Thursday, March 23, 2017

"Off Rockport" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Off Rockport" by Doug Mills
Maine windjammer Angelique sailing off Rockport, Maine.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Designated Survivor "Backfire" Airs TONIGHT, March 22nd

An investigative journalist shocks the White House when he reveals classified information during a press briefing and leaves Seth struggling to contain the damage from the leaked story. Meanwhile, Hannah unearths a key connection between MacLeish and the conspiracy, on ABC’s “Designated Survivor,” tonight, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 (10:00–11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT).

“Designated Survivor” stars Kiefer Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, Natascha McElhone as Alex Kirkman, Adan Canto as Aaron Shore, Italia Ricci as Emily Rhodes, LaMonica Garrett as Mike Ritter with Kal Penn as Seth Wright and Maggie Q as Hannah Wells.

“Backfire” was written by Sang Kyu Kim & Pierluigi D. Cothran. Tara Nicole Weyr is the director.

“Designated Survivor” is from The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios. David Guggenheim is the creator and executive producer. Executive Producers are Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon, Jon Harmon Feldman, Nick Pepper, Suzan Bymel, Aditya Sood and Kiefer Sutherland.

Photos credit: ABC

BREAKING NEWS: Fire Units Responding To 166 Elm Street South Thomaston Structural Fire (FIRE OUT)

UPDATE 4:37pm...Fire is out according to command, units are clearing the scene.

What quick work from the fire fighters who responded.
UPDATE 4:25.....Owls Head has been cleared by command. 
UPDATE....St. George Fire Department requested to stage at South Thomaston station.
BREAKING NEWS....South Thomaston, - South Thomaston and area fire departments are responding to 166 Elm Street South Thomaston, Maine for a structural fire on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017.

According to fire unit on scene, heavy smoke on side b.

Along with South Thomaston, Rockland, St. George, Thomaston and Owls Head Fire Departments have been toned out.

Stay tuned.....

BREAKING NEWS: Police and rescue unites on scene of a person in the water under the 295 bridge in Bangor.

UPDATE: The victim has been recovered and is enroute to EMMC.

UPDATE: Units form the Brewer side of the river have reached the man in the river!

BREAKING NEWS: Bangor-Police and rescue units on scene of a person in the water under the 295 bridge in Bangor.  Rescue is awaiting a boat, but are attempting to tether rescuers and attempt to reach him that way.

Westbrook Wins Rockland Community Center Boys Youth Basketball Invitational Tournament

Winner: Westbrook
Rockland, Maine - Seven teams completed during Rockland Community Center annual Boys Youth Basketball Invitational Tournament made up of 5th and 6th graders this past weekend, March 17-19th, 2017 in Rockland, Maine.

Teams that took part were Broad Cove BUCs, Medomak Blue, Five Town Basketball, Thomaston Clippers, Lisbon, Mt. View and Westbrook who made their second appearance at this tournament.

Broad Cove teams members were Landon Benner, Ben Tripp, Dylan Benner, Logan Meklin, Isaiah Meklin, Devin Secotte, Colby Hooper, Nate Thompson and Larry Robbins.

Medomak Blue team members were Connor Light, Landon Trask, Lory Donlin, Colby Staples, Noah Lawrence, Finn Parmely, Matthew Holbrook, Chris Grover, Dylan Dorr and Sam Moody.

Five Town Basketball members were Will Duke, Quincy Messer, Lucas Moody, Owen Berez, Will Smith, McCauslin Lavoie, Weston Deward, Max Well, Avery Laite, Liam O'Dwyer, Owen Reynolds, Alexander Todd and Charlie Pons.

