Monday, March 27, 2017

Madison Brydges Attends 2nd Annual Young Entertainer Awards

Universal City, California - Thirteen year old actress Madison Brydges looking delightful wearing a blue dress and white slip-ons attends the 2nd Annual Young Entertainer Awards at the Globe Theatre back on Sunday, March 19, 2017 in Universal City, California.


Ava Cantrell Attends 2nd Annual Young Entertainer Awards

Universal City, California - Fifteen year old actress Ava Cantrell looking lovely wearing a black, blue strapless dress and black heels attends the 2nd Annual Young Entertainer Awards at the Globe Theatre back on Sunday, March 19, 2017 in Universal City, California.


Paris Smith Attends 2nd Annual Young Entertainer Awards

Universal City, California - Seventeen year old actress Paris Smith looking gorgeous wearing a floral dress attends the 2nd Annual Young Entertainer Awards at the Globe Theatre back on Sunday, March 19, 2017 in Universal City, California.


Savannah Kennick Attends 2nd Annual Young Entertainer Awards

Universal City, California - Eighteen year old actress Savannah Kennick looking beautiful wearing a red dress attends the 2nd Annual Young Entertainer Awards at the Globe Theatre back on Sunday, March 19, 2017 in Universal City, California.

Chiara D'Ambrosio, Bianca D'Ambrosio Attends 2nd Annual Young Entertainer Awards

Universal City, California - Eleven year old sisters, singers, actresses Chiara D'Ambrosio, Bianca D'Ambrosio looking beautiful wearing a their dresses attends the 2nd Annual Young Entertainer Awards at the Globe Theatre back on Sunday, March 19, 2017 in Universal City, California.


Ciara Wilson Attends 2nd Annual Young Entertainer Awards

Universal City, California - Teen actress Ciara Wilson looking delightful wearing a white, pink dress attends the 2nd Annual Young Entertainer Awards at the Globe Theatre back on Sunday, March 19, 2017 in Universal City, California.


Serena Laurel Attends 2nd Annual Young Entertainer Awards

Universal City, California - Sixteen year old actress, singer Serena Laurel looking beautiful wearing a floral dress and green heels attends the 2nd Annual Young Entertainer Awards at the Globe Theatre back on Sunday, March 19, 2017 in Universal City, California.


Casey Burke Attends 2nd Annual Young Entertainer Awards

Universal City, California - Sixteen year old actress Casey Burke looking lovely wearing a light color dress and gray slip-ons attends the 2nd Annual Young Entertainer Awards at the Globe Theatre back on Sunday, March 19, 2017 in Universal City, California.


Asia Monet Ray Attends 2nd Annual Young Entertainer Awards

Universal City, California - Eleven year old actress Asia Monet Ray looking adorable wearing a multi-color dress and white heels attends the 2nd Annual Young Entertainer Awards at the Globe Theatre back on Sunday, March 19, 2017 in Universal City, California.


Josette Halpert Attends 2nd Annual Young Entertainer Awards

Universal City, California - Twenty two year old actress Josette Halpert looking fabulous wearing a floral dress and dark heels attends the 2nd Annual Young Entertainer Awards at the Globe Theatre back on Sunday, March 19, 2017 in Universal City, California.


Caitlin Carmichael Attends 2nd Annual Young Entertainer Awards

Universal City, California - Twelve year old actress Caitlin Carmichael looking gorgeous wearing a blue top, skirt and heels attends the 2nd Annual Young Entertainer Awards at the Globe Theatre back on Sunday, March 19, 2017 in Universal City, California.


National Library Week Matinee: Desk Set April 12 at Camden Public Library

Camden, Maine - Join the Camden Public Library in celebrating National Library Week with a movie dear to librarians everywhere - Desk Set, starring Katharine Hepburn. Hepburn plays the super-smart, quick-witted librarian who is determined not to be made redundant by the computer her company wants to install.

Schooner Captains' Roundtable at Camden Public Library April 13

Camden, Maine - As part of Maritime Month 2017, we will once again host a discussion with local schooner captains and discuss what it’s really like to run a sailing business on the rugged coast of Maine. The event will be on Thursday evening, April 13, at 7:00 pm. The discussion will be facilitated by Dave Jackson.

Maritime Month is made possible by Allen Insurance and Financial.

We will meet some of the area’s best-known windjammer captains and owners who will discuss a history of windjammers in Maine and how the industry as we know it today  started right here in Knox County. Our panel will share their unique lifestyles plus some good stories about the coastal schooner trade. They will entertain as well as accept questions.

Peter Ralston, Arctic Observations at the Camden Public Library April 11

Camden, Maine - Peter Ralston will speak at the Camden Public Library as part of Maritime Month 2017. Maritime Month is sponsored by Allen Insurance & Financial.

"Observing a bit of Greenland and the heart of the Northwest Passage from a friend’s yacht last summer, I was completely unprepared for the overwhelming scale and power of that part of the world; the BIG ice in Greenland, the austere and severe beauty of the high Canadian Arctic, the social and economic reality of Inuit life and their (mis)treatment by the Canadian government, the wildlife, and the sobering privilege of a front-row seat in a prime theatre of climate change. I am pleased and honored to be able to share my observations from this transformative trip." - Peter Ralston

Peter Ralston grew up in Chadd’s Ford, Pennsylvania, worked for a decade as a freelance photojournalist and then began photographing the coast of Maine in 1978, drawn especially to the working communities that define the coast’s enduring character.

