Monday, May 21, 2018

The Rockland Report May 18, 2018

 Met with Public Services Director and Representative from the Garden Group to coordinate flowers, loam and mulch deliveries to all locations. A BIG THANK YOU to all that make our City vibrant and beautiful place to live, work and play.
 Discussions with Jeff Hamilton, Dupont Plant Manager, on the closing of the landfill and other City business.
 The Finance Director and I met with our Audit Firm, James W. Wadman CPA, to present FY17 audit and to address the timeliness of audit presentation. The FY18 audit will start in September with hopes of a January 2019 presentation.
 The Community Development Director and I met with Beth Fisher, Director of Midcoast School of Technology, on programming and how to help with the workforce shortage.
 Met with Rockland Main Street Director, Gordon Page. We meet monthly to discuss City Business and how Rockland Main Street may help with City projects.

Administration –
 Attended budget review meetings with other city department heads and city council members.
 Chief Boucher attended a Morning on Main St. meeting.
 DC Young attended a Knox County service provider meeting at the Knox County EMA Office.
 Members of the Department attended the funeral of Corporal Eugene Cole in Bangor last week.
 Presented Officer Addison Cox with the Silver Star for Bravery. This award was for his actions at a structure fire in February of this year. The award is from the National Awards Program of the American Police Hall of Fame, a section of the National Chiefs of Police Association.
 Continued with the hiring process of a new patrol officer.
 Met with potential candidates to fill anticipated vacancies within the department.
 DC Young met with the new F.B.I. Agent assigned to this area to discuss resource sharing and conducting joint investigations that are of interest to the federal government.
 Completed another segment of department wide mandatory training required by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.
 DC Young coordinated police assistance with the Maine Lobster Ride scheduled for this summer.

Criminal Investigations Division –
 Det. Gaylor completed a nationally recognized adolescent forensic interview school through the Child Advocacy Center.
 Conducted a joint investigation with the Maine State Police concerning

Patrol Division –
 Assisted Probation and Parole with an investigation.
 Assisted the Maine Warden Service with a complaint on the Bog Rd.
 Conducted multiple school visits during times that have been identified by school administrators as the most vulnerable times for students and staff. Met with students and staff to address any concerns they may have.
 Conducted bail conditions compliance checks on Rockland residence to ensure they were in compliance with their bail conditions.
 Conducted foot patrol in the down town area when resources allowed. Buildings and businesses were found unsecured, owners were called and advised.
 Assisted the Knox County Sheriff’s Office with an ongoing investigation.
 Conducted on shift training with Rockland Police Officers. The focus of this training was safe and effective procedures for clearing buildings.
 Assisted local financial institutions by providing security while ATM’s were being serviced.
 Assisted the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency with an ongoing investigation.
 Conducted alcohol compliance checks at various establishments that serve alcohol to ensure compliance with state laws and city ordinance.
 Conducted grant funded distracted driving enforcement details.
 Conducted targeted traffic enforcement details at various locations throughout the city. The focus of these details was speed related and unnecessary noise related.
 Officers responded to 378 calls for service, investigated 8 traffic accidents and conducted 60 motor vehicle stops. As a result 37 people were either summonsed or arrested for various violations.

Parking Enforcement / Animal Control –
 Issued 39 parking tickets.
 Spent two days filing and entering tickets as paid or delinquent.
 Reprogramed flashing school zone lights
 Responded to 14 animal control complaints including 3 dog bites.

 Once again, Jesse Ellis hosted Silent (Sign Language) Social Hour. It’s a place for people to learn the basics of American Sign Language by doing, and grow by learning. It is a place for people to learn about Deaf Culture. This is a voice-off environment; finger spelling is taught and encouraged.
 Catinka Knoth’s art class for adults worked on frogs, lily ponds, herons and egrets; her Children’s Art Class featured marsh & wetlands life.
 Primaries, Parties and Ranked Choice Voting: What You Need to Know--The Midcoast Chapter of the League of Women Voters held a public forum on to discuss party primaries, how they work in Maine, who can participate, why they matter, and what people need to know about ranked choice voting for the election in June. The non-partisan forum included a panel discussion, intended to inform voters on these subjects.
 Katie Drago presented a Tech Class on the Library’s language learning resource, Pronunciator. Patrons have access to the software on PCs and as an app (which the company was updating just as her class was happening, so not accessible then), and Katie led attendees as they explored what this program has to offer: lessons, drills, quizzes, audiobooks, movies, live teacher-led conversation classes, and more.
 The Wednesday Walkers Club continued, with Jessie Blanchard as this week’s walk leader. Part of the Checkout Movement & Healthy Living @ the Library series, walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to meet at the Library every Wednesday morning to go on a 30 to 45 minute walk around town. The Checkout… series is funded by grants from the Maine Public Library Fund and the Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust, Friends of Rockland Public Library, and the Library (City).
 On Wednesday, guest Storytime reader Judith Andersen was back. Jean Young reports that the children were very happy today to see her, and there was a pile of new books here for her to read. They included Wow! Said the Owl, by Tim Hopgood, Wiggles, by Claire Zucchelli-Romer, and,
chosen by Miss Judith for the group, People Don’t Bite People, by Lisa Wheeler and Rainbow Stew, by Cathryn Falwell. Afterwards Miss Jean led a tour of the Children’s Garden, noting the flowers in bloom, the herbs, the peach blossoms, the growing tadpoles, and their very own lettuce growing in the turtle garden. The littles planted pink and white cosmos.
 Patty King began the annual soliciting and scheduling of staff and volunteers for Storytime at the Rockland Farmers’ Market.
 As a member of the City Budget Working Group, I attended the third of the series of Budget Workshops, where City Council reviews the proposed budgets of each department.
 Katie Drago reports an outstanding Baby Time on Thursday. Two seasoned one-year-olds were joined by three infants to make for a lively hour of wiggles and hugs. Miss Katie read her biggest hit yet, Do Cows Meow? by Salina Yoon. The story was followed by the request to read it two more times. All three times, the crowd hushed and every eye stayed on the book for its entirety. (The book may be magic.)
 This was the monthly LEGO™ week, and construction was led by our LEGO™ Master, Jon Newton.
 Thanks to Public Services for putting together what will be part of a surprise addition to the Children’s Room—so stay tuned….
 The Thursday evening Community was a discussion: Tidying Up, Sparking Joy, and…Swedish Death Cleaning?
 Lisa Lyons led a talk and discussion about the insights of bestselling authors Marie Kondo (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy) and Margareta Magnusson (The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning) — including how to deal with too much stuff in all the wrong places, and how to decide who will inherit the family heirlooms, when your millennial kids don’t share your
taste. Speaker Lisa Lyons is a former professional organizer and aspiring minimalist, who lives in a family of maximalists.
 Our technician from Eastern Fire performed maintenance on the Library’s fire suppression system.
 On Saturday, Patti Luchetti, continued the Saturday Stretch Series: Balance & Stamina with balance exercises, simple steps, and ending with relaxation. Those who are new to a movement program or who are seeking to regain past abilities are especially encouraged to attend. This sixweek series continues through the first Saturday in June, and is part of the Checkout Movement ... series.
 This being the third Saturday of the month, Jessie hosted Adult Coloring; feel free to join in next time—it’s relaxing and colorful.
 UPCOMING: STEM Workshop: Airplanes & Helicopters Come learn about aerodynamics with Miss Katie & Ms. Jessie. Create different types of paper gliders and helicopters. Also, Planet Ocean. The documentary captures extraordinary images of our remarkable oceans – the source of all life on our planet. The film aims to explain some of the planet’s greatest natural
mysteries, while reinforcing how essential it is that mankind learns to live in harmony with our oceans.

