Mother tries to save drowning son

WOOLWICH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -  The Sagadahoc County Sheriff's office is investigating an apparent drowning in Woolwich.
   Rescuers will called to the Nequasset Swimming and Boat launch just before 8 PM last night.
  Police say Sandra Knowlen, of Brunswick, was swimming with her son, James, who lives with her.
 He started struggling and she tried to pull him out, but couldn't.
  She ran for help, but by the time she returned he was no where to be found.  A good samaritan found James Knowlen's body and dragged it out of the water.
 CPR was performed. Police do not suspect foul play. 

Gay marriage friends, foes ready to raise money

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Both gay marriage supporters and opponents say they expect to be able to raise enough money to get their messages out if the issue is put to a statewide vote in November 2012.

Campaign finance reports show that the two sides in the ballot fight that overturned Maine's gay marriage law spent $9.6 million in 2009. Those seeking to revoke the gay marriage law spent nearly $4 million; supporters of gay marriage raised close to $6 million.

Last month, gay marriage advocates announced that they'd be gathering signatures necessary to put the measure to a state vote again in Maine. But they're waiting until January to decide whether they'll submit the signatures and put the measure to a statewide vote.











The music of Ameranouche


The Gypsy Jazz Power Trio Ameranouche is in Maine for two shows.  They performed at Belfast Summer Nights in Belfast on Thursday, and will be at Frontier Cafe in Brunswick on Friday, July 15.  Tickets to that show are $10 in advance or $12 on the day of the show.

Ameranouche features two French acoustic Gypsy jazz guitars and an upright bass.  The group has won Best of New Hampshire awards as well as being veterans of the Newport Jazz Festival.  The group tours nationally year-round and has released two albums.

For more information on Ameranouche click here:  AMERANOUCHE


Cinematographer Francis Kenny


Francis Kenny is a cinematographer who's worked on dozens of film and television projects, including "Desperately Seeking Susan," "Heathers," "New Jack City" and "Scary Movie."

Kenny was in Maine to teach a class on Advanced Digital Cinematography at Maine Media Workshops in Rockland.  Kenny also worked on a unique exhibition of photographs at Maine Media Gallery, presented in association with the American Society of Cinematographers.  The show is comprised of images made by more than 30 members of the organization.  The exhibition runs through July 27th.

For more information on Francis Kenny and Maine Media Workshops click here:  MAINE MEDIA WORKSHOPS

Downtown Brunswick Association helps carry the message, 'It's All here... All Year'

Downtown Brunswick Association helps carry the message, 'It's All here... All Year'
By Patrick Gabrion, Times Record Business Editor

BRUNSWICK — Downtown Brunswick. It’s lively, diverse and undergoing changes. One of the many organizations deeply involved and at the forefront in keeping the town pointed in the right direction is the Brunswick Downtown Association.

The Times Record recently chatted with Stephanie Slocum, the BDA’s executive director, to talk about the group’s mission, the town’s new branding campaign, the need for more retail locations, and what makes Brunswick’s downtown so special.

Q. Stephanie, first of all, give us a little background about yourself, such as where you grew up, went to school, etc. You told me that you have lived in many different parts of the country, but you are back in the Mid-coast region. Comparisons, thoughts?

A. I am proud to be a multi-generation Maine native, born in Bath and raised in Boothbay Harbor.

Mid Coast Hospital Chosen as One of Maine’s 'Preferred' Providers

Mid Coast Hospital Chosen as One of Maine’s 'Preferred' Providers


Mid Coast Hospital was recognized today as one of just five hospitals in Maine, and the only hospital in the Greater Brunswick area, for demonstrating sustained high performance over five years by the Maine State Employee Health Commission.  The Commission’s Executive Director, Frank Johnson attended a presentation ceremony this morning at Mid Coast Hospital, where he recognized the health care provider as a “Preferred Tier 1 Hospital” for their consistent high marks in quality, patient safety, and clinical experience.

Johnson’s remarks pinpointed the health care priorities that are required to establish preferred provider status.

Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Winners Announced


Seven recent graduates of southern mid coast Maine high schools have received health career scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year from the Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary.

The Auxiliary raises the funds for these scholarships through the “Grand and Glorious” Yard Sale, a spring used book sale, gift shop, bake sales, holiday bazaar and book signings, with generous support from the communities the hospital serves.  Linda Belmont, chair of the Auxiliary scholarship committee, said, “These scholarships are possible because of the support from our staff and employees, volunteers, Auxilians, patients and their families, and friends and neighbors in the mid coast area who believe in high quality healthcare.  Auxilians are always busy raising funds to support scholarships and our new pledge, which is $150,000 ‘to help furnish and equip’ the Mid Coast Primary Care and Walk-In Clinic at Brunswick Station.”    These new services ope