Tuesday, March 31, 2015

RT 52 In Lincolnville Closed Due To Serious Accident Tuesday Night, Kills One, Another Injured

UPDATE...According to Sheriff, Adam Knight, 31, was driving in the northbound lane of Route 52 when he crossed the center line and traveled into the path of the Southbound lane. The car in the southbound lane, a Kia operated by Pricilla Jones , 58 collided with Knight.

Knight's Volkswagen broke into two pieces after colliding with the Kia and he was ejected from the vehicle. Adam Knight was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency personnel.

Jones was extracted from her vehicle by Lincolnville Fire Department and was transported to the Waldo County General Hospital and officials believe she sustained non-life threatening injuries.

BREAKING NEWS....Lincolnville, Maine - RT 52 in Lincolnville also known as Belfast Rd, will be blocked off due to serious accident on Tuesday evening, March 31st, 2015.

Lincolnville car 1 is reporting maybe 1 DOA and other was possibly needing to be transported by Lifefight, Lifefight as since been told to stand down with Northeast transporting to Waldo.

One victim, we know was ejected from a vehicle and one needing be removed by the jaws of life.

Fire and EMS units are on scene.

Stay tuned for more....

Extra Interviews Bridgit Mendler At Westfield Century City

Los Angeles, California - Extra host Renee Bargh interviews Bridgit Mendler about her staring in NBC's Undateable as Candace at Westfield Century City on March 31, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Bridgits plays Candace, a new bartender.

Bridgit Claire Mendler is an American singer, songwriter, actress, musician and record producer. In 2004, she began her career in the animated Indian film The Legend of Buddha.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap to mark Donate Life Month at statehouse

In recognition of Donate Life Month, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap will be joining Gov. Paul LePage and others on Friday to promote Maine's organ donor registry.

"To give the gift of life is a decision we can all make before that moment of unexpected disaster," said Dunlap. "The possibility of saving lives is there for all of us."

Donate Life New England will host the press conference on Friday, April 3 at 10 a.m. in the Maine State House Hall of Flags. Individuals and families who have been personally touched by organ and tissue donation will be speaking.

Also attending will be Kenneth Albert, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, members of the Maine Organ and Tissue Donation Council, legislators and representatives of the New England Organ Bank.

In New England, 731 lives were saved in 2014 as a result of organ donation and thousands of others had their lives enhanced through tissue donation. The event on Friday will provide an opportunity to recognize the importance of organ donation by hearing directly from those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants, as well as the families of individuals who chose to be donors.

Maine residents can sign up for the organ donor registry at their local Bureau of Motor Vehicles office, or online at http://maine.gov/sos/bmv/donatelife/ .

New England Organ Bank is the federally-designated, nonprofit procurement organization responsible for the surgical recovery of organs and tissues for transplant throughout the New England region. For more information, visit http://donatelifenewengland.org/ .

Riker Lynch & Allison Holker Dances Salsa In DWTS Week Three

Hollywood, California - Monday night Riker Lynch and his professional dancer Allison Holker danced a wonderful Salsa to "Limbo" by Daddy Yankee on Dancing with the Stars’ Latin night on March 30th, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Their 'Salsa' earned them a score of 34 out of 40 point, tying with Nastia and Derek.

Watch Their Dance:


Riker Anthony Lynch, 23, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actor, and dancer. He was previously cast as Jeff, one of the members of the Dalton Academy Warblers singing group, on Fox's television series Glee.
 Photos are credited to ABC.

Poetry of War, Peace and Protest at the Rockland Public Library

Rockland, Maine - Come and hear Rockland’s Poet Laureate Carol Bachofner speak on the poetry of war, the poetry of peace, and the poetry of protest. Poems of these three fascinating categories and spanning WWI to the present will be shared. There will be a Question & Answer period following the presentation. This talk is a part of our Poetry Month celebration. Thursday, April 9th, 6:00 pm in the Community Room.

Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough Dances The Samba In DWTS Week Three

Hollywood, California - Monday night Nastia Liukin and her professional dancer Derek Hough danced an amazing Samba to “Chillando Goma" by Fulanito on Dancing with the Stars’ Latin night on March 30th, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Watch their dance which earned 34 out of 40 points from the judges.


Anastasia Valeryevna "Nastia" Liukin, 25, is a retired Russian-American artistic gymnast.
 Photos are credited to ABC.

