Monday, November 30, 2015

Kennedy Slocum Attends Hollywood Christmas Parade 2015

Hollywood, California - 'WITS Academy' star Kennedy Slocum looking lovely in a black, white pattern dress, black tights and heels attends 2015 Hollywood Christmas Parade on November 29, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Kennedy Slocum is an actor - singer - dancer working in the theater, television and film industry in California and the greater Los Angeles area.

Kirby Buckets "It's a Kirbyful Life!" Airs TONIGHT, November 30th

Fans of the Disney XD series 'Kirby Buckets' will be able to watch, enjoy an all new holiday themed entitled "It's a Kirbyful Life!"at 8pm ET/PT tonight, November 30th, 2015.

Kirby is frustrated with how many Christmas gifts he's been asked to illustrate and makes a wish.

'Kirby Buckets' stars Jacob Bertrand ("Marvin Marvin," "Bubble Guppies") as the title character; MeKai Curtis ("Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day") as confident and smooth Fish; Cade Sutton ("The Neighbors") as naïve nice guy Eli; Olivia Stuck ("Good Luck Charlie") as Kirby's crafty older sister, Dawn; and Tiffany Espensen ("Bucket and Skinner's Epic Adventures") as Dawn's whip-smart best friend, Belinda.
Photos are credited to Disney XD

Northy Bridge in Whitefield to Close Indefinitely

Whitefield, Maine - The Maine Department of Transportation has decided to close the Northy Bridge on Howe Road in Whitefield indefinitely beginning on Friday morning, December 4th, 2015.

While this bridge had been posted to a lower weight limit, MaineDOT, through its continued inspections, have recognized the advanced deterioration of this structure, necessitating its permanent closure.

Beginning on Friday morning, motorists will begin traveling the intersection of the Howe Road and Vigue Road in a northerly direction along the Vigue Road to the intersection of Vigue Road and Route 17 in Windsor, then proceed easterly along Route 17 to the intersection of Howe Road and Route 17 in Whitefield. This entire route is approximately 2.6 miles.

Motorists are encourages to drive safely and courteously through the residential detour route.

It is anticipated the Northy Bridge will close before the morning commute on Friday, December 4th.

Diamond Myths and Realities

Are diamonds really scarce? Can anyone tell the difference between synthetic diamonds & natural diamonds? Does De Beers control the global diamond trade? These questions and more will be discussed in Craig Mudge’s photo-illustrated presentation entitled “Diamond Myths and Realities” on Tuesday, December 15, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Camden Public Library.  This event is free and open to all.

Craig Mudge spent the last 5 years of his business career as an Executive Director at De Beers Consolidated Mines of Johannesburg, South Africa & The Diamond Trading Company of London. During his seven years at BHP, Ltd. in Melbourne, Australia, BHP developed Canada’s first diamond mine, Ekati, located north of Yellowknife near the Arctic Circle. Craig’s early career was spent at General Electric. He held executive positions with Motorola in Chicago & London prior to moving to Australia. Craig & his wife Pamela are year-round residents of Camden. 

Hosted by the Camden Public Library, this event is offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 29th Annual Camden Conference: The New Africa, February 19-21, 2016. 

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit www.camdenconference.org, email info@camdenconference.org, or call 207-236-1034.




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City's Public Health Division to Offer No-Cost HIV Testing in Honor of World AIDS Day

PORTLAND, Maine -- World AIDS Day is a global celebration held annually, for the last 27 years on December 1st. It is dedicated to raising awareness of the pandemic caused by the spread of HIV, and to remember and mourn those who have died from this disease. In honor of World AIDS Day, the City of Portland’s Public Health Division will be offering no-cost HIV testing at 103 India Street on Wednesday, December 2nd from 11 AM - 3 PM or by appointment by calling 207-874-8768.

In the United States, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that more than 1.2 million people aged 13 and older are living with HIV. This includes 156,300 who are unaware of their infection. The number of new infections has remained the same over the last ten years but as the population ages, the number of people living with HIV in the US has continued to rise.

In 2014, it was estimated that 1,810 Mainers were living with HIV – including approximately 300 who are unaware of their positive status. In 2015, to the present date, there have been 35 new cases of HIV in Maine.

“Getting to Zero” has been the theme for World AIDS Day since 2011 and echoes the UNAIDS vision of achieving “Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths.” The most important thing any individual can do to help achieve this aim is to know their HIV status and seek treatment if infected. The CDC recommends that everyone aged 13 and older should be tested for HIV.

For additional information about HIV testing, medical care or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) please contact Bridget Rauscher, City of Portland, 207-874-8768, bridget.rauscher@portlandmaine.gov or  visit www.cdc.gov/hiv.

Saint Joseph's Women Top Southern Maine, Claim Costello Cup

STANDISH, Maine – Freshman guard Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) netted 35 points to help lift Saint Joseph’s College (5-1) past University of Southern Maine (2-3), 74-67, in a non-conference women’s basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Sunday evening.
 
