Thursday, May 25, 2017

"Rockland Breakwater Light" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Rockland Breakwater Light" by Doug Mills
Schooners Mistress, Isaac H. Evans and Stephen Taber at the Rockland Breakwater Light in 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



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

150 Families Join in Celebration of Mid Coast Hospital CenteringPregnancy Program

Heather and Andy Seymour of Pownal, Maine celebrate with one-year old Emmet at the Mid Coast Hospital CenteringPregnany reunion, May 20 in Freeport.

More than 150 Families Join in Celebration of
Mid Coast Hospital CenteringPregnancy Program

Reunion held at Winslow Park in Freeport May 20

Brunswick, ME — On Saturday, May 20, more than 150 families gathered at Winslow Park in Freeport to celebrate Mid Coast Hospital’s CenteringPregnancy program offered by Mid Coast Medical Group–Women’s Health Care.

Josh and Annie Smith of Freeport, Maine enjoy
the Mid Coast Hospital CenteringPregnany reunion
with their newborn, David, May 20 in Freeport.
Mid Coast Hospital’s CenteringPregnancy is a model of group prenatal care that integrates basic prenatal health assessment and education with social support. Facilitated by a nurse and one of five certified nurse midwives on staff, the program allows women due in the same month to receive care in a group setting. Each pregnant woman is able to bring a support person to the two-hour group visits, which typically meet in the evening.

Heather and Andy Seymour of Pownal joined a CenteringPregnancy group at Mid Coast Hospital in 2016. They had some initial concerns that group care would not be as attentive as individual care, but it did not take long before they realized the benefits. “We recognized the unique benefit of having high-quality care partnered with group education and support. It was truthfully unexpected,” said Heather. “We have both become strong advocates for Centering and the midwives at Mid Coast Medical Group–Women’s Health Care. Andy is just as involved and enthusiastic, even a year after giving birth.”

The Centering program at Mid Coast Hospital has resulted in better preparation for birth and parenting, as well as a decrease in the cesarean section rate, decrease in premature and low birth weight births, and an increase in breastfeeding rates. As an additional benefit, families create a community of support for before, during, and after birth. Families often get together frequently during the post-partum period and often stay in touch for many years after.

In addition to the certified nurse midwives, the Mid Coast Medical Group–Women’s Health Care team includes six board certified OB/GYN physicians, collaborating to offer a full range of maternity care options. As the only nationally certified site in Maine, families travel from Freeport to Damariscotta and beyond to attend the Mid Coast Hospital CenteringPregnancy program.

When Annie Smith of Freeport became pregnant, she visited an OB/GYN physician at Mid Coast Medical Group–Women’s Health Care who discussed different options for prenatal care at Mid Coast Hospital. “I ended up switching to a midwife so that I could take part in the Centering program,” said Annie. “I was looking for the group interaction and the opportunity to connect with other parents.” Her husband Josh commented, “I wanted to learn information and be present. Centering really solidified our decision to switch.” They mentioned that since participating, they recommend the program to every one they meet who is expecting a child.

“Mid Coast Hospital is committed to offering the highest-quality maternity care with a full range of options to meet the needs of all families in our region,” Kristin Anthony, RNC, MSN, NEA-BC, Vice President for Nursing and Patient Care Services at Mid Coast–Parkview Health. The CenteringPregnancy program provides a wealth of resources and support that has shown to improve outcomes and provide a better experience for our patients.”

For more information about CenteringPregnacy and maternity care at Mid Coast Hospital, visit www.midcoasthealth.com/maternity<http://www.midcoasthealth.com/maternity>.

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About Mid Coast Hospital
Mid Coast Hospital is a full-service, 93-bed, independent, not-for-profit hospital governed by a community Board of Directors. The active medical staff includes more than 200 providers in over 30 primary care and specialty areas. Mid Coast Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, and is recognized as a Magnet™ facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for exceptional nursing and patient care.

About Mid Coast Medical Group
Mid Coast Medical Group is comprised of more than 100 providers in 4 primary care and 18 specialty practices. They are located in Bath, Topsham, and Brunswick. Mid Coast Medical Group is a department of Mid Coast Hospital, part of Mid Coast–Parkview Health.


