Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Rockland's Resident Raccoon Whisperer

Rockland Maine Police Department
We got a call from a resident, concerned about a raccoon in a yard. Of course, with recent incidents, our first concern is rabies, or some other similar issue. Public safety is priority one.
We're happy to report that our shift tonight included our resident Raccoon Whisperer, Officer Addison Cox. Officer Cox is an avid outdoorsman, and was able to assess that this little fella showed no signs of disease - he appeared to be looking for his mother. Officer Cox was able to collect him by the scruff and move him to the treeline, where he scampered off, away from homes and people.
If you see an animal behaving strangely, please call 9-1-1. Do NOT attempt to touch or move them. (You probably don't have bite-resistant gloves. Or speak raccoon, like Officer Cox).

BREAKING: Dexter Street Shut Down Between Old County, Rt. 1 For Dump Truck Rollover

UPDATE 9:34am: All Rockland Fire units are clearing the scene in Thomaston.
UPDATE 9:03am: Maine State Police commercial unit is en-route from Augusta.
UPDATE 8:54am: Driver is being transported by Thomaston ambulance non-emergency.
BREAKING: Thomaston, Maine - Dexter Street is shut down between Old County Rd and Rt. 1 for a dump truck vs pole rollover about 75 yards from Old County Rd according to Thomaston Police 413.

Driver with head injury, not known of intent.

Thomaston Fire Department unit 6 is requesting a single engine response from Rockland, non-emergency.

"In The Fog" The Maine Windjammer Project

"In The Fog" by Doug Mills
The Marshall Point Lighthouse, built 1858, at Port Clyde, Maine in the fog.

These photos are from the historical archives of the 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: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com

Monday, June 26, 2017

"The Lighthouse At Rockland" The Maine Windjammer Project

"The Lighthouse At Rockland" by Doug Mills
Maine's tall ship Victory Chimes sailing passed the lighthouse at Rockland, Maine.

These photos are from the historical archives of the 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: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com

BREAKING NEWS: Small Plane Crashes On Vinalhaven

Vinalhaven, Maine- Vinalhaven fire and Rescue along with Knox Sheriff unit are on the scene of a small plane crash at the airstrip on Vinalhaven.  The pilot was able to escape the crash with only minor injuries and call rescue units.

UPDATE: The plane was landing at the airstrip with only the pilot onboard, carrying the mail and packages.  The fire department was able to stop the leaking fuel and offloaded the mail.

UPDATE: The pilot was taken to Pen Bay Hospital with only minor injuries.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Maine 7 Day Forecast

"Maine Life" by Doug Mills
Shoot Maine Studios
Rockland, Maine
Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Monday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southwest wind around 5 mph.

Partly sunny, with a high near 72.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 72.
Thursday Night
A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76.
Friday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 73.
Saturday Night
A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 76.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

"Summer Daisies" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Summer Daisies" by Doug Mills
Summer Daisies at the Owls Head Lighthouse.

These photos are from the historical archives of the 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: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com

Friday, June 23, 2017

BREAKING: Sanford Battling 4-Alarm, 6 Story Building Fire

UPDATE 8:54pm: Command requesting Fire Marshal's Office to respond.
UPDATE 7:56pm: Fire upgraded to a 5-Alarm. Collapses reported. 
BREAKING NEWS: Sanford, Maine - The Sanford Fire Department is battling a 4-Alarm fire at 13 River Street, across from Central Furniture in Sanford, Maine on Friday, June 23, 2017.

Mutual aid from several fire departments responding.

1848 is when the call came in.

More information when available.

Walking Tours of Camden - Fridays

Dave Jackson and Amy Rollins lead an educational and entertaining tour of downtown Camden each Friday from June 30 to September 15 at 4:00 pm. Tours run approximately an hour and fifteen minutes. Reservations are recommended. Please call the library at 236-3440 to reserve a spot. Tours are free, though donations are appreciated. Meet at the Atlantic Avenue entrance to the Camden Public Library, in the Children’s Garden

July Gallery Opening, Carrie Hedstrom

The Camden Public Library welcomes fabric artist Carrie Hedstrom to the Picker Room Gallery for the month of July. There will be an opening reception on Monday, July 3, at 3:30 pm in the Picker Room. The art will remain on display for the month of July.

Carrie Connors Hedstrom has been creating fabric art since 2003. She is mainly self-taught but also credits several women including her mother, aunts, and grandmother as inspirational mentors. In this show, she is exploring the relationship between her quilted art and her poetry. Her images mostly depict the beauty of nature, movement and stillness, and the female form. The Goddess seems to find her way into many of her pieces. She does all her work on her home machine, a Bernina 550 and a Janome 990, and she quilts all her pieces with free motion machine quilting. Her work has won several awards over the years and has been featured in shows around the country.

