Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber News Letter

Here is the Chamber News Letter with great information about what is happening in the Southern Midcoast Maine area.

Please Welcome our NEW Members

Wally J. Staples, owner

Ring’s Marine Service Inc.
Thornton Ring, Owner
22 Smelt Brook Road, South Freeport, ME 04078
(207) 865-6143

The Parkwood Inn, Ltd.
Giri Brunswick, LLC, Owner
71 Gurnet Road, Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 725-5251

Gallery Framing, Inc.
Jerry Meinhardt, Owner
12 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 729-9108

Cover the highlights of membership an any discounts or special benefits for new members. Remind them why they are interested in being a member.
Save the date for Chamber After Hours on Wednesday, May 25


Chamber After Hours

The power of regional networking

Norway Savings  83 Maine St., Brunswick Wednesday, May 25

5 – 7 p.m.

Door Prizes include a “Spotlight on Members” column, floral display from Flowers Etc. and more. Catering is by Provisions. Bring dollar bills for the 50/50 cash raffle: half goes into a fund to provide scholarships for graduating seniors from our region’s high schools. Bring your staff and a guest and introduce them to the networking benefit of belonging to a regional organization. Chamber After Hours is always FREE. Register by Tuesday, May 24 by calling 725-8797 x 2 or email


Midcoast Maine Leadership Institute Alumni Event

The MMLI Alumni Celebration of Achievement will be held June 1st at the Family Renewal Center on the campus of Hyde School in Bath. Running from 6 – 8 p.m., the evening will offer keynote speaker Jim Bouchard of Northern Chi Martial Arts Center in Brunswick and author of Think Like a Black Belt.  Alumni representatives will also speak and those attending will enjoy networking, door prizes and tours of the Hyde facility. Awards will be bestowed on two graduates in the categories of Community Service and Business Development. The MMLI program of the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber, has been run since 1993 and boasts over 150 graduates.  This 12-week professional leadership development program teaches key skills in areas including leadership, conflict resolution, teambuilding, negotiation, goal setting and action planning. Midcoast Maine Leadership Institute graduates interested in attending can call 207-837-5743 or email

New Chamber Program – Free to members – Member Helping Members Fridays – May 20th
 Member Helping  Member Fridays

Friday, May 20th and Friday, June 3rd     

at Border Trust Business Center

  Free to SMMC Members.  

Non Chamber Members $10 

On Friday, May 20th

and Friday June 3rd

Joel Allumbaugh

CEO of National Worksite

Benefit Group

will be presenting updates on Health Care Reform and what affects it is having on your business today.  Joel will also give small business owners tips on how to reduce health insurance costs.  In addition, by appointment only, Joel will sit down with business owners and review current policies for potential areas of concern.  Information from these sessions could save you and your employees thousands of dollars!

Presentations: 8-9 a.m. & noon-1 p.m.


9:15-9:45 a.m.
10:00-10:30 a.m.
10:45-11:15 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – Noon

The information given at this session

is worth over $125 dollars.

 SIGN UP TODAY- Click Here!  


With over 132 different business sectors represented within the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber’s membership, there is probably no question or problem that a member business can have that another member can’t answer or solve.   And that is exactly why we are proud to launch our newest initiative,  “Member Helping Member Fridays.”

On Friday, May“Member Helping Member Fridays” will take on many different forms and topics.  From half-day workshops to one-on-one information sessions and reviews, Member Helping Member Fridays are being offered with one idea in mind: helping member businesses succeed.  Seminars are at limited or low-cost and exclusive to Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber members.

These events are not infomercials that merely scratch the surface of a topic; they go in-depth, and provide you with decision making tools that will save or make you money.

