Friday, November 30, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Rockport Fire, Police, Rockland EMS, Northeast Responds To Rt 17 Head On Crash Rockport

4:53pm Update: Rt 17 is back open.
4:27pm Update: Northeast Ambulance, Rockland EMS transporting one each to Penbay.
BREAKING NEWS: Rockport, Maine - Rockport Fire Department, Northeast Ambulance, Rockland EMS responds to head-on crash by the Green Thumb (Rt 17) on Friday, November 30th, 2018 in Rockport, Maine.

Unknown injures.

Rt 17 in area shut down.

State of Maine Land for Maine’s Future Program Issues Call for Proposals

Augusta – The Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) Board is seeking proposals for Working Waterfront Access Protection Program (WWAPP) projects. The Board will make awards up to approximately $2 million from Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) bond funds.

The Maine Working Waterfront Access Protection Program provides funds to protect and secure commercial fishing access in Maine. WWAPP requires future development of funded property retain its use for commercial fishing and closely related activities.

A copy of the Working Waterfront Access Protection Program (WWAPP) workbook, which includes all information necessary to apply for LMF funds, can be obtained online at:

Eligible applicants for WWAPP proposals include private individuals, and business entities, non-profit land conservation organizations, counties, cities, towns and state agencies. Contact Matthew Nixon, Maine Coastal Program deputy director, 207-287-1491 with any questions.

To apply for WWAPP funds, a project MUST be sponsored by the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR).  In order to receive a sponsorship, applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of intent (LOI) by Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.  Details on the LOI can be found in the WWAPP Workbook located at the link above.

WWAPP proposals must be submitted to Matthew Nixon at the Maine Coastal Program, ME DMR, 21 SHS, 32 Blossom Lane, Augusts, ME 04333-0022 by March 22, 2019 at 5 p.m. EST.  Proposals received after this day and time will not be considered.

Bolshoi Ballet’s The Nutcracker presented as High Definition Broadcast at Strand on December 23

ROCKLAND, Maine - A captured-live (same day) high definition broadcast of The Nutcracker, performed by the Bolshoi Ballet, will be presented Sunday, December 23 at 1pm at the Strand Theatre.

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s Nutcracker doll magically transforms into a prince and together their wonderful adventure begins. The Nutcracker invites audiences of all ages on a magical journey, through a world of enchantment, complete with dancing snowflakes and dolls that have come to life, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. The timeless holiday classic returns to the Bolshoi stage this December for a live broadcast.

The Bolshoi Ballet is an internationally renowned classical ballet company, based at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia. Founded in 1776, it is among the world's oldest ballet companies. The Bolshoi is recognised as one of the foremost ballet companies in the world, and its performance style is typically identified as being colorful and bold, combining technique and athleticism with expressiveness and dramatic intensity.

Running time: 2 hours 20min. Tickets are $15/Adults, $10/ Students 18 and under, and college students with ID. For more information visit Tel: (207) 594-0070 Email: The Strand Theatre is located at 345 Main Street in Rockland.

Maine CDC Encourages People to Know Their Status on 30th Annual World AIDS Day

AUGUSTA - December 1, 2018 marks the 30th annual celebration of World Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Day. On this important day, agencies, governments, and communities across the world come together each year in remembrance of lives lost to AIDS or Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), and to promote awareness and education of the disease.

There are currently 37 million people diagnosed with HIV worldwide, with an estimated 1,800 living in Maine. Not included in this, however, are the one in seven people living with HIV who do not know their status. In line with this year's theme of "Know Your Status," the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) is encouraging individuals who are unaware of their HIV status to get tested.

HIV care and prevention have changed dramatically since the discovery of the virus in 1984. Advances in antiretroviral therapy (ART) have enabled people living with HIV to have long, healthy, and fulfilling lives. HIV patients who take ART consistently and correctly each day can have an undetectable HIV viral load and achieve what is called "viral suppression." Research studies have shown that virally suppressed individuals do not sexually transmit HIV. In light of this pivotal development, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) began their 2017 campaign Undetectable = Untransmittable to publicize the essential role of ART treatment for HIV prevention.

