Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Bates Women's lacrosse rolls to 21-5 victory at Wellesley

Katie Allard led Bates in scoring with a career-high four goals and two assists in Bates' 21-5 victory at Wellesley on Feb. 28, 2018. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)
WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Sophomore Liv Sandford and juniors Katie Allard and Sydney Howard all notched hat tricks and career-highs in scoring as the Bates women's lacrosse team rolled to a 21-5 non-conference victory at Wellesley College on Wednesday.

Sandford (Kennebunk, Maine) tallied four goals, tripling her career total, and added an assist, three ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers for the Bobcats (2-0), who are averaging 20.0 goals per game in the young season.

Allard (Ridgewood, N.J.) led the Bobcats in points with four goals and two assists while Howard (Ashland, Mass.) scored three times, matching her career-high. Sophomore Issy Hnat (Ridgewood, N.J.) racked up a career-high three assists, senior Teal Otley (Cumberland, Maine) and first-year Summer Dias (Newton, Mass.) added two goals apiece, and sophomore Avery MacMullen (New Haven, Conn.) contributed a goal and two assists.

Wellesley junior Dacia Persky paced the host Blue (0-1) with three goals.

Bates junior Eliza Statile (Ipswich, Mass.) made five saves and allowed four goals in the first half; first-year goalie Rachael Deptula (Durham, N.H.) made her college debut in the second half, allowing one goal and making two saves.

Sandford opened the scoring at 28:59, scoring the first of back-to-back goals before Allard scored on a free position to make the score 3-0 Bates at 27:06. Dias scored twice in the run, while Hnat fed Howard for back-to-back scores. With 9:53 to go in the half, first-year Elsbeth Caulo (Amherst, N.H.) fed classmate Margaret Smith (Wilton, Conn.) for the 10-2 lead.

Persky got the Blue on the board with her first at 26:44, but Bates went on to score seven of the next eight goals to take a 10-2 lead with 9:53 left before the half.

Wellesley goals from Strobl and Persky made the score 10-4, but Bates first year Lila Hutchins (Westfield, N.J.) scored the final goal of the period to make the score 11-4 at the break.

Bates opened up the half with two quick goals at 29:40 and 28:50, by sophomore Isabelle Paulus (Bath, Maine) and Sandford, to extend the lead 13-4. Lena Engbretson scored the lone goal in the half for the Blue at 27:06 to cut the deficit to 13-5. But Bates netted eight unanswered goals over the final 26 minutes of the game to secure the 21-5 victory against Wellesley.

Bates had the advantage in shots, 37-16, draw controls, 18-9, and ground balls, 22-13, in the contest.
Goalkeeper Chloe Tucker suffered the loss for the Blue with 13 saves.

The Bobcats will play their home opener and conference opener this Saturday at noon against No. 4 nationally ranked Middlebury.


"Home Port Of Rockland" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Home Port Of Rockland" by Doug Mills
Maine's tall ship, Victory Chimes, built 1900, sails into her home port of Rockland, Maine.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Oceanside Middle School Threat Leads To Charges

Wednesday Morning Update:
OMS Community,
Yesterday at 3:00 pm a staff person reported to me that a threat that had been made by a student about bringing a gun to school and shooting people, and after another student told him to stop talking about it, that child and his family were threatened.

Upon hearing this information, I reported it to the Knox County Sheriff’s Department. Law enforcement investigated and charged the student with terrorizing and tampering with a witness. Law enforcement assured me that there was no access to weapons in the student’s home.

As reported in the Village Soup news article posted last night, the student is not at school today, and we will be working with the superintendent on a re-entry meeting at some point in the future for the student.

This morning, we had Deputy Chief Tim Carrol and Thomaston Police Chief Tim Hoppe speak to our faculty. In addition, we had, and will continue to have, law enforcement visiting our campus today to reassure our OMS community.

At OMS and RSU #13, we take the safety of your children very seriously and are doing everything in our power to make our school a safe learning environment.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Bill Gifford,
OMS Principal

BREAKING NEWS: Thomaston, Maine - According to Knox County Sheriff's Office,
Knox County Sheriff’s Office investigated a possible threat that was made at the Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston at approximately 3:30 this afternoon.

Administration from the school spoke with Deputies regarding a juvenile in the school had made threats to another student regarding when he came to school tomorrow, he was going to “shoot it up!” Another student apparently overheard the conversation and tried to intervene and the student threatened him too to not say anything or he would do harm to him as well.

Sgt. John Palmer and Deputy Paul Spear interviewed witnesses and the suspect juvenile. After a brief interview with the suspect and his father, the juvenile was charged with Class D, Misdemeanor, Terrorizing and a Class C, Felony, Tampering with a Witness.

