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Have You Ever Been Kiteboarding?

Have You Ever Been Kiteboarding?

Today as I was doing some "work" AKA blogging from Pine Point Beach in Scarborough I thoroughly enjoyed watching a couple of the kiteboarders that were cruising up and down the beachy coast. They were flying! Literally, at times! I realized that kiteboarding [I was calling it wind surfing until a friend corrected me] was one of those extreme sports that I will most likely never try... I'd panic, let go and jump off the board before I started flying through the air, but not that guy! It was FUN to watch!

I did a little research and found MASSkiting, which is New England's premiere kiteboarding resource. It definitely is NOT a beginners sport, so make sure you do your research before you start kiteboarding up & down the Eastern seaboard! ;)

Summer of Love starring Michele Lee at the Ogunquit Playhouse until July 16th!

Summer of Love starring Michele Lee  at the Ogunquit Playhouse until July 16th!

Be prepared for a head on collision between cultures when a conservative bride runs away from the altar and runs into a VW Bus full of hippies from Haight-Ashbury, in the East Coast premiere of Summer of Love, on stage June 22 to July 16 at the Ogunquit Playhouse. With a little help from the hippies and dropouts of San Francisco, she comes to realize she has to make her own kind of music! This new musical by Roger Bean showcases the powerful music of the late 1960s by some of the most influential artists of the love generation including The Mamas and the Papas, Donovan, Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane, with songs that include: “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “Get Together,” “Piece of My Heart,” “White Rabbit,” “Spinning Wheel,” “Happy Together” and many more! Take a trip down memory lane, remember your glory days and most of all enjoy the music!

Around Town 'Post the Most' Contest Winners

Around Town 'Post the Most' Contest Winners

We have been running a Post the Most contest in a different neighborhood each week. Each winner receives a $20 gift card to Dunkin Donuts.

Winners gift cards are as follows (list will be update each week):

Portland (5/23/11 - 5/29/11) - Luke Pola
Honorable Mention to Meg Stiffler (it was a tie)

Downeast (5/30/11 - 6/5/11) - Jane Sanderson of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital
Bangor (6/6/11 - 6/12/11) - Wendy Smith

Lewiston/Auburn (6/13/11 - 6/19/11) - Monica Millhime of the Lisbon School Department

Bath/Brunswick (6/20/11 - 6/27/11) - Matt Miller

TPC Celebrates the End of Social Isolation

On June 22, 1999, the Supreme Court ruled in Olmstead v. L.C. that, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the unjustified institutional isolation of people with disabilities was a form of unlawful discrimination. This Supreme Court ruling helped to bring about the closing of Pineland Hospital and Training Center in New Gloucester.  The Americans with Disability Act and the Olmstead Decision created the basis of Community Inclusion, an idea and belief that has dramatically changed the lives of those who lived in social isolation, many who had given up all hope of ever enjoying the personal freedoms that we take for granted.

What is Community Inclusion? Community Inclusion is the belief that each and every one of us are included in the communities in which we live, work, and recreate. That we all share common interests, rights, and interests that should be included in all that we do.

Special Town of Woodstock, Maine Voting Results

Special Town of  Woodstock, Maine Voting Results

The town of Woodstock had a special vote for 3 issues on Tuesday, June 28.  One item concerned the acceptance of this year's school budget.  The other two questions asked residents whether they would allow the sale of hard liquor specifically on Sundays and/or if the town would allow sale of hard liquor from Monday to Saturday.  All three questions were overwhelmingly approved by voters.  The results were: Question 1 (school budget) YES-65, NO-24; Question 2 (Sunday sales) YES-61, NO-28; and Question 3 (Mon.-Sat. sales) YES-72, NO-16.  Approval of questions 2 and 3 now allows the State to decide whether a local business could become an agency liquor store.  There is a separate process for this to occur, if at all.

Woodstock Voters Go to Polls

Woodstock Voters Go to Polls

The polls open at 8:00am today (Tuesday 6/28) for citizens of Woodstock to decide whether or not they want to allow the sale of hard liquor in town.  This special vote was the result of the gathering enough signatures to put 2 questions on the special ballot.  The quesions ask voters whether they are in favor of the sale of hard liquor in the town and if so, whether it will also be allowed on Sundays.  Polls close at 8:00pm.

WinterKids appoints new Executive Director

WinterKids, the non-profit organization that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through fun, outdoor winter activity, today announced the appointment of its new executive director, Julie D. Mulkern. Mulkern, who served as WinterKids' development director since September 2008, brings 12 years of professional non-profit experience to the organization, including resource development, program development, and staff and volunteer management in the public health sector.

"We are very pleased to welcome Julie to the executive director post," said Anna Fincke, president of the WinterKids board of directors. "Her creative vision, compassion and experience will shape and expand WinterKids in exciting ways, and guide our efforts to get more kids outside and active in winter.