Tuesday, July 30, 2013

"Entering Rockland Harbor" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Entering Rockland Harbor" By Doug Mills
Angelique entering Rockland harbor as the Harvey Gamage is leaving, Victory Chimes can be seen in the distance.[07-13-2012]





Monday, July 29, 2013

Atlantic Canada 7 Day Forecast

Today, 29 July
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers or drizzle. Wind southeast 20 km/h. High 22. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight, 29 July
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers or drizzle. Fog patches developing overnight. Low 18.

Tuesday, 30 July
Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers or drizzle. Risk of thundershowers late in the afternoon and in the evening. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 23.

Wednesday, 31 July
Sunny. Low 15. High 26.

Thursday, 1 August
Sunny. Low 15. High 26.

Friday, 2 August
A mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 16. High 23.

Saturday, 3 August
Cloudy. Low 16. High 24.

Sunday, 4 August
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 16. High 22.


"Red Sails In The Sunset" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Red Sails In The Sunset" By Doug Mills
Angelique on Penobscot Bay, red sails in the sunset.[07-04-2011]




Friday, July 26, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

"Lewis R. French" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Lewis R. French" By Doug Mills
Lewis R. French, the oldest boat in the fleet built 1871, passes the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. [07-16-2010]





Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Plans to Restore One of the Largest Steam Locomotives Ever Built

Union Pacific Railroad Acquires Big Boy Locomotive No. 4014

Railroad Plans to Restore One of the Largest Steam Locomotives Ever Built

Omaha, Neb., July 23, 2013 – Union Pacific Railroad today announced it reached an agreement with the Southern California Chapter - Railway & Locomotive Historical Society in Pomona, Calif., to transfer ownership of one of the world's largest steam locomotives, Big Boy No. 4014, back to Union Pacific.

Union Pacific plans to relocate No. 4014 to Cheyenne, Wyo., where Union Pacific's Heritage Fleet Operations team will work to restore it to operating condition. Details regarding those efforts will be made public at a later date.

Union Pacific donated No. 4014 to the historical society December 7, 1961. The locomotive arrived January 8, 1962, at its current display location at the Rail Giants Train Museum in Pomona.

No other railroad has retained its historical equipment or honored its American roots like Union Pacific.

"Our steam locomotive program is a source of great pride to Union Pacific employees past and present," said Ed Dickens, senior manager - Union Pacific Heritage Operations. "We are very excited about the opportunity to bring history to life by restoring No. 4014."

Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 "Big Boy" #4014, preserved by the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society's Southern California chapter at Pomona Fairplex, Pomona, California, USA. {{GFDL}}
BIG BOY NO. 4014

Twenty-five Big Boys were built exclusively for Union Pacific Railroad, the first of which was delivered in 1941. The locomotives were 132 feet long and weighed 1.2 million pounds. Because of their great length, the frames of the Big Boys were "hinged," or articulated, to allow them to negotiate curves. They had a 4-8-8-4 wheel arrangement, which meant they had four wheels on the leading set of "pilot" wheels which guided the engine, eight drivers, another set of eight drivers, and four wheels following which supported the rear of the locomotive. The massive engines normally operated between Ogden, Utah, and Cheyenne, Wyo.

Eight of the Big Boys were donated for public display in various cities around the country. They can be found in Pomona, Calif.; St. Louis, Mo.; Dallas, Texas; Omaha, Neb.; Denver, Colo.; Scranton, Penn.; Green Bay, Wis.; and Cheyenne, Wyo.

Big Boy No. 4014 was delivered to Union Pacific in December 1941. The locomotive was retired in December 1961, having traveled 1,031,205 miles in its 20 years in service.

No. 4014 will be moved from its display location in Pomona, Calif., to Cheyenne, Wyo., where it will undergo restoration that is anticipated to take three to five years.

