Saturday, December 31, 2016

Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking: Encore presentation this Sunday

HBO remembers Carrie Fisher with an encore presentation of WISHFUL DRINKING this Sunday, Jan. 1 (9:00-10:20 p.m. ET/PT) on the main HBO channel. Debuting in 2010, this feature-length adaptation of the Hollywood icon’s hit autobiographical stage production tells the intoxicating tale of her life, combining her raucous one-woman stage performance, interviews with family and friends, and archival footage.  Produced and directed by World of Wonder’s Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, the special received two Primetime Emmy® nominations, including Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.

Waterway Rangers Urge Caution on the Ice

T6 R11 WELS, Maine –Rangers on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) are reporting thin ice in the middle of the larger headwater lakes. Rangers and Wardens were out checking the ice thickness on the 28th and 29th of December. They found 5 to 7 inches of good ice on Churchill Lake, Telos Lake and Round Pond, but Chamberlain and Eagle Lakes only had 1 to 3 inches of ice out in the middle. There was about 5 inches of ice along the shoreline of Chamberlain Lake. Rangers advise ice fishermen to use caution when heading out to fish this weekend.

AWW Superintendent Matthew LaRoche stated that Chamberlain Lake skimmed over for the first time on Friday night, 12/16/16. We are expecting over a foot of snow on Thursday and Friday, that snow will help insulate the ice and slow down the formation good solid ice. The weight of the snow will also push the ice down and turn the snow to slush. The smaller bodies of water and coves have good ice but it is absolutely not safe to cross Chamberlain or Eagle Lake.

Rangers will be out checking the ice in the upcoming days. Current ice conditions will be posted on the “Conditions and Alerts” page at: www.maine.gov/allagash. Visitors should stop at the Chamberlain Bridge Ranger Station for up to date information on ice conditions or call the waterway dispatch service in Ashland at (207) 435-7963. If you have reservations at one of the area sporting camps, you should check with the camp operators before heading out on the ice.

"Rangers are urging people to check the ice as you go out and not to assume the ice is safe if you see a snowmobile track going out across the lake," said LaRoche. “An inch of ice isn’t very much, and that thickness may vary from location to location. The ice is just not safe enough to cross Chamberlain or Eagle Lake lakes yet. He urged those heading out to fish this weekend to tell someone where you are going and take someone with you."

The AWW superintendent warned all visitors to stay away from thoroughfares avoid tributary streams when traveling on the ice.

“We usually have a good crowd out ice fishing on the first weekend of the season,” LaRoche said, referring to the upcoming ice fishing season which starts Sunday, Jan. 1. “The native brook trout fishing is usually excellent when the season first opens.”

The AWW provides: winter campgrounds at the Chamberlain Bridge and Kellogg Brook, public drinking water, vault toilets and snow plowing. A groomed snowmobile trail is marked from the Chamberlain Bridge parking lot to the south end of Chamberlain Lake and to Round Pond/Telos lakes.

The AWW is a 92-mile-long ribbon of lakes, ponds, streams and river that wind through the heart of northern Maine’s vast commercial forest. The waterway became the first state-administered river to be designated by the United States Department of Interior as a component of the federal Wild and Scenic River Program. This designation was the culmination of an effort began in the early 1960s, to protect the outstanding natural character, unique recreational opportunities and historical significance of the Allagash River and its associated lakes and ponds.

For more information about the AWW, go to: http://www.maine.gov/allagash

RIDE RESPONSIBLY - Snowmobile Safety Campaign

Augusta, Maine - This snowmobile season, the Maine Warden Service and the Maine Snowmobile Association have teamed up once again to remind people to ride responsibly. Game Warden Corporal John MacDonald and MSA Executive Director Bob Meyers met with several media outlets Thursday morning to discuss Maine’s busy snowmobiling season. Thursday’s press conference highlighted the need for snowmobile riders to work together and reduce crashes. Driving under the influence, speeding, operating in adverse weather conditions, and operating on unfamiliar water bodies are common contributing factors with snowmobile incidents here in Maine.

To reduce incidents related to snowmobile crashes and search and rescue incidents, we ask that riders provide trip plans to family members and carry essential items with them. If you deviate significantly from your trip plans, please let a family member know. Search and rescue involves significant resources and are often hazardous to conduct. Many search and rescue missions can be avoided using good common sense.

