Thursday, April 30, 2015

Intersection Improvement Project to Begin in Trenton

Trenton, Maine - Crews will be performing an intersection improvement project on Routes 3 and 204 in Trenton beginning on Monday, May 4th.

The work zone will extend 1000ft. on each of the three legs of the intersection. Two-way traffic will be maintained at all times, with alternating one-way traffic if night work is required.

While motorists may experience slight delays, all work will be suspended for much of July and August.

The project includes excavating existing pavement for the widening of the roadway and shoulders. In addition, turning lanes will be added as well as the instillation of a traffic signal.

It is anticipated work will be completed by the end of September, 2015.

This $1.1 million intersection improvement project will be performed by Lane Construction Corp. of Connecticut.

Paving to Begin on Route 26 in Falmouth

Falmouth, Maine - Crews will be paving on Route 26 in Falmouth beginning on Monday, May 4th.

The paving will begin 0.35 of a mile north of the junction of Falmouth Road, Gray Road and Mountain Road, extending 1.0 mile. The project ends 0.82 of a mile north of the junction of Route 26 and Eastern Avenue.

Motorists may experience slight delays as there will be alternating one-way traffic that will be controlled by flaggers for the duration of the project.

It is anticipated all work will be completed by mid-May, 2015.

Pike Industries, Inc. of Westbrook will perform this $239,000 project.

MAMMA MIA! WALKS DOWN THE AISLE OF MERRILL AUDITORIUM

PORTLAND OVATIONS 

BRINGS BACK THE GLOBAL SMASH HIT

FOR TWO SHOWS ONLY!

Portland, Maine - Portland Ovations brings back Benny Andersson and Bj√∂rn Ulvaeus' MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, to Merrill Auditorium for only two shows on May 13th and 14th  at 7:30pm.

Seen by over 54 million people around the world, MAMMA MIA!, is celebrating 5,000 performances on Broadway and is the 9th longest running show in Broadway history.The original West End production of MAMMA MIA! is now in its fifteenth year and has celebrated over 6,000 performances in London and the international tour has visited more than 74 foreign cities in 35 countries and been seen by over 4.3 million people. The blockbuster feature film adaptation of MAMMA MIA! is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide.

Seen in 38 productions in 14 different languages globally and with a worldwide gross of over $2

Maine Office of Securities Shines Light on Broker-Dealer Fees

In recognition of Financial Literacy Month, Maine's Office of Securities issued an advisory to raise investor awareness about fees charged by broker-dealer firms for services and maintenance of investment accounts.

"A key component of building financial literacy is learning what you need to know and where to find it," Securities Administrator Judith Shaw said. "That is especially important when it comes to understanding what services you are paying for and how much you are paying."

The advisory follows new research from the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), of which the Maine Office of Securities is a member. The research indicates that many investors are confused about brokerage service and maintenance fees and want clear and easy access to fee information from their broker-dealer firm.

A national public opinion poll commissioned by NASAA found that fees are important to investors but a general lack of standardization and clarity in their disclosure has left investors unaware of how much their broker-dealer firm charges for the service and maintenance of the investment accounts. To address this concern, Administrator Shaw suggests investors focus on the timing, method and content of fee disclosures.

-- Pay attention. Fees are typically disclosed when a customer account is opened. Ask for a fee schedule and make sure it is up to date. If it is not readily available, do not place any assets with the firm until it is provided. You have the right to know the fees in advance. Also, watch out for fee changes. Most broker-dealers disclose fee changes at least 30 days in advance, but they may use different methods to reach investors. Make sure your broker-dealer firm knows how you prefer to be contacted.

-- Read the fine print. Most broker-dealer firms disclose fees for certain services on a table, chart or list, while some use a narrative, but it may not list dollar amounts or formulas. If you do not see a section on fees and charges, ask for it. Investors are responsible for reading and understanding all materials provided by a broker-dealer.

-- Talk the talk. Different firms may use different terms for the same service. Know the services you may be using regularly and ask specifically what terms a firm uses for its services and the associated fees.

"Savvy consumers know it is important to compare prices on similar products, and they want the tools to make an informed decision," Administrator Shaw said. "Investors have spoken; regulators and the industry need to listen."

The advisory is available on the Office of Securities' website at www.investors.maine.gov. Consumers may contact the Office to check an adviser, salesperson or investment, or to obtain other information related to investing, by calling (877) 624-8551, visiting the agency's website, or writing to Maine Office of Securities, 121 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333-0121.

Alewives' Upstream Journey at Merryspring

Camden/Rockport, Maine - Fisheries Scientist Lisa Kerr will lead a presentation on understanding the life and journey of alewives at Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, May 12 at 12:00 pm.


Alewives are anadromous fish with a complex and fascinating life history and an amazing upstream story. Dr. Lisa Kerr will speak about how alewives are both an integral part and link between freshwater and marine ecosystems in the Gulf of Maine. Kerr’s talk will include how and why alewives swim up Maine’s rivers each spring, their status in the Gulf of Maine, and current research and efforts to resolve issues that are contributing to their decline in the wild.