Through the investigation, it was determined that the suspect juvenile has no means to carry out the threat and that he stated he was “just trash talking.” He also now realizes he shouldn’t have said it according to Sgt. Palmer. We do not believe there is any more threat concerning this incident.

Unfortunately, it is a troubling time concerning school safety and the horrific actions that have been carried out in this country. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office always tries to assure the safety of all people of Knox County and encourages anyone to not only, “see something, say something”, but if you, “hear something, say something.” I give credit to the young student that spoke up and told someone about this potential threat. The Sheriff’s Office will investigate all people’s concerns and will appropriately pursue legal action if necessary. These types of occurrences will be dealt with seriously to continue to assure that safety for all.

"A Busy Afternoon" The Maine Windjammer Project

"A Busy Afternoon" by Doug Mills
A busy afternoon at the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse in Rockland, Maine.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Rockland Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday

Marjorie Mills"Grammie" celebrates her 100th birthday with some of her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Rockland, Maine- Rockland resident Marjorie Mills or as she is known to so many "Grammie", celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday.  Born in 1918 during World War 1 she has seen so many changes in the world.  World wars, the invention of TV, Computers, the Internet yet to her the most important thing is the relationships you have with those around you.

  A week before her birthday Rep. Penny Beebe-Center and Sen. David R. Miramant presented her with a certificate from the State of Maine in honour of her 100th birthday.


UPDATE: Coast Guard supervises site assessment of sunken tug

BOSTON — The Coast Guard is overseeing a site assessment of the sunken tug Capt Mackintire Monday in the Gulf of Maine approximately three miles south of Kennebunkport, Maine.

A commercial marine services company is scheduled to dive on the Capt Mackintire beginning Tuesday to evaluate the structural integrity of the sunken tug and to evaluate for potential pollution. 
The Coast Guard plans to establish a safety zone at the site of the dive operation, and issue a special marine information broadcast to alert mariners of the operation. 

The vessel is currently in about 160 feet of water.  

The Coast Guard, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and other federal, state and local agencies continue to coordinate daily aerial, water, and shoreline assessments.

The public should report any signs of pollution to the Coast Guard Command Center at (207) 767-0303.    

An investigation into the cause of the sinking is ongoing.

Maine Office of Tourism Marketing Campaigns Receive 2017 Adrian Awards

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Office of Tourism (MOT) was recognized for excellence in travel marketing by Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HMSAI) at the annual HMSAI Adrian Awards ceremony on February 20. Maine received two Adrian Awards, a platinum award for advertising, and a silver award for public relations. The winning campaigns were chosen out of a field of over 1,300 entries submitted for 2017.

The Office of Tourism's "L.L.Bean Strategic Brand Partnership" entry received the highest honor, a platinum award for Advertising - Full Campaign. The MOT's collaboration with the Met Breuer Museum to support and leverage a "Marsden Hartley's Maine" exhibit won a silver award in the Public Relations category.

"We are delighted with the recognition," said Steve Lyons, director of the Maine Office of Tourism. "Maine delivers a world-class visitor experience. The Office of Tourism works diligently to showcase our state in ways that align with our brand value of Originality,' and to keep Maine top-of-mind with travelers."

For the "L.L.Bean Strategic Brand Partnership," MOT partnered with national outdoor retail brand L.L.Bean on a co-op marketing program. Through this partnership, MOT produced a feature edition for their editorial website entitled "Chasing the Sun." MOT worked with BVK, the state's tourism marketing agency, to bring a group of six millennial friends to Maine who had never before visited the state, to document their visit as they experienced a series of outdoor adventures. As a strategic partner in the campaign, L.L.Bean fully outfitted the group, provided Outdoor Discovery School experiences, and helped share the story through their own distribution channels. The partnership results included a 30 percent increase in weekly views of the "Chasing the Sun" website feature compared to earlier non-partner editions, 3 million social impressions with 900,000 unique to L.L.Bean channels, and 16.5 million email sends to L.L.Bean customers in addition to MOT's consumer emails. The "Chasing the Sun" edition of the Maine Thing Quarterly can be viewed at

For the "Marsden Hartley's Maine" campaign, the Maine Office of Tourism worked with Nancy Marshall Communications, the state's tourism public relations agency, to leverage a major exhibition of the work of 20th century Post-Impressionist painter Marsden Hartley at the Met Breuer Museum in New York City. Hartley was born in Lewiston and after building an international reputation returned to his native state where he painted the compelling scenes of Katahdin and rugged coastal Maine featured in the exhibit. MOT sponsored the opening event, inviting key travel media, and executed a subsequent public relations and social media campaign that underscored how the landscapes and culture of Maine that inspired Marsden Hartley and other artists equally inspire today's visitors to experience Maine. The campaign resulted in 132 pieces of press coverage, 288+ impressions, and nearly 50 thousand social shares. An Associated Press article alone, which focused on related "trip ideas," had an advertising value of $1.7 million.