Willow Shields & Mark Ballas Dances 'Paso Doble' In DWTS Week Three

Hollywood, California - Monday night Willow Shields and her professional dancer Mark Ballas danced a great 'Paso Doble' to “Hanuman" by Rodrigo y Gabriela on Dancing with the Stars’ Latin night on March 30th, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Watch Their Dance:


Willow Shields, 14, is an American film and television actress. She is best known for her role of Primrose Everdeen in The Hunger Games.
 Photos are credited to ABC.

SEA DOGS WELCOME BACK DINNER SET FOR APRIL 8

Family Friendly Event Benefits Opportunity Alliance
Portland, Maine - The annual Portland Sea Dogs Welcome Back Dinner to benefit the Opportunity Alliance is set for Wednesday, April 8th at 5:30 PM at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine.

Tickets for the event are now on sale. Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children (up to age 14). Tickets can be purchased online at www.opportunityalliance.org or by calling the Opportunity Alliance at 207-874-1175.

The family friendly event features live entertainment, balloons, a silent auction, and a ballpark-style meal, which includes Sea Dogs Biscuits.  Fans will also have the opportunity to get autographs and pictures with the 2015 team and, of course, Slugger.

For 50 years, The Opportunity Alliance has provided advocacy, leadership, and support to help individuals, families, and communities identify goals and address their needs.

The Sea Dogs open the 2015 season on Thursday, April 9th at 6:00 PM at Hadlock Field against the Reading Fightin Phils. Tickets for the 2015 season and the Eastern League All-Star Game are now on sale. Book your nine inning vacation by calling the Sea Dogs ticket office at 207-879-9500 or order online at www.seadogs.com.

Maine Facing Shortage of Foster, Adoptive Families

DHHS asking more Mainers to consider foster or adoptive parenting
Augusta, Maine - The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) on Monday drew attention to the increasing lack of foster and adoptive homes in the state relative to the number of children in need of placement.

"Unfortunately, the number of children in need of safe, healthy, and happy homes is far outpacing the number of families willing and able to help them," said DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew. "Every child in Maine deserves a good home and DHHS is asking for the public's help in making it happen."

Although there is a shortage of foster and adoptive families available to children of all ages

"Rockland Breakwater Light" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Rockland Breakwater Light" by Doug Mills
The Victory Chimes passes the Rockland Breakwater Light during The Great Schooner Race of 2013.[07052013]



Nine Crew Members Rescued From the Canadian Tall Ship Liana's Ransom

BOSTON — Coast Guard search and rescue crews from Station Gloucester, Air Station Cape Cod and the Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke rescued nine crewmembers from the Canadian tall ship Liana's Ransom 58 miles east of Gloucester, Monday.
Watchstanders at the Sector Boston Command Center received notification at 12:35 a.m. that the vessel's engines were disabled and its sails were wrapped around the mast.
As the weather deteriorated, and seas reached nearly 10 feet, Sector Boston launched two 47-foot motor lifeboat crews from Station Gloucester to tow the vessel back to Gloucester. Once on scene, the boat crews connected the tow, but the rough sea conditions caused the tow line to break.
The motor lifeboats crews directed the crew of Liana's Ransom to don immersion suits and to prepare to abandon ship about 30 miles east of Gloucester and a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod was diverted to assist.
The nine passengers were transferred from Liana's Ransom to the Coast Guard motor lifeboats. One man suffered a head injury when leaping from Liana's Ransom and was airlifted to Massachusetts General Hospital by the Jayhawk helicopter crew.
The Station Gloucester crews returned to the station with the eight remaining crewmembers. A locator beacon was left on Liana's Ransom for tracking and the Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke is en-route to evaluate towing the vessel to port.
"It was fortunate for the crew of the vessel that the owner reached out to us," said Jay Woodhead, the command duty officer at Sector Boston's Command Center. He said with winds gusting to 30 knots, it was unsafe for them to stay aboard.



“Just Teachers” Trekkapalooza “Bus Band 2015” Winner

Just Teachers was the winner of Trekkapalooza 2015, earning the title of “Best Bus Band”. 
Rockland, Maine - The winner of Trekkers’ 10th annual Trekkapalooza event on March 27th was Just Teachers. Winning the title of “Bus Band 2015,” Just Teachers was chosen by a combination of judges’ scores and audience vote.  It was a sold-out evening, with this year’s  “Battle of the Bands” competition featuring a fun Beatles theme, with each band playing at least one Beatles cover song during their set.