Kerr is a fisheries scientist with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. The goal of her research is to inform progress towards sustainable management of fisheries and ecosystems as a whole. She holds a PhD in Marine, Estaurine, and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maryland Center of Environmental Science.


This program is part of the Spring Talk series at Merryspring, co-sponsored by The First and Jackson Landscape Services. Tuesday Talks are open to the public for $5, with free admittance for Merryspring members.


Merryspring is a member-supported, non-profit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road just off Rt. 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239, email info@merryspring.org or visit our website at www.merryspring.org.

Three Home Runs Power Binghamton to Sweep

Portland, Maine - The Binghamton Mets churned out 12 hits, including three home runs, and completed their sweep of the Sea Dogs at Hadlock Field on Wednesday night by a final score of 8-3.


Mike McCarthy (L, 2-2) came into the game riding an eleven-inning scoreless streak, but it ended in the top of the first on a solo home run by Josh Rodriguez (2-4, HR, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R, BB), his third of the season.  McCarthy allowed six earned runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out two.


Rodriguez delivered again in the top of the third with a bases clearing, three-run double.  Jairo Perez (2-4, HR, 2 RBI, R) added a two-run homer in the fourth, while Aderlin Rodriguez (1-5, HR, 2 RBI, R) delivered a two-run shot in the seventh.


Sea Dogs manager Billy McMillon was ejected following Perez's home run in the top of the fourth inning.  Originally called foul on a drive hit down the left field line, the umpires congregated and reversed the call, awarding the two-run home run to Perez and resulting in the argument and subsequent ejection from McMillon.


Adam Kolarek (W, 1-0) picked up his first win of the year, allowing just one hit in three scoreless innings of relief.  Binghamton starter Rainy Lara allowed three earned runs on six hits in four innings, walking two and striking out two.


The Sea Dogs are off Thursday and begin a seven-game road trip on Friday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, PA.  First pitch Friday night is scheduled for 7:05 PM.  William Cuevas (2-1, 4.73) is the scheduled starter for Portland, while Zach Eflin (2-0, 0.00) gets the nod for the Fightin Phils.  Pregame coverage begins live at 6:45 PM on the WPEI U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

‘Sundays on the Boulevard’ to Start Up Again This Sunday!

Second car-free season along Baxter Boulevard to
run from May 3 – October 25
Portland, Maine - Following a successful inaugural season last year, the second season of Sundays on the Boulevard will start this Sunday, May 3, 2015. Baxter Boulevard, with one of the best views in Portland, will once again be transformed into an urban oasis for bike riding, running, walking, skateboarding and other recreational activities. The road will be closed to cars on Sundays from May 3 through October 25, 9:00 AM – 4:00PM, from Vannah Avenue to Payson Park.

In order to gauge the success of the program, volunteers performed user counts last year on one Sunday prior to the closure and three Sundays when the closure was in effect. The Portland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee analyzed the data and concluded that there was a significant increase in users when the closure was in place – especially among bicyclists, skateboarders, rollerbladers, scooter riders, and children.

“We heard and saw a lot of really positive feedback from citizens last year who enjoyed this recreational space – and we’re excited to see that the analysis from our user counts reinforces that,” said Michael Bobinsky, Portland Public Services Director. “We hope even more people can take advantage this year as we look forward to another great season of Sundays on the Boulevard.”

The program is part of a growing number of open street projects, in which streets are closed temporarily to auto traffic so that people may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing and socializing. There are more than 100 documented initiatives across North America, according to the Open Streets Project.

The program also complements the City’s recently adopted Complete Streets policy, which aims to make streets more bike and pedestrian friendly. When Public Services undertakes redesigns of new roadways, pedestrians and cyclists are incorporated into the planning process.

In addition to the City, the effort is sponsored by the Back Cove Neighborhood Association, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, the Portland Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Healthy Portland, and Portland Trails.

For more information, residents can call 207.874.8801 or visit www.boulevardsundays.com.

"Chesapeake Ram" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Chesapeake Ram" by Doug Mills
The historic Chesapeake Ram Victory Chimes, built 1900, sailing from Rockland, Maine.[02122009]



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Oceanside Varsity Baseball Defeats Erskine 9-1

Thomaston, Maine - The Oceanside varsity baseball team hosted Erskine Academy on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 in Thomaston, Maine.

Oceanside was able to defeat Erskine Academy 9-1.