When possible, carry a phone or other communication device in the event of an emergency and dial 911. Other key items include a means to make a fire, extra gas, snowshoes, small shovel, hand warmers and perhaps some food and water in the event your trip gets delayed or you must spend the night in the woods unexpectedly.

We encourage every rider to make sure their sled is registered and join a snowmobile club before they ride. Your snowmobile registration dollars provide the funding and support clubs need to maintain our great trails and also provide game wardens with tools needed to keep you safe.

With early and ongoing snowfall, visitors from all over the Northeast are headed for Maine’s 14,500 miles of snowmobile trails. Thanks is due to the thousands of volunteers who belong to 289 clubs statewide whose hard work in the off-season make the trails ready to ride as soon as enough snow hits the ground. Show them your support by joining your local snowmobile club before you ride. Thanks also to generous landowners statewide who allow us the use of their property – please respect their generosity by treating their property as if it were your own.

And when you register your snowmobile, it is a great time to purchase an Outdoors Partner membership from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. For a nominal fee, you help provide critical support to Maine’s Landowner Relations Program. Maine’s rich tradition of public access to private land for recreation is essential for everyone who enjoys the outdoors. Your participation ensures that landowners across the state get the support they need and deserve to continue to allow access.

Now is also the time to brush up on safety and remind yourself of the simple rules that will keep your riding season safe and enjoyable. Some basic safety tips include:

STAY ON MARKED TRAILS. Respect the property of the thousands of landowners that allow trails on their property. Riding off-trail can lead to crashes with hazards buried under the snow.

NEVER DRINK AND RIDE. Many snowmobile accidents involve alcohol. The Maine Warden Service will be on the trails all season to strictly enforce Maine’s tough OUI law. Offenders pose a risk to all riders, and if caught will face large fines and jail time.

ALWAYS OPERATE YOUR SLED AT A SAFE AND REASONABLE SPEED. Operating at a safe and reasonable speed means being in control of your machine at all times. If you have any doubt, slow down.

ALWAYS RIDE TO THE RIGHT. Stay on the right hand side of the trail at all times. Remember to always pull well off the side of the trail when you stop.

APPROACH EVERY HILL, CORNER, AND INTERSECTION WITH CAUTION. Ride your sled as if another will be coming toward you on your side of the trail. On Maine’s busy trail system, you must keep an eye out for other riders.

LET OTHERS KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING. Leave a note on your dashboard saying where you’re going and when you expect to be back. If you go missing, searchers will have a starting point to look for you.

DON’T RIDE ALONE. Riding with others ensures that someone else will be there to help should you encounter problems. Many times help can be hours away, and having friends along will help ensure a safe trip.

WITH ICE CONDITIONS, IF YOU DON’T KNOW DON’T GO. Check conditions with locals. Area chambers of commerce or snowmobile clubs are excellent sources – they know conditions first hand.

Kingfield, Proposed Sidewalk From Depot Street to Kingfield Elementary School on Route 142

Kingfield, Maine - The Maine Department of Transportation and the Town of Kingfield are seeking public input for a proposed sidewalk along Route 142 from Depot Street to the Kingfield Elementary School. Please join us at 6:00 pm on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at Webster Hall, at which time representatives from the MaineDOT, the Town of Kingfield and the Design firm will discuss the proposed sidewalk, listen to concerns, receive comments, and answer questions from persons interested in the project to ensure transportation needs are being addressed. Accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Auxiliary aids will be provided upon advance request. Any inquiries regarding this project may be directed to the attention of Catherine Rand, Project Manager, Maine Department of Transportation, Multimodal Program, 24 Child Street, 16 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0016. Telephone: (207) 557-1662. Email: Catherine.Rand@Maine.gov.

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Brewer, Proposed Riverwalk Trail and Improvements to Downtown Pedestrian Areas

Brewer, Maine - The Maine Department of Transportation and the City of Brewer are seeking public input for a proposed trail along the riverfront from Wilson Street to the Penobscot Bridge, including pedestrian improvements in the downtown area. The proposed trail and improvements are a continuation (Phase 2) of an existing Riverwalk Trail in Brewer. Please join us at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at the Brewer City Hall, at which time representatives from the MaineDOT, Brewer and the Design firm will discuss the proposed continuation of the Riverwalk Trail, listen to concerns, receive comments, and answer questions from persons interested in the project to ensure transportation needs are being addressed. Accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Auxiliary aids will be provided upon advance request. Any inquiries regarding this project may be directed to the attention of Catherine Rand, Project Manager, Maine Department of Transportation, Multimodal Program, 24 Child Street, 16 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0016. Telephone: (207) 557-1662. Email: Catherine.Rand@Maine.gov.

