Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Artist Reception for "Mary Hart: My Curiosities" - December 1, 4 - 5:30 p.m. at Husson University

THE ROBERT E. WHITE GALLERY AT HUSSON UNIVERSITY INVITES YOU TO THE ART RECEPTION OF
MARY HART: MY CURIOSITIES
PAINTINGS AND PRINTS
ON VIEW: NOVEMBER 11, 2016 – JANUARY 13, 2017

Artist Reception: December 1, 2016 from 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Artist’s Gallery Talk at 4 p.m. on December 1, 2016

Bangor, Maine – The Robert E. White Gallery at Husson University presents My Curiosities, an exhibit highlighting selections from over 15 years of original oil paintings and intaglio prints by artist Mary Hart. Hart is a visiting professor of printmaking at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Her studio and art practice are based in Portland, Maine.

The title of this show refers to an old tradition of collecting marvelous objects into a “Cabinet of Curiosities.” From the Renaissance to a recent exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, as the scholar Francesca Fiorina writes, these collections provide us with “…a microcosm or theater of the world, and a memory theater.” Hart has a similar goal for the body of work now showing at the White Gallery in Campus Center at Husson University. One will find 30 artworks, including paintings and prints, as well as a small installation case of the objects she uses as a visual reference.

Of her work, Hart says: “We all collect unique things; it could be a penny on the sidewalk, a piece of

Wreaths Across America Schedules Medomak Valley High School Stop December 11th, 2016

Waldoboro, Maine - Every year since 1992, wreaths from Maine have been transported to Arlington National Cemetery to be placed on the graves of veterans for the holiday.  Since that time, Wreaths Across America has become an annual national endeavor.  The escort to Arlington starts December 11, 2016 in Harrington Maine, and finishes on December 17, 2016 at Arlington National Cemetery.

For the second year, MEDOMAK VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL is included in the impressive list of stops on the first day of the convoy, DECEMBER 11, 2016.  

For those interested, beginning at 2:00 pm in the Ronald E. Dolloff auditorium, MVHS students will reverently read names of those killed in action in wars from Maine.  Attendees may sit quietly and listen to these names while waiting for the convoy to arrive and/or they may watch the convoy progress on a big screen in the gymnasium.

A bake sale will be held to benefit Wreaths Across America.

The convoy is expected to arrive at approximately 3:00 pm.  Numerous tractor trailer trucks loaded with handmade wreaths and specially decorated vehicles carrying Gold Star family members and dignitaries, including motorcyle honor guards, will arrive with an escort of law enforcement vehicles and firetrucks driven by Knox and Lincoln first-responders.  In a short ceremony in the Medomak Valley High School gymnasium, Members of the Knox and Lincoln Honor Guard will present veterans and representative dignitaries from our five town communities with honorary wreaths.  Students will sing the national anthem and play taps.  The Pemaquid Chapter of the DAR will lead the singing of God Bless America.   Wear red, white, and blue and bring flags to wave to participate in Wreaths Across America's mission to remember, honor and teach!

Heart ‘n Soul Quartet To Visit Lithgow Public Library For Holiday Concert

Augusta, Maine - Join us for a festive evening of holiday music! Heart ‘n Soul, a quartet with Maine-ly Harmony women’s acapella group, will perform at Lithgow Public Library on Tuesday, December 13 at 6:00 p m. This program, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Community Room.

Heart ‘n Soul Quartet is part of the larger competing chorus, Maine-ly Harmony. For over 30 years, Maine-ly Harmony has performed and competed all over the state. Members of Heart ‘n Soul Quartet are: Jan Flowers, Sue Staples, Anne Danforth, and Cathy Anderson.

Lithgow Library is located at 45 Winthrop Street in Augusta.  For more information, call the library at 626-2415 or visit lithgow.lib.me.us.

December Programs for Job Seekers at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter

Brunswick, Maine - The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers. Each of the 12 statewide centers provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition we provide internet access and O'Net software for individual skills assessment. Employers can list their open positions on Maine JobLink and take advantage of our online matching system, which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job seeking customers.

"As employers hire for the winter season and in preparation of 2017, no Mainers should feel that the job market is too competitive for them. There are good-paying jobs available," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine JobLink has about 10,000 jobs from hundreds of local employers, and our CareerCenters continue to hold monthly job fairs with dozens of companies looking to hire. Visit your closest CareerCenter to help you find a job by improving your resume and practicing for that interview, not to mention many opportunities to train for a new career."

The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick continues its series of workshops and programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. For more information on any of the CareerCenters programs, visit http://www.mainecareercenter.gov or call 207-373-4000.

The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter in Brunswick unless otherwise noted. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone.

**Planning Your Job Search - Thursday, December 1, 9 a.m to noon**

Designed to help you jump start your work search with the latest tips and tools you'll need to know to conduct a successful job search in today's labor market.

**Career Directions/ Putting the Pieces Together - Wednesday, December 7, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.**

Explore your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivation and how each transfers to today's job market.

**Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop - Wednesday, December 14, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**

Covers the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.

**Effective Job Interviewing Workshop - Wednesday, December 21, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**

Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.

**Computer Boot Camp - Individual sessions held daily 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All sessions are by appointment only.**

Basic Instruction on how to use a computer for work search purposes. (Intended for novice computer users only).

**The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations:**

**Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Tuesdays, December 6 and 20**

Christy Le from the Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) offers a free workshop for adults 19 and older covering College Awareness and Planning along with the Federal Financial Aid process. She will assist participants in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For times and to register for the next available session or for more information, call 1-800-281-3703 or visit MEOC's website, meoc.maine.edu .