Just Teachers was also a 2013 Trekkapalooza winner and is comprised of a group of educators from the Midcoast. Band members are Adam Bullard (vocals and the occasional guitar), Matt Smith (vocals, electric, and acoustic guitar), Ian McKenzie (keyboards), Piet Lammert (drums and vocals) and  Lucas Benner (bassist). Taking second place in this year’s competition was newcomer Something in the Water, consisting of Brendan Whittaker on guitar, Chris Carlson on bass, Marcus Carter on drums, and Annette Young providing vocals.


The other bands that participated in the exciting line-up included last year’s winning band Hologram, along with J-Dawg and the Hounds, Galactic Seagull and Fading Dawn.  Judges for this year’s competition were Oceanside High School East Principal Renee Thompson, Oceanside High School East teachers Sue Bragg and Ian Carey, and Oceanside High School students Leila Chammas and Jordan Carpenter. All proceeds from the show benefit Trekkers, a youth mentoring organization that serves 7th through 12th grade students growing up in the communities of Regional School Unit #13.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Main offices of BMV in Augusta to be relocated during roof replacement

Augusta, Maine - Staff on the second floor of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles main office building will be relocated this spring and summer while the roof is replaced.

The roof replacement project on the 101 Hospital St. building is set to begin this week, Thursday, April 2, and continue through Aug. 1. The 78,400-square-foot building was constructed in 1992.

While the roof work is under way, staff in the Vehicle Services and Administration Services divisions will be relocated to the third floor of the Marquardt building, across the street at 32 Blossom Lane. The building is operated by the Bureau of General Services.

The Driver License Services, Stockroom, Information Services and the Motor Carrier divisions on the first floor and ground level of the BMV main office building will remain on site during the roof work.

Administration Services will be moved on April 1-3, while Vehicle Services will be moved on April 6-7. The Department of the Secretary of State's Human Resources and Staff Development offices will also be relocated to the Marquardt building during this time and will be moving April 2.

During these move dates, customers will continue to be served at the main office. After April 7, the public is advised to go to the Marquardt building for registration, titles, long-term trailers, disability plates, placards, temporary plates and dealer licensing services.

The impact on the public is expected to be minimal, as the main office move will not affect services at the BMV branch office at 19 Anthony Ave., where registrations, plates, driver licenses and state identification cards can be obtained, as well as disability placards and dealer temporary plates.

Amec Foster Wheeler of Portland is providing architectural, engineering, design, bid procurement and project management services for the roof replacement. Roof Systems of Maine, Inc. from Bangor is the roofing contractor. The parking lot on the east side of the BMV main office building, adjacent to the ball fields, will be fenced off for the roofing equipment and materials for the duration of the project.

The Bank of Maine to Merge into Camden National Bank

Creating Maine’s strongest and most innovative community bank
Camden & Portland, Maine - Camden National Corporation (NASDAQ: CAC), the parent company of Camden National Bank (collectively referred to as "Camden National"), and SBM Financial, Inc., the parent company of The Bank of Maine (collectively referred to as “The Bank of Maine”) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which The Bank of Maine will merge into Camden National Bank creating Maine’s largest community bank. The combined organization will operate under the Camden National Bank name and brand and be led by Gregory A. Dufour, president and chief executive officer of Camden National Corporation and Camden National Bank. John Everets, The Bank of Maine’s chairman and chief executive officer, will provide consulting services through the transition. The combined organization will be headquartered in Camden, Maine, with several leadership positions in Portland.

“We are excited to welcome The Bank of Maine employees and customers to Camden National. The union of these two great organizations will redefine what it means to be a community bank,” said Dufour. “Together, we have a combined history of over 320 years of providing exceptional service to the people of Maine. As the largest community bank in Maine, we are poised to continue to provide our customers and shareholders with an enduring value. We are a financially strong institution that is a leader in Maine’s financial services industry and is Maine’s bank for the future. Our focus will remain on expanding relationships with customers by providing them with the products and services to meet their needs such as leading-edge digital banking tools, a wide range of lending and deposit options, and robust wealth management and investment services. Camden National will also be able to help even more communities thrive with programs such as Hope@Home, our homelessness awareness initiative.”

