Expansion plans would double size of Rockport animal shelter

ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) - A Maine animal shelter has plans to double its size so it can accept more animals.

Now officials with the Pets Are Worth Saving shelter of Rockport are trying to raise $1 million so they can meet their goal.

The shelter used to be known as the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League, recently bought 2.5 acres on Camden Street where it intends to build a 4,000-square-foot building.

The Bangor Daily News reports the existing 3,000-square-foot facility built in 2000, would be refurbished or torn down and rebuilt depending on which is less expensive.

Administrative Director Lisa Dresser says the existing shelter is over capacity and they sometimes have to turn people away.

The shelter accepts animals from Camden, Rockport, Belfast, Islesboro, Lincolnville, Northport, Searsmont and Liberty.




Arts in the Park, Belfast .. an arts festival and much more

Arts in the Park, Belfast .. an arts festival and much more

Arts in the Park, the perennial favorite of Midcoast Maine art shows, is more than a juried show with a terrific selection of fine artists and artisans in a beautiful waterfront venue. This year there are many new artists, along with a good number of regulars. In all, 85 artists and artisans will be participating including potters, painters, photographers, jewelers, fiber artists and sculptors.

Artist of the Year is fiber artist Jodi Clayton whose artistry consists of making beautiful garments from hand dyed and felted silk. Her gallery/boutique, One Lupine Fiber Arts, is located on Park Street in Bangor. The poster, designed by Sara Shute, features on of Jodi's beautiful scarfs as the motif.

Dechaine sentenced for drug possession

ROCKLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A man serving a life sentence for the kidnapping and murder of a Maine girl faced drug charges in court Tuesday morning.

Dennis Dechaine pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge of simple drug possession.

He's been sentenced to 3 additional months in prison and must pay a $400 fine.

A felony drug trafficking charge was dismissed. Police say he had morphine and the anti-anxiety drug Klonopin at the Maine State Prison in 2010.

Dechaine has said he was ingesting the drugs to take his own life.

Last week -- Dechaine also was in court as his lawyer argued for a new trial in the 1988 kidnapping and murder of 12-year old Sarah Cherry. That argument is based on DNA evidence.

X-ray Vision For Maine Health Care Providers

X-ray Vision For Maine Health Care Providers

I was once an x-ray tech at Maine Medical Center. I didn’t have x-ray vision, but I was skilled at aiming a beam of radiation at the appropriate body part. When I first started my training, we developed the x-rays by hand. I still remember the smell of the chemicals in the darkroom. It was a big deal when we switched to automatic processing, but we’d still have to go into the darkroom to unload the film from the cassette and feed it into the processor. Patient’s x-rays were kept in large brown envelopes in the radiology department’s file room. When space got tight old films were carted off to a storeroom someplace else in the hospital.

Towns raise concerns about tank

CAMDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Towns around Penobscot Bay are asking more questions about a proposal to build a huge propane storage tank in Searsport. The Planning Board will be holding a public hearing on the project at some point, and at least five towns have said they want a chance to be hear d before decisions are made.

A company called DCP wants to build the 138-foot LPG tank, and have propane gas brought in by ship. But residents of Islesboro, Camden and several other towns say they're worried about the risk of the tank exploding or catching fire. They say Searsport itself couldn't handle such an emergence, and would need help from all the other towns.

Plovers nests hurt after storms

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The nests of endangered piping plovers, burrowed into the sand on beaches from Ogunquit to Reid State Park, bore the full brunt of a recent storm, wiping out dozens, causing major concern among wildlife biologists.

"We had about 39 active pairs, and we are down to 6 that have still survived, so that is rough," said Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist, Judy Camuso.  "We are still doing triage and trying to figure everything out, but that is tough, and we were off to such a great, great start."

The storm arrived at the same time as an astronomical high tide, sending waves crashing down on the fragile nests which are normally located on the fringe of dune grass knolls.

Ad Club of Maine's Annual Meeting & Party

Ad Club of Maine's Annual Meeting & Party

Ad Club of Maine invites you to join us for our annual meeting and end of the Mad Men end of the year soiree.

WHEN:  June 14th 5:30pm-8:00pm

WHERE:  The Portland Club  156 State Street  Portland, ME 04101

COST:   Members $14, Non Members $22 Price includes two free drink tickets



For more information go to:  Ad Club of Maine on Facebook




The charter of the Advertising Club of Maine was signed on July 23, 1923 at the Congress Square Hotel in downtown Portland.