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Hailee Steinfeld Attends Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2017

Los Angeles, California - Nineteen year old singer Hailee Steinfeld looking gorgeous wearing a black dress and heels attends Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest on Saturday, December 31, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Thomas Rhett Performs During Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2017

New York City, New York - Singer Thomas Rhett looking great performs onstage during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2017 at Times Square on Saturday, December 31, 2016 in New York City.

Portland Public Library to host Race and Justice in America book discussion series with the Maine Humanities Council

Portland Public Library to host Race and Justice in America book discussion series 
with the Maine Humanities Council
January 23rd through April 10th 2017

Portland, Maine - Portland Public Library has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer Race and Justice in America, a free 5-book reading and discussion group with all copies of books available through the library. This "Let's Talk About It" program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Maine Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library.

The first discussion in the Race and Justice in America series begins at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 23 at Portland Public Library, Meeting Room 5, in Portland. The series will continue for four other sessions through April 10, 2017.

Books to be read and discussed in this series include: The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward; Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson; The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender, and the Origins of the L.A. Riots, by Brenda Stevenson; Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching that Launched 100 Years of Federalism, by Mark Curriden and Leroy Phillips, and Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, by Kevin Boyle.

The book discussions will be facilitated by Dr. Leroy Rowe, Assistant Professor of African-American History & Politics at USM.

Books for the program are available for loan at the Reader's Advisory desk of the library. Please call the library at 871-1700 ext. 705 to register and come in to pick up books from the series.
This program is offered to Maine libraries through the Maine Humanities Council in partnership with the Maine State Library.

For more information about “Let’s Talk About It” and the work of the Maine Humanities Council, see www.mainehumanities.org or call the office in Portland at 207-773-5051

BREAKING NEWS: Rockland, Rockport, Camden Fire Departments Responding To 1st Alarm

7:38pm UPDATE...All Rockland Fire Department units are clearing the scene.
6:28pm UPDATE...Rockport Fire Department has cleared the scene. Two engines and car 1 responded.
UPDATE...Camden Fire Department has been cleared per command.
BREAKING NEWS...Rockland, Maine - Rockland, Camden and Rockport fire department are responding to a 1st alarm fire at 7 Trinity Street in Rockland, Maine on Saturday, December 31st, 2016.

The call came in around 5:50pm.

Car one for Rockland Fire Department reported heavy smoke from the chimney.

More details when available...

Exhibit: Mark and Martha Bell Pottery Collection

Where:  Britton Gallery, Blue Hill Public Library
When:  January 4th to March 30th

Calendar listing: Exhibit: The Mark and Martha Bell Pottery Collection, featuring American ceramics, during library hours Jan. 4 through March 30.

BLUE HILL, Maine – Blue Hill potter Mark Bell will exhibit a portion of his collection of pottery in the Blue Hill Public Library’s Howard Room Glass cases for January, February and March, starting on January 4th. The Mark and Martha Bell Pottery Collection exhibit contains their collection of American ceramics made over the last 30 years, including some Bell’s own best work that was willed back to him when a collector passed away.

Mark Bell and his wife Martha have a collection of 500 pots, many of which are displayed around their house. His very favorite pieces are by his mentor, artist Brother Thomas Bezanson of Erie PA. Bell says, “His porcelain pots have a beautiful spiritual quality that goes beyond everyday pottery, and are truly works of art.”

Although there are a number of types of pottery in their collection, for his own work Mark Bell chooses to work in fine porcelain—clay that is half white china clay, half glass. He says that he loves color, and porcelain is where it really shows up. He believes that the “quality you can get with the color is what makes my work unique.”

Mark Bell has a Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University and participates in shows all over the country. He has taught workshops for Haystack Mountain School of Craft and the University of Maine among other venues.

The exhibit will be available for viewing during library hours starting January 4th.  Mark will give a talk in February about the collection, date to be announced. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.

Caption: Three porcelain vases by Mark Bell.
A ceramic bowl by Mark Bell.