To get specific times and details about these exciting presentations, or to learn how your organization can present at a Member Helping Member Friday, visit the Chamber’s website and click on  “Member Helping Member Fridays”

Plan to attend the Cool As A Moose Grand Opening! 
Cool As A MooseGrand Opening Festivities ScheduledPublic Invited to Grand OpeningCelebration on Saturday, May 28

Cool As A Moose is excited to announce the long-anticipated opening of its new retail store at 128 Maine Street in the heart of Brunswick, Maine.  “The scaffolding is down and we’re ready to fling open our doors to downtown Brunswick,” said owner Kip Stone, who purchased the former Grand City building in 2010 as a headquarters.

On Saturday, May 28, Cool As A Moose will celebrate its Grand Opening with a full day of fun for all ages, including drawings for merchandise, face painting, and special appearances by Alex the Jester and the Gibbon Slackline Pro Team. Alex the Jester performs mind-bending sight gags, musical capers and physical feats to the delight and laughter of his audiences. The Gibbon Slackline Pro Team is making a special trip to Maine for the Grand Opening to demonstrate the cool new sport of slacklining.  Slacklining involves walking across a length of webbing stabilized between two fixed anchors.  This backyard activity is a cross-training tool used by many athletes, but is also a fun activity and sport of its own, and has branched out to include yoga moves, jump tricks and aerial acrobatics. About Cool As A Moose – Cool As A Moose is a Maine-owned specialty retail shop featuring Maine-themed apparel and gifts with locations in Brunswick, Portland, Freeport, Bar Harbor and online at  Cool As A Moose also operates satellite stores in Quebec City and Halifax, Canada.  Cool As A Moose treats its customers to the very best service and merchandise at a fair price, in a fun, upbeat, and professional environment.   FMI visit the web site. Contact: Caroline Kurrus, Artforms Inc. & Cool As A Moose / 90 Bridge St. / Westbrook ME 04092. 207-854-0046 x109.

Mark your Calendars for these Upcoming Events in Southern Midcoast Maine

 What’s Happening in Southern Midcoast Maine 

Governor Paul LePage will host the next Capitol for a Day event will be held throughout Lincoln county on Friday, May 20, 2011.  This will be the Governor’s fourth Capitol for a Day.  Governor LePage will first travel to Edgecomb for a tour of The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), a K-8 independent school founded in 1990. CTL is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, licensed by the Maine Department of Education, and has state and federal tax-exempt status as a 501(c) (3) corporation. Nearly 80 students from more than twenty communities attend CTL.  While in the heart of Maine’s maritime the Governor will also visit Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc. of East Boothbay. The company specializes in the construction of steel and aluminum commercial vessels.   The yard began building fishing boats in 1977. Since then, owners Bruce Doughty, Bruce Washburn and Carl Pianka, have continued to prosper by diversifying its capabilities, developing innovative designs and building techniques, and reaching out to new markets. Washburn & Doughty has delivered of a diverse mix of tugboats, commercial passenger vessels, fishing boats, barges, ferries and research vessels.  “We are delighted the Governor selected Washburn & Doughty to visit during Capitol for a Day,” said Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc. Chief Operating Officer Lee Smith. He adds, “We experienced a remarkable recovery since the devastating fire in 2008, and State government’s role was pivotal in rebuilding at a rapid rate necessary to preserve existing contracts and jobs. Washburn & Doughty exemplifies what can be achieved when we all work together for the common good of all.”  Boothbay is the home to the Maine Department of Marine Resources laboratory where water quality and biotoxin testing is conducted. The Governor will visit the lab where he will be given a briefing by staff about paralytic shellfish poisoning issues that dramatically impact Maine’s shellfish industry. In addition, Governor LePage will tour the Maine State Aquarium and board a Marine Patrol vessel for a demonstration of Marine Patrol at-sea techniques.  During the fourth Capitol for a Day Governor LePage will also visit the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard and meet with local fisherman before travelling to Damariscotta where he will tour downtown businesses. The Governor will conclude Capitol for a Day with a town hall meeting at Lincoln Academy located at 81 Academy Hill in Newcastle. The town hall will begin at 6pm. For an hour and a half, Mainers will have the opportunity to ask questions which will be answered by Governor LePage, State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin, and Commissioners.  Capitol for a Day is designed to enable business leaders and community members to engage with the Governor and discuss issues that are important to them. Each month one of Maine’s sixteen counties will host a Capitol for a Day.  Capitol for a Day events have already been held in Cumberland, York and Sagadahoc counties.