Thomaston Clippers members were Alex Bartlett, Hayden Jacques, Rhys Jones, Zeke Miller, Duncan

Countdown To The Return Of The Tall Ships

The long awaited Grand Parade of Sail to kick off Sail Boston 2017

Boston, Ma. March 8, 2017- Today, Sail Boston officially began its 100 day countdown to the Return of the Tall Ships. On June 17, more than fifty majestic sailing vessels from around the globe, led by US Coast Guard Barque Eagle, will parade into Boston Harbor under sail for the first time since 2000. It will be a dramatically different harbor than the one that welcomed the ships nearly twenty years ago. The waterfront has successfully reinvented and adapted itself to 21st century uses, and the Seaport District is teeming with an eclectic combination of modern residences, world class hotels and restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and up-to-the-minute start ups that are creating dazzling innovative products and services.

 But, from June 17-22, the harbor will also belong to the ships, their crews, and the more than 4 million visitors that are expected to view them and stroll their historic decks. "We have been working diligently with the City, State, Massport, the US Coast Guard and other key public and private agencies to ensure a successful event and a memorable experience for all," said Dusty Rhodes, President of Conventures and Executive Director of Sail Boston 2017. “We are looking forward with great enthusiasm to the return of the Tall Ships and to embrace and celebrate the cultures of the countries each represents," added Rhodes.

The festivities kick off with the Grand Parade of Sail, a stunning maritime spectacle that is truly the greatest show on surf. Over fifty magnificent vessels including Union from Peru, Europa from The Netherlands, Alexander Von Humboldt II from Germany, Spain's El Galeon, Nadezhda from Russia, Guayas from Ecuador, United Kingdom’s Blue Clipper, Canada's Bluenose II, and Chile’s Esmeralda will follow the USCG Eagle into Boston Harbor on Saturday, June 17. The Parade launches a five day nautical themed celebration featuring educational, cultural, interactive, and reenactment events and activities as well as daily free public boarding of the ships. A colorful Crew and Cadets Parade from The Seaport to Downtown Crossing highlights the land side activities. --Visit for a list of participating ships.

"We are extraordinarily pleased with the response and commitment of so many country owned and private vessels to Sail Boston 2017’s roster of Tall Ships. An event of this magnitude provides a significant boost to the local economy resulting in incremental revenue for restaurants, hotels, attractions, and harbor and land side tour operators to name a few. It also serves to showcase Boston on an international stage, as a welcoming, capable and desirable destination brimming with culture, attractions, innovation, and history," said Patrick Moscaritolo, President and CEO of Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Ramping up for the Tall Ships June event, Sail Boston will be hosting the Mexican tall ship Cuauhtémoc from March 15-20. The 220 foot barque will be docked at Fan Pier in the Seaport District, and will be open for free public boarding on March 15, from 11AM – 4:00PM, and March 16–19, from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Also, from April 11- 14, the 220 foot Norwegian tall ship Sorlandet will be making a Boston port of call. It will be docked at Fan Pier and it will be open for public boarding. For information and updates: Sail Boston 2017

Partners and Sponsors
Sail Boston 2017 is the only US port of the international Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta. Sail Boston is produced and managed by Conventures, New England’s premier special events company, in partnership with the City of Boston, Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Massport, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, and Tall Ships America. Private funding is generously provided by Bank of America, The Coca-Cola Company, Stop & Shop Supermarkets, Downtown Boston: Business Improvement District, Boston Harbor Cruises, Gourmet Caterers, PwC, Sam Adams Beer, Engie, Entertainment Cruises, The Hampshire House Corporation, Bay State Cruises, Boston Harbor Hotel, Massachusetts Bay Lines and more. To view a full list of supporters please visit

For More Information Visit for a complete list of events, participating ships, and latest updates, or follow on Facebook, @SailBoston2017 on Twitter, or @SailBoston on Instagram and join the conversation using #SailBoston.

"America's Oldest Schooner" The Maine Windjammer Project

"America's Oldest Schooner" by Doug Mills
America's oldest schooner, Lewis R. French built 1871, in the fog near Brooklin, Maine.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Switched at Birth "Memory (The Heart)" Airs TONIGHT, March 21st

Gilles Marini (‘Devious Maids’) Guest Stars in the
Milestone 100th Episode of the Series
Directed by Lea Thompson
An introduction has Bay and Daphne flooded with memories of Angelo, on an all-new episode of “Switched at Birth,” airing tonight, TUESDAY, MARCH 21 (9:01 - 10:02 p.m. EDT), on Freeform.