**Small Business Start Up Workshop - Thursday, December 15, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.**

Interested in self-employment? So what does it really take to plan, start and run a successful small business where you can realize the challenges and satisfaction of working for yourself? Join us for a 2 hour afternoon session, where Maine Small Business Development Center Certified Master Business Counselor, Brad Swanson will walk you through the keys to successful business startup and management, focusing on the business plan: What is it? Why do you need one? What can it do for you?

**Workforce Solutions** administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you are at least 16 years of age and think you might benefit from training that could be classroom based or on the job, contact the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick at 207-373-4000 to speak with a Workforce Solutions representative.

**New Ventures Maine** offers no cost classes in Assertive Communication, Creating Your Future, Creating the Rest of Your Life, Credit Yourself, Entrepreneurial Training, Financing Your Future, Professional Development and Mature Worker Activities. For more information, call 207-386-1664 or go to www.newventuresmaine.org Workshops are held at Brunswick Landing at the University College administrative offices, found on the campus of Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) on the first floor wing of Orion Hall, 12 Sewall Street, Brunswick.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O'Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, located at 275 Bath Road in Brunswick, is open 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be reached at 207-373-4000 or 1-888-836-3355 (TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711). You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.gov . Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

December Programs for Job Seekers at the Lewiston CareerCenter

Lewiston, Maine - The Lewiston CareerCenter continues its workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability.

"As employers hire for the winter season and in preparation of 2017, no Mainers should feel that the job market is too competitive for them. There are good-paying jobs available," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine JobLink has about 10,000 jobs from hundreds of local employers, and our CareerCenters continue to hold monthly job fairs with dozens of companies looking to hire. Visit your closest CareerCenter to help you find a job by improving your resume and practicing for that interview, not to mention many opportunities to train for a new career."

CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other organizations at no cost. The following workshops and programs will be held at the CareerCenter in Lewiston unless otherwise noted.

**Job Fair - Monday, December 5, 10 a.m. to Noon**

More than 30 employers, all of whom are hiring, will be on hand to talk with job seekers. Be prepared with a resume and to have an "interview-like" conversation; and dress to impress!

**Resume Basics and Build a Resume Workshop - Thursday, December 1, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**

Learn the basic do's and don'ts of resume writing; how to stand out in a positive way by marketing yourself-on paper-in a way that directly matches employer needs. Computers will be available and you will be able to compose a draft resume with staff assistance. Please bring your work history profile from Maine JobLink. Must be able to type your own resume.

**Career Decision Making - A two-part workshop - Tuesday, December 6, 9:00 a.m. to noon and Friday, December 9, 10:00 a.m. to noon**

Review the factors involved in making career decisions, assessment tools used, and other resources. Apply the information you gain from assessments to identify career & training steps to achieve career goals.

**Job Search Skills/ Criminal History - Wednesday, December 7, 1 to 2:30 p.m.**

The first hour, open to everyone, will give you the tools you need to be successful in your job search. We will discuss strategies you can use to highlight your skills and set yourself apart from the others-it's all about marketing yourself! The second hour will be for those with a criminal history and will focus on how to sell your skills rather than your background, tips on answering difficult questions, and ideas to encourage employers to give you a chance.

**Introduction to Self-Employment Workshop, Thursday, December 8, 10 a.m. to noon**

This introductory workshop will help you decide whether self-employment is the right choice for you. The class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the elements of a business plan, and the many resources available to help you succeed. To register contact Karleen Andrews at 207-557-1885.

**New Mainers Workshop - Thursday, December 15, 9 to 11 a.m.**

How to complete paper and online job applications. Somali interpreter will be on hand; if other language interpreters are needed, request by December 5.

**Interview Skills/ Mock Interviews - Thursday, December 15, 2 to 4 p.m.**

Attend this workshop to learn the basics about interviewing and get the tools you need to feel comfortable in an interview. Session will include a brief overview of interview skills and employer expectations and will also include mock interviews so that you can practice, get feedback, and observe other participants!

**Orientation for people with disabilities - Wednesday, December 28, 2 to 3 p.m.**

For people who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Held the fourth Wednesday of the month. Registration not required.

**Training Orientation - Call to schedule**

is an overview of training programs at the CareerCenter, eligibility requirements, and information on accessing services. This is for people interested in pursuing training and education. If you are interested in job search only, consider the "Job Search Skills" workshop. NOTE: If you live in the South Paris area, call 743-7763 x1 for information on the South Paris CareerCenter orientation dates/times. Call 753-9005 for meeting schedule and to register for the Lewiston location.

**Essentials of College Planning for Adults - Call to schedule**

Basic steps for successful college enrollment: learn about college and trade schools, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adult students, admissions procedures and financial aid. To register, call: 1-800-281-3703. Bring last year's income tax forms to the appointment.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O'Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

The Lewiston CareerCenter, located at 5 Mollison way in Lewiston, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be reached at 753-9005 (TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711). You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.gov . Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

December Programs for Job Seekers at the York County CareerCenter

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.

"As employers hire for the winter season and in preparation of 2017, no Mainers should feel that the job market is too competitive for them. There are good-paying jobs available," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine JobLink has about 10,000 jobs from hundreds of local employers, and our CareerCenters continue to hold monthly job fairs with dozens of companies looking to hire. Visit your closest CareerCenter to help you find a job by improving your resume and practicing for that interview, not to mention many opportunities to train for a new career."

CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other organizations at no cost. The following workshops and programs will be held at the CareerCenter in Springvale unless otherwise noted.

**Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Mondays, December 5, 12 and 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.**

A FREE interactive workshop that outlines the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning, and study skills. The workshop lasts approximately two or three hours. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited please call Karen Hadley Keim at 1-800-281-3703 or 581-3736 to register or visit MEOC's website, meoc.maine.edu .

**Monthly Job Fair - Monday, December 19, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.**

Explore your next employment opportunity. Representatives from several companies will be here interviewing for current openings. Please check the web site for the list of employers which will be updated as employers confirm attendance. No appointment required

**Resume and Interview Coaching - Tuesday, December 20, 9 a.m. to noon**

Your resume is your marketing tool that helps you land the all-important interview. Join us and learn the do's and don'ts of resume writing and how to stand out in a positive way. Then we'll show you how to emphasize your skills and motivate the interviewer to hire you. Call today to reserve a seat.

**Employer Recruitments for December at the York County CareerCenter - please check our website for additions and updates.**

**CoWorx, and MASIS -** Will be recruiting at the York County CareerCenter from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, December 5 and 12.

Current openings in Sanford, Biddeford, Saco and Portland areas. No appointment is required. Please bring 2 valid forms of ID. Please check our website for updates and additions. Schedule is subject to change.

**Competitive Skills Scholarship Program -** The Competitive Skills Scholarship helps workers learn new skills and succeed in a changing economy. The program is open to all qualified Maine residents and pays for education and training for high-wage jobs in demand in Maine. York County is currently accepting applications for the program. For more information or to download an application please visit http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/cssp.shtml .

The York County CareerCenter will also feature several sessions led by these partner organizations in September:

**Workforce Solutions** administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you think you might qualify or could benefit from this program, please call the Workforce Solutions Center in Biddeford at 207-571-3301 to schedule a date for a training orientation.

**New Ventures Maine -** Helping Maine people succeed in their jobs, businesses, and communities. We help individuals recognize strengths, overcome barriers, find resources, develop a plan, and take action towards their goals: start a business, find a career, return to school, build assets, and be active in the community. Looking for something different? Register for no-cost trainings at locations across Maine. Check on line to see what we have scheduled or call 1-800-442-2092.

Follow and keep track of our latest events on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. To find us on LinkedIn, go to LinkedIn.com and search for York County Maine CareerCenter. To find us on Facebook, go to Facebook and search York County Maine CareerCenter. To follow us on Twitter, go to Twitter.com and search for York CareerCenter.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, Internet access and O'Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

The York County CareerCenter, located at 9 Bodwell Court in Springvale, is open 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be reached at 207-324-5460 or 1-800-343-0151 (TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711). You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.gov . Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Sweetback Sisters and Girls Guns & Glory in double bill on Strand stage

The Sweetback Sisters band
Girls, Guns & Glory
Rockland, Maine - The Sweetback Sisters and Girls Guns & Glory will bring a fresh take on country and rock music of the 50’s and 60’s to the Strand Theatre stage, 345 Main Street, on Saturday, March 4 at 7:30pm. Tickets are on sale now.

The Sweetback Sisters, Emily Miller and Zara Bode and their band, perform infectious, rollicking country swing. Their charismatic charm harkens back to the golden era of both the silver screen cowgirl and the ersatz cowboy stars of local UHF TV kiddie shows. They sing precise, family-style harmonies that recall the best of country music from the Everlys to The Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson, one of the band’s role models.

Girl Guns & Glory has forged its sound from the raw materials of rockabilly, country and other American traditions, tempered by a unique musical and lyrical approach. Boston’s rising stars have been making a name for themselves through relentless touring, the release of five critically acclaimed records, and multiple awards. Bandmembers Ward Hayden (vocals/guitar), Paul Dilley  (electric and upright bass/piano), Josh Kiggans (drums/percussion), and Chris Hersch (lead guitar/banjo) find musical inspiration from early ’50s rock ‘n’ roll icons such as Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, and Buddy Holly, as well as country greats like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.

Tickets are $20/Advance. $25/Door. Lobby and Balcony Bars will be open for age 21 and older. For more information, visit www.rocklandstrand.com. Tel: (207) 594-0070 EX 3  Email: info@rocklandstrand.com

Varitek Headlines Sea Dogs Hot Stove Dinner

JASON VARITEK HEADLINES
2017 SEA DOGS HOT STOVE DINNER & SILENT AUCTION
January 13th Event Benefits the Maine Children's Cancer Program 
Portland, Maine - Former Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek will headline the 2017 Portland Sea Dogs Hot Stove Dinner and Silent Auction, which benefits the Maine Children's Cancer Program.  The event will take place on Friday, January 13th at 5:30 PM at the Sable Oaks Marriott in South Portland.  Additional guests will be announced.

Tickets for the event are now on sale. Tickets are $60.00 and can be purchased in person at the Hadlock Field Ticket Office, by phone at 207-879-9500 or online at www.seadogs.com.  Doors open at 5:30 PM with the Silent Auction running from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.  A buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 PM and the program will begin at 7:00 PM.  Everyone who attends will receive an autographed 8 X 10 photo of Varitek.

Varitek, spent his entire career with the Boston Red Sox, hitting .256 with 193 HR and 757 RBI in 1,546 games over 15 seasons.  During his career, Varitek was a 3-time All-Star and a won his lone Gold Glove in 2005. He appeared in 63 post-season games, and hit .333 (5-for-15) during the 2007 World Series. He was inducted into Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2016.  Varitek now serves as special assistant to Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowksi.  