"The theme of this year's Adrian Awards was Be a Travel Marketing Super Hero.' It's fitting because the winners have all taken bold and dynamic approaches that inspire and advance the hospitality industry as a whole," said Robert A. Gilbert, president and CEO of HMSAI.

Visit for more information on the event and competition.

The Rockland Report February 23, 2018

 Fiscal Year 19 Budget work continues. The committee has been working hard on presenting a reasonable budget that encompasses a $500,000 loss in non-property tax revenue compared to FY18.
 Met with representatives from the Texaco Car Wash and Lube Center on Camden Street. Our current sign ordinance does not allow the altering of lettering as the sign is nonconforming to current ordinance. Working on ways to help property owner.
 Discussed MacDougal park with Mike Grondin and Joe Steinberger of the Parks Commission. They will be bringing the park design to council in March for approval.
 The new chair of the Energy Committee, Brooks Winner, and I met to discuss the new ordinance outlining the duties of the Energy Committee. New members of the committee have recently been appointed by council, lots of ideas are floating around, should be an active year for the committee.
 Welcomed the new CEO of the YMCA, Melissa Bellew, to Rockland. They are excited to be part of the Rockland Community for years to come.
 Preparing for Union Negotiations that will start next week.

 John attended a meeting of the Rockland Planning Board.
 John attended a City Council Meeting.
 John met with Rockland Downtown Merchants.
 Bill attended a Comprehensive Planning Board meeting.
 We renewed 9 Short Term Rental Applications and processed 2 new applications for Planning Board approval.
 Bill did four license inspections, 315 Main St, 252 Main St, 316 Main St and one at 235 Camden St.
 John and Fire Department performed a Pre-conveyance Inspection at 88 Camden 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 four building permits. We issued a permit for a complete house renovation on Linden
St. Additionally, we issued a permit for fence repairs on Mechanic St and renovations at 15 Merrill Dr.
 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:
 5 Building Permits
 4 Electrical Permits
 4 Plumbing Permits
 2 Planning Board Applications
 1 Street Excavation
 2 New Short Term Rental Applications
 9 Renewal Short Term Rental Applications
 5 Complaints

 The recent rain and snow melt has caused flows through the treatment plant as high as 15 MGD.
 The lab continues to do TSS and BOD testing for North Haven.
 Received a draft for review of the Preliminary Engineering Report for the wastewater treatment plant and collection system from Wright-Pierce Engineering
 The temperature sensor used to monitor the temperature of influent from the DuPont plant failed and was replaced.
 The equipment to upgrade the air quality monitoring system in the headworks building arrived and is scheduled for installation soon.
 Fabricated and installed a guard to protect the instrumentation tubing near the plant water pump system.
 Repaired the guides for the belt tracking roller on #2 belt filter press.
 Interstate Septic pumped and cleaned the wet well at the Glenwood Ave. pump station.
 NITCO replaced the fuel sending unit on the JCB forklift.
 Weekly inspection and testing of the ten pump stations.
 Worked with tech support from Horizon Solutions to troubleshoot a problem with the logic controller in the control panel for the gravity belt thickener.
 Checked the oil levels in the primary drives of the four clarifiers.
 Investigated and corrected a programing issue with the variable frequency drive for the #3 wet weather pump.
 Placed an order to restock spare parts for various pumps at the treatment plant.
 Exercised and tested the backup generators at the pump stations and treatment plant.
 SOMATEX did the annual safety inspection of all lifts and cranes.
 Completed a total rebuild of the thickened sludge pump for the gravity belt thickener.
 Assisted a contractor to trace and locate the sewer service lateral from a property on Main Street.
 Received the estimate from CUES Inc. and approved repairs to the pipeline inspection camera.
 Responded to a dig safe request on Main St. for Maine Water.
 Received a request for information regarding connection to city sewer from an architect working on a project at Achorn Cemetery on Old County Road.
 Received a call from Maine Water reporting water bubbling from the pavement on North Main
Street. Investigated and determined it was not a sewer issue.
 Replaced the 1000 ft. control cable for the pipeline inspection camera. The other cable will be sent for testing to see if the problem can be located and repaired so that we will have a spare cable in the future.
 Worked with Leticia VanVuuren from Knox County Emergency Management on editing and updating the G.I.S.
 Sent information regarding the location of the sewer lateral from the property at 696 Main Street to the code office.