A mysterious young woman has Bay and Daphne flooded with memories of their deceased father Angelo (guest star Gilles Marini, “Devious Maids”), and they must decide if they should let her into their lives. Toby is caught between his mother’s wishes to baptize his son Carlton and his wife’s feelings about faith. Melody (guest star Marlee Matlin, “The West Wing”) asks her sons to make amends so the family can be together for her birthday, but it might be too late.

“Memory (The Heart)” was written by Linda Gase and directed by Lea Thompson.

Peabody Award-winner “Switched at Birth” is executive produced by Lizzy Weiss (“Blue Crush”), Paul Stupin (“Dawson’s Creek,” “Make It or Break It”), and Linda Gase (“ER,” “Army Wives”). The series stars Katie Leclerc as Daphne Vasquez, Vanessa Marano (“Gilmore Girls”) as Bay Kennish, Constance Marie (“George Lopez”) as Regina Vasquez, D.W. Moffett (“Friday Night Lights”) as John Kennish, Lea Thompson (“Back to the Future,” “Caroline in the City”) as Kathryn Kennish; Lucas Grabeel (“High School Musical”) as Toby Kennish, with guest stars Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe and Marlee Matlin (“The West Wing”) as Melody Bledsoe.

Photos credit: ABC

"Through The Rigging" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Through The Rigging" by Doug Mills
Maine's tall ship Victory Chimes seen through the rigging of Angelique off Rockland, Maine.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Maine Red Tides Discussion

Part of Bigelow Laboratory’s Café Sci series at the Camden Public Library

When: Tuesday, March 28, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Camden Public Library
55 Main Street, Camden, ME 04843

Last fall, an unprecedented bloom of toxic algae known as Pseudo-nitzschia led to shellfishery closures throughout Maine, into Canada, and as far south as Rhode Island. The algae produce a toxin that can build up inside shellfish and cause amnesic shellfish poisoning in people when consumed. Some of the closures lasted more than a month and prompted recalls of oysters, mussels, and clams.

Senior Research Scientist Dr. Cindy Heil and her colleagues at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences worked with the Maine Department of Marine Resources to monitor for the toxin and study the algae. Heil has studied harmful algal blooms and methods for mitigating their impact for more than 20 years. On March 28, she will present, “Maine Red Tides: The Good, the Bad, and the Toxic,” and lead a discussion about harmful algae in the Gulf of Maine and their connections with climate change and human activities.

Bigelow Laboratory’s Café Sci series is a fun, accessible way for people to engage with leading researchers on critical issues and cutting-edge ocean science. Thanks to generous sponsorship support by First Advisors, the Laboratory is pleased to join with Camden Public Library to offer a special, four-part Café Sci series in 2017.

Heil’s talk will take place on March 28 at 7 p.m. and is the second in the Bigelow Laboratory’s Café Sci series at the Camden Public Library. The two remaining one-hour talks are scheduled for April 25 and May 23. These events are free and open to the public. Members of the press are encouraged to attend.

Visit for more information about this special Café Sci series.


Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit research institution on the coast of Maine. Our research ranges from the biology and ecology of marine microorganisms to large-scale ocean processes that affect the global environment. Recognized as a leader in Maine’s emerging innovation economy, the Laboratory’s research, education, and technology transfer programs are spurring significant economic growth in the state. Learn more at, and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Estate Planning Workshop

Rescheduled from March 15 due to snow. This workshop covers frequently asked questions and common misconceptions regarding wills and trusts, asset protection, nursing home issues, Medicaid qualifications and estate taxes. 95% of estate plans fail to accomplish their goals. This course offers a way to help you understand the misconceptions that lead to failure of estateplans, why and what can be done to fix them. Taught by Jesse Bifulco, estate planning attorney for over twenty years. This class will be part of an ongoing series, following dates include:  April 3, 3 pm, May 1, 3 pm, May 15, 12 noon, and June 5, 3 pm.