His work has been seen in many books and magazines, featured on network television and has been exhibited in galleries, collections and museums throughout the United States and abroad.

In 2003 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree at Colby College for his photography as well as his role as co-founder of the Island Institute.

He created Ralston Gallery in Rockport, Maine, in 2011, selling his photographs as well as the work of his lifelong friends, Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. He is currently working on a book about the coast and islands of Maine.

More information is available on his site, www.ralstongallery.com.

Camden Rockport Historical Society, Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. At the Camden Public Library April 9

Camden, Maine - The Camden-Rockport Historical Society welcomes Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. to speak on the lives and works of three Maine women photographers: Thurza Foss, Minnie Libby, and Josephine Townsend. The inspiring stories of three women who become successful photographers at a time when most photographers were men. These three enterprising women created striking bodies of work which provide rich insights into how Maine people lived and worked in inland towns and coastal villages a century ago.

Earle Grey Shettleworth, Jr. was born in Portland, Maine on August 17, 1948, the son of Earle G. Shettleworth, Sr. and Esther Knudsen Shettleworth. He was educated in Portland public schools, graduating from Deering High School in 1966. He received a B.A. in Art History from Colby College in 1970, an M.A. in Architectural History from Boston University in 1979, and an L.H.D. from Bowdoin College in 2008.

At the age of thirteen, Shettleworth became interested in historic preservation through the destruction of Portland’s Union Station in 1961. A year later he joined the Sills Committee which founded Greater Portland Landmarks in 1964. In 1971 he was appointed by Governor Curtis to serve on the first board of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, for which he became architectural historian in 1973 and director in 1976. He is the longest actively serving State Historic Preservation Officer in the nation.

Shettleworth’s elected and appointed positions include president of the Maine Historical Society (1977-79), president of the New England Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians (1995-98), chair of the State House and Capitol Park Commission (1988- ), chair of the Capitol Planning Commission (1998- ), and chair of the Blaine House Commission (2004- ). He served on the Maine Lighthouse Selection Committee in 1997-98 and the State Facilities Master Plan Commission in 1999.

Earle Shettleworth has lectured and written extensively on Maine history and architecture. The Maine Historical Society’s auditorium in Portland was named for him in 1999. In 2004 Governor John E. Baldacci appointed him as State Historian, and he was reappointed to a second term by Governor Baldacci in 2008.

Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary Used Book Sale Set for April 6 and 7

Brunswick, Maine – The Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary Used Book Sale will take place on Thursday, April 6 and Friday, April 7, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Merrymeeting Plaza, 147 Bath Road in Brunswick. Thousands of gently used books have been donated and sorted into every major category and will be available at bargain prices.

Book donations will be accepted Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. – 12 noon through April 1. Just pull up to the door located between Shaw’s and CVS and volunteers will assist in unloading your car of the books. All books, except encyclopedias, textbooks, Reader’s Digest condensed books, magazines, or soiled and damaged books are welcome.

Proceeds from the book sale benefit the Herb Paris Health Career Scholarship Fund and other vital hospital projects. All donations are tax deductible. More information is available by calling (207) 373-6015.

Stop the Struggles with your Kids over Grades: A Workshop for Parents at the Camden Public Library April 10

Lisa Cooley, co-founder of Catalyst Learning Network, will lead a Lunch and Learn session for parents at the Camden Public Library on April 10 at 12:00 pm.

When parents have conflicts and tension with their teens over schoolwork, it’s seen as an ordinary part of the getting their kids through a school. Don’t most families have such conflicts? Isn’t it just a routine part of parenting teens?

Catalyst Learning Network says no.

"Stop the Struggles with your Kids over Grades" is a workshop for parents who seek to improve communication with their kids when it comes to school, grades and priorities. In this workshop, parents who are in conflict with their teens over their middle or high school studies will learn more about this common problem; why the strategies they use to cope with it don’t work -- or, work only temporarily; and how to begin to craft a permanent solution as well as a better relationship with their kids.

In this workshop we'll pull apart the typical struggles parents have with their kids and discover the fears and hopes that lie under the surface.

At the end of the workshop parents will have a better idea of the next steps they need to take to tackle these issues and regain their understanding and supportive families.

They will also have the opportunity to receive ongoing coaching and support from Catalyst Learning Network as they work to make these changes permanent.

NMRC Helps Immigrants Find Jobs and Employers Meet Workforce Demands

The New Mainers Resource Center is a program within Portland Adult Education that helps immigrants and refugees overcome barriers to finding employment – meeting employers’ demands for a skilled and diverse workforce. NMRC’s 2016 report shows a majority of its students found employment.


PORTLAND, Maine – The New Mainers Resource Center (NMRC) is a program within Portland Adult Education that helps immigrants and refugees overcome barriers to find employment in their professional careers. The mission of NMRC is to support Maine’s economic development by meeting employers’ demands for a skilled and culturally diverse workforce. NMRC’s recently released 2016 Annual Report shows that it’s successfully doing both.


