been no fatalities, however a couple of the injured appear to be in serious condition.
State Police say Interstate 95 between Newport and Bangor is shut down for a crash involving more than 20 vehicles.

The crash has shutdown both northbound lanes and motorists should take the exits in Etna and Newport to avoid the crash site.

Troopers say at least a half dozen people have been injured. There is no immediate word on the condition of the injured . The crash involves many cars, a school bus and a tractor trailer.

The collisions began around 7:30 in heavy snow that was falling in the area. The Interstate will be closed at the crash site for several hours.
Photos are courtesy of Maine State Police

The Goldbergs "Barry Goldberg’s Day Off" Airs Tonight, FEB. 25th

BARRY, ADAM AND POPS’ DAY OFF DOESN'T GO AS PLANNED,

ON ABC’S “THE GOLDBERGS”

Guest star Charlie Sheen as Dude in Police Station

“Barry Goldberg’s Day Off” – Inspired by the film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” Barry fakes sick and attempts to create an epic day of his own. But soon his day off turns out to be a disaster. To salvage what’s left of it, Pops and Adam join him but they make it worse, on “The Goldbergs,” WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“The Goldbergs” stars Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”) as Beverly Goldberg, Patton

St. Joseph Hospital Responds to Multiple Vehicle Accident

Courtesy of Maine State Police
Bangor, Maine - As a result of a multiple vehicle accident this morning on I-95, St. Joseph Hospital activated its External Disaster Process.

St Joseph Hospital initiated a Code Triage almost immediately following notification of the possibility of an external disaster situation. Code Triage was initiated in preparation for the possible influx of patients to the St. Joseph Emergency Department. Coordinated efforts began immediately with Eastern Maine Medical Center to ensure communication of available community health care resources.

St. Joseph Hospital received a total of 6 patients as a result of this incident—these patients are currently being assessed and treated within the Emergency Department. At this time, we anticipate one patient to be admitted to the hospital with additional potential admissions not yet determined. There were no disruptions in patient care in any St. Joseph Hospital service areas.

St. Joseph Hospital, in a coordinated effort with other emergency response agencies, thoroughly prepares for these types of emergency situations, as evidenced today.

Mass Accident Update

Bangor, Maine - EMMC is part of a community response to a mass accident on I95 north near the Carmel exit that happened around 8 am this morning. As of 10 am, we have received 11 patients in our Emergency Department, all in good to fair condition.

Community members who believe their loved one has have been involved in the accident and may be at a local hospital can call the Red Cross at 561-6202. Once a patient has been confirmed to be at EMMC, community members can check on their status by calling 973-8101.

EMMC is providing appropriate care to all patients who have arrived at our Emergency Department, and we anticipate being able to meet the needs of any additional patients that may arrive.

A gathering area has been set up at EMMC to accommodate family and friends of patients who may arrive at the hospital.

EMMC will provide additional updates to media approximately every 30 minutes.

UPDATED...BREAKING: Summer/Union Street Rollover, No Transport Of Patient, High/Rt.1 Two Vehicle Crash

UPDATE...Thomaston units are clear.
UPDATE..Rockland Fire and EMS units are clear of the rollover at Union/Summer street.
UPDATE... There is a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Rt. 1 and High Street in Thomaston, Maine.

Minor PI.

BREAKING...Rockland, Maine - Avoid Union/Summer intersection as there is a rollover with a vehicle on it's roof.

Minor pi for one, no transport.

Fire and EMS units are on scene.

More updates to come....

"Frozen" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Frozen" by Doug Mills
Frozen tugs in Rockland harbor.[02102013]






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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lily Collins Attends 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Beverly Hills, California - Twenty five year old actress Lily Collins looked fabulous wearing a long black outfit with high heels as she attends the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Lily Jane Collins is a British-American actress and model. She is best known for her roles in the films The Blind Side, Abduction, and Mirror Mirror.