All proceeds from the dinner and silent auction will benefit the official charity of the Portland Sea Dogs'; the Strike Out Cancer in Kids Program.  The Strike Out Cancer in Kids Program was established in 1995 to raise money for the Maine Children's Cancer Program.  For every strikeout that a Sea Dogs' pitcher throws money is raised through generous pledges of businesses and individuals.  In the 23-year history of the program more than four million dollars has been raised.

The Sea Dogs open the 2017 season on Thursday, April 6th against the Reading Fightin Phils at 6:00 PM at Hadlock Field.  Tickets for all 2017 Sea Dogs' home games are now on sale.  Book your nine inning vacation.

COAST GUARD ESCORTS 4 TO SAFETY AFTER HEAVY WINDS, SEAS DAMAGE FISHING BOAT OFF PORTLAND, MAINE

Boothbay Harbor, Maine - The Coast Guard assisted four people to safety Wednesday after heavy winds and seas damaged a fishing boat about 40 miles southeast of Portland, Maine.

A fisherman aboard the Gracelyn Jane sent a distress hail to Coast Guard Sector Northern New England watchstanders Tuesday evening and reported their fishing boat was disabled with four people aboard. The man reported the crew lost their GPS, the boat was losing power, and their windows had shattered.

On scene weather at the time was 30 knot winds and 10-14 foot seas.

The 270-foot Coast Guard Cutter Northland, homported in Portsmouth, Virginia, was approximately ten miles from Gracelyn Jane’s location and quickly diverted from their patrol to help. A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod also deployed to provide assistance.

After arriving on scene, Northland’s crew found the Gracelyn Jane regained power and made way toward shore escorted by the Coast Guard.

Once closer to shore, a response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Boothbay Harbor relieved Northland’s crew from their escort and accompanied Gracelyn Jane into Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

"The Gulf of Maine is especially unforgiving this time of year,” said Lt. Scott McCann, the command center chief at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “The Gracelyn Jane was fortunate we had a Coast Guard cutter nearby and that their damage wasn't worse. This is a good reminder to all mariners, including professionals, to exercise prudence and preparation every single time they head out."

There were no reported injuries. The Gracelyn Jane hails out of Portland.

Photos courtesy of U.S Coast Guard District One

Downeast Sunrise Trail Extension Completed

Commissioners Whitcomb and Bernhardt to attend Ribbon Cutting Ceremony December 2

ELLSWORTH – The Downeast Sunrise Trail (DEST) has now been completed with addition of the final two miles from Hancock into Ellsworth, after a quarter century of work. Commissioners from two collaborating state agencies and community partners will be on hand December 2 for a ceremonial ribbon cutting commemorating the event. The ceremony, hosted by the Sunrise Trail Coalition, Inc. and the City of Ellsworth, will take place at the new High Street Trailhead in Ellsworth on Friday at 11:00 a.m.

The Downeast Sunrise Trail (aka Calais Branch Corridor Rehabilitation Project) was an interagency effort between MaineDOT and Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s (DACF) Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL). MaineDOT owns the rail corridor and the BPL managed the construction, and will oversee continued maintenance of the multi-use recreation trail. The project has received support from several community partners and recreational groups.

“This is an example of Maine state government working with community partners to complete a project that will generate substantial economic activity and support Maine as a year-round destination,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “The ATV and snowmobile industries alone bring in over $500 million dollars to the State each year. Add to that the revenues that flow from its multi-use design and you have a significant resource for Maine people, visitors and the businesses that cater to them.”

Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Walt Whitcomb and MaineDOT Commissioner David Bernhardt stressed the economic, recreational and its connection to the countries transportation system.

“Residents of Ellsworth and visitors will now have the opportunity to use a trail which directly links the City to the 87-mile recreational trail system,” said Commissioner Whitcomb. “This is an easily maneuverable trail with gentle grades and a smooth solid base, which will provide users with the opportunity to engage in exercise to improve cardio-vascular health and reduce obesity. This trail links to 800-miles of ATV and snowmobile trails including ITS 81 and 82.”

“This new trail, part of Maine’s transportation network, will encourage trail users to visit Ellsworth’s local restaurants, lodging facilities, fuel stations, merchandise sales and other services,” said Commissioner Bernhardt. “Having the trail head in the City of Ellsworth will entice tourists to visit this unique trail system. It is also is included in the East Coast Greenway which runs from Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida.”

Down East Sunrise Trail (Calais Branch Corridor Rehabilitation Project):

The project, begun in 1987, has been an interagency effort between MaineDOT and the DACF’s Bureau of Parks and Lands. It has been constructed in two phases.

Phase I – An 85- mile rail trail from Washington Junction, Hancock to Ayers Junction, Pembroke, opened in September 2010.  This project preserved the rail corridor for future rail use, while in the interim providing a multi-use rail trail connecting multiple communities. The DACF was the lead agency in constructing this phase of the DEST.  Construction of the trail was paid for with proceeds from the sale of the rail steel.

Phase II – “Rail with trail” extended the 85-miles of existing rail trail 2 miles into Ellsworth. This provides trail users direct access to food, fuel, lodging, shopping and amenities. Phase II was also funded with proceeds from rail steel from Phase I and cost 1.3 million dollars.

Plymouth Engineering designed both Phase I and Phase II.  Lane Construction was the contractor for Phase II.

Community Support:

Numerous organizations and area clubs worked to make this project possible. These include:

The Sunrise Trail Coalition, Inc., which represents the interests of the Trail multi-users, and through its membership dues, donations and grants sponsors annual community events and provides necessary accessory facilities like benches, picnic tables along the Trail.