Upon completion of the transaction, Camden National will have a combined network of 68 branches

Nick Jonas & Olivia Culpo Attends Kid's Choice Awards 2015

Inglewood, California - Nick Jonas and Olivia Culpo looked great as they stepped out on a sunny day to attend the 2015 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards held at The Forum on March 28th, 2015 in Inglewood, California.

Nick hosted the annual award show.

Nicholas Jerry "Nick" Jonas is an American musician and actor, best known as one of the Jonas Brothers, a pop rock band he formed with his brothers Kevin and Joe.

Olivia Frances Culpo is an American actress, television presenter, cellist and beauty queen who won the Miss USA 2012 pageant, representing her home state of Rhode Island.

Mandy Capristo Attends Kid's Choice Awards 2015

Inglewood, California - Twenty five year old German singer Mandy Capristo stepped out on a sunny day to attend the 2015 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards held at The Forum on March 28th, 2015 in Inglewood, California.

Mandy Grace Capristo born March 21st 1990 is a German singer, songwriter, dancer, and model.

'Teen Beach 2' Movie Poster Out

On Saturday, March 28th, 2015 Access Hollywood exclusively released the poster for the new Disney Channel movie 'Teen Beach 2'. Maia Mitchell and Ross Lynch are back for a second summer of fun, music and dancing in "Teen Beach 2."

About 'Teen Beach 2":
Modern day teens Mack and Brady get a real world visit from Lela, Tanner, Butchy, and other surfer and biker pals from the beach party film within a film, Wet Side Story.

Staring in this movie are Maia Mitchell, Ross Lynch, Grace Phipps, Piper Curda, Garrett Clayton, Jordan Fisher, Mollee Gray, John DeLuca, Chrissie Fit and more.

This movie comes out in the summer of 2015, stay tuned.

Trekkers is Exhibiting at Chamber of Commerce Business & Community Expo on April 8

Rockport, Maine - Trekkers will be exhibiting at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Business & Community Expo at the Samoset Resort on Wednesday, April 8 from 2-7pm. The Trekkers booth will be located in the upstairs Non-Profit and Community Loft exhibit area (booth #25). Staff members from Trekkers will be on hand to talk about the organization, its mission and their expeditionary learning programs for local youth.


The Expo is free admission and opens to the public from 2-7pm. There will be over 125 exhibitors, including community service organizations as well as local businesses ranging from manufacturing to artisans. There will be a Chamber of Commerce Business-After-Hours reception from 5-7pm, with food and beverage, which is also open to the public.


Trekkers is an outdoor-based, youth mentoring organization that connects young people with caring

Bella Thorne Hits 'The Duff' UK Photocall

London, England - Seventeen year old actress Bella Thorne looked fabulous wearing a black and gold dress with black high heels as she hits the UK 'The Duff" photocall held at Corinthia Hotel London on March 30, 2015 in London, England.

'The Duff' star has been doing a press tour to promote this movie in the United State and United Kingdom. She's in London making press stops, photocall and premiere.

Bella Thorne has a pretty impressive resume that includes starring in several Movies, TV shows, author of Autumn Falls which is out now and singer, to name a few.

Most recently it was announced that she will be staring in the ABC Family's new series 'Famous In Love', if picked up by the network.

Jessie "Capture The Nag" Airs Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Fans of the Disney Channel series 'Jessie' will be able to watch an all new episode on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 at 7pm ET/PT entitled "Capture The Nag".

When the kids are snowed in at the penthouse, an epic game of capture the flag ensues. Allegiances are tested, tricks are pulled and everyone goes a little overboard.

Matt Shively as Hudson and JJ Totah as Stuart guest stars.

'Jessie' stars Debby Ryan as Jessie ("Radio Rebel," "The Suite Life on Deck," "16 Wishes"); Tony Award-nominated Kevin Chamberlin (Broadway's "The Addams Family, Teen Beach Movie") as Bertram; Peyton List ("27 Dresses," "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days") as Emma; Karan Brar ("Diary of a Wimpy Kid," "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules," "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days") as Ravi; Cameron Boyce ("Grown Ups 2," "Grown Ups") as Luke and Skai Jackson ("The Watsons Go to Washington") as Zuri.