This class is for educational purposes only, no legally binding documents will be created, nor will there be any assistance offered in signing up for Medicaid.

Maritime Month Begins at the Camden Public Library

The library’s annual Maritime Month speaker series kicks off on Tuesday evening, April 4, with a gallery talk by Jeff Dworsky on “A Way of Life: The Fishing Families of Stonington.”

Maritime Month is made possible by Allen Insurance and Financial.

Other events in the series include a slide talk on Greenland from noted photographer Peter Ralston on Tuesday, April 11, at 7:00 pm. Ralston says, “I am pleased and honored to be able to share my observations from this transformative trip.”

On Thursday, April 13, at 7:00 pm, the library will again host a panel of schooner captains to talk about the business of sailing and their love of being out on the bay. The Schooner Captains presentation has proved very popular in the past!

On Tuesday, April 18, at 7:00 pm, geologist Steve Norton will discuss the evolution of the bedrock geology that forms the underpinnings of the area, the glacial history that has reshaped our coastal area, and modern processes that influence human activity and vice versa. Steve Norton taught geology at the University of Maine, and his talk is part of the speaker series hosted by Coastal Mountains Land Trust on how to read the natural landscape.

Bigelow Labs will bring Dr. José Antonio Fernández-Robledo to speak at the library on Tuesday, April 25, at 7:00 pm, as part of their exciting Cafe Sci series. Fernández-Robledo will speak on “Science on the Half Shell: How Oyster Parasites Might Benefit Human Health.” Refreshments will be served, and a question session will follow the presentation.

The final event in the series is a presentation by Camden’s Philosophical Society, a film and discussion on “Moby Dick"and"The Old Man and the Sea” on Thursday, April 27, at 7:00 pm. All are welcome.

Photographs by Jeff Dworsky, used by permission of the artist.

April Coffeehouse at Camden Public Library

Sara Grey and Kieron Means will offer their “Western Song” musical saga at the Camden Public Library Coffeehouse on Thursday, April 6, at 7:00 pm. Admission is only $10 at the door. This presentation is a unique look at songs in the oral tradition of people who migrated into the Panhandle, the Great Plains, and the Western States. “There was so much happening in the west between the 1800s and the 1920s,” says Sara, “and songs evolved to reflect all this activity, including the gold rush, the outlaws, the ranchers, the cattle drives, the railroad, the Mormon tradition and the isolation, particularly of women, in the prairie.

“With westward migration, people began to create songs that reflected the regions they settled in. They also sang the old songs that had come with them and these began to evolve due to their new environment. Black music and songs also had a great influence,” Sara continued. “This is not a random collection of well known western songs. A great deal of research has gone into the songs and their background. It is a unique and rare collection of old songs and ballads from many sources.”

Sara and Kieron sing these songs from the heart. Some are stark and unaccompanied and others are with Kieron on guitar and Sara on old-time banjo. They chat about the songs and their history, but not in a scripted narrative, they have good fun both playing as well as discussing their vast knowledge of traditional songs and encouraging audience participation. The music be illustrated throughout with a slide presentation of wonderful old photographs that bring to life the stories behind each song.

CDs of the songs with background notes will also be available. For more information visit

Sara Grey
“Sara Grey is one of that rare breed of singers who have been involved with traditional music over many years and absorbed its vital essence. In Sara’s performance, the art of the singer and that of the story teller merge to produce a web of tales and songs capable of transporting an audience from the concert hall or club room to the intimacy of a kitchen fire side.”  — Brian Peters

“Kieron has such a tremendous passion when he sings; his voice is especially striking, achieving the rare combination of a high lonesome edge with a warm richness of timbre, and it has a power to move the listener that few of his generation can match. His guitar playing is unconventional, its spareness a mile away from any notion of fancy picking, but it’s highly effective, while his stage presence is charismatic, yet laid-back. His songs range from old-time, through the blues — which he sings with startling conviction — to the work of tradition-influenced songwriters, and his own compositions have people, who know a good song when they hear one, nodding in approval.”  — Living Tradition