Exhibit: Nesting Dolls

Where: Blue Hill Public Library, Children’s Larchwood Room
When:  Through the end of February during Library hours


Calendar Listing:  Exhibit of Nesting Dolls, from the collection of Carolyn Mor, Children’s Larchwood Cases, BH Library, available for viewing during library hours in January and February.


BLUE HILL, Maine – Blue Hill resident Carolyn Mor will exhibit nesting dolls from her collection in the children’s Larchwood case at the Blue Hill Public Library during January and February.  Nesting dolls are popularly associated with Russia, where they date back to the late 1800’s, but they seem to have originated in China and Japan in the 1700’s.


Carolyn says that her very first nesting toy was an egg made in Italy that she received for Easter as a small child.  It has three eggs nested inside of each other and the 3rd one has a small doll inside—a wonderful surprise for a child.  Carolyn’s nesting doll sets each have a theme; whether traditional Russian dress or fairy tales, each is unique.


The exhibit will be available for viewing during regular Library hours through the end of February. For more information call Libby at 374-5515.


Caption: Traditional Russian nesting dolls.
Easter Egg nesting toy.

January Art: Art Throughout a Life

Where:  Britton Gallery, Blue Hill Public Library
When:  January 3rd to 31st

Calendar listing: Art Show: Art Throughout a Life: artwork in various media and writing, by Leslee Fiviland, during library hours, Jan. 3-31st.


BLUE HILL, Maine – "Art Throughout a Life" is a new exhibit in the Blue Hill Public Library’s Britton Gallery starting January 3rd. A sampling of artwork from over the course of a lifetime by Leslee Fiveland, the pieces in this show are in various media, and are accompanied by writing that expands “the where, when and why” behind the artwork.

According to the artist, “I never considered myself a professional artist, but art has been an essential part of my life for over sixty years. I have been fortunate not only to live in interesting and beautiful places and to travel to four continents, but also to be able to experiment in different media in an attempt to capture some of the places, animals and people that became part of my life along the way. I hope these works may inspire you to stretch yourself from time to time and try to do something you didn’t think you could do."

Mrs. Fiveland was raised in Pittsburgh and has lived in Argentina, Spain, New Jersey and New York City. She and her family have been year-round residents of Blue Hill for twenty-five years. She graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman's College (now Randolph College) with a major in Spanish and a minor in Art, and later received a degree in graphic design and illustration from Parsons School of Design in New York. For the past twenty years Mrs. Fiveland has practiced and studied writing, mainly through workshops with writer and College of the Atlantic professor Candice Stover.

"Art Throughout a Life" will be available for viewing during regular library hours during the month of January. For more information, contact the library at 374-5515.

Caption: “Owl” in pencil by Leslie Fiveland

Portland Public Library presents the Civil Rights Film Series

Portland, Maine - Join Portland Public Library for a Civil Rights Film Series presented on Thursday evenings in January at 6:30pm in the Rines Auditorium.  We will present films from the California Newsreel collection.  California Newsreel has produced and distributed cutting-edge social issue films for activists and educators since 1968. Today it is the oldest, independent non-profit documentary center in the country and the first systematically to integrate media production and distribution with the media needs of contemporary social change movements.

Film schedule

Thursday, January 5th - Hoxie: The First Stand
How many people know that the first battle to implement the Brown vs Board of Education school desegregation decision was fought in the small, rural town of Hoxie, Arkansas? Or that it became a flashpoint because it offered a peaceful alternative to the bloody Massive Resistance campaigns of the next decade? Hoxie sparked the first deployment of federal agents in support of integration and the first court order overturning state segregation laws. But it also showed that unscrupulous politicians would fan unfounded fears into violent anti-government fury, all too reminiscent of similar movements today.


Thursday, January 12th - The Road to Brown
The Road to Brown tells the story of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling as the culmination of a brilliant legal assault on segregation that launched the Civil Rights movement. It is also a moving and long overdue tribute to a visionary but little known black lawyer, Charles Hamilton Houston, "the man who killed Jim Crow."

Thursday, January 19th - Negroes With Guns
Robert F. Williams was the forefather of the Black Power movement and broke dramatic new ground by internationalizing the African American struggle. Negroes with Guns is not only an electrifying look at an historically erased leader, but also provides a thought-provoking examination of Black radicalism and resistance and serves as a launching pad for the study of Black liberation philosophies. Insightful interviews with historian Clayborne Carson, biographer Timothy Tyson, Julian Bond, and a first person account by Mabel Williams, Robert's wife, bring the story to life.