Bath-Brunswick-Topsham area is conspicuously missing from the Maine Today Press Herald/Sunday Telegram/Kennebec Journal newspapers’ web site’s “Dining Guide.” This is the largest, most comprehensive list of southern Maine and Portland area restaurants and is, apparently, the most popular source for tourists. There are many out-lying towns like Wells, Sanford and Ogunquit have restaurants mentioned but not one listing from the mid-coast area. The Press-Herald’s Food Editor said she would be happy to add our area’s restaurants -they just have to individually send in their own write-ups, following the same format as attached.  Mid-coast restaurants should send their listings to: Meredith Goad, Food Editor. (207) 791-6332.

Omega Wellness at 11 Bowdoin Mill Island – The Red Mill Lower Village, Topsham, Maine 04086. 207-837-6542. BE WELL – STAY WELL. On Going Thursday Night “Insights on Health” Series . New Summer Hours ~ All events are 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. All Series are FREE and Open to the Public. This Thursday, May 19 – 6:00 to 7:30 pm ~ Thursday Night “Insights on Health” Series – ALLERGIES. Presented by Dr. Timothy Howe. Find out about treating Allergies and how to manage the symptoms. An allergy is an exaggerated reaction to substances that are generally not harmful.  Allergies are relatively common. Both genetics and environmental factors play a role.  The immune system normally protects the body against harmful substances, such as bacteria and viruses.  It also reacts to foreign substances called allergens, which are generally harmless and in most people do not cause a problem.  But in a person with allergies, the immune response is oversensitive.  When it recognizes an allergen, it releases chemicals such as histamines, which fight off the allergen.  This causes itching, swelling, mucus production, muscle spasms, hives, rashes, and other symptoms, which vary from person to person. Find out how to prepare yourself this allergy season by attending this Thursday night’s Insights on Health Series presentation on Allergies, presented by Dr Timothy Howe.  Bring a friend!  FMI visit:

Celebrate money-saving, sustainable transportation choices during the 17th annual Commute Another Way Week from May 16-20! Since 1995, hundreds of employers and thousands of commuters throughout Maine have participated in Commute Another Way Day/Week to help showcase sustainable transportation options and make Maine a better place to live. Maine employers and their employees, as well as individual commuters whose employer may not be participating, are encouraged to get involved in Commute Another Way Week.  It’s easy and it works!  Together over the years we’ve helped to reduce traffic congestion and auto emissions by tens of thousands of trips and miles, eliminated many tons of harmful pollution, saved tens of thousands of gallons of gasoline less, and save hundred of thousand of dollar in commuting costs. Impressive! And you helped make it happen. Thank you for your efforts and continuing support.  

Fight Cancer! Have Fun! – Join us for the Relay For Life of Greater Brunswick on May 20 – 21 at the Brunswick High School Track. Relay For Life is an overnight team walking event to fight cancer. Help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays! Teams are needed! To get involved, visit our Website at or call 373-3703.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 19 – “The Story of the American Chestnut” with Glen Rea – A century ago, all the stately American chestnut (Castanea dentata) trees were nearly wiped out in their native range, including southern and central Maine.  The American Chestnut Foundation’s Glen Rea will be at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens on Thursday, May 19, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to tell the story of these remarkable trees’ life, uses, near death and bright future. Tickets are $10 for Gardens members, $12 for non-members. Registration is suggested; call 207-633-4333, visit, or stop by the Visitor Center, off Barters Island Road in Boothbay.