Erskine (1-2)      0-0-0  1-0-0 0 - 1-5-3

Oceanside(2-2) 4-0-0  5-0-0 X - 9-6-1


Oceanside Pitching

Ryan Allender (W1-1) 6Inn - 1R - 1ER - 4H - 5K - 2BB - 1HBP

Jimmy Strong              1Inn - 0R - 0ER - 1H - 1K - 0BB - 0HBP

Catcher Walker Ranney


Erskine Pitching

Nate Howard (L 0-2) 3.1 Inn - 9R - 6ER - 6H - 0K - 5BB - 1HBP

Dylan Presby            2.2 Inn - 0R - 0ER - 0H - 1K - 3BB - 0HBP

Catchers Caleb Cummings, Nick Turcotte (5)


Repeat Hitters - Oceanside, Thomas Curtis (2 singles)

Doubles - Oceanside, Zach Peaco; Erskine, Ryan Rodrigue

Triples - None

Home Runs - None


RBIs - Oceanside, Ryan Allender 2, Zach Peaco 2, Caleb Jacob, Nick Mazurek, Thomas Curtis, Walker Ranney; Erskine, Dalton Fortin


NOTE - Zac Roman steals 3 bases, giving him more than 50 career stolen bases.


Oceanside 1st - Zac Roman singles and steals second, Nick Mazurek singles to drive in Roman and moves to second on the throw to the plate, Riley Sprague reaches on a fielder’s choice, Thomas Curtis singles to knock in Mazurek, Zach Peaco is hit by a pitch to load the bases, Ryan Allender reaches on an error to plate Sprague, Walker Ranney’s sacrifice fly brings home Curtis.


Erskine Academy 4th - Caleb Cumming singles, Cody Beaudoin walks, Nate Martin sacrifice bunts both runners over, Cunnings scores on Dalton Fortin ground out.


Oceanside 4th - Roman walks and steals second, Caleb Jacob singles to drive in Roman and goes to second on the throw to the plate, Mazurek reaches on an error to score Jacob, Sprague walks, Curtis singles to load the bases, Zach Peaco doubles to drive in Mazurek and Sprague, Presby replaces Howard on the mound, Allender’s suicide squeeze to score Curtis.


JV Game - Erskine Academy 2, Oceanside 0 … Coby Dorr tosses a complete game and allows 2 unearned runs.


JVs at Lincoln Academy tomorrow at 4 PM at Waldoboro Rec Field


Varsity at Belfast on Friday May 1st at 4 PM, JVs host Belfast on Friday at 4 PM

Governor LePage Announces Nomination of Associate Justice to Supreme Judicial Court

AUGUSTA, Maine - Governor Paul R. LePage today announced the nomination of Superior Court Chief Justice Thomas E. Humphrey as Associate Justice to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Chief Justice Humphrey will take the position of Justice Warren M. Silver, who resigned from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on December 31, 2014.

"I am pleased to nominate Chief Justice Humphrey. He carries a distinguished record serving the Maine people well," said Governor LePage. "In choosing judges, my focus is on the qualifications, demeanor and integrity of the candidates, not politics. I have confidence Chief Justice Humphrey will continue to serve with the honor, integrity and reason he is known for."

Chief Justice Humphrey was appointed to the District Court in 1993 by Governor John McKernan and in 1997 was appointed Deputy Chief Judge of that court. He was first nominated to the Superior Court by Governor Angus King in 1998 and was reappointed by Governor John Baldacci in 2005. Humphrey has served as Chief Justice of the Superior Court since 2004.

"I am thrilled and very honored to be nominated by Governor LePage," he said. "And I am grateful to him for considering me for this important position. I look forward to working with the Legislature in the next stages of the appointment process."

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Chief Justice Humphrey was a partner with the law firm Roberts, Shirley & Humphrey of Springvale, Maine. Previously he served as Assistant District Attorney, York County.

Chief Justice Humphrey is a graduate of Boston College and received his law degree from Boston College Law School.

All judicial nominees must be reviewed by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary and confirmed by the full Senate.

Nastia Liukin & Sasha Farber Dances The Charleston, DWTS Week 7

Hollywood, California - Gymnast Nastia Liukin with professional dance partner Derek Hough, replaced by Sasha Farber due to toe injury, danced the Charleston to "Honey I'm Good" by Andy Grammer on Dancing with the Stars’ Eras Night on Monday, April 27th, 2015 in Hollywood, California.


Their Charleston dance earned them 38 out of 40 points from the judges.


Watch Their Charleston:

Nashville "Time Changes Things" Airs Tonight, Wednesday, April 29th

JADE THROWS A MALIBU BEACH PARTY, JULIETTE GIVES AN IMPROMPTU ROOFTOP CONCERT
AND RAYNA TRIES TO SAVE DEACON’S LIFE, ON ABC’S “NASHVILLE”
Christina Aguilera Guest Stars as Jade St. John
Rayna travels to Natchez, MS to try to help Deacon and we learn how her past with him affects his life-and-death struggle today. Jade invites Luke, Jeff and Layla to her beachfront bash in her home in Malibu which turns into an all-night rager. Back in Nashville, new mom Juliette tries to jump-start her career with a last-minute rooftop concert, and Kiley returns to Gunnar with news that changes everything, on “Nashville,” airing WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network.

