Wednesday, January 31, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Firefighters Responds To 7 Sparrow Ln, York Basement Fire

Photo courtesy of fire department
Thursday Evening Update:
On 1/31/18 at approximately 7pm, the York Beach Fore Department was dispatched to a fire alarm activation in the Whippoorwill Neighborhood, while en route we were advised of a fire in the basement. Due to the report of a fire in the building, the York, Maine Fire Department (York Village Fire Department) was also dispatched. Arriving crews made a quick knock down in the basement and the fire was deemed under control a short time later. Firefighters remained on scene for several hours while performing overhaul. There were no injuries as a result of the incident.
Assisting agencies on scene and providing station coverage include: York Maine Police Department, York Ambulance, Kittery Fire,South Berwick, Maine Fire Department as well as York Water District and Central Maine Power.

Update 8:24pm: Fire out/under control per command.
BREAKING NEWS: York, Maine - Firefighters responds to basement fire on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 at 7 Sparrow Ln in York, Maine.

Currently, first alarm assignment.

"The Great Windship Heritage" The Maine Windjammer Project

"The Great Windship Heritage" by Doug Mills
The Great Windship Heritage anchored off a small island near Castine Maine.

Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Coast Guard Rescues 4 From Water After Boat Capsizes Near Eastport, Maine

BOSTON – The Coast Guard rescued four people Tuesday after a 14-foot skiff capsized in Deep Cove near Eastport, Maine, sending five people into the 39 degree water.

A good Samaritan called 911 at about 2 p.m. to report the capsize, and said four people were in the water in need of rescue and a fifth had swam to shore.
The information was relayed to the watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Eastport who immediately launched a 29-foot response boat crew to help.
A 45-foot response boat crew from Station Eastport was already underway and diverted to the area to assist.
Crewmembers aboard the 45-foot response boat quickly arrived on scene and found one man on top of the overturned skiff, and two men and one woman holding onto it in the water.
The Coast Guard members pulled the four people aboard the response boat and took them to shore where they transferred their care to Downeast Emergency Medical Services personnel.
“The people we rescued today are fortunate that a person observed them capsizing and called for help,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan Holt, the executive petty officer of Station Eastport. “Because we already had a boat crew training nearby, our response time was significantly decreased. None of the people in the cold water were wearing life jackets or dry suits, so getting them out of the water quickly was critical. We very strongly recommend mariners wear weather-appropriate protective gear when boating in cold weather, as hypothermia can occur in minutes."
Another boater towed the capsized skiff to the Federal Marine Terminal in Eastport.


Nordic Aquafarms to Build One of the World's Largest Land-Based Salmon Farms in Belfast

Belfast, Maine - After assessing international markets and conducting comprehensive site
searches throughout New England, Nordic Aquafarms, headquartered in Norway and one of the
premier international developers of land-based aquaculture, has signed agreements to
purchase 40 acres on the outskirts of Belfast, where it will build one of the world’s largest landbased
salmon farms.

Nordic Aquafarms plans to construct a land-based salmon operation with a 33,000 ton (66
million pounds) annual production capacity, in several phases. The initial phase will involve an
investment of $150 million (USD) and is expected to employee 60 people when completed in the next two years. When fully built out, the facility will represent a total capital investment of
between $450 to $500 million (USD) and be based on proprietary designs under development.
It will be an end-to-end operation, including hatcheries and fish processing.

At a news conference today attended by Maine Governor Paul LePage and other state and local

University of Maine Dean's List students from Maine

Orono, Maine — The University of Maine recognized 2,229 students for achieving Dean's List honors in the fall 2017 semester. Of the students who made the Dean's List, 1,611 are from Maine, 559 are from 32 other states and 59 are from 26 countries other than the U.S.
Listed below are students who received Dean's List honors for spring 2017, completing 12 or more credit hours in the semester and earning a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
Please note that some students have requested that their information not be released; therefore, their names are not included.