Saturday & Sunday, May 21st & 22nd – Not-Your-Garden-Variety Plant Sale – In this year’s plant sale, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, on Barters Island Road in Boothbay,  will feature native plants; hardy roses, rhododendrons, and other shrubs; trees; and even some hard-to-find and unique annuals and perennials. Growing information will be available. The public is invited; admission is free. The sale is from 9-4 on May 21 and 9-12 on May 22, with a members’ preview on Friday, May 20, from 3-7 p.m.

Trade Day 2011 on Friday, May 20, 2011 – Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland, Maine.  With growth in emerging economies predicted to outpace those of more established ones, this year’s Maine International Trade Day, The World in 2020: Emerging Markets for Growth, will focus on how Maine companies can access customers in non-traditional markets.  Highlights of Trade Day 2011 include the “Successes and Challenges in Emerging Markets” panel, international business networking reception, and a keynote address by Allan Sloan, Senior Editor at Large for Fortune Magazine, at the International Trade and Investment Awards Luncheon. The 2011 Maine International Trade and Investment Awards are given annually to companies from around the state that have experienced significant growth as a result of engagement in international markets.  The 2011 International Trade & Investment Award Winners are: Exporter of the Year: Cozy Harbor Seafood, Portland; International Service Provider of the Year: Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE), Portland; International Innovator of the Year: Artel, Westbrook; International Investor of the Year: Sappi Fine Paper North America, Skowhegan and Westbrook; President’s Award: John Gulliver, Pierce Atwood, Portland.  Find more information and register for Trade Day 2011 online; or contact the Trade Center or (207) 541-7400.  Register by April 15 for a chance to win a Calendar Islands Maine Lobster Gift Package – includes Maine lobster pizza, mac & cheese, pot pies, cakes, and lobster corn chowder. Owned by hardworking lobstermen and seasoned gourmets, Calendar Island Maine Lobster marries culinary distinction with the Maine lobster fishery’s long history of quality and conservation.

Cruise Ins at The Topsham Fair Mall starts May 23 from 5 – 7 p.m.  The Classic Car Show is open to the public and is in the parking lot in front of Music ‘N Moore.  If you have a classic car or would like to view the cars plan to stop by every Monday.  Come check out some awesome vehicles, listen to great music and socialize with your friends.

Midcoast Youth Theater Announces Summer Auditions


Audition dates:Tuesday May 31 6 – 9 p.m. and Wednesday June 1 6 – 9 p.m.

This show is for students entering the 9th grade through students who graduate HS in 2011.

Middle School Show – Once Upon a Mattress

Audition dates: Thursday June 9  5 – 8 p.m. and Friday June 10 5 – 8 p.m.

This show is for students entering the 6th grade through students who enter the 9th grade in 2011.

Children’s Show – HONK jr

Audition dates: Thursday June 2 4 – 6 p.m. and Friday June 3 4 – 6 p.m.

This show is for students entering the 2nd grade through students going into the 6th grade in 2011.

For More Information or Henry 751-2619

Studio 48 Performing Arts Center is now taking registration for Summer Camps.  The following camps will be offered: Jr. Teen & Teen Dance Evolution Camp for ages 11-17 from June 27 – July 1.   (9 am-3 pm)  Tuition: $215.  Jr. Dance Evolution Camp for ages 7-10 from July 5-8  ( 9 am-3 pm) Tuition; $215.  Advanced Dance Revolution Camp  for Ages 11 & up from July 11-15   (9 am-3 pm)  Tuition: $275   Musical Theater Camp (Disney’s Cinderella Kids)  Ages 5-15   July 19-29   (9 am-3 pm)  Tuition $420. Black Box Theater  for Ages 12 -18  from Aug. 1-5   (9 am-3 pm) Tuition: $250.  Independent Film Camp for Ages 11-17 from Aug 8-12   (9 am-3 pm) Monday and Tuesday.   Overnight camp at White’s Beach and Campground Wednesday through Friday.  Tuition: $350. Glee Club, a Musical Revue from Ages 12-18 for Aug. 15-19 ( 9 am -3 pm) Tuition: $250. Little Stars Camp for Ages 5-8 from Aug. 22-26  (9 am-12 noon) Tuition: $150. Studio 48 Performing Arts Center is also offering two Saturday, one day camps:  String Camp  on Aug. 13 (9 am-2 pm) with a 3 pm concert and  Music Theory and Sight Singing, Aug 20   (9am-2pm)  Tuition $150.  For more detailed information on Summer Camps, please visit our web site at or call Studio 48 @ 798-6966.   Students who register before May 20th will receive an additional 10% discount.  Register today for these new and exciting camps!