Carrie has taught classes with the Continuing Adult Education program at Camden Hills Regional High School and will be holding a class this coming Fall 2017 session. She is also the owner/director of Quilter’s Getaway Weekends in Waterville Valley, NH, a special weekend-long retreat for quilters who are looking for a place to getaway, eat delicious food, and practice their craft in a supportive and friendly atmosphere. She also takes on commission work from time to time and travels to Quilting Guilds for Trunk Show Presentations.

In addition to quilting, Carrie is a Poet, dancer, singer, model/actress, and of course, mother to her 5 beloved children. She is a passionate artist and she loves all the forms she practices. “Like many people, I feel things very deeply. These feeling make their way into my work. For me, art transforms pain into beauty.”

Monday Night Movies at Camden Public Library

The Camden Public Library is excited to announce the kickoff to the annual Monday Night Movie Series! The first movie of the season will be on Monday, July 3, at sunset (approx. 8:30 pm). The film is Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The event is free and open to all. Moviegoers are encouraged to enjoy dinner downtown before the movie! 

In the case of rain, the movie will likely be canceled or postponed. Please check librarycamden.org or the library Facebook page to find updates.

Down-on-his-luck private eye Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) gets hired by cartoon producer R.K. Maroon (Alan Tilvern) to investigate an adultery scandal involving Jessica Rabbit (Kathleen Turner), the sultry wife of Maroon’s biggest star, Roger Rabbit (Charles Fleischer). But when Marvin Acme (Stubby Kaye), Jessica’s alleged paramour and the owner of Toontown, is found murdered, the villainous Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd) vows to catch and destroy Roger.

The rest of the movie dates are July 10, Around the World in 80 Days, 8:30 pm. July 24, The Big Sleep, 8:30 pm. July 31, Journey to the Center of the Earth, 8:15 pm. August 7, An American Tail, 8:00 pm. August 21, Dead Poet's Society, 8:00 pm. 

On Monday nights when there are no movies, Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra will perform. (June 26, July 17, and August 14 at 6:30 pm.) 

The Movies and Music Series is sponsored by Camden National Bank. Additional support from Mid-Coast Limo and the Camden Area Business Group.

"From The Lantern" The Maine Windjammer Project

"From The Lantern" by Doug Mills
Schooner American Eagle seen From the lantern of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.

These photos are from the historical archives of the 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: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Coast Guard locates missing kayaker safe in Maine

BOSTON — The Coast Guard confirmed Thursday the kayaker missing off the coast of Maine was found safe.
According to watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, a Maine Fisheries and Wildlife officer heard the audio clip of the mayday call on the news and recognized the kayaker's voice. The officer contacted his office and obtained a phone number for the man, Adrian Cerezo, who was on Petit Manan, Maine. The officer confirmed Cerezo was the kayaker search crews were looking for.
Cerezo later spoke to the Coast Guard and reported a wave had initially knocked him out of his kayak. He said his radio was water resistant, but not in a waterproof case. He wasn't sure if anyone heard his mayday call before the radio stopped working. Cerezo said he was able to swim to Bois Bubert Island with his kayak, get back in it, and paddle back to Petit Manan.
"It's incredibly fortunate we located him safe on land," said Ken Stuart, a command duty officer at Sector Northern New England. He said responders treat every search as if someone is in distress, and if safe, they are encouraged to notify the authorities.

Stuart said Cerezo was wearing a winter wetsuit and a life jacket.

"He absolutely did the right thing by researching the water temperature, recognizing the need to dress for the 49-degree water, and wear a lifejacket, all of which contributed to keeping him safe once things went wrong," said Stuart.

No injuries were reported.

"Camden Romance" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Camden Romance" by Doug Mills
Spring Flowers aboard schooner Mistress in Camden Maine birthplace of the windjammer.

These photos are from the historical archives of the 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: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sea Vegetable Nursery Aims To Make Maine A Seaweed Leader

ORONO, Maine — Lobsters, blueberries and potatoes are three of Maine's iconic foods.

Seaweed could one day be another, says Sarah Redmond.

“Maine has this potential to be this seaweed leader [and] be known as the seaweed state,” says Redmond, a seaweed farmer.

Redmond and University of Maine marine science professor Susan Brawley are working to make that a reality. The co-directors of the Sea Vegetable Nursery at the University of Maine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR) in Franklin, Maine are aiming to build an industry-supported seaweed nursery system.

Toward that end, they’re developing seed stock that’s regionally specific and well-suited to sea farmers up and down the state’s coast.

Seaweed, says Redmond, is a super food.