Thursday, January 26th - Freedom On My Mind
Nominated for an Academy Award, winner of both the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians awards for best documentary, this landmark film tells the story of the Mississippi freedom movement in the early 1960s when a handful of young activists changed history.


For more information, please go to: https://www.portlandlibrary.com/series/civil-rights-film-series/


Each film is 60 minutes with the exception of Freedom on My Mind which is 110 minutes.  All films at Portland Public Library are free and open to the Public.  Refreshments are provided.

Film: The Mask You Live in: America’s Narrow Definition of Masculinity

Where:   Roland Howard Room, Blue Hill Public Library
When:  Friday January 6th, 6:30 PM
Cost:  Admission is Free

Calendar listing: Film: The Mask You Live In, explores America’s narrow definition of masculinity, sponsored by Blue Hill Library and local schools for parents but all are welcome. Fri. Jan. 6, 6:30 PM, BH Public Library, 374-5515.

BLUE HILL, Maine — The Blue Hill Public Library will host a showing of the film documentary, The Mask You Live In, with a discussion afterwards, on Friday January 6th at 6:30 PM. The discussion will be led by Sam Eley, of the Portland organization “Maine Boys to Men,” a group whose mission is to reduce “male violence against women and girls, and support the development of emotionally fluent, civically-engaged boys.” All community members are welcome at this event sponsored by the library, Blue Hill Consolidated School, The Bay School and George Stevens Academy. Childcare and light refreshments will be provided.

Sam Eley is a graduate of George Stevens Academy and Bowdoin College, where he led an all-male student group that raised awareness of sexual assault and worked to prevent sexual violence on campus. He has extensive experience facilitating discussions with men on topics ranging from sexual consent, to language use and gender awareness and helped design a new facilitation model that has brought men and women together to discuss these topics.

The film is directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, who also did the film recently shown at the Library, Miss Representation. The Mask You Live In “follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity”, according the film’s website. It features experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media. For more information see www.therepresentationproject.org or call the Library at 374-5515.

Caption: The Mask You Live in film poster

Opera Preview: Nabucco at Blue Hill Public Library

Where:  Blue Hill Public Library
When:  Friday, January 6th 1:00 PM
Cost:  Admission is free

Calendar item: OPERA PREVIEW: Verdi’s Nabucco: simulcast of the Met Opera will be previewed by Linda Lesko and David Porter, no experience necessary, Fri. Jan. 6, 1:00 PM, BH Public Library. Info: 374-5515.

BLUE HILL – The Bagaduce Music Lending Library and Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library will present a preview of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, Nabucco, on Friday January 6th at 1:00 PM, at the Blue Hill Public Library. A live performance of the opera will be simulcast at the Grand in Ellsworth the following day, Saturday, January 7th, from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

According to the Met website, “The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, and Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena. Dmitri Belosselskiy is the stentorian voice of the oppressed Hebrew people.”

Local opera enthusiasts Linda Lesko and David Porter will summarize the plot, introduce the music and offer some ideas of special ways to enjoy the Saturday simulcast. All are welcome, no previous opera knowledge is needed, and admission is free. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.

Verdi’s Nabucco Live in HD at The Grand

Ellsworth, Maine - The “Live in HD” high-definition simulcast series of productions and hi-def encores from The New York Metropolitan Opera continues its 2016 – 2017 season at The Grand on Saturday

​​ January 7th at 1 pm with a presentation of ​​ Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco, starring the legendary Plácido Domingo who brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Tickets are $27.00 for adults, $25.00 for Grand members and $20.00 for students (15 and under).

“The Met: Live in HD,” the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live transmissions offering a significant portion of the Met season to DownEast and MidCoast Maine communities, continues its eleventh season with two giants of this most dramatic of musical arts overcoming and transcending their own health issues to present one of the Italian composer's most celebrated pieces. The success of Verdi’s third opera, a stirring drama about the fall of ancient Jerusalem at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar (aka “Nabucco”), catapulted the 28-year-old composer to international fame. The music and Verdi himself were subsumed into a surge of patriotic fervor culminating in the foundation of the modern nation of Italy. Specifically, the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (“Va, pensiero”), in which the Israelites express their longing for their homeland, came to stand for the country’s aspirations for unity and that exciting era in Italian history, the Risorgimento, or “Resurgence.” And now, this production of Verdi's work is brought to melodic life by Ukranian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska (“Abigaile”), American tenor Russell Thomas (“Ismaele”) and American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton (“Fenena”) with support from a production team that includes Revival Stage Director J. Knighten Smit, Set Designer John Napier, Costume Designer Andreane Neofitou and Lighting Designer Howard Harrison.