Photos are credited to Disney Channel.

I Didn't Do It "Food Fight" Airs Sunday, April 8th, 2015

Fans of the Disney Channel series 'I Didn't Do It' will be able to watch an all new episode at 9pm ET/PT on Sunday, April 8th, 2015 entitled "Food Fight".

Lindy is excited about her new gig as the school's food critic until she dines at a family restaurant and the food is terrible. Meanwhile, Jasmine gets a babysitting job and winds up competing with her nine-year-old charge.

Zoe Pessin, Eddie Martin, Skyler Seymour as Barrett and Tanner Stine as Hogan are some of those guest staring in this episode.

'I Didn't Do It' stars Olivia Holt ("Kickin' It," "Girl vs. Monster") as Lindy, Austin North ("A.N.T. Farm," "Kickin' It") as Logan, Piper Curda ("A.N.T. Farm," "Rule the Mix") as Jasmine, Peyton Clark ("Danger Jane") as Garrett and Sarah Gilman ("Last Man Standing") as Delia.

Photos are credited to Disney Channel.

Girl Meets World "Girl Meets What The What" Airs April 17th, 2015

On Friday, April 17th, 2015 at 8:30pm ET/PT, fans will be able to watch an all new episode, season two premiere, entitled "Girl Meet What The What".

Riley and Maya meet Aubrey, salesgirl who manipulates them into using Topanga's credit card for an expensive purchase.

Guest starring Debby Ryan ("Jessie") as Aubrey.

'Girl Meets World' series stars Rowan Blanchard as Riley Matthews, Sabrina Carpenter as Maya, Peyton Meyer as Lucas Friar, August Maturo as Auggie Matthews, Danielle Fishel and Ben Savage reprising the "Cory and Topanga" roles they made famous in ABC's hugely-popular sitcom "Boy Meets World" (1993-2000).
Photos are credited to Disney Channel.

Dog With A Blog "Stan Gets Married" Airs April 17th, 2015

Fans of the Disney Channel series 'Dog With A Blog' will be able to watch an all new episode entitled "Stan Gets Married' on April 17th, 2015, check your local listings for times.

Stan is getting married to Princess, and to help fund the event the family submits the wedding to the "Wacky Jackie" television show, a reality program in which Jackie, a wealthy teen, spends her own money to pay for wacky and fun stunts.

Olivia Holt as Wacky Jackie and Carl McDowell as Poet guest stars.

This series stars G Hannelius as Avery, Blake Michael as Tyler, Francesca Capaldi as Chloe, Beth Littleford as Ellen and Regan Burns as Bennett. Stephen Full voices Stan who is played by the canine performer, Mick.
 Photos are credited to Disney Channel.

The Rockland Report March 27, 2015

OFFICE OF THE HARBORMASTER
 Painting our rental mooring buoys so that they will be ready for installation for the spring.
 Met with Public Works to discuss a spring schedule and installing a fence for
screening around the public landing dumpster. They also may be able to use
some of our old condemned mooring blocks off the park seawall.
 Sabre Yachts is sponsoring a rendezvous in Rockland this summer, and we are
hosting at least some of the boats at the Public Landing. We spent some time this
week helping to organize the plans for their arrival.

OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL FISH PIER DIRECTOR
 No permits were issued this week.
 I met with the Finance Director to review the proposed FY-2016 Fish Pier budget request.
 The snow is finally melting away and all these useless items are popping up
through the snow so spring collection of trash has begun.

OFFICE OF THE CITY ASSESSOR
 Processed Real Estate Transfers, updating parcel cards, sales book,
property splits.
 Processed Personal Property accounts, updating ownership, owned items,
depreciation, State BETR’S 801 returns, BETE exemptions.
 Processed building permits, reviewing, updating property cards and
assessments.
 Analyzing qualified sales of all properties and neighborhoods for a fair and
equitable assessment.
 Completing State forms and returning for processing.
 Listening and reviewing properties at the property owner’s request.
 Updating Tax Maps and posting to the web site.
 There is one appeal from Wal-Mart to the State Board that is scheduled for
May 14 & 15.
 There are two appeals that I am waiting for information. They are, Ocean
State and Trade Winds.