2010-2011 Fall-Spring Series:  The Season of Late Beethoven

Friday May 20                     Saint Andrews Church, Newcastle                   7:30 p.m.

Saturday May 21                Saint Mary’s Church, Falmouth                         7:30 p.m.

Sunday May 22                   United Methodist Church, Brunswick               3:00 p.m.


Quartet in Bb Major, K458               “The Hunt”                       Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Quartet No. 2                                     “Los Magueyes”              Silvestre Revueltas

Quartet Opus 132                                                                        Ludwig van Beethoven

One hour before each performance there will be a half hour conversation with the Quartet about the late Beethoven Quartets. Tickets:  $22 general admission, $18 senior, Free for those under 21. Tickets are available at the door or from the following book stores:  Maine Coast Books, Damariscotta, Gulf of Maine Books, Brunswick; Books, ETC and The Book Review, Falmouth; and Longfellow Books, Monumnet Square, Portland.    Phone:  207-529-5218

The Annual Woodside Elementary School 5K and Family Fun Day will be held aqt Woodside Elementary School, 42 Barrows Drive, Topsham on Saturday, June 11, 2011, 8:00-12:30 p.m. rain or shine event.  There will be a 5K Race, bike parade, BBQ, live music, bounce house, games, facepainting, raffles and more!  The Woodside Partnership Fund (field trips and playground replacement).  5K Race – contact Eric Pulsifer, 725-1243, Event – contact Rick Dedek, 725-1243,

Maine State Music Theatre Welcomes the Writer and Creator of THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES, Roger Bean. Bean to role as creative consultant during rehearsals of MSMT’s opening musical of the 2011 season.  Maine State Music Theatre is excited to welcome Roger Bean, the writer and creator of the smash hit musical THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES. MSMT brings Bean to Brunswick from his home in Los Angeles to act as creative consultant during early rehearsals of the show in late May. THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES opens MSMT’s 53rd season on June 8th and runs through June 25th. The musical highlights four young women at their high school prom in 1958 and again at their ten-year reunion in 1968 as they discuss their lives and loves by singing pop hits from the 50s and 60s. Roger Bean is an award-winning creator and director of musicals that incorporate music from a particular era into endearing stories that bring both well and lesser-known hits from the days of the phonograph and the jukebox back to life. His popular hit, THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES, is an Off-Broadway sensation receiving great acclaim, including a 2009 Drama League Award for Best Musical. Other musicals by Bean include THE ANDREWS BROTHERS, ROUTE 66, WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE?, HONKY TONK LAUNDRY, DON’T TOUCH THAT DIAL!, WINTER WONDERETTES, and LIFE COULD BE A DREAM. Many of Bean’s works have been originated at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre where Bean often directs his new musicals. Many of Bean’s works have become popular at regional and community-based theatres across the country. “It’s such an opportunity for us to touch base with a creative resource who is responsible for the inception of this show. We can only imagine that his familiarity with the show will enhance our production,” states MSMT’s Executive Director, Steven Peterson. MSMT’s production of THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES is directed by Chan Harris. Harris gained notoriety during MSMT’s 2010 season because of his striking use of multi-media stage techniques in MSMT’s production of ALWAYS PATSY CLINE. Jacob Toth, choreographer for THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES, states “I’ve always been intrigued by the dance history of this era. The 1950s and 1960s were America’s Golden Age, filled with hope and optimism, which was reflected in the music and dance trends of the time.” Both Harris and Toth are expected to consult with Bean during his visit to Brunswick. In honor of Roger Bean’s visit, Maine State Music Theatre is hosting a private reception for major donors at the home of MSMT board member, Elena Vandervoort. The event gives supporters of the theatre a chance to meet Bean and hear about the process of creating new musical theatre. Tickets to see THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES are on sale now. Interested parties can contact the MSMT box office at (207) 725-8769, visit the box office window in person at 22 Elm Street in Brunswick, Maine or purchase online at The show previews on June 8th and runs until June 25th. Matinees are at 2 p.m. and evening shows are at 7:30 p.m. For specific dates and availability, please contact the box office or visit the website. All performances are at Pickard Theater located at 1 Bath Road in Brunswick, on the campus of Bowdoin College. MSMT’s full 2011 summer season also includes the classic musical ANNIE, a hilarious roller-disco, musical comedy send-up of the 1980 Olivia Newton John film, XANADU, and the rock, soul and gospel journey through the famous Land of OZ, THE WIZ. Children’s programming and special concert events including a presentation of the music from the Tony Award-winning musical (for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Orchestrations) SPRING AWAKENING are also planned.