 Roads, sidewalk & facility walkways were maintained and treated on 2/18
 Frozen drain lines at City Hall cleared
 Completed pipe repair of failed stormwater line that runs past the Fuller parking lot
 Cold Patching throughout City
 Repairs and maintenance at City Hall and Rec
 Sprucing up shop continues with cleaning and painting
 Preventative maintenance and replace of wear items on plows
 Brush removal along Dump Road
 Gas Flare repair at Transfer Station
 Quarterly Gas readings completed
 Pretreatment report submitted and sampling complete
 Submitted electrical usage for Transfer Station to Woodard & Curran as part of the recycling upgrade.
 Completed and submitted EPCRA reporting
 Submitted revised Thompson Meadow Road Bridge plans to DEP
 Hauled Snow to transfer station snow dump
 Park and Main Street Bid Documents are under review by DOT
 Completed Posted Road Policy and published on the City Web Page, DOT Web page and the Public Services web page
 Received Library work plan and repair quotes

 Business assistance/CDBG. Prepared and submitted a letter of interest on behalf of a local business for a CDBG grant to assist with business expansion and production process improvements. Met with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) staff in Augusta.
 Business assistance/brownfields. Assisted a commercial property owner with application to our Brownfield Assessment Program. This program assists owners of eligible properties by assessing what contaminants are present, and developing clean-up plans. If you know of anyone who could benefit from this service, please send them our way.
 Comprehensive Plan. Arranged interviews for potential contractors to provide technical support to the Comprehensive Planning Process. The interview team will include the City Manager, Chair of the Comprehensive Planning Commission and me.
 Grants. Continued to pull together information for an application to the US Economic Development Administration for assistance with improvements to the Fish Pier.
 Marketing Rockland. Met with staff at the Farnsworth to discuss their ideas for marketing Rockland as an arts center. Set up a meeting with the Seaweed Fair organizers, the Chamber, and Rockland Main Street to discuss the Seaweed Fair planned for July 28 in Snow Marine Park.
 REDAC. At REDAC’s request, drafted a potential letter to Council supporting broadband expansion in Rockland and access to bond funds. Also reached out to Penquis to further investigate where their home rehab and weatherization programs overlap with the City’s home rehab program (which is currently on hold, pending potential redesign).
 Relationships and resources. Reached out to US Small Business Administration staff and reviewed USDA programs to identify contacts and resources of potential assistance to Rockland businesses. Attended the Economic Development Council of Maine’s quarterly meeting to learn about USDA
and other programs and resources available to Rockland. Met with the management of Loyal Biscuit as a guest of Jake Miller’s “lunch with your banker” outreach. Reached out to the new Executive Director of the Mid-Coast Regional Planning Commission.
 Stakeholder suggestions. As always, we consider all suggestions received. Recent suggestions include:
o The comprehensive plan should consider transportation and technology changes such as self- driving cars and EVs so that the City is ready for these changes that are coming; it needs to set the groundwork for a future with very different infrastructure.
o The Neighborhood Business Zone idea developed in the past should be revisited.
o We should consider hiring an economist to evaluate the economic impact of large cruise ships.
o We should gather the strongest pro and con voices about cruise ships in a moderated discussion where participants listen to each other and develop a fuller understanding of perspectives. The group could include individuals with experience from other communities.

 20 Feb 2018 HMC meeting concerning the proposed federal anchorage went well, very informative.
 Still working on Grants for the fish pier rehabilitation.
 Will be looking for more fish pier users this summer so if anyone is interested, please contact the Harbor Master.
 In the next couple months, we will be advertising for dock stewards and a dock master at the public landing for the upcoming summer. If anyone is interested please contact the Harbor Master.
 Mooring permit applications and payments are due 15 March, to avoid a late fee please submit the signed permit with payment and proof of vessel registration/excise tax paid.

Over this preceding week, in addition to the response to 69 Fire and EMS calls, conducting apparatus checks, daily cleaning, routine repairs and maintenance to the fleet and of the quarters, the following occurred:
 Personnel trained in the use of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). This equipment and of course the proper use of it, is vital the health and ability of our firefighters when working where burning materials release smoke, heat and toxic gases. Personnel train in the proper use and care as well as conduct numerous confidence building exercises to ensure they can work comfortably
while wearing an additional 20+ pounds and a mask tight on their faces. Mayor Geiger and Councilor Magjik attended one such drill where members practiced escaping an entanglement hazard while in their full protective ensemble including SCBA.
 On Monday the 12th the FD along with mutual aid departments responded to a fire in the Fieldcrest Apartment complex. The accidental fire was caused by a hot cigarette ash falling into combustible materials and was quickly too large to be contained by the occupants. Chief Whytock arrived to find heavy fire showing from the second floor of window of one of the inner two units of a four unit building. The duty crew from C-shift arrived very soon after and were able to quickly contain the fire to the second floor of the original apartment. The crew had the fire controlled just under 8 minutes from the time it was reported to 911! Thankfully the timing was perfect as the fire was just beginning to re-enter the building via a failed gable vent. Just a minute or two longer and the large uncompartmented truss space over two of the four units would have been involved in fire, and this area was not readily accessible by normal means. RPD and the State Fire Marshal’s Office also assisted in ensuring no one was hurt and the origin and cause were quickly determined. Crews from Camden FD, Northeast Mobile Health, South Thomaston FD, and Thomaston FD all
responded and helped our personnel mitigate the fire and limit damage to the other dwelling units.
 On Tuesday the 13th, Chief Whytock and the crew from A-shift worked with Fire Marshal’s Office Investigator Mary McMaster to determine the origin and cause of the previous night’s fire. This was a great opportunity for personnel to learn by being involved in the investigation. Of course not all were able to get full benefit as numerous emergency calls took most of the crew away from the
scene for a good portion of the morning. This fire was perfect for showing many clues as to where and how a fire might occur, yet also showed why you must question what you see and hear. Thankfully in the end it was apparent that the cause was accidental and related to a cigarette.