MAINE STUDENTS (by County/Town)

Knox County

Camden: Natalie Hamalainen, Cory Johnson, Samuel Jordan, Sarah Mitchell

Friendship: Emily Wotton

Hope: John Davee, Tristan Fong, Hanna Karas, Henry Laurita

Owls Head: Alexis Pine

Rockland: Renee Landry, Kaitlyn McCullough, Nathan Soule

Rockport: Matthew Ackley, Hannah Brownawell, Molly Davee, Kathryn McMorrow, Ryan Pierce, Lindsay Taylor

South Thomaston: Maggie Drinkwater, Rachel Johnson, Sarah Penney, Emily Protheroe

Thomaston: Kendra Finnegan

Union: Jane van der Schaaf

Vinalhaven: Andrea Shane

Warren: Sophie Cohen, Amber Hagin, Kaitlyn Hanson, Benjamin Turner, Adam Wilcox

Washington: Antyna Gould, Jane Horovitz, Patrick Madden, Bailey McCaffery

West Rockport: Hilary Merrifield

About the University of Maine:
The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant and sea grant university. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 67 countries. It currently enrolls 11,240 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers 35 doctoral programs and master's degrees in 85 fields; more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit


"Quiet Cove" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Quiet Cove" by Doug Mills
American Eagle at anchor in a quiet cove downeast.

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The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
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Monday, January 29, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Firefighters Responds To 3rd-Alarm 50 Gordon Drive Rockland Structure Fire

Update 3:04pm: The following is according to Rockland Fire Department press release.

Rockland Fire & EMS was notified of the alarm and responded with the Tower 3, Squad 3, and Rescue 3.  Upon arrival the duty officer (A/C Mazzeo received a report of an active fire within the building.  A first alarm was struck to bring more firefighters and equipment to the scene.  Upon entry into the building a second alarm was struck due to the heavy smoke conditions firefighters were faced with.  It was determined that fire had extended beyond the reach of the sprinkler system and flame impingement to the roof was occurring.  Companies gained access to the roof with Rockland Tower 3, Camden Ladder 1, and Thomaston Ladder 3 to find fire on the roof.  Third Alarm companies were called to the scene to deal with extension and overhaul of the area.  The fire was contained and extinguished with no injuries to firefighters or employees.  The State Fire Marshal’s Office was called in to assist with the investigation which is undetermined at the time of this press release.

Any factors contributing to, or hindering the success of the operation:
1. Early notification of the fire helped minimize the damage within the building, as well as evacuate the employees safely.  
2. Although the fire was able to extend past the capability of the sprinkler system, it was held at a smaller and more manageable size until crews could arrive on scene and fully extinguish the blaze.
3. The extent of the fire and the size of the building called for additional companies to aid in the extinguishment of the fire.  Our mutual aid system in Knox County allows all of our firefighters to operate more safely and efficiently.  
4. CMP was able to respond quickly and cut the power into the building which increased the safety within the building.

5. The Knox Regional Communications Center did an outstanding job coordinating all the incoming companies and radio traffic.

Date/Time Reported:  01/29/2018 at 7:03am

Apparatus Assigned:  ( Third Alarm)
Rockland Tower 3 Rockport Engine 23
Rockland Squad 3 Rockport Engine 22
Rockland Engine 1 Camden Ladder 1 for RIT 

Rockland Engine 2 Rockland Car 1

Rockland Rescue South Thomaston FD

Thomaston Fire North East Ambulance

Thomaston EMS Owls Head Fire

Update 8:53am: Command has released Camden ladder 1 and Rockport units from the scene.
Update 8:40am: Fire Marshall en-route to scene.
Update 8:32am: Fire on the roof is out, checking for extension. 
Update 7:56am: Command reports fire on the roof, power being cut.
Update 7:42am: Command has requested Fire Marshal's Office be notified.
Update 7:31am: Command has ordered a 3rd-alarm.
BREAKING NEWS: Rockland, Maine - Firefighters from multiple fire departments responds to 50 Gordon Drive structure fire on Monday, January 29th, 2018 in Rockland, Maine.

Command reports fire above the sprinkler system.

The Rockland Report January 26, 2018

 I met with Steve Dyer from Ransom Consulting to get an overview of our Brownfields Grant. We talked about how to clean up City owned property at 9 Rockland Street. He will be contacting MCEDD on our behalf to access grant funds to help in the cleanup efforts of 9 Rockland Street.
 Will be meeting with the General Manager of the Samoset next week to continue the Public Restroom talks. The City is still trying to resolve the issue of public restrooms for those visiting the Breakwater.
 Attended the Rockland Port District meeting where officers were elected for the upcoming year and received update on Lermond Cove.
 Met with the Public Services Director and a representative from Knowles Industrial to look at the Library’s North Wall and building envelope. The residents of Rockland approved a 1.1M Library Bond a few years ago to fix the building envelope. We are finally at a stage where we can work this project into our budget.
 The Director of Rockland Main Street, Gordon Page, and I had our monthly meeting at City Hall. We find these monthly meetings a benefit to each organization as we work together in fostering a safe and thriving City.
 Met with Bill Morong of Yachting Solutions on their proposed marina growth in Rockland Harbor.