“Nashville” stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Clare

Modern Family "Integrity" Airs Tonight, Wednesday April 29th

JAY AND PHIL TRY TO STAND UP FOR THEMSELVES ON THE HOME FRONT
WHILE HALEY ATTEMPTS IT AT WORK, ON ABC’S “MODERN FAMILY”
Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty”) Returns as Gavin Sinclair, and Andy Daly (“MADtv”)
Reprises his Role as Principal Brown
Phil and Jay run an errand together to pick up Lily’s hand me down princess castle for Joe, both though are in a mood because Phil is upset that Claire won’t let him buy a videogame console, and Jay thinks Gloria is letting Joe play with too many girlie items. Mitch and Cam babysit Joe and both get the itch for another baby -- that is until Joe presents to be quite the handful! Meanwhile, Gloria tries to help Haley stand up for herself at work, and Claire tries to bribe Luke’s principal to give him one of the student awards this year, on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 (9:00-9:31p.m., ET/PT), on the ABC Television Network.

“Modern Family” stars Ed O’Neill as Jay, Julie Bowen as Claire, Ty Burrell as Phil, Sofia Vergara as

Governor Releases Statement on Bill to Limit Authority to Issue Bonds

AUGUSTA, Maine – Governor Paul R. LePage released a statement Wednesday, April 28th, 2015 about a bill that seeks to limit the Governor’s authority to issue voter-approved bonds.

“I represent all 1.3 million people in Maine, not just wealthy special interests,” said Governor LePage. “Senator Katz and the other sponsors of this bill should be more concerned with keeping low-income Mainers warm than grandstanding for TV cameras. If they want LMF bonds released, they and their environmentalist friends should support my bill that would direct money from the state’s timber harvest to help Mainers with more affordable heating options for their homes. How quickly these legislators forget what a bitter cold winter we just experienced. The snow may be gone, but my commitment to Mainers who need to stay warm will never go away.”

State of the Air 2015 Report Card

Maine Counties See More Ozone, Less Particle Pollution in American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2015 Report Card
York County grade drops to “F” for unhealthy levels of ozone pollution
Bangor remains one of cleanest cities in U.S. for particle pollution

(AUGUSTA) Maine is experiencing  less year-round and short-term particle pollution overall, but worsening ozone pollution in some areas, according to the American Lung Association’s 16th annual State of the Air report released today.  While Bangor is again ranked as one of the cleanest cities in the country for particle pollution, York County saw its grade drop to an “F” for ozone pollution.

In keeping with a trend seen across the nation, Maine’s particle pollution grades improved, with all monitored counties receiving grades of “A”.  But southern and coastal Maine continues to experience unhealthy levels of ozone pollution, leaving Cumberland, Knox, and Hancock Counties with grades of “C” on this year’s report.  Last year Bangor was one of the four cleanest cities for both particulates and ozone, but this year Penobscot County’s grade for ozone dropped to a “B”.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating perfect grades across the state for particle pollution,” said Effie Craven, Healthy Air Coordinator for the American Lung Association in Maine. “This is a wonderful example of what happens when the Clean Air Act is allowed to work as intended, cleaning up smokestacks and tailpipes in order to make our air healthier.  But it’s not all good news, especially if you live in southern or coastal Maine, where unhealthy ozone levels persist and can lead to asthma attacks, reduced lung function, and expensive hospital admissions.”

The State of the Air report looks at the two most widespread types of pollution, ozone and particle pollution.  Ozone, which is also known as smog, is created in the atmosphere by the reaction of warm air and sunlight on emissions from vehicles and other pollution sources.  When ozone is inhaled, it irritates the lungs and can cause immediate health problems including wheezing, coughing, asthma attacks and even premature death.  The impacts of ozone pollution are sometimes compared to a “sunburn on the lungs”.

“Air pollution doesn’t respect state borders and the health effects can be very dangerous,” stated Dr. Marguerite Pennoyer, an allergist and immunologist from Scarborough.  “Children, the elderly, and people with lung or heart disease are most at risk, but even healthy adults who work or exercise outdoors can be harmed.  Maine already has one of the highest asthma rates in the nation.  Couple that with a weak and outdated federal ozone standard, as well as the ever-growing impacts of climate change, and you’ve got a recipe for expensive and preventable health problems for generations to come.”

Particle pollution, called fine particulate matter or soot, is a mixture of very tiny solid and liquid particles which come directly from car exhaust, wood fires, coal burning power plants and other smokestacks.  The body's natural defenses, coughing and sneezing, can fail to keep these microscopic particles from burrowing deep within the lungs.  Particle pollution can trigger asthma and heart attacks, strokes, lung cancer, and early death.

“We’re all in this together, because we all count on clean air to breathe, so let’s figure it out,” said Rep. Patty Hymanson, a state representative from the town of York. “As a physician and a legislator, I support efforts to measure and control air pollution. Ozone comes into York County mostly from other states. Therefore, we count on our neighboring states to control their pollution so everyone can enjoy the beauty of southern Maine outdoors.  We need national standards for carbon and ozone pollution that are smart and fair.  And we need Maine’s Congressional delegation to strongly defend the Clean Air Act so we start to see progress on ozone like we’ve seen on soot particles.”

