Jetport expansion project marks major milestone

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Seven months after breaking ground, officials at the Portland International Jetport joined construction crews to put the final beam in place on the $75 million expansion project.

"Today we get a chance to celebrate the long-standing tradition for large construction projects, the celebration of the last beam being placed on top of a building," declared Portland mayor Nick Mavadones.

The large wooden beam was adorned with an American flag and a fir tree, not in honor of the holidays, but as a token of good luck and to symbolize growth.  City council members, jetport staff and construction workers signed the beam before a large crane hoisted it into place.

"This new building is really an outbound concourse," explained jetport director Paul Bradbury.  "It is brand new ticketing, it is a brand new security screening checkpoint and a whole new location from where the inbound or arriving passengers use."

Adrienne P. Willard

Adrienne Willard performed two duets with Cecile DeRoche-Cain, her piano teacher at the Portland Conservatory of Music.

Adrienne is 10 years old and a home-schooled sixth-grader.  In addition to studying piano, she plays soccer and basketball.  She is also an avid reader of the American Girl series of books.  Two of her favorites American Girl characters are Rebecca and Felicity.

The Portland Conservatory of Music was founded in 1995 to provide the best available training, in all aspects of music, for students of all ages, and at all levels of ability, newborn to adult. PCM has brought that life to thousands of students who have taken lessons here over the last 15 years.

St. Bartholomew Liturgical Singers

The St. Bartholomew Liturgical Singers are part of the Worship Choir (adults), and the Youth Choirs (young children grades 2-4 and youth grades 5-12) at St. Bartholomew Parish, the home of the Catholic community in Cape Elizabeth.

All of St. Bart's musical groups are seasonal, primarily Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter. The groups are not performance oriented, but rather serve a sacred function as a choral ensemble within the assembly to lead the liturgical song.

Membership to any of the groups is open to all who love to sing and express their faith through song. Singing on pitch is necessary, but training is not required.  More than 95% of the singers cannot read music; learning is through practice!

Practices are on Tuesday: very young 3:15-4:15; youth 5:30-6:15, adult 7:00-8:15

Aimee Lafreniere Turner

Aimee Turner began classical voice training at age 15.  A member of the Notre Dame Chorale, as an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame, she served briefly as music coordinator at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Portland.

For ten years Aimee was a soloist and choir member at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.  She enjoyed the opportunity to lead song at major diocesan events, including the 2000 rededication of the renovated Cathedral sanctuary.  She has sung at weddings, masses of remembrance, and ordinations in Portland, Manchester NH, Rochester NY, Baltimore, Atlanta, and Fort Worth.

Law enforcement officers benefit from new firearms simulators

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- State-of-the-art firearms simulators being used to teach criminal justice students at Kaplan University are also being used to the benefit of police officers throughout the region.

"You know, they say law enforcement is 80% boredom with 20% shear terror, and it is that shear terror that can change someone's life, families' lives in a heart beat," said Peter Hussey, a former police chief and chair of the university's criminal justice department.

"We want the environment to be familiar enough so you start to recognize threats," added Hussey.  "You do get sweaty palms when you do go through this system, and I would much rather have people do it there and to be able to experience the little tell-tale signs of trouble, then having it be the first time out on the street."

Proposed zoning change riles neighbors

SCARBOROUGH, ME (NEWS CENTER) -- In the shadow of the Scarborough Connector sits 6 acres of undeveloped woods, property, owned by the Department of Transportation, that hasn't been on the market for about 50 years... until now.

The DOT confirms it had no intention of selling until a buyer, identified by the Scarborough Economic Development Corporation as Maine Eye Care, came forward a couple months ago. According to the DOT, the list price on the land is $695,000, and the land is under contract.

Funding for 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Grants

Plan a community volunteer service projects commemorating Martin Luther King Day of Service on January 17, in your community. Successful applicants will receive $500 to help implement projects.
The MCCS challenge to communities all over Maine is to develop volunteer service projects that; unite community sectors in service, address a problem or condition that impacts quality of life for individuals or a community, and provides those who serve an opportunity to reflect on the link between their service, the problem, and the local implications for the community residents.