Administration –
 Chief Boucher met with a council member to finalize a proposed City Ordinance.
 Chief Boucher working with the Bureau of Justice Statistics to implement a major grant funding award to benefit the Counties Records management system over the next few months.
 DC Young attended the Knox County Steering Committee meeting of Penquist.
 DC Young completed the application packet for the FBI National Academy.
 Met with Det/Sgt. Neal and potential victims in a theft case to discuss the possibility of re-opening the case because of new evidence.
 Facilitated Rockland P.D.’s participation in retired Police Chief Ockenfels funeral service.
 Began the process of employee year end evaluations.
 Chief Boucher and DC Young met with a representative from the Knox County Community Health Coalition to discuss continued collaboration between our two entities.
 Participated in a conference call with special agents from the Coast Guard Investigative Service concerning continued partnership with joint investigations involving Coast Guard personnel.

Criminal Investigations Division –
 Coordinated with other local agencies concerning a multi-jurisdictional fraud case.
 Continued conducting Sex Offender compliance checks on Sex Offenders living in Rockland.
 Began the process of applying for a federal grant to purchase new equipment.
 Participated in the first Child Advocacy Center case review.
 Completed the restructuring and purging of evidence from the evidence storage room.
 Continued investigating on-going criminal investigations.

Patrol Division –
 Officer Griffith completed the first week of the full-time law enforcement school at the Maine
Criminal Justice Academy. She will continue training at the Academy for the next 17 weeks.
 Officer Robbins continues his field training with Officer Bagley.
 Officer Rolerson continues his field training with Officer Redmun.
 Officers continued aggressive enforcement of parking violations.
 Officers were detailed to Oceanside High School for basketball details.
 Officers conducted alcohol compliance checks on establishments in Rockland that serve alcohol to ensure they were in compliance with state law and city ordinance.
 Officers conducted bail checks on Rockland residence that are on bail to ensure they were in compliance with their bail conditions.
 Officers conducted targeted traffic enforcement details at several locations throughout Rockland. The focus of these details was speed enforcement.
 Officers responded to 151 calls for service, investigated 4 traffic accidents and conducted 42 motor vehicle stops. As a result 7 people were either summonsed or arrested for various violations.

Parking Enforcement / Animal Control –
 Issued 25 parking tickets.
 Responded to 4 animal complaints. As a result one person was issued a summons for dog at large.

 Snow event 1/17, 1/23
 Call in or Sand/Salt of roads and sidewalks 1/19, 1/24
 Haul accumulated snow from around City to snow dump
 Repair of Transfer Station sump pump
 Snow equipment maintenance and repairs
 Trenching and Excavation training
 PPE, Slips trips and Falls Training
 Review of 4 gas meter use for trench work
 Drainage on Camden Street
 Cleaned street basins and building gutters for rainstorm
 North pump replacement at landfill
 The remediation work at 9 Rockland Street has been scheduled
 Met with Jennifer West who is a teacher at the South School in Rockland to review assistance with composting food waste generated at the school
 Reviewed needed exterior library repairs with masonry contractor
 Bids for C&D disposal were opened and award is pending further review
 Continued work on Q2N pump replacement
 Reviewed budget with Finance Director
 Reviewed lighting improvements with City Manager
 Working on garage housekeeping
 Worked with engineer on inspection of Transfer Station support in preparation for recycling collection changes
 Began work on annual solid waste reports
 Waiting on DOT project manager for final review of Park and Main Street intersection cross walk improvements
 Working on updating snow and ice control plan