Nationwide, more than 4 in 10 Americans – nearly 138.5 million people – live in counties where ozone or particle pollution levels make the air unhealthy to breathe, according to State of the Air 2015.  The 16th annual national report card, which looks at air pollution data collected from 2011-2013, shows that improvement in the nation’s air quality was mixed, with many cities experiencing strong improvements, while others suffered increased episodes of unhealthy air, and a few even marked their worst number of unhealthy days.

“Maine can certainly be proud of the progress we’ve made in cleaning up our air since the first State of the Air report 16 years ago,” said Jeff Seyler, president & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast.  “And while we can celebrate the continued reduction in particle pollution here in Maine and across the nation, thanks in large part to cleaner vehicles and fuels, we need to be doing even more to make the air healthy for all of us to breathe.”

“We all share the same air so keeping it healthy is a priority for our community partners,” said Sue Patterson, Director of Choose To Be Healthy Coalition, a local Healthy Maine Partnership affiliated with York Hospital in the town of York.  “We are very concerned that York County has received a grade of ‘F’ for unhealthy ozone days.  We will certainly continue to do everything we can across our region to improve air quality.  But in York County we are on the front lines of unhealthy air blowing in from states to the south and west of us. We can’t do this on our own - we’ll need help from Washington DC if we’re going to clean up the air in southern Maine.”

York County, home to almost 200,000 people, had 10 days of unhealthy ozone levels in the three-year reporting period.  Cumberland followed with 6, Knox had 4, and Hancock had 3 unhealthy days.

“Not only are we breathing pollution from other states, we are being lulled into a false sense of security by an outdated federal ozone standard that does not reflect today’s best medical science,” said Craven.  “We’re actually experiencing more than three times as many unhealthy air days in southern Maine as what gets reported.  Too many Maine families know all too well that high ozone levels can quickly turn a day at the beach into a day in the emergency room.  I think Maine parents would agree that it's time to put an ozone standard in place that actually protects children's health."

Last fall the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed strengthening the federal ozone standard, which establishes the point at which ozone levels are considered healthy or unhealthy.  The EPA has proposed changing the standard, currently set at 75 parts per billion (ppb), to a more protective level in the range of 65-70 ppb.  The Lung Association called the proposal “long overdue” but also expressed concern that the EPA did not include 60 ppb in its proposed update, even though 60 ppb was the recommendation of the EPA’s independent scientists as well as health and medical societies, including the American Lung Association.  The public comment period on this proposal has now closed and a final decision is expected by year-end.

In its State of the Air 2015 report, the American Lung Association calls for four actions that will help improve air quality.  The report states:
1.       “Strengthen the outdated ozone standards. The EPA must adopt an up-to-date ozone limit that follows the current health science and the law to protect human health. Strong standards will drive much needed cleanup of ozone pollution across the nation.
2.       Adopt a strong final Clean Power Plan. The EPA needs to issue tough final requirements to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.
3.       Protect the Clean Air Act. Congress needs to ensure that the protections under the Clean Air Act remain effective and enforced. States should not be allowed to opt out of Clean Air Act protections.
4.       Fund the work to provide healthy air. Congress needs to adequately fund the work of the EPA and the states to monitor and protect the nation from air pollution.”

“The impacts of climate change on our health and our economy cannot be ignored,” stated Julie Osgood, Senior Director of Operations at MaineHealth.  “Warmer temperatures create a breeding ground for ozone pollution and climate change amplifies the amount of air pollution and natural allergens we are forced to breathe.  These are costly outcomes that affect children’s learning and workers’ productivity.  That’s why it’s so important to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, modernize the nation’s ozone standards, and for Congress to ensure that health protections under the Clean Air Act remain effective and enforced.”

Craven added, “Our work to clean up the air is far from finished.  We need to adopt a federal ozone standard that follows the law and protects health.  We need to clean up carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants, and we need to defend the Clean Air act from being undermined and weakened by industry polluters.  These three actions would make a tremendous difference in our efforts to improve health and lower health costs for families and businesses.”

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The American Lung Association “State of the Air 2015” report uses the most recent quality-assured air pollution data, collected by federal, state and local governments and tribes in 2011, 2012, and 2013. These data come from official monitors for the two most widespread types of pollution, ozone and particle pollution. The report grades counties, ranking cities and counties based on scores calculated by average number of unhealthy days (for ozone and for short-term particle pollution) and by annual averages (for year-round particle pollution).
The American Lung Association of the Northeast serves CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI and VT. We are part of the American Lung Association, the oldest voluntary health organization in the U.S. Established in 1904 to combat tuberculosis; our mission today is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The focus is on air quality, asthma, tobacco control, and all lung disease. www.LungNE.org

Significant findings from the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2015 report for Maine include:

Androscoggin:
·         Ozone remained an A; no unhealthy days (same as 2014)Made the list of cleanest counties for ozone pollution, with no unhealthy days
·         Short-term particle pollution grade improved from a B to an A with zero unhealthy days; Annual particle pollution level unchanged

Aroostook:
·         Ozone grade remained an A, no unhealthy days (same as 2014)
·         Made the list of cleanest counties for ozone pollution, with no unhealthy days 
·         Short-term particle pollution improved from a B to an A with zero unhealthy days
·         Annual particle pollution level slightly improved.