In 2016, NMRC provided services to a total of 438 individuals. Of these people, 299 received individual case management/career advice; 285 participated in NMRC offerings; and 241 received both. Of those students who received career advising and were authorized to work, 77 percent found employment, the report states. Only 7 percent had not yet found a job, and information was not available on 16 percent.


"The New Mainers Resource Center strives to ensure that when someone starts working here in the U.S., as many of their skills and as much of their experience are put to use as possible," said Anita St. Onge, Director of Portland Adult Education. “When we are successful at this, we all benefit – the individual, the employer and Maine's economy."


For new Mainers, NMRC, established in 2013, includes a skilled professionals program, employment case management and advising, intensive classes focused on job readiness skills, professional networking groups, workshops and other offerings. These offerings are designed to help new Mainers, of all professions, overcome barriers in order to enter the U.S. workforce.


NMRC also provides services for employers. NMRC works directly with employers to determine the skills and experience required for the positions they need to fill. Then NMRC matches those positions with candidates from its qualified and vetted talent pool. This is done through specifically designed recruitment and other activities to meet the employers’ needs.


In response to an increasing number of requests from employers seeking assistance in meeting their workforce needs, in the coming year NMRC will work to expand and systematize its employer outreach and job information management and provide more opportunities to connect students with employers through internships, volunteering, mentorships and networking, etc.


NMRC’s overall vision is to grow Maine’s economy by fully utilizing the skills of foreign trained professionals.

Portland Public Library hosts a Literary Lunch with Lee Sharkey in conversation with Stuart Kestenbaum

Portland Public Library hosts a Literary Lunch with Lee Sharkey 
in conversation with Stuart Kestenbaum
Wednesday, April 19th at noon in the Rines Auditorium

Join us for a conversation between Lee Sharkey and Stuart Kestenbaum about poetry and Sharkey’s newest book Walking Backwards.   The conversation will be held in the Rines Auditorium at noon on Wednesday, April 19th.  There will be time for audience questions at the end of the program.

About the book
Walking Backwards examines resistance to violence and repression through evocations of contemporary events and conversations with poets and artists whose voices arise from the Holocaust. Employing a remarkable variety of formal strategies— lyrics, parables, testimony, paratactic narratives and re-castings of Torah stories, inter-leavings with other texts—these poems offer a complex vantage on cultural erasure and persistence. Sharkey conjures a simultaneous present to reclaim a heritage expressed by gaps and silencing. Paul Celan, Nelly Sachs, and the Yiddish language poets Abraham Sutzkever and Peretz Markish become contemporaries, as her words mingle with theirs to bear the weight of the unspoken. “What have we come for,” the poet asks, “to sleep where the dead slept in the bed of our absence?” What redemption she finds is in language.

About the Series
Portland Public Library’s Literary Lunch series is held monthly and features authors from New England in conversation about new works.  Conversations are generally wide ranging and engaging.

All Literary Lunches are free to the public. Because they take place over the lunch hour, guests are encouraged to bring their lunch; coffee provided by Coffee By Design.

Augusta Presentation to Focus on Maine History Captured in Postcard Images

Augusta, Maine - Postcards were the Instagrams of the early twentieth century. During a period from 1909 to World War II, the Maine-based Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company was the U.S. market leader in production of genuine postcards and amassed an archive of over 22,000 glass plate images of Maine architectural photography from the period. The collection is now housed at the Penobscot Marine Museum.

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Maine authors W.H. "Bill" Bunting, Kevin Johnson and Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. will be on hand for a special program of the Kennebec Historical Society and Maine State Library to talk about the Eastern collection and their recent collaboration on the 2016 book on the subject, Maine on Glass.

The program will be held at 6:30 PM at the Maine State Library, 230 State Street in Augusta. The event is open to the public and free of charge. For more information, contact the Kennebec Historical Society at 207-622-7718.

Portland Public Library hosts Poetry Open Mic!

Portland Public Library hosts Poetry Open Mic! 
Friday, April 14th at 5:00pm
In the Lewis Gallery

At our Poetry Open Mic in April, everyone is welcome to step up to the mic and share a favorite poem from a favorite poet, or share one of their own poems. What poets have inspired you? Are you a local poet? Come share your work or a poem that's touched your life in the Lewis Gallery at the Main Library on the evening of Friday, April 14, 2017. We'll start the open mic at 5:00 p.m. and read till the library closes at 6:00 p.m.

Please email hartsig@portlandpubliclibrary.org or call the Reader’s Advisory desk at 871-1700, ext. 705, if you have any questions.

T-shirt Designed by PATHS Students More than a Fashion Statement


A T-shirt designed by students in the Portland Arts & Technology High School Fashion Marketing Program carries a welcoming message for students who feel marginalized.


PORTLAND, Maine – A T-shirt designed by students in the Fashion Marketing Program at the Portland Arts & Technology High School (PATHS) makes much more than a fashion statement. The T-shirt was created to help immigrant students and others feel welcome.