 Floats at the public landing and the south end boat ramp are in.
 Please stop by the Harbormaster office for season boat launch stickers.
 The American Cruise Lines Constitution will tender into the public landing next Thursday.
 The Hebridean Sky will tender into the public landing on the 26th.
 Annual Dinghy permits are available for the public landing.
 Reminder that annual mooring permits were due in March, if payment and inspections are not up
to date the city will remove the mooring from the harbor.

 The Compactor bid has been Awarded to Atlantic Recycling
 A follow up letter to DEP meeting in Augusta regarding landfill closure requirements, remaining cell development, timeline and reimbursement was sent out
 Centerline painting was completed
 Crosswalks using the new piano key style has started
 Leaf and brush pickup zone 3 is almost complete we will finish up zone three next week as well as start zone 4
 The Limerock Street Rehabilitation project bid has been posted
 The Park and Main Street Pedestrian Crosswalk improvements project continues and is on schedule
 The Transfer Station building upgrade bids have been received
 Presented the Public Services budget
 Attended FEMA reimbursement meeting
 The Harbor Trail Icons were painted by members of the Harbor Trail in Buoy Park
 Trees that were purchased by the Parks Commission were planted at MacDougal Park
 Attended Maine Healthy Beaches meeting.
 Ongoing cold patch city wide
 City wide street sweeping
 City wide trash removal
 City basin cleaning
 The water fountain was installed at MacDougal
 Met with the DEP on Acadia Drive to review the storm water drainage and Stream Determination so we will know our repair options regarding the current erosion problem
 Sewer report was sent out
 Assisted Library with toy horses

 John attended and did a presentation at the Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission on Short Term Rentals
 Bill attended a Comprehensive Planning Board meeting.
 John attended a Planning Board Meeting.
 We issued four Certificates of Occupancy at 385 Main St, 3 Walker Place, 158 Main St and 25 Oak St.
 Bill did seven license inspections: 15 Oak St, 743 Main St, 519 Main St, 399 Main St, 12 Myrtle St, 190 Camden St and 148 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 twelve building permits. We issued permits for a new fence on Acadia Dr, demolition on Cedar St, new sheds on Fourth St and Suffolk St, new decks on Pleasant St and Third St, renovations on Lake View Dr and new decks on Lake View 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:
 12 Building Permits
 8 Electrical Permits
 4 Plumbing Permits
 1 Driveway Permit
 2 Short term Rental(STR1)
 2 Sign Permits
 2 Excavation Permits
 5 Misc/Side Walk Tables/Display
 4 Inquiry/ Complaints

Over this preceding week, in addition to the response to 65 Fire and EMS calls, conducting apparatus checks, daily cleaning, routine repairs and maintenance to the fleet and of the quarters, the following occurred:
 The department finished up our tours of the United States Coast Guard boats last week. Refreshers on their layout and equipment are always well appreciated.
 Our mandatory Hazardous Materials refresher class was held last Saturday. This allows us to meet our Department of Labor requirements and brush up on new techniques and skills.
 A shift attended “Firefighter Day” at the Rockland Library. The kids were able to see and touch a fire truck while asking questions about our job.
 We assisted the North Haven/Vinalhaven departments with training. The participated in Class B burns (propane fires) at the transfer station. They are finishing up their training which will allow some much needed help with their volunteer departments.
 This month’s shift trainings are focused around gaining entry into a fire building by means of “forcible entry”
 Firefighter Shook attended the Rockland Main Street meeting held at the Landing Place on Park Street. Our goal is to try and make owners aware that we will be conducting pre-plans of some buildings beginning next month and are hoping some owners will contact the fire department to offer up their properties.
 Chief Whytock attended the following meetings:
    o Site visit with a property owner with a building permit question as it was near a fire hydrant.
    o Budget meetings (2) with the budget committee meeting and City Council.
    o Department Head meeting at City Hall.
    o EMA Directors meeting at the EMA office here in Rockland
    o FEMA conference call for possible storm fee coverage for the wind storm back in October of last year. Public Services was also in attendance and hopefully we can generate some revenue back to the City for the clean-up costs.
 As we look toward the rest of the year, I would ask that if anyone is interested in volunteering to staff an emergency warming shelter within Rockland, please contact Chief Whytock at the fire station. We will be hosting a training sometime towards September that will give us a volunteer staff list which would be used in the event of a winter storm.