"While HIV does not often make headlines in 2018, it still impacts people across Maine," said Dr. Bruce Bates, Director of Maine CDC. "I encourage people to talk with their healthcare providers about their risks for HIV and get tested to know their status."

Visit [//] to find HIV testing locations. Maine CDC's HIV Prevention Program also funds free HIV testing for under and uninsured individuals at the following locations:

Frannie Peabody Center: (207) 774-6877
The India Street Public Health Center: (207) 874-8446
Maine Family Planning: (207) 922-3222
For more information:

Maine CDC 24-hr Disease Reporting & Consultation Line. 1-800-821-5821
US CDC HIV/AIDS Information - [//]

Famed Photographer William Wegman Creates Limited Edition Print to Benefit MOFGA and CMCA

Rockland and Unity, Maine -- Famed photographer William Wegman, known worldwide for his witty and strikingly human photographs of his Weimaraners, has created an exclusive limited-edition print to benefit two Maine nonprofits, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA). Titled, “Topper,” the 30 x 24 inch print, produced in an edition of 10, pictures Wegman’s dog Topper seated against a coral pink background and wearing a “wig” of curly leaf lettuce. A classic Wegman image, each print is $8,000, and is individually signed and numbered by the artist. The full purchase price of each print directly supports MOFGA and CMCA equally.

William Wegman’s work, which includes photographs, videos, paintings and drawings, has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including the recent exhibition "Before/On/After: William Wegman and California Conceptualism" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. An exhibition of his early videos and related drawings, entitled “Reel to Real,” was held at CMCA in Rockland, Maine, in summer 2017.

Wegman, who is 74, first visited Maine as a boy and has been returning ever since, finding much of the inspiration for his work in the time he spends at his home and studio in the Rangeley Lakes.

CMCA executive director, Suzette McAvoy, says, “We are grateful to artist William Wegman and his wife Christine Burgin for this opportunity to partner with MOFGA in offering this wonderful print to benefit both organizations. If you love great art and support a healthy future for Maine communities, this is a meaningful way to contribute."

MOFGA excutive director, Sarah Alexander, adds, "This generous donation is an exciting way to support both organic argriculture and the arts. We deeply appreciate Bill and Christine's generous gift and inspiring work."

The “Topper” prints may be purchased online through CMCA’s website, or by emailing A framed print is available for viewing in the CMCA Shop at 21 Winter Street in Rockland. For additional information, please call 207-701-5005.

Rockland Public Library: Creative Art Crew, Dec. 13th

Rockland, Maiune - Join Miss Katie at the Rockland Library for another Creative Art Crew. This month we are making three caribou-themed crafts. Learn how to use stamps, clothespins, and paper to make our favorite antlered friends.

All supplies will be provided.

Miss Katie's Creative Art Crew is a monthly program for adults and children were everyone is free to make mistakes and get creative. All are welcome.

December 11: Let's Talk About It Book Club

Thomaston, Maine - Funded by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council and facilitated by author and mentor Lee Heffner, the Let's Talk About It book group will meet on Tuesday, December 11 at 11 am at Thomaston Public Library. We  finish the series, "Becoming American: Struggles, Successes, and Symbols," with Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas.

Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, called “the most famous undocumented immigrant in America,” tackles one of the defining issues of our time in this explosive and deeply personal call to arms.

He writes:

“This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book––at its core––is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in. This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can’t. This book is about constantly hiding from the government and, in the process, hiding from ourselves. This book is about what it means to not have a home.

After 25 years of living illegally in a country that does not consider me one of its own, this book is the closest thing I have to freedom.”