 The biggest news is actually from the preceding Friday, but it’s too good not to share. The 5th Annual Open House event was the best one yet! We believe we had about 400 people this year, and were very pleased that four City Councilors were among them. Huge thanks to the Friends of Rockland Public Library, who did so much of the hard work, to all those who made or provided food, and to the community for attending and for making what we do such a joy.
 The Budget Review Committee met on Tuesday morning; we continue to make progress on the FY 19 Budget plans.
 Katie Drago held a special vacation week Storytime on Tuesday--she read the tale of Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, along with other warm and cozy winter stories, followed by two fuzzy crafts. Thirtyeight attended this comfy event.
 Catinka Knoth’s Children’s drawing class had as their theme Presidents’ Day; Monday being a holiday, there was no Adult class this week.
 Jean Young reported that Wednesday Storytime was great fun-- Judith Andersen had an exuberant group of all ages, due to school vacation. She even had a seven year old ask if she could read a story to the group after Miss Judith! Books read included Knuffle Bunny Free, by Mo Willems, Slowly, Slowly Said the Sloth, by Eric Carle, and Harriet’s had Enough! by Elissa Haden Guest. After
the reading, the craft table was filled with a variety of foam decorations and colored paper for the children to construct a collage; even parents participated in this delightful craft project.
 Also on Wednesday, staff members Patty King, Jessie Blanchard, and Katie presented a Dinosaur Afternoon to eighty-five attendees. It started with an interactive story by Miss Katie, followed by a celebration of all things dino. Patty and Jessie helped participants make fossils and dino eggs, put together a large scale dinosaur skeleton, and more.
 On Thursday and Friday, the Children’s Room hosted the Two Day Library Art Camp:
 Puppet-Making with Susan Beebe. Part of the Arts for Kids & their Families @ the Rockland Public Library series, these two sessions allowed those ages 6 and up to make fun, fabulous puppets, using papier-mâché, cloth, and wood.
 I had informal meetings with the City Manager, and the Finance Director. I also had two strategy planning meetings with Deputy Director Patty King, and met with a number of library patrons.
 I have been working on the Library’s Annual Report to the Maine State Library. Among the many reasons for completing this, submission is a requirement enacted by the Maine Library Commission and “Failure to comply with this rule may result in the revocation of state-wide library
services provided by the Maine State Library, including but not limited to internet access via the Maine School and Library Network (MSLN).”
 Katie reports she had 14 attendees at Baby Time today. Five of the crew were new faces, including two older girls who helped name our animals and letters. Favorites today were the tickling rhymes and (as always) “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom.” We have a young gentleman who is building up his strength with his love of tummy time and another who getting ready to walk.
 The Thursday evening Community Event was the documentary: Step. The film covers the true story of a girls’ high-school step team against the background of the inner city Baltimore. These young women learn to laugh, love and thrive – on and off the stage – even when the world seems to work against them. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches and families, they chase their ultimate dreams: to win a step championship and to be accepted into
college. As with most of the films shown at the Library, this is available for borrowing.
 On Saturday, Mary Ann Giasson led the monthly Catching up with the Classics Book Club, where readers explore a variety of classic stories, with a different title each month. February’s title was Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. New members are always welcome!
UPCOMING: Hygge for Health & Happiness-- Join Librarian Patty in the Reading Room for an evening of Hygge. Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is a Danish concept of coziness and comfortable conviviality that may instill a feeling of contentment or well-being and is regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture. While the concept of hygge originated in Denmark, it is increasing
in popularity here in the United States. Patty will start the evening discussing ways to keep warm inside and out with Hygge. Participants will have a chance to experience hygge through making a traditional paper heart, eating simple food, playing games, writing a letter, engaging in conversation, or just sitting by the fire and reading, all while enjoying the welcoming and inviting
ambience of the Reading Room.