 We hit the three-digit mark for the first time since the restoration of Sunday hours, with 100
visitors on January 21.
 Met with Jack Kurowski; he, who coordinates the AARP Tax Preparation Assistance volunteers who will be here at the Library, starting February 3.
 Following the meeting, staff (who’ve been fielding such calls for a month) began taking appointments for AARP. The organization trains volunteers and offers free tax preparation help to anyone who needs it- with special attention to those who are 50 or older or have low to moderate income. In certain situations, the volunteers may be unable to provide assistance.
 This week, Catinka Knoth’s Adult Drawing class focused on winter scenes; Catinka cancelled the Children’s drawing class due to the rainy weather.
 Mechanical Services replaced the fuel gauge on the oil tanks.
 Dave St Laurent brought Travis Whitehead, of Knowles Industrial Services, by the Library, to see the facility, and propose plans for remediation.
 On Tuesday evening, we presented the postponed Camden Conference Talk: Germany in the New World Disorder with Dr. Paul Holman. Over the past 100 years, few countries have changed their policies as sharply as the Germans. Rising from defeat in two world wars and the ashes of Hitler’s Holocaust, they now symbolize tolerance, moderation, and stability. With the recent election of
the first nationalists to Germany’s parliament in many decades, what might this mean for Germany’s future? Dr. Holman is a Visiting Professor of International Relations for the University of Maine, Orono, and an Adjunct Professor at the Naval War College.
 Patty King read A Hat for Mrs. Goldman at South School; she’s a weekly guest reader, as the students there work their way through the Chickadee Award nominated books. Students across Maine vote for their favorite in April.
 For Wednesday Storytime, Miss Judith read to a new group of little ones. They listened attentively as she read: I’m Big Enough, by Amber Stewart, Minerva Louise and the Red Truck, by Janet Morgan Stoeke, Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree, by Naoko Stoop, and Gail Carson Levine’s Betsy who Cried Wolf! Being new to the room, they preferred to wander about, rather than participating in the usual craft period which follows--so much to see and read!
 Jessie Blanchard and Katie Drago prepared and presented a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) workshop: CD Hovercrafts. This was a tabletop program, where participants created hovercraft using household objects and old scratched library CDs. They learned about propulsion and how to use a cushion of air to reduce friction, while having a great time.
 I had a meeting with the City Manager.
 I met with Finance Director, as he reviews the first pass of departmental budgets for FY19.
 Jessie met with 4H Coordinator, Kathryn Jensen, who is working with Oceanside High School students to have them present a series of STEM programs, some of which will be in conjunction with the upcoming Summer Reading Program.
 Katie reports Thursday Baby Time was a big success today. We had 11 attendees, including a parent who came to visit us for the first time. Old MacDonald with puppets, has become a class favorite where everyone can participate. The Children's Room was filled with voices, while all the
parents sang along.
 Thank you to Public Services staff (Hutch & Jimmy) for making adjustments in the Board Room. With the lease to Broadreach, the room opposite can no longer be used by the AARP Tax preparers. With just a single room this year, we’d arranged to move the long oak table back towards the wall, and temporarily move a study carrel into the Board Room.
 The Thursday evening Community Event, was the film Landfill Harmonic. The movie follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. Under the guidance of idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the orchestra must navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their community, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town. The film is a testimony to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit. Members of the audience were moved to tears, and the film received a round of applause at the end. For those who missed it, it will be available for borrowing from the Library shortly.
 Jessie met with Dan Dunkle with about Poetry Month Rockland, which will be moved to September this year, to correspond with the Millay Festival. The hope is to combine our annual poetry contest with the one which Dan started last year.
 Patty and I met with some members and former members of the Friends Board to plan the upcoming Open House/Love Your Library.
 On Saturday, part-time staffer Mary Ann Giasson hosted the Catching Up With the Classics Book Group. Readers explore a variety of classic stories, including non-fiction and modern classics. The group discusses a different title each month. This month's title is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Future titles are selected by the group. New members are always welcome.
 Also on Saturday, Jean hosted Tea & Tots, which consists of songs, active rhymes, and stories – especially for toddlers! It’s followed by playtime with the Family Place™ toys, and a small snack, as well as coffee or tea for the adults.
 Upcoming: Library Open House! Love Your Library; Your Library Loves You
 We’d love to have you join us! This is always a wonderful, fun-filled, feel-good event. There’ll be delicious food, music, crafts, and much, much more. There will be door prizes, too, though you’ll need a clear, current Rockland Public Library card to put your name in. Free & open to the public.
 A scene form last year:

 John attended a meeting of the Rockland Planning Board.
 John attended a City Council Meeting.
 John and Bill attended a Comprehensive Planning Board meeting.
 We renewed 19 Short Term Rental Applications and processed 8 new applications for Planning Board approval.
 John met with the Camden Inn Keepers to discuss Short Term Rentals.
 We issued two Certificates of Occupancy, one for 389 Pleasant St #6 and 265 Camden St.
 Bill and Fire Department performed a Pre-conveyance Inspection at 171 Main St.
 John and Bill met with contractors, property, and business owners regarding various proposed projects throughout the city, some of these meetings were in conjunction with the Fire Department and included on-site inspections.
 We issued three building permits. We issued a permit for a new shed at 312 Broadway. Additionally, we issued residential building permits for renovations on Chestnut St and Limerock St.
 We continue to be busy with various other permits, inspections, and assisting the public with questions. The following permits were issued by the Code Office:
 3 Building Permits
 6 Electrical Permits
 8 Plumbing Permits
 1 Sign Permit
 1 Excavation Permit
 3 Complaints

 The annual budgeting process is well underway. All information is being directly put into our main system (Munis). This process allows immediate comparative (current and historical) reporting. This week we held a series of initial budget review meetings with all departments. We also put together a budget committee. These folks will begin an in depth department budget
review of all operating and CIP budget requests. These will be held during the month of February.
 Our annual audit process, that took a break over the holidays, is back in motion. A few requested items from outside vendors have finally been made available. Our auditor continues to request information as they continue to review our information. Historically this has been completed by the end of March.
 W-2’s and 1099’s have been sent out, well within the January 30th deadline.
 The General Fund Account cash balance per the bank: $5.1MM.

 The Food and Water class from Oceanside High School toured the treatment plant.
 Working on the 2017 Industrial Pretreatment Annual Report.
 Working on the 2017 Combined Stormwater Overflow Report.
 Working on the2017 TIER II Report.
 Submitted the net-DMR Report for December 2017.
 Reviewed the industrial users monthly discharge reports for December 2017.
 Updated the wet weather management plan.
 One staff member attended training for the new Dental Amalgam Regulations.
 One staff member attended TIER II training.
 Two staff members started Wastewater Operator School.
 The January 2018 in house monthly safety audit was completed.
 Held the Departmental team meeting for January 2018.
 Worked on the preliminary budget for 2018-19.
 Submitted the WIMS license renewal.
 Interstate Septic pumped and cleaned the wet well at the Waldo Ave. pump station.
 Checked the oil levels in the primary and secondary clarifiers.
 Ordered spare parts for check valves and plug valves.
 Snow plowing and snow removal at the treatment plant and pump stations.
 Lubricated the rollers on the Belt Filter Press conveyors.
 Tested and repaired emergency exit signs in the sludge handling building.
 Repaired a transformer in the COM-2 communications panel.
 Replaced the drive motor on the horizontal belt conveyor.
 Inspected and lubricated the influent bar screen.
 Took delivery of the new vortex underflow pump.
 Cleared a clogged pump at the region 8 school pump station.
 Repaired the level control instrument at the Waldo Ave. pump station.
 Cleaned the floors in the belt filter press pump room.
 Interstate Septic pumped the secondary clarifier scum pits.
 Cleared a clog from the grit removal system.
 Pumped and cleaned the vortex separator and C.S.O. contact chamber.
 Replaced the KVM switch for the GraniteNET and G.I.S. computers.
 Worked with tech support from CUES Inc. to troubleshoot a problem with the CCTV pipeline camera.
 Responded to a Dig-Safe request at the Maine State Ferry Terminal for Maine D.O.T.
 Continued working with Wright-Pierce on transfer of the manhole and sewer main inspection database to them.
 Attempted CCTV inspection of a Stormwater pipe on Camden St. for Dept. of Public Services.
 Responded to a Dig-Safe request on New County Rd. for Maine Water.
 Dye tested a Stormwater basin at Fuller Auto to determine the location of the outfall pipe.
 Inspected and approved a sewer repair at 77 Masonic Street.
 Worked with Leticia VanVuuren from Knox County Emergency Management on updates to our G.I.S.
 Ordered repair parts for the CCTV pipeline inspection camera.