The design on the T-shirt is based on an iconic inspirational image from a World War II poster that showed a woman factory worker rolling up her sleeves and saying, “We Can Do It!”



Jane Krasnow, PATHS Fashion Marketing instructor, explained why and how students decided to transform the image. “After the election and then the travel ban, our class noticed that students were feeling fear and were nervous to even go to school,” Krasnow said. “Seeing this, we decided to do something rather that stay stuck in feeling afraid and insecure.”



She continued, “So we got some help and put a hijab in place of Rosie the Riveter's bandana and changed the caption from ‘We Can Do It!’ to ‘We Belong Here!’”



Once the image was designed, Krasnow said, “the class decided to apply for a Painting for A Purpose grant to put this image on T-shirts, hoping that this image and message would impact students who felt marginalized.”



Painting for a Purpose is a local nonprofit organization that brings together artists, parents, students and educators to create and sell original art and objects for the home, many refurbished out of old furniture. All proceeds raised by Painting for a Purpose are invested in community initiatives that Portland Public Schools’ students propose and complete.



Two Fashion Marketing students, Zahra Abukar, a senior at Portland High School, and Taylor Rickett, who attends Windham High School, helped spearhead the effort to market the shirts. The class ended up receiving a $490 Painting for a Purpose grant.



 “Now we are at the point that we are going to market the T-shirts and give the proceeds to the Make It Happen! program,” Krasnow said.



Make It Happen!, run by the Portland Public Schools’ Multilingual & Multicultural Center, is a college-readiness and academic success program for language minority students in grades 8 through 12. Zahra was helped by the program and wants to give back to it.



Zahra and Taylor used the T-shirt project as their entry at the Maine State DECA Conference, held in early March. DECA is a nonprofit organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Zahra and Taylor won 1st place in the Community Service Project category.



Other PATHS Fashion Marketing students also won awards at DECA. Several students are headed to the DECA National Conference on April 25 in California and have started a GoFundMe campaign to help them get there. Their GoFundMe page is https://www.gofundme.com/send-us-to-to-nationals



Details regarding online purchasing of the “We Belong Here!” T-shirts are being finalized. In the meantime, you can purchase T-shirts by calling or emailing PATHS Fashion Marketing instructor Jane Krasnow at krasnj@portlandschools.org or at (207) 874-8165, x334.

Portland Public Library hosts Poetry Spotlight: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Wednesday, April 26th from 12:00-1:00pm

Portland, Maine - This month we will shine the poetry spotlight on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Portland’s native son and one of America's most recognized and best–loved poets. His words, characters, images, and ideas fill our language and cultural landscape to this day. Born in Portland, Maine, in 1807, he became a national literary figure by the 1850s and a world-famous personality by the time of his death in 1882.

Join us on Wednesday, April 26th from noon to 1:00pm in the Rines Auditorium for a Poetry Spotlight on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  Our guide through the life and works of this legendary poet will be Maine Historical Society’s John Babin, the visitor services manager for the Wadsworth/Longfellow House in Portland. John has served as site coordinator and guide at the Wadsworth/Longfellow House, led the “Longfellow’s Childhood and Portland History” walk on the Longfellow Trail, and guided Old Port Walking Tours’ “Portland History” tour. He is the co-author of “Henry Wadsworth Longfellow In Portland: The Fireside Poet of Maine.”

Vose Library Upcoming Events

Location: Vose Library, 392 Common Road, Union, ME. These programs are
free and open to the public. For more information, call Vose Library at
785-4733.


** Herbs and Edible Flowers - Plant Series
** Thursday, April 7, 7pm.
A guest speaker from Johnny's Selected Seeds will talk about herbs and
edible flowers. We will cover easy-to-grow herbs and edible flowers,
herb companion planting, as well as plantings for beneficial insects.
Part of our Plant Series of Programs.

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** Basket Class
** Saturday, April 8, 1-5pm

Taught by Marion Gray of Basketree Baskets in Union. Make a square 5”x6”
basket with oak handle, and your choice of colors. $25, includes
materials and library donation. Limit 8 students, please sign up in advance.

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** Walking the Portuguese Camino - Armchair Adventure Series
** Thursday, April 13, 7pm

Tom Jamrog, Triple Crown hiker, will talk about his June 2016 hike of
the coastal Portugal Camino, a lesser-known pilgrimage route. He will
discuss trip preparation, contents of his 15-pound pack, his experiences
with lightweight backpacking, and hiking as an older person. Part of our
Armchair Adventure series.

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** Fan Favorite Movie: Dead Poets Society
** Monday, April 10, 7pm

A charismatic English teacher enlivens his staid prep-school students
with unconventional methods. 1989, PG. Donations to cover the licensing
fee gratefully accepted.

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** Tech Tuesday
** Tuesday, April 18, 6-8pm

Open hours with our tech experts. Bring questions and learn new skills.
New tech from the holidays? Don’t forget your devices for hands-on
learning, or use ours to learn general skills. Did you get a new gadget
for Christmas? We can help you get started!

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** Recent Release Movie: Magnificent 7
** Thursday, April 20, 7pm
Seven gunslingers join forces to protect a small town from a mining
tycoon and his goons, who plan to seize the residents' land by force.
2016, PG-13. Donations to cover the licensing fee gratefully accepted.