The backhead (controls) of Union Pacific Big Boy #4017 at the
National Railroad Museum, Green Bay, WI Photo by Sean Lamb
Vital Statistics
Tender Type: 14-wheeled
Water Capacity: 24,000 gallons
Fuel: Coal**
56,000 lbs.
Gauge of Track: 4 ft. 8-1/2 in.
Cylinder: Diameter: 23 3/4 in.
Stroke: 32 in.
Driving Wheel Diameter: 68 in.
Boiler: Outside Diameter: 106 9/16 in.
Pressure: 300 lbs.
Fire Box: Length: 235 1/32 in.
Width: 96 3/16 in.
Tubes: 2-1/4 in. Diameter: 75 x 22 ft. 0 in.
4 in. Diameter: 184
Wheel Base: Driving: 47 ft. 3 in.
Engine: 72 ft. 5 1/2 in.
Engine & Tender: 132 ft. 9 7/8 in.
Weight in Working Order,
Pounds: Leading:   97,000
Driving:    540,000
Trailing:   125,000
Engine:    762,000
Tender:    427,500
Evaporating Surfaces,
Square Feet: Tubes: 967
Flues: 4,218
Fire Box: 593
Circulators: 111
Total: 5,889
Superheating Surface,
Square Feet: 2,466
Grate Area: 150
Maximum Tractive Power: 135,375 lbs.
Factor of Adhesion: 4.00
**Current configuration. Plans call for a conversion to No. 5 Oil



"Age of Sail" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Age of Sail" By Doug Mills
Like a picture from the Age of Sail, J&E Riggin, Lewis R French, Victory Chimes and Isaac H Evans make their way toward Rockland. [07-11-2008]





Monday, July 22, 2013

Atlantic Canada 7 Day Forecast

Atlantic Canada 7 Day Forecast

Today, 22 July
Mainly sunny. High 25. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight, 22 July
Clear. Fog patches developing overnight. Low 16.

Tuesday, 23 July
Increasing cloudiness. 60 percent chance of showers late in the afternoon and in the evening. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 in the afternoon. High 25.

Wednesday, 24 July
Showers. Low 17. High 25.

Thursday, 25 July
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 16. High 25.

Friday, 26 July
Periods of rain. Low 15. High 22.

Saturday, 27 July
Showers. Low 15. High 24.

Sunday, 28 July
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 15. High 24.


"Rockland" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Rockland" By Doug Mills

A view of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse with the schooner Stephen Taber.[07-16-2010]





Saturday, July 20, 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Video: Arctic Domain Awareness Flight

An Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules airplane crew conducts and Arctic Domain Awareness flight with scientists from NOAA and the University of Washington's Polar Science Center above the Arctic Circle in Alaska Tuesday, July 16, 2013. The crew deployed sensors to take air and water measurements and overflew the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Mooers.




7 Rescued From Sinking Boat In Diamond Shoals

Coast Guard rescues 7 from sinking boat in Diamond Shoals

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued seven people Wednesday after the 26-foot boat, Going Deep, started to sink approximately 14 miles east of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

The boaters contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders at approximately 4:30 p.m. and reported their vessel was taking on water.

The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched crews aboard a 25-foot Response Boat - Small and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet, and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.

Good Samaritians aboard the merchant vessel Diamond Lady responded to the UMIB and altered course to assist.

Once on scene, the Diamond Lady's crew monitored the situation and acted as a communication relay with the Coast Guard until the crews arrived on scene.

Six of the boaters aboard the Going Deep were taken aboard the Coast Guard's RB-S while Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Burgoa, the response boat engineer, boarded the Going Deep and assisted the owner in bailing out water.  The two men bailed water for appoximately 30 minutes until the 47-foot Motor Life Boat arrived and put the Going Deep into a stern tow.  The crew and the boat were taken to Teach's Lair Marina.

"The crew put their training and knowledge they have gained at the station into this case," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Hunter, the coxswain aboard the RB-S.  "That is why we train and practice every day, so that when we do get that call, the response is second nature."

There were no reports of injuries.