“Everybody in the world should eat a little bit of seaweed every day,” she says of the vegetable packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Redmond describes seaweed as crispy, salty and delicious, and says it’s wonderful in salads, as dried sea vegetable snacks, as a salt substitute and as an ingredient in soup and beer.

“It provides nutrients we’re missing in our land-based food system and it reconnects us with the ocean.”

Redmond says the market for all things seaweed is vast.

“There’s a whole world of possibilities,” she says, including bioremediation and as a healthy additive in pet food and skin care products.

Redmond, who graduated from UMaine with a degree in aquaculture, says being a seaweed farmer is her calling. She owns Springtide Seaweed, a 24-acre sea vegetable plot she tends in Frenchman Bay.

For others interested in, or already invested in the field, the Sea Vegetable Nursery is selling seeded spools of four species of seaweed — sugar kelp, skinny kelp, alaria and dulse.

Each spool contains about 200 feet of seed twine wrapped around a piece of PVC pipe. The seed on the twine is produced in the nursery from native Maine seaweed parents. During fall “planting,” farmers wind the seeded twine onto large secured ropes in ocean plots.

“Sea vegetable farming is a beautiful idea — but we need to make it real and make it an industry that can be self-supporting,” says Redmond. “This allows [farmers] to get the seed they need. The more people we have really invested in making this a reality, the more of a diversified ... successful industry we’ll create.”

The nursery is organically certified by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association; both organic and conventional seed spools can be pre-ordered through July 25 by contacting Redmond (sarah.redmond@maine.edu) or Brawley (brawley@maine.edu).

More information about the seeds is available on the CCAR site. Also to learn more, watch this video about Redmond, seaweed and the Sea Vegetable Nursery.

About the University of Maine:
The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant university, with research and community engagement classifications awarded by the Carnegie Foundation. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 63 countries. It currently enrolls 11,219 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers 35 doctoral degrees, 85 master’s degrees, and more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards. For more information about UMaine, visit umaine.edu

Pirates ‘Invade’ the Twin Villages

Pirate Vessel Must Roos: The pirate vessel Must Roos leads the attack on the Twin Villages during a past Pirate Rendezvous. “Must Roos” is Estonian for “Dark Rose,” the symbol of the Dark Rose Pirates. (photo courtesy easternmaineimages.com)
The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous promises a host of pirates, both large and small, to invade the Twin Villages in search of piratical fun and lost treasure on Saturday, June 24.

Kid Pirates: Young pirates show their colors during the invasion
of the Twin Villages at a past Pirate Rendezvous.
(photo courtesy easternmaineimages.com)
At 10 a.m. the event will open at the Pirate Bazaar located at Schooner Landing, where there will be games, activities and pirate history displays. The authentically costumed Pirates of the Dark Rose re-enactors will be on hand at their Tortuga Village to interact with the event-goers. Volunteers from the Second Congregational Church in Newcastle will be on hand with a table that includes children’s activities and a crew of sea shanty singers, while volunteers from Blessings in a Backpack in Jefferson will have a table loaded with piratical crafts that children can enjoy.

“This event has always been about the children, and we plan on continuing that tradition,” said Charlie Herrick of Schooner Landing, the event host.

There is no admission for the Pirate Rendezvous. All of the fundraising is accomplished through the games and activities. Generous sponsors help cover many of the Pirate Rendezvous expenses so that more of the money generated during the event can go to the event beneficiaries.

Pirates Charge: This group of buccaneers are showing their “piratitude” during the costume contest at a past Pirate Rendezvous. (photo courtesy easternmaineimages.com)
This year those sponsors include Renys, Ames Supply, Damariscotta Bank & Trust, the Cheney Financial Group, Colby & Gale and The Lincoln County News.

Volunteers from Lincoln County SPARK, a local young professionals network, will lead the way during the Pirate Rendezvous with fundraising for the event beneficiaries, by awarding contributions with a pirate sticker acknowledging the giver’s generosity at the Contribution Buckets located at the event entrance.

The pirates have also joined forces with the Pemaquid Watershed Association to offer “Pirate Duckies” as part of the PWA Rubber Ducky River Race. The Pirate Duckies will be on sale at the PWA table at the Pirate Bazaar, and will be priced to include a donation to the Pirate Rendezvous beneficiaries.

Proceeds from the efforts of Lincoln County SPARK and other Pirate Rendezvous income streams will benefit the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Newcastle, Blessings in a Backpack in Jefferson, and Feed Our Scholars in Wiscasset. (Blessings in a Backpack and Feed Our Scholars are both programs that provide weekend meals and other sustenance to school children.)

Thanks to the staff at Lincoln Academy there will be plenty of parking at the Lincoln Academy student parking lot on Academy Hill Rd., along with shuttles provided by the school and driven by school staff. The shuttle will run from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and the route has been refined to make waiting time an average of only 5 minutes.