Over this preceding week, in addition to the response to 86 Fire and EMS calls, conducting apparatus checks, daily cleaning, routine repairs and maintenance to the fleet and of the quarters, the following occurred:
 Members of the department showed our support for the local youth YMCA basketball team and attended a home game for the team that was sponsored by the departments union. The kids were excited to see the fire & EMS department there to watch them win their third game. We love our community and our kids!
 The new pick-up truck (Utility 3) has been fitted with its lights and gear and is ready to respond. Please feel free to swing by and check it out.
 We have filled the enrollment spaces for our upcoming Confined Space Technician class in March. 11 City staff as well as 10 outside students will partake in the two day class.
 A joint training was held here at the station to bring everyone in the county up to date on handling fires that involve houses equipped with solar energy (photovoltaic). Fires within these structures offer a different challenge to personnel and we must be careful with our tactics when extinguishing fires.
 Flow testing of the departments 34 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus was done by Fire Tech. This is a required test that we do annually in order to keep our aging equipment functioning safely.
 With the upcoming budget time quickly upon us, many hours have been spent updating and fact finding for the FY19 working budget.
 Meeting were held this past week at the Emergency Management Office for disaster funding reimbursement for the fall 2017 wind storm we experienced in Maine. Hours of work have gone into trying to re-coup costs associated with the storm and cleanup. We should know more in the coming weeks how much money will be returned from the federal government.
 The annual Knox County Fire Chiefs meeting was held and attended by Chief Whytock. We are looking into multiple training opportunities to provide our first responders with quality info/training. We have also agreed to purchase lifesaving medication in order to protect both firefighters and fire victims. More to come on this.
 Stay Safe and Warm!!!!!

 Mooring owners meeting concerning the Yachting Solutions proposed project and impact on Central mooring fields will be held at City Hall, 6:00 PM, 30 January 2018.

 Relationships and resources. Had the opportunity to meet with or tour several Rockland businesses and resources, including Back Cove Yachts, Fisher Engineering, Camden Printing, Grasshopper Shop, Lowe Hardware, Weatherend Estate Furniture, Yachting Solutions, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Met with two Rockland Main St committees to learn more about current projects, including a possible sign proposal for downtown, update of the Downtown Walking map, and organization of a job fair. Attended the Community Advisory Committee for DuPont (formerly FMC) and will become a member in future.
 Business assistance. Assisted a business who is looking for resources to help fund a business expansion, and another looking for a Rockland location.
 Brownfields. Met with an outside contractor who supports the City’s Brownfield program, which provides free site assessment services to property owners of eligible brownfield sites. The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
 Comprehensive Plan. Met with the City Manager and Chair of Comprehensive Planning Commission to identify what we need for technical support to the Comprehensive Planning Commission’s efforts.
 REDAC. Arranged for LCI to brief REDAC on the status of broadband and opportunities in Rockland. Looked into Penquis programs related to home rehab and weatherization to understand how many people they are able to help in Rockland, and whether there might be synergies with the City’s efforts.
 Grants. Worked with Midcoast Regional Planning, the Department of Public Services and stakeholders to submit a letter of interest in a small grant to help develop a bike lane along South Main St.
 Regional transportation. Participated in a meeting of the Midcoast Transportation arm of the Waldo County Community Action Program on possible routing and stops for a Rockland bus service.
 Stakeholder suggestions. Recent suggestions from stakeholders include: invest resources in/focus on developing the City’s brand, and use the brand to attract new businesses and residents; invest in the City’s website to make it more user friendly and up to date; do something to honor the number of women owned businesses in Rockland; provide a City presence at/visibility for local job
fairs; review/update property valuations to ensure fairness across similar structures; ensure a level playing field for short term rentals and inns; leverage the proposed Yachting Solutions expansion to pursue a broader vision for the harbor and Harbor Park; focus on a vision for Rockland without regard to cost, because a compelling vison might attract private funding; develop an amphitheater at Harbor Park as a venue for Rock concerts and other events (taking advantage of this being Rock-land).

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This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
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"In The Fog Near Castine" The Maine Windjammer Project

"In The Fog Near Castine" by Doug Mills
Nathaniel Bowditch[Ladone], Angelique, Stephen Taber, Lewis R. French and Victory Chimes anchored in the fog near Castine, Maine.

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Maine 7 Day Forecast

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph after midnight.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Monday Night
A 40 percent chance of snow showers after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. North wind 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 8. North wind 10 to 15 mph.

Sunny, with a high near 23.
Wednesday Night
A 40 percent chance of snow showers after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.

A chance of snow showers before 8am, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Thursday Night
A chance of rain and snow showers before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

A 50 percent chance of snow showers after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31.
Friday Night
A 50 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7.

A 30 percent chance of snow. Mostly sunny, with a high near 19.
Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 7.

A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 28.