Kate Upton Attends 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Beverly Hills, California - Twenty two year old model Kate Upton looked fabulous wearing a long black dress with high heels as she attends the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Katherine Elizabeth "Kate" Upton is an American model and actress, known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

USS Constitution Commemorates 200th Anniversary of Dual Victory over Royal Navy

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Victoria Kinney, USS Constitution Public Affairs
CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (NNS) -- The crew of USS Constitution commemorated the bicentennial of Old Ironsides' final battle during the War of 1812, her unprecedented dual-victory over Royal Navy ships HMS Cyane and HMS Levant, on Friday, Feb. 20 in Charlestown Navy Yard.

Constitution Sailors fired the ship's saluting battery at noon to commemorate the start of the battle, and visitors to the ship received dramatic accounts of the battle from Constitution crew members throughout the day. At sunset, the saluting gun was fired again in commemoration of the conclusion of both the battle and the War of 1812.

The evening gun salute was followed by a ceremony and reception at the USS Constitution Museum. The reception opened with welcoming remarks from Cmdr. Sean D. Kearns, Constitution's 73rd commanding officer, and Anne Rand, president of the USS Constitution Museum, and then featured an account of the battle from a current crew member, Damage Controlman Fireman Terray Franklin, followed by remarks from the guest speaker, Professor James Holmes of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

"The ceremony today was a great way to commemorate what was arguably Constitution's greatest victory under the command of perhaps her greatest captain," said Kearns. "It was also a fitting time to reflect on the entire war and the peace which has existed among the belligerents ever since. As Professor Holmes mentioned in his remarks, it is as important now as it was then for us to be able to look past old enmities and strive for peace and partnership with other nations."

Representatives from Boston's Canadian and Irish consulates were also on hand to give remarks and toast the 200 years of peace that has existed between the U.S., Canada and Great Britain since the conclusion of the war.

"The War of 1812 helped solidify the North American borders, and helped create a peace between Canada and America," said Frank Ruddock, Canada's consul general in Boston. "The war helped forge a truce between the countries, and allowed us to move forward together."

Constitution's battle against Cyane and Levant originally took place on Feb. 20, 1815 near the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean. At the start of the battle, Constitution was confronted by the two Royal Navy ships simultaneously, as British officers were now under orders to only confront solo American frigates in pairs or as part of a squadron. Under the command of Capt. Charles Stewart, Constitution was able to out-maneuver and eventually cause the British ships to separate from one another.

With the Cyane and Levant split up, Stewart was able to battle and capture the Royal Navy ships as if he were fighting two separate one-on-one battles. The Cyane-Levant battle is still studied at the Naval War College today to better understand the superior tactical strategies utilized by Stewart and the crew of Old Ironsides 200 years ago.

Breandan O Caollai, Ireland's consul general in Boston, spoke of the relationship between Capt. Charles Stewart, and the Irishman Charles Stewart Parnell, Stewart's grandson. Parnell is regarded as one of the most famous patriots in Ireland's history and was founder and leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party.

"Our histories are intertwined," said O Caollai. "Charles Stewart greatly influenced our Charles Stewart Parnell, and helped forge Parnell into the history of Ireland. Growing up, I would learn about Parnell and pass his namesake street, and now to represent Ireland at the ship celebrating his grandfather's victory is truly an honor."

Friday's event was the finale of Constitution's three-year bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812, which concluded in 1815. Old Ironsides' first two victories in the war were against HMS Guerriere on Aug. 19, 1812 and HMS Java on Dec. 29, 1812.

USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, actively defended sea lanes against global threats from 1797 to 1855. Now a featured destination on Boston's Freedom Trail, Constitution and her crew of U.S. Navy Sailors offer community outreach and education about the ship's history and the importance of naval seapower to more than 500,000 visitors each year. USS Constitution is scheduled to be dry docked in Charlestown Navy Yard in the spring of 2015 for a three-year planned restoration period.

For more news and information on USS Constitution, visit www.facebook.com/ussconstitutionofficial and www.navy.mil/local/constitution/.


For more news from USS Constitution, visit www.navy.mil/local/constitution/




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Felicity Jones Attends 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Beverly Hills, California - Thirty one year old movie actress Felicity Jones looked gorgeous wearing a long black dress with high heels as she attends the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Felicity Jones is an English actress. She played school bully Ethel Hallow in the first series of The Worst Witch and its sequel Weirdsister College. Jones also co-starred in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's feature Cemetery Junction.

