Archive for May, 2008


Sabres sign Enroth; Portland Bound??

on May 31, 2008, at 1:51 p.m.
It would appear the Portland Pirates have their goalie under wraps for next season as the Buffalo Sabres have signed Jhonas Enroth to a three-year entry-level contract. The Sabres, who are expected to move their affiliation to Portland next season, has been under pressure to get Enroth signed by June …

Iowa AHL franchise to announce affiliation…… soon

on May 30, 2008, at 12:47 p.m.
The speculation will soon be over. Schlegel Sports, owners of the Iowa AHL franchise (formerly known as the Iowa Stars) have scheduled a press conference for next Tuesday, June 3 at 2:00pm to announce their affiliation for the 2008-09 season and beyond. It’s expected the Anaheim Ducks will move their …

Silly season is in full swing

on May 29, 2008, at 2:23 p.m.
Sometimes the off-season can be just as eventful for a hockey club as the regular season. Every year the American Hockey League undergoes a few changes, but this year seems to have ratcheted silly season to a whole new level. That’s certainly the case for the Portland Pirates, who head …

Don’t let weather dampen spirits In rain, pleasant time still possible

By Jeff Strout on May 26, 2008, at 3:19 p.m.
This column was first published May 20, 2006 Despite a wet Friday start to last weekend, we dodged a soggy bullet, didn’t we? Most of the state languished in warm and sunny weather while parts south of the border were snorkeling. For us northerners it was a great weekend to …

It’s the end of an era for the Pirates

on May 26, 2008, at 12:12 p.m.
Portland, ME – This was a situation the Pirates should have never found themselves in the first place. They really didn’t talk about it, but they knew what was at stake (losing the Eastern Conference Finals) and now they preparing to head home for the summer and what might lie …

Pirates’ season ends at the hands of a former teammate

on May 25, 2008, at 2:02 a.m.
Wilkes-Barre, PA – Just like that the season is over for the Portland Pirates. Former Pirate Tim Brent scored with 30 seconds left in regulation as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins advanced to the Calder Cup Finals with a 3-2 win over the Pirates on Saturday night. It will be the Penguins …

Kayaking classes provide pivotal paddling lessons Safety on the water can save lives

By Jeff Strout on May 24, 2008, at 3:22 p.m.
This column was first published May 24, 2008   Sometime it would nice to turn your world upside down – introduce a little variety, some spontaneity, have dessert first, do what you want to do first rather than wait until after work – wouldn’t it? We get tied into life’s …

Penguins seize momentum as Pirates falter

on May 23, 2008, at 6:20 p.m.
Wilkes-Barre, PA – The Portland Pirates missed an opportunity and it may have cost them a chance at the Calder Cup Finals. With a 3-1 lead going into the third period, the Wilkes-Barre Penguins put forth a resilient effort to take a 4-3 win in game six of Eastern Conference …

Unsung heroes step up for Pirates in timely fashion

on May 22, 2008, at 8:02 a.m.
Portland, ME – Mike McKenna and Stephen Dixon were the heroes of the night and now the Pirates are just one win away from their first appearance in the Calder Cup Finals since 1996. Dixon scored two goals and McKenna made 27 saves as the Pirates held on for a …

Pirates let goal-den opportunity slip by

on May 21, 2008, at 6:30 a.m.
Portland, ME – It was an opportunity lost for the Pirates. They had a chance to take a commanding lead over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals with one game remaining at the Cumberland County Civic Center, but they let it slip away as the Penguins went on …

McKenna steps up as Pirates take series lead

on May 19, 2008, at 6:37 a.m.
Portland, ME – Mike McKenna made 27 saves in a surprising starting as the Pirates took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final with a 5-2 win in front of 3,746 at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Civic Center’s character gives Portland an advantage

on May 18, 2008, at 1:06 a.m.
Portland, ME – There is no place like home for the Pirates. Heading into the Game three of the Eastern Conference Final against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Pirates hope to keep it that way, as the next three games will be played at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Coast Guard Auxiliary urges updating emergency radio beacons

By Jeff Strout on May 17, 2008, at 3:17 p.m.
This column was first published May 17, 2008     So far this spring has been slow starting as far as my getting time on the water, but even at that I’ve had a half-dozen launchings. And any time on the water is better than none, right? The weather around …

Pirates head home with series tied

on May 15, 2008, at 10:13 p.m.
Wilkes-Barre, PA. – It was mission accomplished for the Portland Pirates. While the ultimate goal – winning the Calder Cup – is still on the horizon, Portland was able to get done what they set out to do in Pennsylvania. Bobby Ryan, in another tight defensive game, scored two goals …

Pirates drop game one in Wilkes-Barre

on May 15, 2008, at 6:09 a.m.
Wilkes-Barre, Penn. – For the third time during the 2008 Calder Cup playoffs, the Portland Pirates would drop the opening game of their series as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins won Game one of the Eastern Conference Finals, 2-0 on Wednesday night.

“Adam the King” paints Down East community in a true light

on May 12, 2008, at 12 a.m.
Jeffrey Lewis’ new book, “Adam the King,” the fourth in a quartet (preceded by “Meritocracy: A Love Story,” “The Conference of the Birds” and “Theme Song for an Old Show”), has a taut plot, pitch-perfect dialogue, and presents as accurate a picture of Down East coastal communities as anything I’ve read.

Deborah White: Montessori school turns 25

on May 12, 2008, at 12 a.m.
Silver anniversaries in the field of education abound this year.

Maine Games hosts twirling championship

on May 12, 2008, at 12 a.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine – The high school gym was a blur of spangles, fringes and beads as baton twirlers spun, threw and twirled Saturday during the Maine Games State Baton Twirling Championships.

Accomplishments warm chilly Husson commencement

on May 12, 2008, at 12 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine – Marching to the skirling sounds of the Anah Highlanders bagpipe band, 362 chilly Husson College students filed onto the baseball field at the Winkin Athletic Complex on Saturday morning to receive their college degrees. About 2,500 friends and family members filled the metal bleachers to take photographs and cheer on the graduates.

Maine campuses send forth graduates

on May 12, 2008, at 12 a.m.
ORONO, Maine – University of Maine commencement speaker Doug Hall on Saturday challenged about 1,860 new graduates to lead a revolution against the failed policies of their parents’ generation. POLL: Did you participate in your high school and-or college graduation ceremonies?
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