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This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
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"Remember" The Maine Windjasmmer Project

"Remember" by Doug Mills

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Firefighters Responds To 116 Palm Street, Bangor 2nd-Alarm Structure Fire

Update 10:18am: Command reports fire under control at this time.
Update 9:37am: Command has ordered all firefighters out of the building.
Update 9:16am: Command has requested fire marshal's office and 2 fresh engine companies.
Update 8:58am: Firefighters making progress, still have fire in the attic, working on roof holes.
BREAKING NEWS: Bangor, Maine - Firefighters from multiple fire departments responds to a 2nd-alarm 2.5 story structure fire at 116 Palm Street on Saturday, January 27th, 2018 in Bangor, Maine.

"Sunset At Rockland" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Sunset at Rockland" by Doug Mills

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Friday, January 26, 2018

MCPH Media Release: Mid Coast Medical Group Neurology Welcomes Fourth Physician

BRUNSWICK, ME – Mid Coast Medical Group–Neurology and Mid Coast Hospital welcome Christian Dinsmore, MD, to the active medical staff. He joins Kathryn Seasholtz, DO, William Stamey, MD, and John Taylor, DO, in providing neurological care for disorders of the peripheral and central nervous system.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Dinsmore join our team at Mid Coast Hospital,” said Dr. Scott Mills, Vice President of Medical Administration and Chief Medical Officer. “With a growing need for neurological care in our community, we are expanding our physician team in order to ensure patient satisfaction and best possible outcomes.”

Board certified in neurology, Dr. Dinsmore completed his medical degree and internal medicine internship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania, followed by neurology residency at the University of Washington in Seattle.

“I am honored to continue my practice at Mid Coast Hospital in collaboration with the exceptional team at Mid Coast Medical Group–Neurology,” said Dr. Dinsmore. “I look forward to joining them in caring for the neurological needs of this community.”

Mid Coast Medical Group–Neurology is located at 81 Medical Center Drive in Brunswick. For information, referrals, and appointments, call (207) 373-6099 or visit


"Sailing Off Camden Maine" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Sailing Off Camden Maine" by Doug Mills
America's oldest schooner, Lewis R French and Angelique sailing off Camden Maine.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

"Off Rockport Maine" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Off Rockport Maine" by Doug Mills
The Lewis R. French and Olad sailing off Rockport Maine.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

"Foggy Morning" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Foggy Morning" by Doug Mills
Maine windjammer Timberwind arriving in Castine on a foggy morning.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Good Samaritan, Coast Guard rescue 2 fishermen near Pembroke, Maine

BOSTON — The crew of the fishing boat Alex Shea rescued two fishermen Tuesday afternoon after the fishing boat Born Again began sinking on Cobscook Bay near Pembroke, Maine.
At around 11:54 a.m. the captain of Alex Shea issued a distress call after witnessing theBorn Again sinking.
A Coast Guard 45-foot rescue boat crew launched from Station Eastport to assist. 
The crew of the Alex Shea pulled the two scallop fishermen from the water and transferred them to the Station Eastport rescue boat.
The Coast Guard crew brought the two fishermen to Eastport at around 12:33 p.m. where EMS was waiting.
The fishermen were reported to be hypothermic but responsive. 
The water temperature was 39 degrees at the time.


"Downeast Morning" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Downeast Morning" by Doug Mills
A downeast morning off Castine Maine.

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Coast Guard urges public to remove ice fishing shacks, stay off Kennebec River

BOSTON — The Coast Guard is urging the public to remove ice fishing shacks and to stay off the Kennebec River Monday as ice breaking operations on the river are planned to begin Tuesday and last through the week.

This operation, typically known as the Kennebec River Spring Breakout, is usually conducted in late March or early April.  However, based on the recent ice jam flooding along the river, the Maine Emergency Management Agency and local emergency managers requested that the Coast Guard attempt a mid-winter breakout.

The Coast Guard is sending four ice breakers to the Kennebec River.

The Coast Guard Cutters Bridle, Shackle, and Tackle, 65-foot ice breaking harbor tugs, are currently relocating to the Kennebec River in preparation for the break out. The Bridle is based out of Southwest Harbor, the Tackle out of Rockland, and the Shackle out of South Portland, Maine.

The Coast Guard is also repositioning the Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay from New York to help with the Kennebec River ice breaking effort. The Penobscot Bay is a 140-foot ice breaking tug equipped with a forced air bubbler system and is capable of breaking 27 inches of ice with one foot of snow cover.

“The unknown ice conditions on the Kennebec River will definitely require a coordinated effort from our ice breakers,” said Captain Michael Baroody, commander of Coat Guard Sector Northern New England. “We expect our smaller cutters to reach the river before the Penobscot  Bay, and they should be able to start breaking ice and give us a good indication of how thick the ice is.”