Cumberland:
·         Ozone grade remained a C; 6 orange days, 2 less orange days and 1 less red day than in 2014.)
·         Short-term particle pollution improved from a B to an A with zero unhealthy days  
  • Annual particle pollution level slightly worse.
  • Portland-Lewiston-South Portland ranked tied for 75th on the list of most polluted for ozone pollution.

Hancock:
·         Ozone grade improved from a D to a C; 3 orange days  (4 less than in 2014)
·         Short-term particle pollution remained an A, with no unhealthy days 
  • Annual particle pollution level was slightly worse.
  • Made the list of cleanest cities for short-term particle pollution.

Kennebec:
·         Ozone grade improved from a B to an A (1 less orange day)
·         Short-term particle pollution grade remained an A; no unhealthy days (same as 2013)
·         Annual particle pollution level slightly worse
  • Made the list of cleanest cities for short-term particle pollution.

Knox:
·         Ozone grade dropped  from a B to a C; 4 orange days (two more than in 2014)
·         No particle pollution monitor.

Oxford:
·         Ozone grade remained an A; no unhealthy days (same as 2014)
·         Made the list of cleanest counties for ozone pollution, with no unhealthy days
·         Short-term particle pollution grade improved from a B to an A with zero unhealthy days.(one less red day than 2014)
·         Annual particle pollution level remains the same.

Penobscot:
  • Ozone grade dropped form an A to a B; one unhealthy days ( 1 more orange day than in 2014)
·         Short-term particle pollution grade remained an A; no unhealthy days (same as 20143)
·         Annual particle pollution level improved slightly.
  • Made the list of cleanest counties for short-term particle pollution.
  • Bangor made the list of cleanest cities for short-term particle pollution
  • Bangor made the list of cleanest cities for annual particle pollution and ranked 23rd.
  • Bangor is no longer one of the cleanest cities for ozone.

Piscataquis:
  • No ozone pollution monitor
  • Insufficient data to give a grade for short-term particle pollution (same as 2014)
  • Insufficient data to receive a grade for annual particle pollution (same as in 2014)

Sagadahoc:
  • Ozone grade remained an A; no unhealthy days (same as 2014)
  • Made the list of cleanest counties for ozone pollution, with no unhealthy days
  • No particle pollution monitor.

Washington:
  • Ozone grade remained a B; 1 orange days (same as  in 2014)
  • No particle pollution monitor.

York:
  • Ozone grade dropped from a D to an F; 10 orange days (1 more than 2014)
  • Ozone level worsened.
  • No particle pollution monitor.




The Rockland Report April 24, 2015

OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
 I have been working closely with CDD about the possible economic development proposal. We had a phone conference that brought to light how the developer will proceed according to the City and State proposal processes. It is progressing nicely but information needs to be reserved at this time. We have roll out strategies.
 I have been working on the Maine Lighthouse Museum quandary over the last few weeks and I was approaching a reasonable proposal for the Council.
THEN…please refer to the USCG Curator’s email attached. I will likely report to the Council during agenda setting in May but it is not promising.
 I have employed a Human Resources Consultant, Laurie Bouchard, who I have worked with before. She will be helping me address personnel issues in the Public Services Department. As is the case with all personnel proceedings, family and friends of affected employees reach out to elected officials. Please be advised.
 Next week my youngest daughter is having a minor surgery. I will attempt to work remotely as much as possible. I am available and working but possibly not in the office all week.

OFFICE OF THE FINANCE DIRECTOR
 Approved Payroll Warrant.
 Attended Budget Presentation.
 Worked on Year End Projections.
 Developing Project Tracking Worksheet for all City wide projects.

OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL FISH PIER DIRECTOR
 No permits were issued this week.
 Commenced sweeping up of excess sand from winter sanding.
 Coordinated with ECO-ANALYSTS INC. and Fred Beal’s Surveying Co. to initiate the required information for Fred’s company to take soundings that ECO-ANALYSTS can use for the next step in the dredging process. The Datum both will use will be UTM, NAD 1993.
 Coordinating with Prock Marine and Somatex Crane Services on the engineering for the mounting base on the free standing jib cranes to be installed.