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** Kids Movie: Finding Dory
** Saturday, April 22, 1pm
Amnesiac blue tang Dory searches for her long-lost parents with the help
of pals Nemo and Marlin. She eventually heads for California and the
Monterey Marine Life Institute, evading predators along the way as she
hopes to find a place she can call home. 2016, PG. Donations to cover
the licensing fee gratefully accepted.

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** Teatime Movie: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
** Monday, April 24, 1pm
A prim British governess goes to work for an American actress in 1939
London. 2008, PG-13. Donations to cover the licensing fee gratefully
accepted.

Senator Collins & Members of Senate, House Education Committees Request Education Department Take Steps to Assist Students

Senator Collins & Members of Senate, House Education Committees Request Education Department Take Steps to Assist Students While Student Aid Tool Is Unavailable
Letter emphasizes importance of protecting taxpayer and student privacy, expresses concern for students and families unable to use IRS tool for weeks

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, along with Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), the chair and ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, respectively, and Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Bobby Scott (D-VA), chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, respectively, and other Members of the Senate and House Education committees, sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today asking the Department to take action to help alleviate complications for students impacted by the current outage of the Internal Revenue Service’s Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).

“On March 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) and the Internal Revenue

Maine 7 Day Forecast

Rockland Area
This Afternoon
Rain. Patchy fog. High near 37. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tonight
A 40 percent chance of rain before midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 37. Northeast wind around 5 mph. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Tuesday
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday Night
A 50 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 34. East wind around 5 mph becoming north after midnight.
Wednesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 44. North wind 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.
Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.
Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 28.
Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.
Friday Night
A chance of rain and snow before 1am, then a chance of snow between 1am and 4am, then a chance of rain and snow after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Saturday
Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Saturday Night
A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Sunday
Partly sunny, with a high near 44.

Bangor Area
This Afternoon
Snow, freezing rain, and sleet before 4pm, then snow and freezing rain. High near 32. Southeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Tonight
Sleet, possibly mixed with freezing rain, mainly before 2am. Patchy fog after 2am. Low around 32. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph becoming northeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. New sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tuesday
A chance of rain after 3pm. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 42. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Tuesday Night
A chance of rain and snow showers before 2am, then a chance of snow showers between 2am and 5am. Cloudy, with a low around 32. Light southeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Wednesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 43. North wind 6 to 9 mph.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. Northwest wind around 7 mph.
Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. North wind 8 to 13 mph.
Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 25.
Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.
Friday Night
A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Saturday
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Saturday Night
A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunday
Partly sunny, with a high near 47.

Portland Area
This Afternoon
Rain. Patchy fog. High near 38. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tonight
Rain likely, mainly before 7pm. Cloudy, with a low around 36. North wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tuesday
A 30 percent chance of rain after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tuesday Night
A 50 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 34. East wind around 5 mph becoming north after midnight.
Wednesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 46. North wind 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 31.
Thursday
Sunny, with a high near 45.
Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 28.
Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.
Friday Night
A chance of rain and snow before midnight, then a chance of snow between midnight and 5am, then a chance of rain and snow after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Saturday
Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Saturday NightA chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Sunday
Partly sunny, with a high near 47.

The Rockland Report March 24th, 2017

OFFICE OF THE ACTING CITY MANAGER/COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

 The regular April City Council meeting will be moved from April 10th to April 12th in observance of Passover.
An order will be on the agenda for the April 3rd Council Agenda Setting meeting to formally change the meeting date. There will also be an order on the April 3rd meeting agenda to set hearing dates for the following 4 dangerous/abandoned buildings:
o 29 Broad Street
o 17 Warren Street
o 236 Maverick Street
o 10 Philbrick Avenue

 There will be a Special City Council meeting on April 19th for the Auditors to present the FY16 Audit findings and to hold hearings for 2 of the 4 dangerous buildings listed above. The remaining 2 buildings will have hearings scheduled for May.

 Budget working group has completed work on the FY18 budget. The Finance Director and I will be working on refinements but the budget is largely complete. The Committee was very successful in putting together a budget that only marginally increases spending but preserves current levels of service and progresses capital projects while also honoring salary increased negotiated in the union contracts and absorbing the 11% increase in health insurance costs. I’m very proud of the work of the budget working group and given the constraints we were faced with in budgeting for the next financial year I think we’ve come up with a very strong budget that will only improve with the Council’s input.

 The City of Rockland was invited by the Department of Economic & Community Development to apply for a 2017 Downtown Revitalization Grant. There will be a public hearing on March 30th at 5pm for this grant project which will focus on making improvements to the Public Pier & Harbor Park.

 The City has two requests for proposals for City owned properties – 59 Camden Street and 56 Talbot Avenue. Proposals will be due March 30th at 2pm.

OFFICE OF THE CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

 John has met with three more property owners of short-term rentals to discuss requirements and
restrictions as well as designed their site plans for Planning Board review. We have received seven new applications for Short-Term Rentals and scheduled five of those for Planning Board review.

