Rockland receives $150,000  block grant

Posted May 03, 2011, at 6:13 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine —  The city was awarded a $150,000 Community Development Block Grant to fund the Downtown Business’ Facade Improvement Matching Grant Fund program to beautify storefronts on Main and Rankin streets.

The matching funds for the facade grants will be provided by private property owners on a dollar-for-dollar match. No city funds will be involved. The maximum amount of the individual grants is $25,000.

This is the city’s second facade grant program. The previous

program ran from 2006 to 2008. It resulted in facade improvements to 16 Main Street buildings and generated $135,000 in new private investment in the downtown. The new program is anticipated to generate an estimated $161,000 in new private investment in the downtown.

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The grant came from the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.

For more information call 594-0306.

PBMC to educate community on strokes, risk factors

ROCKPORT, Maine  — In recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month, the Stroke Center at Pen Bay Medical Center will present a community education program that will cover local and national stroke statistics and define stroke and the risk factors that can lead to this critical health event.

The talk will take place 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Picker Family Resource Center on the Pen Bay campus.

For more information call 596-8950.

Georges Valley High students explore careers

THOMASTON, Maine — In mid-April a dozen Georges Valley High School juniors and four adult mentors participating in Trekkers’ College-Career Expedition boarded the Trekkers bus for a 10-day exploration of colleges, universities and career paths.

Before the expedition, each student researched and chose two schools or careers of interest to explore between Maine and Pennsylvania.

The group visited: Maine Maritime Academy, Daniel Webster College, Franklin Pierce University, University of Vermont, Green Mountain College, Hampshire College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Boston College, Berklee College of Music, Emerson College, Bay State College, Boston University, Quinnipiac University, Temple University and University of Rhode Island.

Trekkers is a nonprofit, outdoor-based mentoring program that connects adults with young people through adventure-based education.  For more information call 594-5095.

To read the trip log and view photos from the 2011 College/Career Expedition visit

Rockland Mother’s Day races for the whole family

ROCKLAND, Maine  — The annual Mother’s Day 5K Family Fun Weekend Road Race will be held at 7 a.m. (registration), Kid’s Mad Dash at 8:30 a.m. and the race immediately afterward on Saturday, May 7, at the intersection of Pleasant and Main streets. The 5K family fun run features a mixture of die-hard runners and casual strollers. Participants can run, jog or walk the 3.1-mile course around Rockland, and children 12 and under can participate in a free 250-meter Kids’ Mad Dash.

Registration is  $20 and $30 for a family. For more information visit

Birder to lead Georges River trust spring walk

CUSHING, Maine — Georges River Land Trust will hold a spring bird walk at the Pleasant Point Nature Preserve in Cushing to look for warblers and other migratory birds 8-10 a.m. Saturday, May 14. The walk will be led by Brian Willson of Rockport, writer, type designer and birder who’s especially fond of the songs of wood-warblers.

The walk is part of GRLT’s annual Walks and Talks series.

For more information call 594-5166.

Collins representative available in Belfast

BELFAST, Maine – U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ representative from the Bangor office will hold office hours in Belfast from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Belfast City Hall, 131 Church St. in Belfast.

Staff assistant Jessie Logan will be available to provide assistance about federal issues and agencies. For more information, call 945-0417.

Knox County Democrats to meet on May 10

ROCKLAND, Maine  — The Knox County Democrats will hold their monthly meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at the Stella Maris House in Rockland. There will be a potluck supper before the meeting at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and to join in planning summer fundraisers and other preparations for the 2012 elections.

Two guests will speak briefly. Director Katie Mae Simpson will describe Emerge Maine’s recruitment of Democratic women to its training program for candidates. Gerald Weinand of the blog will urge attendance at a meeting of interest to him and to all Democrats.

For more information, call 273-3609.

Morrill fire auxiliary to hold fundraiser

MORRILL, Maine  – The Morrill Fire Department Auxiliary will hold a fundraiser 7 -11 p.m. Friday, May 20, At Redman’s Hall on Main St. in Belfast.

Admission for this family-friendly event is $5 each, $15 for families. For more information or for advance tickets, call 342-5020 or 342-5207.

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