 The budget committee has had 3 meetings this month reviewing the City Manager’s recommended budget. The first meeting reviewed budgets for the Legislative, Library, Harbor & Fish Pier and Executive Departments. The review included an overview of the Manager’s budget. This budget scenario represented a 3% increase over the fiscal year 2017’s budget. The Manager’s budget translated into a Municipal mil rate of 9.9151. The only change the City Council made was to increase donations to the Rockland District Nurses Association from $20,000 to $30,000. This increased the Municipal mil rate 0.0129 and would theoretically raise taxes $2.38 on a home valued at $185,000.
 The second meeting reviewed budgets of Police, Fire/EMS, Public Services, Code, Contributions and Legal Departments. After a very thorough discussion, the only change made was an increase to the Public Services overtime budget in the amount of $3,500. Although contributions were on the agenda, these were tabled until the next meeting in order to give Councilors time to review the
package of contributions submitted to the City.
 The third meeting covered contributions, the Recreation, Waste Water Treatment Facility, Community Development, Assessing, Clerk, City Hall and Finance department budgets. The contribution budget was increased by $23,000. This brought the contribution budget on par with last year’s budget. Waste Water Treatment’s budget was discussed. Budget increases were made to the public restrooms cleaning line ($10,000 to a total of $20,000), and a $30,000 increase was made to the Maintenance Departments professional services line. The Recreation budget was reviewed. This was led-off by a presentation by the YMCA Management. We are in the last year of a multi-year contract that has renewal options. No changes were made to their or any of the other budgets reported that evening. Last year’s Municipal mil rate was 9.6298 currently sits at
 As of today, the General Fund Account cash balance per the bank: $6.0MM.

 Completed the City of Rockland Net DMR report for April.
 Received 2018 Maine Rural Water Association member certification.
 Submitted two additional reports to DEP in accordance with our MEPDES permit.
 Completed a review of Industrial Pretreatment Program Monthly reports.
 Attended a meeting with community development regarding wastewater requirements for potential new business.
 Replied to DuPont’s Wastewater Discharge Permit Appeal submitted to industry in 2018.
 Currently reviewing a permit application for a potential new business.
 Offered guidance to an Industrial user regarding their current permit and future needs.
 Plant monthly safety inspection was completed.
 Two staff members attended Wastewater Operator Training School.
 One staff member attended Environmental Data Training.
 Changed the intake filters in aeration blowers #1 and #2.
 Checked the gearbox oil levels in secondary clarifiers #1 and #2.
 Weekly inspection and testing of the ten pump stations.
 Changed the oil in the hydraulic power unit for the gravity belt thickener.
 Completed the P.M. service on the screw conveyor in the trailer bay.
 Repaired the skimmer arm in secondary clarifier #2.
 Replaced the output board in the control panel for belt filter press #1.
 Worked with a technician from Neuros Inc. on annual inspection and testing of the aeration blowers.
 Replaced the chlorine mixer in the effluent contact chamber.
 Completed the P.M. service on primary sludge pumps #1 and #2.
 Changed the oil in the euro-drive for the grit removal system.
 Sullivan Associates completed testing and calibration of all chemical feed systems.
 Electrical Installations Inc. completed the controls upgrade to the chlorination and dechlorination systems.
 Took delivery of chemicals in the bulk storage tanks.
 Drained and cleaned the west side of the effluent chlorine contact chamber.
 Checked calibration of the D.O. monitors in the aeration basins.
 Chlorination and dechlorination systems were started on May 15th as required by D.E.P.
 Worked on cleanup and landscaping of the grounds in and around the treatment plant.
 Completed 1000 ft. of CCTV inspection of sewer mains on Broadway and N. Main Street.
 Met with representative from HABITAT to discuss connections to city sewer for a duplex they are
building on the corner of Knox and Warren Streets.
 Inspected and approved repairs to a sewer service lateral on Talbot Ave.
 Met with the property owner and Rockland Fire Chief at 73 Acadia Drive to review and discuss the proposed location of a fence along the property line.
 Received and reviewed proposals from 2 contractors for installation of a sewer manhole on Holmes Street.
 Continued work with Wright-Pierce Engineering on finalizing the design for a new storm sewer on
S. Main St. and other sewer repair and improvement projects around the city.
 Inspected and approved replacement of failed sewer laterals at three properties on MechanicStreet.
 Responded to a Dig-Safe request for Maine D.O.T

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Belfast: Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

I invite all residents and businesses in Belfast to participate in a City Broadband Survey, which can be accessed at

A few years ago, Belfast City Council inaugurated a Broadband Committee to study the needs and opportunities for internet broadband service in our community. We have met with most all of the current Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to determine their present levels of service and their plans for expansion of service, both geographically and in terms of speeds offered.

Last year, the City of Belfast received a Maine ConnectME grant to go the next step to determine individual and business needs for broadband. Axiom Technologies was contracted to design and implement surveys to better determine how best to encourage broadband development in the City. For example, the City is aware that there are many parts of Belfast that have little or no access to any broadband service at all, and this must be changed. Broadband access is a necessity for education and business, as well as entertainment and basic communications, and will be even more so in years to come. It is already harder to sell a house that does not have good broadband available than one that does. We as a community must do something about this, and you can help.