The Acadia Area ATV Club, which owns property with plans for a clubhouse in Hancock near the parking lot, entered into a trail use agreement which allows the trail to be built on their property.  

The Ellsworth Snowmobile Club will take care of grooming this section of the trail. The club will be working along with the Frenchmen’s Bay Snowmobile Club to assist with development of snowmobile access into and around Ellsworth area, with some trails already in place.

Future maintenance and upkeep is being done by these clubs and managed by the DACF Off-road Vehicle Office. Clubs involved in maintaining the DEST from Ellsworth to Ayers Junction:

Downeast Trail Riders ATV & Snowmobile Club from East Machias
Dennysville Snowmobile & ATV Club from Dennysville
Narraguagus Snowmobile & ATV Club from Cherryfield
Ridge Riders Trail Club from Machias

For more Downeast Sunrise Trail information go to: www.maine.gov/downeastsunrisetrail  or www.sunrisetrail.org

Expansion of Search for Invasive Forest Pests Announced

*Outreach will encompass all 16 Maine Counties in effort to combat growing threat posed by invasive insects*

AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) announced two awards that will expand outreach to all 16 Maine counties in an effort to address the growing threat from invasive forest pests. The Maine Association of Conservation Districts Employees Committee and the Saco River Recreational Council received continued funding ($35,000 and $5,000, respectively) for their efforts to provide outreach and education to engage citizens in helping protect Maine forests.

"Early detection of invasive pests such as Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid, winter moth and others are crucial in protecting the forest products and forest recreation industries in a state that is 90% forested," said DACF Commissioner Walt Whitcomb. "Once these insects have established a foothold in other states, they become difficult if not impossible to eradicate. By working in partnership with soil and water conservation districts in all 16 counties and community partners along the Saco River, we can better protect our forest resources and economies."

Early detection of invasive forest pets can be accomplished through outreach and education efforts. This not only reduces the costs and resources needed for a management response, but also increases the chances of eradication success.

The DACF has been conducting outreach and education since 2009 with funding provided by the Farm Bill Section 10007. The Maine Association of Conservation Districts Employees Committee, in partnership with 12 county conservation districts in Southern and Central Maine, and the Saco River Recreational Council were both awarded funding under a competitive Request for Proposal issued by the DACF in 2015. This year's awards continue the outreach provided by these organizations, expanding outreach to all 16 counties in Maine.

"The outreach and education that are being contributed by these two conservation organizations will enhance the Department's existing efforts resulting in increased public understanding of the economic and environmental threats associated with invasive forest pests," said Karen Coluzzi, DACF State Pest Survey Coordinator. "The awards increase support for management and mitigation efforts, and increase reporting of potential pest sightings to federal or state authorities. The threat of invasive forest species requires continued vigilance, education and awareness of the general public to safeguard this significant state resource."

For more information on invasive forest pest outreach and education in Maine, contact Karen Coluzzi at the DACF Division of Animal and Plant Health at Karen.L.Coluzzi@Maine.Gov or at (207) 287-7551.

To read more about the Department's efforts to address forest invasive pests, access the annual accomplishment reports at http://www.maine.gov/dacf/php/caps/ALB/AnnualReports.shtml .

For more information on the Department's Forest Pest Outreach and Survey Project, read a synopsis at http://www.umaine.edu/invasivespecies/2012/05/14/fpos/.

This material is made possible through a grant from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) and is funded in part by a Cooperative Agreement from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The USDA and the DACF are equal opportunity providers and employers.

Zendaya Attends 30th FN Achievement Awards

New York City, New York - Recipient of the Launch of the Year award, twenty year old actress Zendaya looking stunning wearing a plunging black dress and heels attends the 30th FN Achievement awards at IAC Headquarters on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 in New York City.

Victorian Christmas at Penobscot Marine Museum

Friday, December 2, 4 pm to 6 pm, and Saturday, December 3, 10 am to 4 pm,
Fowler-True-Ross Sea Captain’s House
Admission is free.

Our Ship Captain’s house is beautifully decorated for the holidays and filled with live music and holiday-themed readings. Town of Searsport’s Tree Lighting And Carol Sing are on Friday night.



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Historic tall ships Victory Chimes and pilot schooner Timberwind sailing into Rockland, Maine.



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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Eastern Maine Community College prepares students for careers in IT.

Bangor, Maine - Communications between computers is a critical part of our everyday life and in today’s world, if the computers go down, the workplace can grind to a halt. Information Technology is a growing industry with a continuous need for skilled workers. To help meet the demand, EMCC is offering Computer Systems Technology, a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree program designed to train students in personal computer hardware and software; data communications; and computer network hardware, software, and management.

Students enrolled in the Computer Systems Technology program will receive a solid foundation in systems hardware and software, network design and management, customer service, and information security. Laboratory work with peer-to-peer and client/server networks, local- and wide-area networks (LANs and WANs), and midrange/mainframe multi-user systems allows the student to apply knowledge gained in the classroom.

"The CST program at EMCC has been a blast so far. The program is ever changing and uses hands on

THE BANG GROUP’S NUT/CRACKED COMES TO THE DANCE HALL

It’s The Nutcracker, but definitely not as we know it!

Kittery, Maine - New York City’s The Bang Group brings its signature holiday fare, NUT/CRACKED, to The Dance Hall in Kittery for two shows on Friday, December 9th at 7:30pm and Saturday, December 10th at 2pm. It’s The Nutcracker, but definitely not as we know it! The Bang Group has taken every little girls favorite Christmas show and torn it limb from limb. Mixing Tchaikovsky's original score with music by Duke Ellington, Glen Miller and others, the company turns the sugar coated ballet into a percussive piece of dance theatre. Expect tap dancing, singing and some unusual pointe shoe activity. Nothing is sacred as Nutcracked twists and melds various dance traditions into an ode to American eclecticism which honors the power of the human urge to dance while riding Tchaikovsky's voluptuous waves of rhythm.