"Lewis R. French" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Lewis R. French" by Doug Mills
Lewis R. French, America's oldest schooner built 1871, Sails past the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse at the start of the Great Schooner Race of 2012.


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



Positive News...Bristol man found safe this morning by Maine Warden Service

Photo courtesy of Maine Game Wardens...Kris MacCabe
pictured rescued the man.
Bristol, Maine – Maine game wardens locate a missing Bristol man early this morning. The Maine Warden Service was called around 7:30 last evening to search for Willem Jansen, 82, from Round Pond, located within the town of Bristol. Jansen suffers from Alzheimer’s and was reported missing by his wife Alexandria. Jansen was last seen by his wife yesterday afternoon at 12:30 walking Route 32 to another property they own in Bristol. This was a normal activity for him as indicated by his wife. Several game wardens and K9 units responded as well as members of Bristol Fire, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Dept. and Lincoln County EMA.

Jansen was found early this morning by Game Warden Kris MacCabe and his K9, a six-year-old black lab named Morgan. Jansen was located in some shallow water in the woods about 1/4 mile from road. Ambulance personal evaluated Jansen for hypothermia. He was released home at the scene. This early morning rescue most certainly saved Jansen’s life.

No photos are available.

BREAKING NEWS: Union, Mutual Aid Fire Departments Responding To Union Fire

BREAKING NEWS....Union, Maine - Union, mutual aid fire departments responding a two story house fire at 529 South Union Rd, Union, Maine on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

According to Knox County Sheriffs Office officer and Union Ambulance it is fully involved.

CMP notified.

Command requesting Maine Fire Marshal's Office be notified.

All occupants accounted for.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Two Alarm Fire at Park Street Grill In Rockland



Updated 12:15 The original call came in as smoke showing from the roof.  Upon arrival of Rockland fire units it was upgraded to a two alarm.  Ladder units from Camden and Thomaston as well as units from Rockport and South Thomaston responded.  All units have now cleared the scene. The video is processing and should be ready in the next half hour.

Updated 11:52- The situation is under control and Rockland has released all mutual aid units. However traffic is all tied up in downtown Rockland and should be avoided if possible.

Rockland, Maine- Fire units from across the Mid Coast area are battling a two alarm fire at the Park Street Grill at Park and Maine Streets in Rockland.  Video to follow as soon as it is ready.


"Schooners Mercantile and Grace Bailey" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Schooners Mercantile and Grace Bailey" by Doug Mills
Schooners Mercantile and Grace Bailey moored at Camden Maine the birthplace of the windjammer industry.


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, May 22, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Wiscasset, Area Fire Departments Battling Wiscasset House Fire

UPDATE 4:14....The fire was contained to the chimney, kept from spreading by firefighters. Fire departments that responded were Wiscasset, Alna, Boothbay, Dresden, Westport Island, and Woolwich, Wiscasset Ambulance Service and Wiscasset Police Department.
BREAKING NEWS......Wiscasset, Maine - Wiscasset and multiple area fire departments batting a house fire on RT 1, across from the old Napa building in Wiscasset, Maine on Monday, May 22nd 2017.

VIDEO SPECIAL: Blessing Of The Bikes


Rockland, Maine- On Sunday bikers gathered at Grace Bible Fellowship in Rockland for the first annual Blessing of the Bikes.  Bikers from across the Mid Coast area and across the state attended the Blessing of the Bikes in Rockland including prayer for each of the riders and bikes and a ride around the Mid Coast area.  Non bikers were also encouraged to watch for bikers.




Strand announces the Reel Film Festival

ROCKLAND, Maine - The presentation of movies as they were originally meant to be viewed--- on 35 mm film projected onto the silver screen---is coming to the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, on June 23 and 24.  Three films, Cabaret, A Star is Born and The Band Wagon will be the line-up for a two day Reel Film Festival which organizers hope will become an annual event for the Strand.

“The Strand is one of only a few theaters in the region that has the ability to project film,” says Jo Dondis, chair of the Board of the Friends of the Strand Theatre, the non-profit entity that owns and operates the Strand. “When we switched to digital projection three years ago, the comfortable size of the projection booth allowed us to keep our two large projectors. Although the casual observer may not notice the difference between digital and film there is a richness, a certain “flicker” that comes with the film experience.  We want to give our audiences the opportunity to enjoy that at least once a year.”