These discussions are always thought-provoking and lively, and we welcome anyone to join for one book or the whole series!  Refreshments are served. This month we will also decide what is next for the Let's Talk About It Book Club in January... Will it be Civil War fiction? Will it be mysteries? Let's discuss! For more information, contact the library at (207) 354-2453.

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands: December Events and News

December 2018

Bureau of Parks and Lands staff in winter photo
Happy Holidays from all of us at the Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands.

First Day Hikes - State Parks Nationwide Hike in the New Year!

First Day Hikes logo showing January 1 on calendar and a hiker symbol.
Mark your calendar now to ring in the New Year with select State Parks on New Year's Day.  This annual event, in partnership with the National Association of America's State Parks, inspired nearly 55,000 people across the country last year to collectively walk over 133,000 miles on the guided hikes, that included snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, on New Year's Day.
First Day Hikes are being offer at the following locations. Click on the links for each site's details:

88 Sites Revised & New Campground Map - Sebago Lake State Park

Campsite at Sebago Lake State Park with autumn foliage and lake in background; picnic table and fire ring in foreground.
Dear Sebago Campers,
The Bureau of Parks and Lands cares deeply about satisfying its customers. We review the reservations system each season with goals of improvement, more accessibility and equity, while following our mission to protect and manage Maine’s natural resources.
Over the fall months, the Sebago Lake State Park Campground staff visited all 250 campsites and carefully measured the space allotted for equipment and vehicles. Although no sites were physically changed, site size adjustments have been made to 88 campsites. Before booking your reservation on opening day (February 1, 2019, 9:00 AM), please review the
Contact the Sebago Lake State Park Campground staff, if you have any questions about these “size” changes at 207-693-6231.
We look forward to your visit to Maine State Parks next season!

Hike-ku of the Month

View out a golden tent flap door with booted leg extending toward the snow.
Night’s dark fabric pulls-
stretched to the point of breaking.
Cold moonbeams kiss snow.
This December, as the holidays nearly reach their sometimes fever-pitch, two natural cycles almost sync. Friday, December 21st marks the annual Winter Solstice with our longest night of the year. That same night, the December “Cold” moon will have nearly reached its December maximum (the full moon will peak the next night). Much if not all our state may likely be covered in snow as these two celestial events converge.
Consider taking an evening pilgrimage where city lights do not complete with the sky's brilliance, to celebrate the seasons, cycles of nature, and family. Dress well and remember the oncoming days will only grow longer!
Winter camp at our designated locations and you'll be able to enjoy the stars from your tent. Read on below for Winter camping tips.
Please note that day-use hours at State Parks are 9:00 a.m. to sunset, so evening entry is not permitted except for designated winter camping. Public Lands allow 24/7 access, though most often are not plowed.

Winter Camping

Winter woods scene with hiker getting ready to set up a winter camp.
Camping during the winter can be a truly magical experience. The dry air makes star gazing fantastic, the snow cover makes tracking easy, and camping at a location where you can cross-country ski, skate, or snowshoe saves the commute of day trips and off-site accommodations.
You can be toasty warm when winter camping and recreating. All it takes is a bit of preparation. Here are some tips for making your winter camping this season the best ever.
Be Prepared:
  • for changing weather conditions (both you and your car),
  • to provide your own first aid, and
  • to not count on your cell phone, which in Maine can be very unreliable,
  • know your limits, and those of your companions (outdoor skills & physical ability),
  • refresh your outdoor skills & consider an easy adventure to start the winter season.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife offers courses for youth and their families to learn lifelong outdoor skills through Camp North WoodsMaine Youth Field Days, and the Hooked on Fishing program. The Becoming an Outdoors Woman program offers the opportunity to learn hunting, fishing and outdoor skills in a non-competitive atmosphere along with other like-minded women.
Registered Maine Guides are outdoor expertsCall on them to lead you into areas where you have not yet traveled, or to add a special focus to your trip such as fishing, canoeing, or Maine yarns and history.