Region Ten Technical High School will honor seniors at Senior Recognition Night, on Thursday, May 19, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Crooker Theater, Brunswick High School. Supper to follow. Friends of Region Ten are invited.

Maine State Music Theatre and Bowdoin International Music Festival Join Forces with Maine Arts Organizations to Promote New State Arts Brochure and Website – Two of Brunswick’s leading performing arts organizations, Bowdoin International Music Festival and Maine State Music Theatre, are featured in the Maine Office of Tourism’s new “Maine Performs” brochure guide and companion website  Created as a keystone of the State’s new “There’s More to Maine” campaign, the brochure and website highlight and promote Maine’s long-standing tradition of unique, high quality performing arts offerings as one of the State’s premier means to attract new visitors.  “Our organizations are well known in our local area, and nationally and internationally within our respective fields,” said Maine State Music Theatre Executive Director, Steven Peterson. “We’re delighted that the State is promoting us more broadly, and using our star power to bring more visitors to our state.” The “Maine Performs” project follows a recent initiative among local arts and heritage non-profits led by the Bowdoin Festival and the Music Theatre called “The Best Things in Life Are Here.” “We want to do our part to help with regional economic development efforts,” added Bowdoin International Music Festival Executive Director Peter Simmons. “Arts travelers tend to be affluent and well educated. These are people we want on Maine Street, shopping and eating in our fabulous restaurants. Once they get a taste of Brunswick’s cultural life, they’ll want to come back to stay.”   The free, 15-page, full-color guide provides information on more than 20 theaters, arts centers, festivals, and presenters producing live music, dance, film or theater. The destinations span each of Maine’s eight tourism regions from Ogunquit to Madawaska. brings visitors to the performing arts page of the Office of Tourism website where the guide can be downloaded, and web links are provided for each listing from the guide. The web page also links to Maine music, dance, and theater pages, and allows users to explore live arts opportunities in each tourism region. A comprehensive listing of more than 100 members of the state’s performing arts sector is also on the page.   The brochure is available at Maine visitor information centers and select performing arts organizations and venues throughout the state.

Pepsi has accepted Maine’s First Ship as a participant in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge Grant for $50,000.  To win we will need everyone’s help.  To find out how to vote please visit our web site at:  There are many ways to help us win this challenge.  First you will need to set up an account to vote.  You can find these instructions on our web site. You can than vote everyday by entering your vote at the Pepsi website: , by texting, through facebook and by power voting using specially-marked Pepsi Products. We can’t win this challenge without your VOTES!!!!  Please vote everyday, everyway through the month of May. Easy Way To Vote for Maine’s First Ship $50,000. If you have a mobile phone all you have to do is text a vote by: Sending a message: To: 73774. Message should say: 106296. You can vote every day for the rest of May and it only takes about 10 seconds of your time. Please Help Us!