To help us help you, the Committee asks that every residence and every business in Belfast take just a few minutes to fill out the online survey applicable to them at . If you do not currently have online access, we encourage you to pick up a hard copy of the survey, available at City Hall and the Belfast Free Library. If you both live in and have a business in Belfast, we ask that you fill out both surveys. The survey site will be active until Monday, June 4, so please take this opportunity to participate in the assessment and planning for broadband in Belfast today.

Thank you,

John Arrison
City Councilor and member of the Belfast Broadband Committee

Governor LePage Selects Census Tracts to Participate in Federal Opportunity Zones Program

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage today announced his selections for participation in the federal Opportunity Zones program.

Federal law allows governors from each state to nominate 25 percent of a state's eligible low-income census tracts to be designated as Opportunity Zones. The U.S. Treasury recently accepted Maine's designated tracts into the federal program. Of the 128 eligible tracts in Maine, Governor LePage could select a maximum of 32 for designation into the program.

In February, the Department of Economic and Community Development began accepting public input regarding the designation of Maine's Opportunity Zones. "We received feedback from across the state, said George Gervais, DECD commissioner. "In many communities, this program could be the catalyst to moving development projects forward by attracting much needed capital and ultimately benefiting not just that community but the entire state."

Governor LePage selected tracts based primarily on identified investment opportunities where such investments would likely be met with success.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 established this new economic development program, which provides a federal tax incentive for taxpayers who invest unrealized capital gains into so-called Opportunity Funds', dedicated to investing in established Opportunity Zones'.

Help Wanted at Maine State Parks and Historic Sites

Plenty of Jobs Available 

MAINE - Do you have an interest in working outdoors?  Maine State Parks and Historic Sites have scores of job opportunities in some of the most picturesque settings in Maine. Whether you are looking for a career opportunity or a summer job, we have a position for you.

Job classifications include: Park Ranger, Assistant Park Ranger, Customer Representative Assistant I, Lifeguard, Lifeguard Supervisor, and Laborer I.  Apply today for one of these rewarding and exciting jobs. 

For more information, visit or contact the state park or historic site directly.


Gary Best
Regional Manager (Acting)
Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Bureau of Parks and Lands
(207) 215-6351

"Tall Ships" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Tall Ships" by Doug Mills
Tall ships Victory Chimes and Nathaniel Bowditch at the Rockland Breakwater Light in Rockland Maine.

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‘Doin’ The New Lowdown,' a celebration of National Tap Dance Day, and Maitri Music fill the Hall with music and dance.

Kittery, Maine- On Friday, May 25th The Dance Hall in Kittery celebrates National Tap Dance Day with ‘Doin the New Lowdown’ in honor of Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson. National Tap Dance Day falls on May 25th every year, in honor of Bill ‘Bojangles' Robinson's birthday, considered the father of the uniquely American art of tap dance. The idea of National Tap Dance Day was first presented to U.S. Congress on February 7, 1989 and was signed into American law by President George H.W. Bush on November 8, 2004.

There will be a discussion, performances, and jam session. Live music with Mark Shilansky and friends with tap dancers Ryan Casey, Drika Overton, Gay Nardone and many more. The evening begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

On Saturday, May 26, Maitri Music will take the stage at 8 p.m. Translated from Sanskrit, Maitri (my tree) is an unconditional friendship and acceptance of yourself that extends outward to the world. This group was formed by Caroline Davis (voice/woodwinds) to embrace both the hardship and ecstasy of life through song, and it is now a collective songwriting outlet for both herself and Ben Hoffmann (voice/keyboards).

Featuring driving keyboards and a powerful rhythm section that includes Sam Weber (bass) and Jay Sawyer (drums), Maitri incorporates a heavy dose of soul and R&B, while also drawing upon various other influences including Indie music. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Maitri is a new sound that reflects modern day struggle and offers hope for a better reality.

"Seductive, Interstellar Funk" - Okayplayer

“Maitri is taking from the past and molding it to meet the sound of the future, where Soul, R&B, Jazz and Rock melt to create a Super-Beat that crosses the boundaries and appeal to all music lovers." - Indie Pulse Music

Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door and can be purchased at

Tap Shoes drawing by Dean Diggins

Sunday, May 20, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Rockport Fire, Police, Northeast Ambulance Responds To Commercial Street Rollover By Schooner Bay Motel

4:20pm Update: All Rockport Fire units clear and returning.
4:04pm Update: Northeast transporting.
3:51pm Update: Operator has bee freed, rt 1 down to one lane as CMP is on scene.
3:39pm Update: CMP en-route.
BREAKING NEWS: Rockport, Maine - Rockport Fire, Police departments, Northeast Ambulance responds to Commercial street rollover by Schooner Bay Motel on Sunday, May 20th, 2018 in Rockport, Maine.

Pole was hit, unknown injuries.

Maine 7 Day Forecast

This Afternoon
Scattered showers, mainly before 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. West wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Mostly clear, with a low around 46. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Sunny, with a high near 75. West wind 5 to 15 mph.
Monday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. Calm wind.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Partly sunny, with a high near 68.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

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"On The Waterfront" The Maine Windjammer Project

"On The Waterfront" by Doug Mills
Historic schooners on the waterfront in Rockland, Maine prepare for the 2018 sailing season.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

"Boyd N Sheppard Hauled" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Boyd N Sheppard Hauled" by Doug Mills
Boyd N Sheppard hauled at North End Shipyard as crews race to have her ready for the 2018 sailing season.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Firefighters Battling 368 Slab City Rd. Lincolnville Fully Involved Barn (Fire Knocked Down)

8:29pm Update: Fire is knocked down with no extension to the home.
8:18pm Update: Water is being put on the fire at this time.
BREAKING NEWS: Lincolnville, Maine - Firefighters from multiple area fire departments are battling a fully involved 368 Slab City Rd. barn fire, almost to the home on Friday, May 18th, 2018 in Lincolnville, Maine.