"Pen Bay Fog" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Pen Bay Fog" By Doug Mills
Isaac H. Evans and American Eagle with MV Rokord in a Pen Bay Fog.[07-16-2010]





Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Hubble Cantata, Makes its World Premiere, Featuring Hubble Space Images, July 25

Composer Paola Pristini and enhanced Hubble space images (2) , credited from www.paolapristini.com


Multi-media Performance, The Hubble Cantata, Makes its World Premiere, Featuring Hubble Space Images, July 25

A new music thread is evident throughout the summer for Bay Chamber Concerts, but nowhere more spectacularly than in the concerts on July 25th and 26th. The concert on July 25th includes the World Premiere of a new piece commissioned by Bay Chamber Concerts to mark Artistic Director Manuel Bagorro’s first season, The Hubble Cantata.  A multi-media, multi-sensory experience, The Hubble Cantata brings together newly released Hubble images with music created by high-flying composer Paola Prestini, librettist Royce Vavrek, film by Carmen Kordas and the recorded voice of astrophysicist, Mario Livio. Two concerts on July 26th include multi-media works for solo violin and electronics performed by Cornelius Dufallo and an assumption-exploding program of new music performed by ICE. Performances by the sensational trio miXt, (Jose-Franch Ballester, Benjamin Beilman and Ran Dank), and David Krakauer that include additional contemporary repertoire establish this season as the place in Maine to experience new music.
The incredibly rich body of much-loved standard repertoire informs new ideas in chamber music. Bagorro’s summer program offers an invitation to revel in cherished familiarity as well as new experiences.
“Bay Chamber Concerts is broadening its musical offerings, but we’re also looking for ways to enhance the quality of the experience for our audiences,” said Bagorro. “Our outdoor concerts, street interactions, and the performance of Poulenc’s opera in a barn at Brewster Point all celebrate our magical Midcoast setting. Our new Friday night concerts at the restored Union Hall in Rockport, offer an opportunity for audiences to connect even more intimately with the music, sitting at café tables and enjoying a glass of wine while listening.”

Visit baychamberconcerts.org for tickets and details, plus a complete summer calendar through August 30th.


"In The Wind" The Maine Windjammer Project

"In The Wind" by Doug Mills
Stephen Taber and Nathaniel Bowditch in the wind near Owls Head.[07-16-2010]





Meet the 2013 Sea Princesses

Here is your insider look at the 2013 Maine Lobster Festival sea Princesses.




2012 Sea GoddessAlexandra Dienesch-Calamari
2012 Crown Princess
Emma Mason


Emmaline Virginia Waldron of South Thomaston is a 2013 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of Jeff and Christine Waldron. Her school activities included National Honor Society, vice president of the Key Club and Art Club. Her hobbies are digital and darkroom photography, running and traveling. She is employed at Waterman’s Beach Lobster and the Farnsworth Art Museum. Her future plans are to attend college and major in international/global studies. Waldron would like to make an international career, working in relations between countries and improving women’s rights in third world countries. Waldron’s sponsors are Waterman’s Beach Lobster and Spruce Head Co-Op.


Ashley Ann Thompson of Spruce Head is a 2013 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of Craig A. Thompson and Valerie Brackett. Her school activities included fundraising for Project Graduation and Spirit Week involvement. Her hobbies are photography (digital and film), Little League Softball coaching, reading, drawing, painting and deer hunting. Her future plans are to continue her education after high school in order to achieve a bachelor’s degree in social work. Thompson is employed at Spruce Head Pizza. Her sponsors are J & J Lobster, Atwood Lobster, LLC, Drinkwater Boat Transport and P.T. Electric.

Alayna N. Smith of Rockland is a 2013 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of Ron Smith and Kriste Ernest. Her school activities included AP Art and AP Digital Photography. Her hobbies are artwork, swimming, listening to music, spending time with friends and family. Smith is employed at Sogno Salon and Denny’s. Her future plans are to work full-time at Sogno Salon, where she is an apprentice. Smith’s sponsors are Sogno Salon and McMahon Builders, of Rockland; and The Keag Store and Jake Paquette Memorial Skate Park of South Thomaston.