OFFICE OF THE HARBORMASTER
 With the arrival of the nice weather, I've been working on float maintenance
projects. Some replacement hinges, decking, floatation, and other general
repairs.
 Had the opportunity to look at the almost complete ADA gangway that's being
built at Prock Marine. It is gorgeous and I'm really looking forward to when we
finally get to use it.
 Acted as a go-between with the Penobscot Pilots to get Rockland EMTs out to a large commercial cargo vessel to stabilize and evacuate a crew member with a
head injury.
 After the early week storm, we had one small fishing boat capsize at her mooring in the North End, but they've got her flipped back upright and hauled out.

OFFICE OF THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR
 Due to the holiday, there was no Adult Drawing class this week; the Children’s Drawing classes concentrated on baby animals.
 The Memoir Writing Workshop was held on Tuesday. This group meets weekly, and is open to anyone who wants to write, share, or just listen.
 The LEGO Club met, with this week’s building theme of ships.
 We co-sponsored a talk: A Musical History of Swan’s Island, with the Rockland Historical Society. Meghan Vigeant presented a multimedia show, which documented the tragic fire that destroyed the Swan’s Island Historical Society, and her efforts to help recreate that history.
 Judith Andersen returned as guest presenter of Wednesday Storytime reading
several stories to a multi aged group. She read from A light in the Attic ,by Shel
Silverstein, My Brother, Ant, by Betsy Byars, William’s Doll, by Charlotte Zolotow, and her favorite Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst. Children’s Librarian Jean gathered the children round the craft table, where they colored a rabbit holding pussy willows. When they finished, Miss Jean gave them a sprig of real pussy willows to tape to their completed coloring
 Droplet Dance was a special Vacation Week presentation. Part of the Arts… for
Kids and Their Families series was held on Wednesday afternoon. This program
was choreographed and performed by Molly Gawler, and integrated
dance, theater, and acrobatics.
 Poetry Month Rockland’s Fireside Poetry Series this week was a Community Open Read. All ages were welcome to come and share a favorite poem, one they
wrote, or just to sit back and enjoy an informal afternoon of poetry. Delicious treats and coffee were provided by the Friends of Rockland Library and Poetry Month Rockland
 What’s In The Trunk? Creativity! This month’s Science Trunk from the Cornerstones of Science program, with hands-on activities and games, gave participants a chance to exercise and inspire the creative side of the brain by doing simple activities with everyday items. Activities included: Exploring Sound, Exploring Art and Exploring Paper.
 The Thursday Evening Arts and Cultural Event was the foreign film, My Mother's Castle, a sequel to director Yves Robert's earlier My Father's Glory, both based on the childhood recollections of Marcel Pagnol. Like its predecessor, the movie explores the adventures of the young Marcel (Julien Ciamaca) during his summers at the family country home in Provence.
 On Saturday, we presented a special craft program, Painting Found Objects, Part 2. Local artist Sue Reed led a special painting session for older children, teens, and adults. (Part of The Arts for…Kids and their Families series)
 On Sunday, the Library hosted a special Poetry Month Rockland (PMR) event, a film: The World of Wallace Stevens. Producer and director Alison Johnson
presented a documentary about Stevens’ life and poetry, and allowed time for
questions following the screening; Ms. Johnson also signed copies of her DVD and her biography of Stevens.
 Upcoming events—The Poetry Swarm (including winners of the PMR Poetry
Contest), and Public Health Talk: Dr. Bea Szantyr, discussing Lyme disease and
other tick-borne illnesses.

OFFICE OF THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY DIRECTOR
Pollution Control Facility
 The treatment plant has been running well this week.
 The plant has been in a CSO event all week due to the rain.
 The average daily treatment plant flows were 4.5 mgd, due to the CSO event
combined flows exceeded 16 mgd.
 The lab did BOD testing for Vinalhaven.
 Both the CSO and effluent chemical pumps and analyzers have been tested and are ready to go online for the summer starting in May.
 The primary and secondary scum boxes were pumped and cleaned.
 Modifications to the effluent chemical and instrumentation building were
completed for wiring to the new ultra-sonic sensors for the flow meters.
 Repairs were made to the drive roller on the GBT.
 Finished rebuilding the spare recirculation pump for the odor control system.
 Set up rigging over #1 filter press to remove and replace the drive motor, the new motor arrived and will be installed Monday.
 Met with a representative from Chesterton to discuss a new automatic lubrication system for the overhead conveyers in the trailer loading bay.
 Worked on scheduled preventative maintenance of treatment plant and pump
station equipment. Environmental Technicians
 Updated the list of locations of vented sewer manholes around the city and
forwarded it to Dave Larrabee to schedule changing the rims and covers.
 Continued investigation into complaints of sewer odor coming from the catch
basins in the vicinity of Ocean and Water Streets.
 Inspected a sewer lateral repair on Masonic Street.
 Responded to a sewer backup on Broadway at Railroad Avenue on Tuesday at
8:00 p.m., the problem was in the owners sewer lateral.
 Completed cleaning and camera inspection of 600 ft. of sewer main on upper
Cedar Street.
 Responded to a sewer backup at 41 Talbot Avenue. Used the sewer jetter to clear a blockage from the sewer main.
 Replaced the shaft on the level wind mechanism of the hose real on the sewer
jetter. Other Projects
 Thorndike Parking Lot: Tillson Avenue sidewalk is almost completed, conduit for the underground electric was installed, the granite curb along the back of the
buildings is in place, and work has started on Glovers Passage.
 Winter Street: J.B.I. has stripped the pavement from Park Drive to the Key Bank entrance, the manholes and catch basins were delivered, the area excavated for water main work has been backfilled and compacted, and there has been a
change to the catch basin plan to avoid the need for an easement on the
Gronros property at Winter & Park Drive.

