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Coyne promoted to regional correctional administrator in Region 1 Juvenile

John Coyne, known for his service as a Portland city councilor, has been promoted to Maine Department of Corrections regional correctional administrator for Region 1 Juvenile, a state press release noted.
Colin O'Neil, assistant director of treatment, Maine Department of Corrections, said, "I am pleased to announce that John Coyne has accepted the position of Regional Correctional Administrator for Region 1 Juvenile. He will start his official duties on Monday, July 28 and will be located in the Portland office. John has over 24 years of correctional experience in both field and facility. His leadership skills and attention to detail will serve him and the Region well."
The Maine Department of Corrections Region 1 for Juvenile Community Corrections has offices in South Portland and Biddeford.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 22:09

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Reins of Hope Charity Ride planned in August

On Sunday, Aug. 17, motorcycle enthusiasts will come together for the sixth annual Reins of Hope Charity Ride to benefit Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center, the center announced. To date the Reins of Hope Charity Ride has raised over $50,000 to benefit hundreds of children and adults with disabilities served by RTT each year, according to a center press release.

The group ride will begin with breakfast, registration, demonstrations and tours at 9 a.m. at Riding To The Top, 14 Lilac Drive, Windham. A full day, the ride throughout Southern Maine includes stops in Acton and Standish and ends at the Stockhouse in Westbrook. RTT supporters are invited to join riders at The Stockhouse Restaurant in Westbrook 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for food, live music and a silent auction.
The suggested donation is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. Special limited edition T-shirts will be on sale at registration. Participants are eligible for the Grand Prize drawing and other prizes. This year's event sponsors include: Big Moose Harley, Bob The Screen Printer, Dave Whitaker Farrier Services, Local 114, Maine Street Grill, Norway Savings Bank, Packmann Dave, Poland Springs, Stockhouse Restaurant and Willy's Ale Room.

For more information about volunteering, making a referral or a gift can visit ridingtothetop.org or call 892-2813.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 20:14

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PATHS landscapes program receives $3,000 grant for aquaponics

Maine Agriculture in the Classroom has awarded a $3,000 grant, the maximum amount, to the Landscapes & Garden program at Portland Arts & Technology High School, or PATHS, to expand its aquaponics system, the Portland school district reported.

Aquaponics is a low-impact growing method that replicates a natural ecosystem. It increasingly is being used to grow sustainable foods that are dense in nutrients, a school press release noted.

PATHS currently has a very small aquaponics system that includes a 25-square-foot grow bed, a sump tank, an electric pump, a 50-gallon fish tank and a 50-gallon water treatment reservoir.

"We have experimented with growing plants in this system and would like to produce enough greens and herbs for our culinary and food service programs during the school year," said Kathleen Tarpo, the PATHS Landscapes & Garden teacher. "The goal is to design and build a
system that is expandable and showcases new technology. Troughs will hold water and we will grow plants on floating rafts made from Styrofoam, with holes and little soil plugs."

Money for the grant comes from proceeds of Maine's agriculture license plates. Tarpo will receive the check at an awards banquet on Aug. 7 that is part of a week-long class for teachers on incorporating Maine agriculture in the classroom. Tarpo will attend the event with
Mike Carlson, an aquaponics consultant who is helping to design the PATHS project.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 22:15

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Paving to begin on Route 26 in Gray Tuesday, Maine DOT reports

A paving operation begins Tuesday, July 29, on Route 26 in Gray, according to the Maine Department of Transportation.

The paving begins on Old Hunts Hill Road and extends approximately one and a half miles north to the intersection of Main Street, Gray Road, Yarmouth Road and Portland Road.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time due to alternating one-way traffic through the work zone, Maine DOT reported.

Shaw Brothers Construction of Gorham will perform this $533,000 project.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 22:20

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Society returns with 'Longfellow's Haunted House' in October

Offering an event that sells out quickly, Maine Historical Society will open the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, childhood home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, to the public for five nights of "Longfellow's Haunted House" in October. Groups will enjoy a guided tour of the house based on Longfellow's poem Haunted Houses, written in 1851. The poem opens with the immortal line: "All Houses wherein men have lived and died are haunted houses."

Guest will be ushered through the House by costumed guides telling stories of the Wadsworth and Longfellow family members who lived and died in the home. A unique "kinetic reading" will set the tone each evening as visitors get a rare opportunity to experience Longfellow's literary web of "quiet inoffensive ghosts" and "harmless phantoms."

Longfellow's Haunted House will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 pm on Oct. 24 through Oct. 30. Tours are recommended for ages 12 and up.
Tours leave from the front gate of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, 489 Congress St. in Portland. Admission is $10/per person.
Tours are limited to 12 people per group so advance booking is required. Cider and cookies follow the tour.

Reservations are available by calling Visitor Services Manager John Babin, 774-1822, ext 212, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The society urged the public to order promptly, because last year's tours sold out far in advance.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 22:23

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