“The Met: Live in HD series” is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, The Neubauer Family Foundation. Global corporate sponsorship of The Met: Live in HD is provided by Bloomberg. Transmission of The Met: Live in HD in Canada is made possible thanks to the generosity of Jacqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais Sr. The HD broadcasts are supported by Toll Brothers, America’s luxury home builder®.

For more information on the Met opera at The Grand, including the upcoming summer encore of Met favorites, please call the box office at 207-667-9500. For more information on events at The Grand visit The Grand website at www.grandonline.org or follow The Grand on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Grand-Auditorium/112755987339

Image attached: The cast of the “Live in HD” high-definition simulcast of Verdi’s Nabucco.

Watercolor Classes Begin at Merryspring January 5th, 2017

Camden/Rockport, Maine - Lesia Sochor will begin a new five-week session of intermediate watercolor classes at Merryspring on Thursday, January 5 from 9 a.m. to noon.


A graduate of The Philadelphia College of Art, Sochor is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher who believes "anyone has the ability to create." While her classes focus on technical skills like edge control, tonal values and composition, she also encourages students to discover personal style and creative interpretation.


Sochor has lived, painted, exhibited and taught in Maine for more than 30 years.  She has been a visiting artist in Maine schools through the Maine Arts Commission, and she co-founded the Art Annex, a school in Belfast for youth and adults. She teaches annual art programs at Waterfall Arts and is currently teaching a teen program at Ironwood in Morrill, Maine.

The classes will run on January 5, 12, 19 26, and February 2 from 9 a.m. - Noon.  Class size is limited, so pre-registration is required. The cost for the five classes is $190, with a $20 discount for Merryspring members.  To register please call 236-2239 or email us at info@merryspring.org.
Merryspring is your community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year round. The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information on this program contact Merryspring 207-236-2239 or info@merryspring.org

Verdi¹s NABUCCO as Met Opera Live-in-HD Broadcast on January 7

Rockland, Maine - The 2016 - 2017 Metropolitan Opera’s Live-in-HD season of broadcasts from Lincoln Center to the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, continues on Saturday, January 7 at 1pm with Verdi’s Nabucco. An Encore broadcast will take place Tuesday, January 17 at 1pm.    

The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, and Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena. Dmitri Belosselskiy is the stentorian voice of the oppressed Hebrew people.

Sung in Italian with Met titles in English. Estimated running time: 2 hours 44 min. Tickets: $27/Adults, $15/Students 18 and under, and college students with ID; available at www.rocklandstrand.com or (207) 594-0070.  Encore show tickets available day-of-show: $23/Adults, $5/Students 18 and under, and college students with ID. Season ticket packages are also available. For more information visit www.rocklandstrand.com. Tel: (207) 594-0070 Email: info@rocklandstrand.com.

Photos: Scenes from the Met Opera’s Nabucco

Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Opera

Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot presented as free screening for MLK Day

Rockland, Maine - Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot will be presented as a free community screening in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, on Monday, January 16 at 1pm.

The film tells the story of a courageous group of students and teachers who, along with other activists, fought a nonviolent battle to win voting rights for African Americans in the South.

On March 7, 1965, 600 civil rights activists left Selma, Alabama, on foot, marching for dignity and equality. Standing in their way was a century of Jim Crow, a resistant and segregationist state, and a federal government slow to fully embrace equality. Eighteen days, 54 miles, one police attack, 1,900 National Guard troops, 2,000 U.S. Army soldiers and countless stories later, they arrived in Montgomery. By organizing and marching bravely in the face of intimidation, violence, arrest and even murder, these change-makers achieved one of the most significant victories of the civil rights era

Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Running time: 40 min. Free Admission. For more information visit www.rocklandstrand.com. Tel: (207) 594-0070 Email: info@rocklandstrand.com.