On Wednesday June 22nd, The Mid-Coast Retired Educators Association will meet at 11:30 am. at the Topsham Public Library, located at 25 Foreside Road. The annual potluck luncheon will precede this month’s program, which is open to the public. Linda T. Wood, an Elder Law Attorney, will speak on estate planning. This month’s internal fundraiser will feature a book sale. For more information, please contact Jane Gott 721-0659.

Curtis Friends Library Book Sale, June 24 – 26 – With over 50,000 items, the Curtis Friends Book Sale is the largest in Northern New England! Join the fun and shop for great bargains from June 24 – June 26 at the Brunswick Junior High School gymnasium, 65 Columbia Ave., Brunswick. All proceeds benefit Curtis Memorial Library.  For more information call 725-5242 or go to Hours: June 24 10 am – 7 pm; June 25 10 am – 5 pm; June 26 11 am – 3 pm. 

Tri-County Literacy currently has openings on their volunteer Board of Directors.  They are looking for civic-minded individuals and business leaders who share the vision of strengthening the local community through improved literacy and who are willing to contribute their experience and skills to the organization. The mission of Tri-County Literacy is to improve lives through improved literacy.  According to Board member Amy Kerr, “Tri-County Literacy has two excellent literacy programs and a dedicated staff administering these programs.  The role of the board is to support staff and programming efforts through effective planning, ensuring adequate financial and material resources to carry out the annual work plan, and promoting the organization within the community.”  Board members attend regular board meetings and participate in the process of governance, strategic planning, and fundraising.  The time commitment includes 2 hours at monthly Board meetings, and time spent networking within your own personal connections on behalf of Tri-County Literacy.  Additional time commitments are required for the planning and carrying out of fundraising efforts 2-3 times annually.  Tri-County Literacy’s largest fundraising event is the Candy Cane Train which requires a large commitment of volunteer time by all Board members during the period of October through December. If you are interested in applying for a position on the Tri-County Literacy Board of Directors, please contact Darlene Marciniak or by phone at (207) 443-6384.  Inquiries will be forwarded to the Board.

4th Annual Active Communities Conference – Walking, Biking, Physical Activity and the Built Environment will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. Bowdoin College Campus, Downtown Brunswick. Linking Transportation, Economic Development, Health and People, to Improve the Quality of Maine Communities. Keynote Speaker: Mark Fenton, A Renowned National Expert on Walking, Biking, Physical Activity and the Built Environment. FMI Contact Dan Stewart at 624-3252.

An extraordinary group of young people attending the Brunswick High School Destination ImagiNation – a non-profit organization that provides educational programs for students to learn and experience creativity, teamwork and problem solving. These students have presented their solutions to challenges at regional and state competitions and have been selected, as top teams in their division, to represent Maine at the Global competition held in Knoxville, Tennessee, on May 25-28, 2011. For more information Click Here. Please consider helping these students out.

Paddle for Pine Tree Camp Classic – Saturday, June 4th, 2011. In celebration of 15th anniversary, this year’s Paddle for Pine Tree Camp Classic will take place at Pine Tree Camp. The paddle will feature a scenic loop on North Pond, perfect for all ages, skill levels and ability levels. Following the paddle, participants will enjoy a barbecue celebration. Pine Tree Camp, Rome, Maine.