OFFICE OF THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR
 Both Catinka Knoth’s Adult and the Children’s drawing classes concentrated on a theme of The Circus - acrobats & animals.
 Deputy Director Patty King represented the Library at the meeting of the Rockland Cultural Coalition. Held at the Lincoln Street Center, the group was presented with the outcome of its 2014 Forum and Listening session activities and began to outline future goals.
 AARP Tax Aide free income tax preparation continues on Tuesday and Saturdays, through April 11.
 The Memoir Writing Workshop was held on Tuesday. This group meets weekly, and is open to anyone who wants to write, share, or just listen.
 The LEGO club (which meets every other Tuesday) had Space, as this week’s
theme.
 We had a lovely early breakfast meeting of most of the full-, part-time, and on-call staff, whom I’d bribed with delicious food to attend. We covered a number of items that we had been unable to address during the in-service day in December.
 Judith Andersen was the guest storyteller once again, and read The Dog with Bad Breath.
 Jean Young made the weekly trip to the North Haven Community School.
 I met with Finance Director, Tom Luttrell, about the Library’s FY16 Budget request.
 I attended a meeting on the Summer Lunch Program 2015 at RSU 13’s Central
Office.
 The weekly Rockland Rhythm Masters Drumming Troupe returned this Thursday.
 Thursday afternoon, Creative Crafts with Artist Susan Beebe. This week’s project  was building a cool castle of cardboard towers & turrets.
 The Thursday Evening Arts & Cultural Event was the film: The Owl and the
Sparrow--On the bustling streets of Saigon, three very different people all seeking connection are about to collide.
 On Saturday, we presented a special craft program, Printmaking on Tees, where participants explored the world of printmaking with local artist Sue Reed, and designed a tee-shirt. All ages were most welcome, and tee-shirts were provided.
 Upcoming events of note: Poetry Month Rockland (still a little time to submit your poem for the annual contest--) and Film & Discussion: Growing Local. Cosponsored with Maine Farmland Trust and the Good Tern Co-op, the film is a
collaboration between Maine Farmland Trust and Seedlight Pictures. It points to
the vibrancy and the growing pains of the local food movement in Maine, and
the uncertain fate of the farmers and farmland which keep it alive. The film
contains three short vignettes: Seeding A Dream, Pig Not Pork, and Changing
Hands. Each focuses on a different challenge hindering the growth of the local
food movement in Maine, and points toward possible solutions. Discussion with
local farmers to follow film.

OFFICE OF THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY DIRECTOR
Pollution Control Facility:
 Terry Pinto had a meeting with Mr. Jake Dowling regarding Winter Street
improvements and also a meeting with the design engineers regarding Winter
Street.
 Plant flows were high this week with the average daily flow approx. 4 MGD.
 A CSO event began Thursday due to warm temperatures and snow melt with
flows increasing to over 14 MGD.
 Worked on the Solid Waste annual report.
 Submitted the Solid Waste compost report.
 Received the draft of City of Rockland Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit and began review.
 Submitted initial requirements for Discharge Monitoring Report – Quality Assurance (DMR-QA) Study 35
 Conducted NPDES, Pretreatment & Sludge compliance sampling and sent out for analytical testing.
 Prepared backup documentation supporting a Notice of Warning that was issued to an industrial user for not following their industrial permit.
 Worked on chemical contracts for the upcoming budget.
 The lab did B.O.D. testing for Vinalhaven.
 Continued data entry into the new JobCal maintenance program.
 SOMATEX completed the annual inspection of all hoists and cranes. They will send
a report with a quote for any necessary repairs.
 Scheduled Knowles Industrial Services to begin repair of the headworks
building/flume leak.
 Replaced the mixer motor and gearbox on the Acrison Polymer mixing system.
 Repaired the hydronic unit heater in the headworks.
Environmental Services:
 Assisted Maine Water on Masonic Street to locate a leak in their system that we suspect was entering our collection system in the area.
 Did conductivity and smoke testing in the park upstream of the Park Street pump station in a continuing effort to locate the source of saltwater infiltration being detected at the pump station and treatment plant.
 Continued with follow up investigations to the smoke testing results. Currently
working in the south end in the vicinity of Atlantic, Crescent, and Scott streets.
 Measured and ordered infiltration barriers for 24 sewer manholes with vented
covers. This is a temporary measure to stop the flow of surface and storm water
into the collection system until the replacement of the manhole rims and covers is completed.
 Responded to a Dig-Safe request from C.M.P. on Belvedere Street.
 Received a schedule from Farley & Son, Inc. for the Thorndike Parking Lot project.
 Began work on an RFP to post for bids for qualified contractors for small collection system projects and emergency repairs on an as needed basis.
 Received a preliminary design and cost proposal from Gartley & Dorsky
Engineering for a sewer extension on Old County Road to be incorporated into
the planned road reconstruction project and began review.
 City Manager authorized proceeding with collection system flow monitoring and the consultants were notified to proceed.