The films, among the greatest cinematic musicals of all time, are linked by two stars and a director.  Vincente Minnelli directed The Band Wagon (1953, starring Fred Astaire). His daughter Liza Minnelli starred in Cabaret (1972) and her mother, Judy Garland, was the showstopper in A Star is Born (1954).

“We wanted to tie the program together thematically, and because of the popularity of the musical La La Land this year, thought it was a good time to showcase musicals,” says Jessie Davis, Executive Director of the Strand.  “So even if you’re not a film purist, this program offers a big punch in terms of sheer entertainment and is designed to appeal to a wide range of people.”

Featured speakers will include the world’s preeminent Judy Garland author, authority and lecturer John Fricke, and film producer, writer, director and local resident Willard Carroll.  Emmy Award winning Fricke, who has written seven books on Garland, will speak briefly before each film and answer questions afterward.  Willard Carroll, an Emmy Award winning producer whose films include “Playing By Heart” with Sean Connery and Angelina Jolie, “Marigold” and “Tom’s Midnight Garden,” will join Fricke on stage after the final screening Saturday evening to wrap up the festival with a conversation about the films and the musical genre in general.

The Constellation Center Collection at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Archive is loaning the Strand the three restored film prints.

Screening schedule:
Cabaret: Friday June 23 at 7pm.
A Star is Born: Saturday, June 24 at 2pm
The Band Wagon: Saturday, June 24 7pm

Tickets are $12 per screening, or $30 for a festival pass that includes admission to all three films. For more information, visit www.rocklandstrand.com. Tel: (207) 594-0070 EX 3  Email: info@rocklandstrand.com

Photo: Judy Garland in A Star is Born

SONGWRITERS’ COFFEEHOUSE


The songwriters of the Camden Public Library’s Songwriters Sessions are ready to perform their new work at the annual Songwriters Coffeehouse on June 1. The group has been working together all winter to produce original work that spans styles from blues to singer-songwriter, choral work, instrumentals, topical songs, love songs, and more. The Coffeehouse is on Thursday, June 1, at 7:00 pm; suggested donation at the door will be $5.

The Songwriters Sessions are an opportunity to get some positive feedback and perhaps even some harmony or instrumental backup for budding songwriters. The group includes accomplished musicians and songwriters, and welcomes new members every year. They work on structure, rhyme, and performance, as well as theme, to bring polish and clarity to their work. “This is an exceptionally talented group this year,” said Ken Gross, organizer of the sessions, “and it’s also a larger group than usual. Each writer has brought specific talents and goals to the group. It’s gratifying to see so much interest and dedication to songwriting as well as talent, coming together for this performance.”

The Camden Public Library maintains a year-round tradition of live music, usually folk and acoustic, on the first Thursday of the month, at the Library Coffeehouse. The Library Coffeehouse has been hosting live musicians for well over ten years.

Songwriters pictured:

Seated: Steve Chiasson, Jim James, Ken Gross; standing, Gerry Mirabile, Scott Simmons, Carol Graff, Maryann Jacks, Elizabeth Leonard; missing from the photo is Jim Tolles.



GETTING ON BOARD: PLANNING FOR SEA LEVEL RISE IN CAMDEN


Sea level rise is considered one of the most profound long-term effects of climate change, yet the public is almost completely unaware of the magnitude of the problem. On Wednesday, May 31st from 4:30 to 5:45 pm at the Camden Public Library, Watershed School students will present their research on the impacts of sea level rise on the Town of Camden. Area residents are invited to attend and learn more about the students’ research on the causes of sea level rise, projections for the northeastern United States during this century, and potential impacts of different sea level scenarios on the Camden waterfront. Students have also researched how different communities around the Gulf of Maine are addressing what many consider to be the biggest environmental challenge facing Maine’s coastal communities in the coming decades.
Watershed students will present visualizations of different sea levels on aerial imagery prepared by the Maine Geological Survey. They will also show their own simulations using ground photography taken from shore and from a recent boat trip along the entire Camden coastline.
As part of their research, students are conducting a survey to find out how much people who live, work, or visit Camden know about this topic. An on-line version of the survey will be shared with the community and area newspapers in the coming weeks.
Community members, town officials and town committee members are encouraged to attend and take part in a discussion following the students’ presentation. The event will be held in the Jean Picker Room of the Camden Library, which is generously offering space for this educational community gathering. Questions about the presentation can be directed to Janet McMahon at jmcmahon@midcoast.com.