OFFICE OF THE FIRE CHIEF
In addition to the general response to 30 fire and EMS calls, conducting apparatus checks, daily cleaning, routine repairs and maintenance to the fleet and of the quarters, the following occurred:
 Training: Our bi-weekly full company drill was to review our “Basic Structure Fire Plan”. This ensures all personnel understand what is expected of them depending on when they arrive and on which apparatus. Without an established framework, the Incident Commander must direct every single task, which is immediately overwhelming. While this “Basic Plan” has long been utilized with great success, we are now documenting it to better ensure every member is aware of the details.
 Confined Space Rescue Coverage: This week FD personnel provided 80 hrs of
confined space detail coverage for FMC between Monday and Thursday. On
Friday morning FMC requested additional coverage but due to lack of detailed
personnel will be asked to suspend any work if our personnel get any emergency
call as we will be unable to provide the requisite dedicated team. Word is that the
workload at FMC is not slowing as we move into May.
 Notable: Two roofing companies evaluated a leaking section of the fire station
roof to provide repair estimates.
 CIP project: Thermal Imaging Camera bids were opened Thursday morning with 7 companies providing bids. We will be evaluating each bid to ensure compliance with the specifications and to get the overall best value to the City.
 Inspections: CEO Root and I conducted two inspections together: one follow-up inspection of an apartment building and the second, a “pre-conveyance”
inspection of a previously sold apartment building.

OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC SERVICES DIRECTOR
 Painting tables and trash receptacles.
 Checking basins and brooks.
 Filled in three sinkholes.
 Trash pick-up City-wide.
 Cleared blown-down tree from roadway.
 Trash pick-up at Transfer Station.
 Cleaned City parks with Recreation Department.
 Street and sidewalk sweeping.
 Trimmed brush along roadways.
 Cold-patched roads City-wide.
 Installed sump pump at 36 Broadway (City owned property).
 Repaired lawn damage.
 Mechanics, ball joint and rear brakes on #2 truck, picked up bearings for sweeper and patched pick-up shoot; serviced tires and renewed inspection on Rec truck; rewired trailer lights on #20; took #31 to Ford garage for antifreeze leak under warranty, #1 returned with ABS repaired from Fuller’s.

OFFICE OF THE RECREATION DIRECTOR
 The weather is making it hard to keep the planned schedule for outside work but we are working with Public Services to get the big parks on the Main Street route
cleaned up and ready to be mowed. They are cleaning out the leaves as well as
the sand and salt from winter.
 I have met with Nicole from Dunkin Donuts about the park at the junction of Main and North Main. We will be working together to make sure this park looks good for summer.
 I have spoken with Scott Reiff from the Maine State Prison and he is working up a price to build dog waste bag dispensers that would be placed around the City.
 The After School Program has been running all week for April Vacation. The kids are having a good time and they have been able to take a couple walks
downtown.

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE
Officers responded to 226 calls for service. Rockland Police Officers responded to 7 motor vehicle crashes and 6 animal complaints. Fifty-six (56) traffic stops and traffic violations were conducted. Forty-seven (38) parking violations were issued. Officers charged or made arrests of 15 individuals for various offenses, to include Warrants of Arrest, Bail violations, Traffic offenses, Alcohol Offenses, Drug Offenses and Operating under the Influence.
 Officers took part in training on updates to our records management system
(Spillman) concerning proper information input.
 Chief Boucher attended the Knox County Community Health Coalition directors meeting this past week.
 We are drafting updates to our Mutual Aid agreements with surrounding agencies and communities.
 Sgt. Finnegan presented a training overview of drug that impair at DHHS for area case workers.
 Officers assisted in training at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy concerning field sobriety.
 Officers are working with the Bureau of Highway Safety and AAA for a conference on Impaired driving this past week.

OFFICE OF THE CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
 Dave and John attended the MidCoast Code Enforcement Officers Association
meeting in Thomaston on 4/22/15.
 John and the Fire Chief met with the owner of 8 Laurel Street regarding extension of one of the dwelling units to the third floor.
 John met with the owner of 73 Crescent Street to discuss requirements for
converting the single-family dwelling to a two-family dwelling.
 There were three complaints filed this week.
 The following permits were received by the Code Office this week:
o 4 Building permits
o 1 Driveway permit
o 5 Plumbing permits
o 2 Sign permits