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"HMS Bounty" The Maine Windjammer Project

"HMS Bounty" by Doug Mills
The HMS Bounty before her last haulout in Boothbay Harbor Maine.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Firefighters Working Fully Involved 217 Parkinson Lane Northport Structure Fire

Update 10:12pm: Lincolnville fire units are clearing the scene.
BREAKING NEWS: Northport, Maine - Firefighters from area departments are working a fully involved structure per command at 217 Parkinson Lane on Sunday, February 25th, 2018 in Northport, Maine.

Maine 7 Day Forecast

This Afternoon
Rain and snow, becoming all rain after 3pm. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 38. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Rain and snow likely, becoming all rain after 7pm, then gradually ending. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 36. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Sunny, with a high near 46. Light northwest wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Monday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 26. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Sunny, with a high near 42. West wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.

Partly sunny, with a high near 45.
Wednesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.

Partly sunny, with a high near 41.
Thursday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.

A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Friday Night
A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Blustery. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 41.

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"In The Wind" The Maine Windjammer Project

"In The Wind" by Doug Mills
The Stephen Taber has never missed a single season of sailing since she was built in 1871.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

"Winter Sunrise" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Winter Sunrise" by Doug Mills
Winter sunrise at the North End Shipyard in Rockland, Maine.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Wilton CareerCenter First in System to See Changes

WILTON, Maine -- Last month, the Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Employment Services (BES) announced that it would be accelerating its commitment to revamping Maine’s CareerCenter delivery system in 2018. These actions are an effort by the LePage Administration toward a more efficient and effective service-delivery model for job seekers and employers, and to reform the system in anticipation of potential federal budget cuts.

“Being responsive to the needs of Maine employers and workers is at the forefront of everything we do,” said DOL Commissioner, John Butera. “That means understanding and adapting to the ways our customers want to interact with us. While in the early years of the CareerCenter model that meant ‘bricks and mortar’ to manage foot traffic into the offices throughout the state, today it means a modernized approach more in alignment with the current technology and the access demands of our customers.”

According to BES Director, Ed Upham, the first of many upcoming changes are the hours of the Wilton CareerCenter. “In an effort to coordinate and maximize the time and customer traffic patterns into our Wilton office, we will be changing the hours to Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning March 12,” he said. “These new office hours will ensure staff are available during the peak days when customers tend to use this resource the most, and it will allow staff more time to work directly with employers, educational institutions and other stakeholders on their needs for a quality workforce during the rest of the week.” Signs updating the hours of operation will be put up beginning next week.

The second major change is currently in the works. “We are moving our Augusta CareerCenter from its current location on Enterprise Drive now that our lease contract is up, and consolidating it into space in the same business park where the Maine Department of Labor is located, on Commerce Drive,” he said. The move is slated for late-March, with limited disruption to service during the move and no changes to staff or services to workers and employers.

In 2011, BES began upgrading the then-outdated labor exchange, Maine’s JobBank, to Maine JobLink, which today offers self-service options for labor information, career mapping and training. More recent changes have included updating for mobile devices and adding to it Live Chat, and co-locating the Portland CareerCenter and DHHS in State Offices in Portland to better serve Cumberland County residents and to provide a path from poverty to prosperity. “We definitely will look different a year from now, including smaller physical spaces, use of partner sites, and distance services,” Upham added.

Department of Labor staff will be looking at contracts, seeking partners and finding new and more effective ways to reach workers and employers alike. “As we continually seek ways to better deliver CareerCenter services in the new year and beyond, we will build on existing partnerships and forge new ones to make delivery of CareerCenter services more efficient and effective, and modernize the system and its physical footprint to meet our customers’ needs now and well into the future,” said Commissioner Butera.

CareerCenters, with 12 locations across the state, are part of the Maine Department of Labor (MDOL), and provide employment and training services at no charge for Maine workers and businesses. Job Seekers can use the CareerCenter’s free resources to jumpstart their job search. CareerCenters assist Employers with recruitment, training, and workforce services, and offers access to Labor Market Information.

Maine Department of Labor and Maine CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.

Friends of the Strand Theatre welcomes three new Board Members

ROCKLAND, Maine - The Board of Directors of Friends of the Strand Theatre recently welcomed three new members with strong ties to the community: Normas Thomas, Ariel Hall, and Elysa Rose Coster.

Norman Thomas does part time technical and management consulting with the Office of Naval Research and the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC.  A career Naval Officer he graduated from Princeton University in 1963 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and the Naval Postgraduate School in 1967 with an MSEE; he also has a certificate in Management from the University of Virginia.  After retiring from the Navy he has worked for Western Union, Norden Systems and Northrop Grumman developing electronic systems for the military.