Images of Watershed students courtesy of The Watershed School.


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



Common Mosses On The Mt. Battie Road

Common Mosses (Bryophytes) on the Mt. Battie Road

Camden Public Library Moss orientation Tuesday, May 30, at 7:00 pm.

What is a moss? Where and how do they grow? What is their role in the environment? There will be a power point as well as hands on samples of mosses to learn from. Bring a hand lens if you have one.

Mt. Battie Road Field trip Wednesday, May 31, 9:00 am to 11:00 am, rain or shine.

Meet at the Camden Hills State Park parking lot at 8:45.  Wear appropriate clothing to walk in the woods, a raincoat, and boots if needed. A notebook, pen and hand lens will be useful. Our goal will be to identify the 2 main categories of moss (Acrocarpous and Pleurocarpous), to identify the reproductive sporophytes, and to identify 5- 7 of the common mosses found there. We will probably find at least one liverwort too!

Diann Henderson is a retired Middle School Math and Science teacher and graduate of the Maine Master Naturalist Program. She has had a love of Mt Battie ever since growing up near the State Park, well before the road to the top was constructed.

Moss picture by Etienne Delorieux, used with permission.



The Rockland Report May 19, 2017

OFFICE OF THE ACTING CITY MANAGER/COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
 I attended the Maine Criminal Justice Academy graduation ceremony with Chief Boucher, Sergeant Russ Thompson and Officer Scott Solorzano for Officers Addison Cox and Aaron Schultz. I would again like to congratulate Officers Cox and Schultz for completing their training with the
Academy. I’ve heard high praise from their colleagues at the Rockland Police Department in the short time they’ve been there. I’m certain they will do an excellent job serving the City and protecting our citizens. I would also like to thank all the Officers and staff at the Police Department who have been working hard and coming together as a team to ensure there is consistent police coverage in Rockland despite vacancies and our two Officers who have been away at the Academy for the last few months. Everyone has truly gone above and beyond.
 A number of Department Heads, John McDonald from RSU 13 and I attended the first meeting regarding the MDOT’s pedestrian safety program. The City will participate in this program which will kick off with a public forum. This will be a good opportunity for MDOT to present data on areas that are high risk for pedestrians and get input from the community on the underlying causes and what may work in addressing these issues.
 3 RFP’s for City owned property have been advertised as of yesterday, including: 10 Lovejoy Street, 17 Sherer Lane and 42 Lakeview Drive. The submission deadline is June 1st at 2pm. The deadline for RFP responses for 59 Camden Street has passed (we received 2 responses) and the Engine Quarry RFP will end on May 23rd
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 I have been working with Bernstein Shur to try and collect on an outstanding debt owed to the City by Rockland Lobster Company that operated from the Rockland Fish Pier a number of years ago. The City received a judgement that the owner was required to pay the City over $31,000 in outstanding fees. However, collecting on this debt has been complicated by the owner of the
company declaring bankruptcy. Through my work with Bernstein Shur we determined there is little to no chance of the City collecting on this debt due to the City’s position as a creditor and the value of this individual’s assets once liquidated. We certainly tried every avenue available to recover these funds but unfortunately this will be another uncollectable debt the Council will need to consider writing off.
 I have been working on completing the CDBG Economic Development Program application for Rock Harbor Brewery. We are just about ready to submit this application to the State. If we are successful Rock Harbor Brewery will received a $300,000 grant that will result in the creation of 10 jobs.
 The Harbor Master and I have a lot of work to do in getting information to MDOT and completing 2 major grant applications to the federal government for improvements to the Fish Pier and Public Pier. We have major deadlines next week so I apologize in advance if a lot of my time will be prioritized in completing these grants applications over the coming week.