Due to the water depth in the northern parts of the river, the Coast Guard plans to use the Penobscot Bay up to the Maine-Kennebec Bridge in Richmond, Maine. The Bridle, Shackle, and Tackle can safely operate in shallower waters and will work farther up the river, possibly all the way to Gardiner, Maine if ice conditions permit.

Coast Guard ice breakers will not be able to reach the existing ice jam on the Kennebec River, but aim to open up water down river to improve the river flow.

Coast Guard ice breaking operations will be visible from the shoreline and bridges that span the Kennebec River.

Questions regarding Coast Guard ice breaking operations should be directed to Lieutenant Matthew Odom at or (207) 347-5015.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Camden Conference: Architecture, Local or Global–Shifting Goals in a Shrinking World

The Camden Conference free Community Events series continues with architects, Brooke Harrington and Judy Bing, presenting “Architecture, Local or Global–Shifting Goals in a Shrinking World” on Sunday, February 4, 2-4 p.m., at the Cushing Public Library. The event is free and open to all.

 The impacts of globalism and nationalism are not new to cultural debates. Starting in the 19th century, as nations established modern identities and professions emerged to serve modern societies, architects began to create built environments that negotiated inherited classical ideals with newly-valued local traditions and growing urban settings. Through the 20th century to the present, large architectural firms have maintained international practices, drawing ideas from and working within the far reaches of the globe. Modern technologies and speedy communications have simply intensified the process. Yet at the same time, widespread appreciation for historic contexts and sense of place counteract notions of an “international style.”

 Looking at the building types–dwellings, libraries, museums, schools, government buildings– that have served national (whether official or purely economic) purposes, this presentation will examine the historic and contemporary tensions in architecture between serving local or national identities and global ambitions.

The presenters are professors emeriti of architecture, Brooke of Temple University and Judith of Drexel University, in Philadelphia. Currently they are both Center Associates at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, and Visiting Scholars at the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT, in Cambridge. They live in Cushing.

 This presentation is hosted by the Cushing Public Library and offered as one of dozens of free community events in in anticipation of the 31st Annual Camden Conference –New World Disorder and America’s Future, February 16-18, 2018.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, please visit or call 207-236-1034.

Photo ID and Credit: Unilever Nederland, Rotterdam, JHK Architecten, 2007. Photograph by Jeff Titelius.


Camden Conference: Maine's Merchant Marine in 19th Century World Trade

Globalization Is Not New: Maine's Merchant Marine in 19th Century World Trade

The Camden Conference presents curator Cipperly Good at the Hutchinson Center on February 2, 2018 at 5:30 pm. She will give a talk titled "Globalization is not new: The role of Midcoast Maine in early World-trade.This event is free and open to all.
Maine's location in the far northeast of the United States, serves as the perfect point of departure for sailing merchant ships pushed by the prevailing westerly winds and the flow of the Gulf Stream to trade ports in Europe and beyond. The location, coupled with our rich timber reserves for shipbuilding and a workforce adept at navigating, captaining and crewing the large cargo ships known as Downeasters, made Maine ships and crew dominate in global shipping during the last half of the 19th century. It is said that a Maine merchant marine family was as likely to see their neighbors in far off Canton, China, as back home in Searsport, Maine. This presentation uses primary source material, artifacts and images from the Penobscot Marine Museum to track the Maine merchant marine in the global market, when Downeasters were the global shippers.
Cipperly Good, curator and collections manager at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine, oversees the object, archive and library collections.  She presented a modified version of her 2017 Camden Conference talk on "Maine in the Coolie Trade" at the North American Society for Oceanic History conference last spring.  Ms. Good holds a Bachelor’s degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where she double majored in History and American Studies.  She spent her junior year “abroad” at the Williams College-Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program, which sparked her career in maritime history and maritime museums.  She holds a Masters of Arts in Museum Studies, with a concentration in American History, from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  Previous to working at Penobscot Marine Museum, Ms. Good taught maritime history for the Ocean Classroom-Proctor Academy semester, and worked as a curator at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum and Falmouth (Massachusetts) Historical Society.
This presentation is hosted by the Hutchinson Center and offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 31st Annual Camden Conference –New World Disorder and America’s Future, February 16-18, 2018.
The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, please visit or call 207-236-1034.