Norman married Susan Allen in Rockland in 1964, and after 45 years they built a house in Owls Head and returned to her home.  They have both been active in local government and community affairs wherever they have lived and are continuing that service on the Mid-Coast.  They have seen and enjoyed the Strand as it has gone through its many lives as the entertainment heart of Rockland, and are especially pleased to see it returned to its original glory.
Ariel Hall grew up in Hope. She left Maine at 16, returning in her early thirties after years in New York City. Ariel is a multi-disciplinary artist working mainly in performance and installation. She has shown her work at La MaMa, Panoply Performance Lab, the Culture Project, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, the Steel House, and in the streets of New York City and São Paulo, among other locales and venues. In her last stint in New York, Ariel assisted curators at the Museum of Modern Art, helping them better execute performative and interactive artworks in the museum’s galleries; she also performed and facilitated the production of these artworks. Ariel holds a BA in art, psychology, and feminist theory, and an MA in Performance Studies, both from NYU. Most recently, Ariel opened Periscope, a modern design shop focused on interiors, with her partner, Jan Leth. They live in Spruce Head with their baby daughter.

Elysa Rose Coster received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University.  She worked as an art director in New York in advertising and promotion until she and her husband Paul moved to India and then Singapore. While in India, Elysa worked with battered women designing and producing patchwork quilts and, in Singapore, had her two daughters and wrote book reviews for a Singapore magazine. The Coster family moved back from Asia in 2000 and spent 18 years in Lloyd Harbor, NY before relocating to Rockland in 2016.

While raising her two daughters, who now are in college, Elysa was active in her local community and worked with organizations that promote education, the arts, and healthy living. Her creativity, penchant for aesthetics and originality, and strong commitment to working with local talent and being a integral member of the community are evident in her multiple home renovations and building management projects in NY, Camden, and most recently in Rockland on Steel House and Steel House South. Elysa is a member of the Universalist Unitarian church in Rockland, cleans the Good Tern once a week, and is teaching Iyengar Yoga and starting a pottery studio at Steel House South.

The Strand Theatre, which has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the  National Trust for Historic Preservation, became a nonprofit in January 2014 and is now operated by Friends of the Strand Theatre. It is located at 345 Main Street, Rockland. For more information about the theater visit or call (207) 594-0070.

JUST IN: Coast Guard investigates tug collision, monitors sunken boat

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BOSTON — The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of a tug collision that occurred about three miles south of Kennebunk, Maine, early Thursday, and monitoring the site where one of the stricken vessels sank.

One of the two crewmen aboard the 40-foot tugboat Helen Louise alerted Coast Guard watchstanders Wednesday that their vessel collided with the 80-foot tugboat Capt Mackintire while they had it in tow. The Capt Mackintire had no crew aboard.

A response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor, in New Hampshire, and the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Reef Shark, homeported in Boston, deployed to assist.

Once on scene, the Station Portsmouth Harbor boat crew confirmed there were no injuries to the two-man tug crew. The Coast Guard then escorted the tug Helen Louise, with the two people aboard, into Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where it safely moored.

The Coast Guard Cutter Reef Shark established a tow with the tugboat Capt Mackintire, with intentions to bring the boat into Portland, Maine.

While in transit to Portland early Thursday, the Capt Mackintire began taking on water, forcing the crew to cut the towline where it sunk in about 158 feet of water.

The Coast Guard is working with federal, state, and local authorities to evaluate pollution potential and respond to reports of sheening in the area where the tug sank.

The investigation is ongoing.

"Small Boats" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Small Boats" by Doug Mills
Small boats in the fog along side schooner Heritage at North End Shipyard.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

"Rockland Breakwater Light" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Rockland Breakwater Light" by Doug Mills
Tall ships Victory Chimes, built 1900 and Stephen Taber, built 1871, at the Rockland Breakwater Light.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Women's tennis wins 7-2 at Chapman in spring opener

Hannah Sweeney won at third singles and second doubles in Bates' 7-2 victory at Chapman on Feb. 20, 2018. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)
ORANGE, Calif. -- The Bates women's tennis team swept doubles play and rolled to a 7-2 victory at Chapman University on Tuesday in the Bobcats' spring season opener.

The Bobcats (1-0) earned two tough doubles wins at the first and third spots while at second doubles, first-year Hannah Sweeney (Franklin, Mass.) and sophomore Lauren Hernandez (Chester, N.J.) teamed up to win 8-0. At third doubles, first-year Haley Washington (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and sophomore Suzanne Elfman (Longmeadow, Mass.) edged Delara Fotovatjah and Alisa Organovich 8-7 (7-2) while at the top spot, senior captain Maisie Silverman (Brunswick, Maine) and junior Bella Stone (Concord, Mass.) defeated Vasilia Trofimova and Nicole Fouts 8-7 (9-7).