OFFICE OF THE CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
 We have received one new application for Short-Term Rental for which John created the applicant’s site plan for Planning Board review and was scheduled to be reviewed by the Planning Board.
 One Short-Term Rental property, an STR-1 two-family dwelling at 24 James Street, where one unit is occupied by the owner, a resident of Rockland, has received their permit.
 John attended a meeting of the Rockland Planning Board.
 At its May 16th meeting, the Planning Board reviewed and approved the site plan for The Function Junction, a 2,436 s.f. function room for public assembly located at 31 New County Road. The Schooner Gem was approved for height exception of its masts located at 73 Mechanic Street. Three Short-Term Rental site plans were reviewed and approved at 30 Holmes Street, 9 Berkeley
Street, and 70 Waldo Avenue.
 Bill attended meeting of the Comprehensive Planning Commission and the Planning Board.
 Bill performed a Safety Inspection of City Hall and has begun arranging necessary repairs.
 Bill performed five victualers’ license inspections and two second-hand merchant’s license inspections.
 Roxy organized, prepared for, and sent out abutters’ notices for a meeting of the Rockland Planning Board.
 Roxy prepared the quarterly Plumbing Report to the State of Maine to submit their share of plumbing permit fees.
 John met with contractors, property, and business owners regarding various proposed projects throughout the city, some of these meetings were in conjunction with the Fire Department and included on-site inspections.
 John performed inspection and issued Certificates of Occupancy for office at 147 Park Street and a single-family dwelling modular home on Country Way. He also performed inspection of and issued a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for an office building at 639 Main Street. Bill performed inspection of and issued a Certificate of Occupancy for a single-family dwelling and garage on Grace Street Place. He also performed inspection of and issued a Temporary Certificate
of Occupancy for two units in a 3-unit dwelling at 79 Grace Street.
 Seven complaints were filed in the past two weeks. One was regarding an unpermitted fabric structure. One was regarding an unpermitted fabric structure and unpermitted storage trailer. One was regarding trash attracting seagulls. One was regarding trash in a brook, a fence in disrepair, and discarding of lawn clippings on another property. One was regarding an unpermitted mobile home. One was regarding a trailer in disrepair and waste and debris in the backyard. And finally, one was regarding trash and a shed falling down. We remain very busy investigating and following-up on complaint issues within the city.
 A new Planning Board Site Plan Review Application was received for a Change of Use at 129 Lake View Drive from Jessica O’Farrell for Lakeview Lodge, LLC, a kennel/boarding facility.
 We issued seventeen building permits. A permit was issued for an awning at 743 Main Street. A 32 x 32 cooler for a brewery was permitted at 5 Payne Avenue. A screened-in porch was permitted on Littlefield Street. A dormer was permitted on Talbot Avenue and another on Ocean Street. A permit was issued for installing windows and replacing floor joists on Warren Street. A shed was permitted on Acadia Drive. A fence and shed was permitted on Lisle Street. A
greenhouse was permitted on Nevelson Street. Three permits were issued to repair and replace decks on Grace Street, Broadway, and Main Street. A permit was issued to repair, replace, and relocate a garage on Broadway. A used mobile home was permitted on First Street. A permit to demolish a deck and replace with stairs was issued on Fern Street. Two fence permits were issued for Acadia Drive and Katahdin Avenue. A demolition permit was issued for a single-family
dwelling on Old County Road. And finally, a permit was issued to alter an attached shed into a laundry room and ½ bath on Suffolk Street.
 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:
 19 Building Permits
 6 Electrical Permits
 8 Plumbing Permits
 7 Street Excavation Permits
 2 Sign Permits
 1 Short-Term Rental Permit
 1 Street/Sidewalk Encumbrance Permit
 1 Sidewalk Display Permit
 1 Sidewalk Tables & Chairs Permit