Sierra Rose Robinson of Rockland is a 2013 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of Susan St. Clair and Michael Robinson. Her school activities included cheerleading and football manager. Her hobbies include horseback riding, hiking, collecting sea glass/shells and playing piano. She is employed as a full-time nanny. Her future plans are to attend the University of Maine at Farmington, major in early childhood education and minor in business. She would like to open her own daycare one day. Robinson’s sponsors are Clay Brook Landscaping, Shapers & Scrapers Landscapers, Performance Paving and Ray Robinson Waste Services.



Zoey Jeanne Proctor of Rockland is a 2013 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of Alison Weaver and Otto Proctor. Her school activities included field hockey, softball, piano to younger children and working with life skills students. Her hobbies include music, sports, volunteering to play piano for young children and working with mentally handicapped children and adults. Proctor is employed at T.J. Maxx and Coastal Opportunities. Her future plans are to attend SMCC for social work, then transfer schools for art therapy. Proctor’s sponsors are Michael Whitman Photography, Myrtle Street Tavern, Inc., C&R Merritt Transportation, RHEAL day spa, Bowler’s Coin & Currency Center and Trackside Station.

Hannah Elizabeth Plourde of Rockland is a 2013 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of Brian and Kimberly Plourde. Her school activities included field hockey, basketball, softball, student government and National Honor Society. Her hobbies include working, going to the beach, learning, spending time with friends and family, volunteering and playing sports. Plourde is employed at the Brass Compass. Her future plans are to attend the University of New England to study nursing. Plourde’s sponsors are The Brass Compass, Archer’s on the Pier, Rock Coast P & H and PALS, all of Rockland.



Melissa Lena Philbrook of Warren is a 2013 graduate of Medomak Valley High School. She is the daughter of Ronald and Denise Philbrook. Her school activities included National Honor Society, PAWS, AAU Basketball, math team, Girls State 2012, private tutoring in Algebra 2, cross country, basketball, softball, track & field and yearbook. Her outside activities include volunteering for many school events including the Alzheimer’s Association, Relay for Life and the Humane Society, face painting and community events. Philbrook is employed at Moody’s Diner and Point Lookout. Her future plans are to attend the University of New England to study pre-med/medical biology. Philbrook’s sponsors are Wallace Lobster Corp, Bowden's Egg Farm, Inc. and Moody’s Diner.

Elizabeth Ann Lombardo of Thomaston is a 2013 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of Jamey and Karen Lombardo. Her school activities included student government, yearbook, art nights and GSTA Diversity Club. Her hobbies are creating art, hiking, volunteering at the Maine Lobster Festival and the animal shelter, running, reading, fishing and antique shopping. Lombardo is employed at Harbor Square Gallery and In Good Company. Her future plans are to attend art school and use her studies to help others find outlets for their mental illnesses and other disabilities. Lombardo’s sponsor is O’Hara Corporation of Rockland.


Renee Marie Landry of Rockland is a 2013 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of David and Paulette Landry. Her school activities included track, coaching middle school track runners and Project Graduation. Her hobbies are photography, coaching younger kids, taking her dog on walks and community service. Landry works at T.J. Maxx. Her future plans are to go to Husson University for accounting and get her CPA. Landry’s sponsors are Lincolnville Family Dentistry and Ship to Shore Lobster Company.




Chelsea Estelle Keyes of Owls Head is a 2013 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of Amy Witham Atwood and Timothy Keyes. Her school activities included cheerleading, drama, yearbook and Project Graduation. Her hobbies are cheerleading, hanging out with friends & family, and volunteering. Keyes is employed at the Dairy Queen and the Brass Compass Café. Her future plans are to attend Southern New Hampshire University, become a psychologist, travel and have a family. Keyes’ sponsors are Knight Marine Service, Garden Island Laundry Mat & Tanning and the Glass Slipper.