Best of 2016: EXCLUSIVE Actor Spotlight: Krista Marie Yu from 'Dr. Ken'

Photo Credit: Shanna Fisher
BY: David Mills, Founder/Editor 
From the state of California comes a very talent young lady by the name of Krista Marie Yu who currently stars as Molly in the ABC series 'Dr Ken' airing Friday nights at 8:30pm. She had small roles in 'Parenthood', 'Cougar Town', 'The Middle', 'Switched at Birth' and 'The Thundermans' among a few others.

Krista Marie Yu is a 2011 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Recently our founder/editor David Mills had the opportunity to interview this young lady from her starring in 'Dr Ken' to education and is she passionate about any charities. Here is what she had to say.

When did you start acting?
I always loved to perform. When I was little I was part of a song-and-dance youth group, called Showbiz in Danville, CA. Being a part of the group made me realize the positive impact performing can have on an audience.

Was it your dream to be an actress?
It has always been my dream to be an actress. I still dream of being on Broadway.

Are there challenges pursuing a acting career?
There are many challenges! I think that there are everyday struggles and expectations from the outer world that makes it hard sometimes to remember how important it is to believe in yourself first, before anything or anyone else.

Do you remember your first acting job, tell us about it?

January Programs for Job Seekers at the Presque Isle CareerCenter

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - The Presque Isle CareerCenter announces January programs for job seekers and those who are considering training for a new career.

"Mainers looking for a new or better job should connect with their local Maine CareerCenter," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There is no-cost help available to improve your job search with a better resume and interview tips, workshops for people of various backgrounds, and computer labs for online job searches and word processing. Training for a new career may also be available."

Job seekers and businesses interested in connecting with one another can also like the CareerCenter on Facebook. Events are held at the Presque Isle CareerCenter, located at 66 Spruce Street, unless otherwise noted. Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.

**Financial Aid - Tuesdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 9 a.m.**

Get assistance with college planning and financial aid. Preregister at 800-281-3703 or http://meoc.maine.edu .

**Maine JobLink Resume Creation - Wednesdays, January 4 and 18 at 9 a.m.**

Learn how to create a resume utilizing the Maine JobLink resume tool

**Creating Winning Resumes - Fridays, January 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 9:00 a.m.**

Learn how to create a professional resume and walk out the door with one in hand.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O'Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

Call 207-760-6300 or 1-800-635-0357 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 66 Spruce Street in Presque Isle, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.gov .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Best Of 2016: EXCLUSIVE Actor Spotlight: Rio Mangini of 'Bella and the Bulldogs'

Photo Credit:
Ben Miller
Thirteen year old Rio Mangini from California is a multi-talented actor who stars in the Nickelodeon series 'Bella and the Bulldogs'. In this Nickelodeon series, Rio stars as Ace McFumbles, Other TV and movies he has been able to land are 'B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations' as Dylan, 'Miles from Tomorrowland' (TV Series) as Rygan, 'One Crazy Cruise' (TV Movie) as Cameron Jensen-Bauer, 'See Dad Run' as Carlos, 'Finders Keepers' (TV Movie) as Dylan and more.

Our founder/editor David Mills had the opportunity to interview this thirteen year actor on acting, education and more. Here is what he had to say.

When did you start acting?
I started acting when I was 8. Before I actually got an agent and started auditioning i took improv classes to get out of my shy-phase. and I still take it today. I was really inspired by iCarly - I would watch it all the time, and learn from the cast members. They looked like they enjoyed what they were doing, and I certainly enjoy what I do!

Was it your dream to be an actor?
Yes!  I was an iCarly super-fan! I couldn’t not watch iCarly! I was so fascinated with this amazing Dan Schneider masterpiece, that I went to my mom and said,”Mom! I want to be funny on a show like iCarly!” (she told me I wasn’t very funny and to go back to the piano-) And after a few years-I started working in Television.  Bella and the Bulldogs is an amazing experience, and guess what? My dream came true. I am on a Nickelodeon show!

Are there challenges pursuing a acting career?

Best Of 2016: EXCLUSIVE Actor Spotlight: Ava Cantrell, On The Rise Actress

Photo Credit: AliKay Photography
From the state of California comes a talented, beautiful fourteen year old actress by the name of Ava Cantrell. Ava will be seen in the upcoming movies 'Lights Out' as teen Diana and Amelia Voss in 'One Under the Sun'. Before these upcoming movies she has been seen in 'Not Safe for Work' (TV Movie) as Sunny Scout, 'Cam Girls' (TV Series), 2 episodes as Brooklyn, 'Haunted Hathaways' (TV Series), four episodes as Penelope Pritchard, 'Exit 13' as Alice and more.