OFFICE OF THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR
 On Monday, we began offering a free Music and Movement program, which will continue June through August. It’s an opportunity to share songs and includes instrument play, movement activities, & much more. It provides a chance to discover the fun and the power of music with your baby, and is led by Ursula Crosslin of Midcoast Music Together
 The Adult Drawing class worked on migratory birds and warblers, and Children’s class had the theme of marsh & wetlands life, both led by Catinka Knoth.
 Judith Andersen (Miss Judy) happily read several stories during Wednesday Storytime; each week the audience is so varied that choices need to be switched on the spot. Jean Young, or the reader, make sure there’s a stack of diverse titles beside the reader’s chair. The favorite this week was: Wake Up!, by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder. It is one of our new books and consists of detailed photographs of small animals and birds pared with simple rhyming lines. Jean described
it very simply--gorgeous. Judith included her favorite--Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems, which was followed by coloring pages from Mo Willem’s popular story; most were brought home to color later.
 As a member of the City Budget Committee, I attended the budget workshop deliberations by Council.
 This was also a LEGOS™ Club week; there was no special theme.
 I attended the monthly meeting of the Friends of Rockland Public Library Board.
 The Thursday evening Arts & Cultural Event was a talk-- Enjoy a Simpler Life by Organizing Your Home. Diane Smith, a professional home organizer, believes when we “rightsize” our home, whether we enjoy being surrounded by many possessions or maintaining a minimalist look, we liberate time for what is important. Participants received practical ideas for creating and maintaining a nurturing environment, surrounded by belongings we love that are found with
ease. There was an opportunity to receive customized solutions during a Q&A session, and participants were invited to share their own strategies for success.
 Being the third Saturday of the month, Jessie Blanchard hosted Coloring for Adults. This is a great way to start your Saturday morning out right by joining the relaxing activity of coloring. Good conversation, too! Participants are encouraged to bring their coffee or tea, bring a friend, or find one here.
 Little Green Fingers, a gardening club for kids, began on Saturday. The aim is to encourage children to learn basic gardening skills through crafts and games in the Children’s Garden, adjacent to the Children’s Room. The first project was a container garden. All materials were provided.
 The Friends are actively seeking donations for their upcoming sale in support of the Library:
 Reminder: The Friends of Rockland Public Library are hosting a year-round bottle drive and we need your help! They’ve signed up with CLYNK, the bag-drop bottle return system located at Hannaford supermarkets. It's easy: Get green CLYNK bags at the Book Stop (open Mon-Sat, 10-1) or from the Circulation Desk, fill them with your empty bottles and cans, and drop off your bags at
the Rockland Hannaford CLYNK station. Funds raised will go automatically into our Friends of Rockland Public Library account. And please spread the word to neighbors and other community members!
 Upcoming: Let’s Talk About It: Book Group Making a Difference: How Love and Duty Change Lives--The Library has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer “Let’s Talk About It”, a free reading and facilitated discussion group with copies of books available through the Library. This program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Maine Center for the Book
in cooperation with the Maine State Library. This will meet for five sessions, through September 26. Please stop by the reference desk to register and pick up the first book of the series, Plainsong, by Kent Haruf. Also, Author Talk: Paul Marshall, Maine Boy Goes to War and Building Body Image for Teens, a six week program.

OFFICE OF THE HARBORMASTER
 Cleaning Public landing piers for the season.
 New electrical service to public landing should be completed in two weeks.
 ACL Independence has started the season at the Public landing.

OFFICE OF THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY DIRECTOR
 The treatment plant had two C.S.O. events in the past two week period due to recent rain.
 Lab did B.O.D. and T.S.S. testing for North Haven.
 Received chemical deliveries of sodium bisulfite and sodium hypochlorite.
 Seasonal chlorination and de- chlorination systems went online on May 15th with no problems.
 Lawn mowing and landscape work around the treatment plant grounds has started.
 One employee was selected for jury duty and was out two days.
 Three employees attended training on portable diesel generators.
 Replaced the filter housing on the aeration blower intake.
 Loaded scrap metal from recent projects and hauled it to the transfer station.
 Cleaned and replaced the screens on the CSO sampler suction lines.
 Fabricated and installed a new manifold for the hypochlorite fill station.
 Tested and exercised the backup generators at the treatment plant and pump stations.
 Did the annual preventive maintenance on the de-chlorination mixer.
 Worked with Horizon Solutions and Woodard & Curran Engineering to resolve a problem with the
logic controller for #1 dry weather pump.
 Completed preventative maintenance on primary clarifier #2.
 Replaced the suction valve on #1 hypochlorite bulk storage tank.
 Replaced the shut-off valve on the CSO contact chamber wash down and made changes to allow connection of two fire hoses.
 Responded to an alarm for a clogged pump at the Glenwood Ave. pump station. The pump was removed for inspection and put back in service.
 Repaired the sump pump at the Waldo Ave. pump station.
 Did weekly pump station testing and inspection.
 Continued sewer manhole inspection and surveys.
 Met with a property owner and contractor to discuss installation of a new sewer lateral on Crescent Street.
 Completed CCTV inspection of 300 ft. of sewer main on Simmons Street.
 Responded to 10 dig-safe requests for Maine-Water.
 Smoke tested storm water piping on Thomaston St. for the Dept. of Public Services.
 Cleaned the sewer main on Amesbury St. with the sewer jetter and inspected the pipe with the CCTV equipment.
 Worked on data entry into the G.I.S.
 Did dig-safe checks at 5 locations for the Dept. of Public Services.
 3 employees attended a day of training on OSHA requirements in construction and industry.

OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC SERVICES DIRECTOR
 Assisted resident with having contractor repair phone line that was damaged during work done for the Water Company.
 We are in the process of having Dig Smart of Maine conduct a ground penetrating radar survey to determine the exact extent of the concrete subbase on route 73.
 After incorporating recommended changes, the Ecomaine waste and recycling contract was sent to the attorney for final review prior to submittal to Ecomaine.
 Centerline painting has been scheduled.
 Finalized and submitted annual solid waste report.
 Attended DOT Local Project Administration training (LAP), completed testing and attained 4 year certification.
 Met with Patrick Adams and Dave Allen and several members of the public about incorporating bike lanes with bike awareness icons in the roadway mainly in the Main Street and Union Street area.
 Met with Patrick Adams as well as other Department Heads, the City Manager and the RSU13 Superintendent about pedestrian safety program being sponsored by the DOT.
 Attended Energy Committee Meeting - Weatherize Rockland and LED lighting were reviewed.
 Changed locks on sewer acquired property at 29 Broad Street.
 Worked on landscaping and edging in City Parks.
 Rebuilt several picnic tables and did citywide inventory.
 Attended meeting to prepare for Lobster Festival Parade.
 Received bids on Straw Blower and prepared the bid acceptance paperwork.
 Continued work with Woodard & Curran on landfill closure and finalizing the Schedule of Compliance.
 Attended budget presentation Council meeting with budget working group.
 Worked on schedule for Old County Road ball field for this upcoming season.
 Continued working on Zone 3 spring clean-up. Zone 3 will have to be carried into the next week along with Zone 4 due to the work load going on.
 Assisted Garden Club.
 Began crosswalk painting.
 Continued brick repair at Winslow Holbrook Park.
 Citywide cold patch.
 Citywide trash pickup.
 Street sweeping citywide.
 Transfer Station dozer repair.
 Installed street sign greenway.

OFFICE OF THE FIRE CHIEF
Over this preceding two weeks, in addition to the response to 74 Fire and EMS calls, conducting apparatus checks, daily cleaning, routine repairs and maintenance to the fleet and of the quarters, the following occurred:
 Training for the month has been split between forcible entry and company tactics upon arrival at a house fire. FF Anderson continued to train the department on methods of forcible entry with the counties new training prop. A/C Miceli has been running the shifts through some initial operations when responding to a reported fire.
 The new oil tanks put in place by C-shift were connected to the boiler by Mechanical Services and they are up and operational, just in time to shut down the boiler and enjoy some of this Maine summer weather heading our way!
 Our oldest ambulance, Recue 2, has been receiving some TLC due to its aging. Brake work, as well as some electrical work, was performed over the past two weeks. We are hoping to keep it roadworthy for at least another year before looking at a new truck.
 Rescue 1 and 3 were both checked for alignment issues and the appropriate settings were confirmed.
 Training for FF Pendleton on Tower 3 operations were conducted over the last few weeks. Each firefighter must show proficient use in all the apparatus and Bill is well on his way.
 Chief Whytock attended the State wide “Ice Storm” drill. This drill allowed the Knox County to evaluate its responses and implement any changes needed in the event of a disaster such as a big winter storm. Preplanning and hazard mitigation all play a big role in our ability to respond to events such as these and the drill was a success. We will be adjusting a few things and always looking to improve.
 A-Shift, along with Chief Whytock, responded mutual aid to Thomaston for a report of a building fire. Heavy fire was found on arrival by Thomaston’s first due crew and the fire was quickly contained. Members of RFD aided in the extinguishment as well as the establishment of water supply.
 Rockland Fire & EMS has responded to a handful of residences over the last month and found high levels of Carbon Monoxide. Thankfully these calls had been detected by alarm systems within the homes that alerted the occupants to the problem. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A CO ALARM in your home. If you have any questions as to the location or installation of a CO or smoke alarm, call us. We can offer advice over the phone and even come to your home and install them if needed. We can be reached at 594-0318.