Winter Camping Locations

Did you know that you can camp during the winter at the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, select State Parks, and on Public Lands?
Allagash Wilderness Waterway 
Registration for winter campsites in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway will be held at Chamberlain Bridge on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Campsites will be allotted on a first come first serve basis, the registration will start promptly at 8:00 am. 
State Parks and Public Lands
Winter camping is primitive tent camping: no water or cleared sites. Bring your own water, snow shovel, and tent.
The State Park locations are great for those who want to camp a bit closer to local amenities, are sharing winter camping with others for the first time, or want to enjoy groomed cross country ski trails (Aroostook State ParkMount Blue State ParkSebago Lake State Park  or an outdoor ice skating rink with warming yurt (Mount Blue State Park); and oh what a view!
Camping on the Public Lands is an outback experience in the summer. In the winter you need to be an experienced winter camper and completely prepared to take care of yourself. It is truly an outback experience. 

The Camp Cook

Dublin Coddle

  • 5 medium potatoes
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 8 Irish pork sausages
  • black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • small bunch of fresh parsley
  • Chicken stock
Put sausages, sliced carrot, sliced peeled onion and bacon (cut in bite sized pieces) in enough stock to cover them in a Dutch oven. Bring to a boil, add herbs and seasoning and simmer for 30 minutes. Peel and quarter the potatoes and add to Dutch oven for final 20 minutes or until they are tender.

Do Something Different with the Maine Conservation Corps

Photo montage showing Maine Conservation Corps Environmental Stewards and Field Team Members at their assigned locations.
MCC Field Teams serving at Grafton Notch State Park and Baxter State Park, and Environmental Stewards sampling macro-invertebrates, and working at the Wolfe's Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment.
Maine Conservation Corps Environmental Stewards volunteering at Quoddy Head State Park.
Interested in a career in Natural Resources, or know somebody who is? Check out the Maine Conservation Corps (MCC)! MCC is an AmeriCorps Program housed under the Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry. Each year, MCC hires for many different conservation related positions. In 2019, we will be filling approximately 112 positions, that will accomplish conservation initiatives throughout the state of Maine.
(Photo: Environmental Stewards volunteering at Quoddy Head State Park.)
These positions include:
  • Environmental Stewards: June - November
  • Field Team Members: June - October
These are great entry level positions, and our members gain valuable experience and contacts within the field of natural resources. Just a few places our members have served in the past include:
  • Baxter State Park
  • Mt. Blue State Park
  • Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education
  • Biological Research Institute at Riverpoint
  • Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment
Not ready to commit to a term of service with the Maine Conservation Corps? Come volunteer with us! Opportunities available for individuals and groups!

Holiday Gifts that Show Your Support

Maine State Parks Blend coffee by Wicked Joe - picture of bag.
This holiday season show your support for Maine's beautiful Parks, Public Lands, trails, and conservation efforts when gift giving. Here are some  suggestions: 
And, you can still order the limited edition, signed Allagash Wilderness Waterway prints. ($50. plus tax and shipping and handling.) Call 207-695-3721 x 3 to order.

December Reads - Books We Recommend

A Field Guide to Mammal Tracking in North America by James Halfpenny.

This is a fantastic user-friendly guide to mammal tracking with excellent drawings and concise text. Whether an experienced tracker or beginner, this book is a great resource. Cover the basics to advanced techniques. Scatology section includes related index of photographs for help in identifying scat throughout the seasons. There is also a New England version: Scat and Tracks of the Northeast: A Field Guide to the Signs of Seventy Wildlife Species.
Book cover of James C Halfpenny's Mammal Tracking field guide.

Programs & Events

Snowshoer looking over a snow covered wooded valley and mt. range.

Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park


First Day Hikes - January 1, 2019:

Take it Outside! this Winter

Save the dates now for the Take it Outside Winter Fun Days and Ice Fishing events. And check back to find out when the Ski & Snowshoe trailer will be at a park near you with free equipment loans. Check on the full 2019 schedule of events.