Winter Weather Advisory For Knox, Lincoln & Waldo Counties

...A QUICK SNOWFALL EXPECTED LATE TONIGHT INTO EARLY WEDNESDAY...

.WEAK LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK SOUTHEAST OF CAPE TONIGHT AND THEN
INTENSIFY AS IT MOVES INTO THE CANADIAN MARITIMES BY WEDNESDAY
AFTERNOON. THIS SYSTEM WILL BRING A QUICK 3 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW TO
THE MID COAST AND PENOBSCOT BAY AREA STARTING LATE TONIGHT INTO
WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO END BY MIDDAY WITH
RAPID CLEARING DURING THE AFTERNOON.

INTERIOR WALDO-LINCOLN-KNOX-COASTAL WALDO-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WINTERPORT...UNITY...BOOTHBAY HARBOR...
WISCASSET...WALDOBORO...CAMDEN...ROCKLAND...THOMASTON...BELFAST...
LINCOLNVILLE

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO
NOON EST WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAY HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER
ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO
NOON EST WEDNESDAY.

* HAZARD TYPES...SNOW

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 3 TO 6 INCHES.

* TIMING...SNOW BEGINS AROUND MIDNIGHT...AND COULD BECOME BRIEFLY
  HEAVY AT TIMES AROUND DAYBREAK AND INTO THE MORNING
  COMMUTE...BEFORE ENDING BY MIDDAY.

* IMPACTS...ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY.

* WINDS...SOUTHWEST 5 TO 10 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES...13 TO 25.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

Chloe Grace Moretz Attends 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Beverly Hills, California - Seventeen year old movie actress Chloe Grace Moretz looked gorgeous wearing a black dress with high heels as she attends the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Chloë Grace Moretz born February 10, 1997 is an American film actress. She began her acting career at the age of seven and has appeared in films such as The Amityville Horror (2005), (500) Days of Summer (2009), Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010), Kick-Ass (2010), Let Me In (2010), Hugo (2011), Dark Shadows (2012), Movie 43 (2013), Kick-Ass 2 (2013) and Carrie (2013). Her movies in 2014 are Laggies and The Equalizer among others.

Hailee Steinfeld Attends 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Beverly Hills, California - Seventeen year old Los Angeles, California native, movie actress Hailee Steinfeld looked gorgeous wearing a floral dress with high heels as she attends the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Hailee Steinfeld born December 11, 1996 is an American actress who has an impressive resume with staring in several different roles.

Gigi Hadid & Cody Simpson Attends 23rd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party, Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Los Angeles, California - Model Gigi Hadid, 19, looked gorgeous wearing a blue, high slit gown with high heels, singer Cody Simpson, 18, looked good in a suit as they attend the 23rd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party held on February 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

They also attended 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter held at the Wallis

Nina Dobrev Attends 23rd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party, Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Los Angeles, California - Twenty one year old 'The Vampire Diaries' star Nina Dobrev looked gorgeous wearing a red gown with high heels as she attends the 23rd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party held on February 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

She also attended 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Nina Dobrev born Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva January 9, 1989 is a Bulgarian Canadian actress and model. She played the role of Mia Jones, the single teenage mother, on Degrassi: The Next Generation, from the show's sixth to ninth season (2006–2009). She stars as Elena Gilbert, Katherine Pierce and Amara on The CW's television drama The Vampire Diaries.

Julianne Hough Attends 23rd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party

Los Angeles, California - Twenty six year old actress, singer, dancer Julianne Hough looked lovely wearing a red dress with high heels as she attends the 23rd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party held on February 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Julianne Alexandra Hough is an American dancer, singer-songwriter, and actress. She is a two-time professional champion of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

Pretty Little Liars “Bloody Hell” Airs Tonight, Tuesday, FEB. 24th

THE LIARS COME FACE-TO-FACE WITH ALISON

IN AN ALL-NEW EPISODE OF “PRETTY LITTLE LIARS,”

AIRING TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH AT 8:00 PM ET/PT ON ABC FAMILY

The girls’ actions create a devastating aftershock for one of the Liars in “Bloody Hell,” an all-new episode of ABC Family’s hit original series “Pretty Little Liars,” premiering Tuesday, February 24th (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT).