Recently, our founder/editor David Mills had the opportunity to interview this fourteen year old actress. Here is what Ava had to say about acting, being normal young lady pursuing an acting career, education and more.

When did you start acting?
I started when I was 7 years old.  I was dancing competitively and loved performing so my dad thought that acting would be great for me as well.

Was it your dream to be an actress?
I don't remember dreaming of being on TV, but I loved to pretend and make up stories.  Now I dream of playing all different types of parts and characters.

Are there challenges pursuing a acting career?

BEST of 2016: 2016 Maine Sea Goddess is Adrianna Elaine Ames of North Haven

Rockland, Maine - This is it the night that our 13 Sea Princesses have been working toward for the last six weeks.  All the meetings, the practices, the preparation and all those facts and history to learn, all leading op to the 2016 Sea Goddess Coronation.




For all who were not able to attend the coronation we present the 2016 Maine Sea Goddess Coronation in it's entirety.


Maine Sea Goddess 2016 is Adrianna Elaine Ames of North Haven.
Adrianna Elaine Ames of North Haven is a 2016 graduate of North Haven Community School. She is the daughter of Charles Williams and the late Marina Ames. The Sea Goddess Pageant is a bit of a tradition in Adrianna’s family. Her mother was a Sea Princess in the 1980s, and her grandmother, Elaine Ames-Brown, was crowned Sea Goddess in 1967. Now, it’s her turn. In high school, Adrianna served as the president of the Student Council, a member of the rowing team (coxswain), the french club and the basketball team. She was a school ambassador to Gifft School, St John USVI. She has also been a member of the Girl Scouts for thirteen years. Her hobbies include singing, song writing, playing guitar and keyboard, fishing, skiing, traveling, four-wheeling, baking, swimming, and going to the gym. She is employed by Calderwood Hall Restaurant, is a stern person on the F/V Locomotion and mows for JB Land Improvements. Her future plans are to attend Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee in August 2016 to study music and business. Adrianna’s sponsors are Penobscot Island Air of South Thomaston, J.O. Brown & Sons, Inc., J.B. Land Improvements, Inc. both of North Haven, F/V Storm Warning of Owls Head and Best Rate Towing of Rockland.

Crown Princess for 2016 is Winona Faye Harvey of Waldoboro
Winona Faye Harvey of Waldoboro is a 2016 homeschool graduate. She is the daughter of Yancey Harvey and Sarah LaPorte. Having grown up in Midcoast Maine, Winona developed a deep love of the community and sees it as an honor to represent Midcoast Maine as a Sea Princess at the Maine Lobster Festival. In high school, she played volleyball and recently served as the captain of South Liberty Baptist Academy’s team captain. Her future plans are to attend beauty school at the Capilo Institute in Augusta. She plans to earn her cosmetology license, then work her way towards owning her own salon one day.

Miss Congeniality 2016 is Peyton Elise Feener of Rockland.
Peyton Elise Feener of Rockland is a 2013 graduate of the Wayfinder School. She is the daughter of Shawn and Lisa Stanley-Pearse. In high school, her favorite activities were white water rafting and rock climbing. Today, her hobbies include playing the drums, acting and skating. Since graduating from high school, Peyton has been very busy. She is passionate about music and plays the drums in her band, “drive by todd.” She skated with the Rock Coast Rollers, Rockland’s roller derby league, and is still involved in the league. Peyton is also live on WRFR on Wednesday nights between 5 and 6 p.m., where you will hear her on the radio show “Out! On the air” to raise awareness for the local organization Out! As I Want To Be for LGBTQ youth. She has also acted in and directed several PSAs for local organizations about substance abuse, self-harm, self-image, and sexual education. She is employed by Good Tern Natural Foods Co-op & Cafe, where she juggles two roles as the chocolate/candy buyer and cashier. Her future plans are to become a well-known musician, actor and bartender. Peyton’s sponsors are F/V Day Star, Good Tern Co-op, Abundant Health Acupuncture, Sewall’s Orchard, Spirit of Sound Records, Patrisha McLean Children’s Photography, Swan Restorations, Jodi Cooper’s Be Wise Dining Kits, Patricia Stanley, and Robert G. Schneider.