THE LEAD
Trailing by nine, 24-15, with 6:40 remaining in the second quarter, McNamara netted 13 points during an 18-0 run which saw the Monks claim a 33-24 advantage after the freshman standout nailed a pair of free throws four minutes later. Saint Joseph’s held a 35-29 advantage at intermission and maintained at least a share of the lead for the remainder of the game, as the Huskies tied the tilt on three occasions in the third quarter but could not secure the lead.

 
COSTELLO CUP
With the victory, Saint Joseph’s claims the Costello Cup, which is presented annually to the winner of

NCAA M. BASKETBALL: Monks Hold Off Huskies, Reclaim Costello Cup, 71-66

STANDISH, Maine  Saint Joseph’s College (3-2) tipped University of Southern Maine (4-2), 71-66, in non-conference men’s basketball action at the Harold Alfond Center on Sunday evening.
THE LEAD

 
The Monks trailed by 11 points – 31-20 – with 7:43 remaining in the first half, but the hosts outscored the visitors by a 21-7 margin leading up to intermission, as senior guard Jerome Diggs (Washington, D.C.) drained a deep buzzer-beater to make it a 41-38 game at the break.

 
Saint Joseph’s tied the game on six occasions in the second stanza before finally securing the lead for good when junior Andrew Ruffen (Salem, N.H.) dropped a three-pointer off a Quinn Richardson-Newton (Saco, Maine) pass, making it a 65-62 contest with 3:48 remaining. The Monks went 4-4 from the FT line in the closing 12 seconds to hold off the Huskies, who stayed in contention until the final buzzer rang.

 
COSTELLO CUP

 
With the win, Saint Joseph’s reclaims the Costello Cup, which is presented annually to the winner of

Bates's Upton selected to Division II/III All-New England team

The New England Football Writers named Mark Upton to the 2015 Division II/III All-New England team on Nov. 30, 2015. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Bates College junior Mark Upton has been named one of four linebackers on the 2015 New England Football Writers Select Division II/III All-Star team, announced Monday.

Upton (Winthrop, Mass.) also received First Team All-NESCAC honors last week. The politics major is a two-time NESCAC Fall All-Academic selection as well. Upton is the only linebacker on the All-New England team who is not a senior.

Manning the very center of Bates' 3-5-3 defense, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Upton repeated as a First Team All-NESCAC selection in 2015. He ranked second in the NESCAC in tackles for the second consecutive year, with 71. Upton led the conference in forced fumbles for the second year in a row, with three, and also collected team highs of eight tackles for a loss and four sacks, in addition to one interception.

Upton is only Bates' third Division II/III All-New England player since 2000, joining safety Andrew Kukesh in 2013 and tight end Sean Wirth in 2009.

2015 Division II/III All-New England Team

Kat Graham Attends Hollywood Christmas Parade 2015

Hollywood, California - Twenty six year old Actress Kat Graham looking beautiful in a green dress, black tights and heels attends 2015 Hollywood Christmas Parade on November 29, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Katerina Alexandre Hartford "Kat" Graham is a Swiss-born American actress, model, singer and dancer. She is known for her role of Bonnie Bennett on The CW supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries.

Maine 7 Day Forecast

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Rockland, Maine
Today
Mostly sunny, with a high near 31. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
Tonight
Mostly clear, with a low around 27. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night
Showers. Low around 37. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Wednesday
Showers likely, mainly between noon and 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 47. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Wednesday Night
Showers likely, mainly after 7pm. Cloudy, with a low around 34. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Thursday
A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 43.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.

Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.

Saturday
Sunny, with a high near 41.
Saturday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 29.

Sunday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.



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"Nighttime Fog" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Nighttime Fog" by Doug Mills
A nighttime fog covers the schooners Timberwind, Nathaniel Bowditch and Angelique anchored near Castine Maine.




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Brec Bassinger Attends Hollywood Christmas Parade 2015

Hollywood, California - Sixteen year old Actress Brec Bassinger looking beautiful in black top, black, white detailed skirt, black tights and heels attends 2015 Hollywood Christmas Parade on November 29, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Brec Bassinger is an American actress, best known for her role as Bella Dawson on the Nickelodeon series Bella and the Bulldogs.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Katherine McNamara Attends Hollywood Christmas Parade 2015

Hollywood, California - Twenty year old Actress Katherine McNamara looking gorgeous in black, red skirt, black top, tights, knee high socks and heels attends 2015 Hollywood Christmas Parade on November 29, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Katherine is a accomplished actress who starred in the movie "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials " and premiering in 2016 ABC Family TV series 'Shadowhunters'.