Also at 10 a.m., historical interpreter Jeff Smith of the Lincoln County Historical Association will conduct a blacksmithing demonstration at the Chapman-Hall House just up the road from the Pirate Bazaar at 270 Main Street in Damariscotta. The demonstration will continue until 4 p.m.

Tickets will be available for a special boat ride aboard the RiverTripper even before the event opens by making a reservation at 207-315-5544. Tickets can also be purchased at the Pirate Bazaar at the RiverTripper table. The vessel will be embarking from Schooner Landing Marina, where the Pirate Bazaar is located, at 11:15 a.m. and will follow a course down the Damariscotta River, perhaps sighting seals and other wildlife. Then the RiverTripper will alter course offering guests a chance to see the pirate attack from a vantage point aboard the RiverTripper. Prices for tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children under 12 years old. A portion of ticket sales goes to support the event beneficiaries.

At 10:30 a.m. there will be a Crew Muster at the Pirate Bazaar, specifically for any re-enactors who want to join the pirate crew. The Crew Muster is intended for experienced re-enactors who want to bring edged or black powder weapons to the invasion. Children and their parents are welcome to join the pirate crew any time.

The Mystic Pirates of the Damariscotta should be heading upriver aboard their armed sailing vessel at about 11:30 a.m. with a plan to open fire on the Pirate Bazaar and invade the Twin Villages at high noon. As soon as they land, the Mystic Pirates will invite participants to join their merry band as they march through town making mischief.

At 2 p.m. there will be a Lil’ Pirates Costume Contest coordinated by volunteers from Feed our Scholars in Wiscasset, with many prizes for all sorts of categories.

After the Costume Contest, at approximately 3 p.m., there will be a surprise announcement about the possible whereabouts of pirate treasure, and how all the little pirates can get a share of it.

While pirate activities begin to wind down, the Eric Green Band will take the stage with their original style of blues music, so that any pirates who want to remain will have plenty of reason to do so.

For information on the Pirate Rendezvous as a volunteer or sponsor, please contact Greg Latimer at 380-9912 or greglatimercontact@gmail.com.

Mid Coast Hospital Providers Train Tufts Medical Students

Brunswick, ME – On June 5, two medical students began a nine-month clinical rotation at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick. Maine Track students, Diana Stade and Madeline Wetterhahn, are gaining hands-on training under the supervision of Mid Coast providers as part of the Tufts University School of Medicine - Maine Medical Center Program (TUSM-MMC) Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum (LIC) program.

Commonly referred to as “the Maine Track,” Mid Coast Hospital has participated as a training site for the program since 2011. Through this program medical students explore multiple medical disciplines including OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, and General Surgery. The intensive program allows students to fulfill their third-year core competencies while offering a uniquely broad view of the variety of comprehensive care patients receive throughout life.

Marybeth Ford, MD, coordinates the LIC program at Mid Coast Hospital. “Mid Coast Hospital is honored to participate in the TUSM-MMC LIC program. Our providers offer an innovative way to receive training that allows the students exposure to variety of disciplines,” she stated. “We have participated in the program since its inception and are so grateful that the program is succeeding in its mission to encourage medical students to return to Maine. As the concern of physician shortages in Maine's smaller and rural communities continues to grow, this program remains a vital component to the long-term health of Maine.”

A graduate of Gardiner Area High School, Stade earned her undergraduate degree from Bentley University and began her career at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute while taking coursework at the Harvard Extension School. She began clinical research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital developing and implementing a patient-centered plan of care for patients and families, which obtained an award at an international medical informatics symposium.

When asked about her participation in the Maine Track program, Stade commented, “The call of the loons at dusk and the scent of white pine are my memories of Maine from childhood. Returning to my past in the form of a healer and provider for the people of this great state is a humbling privilege and an honor. As a rural physician, my aim will be to educate patients of their illness and empower them to become advocates for their health and wellness.”

Originally from Adams, New York, Wetterhahn attended college at St. Lawrence University. While achieving her undergraduate degree, she worked with the Health and Counseling Center to develop the clinical services and community programming provided to students.
Her experiences in health professional shortage areas–volunteering in hospitals, on a rescue squad, and as a Health Coach in a transitional care program–demonstrated to her the importance of community and preventive medicine. She is pursuing her Masters of Public Health in addition to her medical degree through TUSM’s dual degree program.

“The Maine Track program at Tufts gets students involved with underserved or rural communities early in their training,” said Wetterhahn when asked why she chose the program. “Having grown up in a similar environment, and wanting to practice in an underserved area after medical school, this is important to me. What’s more, the MD/MPH option allows Maine Track students to get training in public health at the same time they are making connections in the communities they might one day serve.”