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The Best of Maine at the 10th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show August 10-12, 2012

The Best of Maine at the 10th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show August 10-12, 2012

The Best of Maine at the 10th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show August 10-12, 2012

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ROCKLAND, Maine—Passion of place is what the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show is all about. The best of Maine from across the creative spectrum will be gathered together at the 10th annual show on the Rockland waterfront, August 10-12, 2012. Beautiful boats, unique handcrafted products, and an eclectic mix of high-quality goods for life on the water and the shore will again be on display at Maine’s only in-the-water boat show and coastal lifestyle event.

 “I’ve always thought of the show as a tremendous party where the most creative folks on the coast share what they do with customers and other exhibitors.

The 80th Anniversary Season at the Ogunquit Playhouse kicks off with Always, Patsy Cline

The 80th Anniversary Season at the Ogunquit Playhouse kicks off with Always, Patsy Cline

The 80th Anniversary Season at the Ogunquit Playhouse kicks off with Always, Patsy Cline, on stage from May 23 through June 16. This show is told through the letters of star-struck fan Louise Seger, portrayed by Emmy Award winning actress, Sally Struthers. This popular musical, which has enjoyed great success both off-Broadway and across the nation, is based on the true story of Cline’s friendship with Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961 and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. Featuring the unforgettable hits of the Country Music mega-star, this funny and touching tribute celebrates the career and life of the singer who died tragically in a plane crash in 1963.

National Charter Schools Week – Maine has joined the movement

National Charter Schools Week – Maine has joined the movement

National Charter Schools Week – Maine has joined the movement

In 2011, Maine joined 40 other states in allowing public charter school options for families of all income levels.  On May 1, 2012, the Maine Charter School Commission issued its first application package for potential founders of these new public education options, which are free to parents and open to all children without admissions tests.

          The Maine Association for Charter Schools (MACS) will celebrate the great work accomplished by public charter schools across the country, where over 5,000 public chartered schools are serving 1.8 million students.

Volunteer Day: Work Hard, Have Fun

 Volunteer Day: Work Hard, Have Fun

 
Join us on May 12 for Spring Cleanup & Volunteer Day. You'll spend the day helping us prepare the campus for opening day and working alongside other friendly, energetic people. We'll serve you breakfast and lunch, keep you busy with an array of tasks to suit your preferences, and do our best to make it a fun and productive time.
 
There will be lots of grounds work: raking, grading, preparing plantings, and pruning. Other jobs may include painting and paint prep, moving boats and other heavy objects, and light carpentry. For those who prefer indoor work, there will be cleaning, sweeping, mopping, dusting, windows, and changing light bulbs. Another method of volunteering is to bring a pot-luck lunch selection for our hungry volunteers.
 

Western Maine Resort Towns, Downeast Coast Displaying Peak Foliage

Western Maine Resort Towns, Downeast Coast Displaying Peak Foliage

AUGUSTA, Maine - Peak foliage color has reached Rangeley, Farmington, Bethel, and the downeast coast, according to the fifth 2011 fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation (MDOC).
 
Maine fall foliage conditions for Oct. 12. Credit: Maine Department of Conservation.
Currently, Maine Forest Service and state park rangers are observing peak leaf color, or at least 75 percent color change, in the western lakes and mountains region, covering the towns of Rangeley, Kingfield, Farmington, Rumford and Bethel. Peak color is also being reported along the downeast coast from Bucksport to Eastport and in interior Hancock and Washington counties.

Fall Foliage Colors Spreading in Northern Maine (as of 9/21)

Fall Foliage Colors Spreading in Northern Maine (as of 9/21)

More foliage colors are beginning to show in northern Maine, according to the second 2011 fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation (MDOC). 

Maine fall foliage conditions for Sept. 21. Credit: Maine Department of Conservation
 
Currently, Maine Forest Service and state park rangers are observing low leaf color, or 10 to 30 percent toward peak, along with very low leaf drop in all of Aroostook County and northern portions of Piscataquis and Somerset counties.

Rangers believe that some sections of Aroostook County will see moderate color, or 30 to 50 percent toward peak, by this weekend. Foliage color and leaf drop in the remainder of the state is very low, or less than 10 percent, according to the report.

"Fall colors are starting to show along mountain ridges in Aroostook County," said Scott Thompson, park ranger at Aroostook State Park near Presque Isle.