Everyone is safe.

Per fire unit on scene, garage fully involved.

MDIFW NEWS: Maine Law Enforcement Officer Memorial - Augusta

[Augusta, Maine – May 17, 2018] Today in Augusta, law enforcement agencies from across Maine joined forces to honor police officers who have died in the line of duty. Dedicated on May 25, 1991, 85 names are now engraved in granite on the Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial which is in front of the Maine State Capitol.

Fryeburg Police Officer Nathan M. Desjardins was added to the Memorial this year. Officer Desjardins died in the line of duty on June 6, 2017 while responding to a boating fatality on the Saco River. Corporal Eugene Cole with the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office was also honored today. Corporal Cole was killed in the line of duty on April 25, 2018. His name will be added to the wall in 2019.

Governor Paul R. LePage spoke at today’s ceremony and addressed the crowd of officers and families of Maine’s fallen officers. Today’s ceremony follows that of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., at Judiciary Square. Each year on May 15 in Washington, D.C., all law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty are honored. In 2017, 128 U.S. police officers died in the line of duty in the United States. Twenty-one police officers have died in the line of duty just this year.

We encourage you to visit our website to view our Fallen Heroes Honor Roll page and view our Fallen Warden Tribute Video. Fifteen Maine game wardens have died in the line of duty.

Maine Game Warden: Fallen Heroes Honor Roll

(Attached photos courtesy of the Maine Warden Service. 1 - LE Memorial attendance on State Street Augusta. 2 - Maine State Police 21-Gun Salute. 3 - Fallen Fryeburg Police Officer Badge.)

Pavement Re-striping Program to Begin Monday, May 21

Public advised to use caution at newly painted intersections and streets
PORTLAND, Maine – The City is alerting the public that street and crosswalk re-striping work will begin Monday, May 21, and will continue throughout the spring. Crews will be working the daytime hours to take advantage of the warmer temps so the new paint can dry quicker. Weather is a factor as the painting work cannot occur when the street is wet or during a rain event. Work will begin in the Old Port and spread across the city from there.

Please obey all safety zones and do not drive or walk over fresh paint in the work areas. Pedestrians, motorcycles, and cyclists should use caution while crossing newly-painted areas as it can be slippery while the paint is drying.

Governor Announces Maine Revenue Services Will Alert Tax Practitioners of Potential Need to Amend 2017 State Income Tax Returns

*Legislature's failure to pass conformity to federal tax code will require many Mainers to amend previously filed returns*

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage is advising Mainers and businesses to pay attention to the new Tax Alert that is being issued this week by the State. Maine Revenue Services (MRS), a bureau of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS), is issuing a tax alert because Maine taxpayers may need to amend their previously filed 2017 state income tax returns due to the failure of the Legislature to pass tax conformity.

Because the Maine Legislature failed to adopt Governor LePage's Conformity and Family Tax Relief Act (CFTR), a proposal that would have conformed Maine's income tax law to certain aspects of the new federal tax law, it is important that individual and business tax-filers understand how not conforming affects both previously filed taxes and future filings. Among the provisions included in the Governor's bill were tax changes retroactive to 2017 included in the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and the Bipartisan Budget Act.

"Today's announcement from Maine Revenue Services was entirely avoidable," stated Governor

"Artist Maureen Egan & Poet Dave Morrison~ Coping with Adversity Through Art and the Creative Process" on May 31 at 6:30 PM

Rockland, Maine - On Thursday, May 31 at 6:30 PM at the Rockland Public Library, local artist Maureen Egan and poet Dave Morrison will present a talk about how the creative process, through their respective art forms, has helped them cope with adversity.

Rockport resident Maureen Egan, author of The Light From Here: A Breast Cancer Story, will share how making art—both writing and painting— supported her through a series of challenges, culminating in a breast cancer diagnosis in 2012. With the backdrop of her colorful art, her presentation unfolds as a journey of the heart, a portrayal of marriage, self-reflection, and adversity.

"When facing difficulties, I turn to beauty, imagery, and color, which comfort me and lead me to my strength," Egan says. Each chapter of the book, which writer Susan Conley describes as “a clear-eyed, honest love story of recovery and understanding” is accompanied by a painting that portrays the symbolic, nonverbal aspects of the experiences she faced.

A 35-year resident of the Midcoast, Egan painted still lifes and illustrated a column for Downeast Magazine in the 1980’s when she first moved to Maine. After a 12-years in the administration at Ashwood Waldorf School, in 2006 she returned to painting and has since has shown her work annually at various venues in the Midcoast. Egan’s art was on  display this past winter at the new Ann Hooper Women’s Imaging Center at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast, where Egan is a patient.

When poet Dave Morrison was diagnosed with tonsillar cancer he reacted the only way he knew how, by writing poems which were published in the collection, Cancer Poems, in 2015. 

Of this collection,  Ellen Taylor, author of Floating, states: "In these honest and courageous poems (Cancer Poems), Morrison shares his turbulent journey through the landscape of cancer, its painful paths and nearly unclimbable hills, its tremendous skies with bright stars of gratitude. These poems encompass a geography of emotion, from self-deprecation and moments of despair, to humor, love, and resilience. Morrison describes the beginning of illness, the long days “where each breath is a/ noticeable event,” the measurement and exhaustion of pain, the beautiful allure of morphine. This collection reminds us that life’s brutal blows are meant to help us learn “important lessons about what/ is real and good and valuable,” and to sing “a song of thanks/ as loud as a/ saxophone.”