The Bang Group's mission, based on choreographer David Parker's vision of diverse dance forms united by a common purpose, is to facillitate the creation and performance of Parker's work and to promote, mentor and present the work of artists who embody this vision. Standards of craftsmanship, creative liberty and aesthetic diversity are present in the rehearsal and mentoring process, in the curation of the company's performances and those presented by The Bang Group at venues throughout the U.S. and Europe..

The Bang Group has enjoyed significant domestic touring including engagements and/or commissions from Philadelphia Dance Affiliates, University of Maryland at College Park, Sushi in San Diego, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Wortham Center in Houston, Northwestern University in Evanston, American Dance Festival, The Yard on Marthas Vineyard, Portland, Maine Performing Arts, Actors Theater of Louisville, Jacobs Pillow Inside/Out, Fire Island Dance Festival, Provincetown Playhouse and several others. The Bang Group has appeared in 23 of the United States. In addition, the company has appeared regularly in Montreal at Studio 303, Tangente, CINARS Festival and Divers Cite.

European touring highlights include The Holland Dance Festival, Tanzsprache Vienna, Dance Week Zagreb, Belluard Bollwerk Switzerland, Invito Alla Danza in Rome, Charleroi Danses Biennale in Belgium, Fondation Cartier in Paris, Konfrontace in Prague, Divdelna Nitra in Slovakia, Folkswang in Essen, Germany, Monaco Danse Forum, OT 301 in Amsterdam, Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

"“Nut/Cracked” is not only   immensely entertaining  but also intensely musical and witty, melding tap, disco, ballet and contemporary dance over 22 scenes that combine fantasy and silliness to marvelous effect."
-  Roslyn Sulcas, in the New York Times


Tickets are $20 Senior/Child in advance and  $25 at the door, and $25 Adult advance, and $30 at the door and can be purchased at TheDanceHallKittery.org and Brownpapertickets.com.

Courtesy photos The Bang Group

Softball to Host Winter Carnival Sunday, December 4th

BANGOR, Maine — The Husson University softball program will be hosting a Winter Carnival on Sunday, December 4th inside Newman Gymnasium from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

The Winter Carnival will be hosted by the softball players and coaching staff. You can purchase a 5$ wrist band at the door and get unlimited access to activities inside the carnival. Bounce houses, delicious food, and many carnival games will be available! The event is sponsored by Blast Party Rentals. Donations are welcomed and accepted to anyone not wanting to participate in the carnival events. All proceeds will benefit the Husson softball program.

Husson SAAC to Hold Third Canned Food Drive This Saturday

BANGOR, Maine — The Husson University Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is having another canned food drive on Saturday, December 3rd for the Men's and Women's basketball games against Bates College.

The men start at 12:30 p.m. with the women to follow at 2:30 p.m. Any attendee who brings two nonperishable food items will receive free admission to both games. Come and support Husson SAAC this weekend!

December Programs for Job Seekers and Employers at the Greater Portland CareerCenter

Portland, Maine - The Greater Portland CareerCenter announces December programs for job seekers, those who are considering training for a new career, and employers in need of workers.

"As employers hire for the winter season and in preparation of 2017, no Mainers should feel that the job market is too competitive for them. There are good-paying jobs available," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine JobLink has about 10,000 jobs from hundreds of local employers, and our CareerCenters continue to hold monthly job fairs with dozens of companies looking to hire. Visit your closest CareerCenter to help you find a job by improving your resume and practicing for that interview, not to mention many opportunities to train for a new career."

Events are held at the Greater Portland CareerCenter, located at 151 Jetport Boulevard in Portland, unless otherwise noted. Maine veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.

**Greater Portland CareerCenter Job Fair: Wednesday, December 7, Noon to 3 p.m.**

Employers will be available to accept resumes, interview, provide listings of open positions, information on training resources, and answer question on positions for which they are recruiting. Come dressed for success and bring copies of your resume.

A list of employers from Cumberland and York Counties will be found online at http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/employment/jobfairs.shtml .

**Veterans Career Connection and Collaboration Council: Friday, December 2, 9 to 11 a.m.**

Sea Dogs to Host Holiday at Hadlock on Saturday

Free Community Event Highlighted by Santa's Arrival from the North Pole by Helicopter
Portland, Maine - The Portland Sea Dogs will host the sixth annual Holiday at Hadlock event on Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  The Sea Dogs will turn the place of summer memories into a winter wonderland.  The free event, open to the public, will be highlighted by Santa's arrival from the North Pole via helicopter (ELF One).

Santa Claus is scheduled to land at 11:00 AM at Hadlock Field from the North Pole. Santa will then be available to meet with children until 2:00 PM.

Additional activities include a reindeer petting zoo, arts & crafts, face painting, balloon artists, games, the L.L. Bean Bootmobile, holiday photo opportunities on the field, holiday music, costumed holiday characters, and Slugger the Sea Dog.

Fans will also be able to make their own S'mores.  The Sea Dogs will also provide free hot chocolate and cookies.

The Sea Dogs encourage fans attending to ring a new unwrapped toy to donate to the Toys-for-Tots program.  The Sea Dogs will also be collecting new and used baseball/ softball equipment which will be donated to the Baseball Miracles program.  The Baseball Miracles program distributes baseball equipment to under privileged children throughout the world, giving all kids the chance to play ball.