Hundreds Line Rockland Main Street For Annual Parade Of Lights

Rockland, Maine - Saturday night, November 28th, 2015 featured the annual Parade of Lights at 6:00pm where hundreds young and old lined main street in Rockland, Maine The lead sponsor for the Festival of Lights parade was the The FIRST Bank.
Parade-goers were encouraged to “vote” for their favorite float with non-perishable food and new, unwrapped gifts that will be donated to the Salvation Army. Hot chocolate was available at strategic locations along Main Street.


Comets Top Pirates for Weekend Sweep

Travis Ehrhardt Scores Twice to Lead Utica to 6-3 Win

Portland, ME – The Utica Comets (9-8-1-1) got two goals from defenseman Travis Ehrhardt and a goal and an assist from Mike Zalewski as the Comets downed the Portland Pirates (7-10-0-0) by a score of 6-3 on Saturday night at Cross Insurance Arena.  The win was Utica’s fourth straight, while Portland has lost four in a row.

Utica began the scoring just 2:30 into the game in a four-on-four situation.  After Zalewski ripped a shot off of Pirates goalie Mike McKenna’s mask, the rebound went to Ashton Sautner, who put the puck by McKenna for his second goal of the season.  Hunter Shinkaruk also got an assist.

Portland evened the score at 11:08 of the first as Garrett Wilson stole a puck in the defensive zone,

"Downeast" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Downeast" by Doug Mills
Schooners Timberwind, Victory Chimes and Nathaniel Bowditch in Stonington harbor downeast Maine.



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Saturday, November 28, 2015

UMaine Women's Basketball Takes Down Missouri St., 69-65

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Sigi Koizar posted a career-high 30 points to lead the University of Maine women's basketball team to a 69-65 victory over Missouri St. on day two of the Gulf Coast Showcase. The game featured five ties and 11 lead changes.

Liz Wood added 13 points and eight rebounds while Sophie Weckstrom chipped in 12 points and five assists.

The Black Bear offense assisted on 18 of their 24 field goals with 34 points coming from inside the paint. Maine finished the contest 24-for-54 (44%) from the floor and 12-for-16 from the free throw line.

Neither team led by more than four in the opening 10-minutes with six lead changes and four ties in

Rockland Celebrates Annual Lobster Trap Tree Lighting

Rockland, Maine - On a cloudy, chilly Friday evening, November 27th, 2015 after Thanksgiving it was time for the annual trap tree lighting in Mildred Merrill Park overlooking Harbor Park. The trap tree lighting is an annual event to celebrate the start of the Christmas season. This celebrating of lighting the trap tree is a great way for people to gather together as a community for Christmas music by Midcoast Music Academy, cookies, coca and holiday cheer. Trap tree lighting is apart of Rockland Main Street Inc Festival of Lights events. Rockland Main Street Inc does a wonderful job with the Festival of Lights events during the weekend after Thanksgiving. As tradition it is not a trap tree lighting without Santa Claus to turn the lights on with a few lucky young kids helping. Mildred Merrill Park was crowed with young. old, family, friends, co-workers, Rockland Main Street Inc leaders and city council leaders like our new mayor  Louise MacLellan Ruf along with Maine Sea Goddess Jackie Thorbjornson.

Reminder: Saturday, November 28th is Festival of Lights parade lights starting at 6pm on main street in Rockland, Maine.




UMaine Men's Ice Hockey Winning Streak Improves to Three With 5-3 Win Over Princeton

ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine Men's Ice Hockey team defeated Princeton Friday night at Alfond Arena 5-3 to improve their winning streak to three games.

With the win, Maine is now 3-8-3 overall on the season, while Princeton falls to 2-7-0 on the year.
Matt Morris received his third straight start in net and Colton Phinney got the nod in goal for the Tigers.

The Black Bears opened with the first goal of the game from Nolan Vesey, an even strength opportunity, with the assists from Mark Hamilton and Brendan Robbins to give Maine a 1-0 advantage.

Princeton was given a power play opportunity after a Maine holding penalty was called. David Hallisey tied the game at one midway through the first period.

Maine outshot the Tigers 14-12 in the first.

Midway through the second, Maine was given their second power play opportunity off of a Princeton

"American Eagle" The Maine Windjammer Project

"American Eagle" by Doug Mills
The American Eagle sails off Rockland, Maine



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Friday, November 27, 2015

Santa Greeted By Dozens Of Children During Rockland Arrival

Rockland, Maine - Dozens of children greeted Santa during his arrival by Coast Guard boat to Middle Pier in Rockland, Maine on Friday, November 27th, 2015.

When he got onshore dozens of children had the chance to meet him on the way to open Rockland Main Street for the Holiday shopping season and finding out what the children want for Christmas at his workshop.

The live music during Santa's arrival was by Midcoast Music Academy.

Santa will be seen at the annual lighting of the lobster trap tree tonight at 6pm, Friday, November 27th, 2015.

Santa arrival is sponsored by O'Hara Corporation and lighting of the trap three Camden National Bank.