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE
This week we want to share some timely information from one of our partners Maine Identity Services. What you need to Know about “Ransomware” - As the WannaCry worm turns: So, first the good news. The recent worldwide malware infection does not seem to be as bad as it might have been. But it is certainly bad enough. Experts are reporting that as of Monday it had reached 200,000
computers in more than 150 countries over three days. With the WannaCry attack “in the wild,” here’s some information that you may want to keep in mind.
First, WannaCry is a type of malware (malicious software) that is called “ransomware.” Its job is to enter your computer and encrypt what’s on it, so it becomes inaccessible to you. It then demands a payment of $300 from you to unlock your computer files. Thus, the term “ransomware.” If you fail to pay, the virus will delete all of the files on your computer. WannaCry gives the victim
three days to pay before the price increases to $600 and the files are deleted if no payment is received by the end of one week. If you pay the ransom it promises to unencrypt your files. WannaCry demands your payment in bitcoins which is a cyber currency that protects the anonymity of the transaction because it does not go through a “normal” banking process. On May 17, one bitcoin was worth $1859.00 in U.S. dollars. Bitcoin is easily purchased via online currency exchanges that accept credit card payments. We can all thank a computer security guru named Marcus Hutchins for slowing down the worldwide spread of WannaCry. He discovered a way of preventing the malware from infecting computers. But make no mistake, evil geniuses are hard at work to bring the virus back in new forms and probably in the very near future. So, how can you protect your computer from WannaCry and its future evil twins?
1. Make sure that you have installed all security updates for your computer. There is a security update issued by Microsoft on Friday that explains what to do. You can find it here:
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacryptattacks/
Note: If you are using software that is “pirated” (i.e. copied from someone else’s software without paying Microsoft for it) you will not be able to download this security patch.
2. Update your computer system. Older versions of operating software are, in general, more vulnerable to malware than newer versions.
3. Back up your files! There are companies that will do this for you for a small monthly fee. If your files are backed up, there will be an unencrypted copy of them for you to use without having to pay the ransom.
4. Make sure that you have installed robust security software on your computer. The companies that offer security software are reassuring their customers that they are protected from the malware.
5. DO NOT OPEN LINKS IN EMAILS OR ON WEBSITES! This is how malware enters your computer. Maine Identity Services, LLC provides data breach and identity theft assistance to individuals, organizations and law enforcement personnel through its books, seminars and police materials. For
more information about the company and its products, visit www.meidhelp.com or email: info@meidhelp.com.

CITY OF ROCKLAND
Meeting Weekly Schedule

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
5:30 PM Budget Review Session, Council Chambers

Thursday, May 25, 2017
5:00 PM REDAC, Council Chambers
6:00 PM Comprehensive Planning Commission, Board Room, City Hall



"In The Fog" The Maine Windjammer Project


"In The Fog" by Doug Mills
Schooner Nathaniel Bowditch in the fog off Owls Head, 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



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Maine 7 Day Forecast

"Wildlife" by Doug Mills
Shoot Maine Studios
Rockland, Maine
Monday
Showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 56. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Monday Night
Showers likely before 11pm, then periods of rain between 11pm and midnight, then showers likely after midnight. Patchy fog after 5am. Low around 46. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday
A 30 percent chance of showers before 8am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday
Showers likely, mainly after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Wednesday Night
A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 52.

Thursday
A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64.
Thursday Night
Rain. Low around 52. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Friday
Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Friday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Saturday
Partly sunny, with a high near 67.
Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Sunday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.