Rachel Elise Frye of Cushing is a 2013 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of Kimberly Brooks and John Frye. Her school activities included varsity soccer, softball and student government. She enjoys reading (very much), playing softball and soccer, writing, running and volunteering to raise money for her class and working. Frye is employed at Broad Cove Market in Cushing. Her future plans are to obtain her doctorate of pharmacy and become a pharmacist. She would like to travel the world while working and eventually start her own business. Frye’s sponsors are Brooks Trap Mill, Genesis I, Lawrence & Kay Brooks, Brooks Forest Products and DRT Properties, LLC.


Phoebe Ann Ferraiolo of Owls Head is a 2013 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of John and Tammra Ferraiolo. Her school activities included field hockey, basketball, tennis, Key Club and National Honor Society. Her hobbies include spending time with friends and family, playing sports, volunteering, working and reading. She is employed at Waterman’s Beach Lobster. Her future plan is to attend Saint Anselm College, major in political science and attend law school. Ferraiolo’s sponsors are Park Street Car Wash and Northport Marine Services, Inc.



Rachel Amelia DelFrate of Tenants Harbor is a 2013 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of Robert and Kelly DelFrate. Her school activities included Senior Council, Project Graduation and varsity tennis. Her hobbies include tennis, sailing, running and drawing. She is employed at the Strand Theatre in Rockland. Her future plan is to attend Syracuse University and to major in elementary and special education. DelFrate’s sponsors are Café Miranda and Philbrook & Associates of Rockland.




Emma Davis of South Thomaston is a 2013 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of Bruce Davis. Her school activities included field hockey, basketball and softball. Her hobbies are sports, spending time with friends and family, working and outdoor activities. Davis is employed at the Dairy Queen. Her future plans are to attend Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and major in nursing. Davis’ sponsor is Davis Long Term Care Group of Rockland.





Bethany Ann Clough of Rockland is a 2013 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of Steven and Denise Clough. Her school activities included yearbook, National Honor Society, and Project Graduation. Her hobbies include photography, cooking and volunteering. Bethany is employed at Steve’s Autobody. Her future plans are to work in the health care field. She would like to study radiology. Clough’s sponsor is Steve’s Autobody of Rockland.





Casey Jo Carroll of Owls Head is a 2013 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of Tim and Heidi Carroll of Owls Head and Dawn and Ivan Chase of Tenants Harbor. Her school activities include class representative on the student government, fundraising events for Project Graduation and field hockey captain during her senior year. She played basketball and has been a part of numerous community service events throughout her school career. Her hobbies include photography, spending time with friends and family and, most of all, being on the beautiful coast of Maine whether on the water or at the beach. Her future plans are to attend Franklin Pierce University and to study health sciences and follow up after four years with the doctorate program of physical therapy. Carroll’s sponsor is Fuller Automall of Rockland.

Maxine Nicole Buretta of Rockland is a 2013 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of Wendy Buretta. Her school activities included performing in musicals, one-act plays and Honors Choir, as well as Student Council and Project Graduation committee. Theater is a huge part of her life, she said; she also loves to sing. She is employed by the Thorndike Creamery. Her future plans are to attend Suffolk University and to study psychology. Maxine’s sponsors are The Embroidery Shop, Grasshopper Shop, Thorndike Creamery, RFB Advertising and Raymond Wither, all of Rockland.



Desiree Lilia Benner of Friendship is a 2013 graduate of Medomak Valley High School. She is the daughter of David and Cheryl Benner. Her school activities included sports, National Honor Society, PAWS, prom committee and Heirloom Seed Project. Her hobbies are horseback riding, playing softball, hanging with family and friends, lobster fishing, being out on the water and hunting. She is currently lobster fishing. Her future plans are to attend the University of Southern Maine and to major in business management. Benner’s sponsor is Friendship Fisherman’s Heritage.