Born near Boston, Dave Morrison is a writer of novels, short stories, poetry, and many notes on scraps of paper.  After years of playing guitar in rock & roll bars in Boston (the Trademarks and True Blue) and NYC (the Juke Savages), he currently resides in coastal Maine.

The evening will conclude with book signings and a card sale. This event  is free and  open to the public.  Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union St. in Rockland. FMI: 594-0310.

Rockland Public Library: Rockland Sculpture Race Discussion and Brainstorming Session

On Tuesday, May 29 at 6:00 PM at the Rockland Public Library,  local artist Kim Bernard will present an illustrated  talk about the upcoming Rockland Sculpture Race, the history of sculpture racing and also help attendees brainstorm ideas for their own entry.  Individuals, teams, community groups and families are encouraged to attend the talk and submit proposals to this fun, family friendly, community event.  The Rockland Sculpture Race will be held on August 11. For more information:

This event is free and open to the public. Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union St. in Rockland.

Radio Address: Maine Has an Exciting Opportunity To Reduce Energy Costs

I have been talking about the need to reduce energy prices for nearly eight years. Maine is a manufacturing state, and high energy prices have a direct and negative affect on the cost of doing business and the ability to create good-paying jobs.

Hello, this is Governor Paul LePage.

Central Maine Power Company won the proposal to create a transmission line to deliver electricity from renewal energy sources from Quebec to the State of Massachusetts. So my administration is now seeking input from experts on how we can benefit from this new era in Maine energy policy and options.

CMP’s transmission line is Maine’s first direct high-voltage electric interconnection with Quebec, which is good news. But the selection process that chose CMP’s transmission line also included several other transmission and energy supply proposals within or close to Maine.

These proposals could also benefit our state.

Maine already exports more electricity than we consume, and our state is easily self-reliant when it comes to electricity. Nearly all of our electricity is produced from renewable and lower-carbon sources. But other New England states have yet to achieve these results.

As states to our south increasingly look to Maine and Canada to meet their renewable energy and low-carbon needs, Maine’s opportunities and responsibilities increase, along with energy prices.

We need to find ways to lower energy costs for Mainers.

So I am directing the Governor’s Energy Office to work with the Public Utilities Commission and the Public Advocate to report on the issues Maine should consider in this changing energy world and look toward ways to make Maine’s energy competitive.

I also ask Maine’s electric utilities, gas companies and consumer electricity groups to identify how we can reduce our energy costs and improve the lives of Maine citizens. Our goal is to reduce the costs of electricity for our ratepayers.

We are inviting input from regional, state and international organizations that deal with electricity and energy supply and reliability. These entities include ISO-New England, Northern Maine Transmission Corporation and North American Electric Regulatory Council.

We want to determine the possible efficiencies and benefits, especially reduced cost to ratepayers, that can be gained by a greater electrical integration of Maine with our neighboring Canadian provinces.

We also want to identify any obstacles to creating a more integrated electricity system between Maine and our neighboring Canadian provinces. For instance, there may be existing cross-border institutions, trade agreements or other mechanisms that could facilitate such improved integration.

We also need to determine how Canada can assist in the supply of natural gas to Maine. Massachusetts is blocking our ability to increase natural gas capacity to Maine.

If we cannot get more natural gas from the south, we should look to our neighbors to the north and the ocean to the east.

Thank you for listening.

Down 7-0 after five, Portland wins 12-9 in 10 at Altoona

'Dogs score all 12 runs in last four innings, Tender game-winning homer
Altoona, Pa. - Two days ago in Reading, the Sea Dogs could not hold onto a 7-0. On Thursday night in Altoona, trailing 7-0 after five innings, the Portland Sea Dogs (14-24) scored 12 runs in the last four innings and beat the Curve (19-17), 12-9 in 10 innings.

With two outs in the tenth inning, Luke Tendler clocked a three-run homer over the right-field wall for the game-wall for the game-winning hit. Tendler finished 3-for-6, picking up his fourth homer of the year. Previous to Tender's at-bat, winning pitcher Trevor Kelley (1-2) hit for himself and struck out.

Kelley worked out of a bases-loaded-one-out jam in the 10th inning to secure his first win of the season.

Altoona built a 7-0 lead against Kevin McAvoy and Trey Ball. The Curve scored five times in the fifth inning, and the big hit was a two-run double by Jhin-De Jhang.

Portland chipped away in the seventh inning with the first three hitters delivering singles. Jantzen Witte (3-for-6) knocked home two runs with a single.

In the eighth inning, the 'Dogs did the same thing, picking up three straight hits. Chad De La Guerra and Jhon Nunez delivered run-scoring fielder's choices. Witte nailed an RBI single to right field.

The complete comeback began in the ninth inning. Nunez provided another RBI, and Danny Mars gave Portland the lead with a two-run single. De La Guerra added the ninth run with a run-scoring single.

In the ninth inning, Altoona tied the game on a ground-rule double by Logan Hill.

Portland scored 12 runs on 13 hits in the last four innings, and are now hitting .261, raising their batting average 30 points since May 8.

Portland and the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) continue their four-game series on Friday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Right-hander Travis Lakins (0-1, 3.18) makes his fifth start of the season. Altoona counters with Dario Agrazal (3-0, 1.30). First pitch from Altoona is 6:00 PM. Radio coverage on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network begins at 5:45 PM. MiLBTV coverage starts at 5:55 PM.

Tickets for Portland's next homestand May 22-28 against Hartford and Reading. Tickets can be purchased at or 207-879-9500.