OFFICE OF THE FIRE CHIEF
In addition to the general response to fire and EMS calls, conducting apparatus
checks, daily cleaning, routine repairs and maintenance to the fleet and of the
quarters, the following occurred:
 Sunday night Engine 2 and Tower 3 responded to a Mutual Aid structure fire in Thomaston. The fire was quickly controlled by TFD and the tower returned almost immediately and Engine 2 was cleared shortly thereafter.
 Monday morning we responded to Grove Street for smoke in a residence. The
smoke was caused by paint burning off pipes when the boiler’s numerous safeties failed and the unit went dry. At the time of discovery the top of the boiler was over 450F and the pipes leading into the walls were over 300 F. Thankfully the temporarily unoccupied house was checked on and the smoke discovered.
 Participated in the Transient Lodging Workshop Monday evening.
 I met with both the incoming and outgoing Maine Lobster Festival Presidents at EMA on Tuesday to discuss planning for this year’s Festival.
 I participated in an interview with Pen-Bay Pilot regarding status of “volunteers” and the effect current trends are having on giving and receiving mutual aid.
 Wednesday evening we held one of our few mandatory “all hands” drills for the year. The Bureau of Labor requires we conduct annual refresher classes on
Respiratory Protection, Blood and Airborne Pathogens and yes, Fire Extinguisher
use. There are a few other requisite topics that will be covered in coming weeks.
 Thursday morning I met with the Finance Director to finalize our Fire and EMS budget proposal.
 John Root, Dave Kalloch and I were invited to attend the Maine Realtors meeting at City Hall with Tim Fuller of the State Fire Marshal’s Office. We put many questions to him regarding their views on transient lodging. It appears we are all on the same page, though which paragraph, remains slightly in question.

OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC SERVICES DIRECTOR
 One crew picking up receptacle, building, and roadside trash for two days.
 Hot box cold patch crew working for four days this week patching potholes.
 Snow removal crew worked all week hauling snow from parking lots, roads, and sidewalks. Crew consisted of two loaders and three dump trucks.
 Call-in for six trucks scraping and sanding for 1” snowfall on Saturday.
 Scraping and spot sanding roads on Monday because of snow drifting due to
heavy winds.
 Meeting with Joe LaBranche surveys reviewing sanding route efficiency analysis to date.
 Picked up two loads of cold patch from All States Asphalt in Windsor.
 Attended Winter Street and Old County Road meeting with Gartley & Dorsky
engineering to review plans.
 Met with Home Depot and flower rep. They will be providing us with proposal for downtown flower arrangements for pole baskets.
 Removed both street sweepers from storage. Going over machines in
preparation of street sweeping as weather permits.
 Picked up waste oil from several locations including the transfer station which is used to heat our garage.
 Picked up repaired 2012 International dump truck from Portland North (engine
and transmission work) and dropped off on same trip 2011 International dump
truck for exhaust module.
 Reviewed Public Works budget with Finance Director.
 Went to HP Fairfield in Skowhegan to review the hookup of plow attachments for our new Western Star wheeler which is due to be delivered at the beginning of May from O’Connors in Augusta.
 Secured five houses that the city has acquired.
 City sign maintenance for two days.
 Grading (touch up) of some gravel roads for half a day.
 Fire Safe updated fire extinguisher inspections for Transfer Station buildings and equipment.
 Repairing skirting on Transfer Station office trailer.
 A load of recycled paper hauled off.
 A load of recycled plastic #3-#7 hauled off.

OFFICE OF THE FINANCE DIRECTOR
 Approved Payroll Warrant.
 Met with Dept. Heads on FY16 Budget.
 Attended meeting with staff and Gartley & Dorsky on Old County Road
Reconstruction Project.
 Met with Community Development Director on TIF Funds.
 Worked on Solid Waste calculations for MSW sticker and tonnage fees.
 Attended One Park Drive Condo Association meeting.