 Seven more Short-Term Rental properties have received their permits. Two of them are STR-1’s, meaning that they are owner occupied, and they are both owned by residents of Rockland. Four are STR-2’s; all single-family whole house rentals and they are all owned by non-residents. And finally one STR-3 which is a single unit within a multi-unit dwelling, which is owned by a resident of Rockland.

 John attended a site visit and meeting of the Rockland Planning Board.

 John and Bill attended a meeting of Maine Building Officials and Inspectors Association in Waterville.

 Bill attended a Safety Committee meeting and two meetings of the Comprehensive Planning Commission.

 Roxy organized, prepared for, and sent out abutters’ notices for two meetings of the Rockland Planning Board.

 John and Roxy met with the new City website designers and have begun working on content for the Code Enforcement Office pages.

 John 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.

 Bill performed eight victualers’ license inspections and three lodging house license inspections which were performed in conjunction with the Fire Department. John performed one victualers inspection in conjunction with the Fire Department for a new mobile food-trailer.

 John performed a Change of Use inspection for a two-family dwelling on Brick Street, an inspection to reoccupy a condemned dwelling on Grace Street, and an inspection of a newly-acquired City-owned property on Talbot Avenue.

 Seven complaints were filed. One was regarding an abandoned building on Halls Lane. One was regarding a roof in poor shape on Philbrick Avenue. One was regarding trash and clutter blocking egress on Lovejoy Street. One was regarding lack of property maintenance and an illegal trailer on Rankin Street. One was regarding an unregistered vehicle in the right-of-way on Fulton Street. One was regarding a large pile of trash on Broad Street. And finally, one was regarding an overflowing trash receptacle on Main Street. We remain very busy investigating and following-up on complaint issues within the city.

 At its March 7th meeting, the Planning Board had a site visit at the proposed new Mid-Coast School of Technology and held a public hearing on that site plan. They will continue to review Mid-Coast School of Technology at their April 4, 2017 meeting. Additionally, they reviewed and approved the site plans for two single-family whole house Short-Term Rentals which are not owner occupied at 9 Suffolk Street and 11 Lake View Terrace.

 A new Planning Board Site Plan Review Application was received from Front Row Management, LLC for The Function Junction, a 2,436 square foot function room for public assembly at 31 New County Road. This application and site plan are scheduled to be reviewed by the Planning Board at their April 4, 2017 meeting.

 We issued ten building permits. Four were for commercial alterations all within their existing buildings at 117 Tillson Avenue, 1 Sea Street Place, 147 Park Street, and 4 White Street. One was for replacement of a commercial 24 x 40 gas pump canopy at 103 Main Street. One was for a residential shed on Mountain View Extension. One to make repairs to a residential porch on Broad Street. One to make structural changes for change of use to a single-family dwelling on Broadway. One for a residential 16 x 25 addition on Broadway. And one for renovations to an in-law apartment on Carroll Lane.

 Roxy sent courtesy abutters notices to property owners within 300 feet of American Tower’s telecommunications tower at 34 Benner Road for a building permit submitted by Structure Consulting Group to replace Verizon antennas and supporting equipment on the existing free-standing tower.

 Bill performed three Certificate of Occupancy inspections and John performed one. We issued Certificates for three single-family dwellings on Glenwood Avenue, Old County Road, and Berkeley Street, as well as one for Swift Storage’s new storage building at 35 Farwell Drive.

 We issued a Notice of Violation to the owner of 10 Trinity Street and a second notice was sent on the abandoned building at 38 Admontem Avenue.

 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:
 10 Building Permits
 6 Electrical Permits
 8 Plumbing Permits
 5 Street Excavation Permits
 1 Sign Permit
 7 Short-Term Rental Permits

OFFICE OF THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR

 The Monday Adult Drawing class, and the Children’s class, both by Catinka Knoth, had “Spring” as their theme.

 Patty King and Jessie Blanchard have been training a new on call/substitute part-time staff member, Joanna Hynd, who comes to us with years of library service under her belt.

 The AARP Tax Assistance volunteers were here Tuesday, Wednesday (special make-up), and Saturday; this will continue through April 11. They provide free income tax preparation; there are limitations on what they can offer, and assistance with the more complex returns is not part of their service.

 On Tuesday, Maine author Caitlin Shetterly discussed her new book, Modified: GMOs and the Threat To Our Food, Our Land, Our Future. She also signed copies of Modified upon request.

 A massive clean-up of staff space is underway. Thank you so much to Public Services Staff for their hard work at the Library this week! We are so appreciative!!

 A tech from Eastern Fire was here to do testing on Wednesday morning.

 I attended a meeting of the City Budget Committee, and sat in on interviews by the Personnel Board.

 For Wednesday Storytime, Judith Andersen was back as our reader. This event was almost snowed away but at the last minute Ms. Judy braved the roads to the delight of her adult audience who had been waiting an hour. They happily enjoyed song books like “The Bear Went over the Mountain” and “Frosty the Snowman” then moved on to old favorites, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” by Mo Willems, “You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You” by Mary Ann Hoberman and “Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth” by Jarvis.

 I met with Tom Maynard and David from Mechanical Services, during a site visit here.