Additionally, fans will be able to get a head start on their holiday shopping as both the Sea Dogs' Ticket Office and Souvenir Shop will be open to allow fans to give the gift of summer this winter.

The Sea Dogs open the 2017 season on Thursday, April 6th at 6:00 PM at Hadlock Field against the Reading Fightin Phils.  Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500 or online at www.seadogs.com.  Book your nine inning vacation!

Eastern Maine Community College offers Digital Graphic Design program

Bangor, Maine - A picture’s worth 1,000 words. Eastern Maine Community College appreciates the fact that we are living in a world of imagery so it has developed a program to train students to tell stories through graphic design. Everything from signage to clothing to newspaper ads has graphics and the trend is growing. For example, today, we often see infographics instead of written documents to provide information. As the industry expands, more trained designers will be required to meet the demand and EMCC is ready to turn out these artists with its Digital Graphic Design program.

EMCC’s associate in applied science degree in Digital Graphic Design is a comprehensive program that will prepare students for careers as graphic artists, photographers, print media designers, illustrators, and web designers. Graduates may also transfer to four-year colleges and universities to continue their education.

Students enrolled in the Digital Graphic Design program will gain an understanding of theoretical foundations, design principles, page layout, photography, image manipulation and editing, digital illustration, web design and printing/publishing and will be well-prepared for the workforce.

"The job market is tough for everyone—even for individuals with a degree,” said Amy Wilkins, student in the Digital Graphic Design program. “Creative fields like animation, film, and graphic design are even tougher because companies and studios are looking for talented individuals with multiple skills, and not just in one field of interest. This program gives us that training.”

Heather Magee, chair of the Digital Graphic Design Department, agrees. “Colleges across America are onboard, and now offer rigorous programs of study to meet the demands of the industry,” she said. “Today’s graphic design programs prepare students to work in multiple fields from advertising and publishing to printing and computer systems design. While California and New York are chock full of design colleges, other smaller states have their fair share of fine graphic design schools. Maine is one of these states."

There has never been a better time to enroll in Eastern Maine Community College. Students who apply and are accepted to Eastern Maine Community College for the first time in January 2017 will receive a tuition and fee waiver for 50 percent of their spring semester credits purchased. EMCC is waiving all applications fees for Spring Semester. Once accepted, students will pay for a credit hour and those funds will be matched by scholarship provided by the Gaming funds equaling the amount purchased.

Eastern Maine Community College is a two-year college that provides the highest quality post-secondary technical, career and transfer education and serves as a dynamic community and economic development resource. In addition to its Bangor campus, the college has three off-campus higher education centers in Dover-Foxcroft, Ellsworth, and East Millinocket.

“Lights of Remembrance” raises funds, honors loved ones.

Bangor, Maine - Each December, St. Joseph Healthcare invites the community to remember and honor loved ones during the holidays by participating in their Lights of Remembrance program.

Donors may remember or honor a loved one through the display of a special ornament on a tree in the hospital’s Demaso lobby. Names of those honored or memorialized have the potential to be perpetually remembered on the Lights of Remembrance tree.

The lighting ceremony will begin on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at approximately 5:30 p.m. outside the Hospital main entrance on Broadway with a public ceremony that includes the official annual lighting of the hospital’s shining Christmas display, caroling by the St. John’s Children’s Choir, and a visit from Santa Claus.

All funds raised will benefit the patients of St. Joseph Hospital. Persons interested in additional information, or making a gift and honoring a loved one through Lights of Remembrance may contact the St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation office at 907-1740 or donate online at stjoeshealing.org/lights.

Secretary Dunlap announces recounts for referendum questions 1, 2

AUGUSTA — Recounts have been scheduled for referendum Question 1 and Question 2, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced Tuesday.

The Question 2 recount is scheduled to begin on Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Florian Room of the Maine Department of Public Safety Building, 45 Commerce Drive in Augusta. It will then be conducted concurrently with the Question 1 recount, beginning Monday, Dec. 5.

Question 1 would legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults 21 years of age or older. Official election night results show a difference of 4,073 votes between the Yes and No vote.

Question 2 would institute a 3% tax on individual Maine taxable income above $200,000 to go toward education expenses. Official election night results show a difference of 9,580 votes between the Yes and No votes.
Referendum Question Recounts


Referendum Question
Official Election Night Results

Recount Date/Time

Question 1:
Do you want to allow the possession and use of marijuana under state law by persons who are at least 21 years of age, and allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?  


YES: 381,647

NO: 377,574


9 a.m., Monday,
Dec. 5

Question 2:
Do you want to add a 3% tax on individual Maine taxable income above $200,000 to create a state fund that would provide direct support for student learning in kindergarten through 12th grade public education?


YES: 383,428

NO: 373,848


9 a.m., Thursday,
Dec. 1

Recounts are a public proceeding. A statewide referendum recount is expected to take up to six weeks. In a recount, the representatives of each side of the issue manually review each ballot to determine the official vote tally, overseen by the staff members from the Department of the Secretary of State.
Results of the recount will be posted on the Maine Department of the Secretary of State website and Facebook page and released to the media via email.

State law requires the State Police to collect the ballots for the recount and keep them in a secure State Police facility until the recount has been completed. The ballots are stored in tamperproof metal containers and are closed with specially numbered security seals and locks.

Speeds Lowered on I-295

Augusta, Maine - Speeds continue to be lowered to 45 mph on I-295 from Topsham to Gardiner due to weather and road conditions.