OFFICE OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
 Met with two businesses to discuss grant opportunities;
 Met with three businesses to discuss options for joint marketing and marketing
Rockland online;
 Met with working group to discuss next stages in the development of the Arts & Cultural Plan;
 Attended a meeting with economic development professionals working in Knox County;
 Met with the Finance Manager to discuss the FY16 TIF investment schedule;
 Worked on the development of a request for information for development of the Tillson Avenue District; and,
 Attended the March REDAC meeting and provided an update on the work of the CED Department and gathered input from REDAC.

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE
Officers responded to 224 calls for service. Rockland Police Officers responded to six motor vehicle crashes and 10 animal complaints. Thirty- eight (38) traffic stops and traffic violations were conducted. Sixty-five (65) parking violations were issued. Officers charged or made arrests of 15 individuals for various offenses, to include Warrants of Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, Bail violations Traffic offenses, Drug Offenses, and Operating Under the Influence.
 Parking Enforcement Officer Troy Peasley was selected as the newest member of the Maine Law Enforcement Torch Run Hall Of Fame. This honor was bestowed upon Troy Thursday by Special Olympics’ Maine at the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference in South Portland.
Congratulations Troy, we are proud of your dedication to this fine organization and to the precepts behind the annual LE Torch Run. Well done.

OFFICE OF THE CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
 Following inspections of a tax acquired property at 20 Katahdin Avenue by John and Dave, it was determined that work required for re-conveyance had not yet been completed.
 John and Dave attended the City Council workshop for transient
accommodations on 3/23/15.
 John met with the owners of Café Miranda to discuss erection of a canopy over the outside eating area.
 John met with a representative of Crestwood Kitchens to discuss what requires
permits in the City. We appreciate this proactive approach by businesses.
 John and Dave took part in a State of Maine Subsurface Wastewater Systems
webinar 3/24/15.
 Dave communicated with a timber harvesting company, the property owner, a
DEP representative and the State Forester to ensure adequate erosion controls
were installed at a logging operation on the road crossing Meadow Brook off from Lake Avenue.
 Dave attended the Midcoast Code Enforcement Officers meeting in Rockport
3/24/15, for a presentation by this region’s State Forester and a Water Resources
Forester.
 John met with a real estate agent on 3/26/15, to discuss the uses permitted in an
existing two-family dwelling being listed, particularly with regards to short-term
rentals.
 Dave met with an apartment owner to discuss and offer assistance in dealing with a tenant with hoarding and sanitary issues.
 John and Dave attended a meeting of local realtors where a State Fire Marshal
was a speaker on 3/26/15.
 Dave spent considerable time preparing for the Comprehensive Planning
Commission meeting that he attended on 3/26/15.
 The following permits were received by the Code Office this week:
o 2 Building permits
o 2 Electrical permits
o 4 Plumbing permits
o 5 Street Excavation permits (Maine Water)

OFFICE OF THE RECREATION DIRECTOR
 The Dodge ball league held the double elimination tournament that ended the
season and crowned the champion for the next year. Congratulations to the
Rec’n Crew for the win.
 Alexis has donated a mural for the game room. Originally hung at the Farnsworth,
the mural is going to be placed on the back wall of the game room.
 This weekend is the Girls’ 5th & 6th grade tournament here at the building. There will be lots of excitement around the building this weekend. This is a busy time for the staff here and they work hard to make sure things go smoothly. The boys’ tournament went very well last weekend and we had many compliments on the quality of the tournament.




Austin & Ally "Duos & Deception" Airs April 19th, 2015

Fans of the Disney Channel series 'Austin & Ally' will be able to watch an all new episode on April 19th, 2015 at 8:30pm ET/PT entitled "Duos & Deception".

Trish books Billie and Bobbie of "The Billie and Bobbie Show," a famous brother and sister duo, to talk and perform with the students of the A&A Music Factory. But later on, the foursome learns the famous duo have ulterior motives.

Guest stars are Dove Cameron and Ryam Mccartan.

Series stars Ross Lynch as Austin, Laura Marano as Ally, Raini Rodriguez as Trish and Calum Worthy as Dez.
Photos are credited to the Disney Channel.