 On Thursday, the creative series continued in the Children’s Area, Art with Susan Beebe: Fairy and Elf Houses, using simple materials, kids (and an adult or two) built fairy and elf houses to take home. Fairies and elves are sure to move in! This is part of the Arts … for Kids and their Families series.

 This was also a LEGOS™ Club week, but sadly our LEGOS™ Master Jon Newton found himself deserted in favor of fairy and elf houses.

 The Thursday evening Arts & Cultural Event was a film. Film: Eat That Question- Frank Zappa In His Own Words This documentary explores the life and career of avant-garde musician Frank Zappa entirely via archival footage of the man, including interviews and concert performances.

 I was very pleased to be invited to attend the unveiling of the plans for the new Midcoast School of
Technology; I’ll be happy to share more about that.

 On Saturday, we hosted the What Do You Love About Rockland? Poster? The Rockland Public Library, CMCA and Rockland Heart & Soul invite kids K-6th grade to drop by the Library Community Room to make a poster illustrating what they love about Rockland. Finished posters will be displayed in businesses downtown. Free, and all materials provided.

 (ongoing) Reminder: The Friends of Rockland Public Library are hosting a year-round bottle drive and we need your help! They’ve signed up with CLYNK, the bag-drop bottle return system located at Hannaford supermarkets. It's easy: Get green CLYNK bags at the Book Stop (open Mon-Sat, 10-1) or from the Circulation Desk, fill them with your empty bottles and cans, and drop off your bags at the Rockland Hannaford CLYNK station. Funds raised will go automatically into our Friends of Rockland Public Library account. And please spread the word to neighbors and other community members!

Upcoming: Info Wars: Fact, Fiction or Opinion In an era with so many news outlets warring to
feed us information, discerning fact, fiction, and opinion is getting more difficult. Join us for a
discussion, with a moderated panel of seasoned journalists who will share their experience and knowledge to help attendees become informed consumers of the news. The evening will end with an opportunity for the audience to pose their questions to the panel. Hosted by the Midcoast Women’s Collective and the Rockland Public Library.

OFFICE OF THE HARBORMASTER

 Repaired the inside of the Harbor Master building and the roof leaks.

 When the spring weather arrives, we will be working on float maintenance for the upcoming installation in May.

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE
Administration –

 Attended a department budget workshop.

 Worked to create a policy for the promotional process.

 DC Young worked with current patrol Sergeants to create a patrol sergeants written test for anticipated upcoming retirements.

 Completed annual city employee evaluations.

 DC Young conducted monthly building safety audit.

 Continued the facilitation of annual trainings and policy updates.

 Chief Boucher attended the Parking Committee meeting this past week.

 Chief Boucher attended the Knox County Health Coalition’s presentation concerning a panel of substance use prevention/treatment and mental health providers services available within Knox County.

Criminal Investigation Divisions –

 Assisted the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency with an ongoing investigation.

 Assisted the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office with a fraud investigation.

 Continued working on the background investigation of a candidate to fill a vacant patrol officer position within the department.

 Continued working on active criminal investigations.

Patrol Division –

 Officers met with staff at Penobscot Bay Medical Center to address any issues or concerns they may have.

 Assisted the Belfast Police Department with the investigation of a hit and run accident in their city.

 Assisted Rockland Fire / EMS with a medical issue at a retail store in Rockland.

 Assisted the Thomaston Police Department with a theft investigation.

 Assisted Probation and Parole with transporting a subject from the Probation office to the Knox County Jail.

 Assisted the Thomaston Police Department and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office with a domestic violence complaint.

 Assisted Ocean East High School staff in dealing with a confrontational parent.

 Officers conducted regular visits at all schools in Rockland to interact with students and staff and help address any issues they might be having.

 Officers conducted targeted traffic enforcement details at various locations throughout the city including Main St. and school zones. The focus of these details was speeding vehicles and seatbelt enforcement.

 Officers responded to 170 calls for service, investigated 4 traffic accidents and conducted 28 motor vehicle stops. As a result 7 people were either arrested of summonsed for various violations.

OFFICE OF THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY DIRECTOR
 Flow through the treatment plant has been averaging about 2 ½ million gallons per day.

 Began inspection and testing of the pumps and controls for the chemical systems that will be put online when warm weather arrives.

 Tested and replaced the speed control circuit board in the gravity belt thickener control panel.

 Replaced the alternator on the F-250 Ford pick-up.

 Removed and repaired the #1 pump at Park St. pump station.

 Made repairs to the skimmer arm in the #2 secondary clarifier.

 Weekly inspection and testing of the ten pump stations.

 Completed preventative maintenance service on equipment in the grit removal system.

 Repaired the gate at Tillson Ave. pump station.

 Investigated and corrected a communication problem between the control panel at industrial park pump station and the S.C.A.D.A. system at the treatment plant.

 Tested and exercised the backup generators at the treatment plant and pump stations.

 Made repairs to the logic controller in the control panel at Glenwood Ave. pump station.

 Installed cable to connect the new S.C.A.D.A. terminal in the plant operators’ office building for monitoring plant operations.

 Summit GeoEngineering did test borings and ledge probes on Philbrook Ave. for the engineering of a new sewer main planned to service new homes HABITAT is planning to build.