Motorists are advised to use caution.

Today We Pack; Tomorrow We Settle


Marisa filming "Today We Pack, Tomorrow We Settle" in Moba, DRC
Marisa Lloyd will be showing her documentary film titled “Today We Pack, Tomorrow We Settle” on Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30pm at the Belfast Free Library. This film focuses on Congolese refugees returning to their home of the Democratic Republic of the Congo after spending over a decade in refugee camps in Zambia. This is the first time the film will be shown to a western audience and is free and open to all.

Lloyd will be sharing her experiences working and living in a Congolese refugee camp in Zambia specifically highlighting her experiences helping with the repatriation of thousands of Congolese refugees back to the Congo. Part of her work with the repatriation process included making this informational film for the thousands of refugees living in Zambian Camps. The film was meant to offer refugees information on the details of the repatriation process, provide messages from family and friends who had already returned, and give them hope for starting anew.

Marisa speaking with returned refugees in Moba, DRC
Lloyd, a resident of Camden, holds a master’s degree in African Studies from UCLA as well as a master’s degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Lloyd has worked with various NGOs and UN agencies in refugee camps in both Zambia and in the Congo since 2007.

She is the co-Founder as well as the International Coordinator for H.O.P.E. Congo. H.O.P.E. Congo is a non-profit organization focused on the provision of basic education for populations living in areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo that were highly effected by international war and conflicts.

This presentation is hosted by the Belfast Free Library and is offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 30th Annual Camden Conference -Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis, February 17-19, 2017. The 30th Anniversary Camden Conference Community Events Series is supported in part by the Maine Humanities Council.



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Ho Ho Holiday Children's Book Fair


Ho Ho Holiday Children's Book Fair December 4
The Camden Public Library and Sherman?s Books will co-host the annual  
Ho Ho Holiday Book Fair. Come to the library to meet over a dozen  
favorite children?s book authors and illustrators on Sunday, December  
4 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
This not-to-be-missed event is part of Camden?s Christmas-by-the-Sea Weekend.

The book fair will feature authors and illustrators including Ronni  
Arno, Liza Gardner Walsh, Lynn Plourde, Wendy Ulmer & Sandy Crabtree,  
Abby & Eric Zelz, Hope Angier, J. Bean Palmer, Douglas Coffin, S.A.  
Larsen, and more.
There will be books on hand for purchase and signing. This will be a  
great opportunity to chat with your favorite authors and illustrators  
and get autographed copies for the family or as holiday gifts!




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Clarity Retrospective Opening Reception December 8


Clarity is a two-person art team of Robert and Su.Sane Hake, who will return with another dazzling exhibit during the month of December in the Picker Room at the Camden Public Library. “Temper Tantrum, A 20/20 Vision,” is “a show to heal our time.” The show is a retrospective display of the team’s work, gathering together thirty years of collaborative work, and creating a “pattern tapestry of transmutation for our time.” Join artists Robert and Su.Sane Hake for a gala opening reception in the Jean Picker Room Gallery on Thursday, December 8, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

The Clarity duo are transmutational artists and writers, who work through collaboration and storytelling to create patterns that facilitate change. They look forward to bringing their new collection to the library for the month of December and invite everyone to join. “Beloved community, bring your drums and rattles, and your stomping feet. Have a Temper Tantrum with us! It’s been a long time since we were 4 or 5 or 6.

“We pray together as community, we play together as community, we work together as community,” they continued, “but remember, when we were small, when there were no words, or reason, or borders for the depth of our frustration, need, or anger, we had a Temper Tantrum, until the Calming Mother showed us a way out.

“Join us December 8, the Tantrum part of the show begins at 7:30 pm. Andrea Goodman will sing us back as the Calming Mother Sound.”

Clarity will also be the featured speakers at a Quarry Hill presentation at the Library on December 14; advance registration for the Hakes’ presentation on December 14 is required.




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"Historic Camden Harbor" The Maine Windjammer Project

 "Historic Camden Harbor" by Doug Mills
Schooners Mary Day, Mercantile and Grace Bailey in historic Camden Harbor.



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Monday, November 28, 2016

Call for Fine Craft & Art: One-of-a-Kind

Harlow Gallery invites Maine’s fine artists and craftsmen to participate in “One-of-a-Kind”, a fundraiser exhibition of high quality, locally made fine art and craft, on view December 7-17.
Hallowell, Maine - Harlow Gallery invites Maine’s fine artists and craftsmen to participate in “One-of-a-Kind”, a fundraiser exhibition of high quality, locally made fine art and craft, on view December 7-17, 2016 at 160 Water Street in Hallowell.  Non-member artists and artisans may each submit one work of art of their choice, while current members of the Harlow Gallery may submit two works of art. All sales will be split 50/50 with the Gallery; proceeds from this fundraiser will support programming at the gallery in 2017. All Maine creatives welcome. You do not need to be a member to participate, and the show is not juried.

Eligibility and Criteria: Each piece in this show must be completely one of a kind, original, and hand-made. All fine craft media are eligible, including but not limited to sculpture, ceramics, textiles, fiberart, woodworking, metal, and glass. Acceptable fine art media includes but is not limited to painting, encaustic, monotype and drawing. All work must be 100% original; no giclees, reproductions or mass produced elements. Wall-hung pieces may not exceed 11×14 (or 154 square inches [including frame]), 3-dimensional pieces just need to fit through the door (already assembled).

Please visit the following link for an entry form and important dates: harlowgallery.org/call-for-fine-craft-art-one-of-a-kind/