Equipped with their new information about Mona, the Liars decide they need to speak to Alison. But once the truth is out there, Aria quickly learns that Mike’s involvement with Mona and this new revelation could have serious repercussions for her family. Determined to keep Mike safe and get Ali out of jail, the Liars intensify their search for information on “A.”

Meanwhile, Spencer heads to London for an important college interview, and Alison looks to

Maine Maritime Academy Announces Dean’s List for Fall 2014

Maine Maritime Academy Announces Dean’s List for Fall 2014
CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy recently named 380 students to their Dean’s List for outstanding academic achievement in the first semester of the 2014-2015 academic year. Students named to the Dean’s List earn a grade point average of 3.3 or above on a 4.0 scale.
A number of students from central Maine earned their place on the list:


Adams
John
Newport
ME
Albon
Jacob
Castine
ME
Allen
James
Hermon
ME
Anderson
Sarah
Rockland
ME
Andrews
Steven
Milford
ME
Badeen
Mary-Elizabeth
Newport
ME
Bailey
Walter
W. Gardiner
ME
Baker
Alexander
Norridgewock
ME
Beaulieu
Jeremy
Hermon
ME
Belanger
Damian
Vassalboro
ME
Bell
Steven
Blue Hill
ME
Birmingham
Jesse
Lincoln
ME
Bishop
Barrett
Kenduskeag
ME
Bouchard
Brandon
Millinocket
ME
Bouchard
Dylan
Millinocket
ME
Bragg
Dylan
Oakland
ME
Brundage
Gregory
Palermo
ME
Bunker
Steven
Trenton
ME
Burns
Brian
Bangor
ME
Caldwell
Miranda
Castine
ME
Casey
Michael
Bucksport
ME
Catlin
Andrew
Glenburn
ME
Cegelka
Francis
Castine
ME
Champney
Matthew
Clinton
ME
Chepke
Frank
Gardiner
ME
Chubbuck
Jacob
Orono
ME
Clarke
Edmund
Castine
ME
Clukey
Adam
Norridgewock
ME
Cowette
Mikayla
Skowhegan
ME
Cox
Daniel
Ellsworth
ME
Cox
Shawn
Orrington
ME
Cox
William
Bangor
ME
Dishop
Shawn
S. Thomaston
ME
Doyen
Elizabeth
Surry
ME
Doyon
John
Hampden
ME
Drinkwater
Dylan
Northport
ME
Duff
Gregory
Bangor
ME
Duplessis
Eric
Orrington
ME
Durant
Tyler
Searsmont
ME
Easler
Tyler
Belgrade
ME
Eldridge
Mark
Hampden
ME
Engelhardt
Tyler
Pittsfield
ME
Fales
Seth
Fairfield
ME
Falla
Christopher
Beaver Cove
ME
Faux
Malcolm
Newcastle
ME
Ferreira
Paul
Castine
ME
Fitzpatrick
Nathan
Brewer
ME
Fogg
Logan
Lincolnville
ME
French
Tyler
Farmingdale
ME
Fuller
Samuel
Boothbay
ME
Gallagher
Kolby
Patten
ME
Galley
Alexi
Madison
ME
Gastaldo
Henry
Newcastle
ME
Gibbs
Cody
Winslow
ME
Giguere
Gabriel
Manchester
ME
Gilman
Christopher
Old Town
ME
Gray
Brooks
Castine
ME
Graychase
Bailey
Bucksport
ME
Griffin
Haley
Whitefield
ME
Grimes
Shana
Castine
ME
Grindle
Isaac
Camden
ME
Guptill
Zachary
Winslow
ME
Hahn
Myron
Boothbay
ME
Hall
Joshua
Sidney
ME
Hancock
Kyle
Skowhegan
ME
Hartley
Zachary
Millinocket
ME
Haslam
Kyle
Lamoine
ME
Hatch
Jason
Islesboro
ME
Holmes
Matthew
Glenburn
ME
Howe
Molly
Winterport
ME
Hupper
Olivia
Tenants Harbor
ME
Jesiolowski
Nicholas
Hampden
ME
Joyce
Keenan
Cushing
ME
Kelley
Kristina
Belfast
ME




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