Vital Maine Communities Conference on June 9 & 10, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Lewiston and Skowhegan.  Online Registration Will Be Available Soon!   FMI visit:

Social Media Marketing for Beginners – June 14, 2011 – This 1/2 day workshop is for businesses, non-profits and individuals who don’t have a social media presence, or are just getting started with social media, or just don’t know what to do with the social media they already have in place. A good portion of the seminar will be in how to set up your accounts the right way, how to find and network with people online, and how to avoid classic mistakes in social media. Who Should Attend? Any business owners, marketers, PR professionals or non-profiteers who feel like their being left behind when it comes to social media. What Will You Learn? How to setup your Facebook profile and business page and get people to “like” you; How to manage your privacy on Facebook and other platforms; How to get started with Twitter and use it to drive traffic to your website or business; How to build your LinkedIn network so that you can build your business; How to blog for search engine visibility; How to use videos to increase your online visibility; Time management and social media; Is It Worth It? Oh, yes. In fact, we’re so sure it will help your business we’ll refund 100% of your ticket price if you don’t agree. Is It Too Basic For Me? If you’re concerned that you’re a little advanced for this seminar, be sure to check out our Advanced Social Media Marketing seminar on June 28! Tuesday, June 14 from 1 – 5 p.m. at Portland Public Library, Portland. Cost: $35 early bird tickets, $45 angry bird tickets.

Advanced Social Media Marketing – June 28, 2011 – What to Expect: This 1/2 day presentation is for businesses, non-profits and individuals who are active in social media (you blog, or tweet, or have a Facebook business page) but are looking to take things to the next level. You’re looking for advanced tools, tips and techniques to make your investment in social media pay off. Who Should Attend? Any business owners, marketers, PR professionals or non-profiteers who realize that social media is going to continue to be a big part of their marketing and communications. What Will You Learn? How to get more people to “like” your Facebook business page; How to maximize your Facebook experience with events, ads and networking; How to create an irresistible profile on LinkedIn with video, blogs and more; How to use Twitter to find and follow local people, industry leaders and anyone else you need to network with; How to use a blog to dominate Google and other search engines; How to encourage comments and shares on your blog; How to measure your social media activity and improve your ROI; Is It Worth It? Oh, yes. In fact, we’re so sure it will help your business we’ll refund 100% of your ticket price if you don’t agree. Is It Too Advanced For Me? If you’re concerned that you’re not quite ready for this seminar, be sure to check out our Social Media Marketing for Beginners seminar on June 14! Date: Tuesday, June 28 from 1 – 5 p.m. at Portland Public Library, Portland. Cost: $35 early bird tickets, $45 angry bird tickets.

Who’s Presenting? Rich Brooks is founder and president of flyte new media, a Web design and Internet marketing firm in Portland, Maine. His monthly flyte log email newsletter and company blog focus on Web marketing topics such as search engine optimization, blogs, social media, email marketing, and building Web sites that sell. He is currently an Expert Blogger at and a regular contributor at He is a co-founder of Social Media FTW, an organization putting on conferences and events to educate small businesses and non-profits about the power of social media marketing. He is a nationally recognized speaker on blogging, internet marketing and social media. He is the “tech guru” on WCSH Channel 6’s evening news show, 207, and teaches Web marketing and social media courses for entrepreneurs at the University of Southern Maine’s Center for Continuing Education.

Coastal Places, Processes, and Partnerships: Balancing values and expectations on Maine’s beaches. Friday, July 15th at Southern Maine Community College. Since 2000, the Maine Beaches Conference has provided continuing opportunities for exchange of the most current information among beach stakeholders with diverse interests, and presents the findings from the state’s beach monitoring programs.

Paddle for Pine Tree Camp Challenge – Saturday, August 13th 2011. The 1st annual Paddle for Pine Tree Camp Challenge will feature an ocean paddle on Casco Bay. For those seeking more of an adventurous and skilled experience, paddlers will depart Wolfe’s Neck Farm with a goal of reaching Bustin’s Island. The sea kayak paddle can be adapted for all skill levels. The day will conclude with a celebratory traditional seaweed lobster bake and barbecue. Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport, Maine.


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