Maine Unemployment Rate 2.7 Percent in April

AUGUSTA - Labor market conditions continued to be strong in much of the state.

**Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Estimates**

**Household Survey Estimates -** The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate estimate of 2.7 percent for April was unchanged from March and down from 3.3 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed declined 4,300 over the year to 19,200. Maine's unemployment rate has been below 4.0 percent for 29 consecutive months, the longest period on record.

The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 3.9 percent for April was down from 4.1 percent in March and 4.7 percent one year ago. The New England average was 3.6 percent.

April unemployment estimates for other states in the region were 2.6 percent in New Hampshire, 2.8 percent in Vermont, 3.5 percent in Massachusetts, 4.5 percent in Rhode Island, and 4.5 percent in Connecticut.

The employment to population ratio estimate of 61.7 percent remained above the 60.3 percent U.S.

Maine foresters protecting water quality during timber harvests

AUGUSTA - The Maine Forest Service (MFS) has released the results of a study on the use and effectiveness of forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) at timber harvests across the state from 2016-2017. BMPs are voluntary measures used to protect water quality. BMPs use and effectiveness at timber harvesting operations is monitored regularly by the Maine Forest Service’s ten (10) District Foresters. The results of these monitoring efforts are reported biannually.
Key findings of this year’s report:
  • Seventy-three percent (73%) of sites had BMPs applied appropriately on crossings and approaches, or crossings were avoided. Stream crossings and their associated approaches represent a high-risk area for sedimentation of surface waters.  MFS BMPs emphasize planning harvests to minimize the number of crossings. When stream crossings are needed, properly applying BMP principles will minimize risk to the waterbody.
  • Eighty-three percent (83%) of sites evaluated for sediment input found no sediment entered a waterbody. A major goal of BMPs is keeping sediment from reaching waterbodies. It is essential that the BMPs chosen effectively achieve this goal.  The outcome is more important than the BMP practice used.
  • BMPs were effective at preventing sedimentation from entering waterbodies. Sedimentation events were strongly correlated with inadequate application of BMPs, or lack of maintenance of BMPs. When BMPs were applied appropriately the risk of sediment entering a waterbody was very low.
  • Wetlands either were avoided or effective BMPs were used to cross.  Crossing wetlands risks compromising their natural hydrology if not done properly. Ninety-four percent of sample sites had no wetland crossing. The majority of wetlands that were crossed had BMPs used to limit rutting, indicating effective use of BMPs.  
“I am pleased to see the continuing trend of Maine’s Forestry community taking seriously the protection of water quality,” said Maine Forest Service Director Doug Denico. “The results of our ongoing monitoring efforts reflect the value of the education and outreach work we do with our many partners.”
The full report is available on the Maine Forest Service website at:
For more information please contact Maine Forest Service Water Resources Specialist, Tom Gilbert at (207) 287-1073 or

MLTI Student Conference to be held on May 24th at UMaine

The 15th annual Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) Student Conference is once again bringing Maine students together for hands-on learning with technology.

Over 1000 Maine middle school and high school students, and their teachers

Thursday, May 24, 2018
University of Maine, Orono Campus
8:40 am -  Opening/Student Keynote (Collins Center for the Arts )
1:10 pm - Closing “Uber” session (Collins Center for the Arts )
Breakout sessions all day (throughout the Campus - Sessions by Location Quick Guide)

Schedule Highlights: 
Between 8 am and 8:45 am, school busses unload hundreds of excited students and adults, who grab conference T-shirts and file into the Hutchins Concert Hall, where the Ballroom Thieves and the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra provide a musical welcome.

8:45 am – After Brief Welcome by DOE, UMaine and Apple representatives,
Student Keynote Speaker Nicole Pendleton, an 8th-grader from Camden-Rockport Middle School, takes the stage, followed by a professional reflection by Andrew Johnson, VP of Business Development at Ai2.

2 Blocks of Hands-on Learning Sessions: Visit classrooms where students are demonstrating and learning how to create in a variety of ways – through coding, audio, video, images, text and more.

1:10 pm – “Uber” session in the Hutchins Concert Hall at the Collins Center for the Arts – Over 1000 students and adults participate in a group music project using their laptops and tablets, guided by the Ballroom Thieves and the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra

For more information visit:

More Than 45,000 Foodservice Buyers Expected at NASDA’s American Food Fair Pavilion This Weekend

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), together with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA FAS), will open the American Food Fair at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show at McCormick Place in Chicago this Saturday. The American Food Fair, featuring more than 110 small to large American food and beverage companies, will be open May 19 through 22 from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. NASDA has been organizing the pavilion in cooperation with USDA FAS for 17 years.
“Diversified market opportunities are critical to the sustainability of U.S. food and beverage companies and the local economies they serve,” said NASDA CEO Dr. Barbara P. Glenn. “As American agriculture continues to face great uncertainty in the international marketplace, the trading partnerships established on this show floor are increasingly more important for economic sustainability.”
Part of the larger NRA Show, the floor is expected to be visited by more than 45,000 foodservice leaders from 50 states and more than 120 countries. A record number of state departments of agriculture, including Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, will be promoting their state’s unique value-added food products to restaurants, institutions, hotels, and retail locations. The show is produced using funds from the USDA Market Access Program (MAP).
“For every dollar Congress invests in MAP activities such as our American Food Fair, $28 is returned in export revenue to our farmers, ranchers, and value-added food producers. As Congress debates the next Farm Bill, ensuring continued support for MAP is a top NASDA priority.”
In 2017, American Food Fair exhibitors reported over $40 million in sales, with $8 million to international markets, over the course of four days. Ten companies reported first export sales to a new market. Companies looking to exhibit in NASDA’s 2019 American Food Fair Pavilion at the National Restaurant Show, May 18-21, should contact Janet Williams, NASDA Trade Show Management, at (703) 259-6120 or
NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four U.S. territories. To learn more about NASDA, please visit

Vose Library Upcoming Events

**Garden Series: All About Herbs
Thursday, May 31, 7 pm
Easy to grow, care for, and use, everyone can and should add herbs to your home garden.  Learn about varieties with samples and photos.  Family friendly class for students of all ages.