Bates increased its lead by winning four out of six singles matches, led by Silverman's 6-3, 6-4 victory over Madison Ross at No. 1 singles.

Sweeney posted an impressive 6-3, 6-2 win at third singles over Trofimova, while Hernandez defeated Anna Kaplan 6-4, 6-2 at No. 5 singles and junior Hannah Londoner (Westport, Conn.) scored a 6-1, 6-3 win at sixth singles over Raven Hampton.

Bates will play at No. 6 nationally ranked Pomona-Pitzer on Friday at 3pm Pacific time.

Trulli homers in baseball's 9-2 loss at Whittier

Dan Trulli hit his third career home run in the sixth inning of Bates' 9-2 loss at Whittier College on Feb. 20, 2018. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)
WHITTIER, Calif. -- Whittier College rode a 14-hit attack to defeat the Bates College baseball team 9-2 on Tuesday, in the Bobcats' third of six games played in Southern California.

The host Poets (5-3) collected six runs (five earned) on eight hits and three walks in five innings against Bates junior Justin Foley (Lynnfield, Mass.) to build a 6-1 lead, then added three more runs over Bates sophomore reliever Will Slayne's (Dedham, Mass.) three-inning stint.

Bates (0-3) was limited to five hits and no walks against Whittier starter Justin Kottinger, who gave up both of Bates' runs over six innings, and reliever Dante Mancia, who threw a perfect final three innings with four strikeouts.

Bates scored a run in the third inning to cut Whittier's lead in half, as senior Asher MacDonald (Hillsborough, N.C.) singled, senior Connor DiVincenzo (Westwood, Mass.) doubled and sophomore Will Sylvia (Newton, Mass.) drove MacDonald in on a groundout. Junior Dan Trulli (Melrose, Mass.) tagged a solo home run in the sixth inning, his third career homer.

Whittier collected 12 singles and two doubles in the game, and put runs on the board in five different innings. Matthew Macey and Michael Angulo both went 3-for-4 on the day.

DiVincenzo and MacDonald both batted 2-for-3 to lead the Bobcats.

Bates next plays at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Wednesday at 2:30 Pacific time.

No. 19 men's tennis sweeps Chapman in spring opener

Bates sophomore Jacob Kauppila won at No. 1 doubles and No. 4 singles in Bates' 9-0 sweep of Chapman University on Feb. 20, 2018. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)
ORANGE, Calif. -- The No. 19 nationally ranked Bates men's tennis team took its spring opener handily in a 9-0 victory at Chapman University Tuesday night.

The Bobcats (1-0) won every set in singles and swept doubles play in the win. They will next play Thursday at No. 12 Pomona-Pitzer, starting at 4pm Pacific time in Claremont, California.

Following the Bates women's team's 7-2 win over Chapman, the Bates men took the courts and swept doubles play. Senior Ben Rosen (Port Washington, N.Y.) and sophomore Jacob Kauppila (Chesterfield, Mo.) teamed up at No. 1 doubles in an 8-2 victory; at No. 2, junior Josh Quijano (Los Angeles, Calif.) and senior captain Josh Leiner (Baltimore, Md.) won 8-4; and at third doubles, sophomore Vidyut Yadav (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and junior Duane Davis (Dix Hills, N.Y.) defeated Darrus Lee and Terry Kang 8-6.

Rosen, Bates' three-time All-American, proceeded to defeat Len Kamemoto 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 singles. That and sophomore Jacob Eisenberg's (Armonk, N.Y.) 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 5 singles represented the two closest contests, as Quijano won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2, Leiner won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3, Kauppila won 6-1, 6-1 at fourth singles and Yadav won every game in his match at sixth singles.

"Maine's Own Tall Ship" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Maine's Own Tall Ship" by Doug Mills
Maine's own tall ship, the Victory Chimes, passing the Rockland Breakwater Light.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

"Flying With The Birds" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Flying With The Birds" by Doug Mills
The Victory Chimes flying with the birds across Penobscot Bay off Rockport Maine.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

"Foggy Morning On Penobscot Bay" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Foggy Morning On Penobscot Bay" by  Doug Mills
Former fishing schooner American Eagle, and a foggy morning on Penobscot Bay.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Maine 7 Day Forecast

Mostly clear, with a low around 23. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Washington's Birthday
A 30 percent chance of showers after 5pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 45. South wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Monday Night
Rain likely, mainly between 7pm and midnight. Areas of fog after 1am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 38. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

A 40 percent chance of rain. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 48. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday Night
A 30 percent chance of rain before 8pm. Areas of fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Southwest wind around 5 mph.

Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 56.
Wednesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.

Partly sunny, with a high near 41.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.
Friday Night
A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.

A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Saturday Night
A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

A chance of rain and snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

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