 Responded to an inquiry from a contractor regarding the location of the sewer lateral for a property on Cedar Street.

 Worked on entry of sewer user account data into the G.I.S.

 Investigated an odor complaint from employees at city hall.

 Smoke tested the sewer system in the area of Thomaston, Lovejoy, and Autumn streets to determine where some of the properties connect to the city sewer.

 Responded to five Dig-Safe requests for Maine Water.

 Had two hours of on-site G.I.S. training with Leticia Vanvuuren from Knox County Emergency Management.

 Met with John Root and the owners of the property at 12 Water St. to discuss the ongoing problem of sewer odors and sewer being detected in the stormwater system on their property.

 Setup the new computer for remote entry of manhole inspection data into the GraniteNet inspection database.

OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC SERVICES DIRECTOR

 Submitted monthly wastewater pretreatment report.

 Attended energy committee meeting, topics were continuation of street light replacement with LED’s and follow-up on Weatherize Rockland work being done by Penobscot Home Performance.

 Attended Parks Commission Meeting.

 Completed written report on the McLain school building audit.

 Attended Council meetings pertaining to ecomaine waste and recycling contracts.

 Worked on final details of the ecomaine waste and recycling contracts and submitted to City Manager for legal review.

 Replaced flag at City Hall.

 Coordinated Eastern Mold and Remediation to conduct a mold audit at City Hall. Limited mold was present, musty odor in council chambers were attributed to the old carpet. Mechanical Services were contacted to replace HVAC filters with charcoal filters.

 Safety training was conducted Job Hazard Analysis were reviewed.

 Attended budget meetings.

 Set up and dismantled for special election at Community Building.

 Road and Sidewalk snow removal and treatment was performed. Both sidewalk snow removal machines had mechanical problems during the last storm. One foot of snow followed up by freezing rain made snow removal in this last storm very difficult and was very hard on the snow removal equipment.

 Snow removal from the downtown and parking lots and trucking to the upland snow dump was performed.

 Citywide Sign repair.

 The engine was replaced in sign truck.

 The fuel tank was replaced on truck #8.

 The sweepers are being prepped for service.

 Replaced the cutting edges on grader.

 Changed oil on dozer, hydraulic leak on lift cylinder.

 Replaced hydraulic hoses on loader.

 Changed oil in small equipment ,generator, cement mixer, cutoff saw.

 Picked up waste oil auto master and the fire station.

 Trash run two times per week.

 Continued ongoing litter pick up landfill, researched installation of a litter fence.

 Started street sweeping.

 Started sidewalk sweeping.

 Started cutting brush roadside.

 Cleaned out brooks and basins.

 Routine cold patching was performed.

 Wrapped up culvert replacement at Lincoln street school.

 Conducted roadside trash pick up.
 Pretreatment sampling was performed.

OFFICE OF THE FIRE CHIEF
Over this preceding week, in addition to the response to 78 Fire and EMS calls, conducting apparatus checks, daily cleaning, routine repairs and maintenance to the fleet and of the quarters, the following occurred:

 March 11th was the first duty shift for our new employee, AEMT Derek Booker. Derek is a lifelong mid-coast resident and has years of experience in emergency medicine. We are lucky to have him join the team and look forward to watching his career grow.

 Last week brought with it an interesting and challenging snow storm for the department. The night of the storm was full of emergency calls followed by two days of digging out fire hydrants. Due to the changeover in precipitation it took the crews longer to move the snow than usual. A job well done to the guys and girls who were tasked with digging out, and a big thanks to those who continued to help out and shovel they hydrants near their homes. It makes a big difference and we can’t thank you enough for the help.

 Members attended the Autism Awareness Day that was held at the Elks Lodge on Rankin Street. The event was focused on members within the Autism community to come together and show each other support.

 10 personnel attended a tactics and strategies class put on by Pine Point Fire Training. The class focused on tactical considerations that incident commanders should use while battling fires within a structure. These classes are vital tour training and success as firefighters. I can’t stress enough the importance of training within our profession.

 Assistant Chief Miceli attended a fire sprinkler conference in Augusta and brought back some important information regarding inspections.

 Training continues for both FF Mullane and FF Pendleton. They are both progressing well in their probationary requirements and have grown to be valuable team members.

 Chief Whytock attended numerous meeting the past few weeks and also did a walk through with the new Health and Safety Director at Rockland Marine.

 Rockland Fire & EMS had four members attend the 2017 Fire Officer Academy in Belfast. FF. Cole, FF. Lowe, FF. Barnard, and FF. Anderson worked on reading, quizzes, projects, and workbooks over the course of 5 months in order to attend this 9 day academy. I am happy to report that all four completed the class as well as passed the 200 question exam. They worked extremely hard to pass the academy and I am very proud of their new accomplishments. Job well done!

CITY OF ROCKLAND
Meeting Weekly Schedule

Monday, March 27, 2017
4:15 PM Energy Committee, Mural Room, Public Library
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
5:15 PM Planning Board, Council Chambers
6:00 PM Harbor Management Commission, Harbormaster’s Office
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017
5:00 PM CDBG Public Hearing, Council Chambers