**Plant Sale & Bake Sale on the Union Common
Saturday, June 2, 8 am
Over 1,000 plants: perennials, herbs, flowers, you name it. Plus don't miss our bake sale for all kinds of homemade goodies.  This annual fundraiser supports library operations. 

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.

Town of Edgecomb now offering Rapid Renewal Service

**Residents can now renew vehicle registrations online**

AUGUSTA - Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has announced that the Town of Edgecomb has launched Rapid Renewal, the Department of the Secretary of State's online service for the renewal of motor vehicle registrations.

Rapid Renewal is an e-commerce service allowing citizens to conduct business with municipal government and state government in one seamless online transaction. Rapid Renewal has gained national acclaim and Mainers have enthusiastically embraced it. While municipal participation in Rapid Renewal is optional, the service has now grown to 239 municipalities and has seen more than 1,586,243 transactions processed to date. The Town of Edgecomb will accept payments via e-check and credit card. Residents can continue to visit the town office to pay in person, but now also have the option of conducting these transactions online.

The Rapid Renewal service is currently offered by cities and towns from York County to Aroostook County, with populations ranging from Glenwood Plantation's three citizens to more than 64,000 in Portland. Through Rapid Renewal, citizens can quickly and easily renew their vehicle registrations and pay their municipal excise taxes online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Rapid Renewal may be accessed through , the Secretary of State's site for online services.

Municipal officials who would like more information about participating in Rapid Renewal are encouraged to contact the Department of the Secretary of State at 626-8400

Opening the Spring Garden

Photo Caption: Merryspring’s perennial garden in May

Rockport/Camden, Maine - Gardener John Fromer leads the first of his perennial gardening demonstration series on opening the spring garden at Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, May 29 at 12:00 pm.

Just in time for the gardening season, Fromer’s presentation is all about opening the spring garden. The combination talk and demonstration will address identifying spring plants without blooms, labeling the garden, making maps and photo diaries, managing spring bulbs, and mulching for summer.

This is an outdoor program, so guests should dress appropriately for weather and wear sturdy shoes. A selection of recommended gardening books, tools, and plants will be for sale after the presentation. In the event of rain the program will be moved indoors.

Fromer has been a Maine Master Gardener since 1998 and runs Appleton Ridge Flower and Vegetable Farm with his wife Kathy, also a Maine Master Gardener. Together they grow flowers, vegetables, and herbs in a sustainable and authentic fashion.

This lecture is part of the Spring Talk series at Merryspring, co-sponsored by Camden National Bank and Camden Real Estate Company.

Admission to Tuesday talks is $5, with free admission for members of Merryspring.

Merryspring is your community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year round. The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information on this program, please contact or call 207-236-2239.

The Greatest Showman Sing-Along presented as Strand fundraiser on June 3

ROCKLAND, Maine - The Greatest Showman will be presented as sing-along screenings on Sunday, June 3 as a fundraiser for Strand Theatre educational programs. Showtimes are 3pm and 6pm. Costumes are encouraged, and all are welcome to arrive early for circus-themed fun prior to the show! Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for children under 12.

Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. The movie is directed by Michael Gracey and stars Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, and Zac Efron. It is rated PG-13.

Due to underwriting support from Graffam Brothers, Fuller Chevrolet, and Home Kitchen Cafe, ticket proceeds will support the Strand Theatre's free educational programs, offered to students and schools in the midcoast.

The Strand Theatre became a nonprofit in January 2014 and is now operated by Friends of the Strand Theatre. Memberships,  as well as grants, sponsorships and fundraising efforts, help pay the operating expenses for the wide range of cultural and educational programming the theater offers to the community.

Tickets: $10/Advance, $5/Children Under 12. To buy tickets, or for more information, visit Tel: (207) 594-0070 EX 3  Email:  345 Main Street, Rockland.

Images: Screen shots from The Greatest Showman

"A Room With A View" The Maine Windjammer Project

"A Room With A View" by Doug Mills
A room with a view of Marshall Point light in Port Clyde, Maine.

Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact:


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Coast Guard Station Boston medevacs man from cruise ship 12 miles outside Boston Harbor

BOSTON — The Coast Guard medevaced a 77-year-old man from the cruise ship Norwegian Dawn Thursday approximately 12 miles outside Boston Harbor.

A crewmember aboard the cruise ship called the Coast Guard Sector Boston Command Center and reported they were about 60 miles southeast of Nantucket with a passenger suffering from signs of cardiac distress.

A 45-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Boston responded to the call for help and rendezvoused with Norwegian Dawn. The station crew then transported the patient, his spouse, and Norwegian Dawn medical staff to the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in Boston where his care was transferred to awaiting emergency medical services personnel. EMS transported the patient to Massachusetts General Hospital.

"Effective coordination among crews at Station Boston, Sector Boston Command Center, and the Norwegian Dawn crew ensured the patient was in the hands of medical professionals as quickly as possible,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon McCloud, the response boat coxswain. “Training year-round helps us respond to these situations as soon as possible, and our crew was more than prepared to assist this man in his time of need.”

"Off Brooklin Maine" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Off Brooklin Maine" by Doug Mills
Schooners American Eagle and Heritage sailing off Brooklin Maine.

Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: