Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Bio CASTINE — The still-plentiful snow cover attests to the fact that Winter’s still not over.But the Maine Maritime Academy softball team is just hours away from its first game, and the lacrosse team is not far behind.The Lady Mariners will open this weekend at the University of Maine Dome, facing Fisher College in a single game tomorrow (Friday) at 5 p.m. and a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.The schedule:March 13: Fisher College at UMaine Dome, 5 p.m.March 14: Fisher College at UMaine Dome (2), 10 a.m.March 21: Massachusetts Maritime at UMaine Dome (2), 10 a.m.April 1: UMaine – Presque isle (2), 4 p.m.April 5: at Newbury College (2)April 8: Thomas College (2), 2 p.m.April 11: UMaine – Farmington (2), noon.April 14: at Colby College, 4 p.m.April 18: at Castleton State College (2), 1 p.m.April 19: at Green Mountain College (2)April 22: at Husson University (2)April 25: Johnson State College (2), noon.April 26: Lyndon State College (2), noon.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text——The Mariners lacrosse team will host Green Mountain College in its season opener March 21 on MMA’s artificial turf surface.New coach Mike Capotosto, a Springfield College graduate who came to MMA after coaching at Mount Ida College, has inherited a strong group of returning players.Offensively, the Mariners boast two of the top attack players in the North Atlantic Conference.The schedule:March 21: Green Mountain College, 1 p.m.March 25: Thomas College, 4 p.m.March 28: St. Joseph College, 1 p.m.April 1: at Husson University, 3:30 p.m.April 4: Castleton State College, 1 p.m.April 8: at Lyndon State College, 3 p.m.April 11: at Mount Ida College, 1 p.m.April 16: at University of Southern Maine, 4 p.m.April 18: at Emerson College, 4 p.m.April 22: at Johnson State College, 4 p.m.For complete story see the March 12, 2009 edition of the Ellsworth American. Latest Posts admin House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest posts by admin (see all) State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015
Linden pageant scandalIn light of recent allegations of sexual assault against delegates of the Miss Linden Town Week (LTW) pageant by a Linden businessman, former Mayor of Linden Carwyn Holland is calling on the municipality of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) to cancel this year’s pageant. He said the delegates should be crowned as municipal ambassadors, whereby they would become a part of the development process of Linden and spread positive messages to young girls.Former Mayor of Linden Carwyn HollandIn a statement issued on Tuesday, Holland said this should be done on the heels of the observance of an International Women’s Day observance which was staged in Linden recently, where a call was made for society to “guard our girls”.“These revelations are deeply troubling. So, I commend the young ladies’ courage and believe that they should be hailed as ambassadors for our municipality, championing the call for young women to resist the pressure to be demoralised and abused by some in our society. And I believe their courage to speak out, goes well in strengthening others to speak out in spite of threats or the rhetorical silencing that often follows these incidents,” Holland said.He added that though he was not apprised of the scandal before it became public, he finds it imperative that law enforcement conduct a thorough investigation of the matter so that justice is served.“We all have a responsibility to instil wholesome values in the next generation of young men and women and should not chastise or silence them when they uphold such values. This should be commended…,” Holland indicated.Meanwhile, pageant coordinator Crystal Lam has called for the pageant to continue, amidst calls for it to be cancelled. “We have to start somewhere, and the solution cannot be to end all pageants… Over the past few months I have come to know a group of young women who are very passionate about empowering, leading and making positive changes in society… We have to start somewhere. We have to come up with more creative ways in finding solutions.”Lam added that at a meeting on Monday, the delegates indicated that they no longer care about the prizes.“They suggested that should they continue, their platforms must change. Though a ‘greener economy’ is a worthy platform; they all have social ills they are passionate about, and they want to be able to represent and bring awareness to these issues. In my opinion, the pageant should go on. Give these women a chance to be role models in society. Give them a chance to change society’s misconception of pageantry. Our women must not feel like selling one’s self to potential sponsors is an undeniable part of pageantry,” she said.The allegation of the sexual assault went viral on social media after a post that a businessman from Amelia’s Ward, Linden had made sexual advances towards the delegates when they were at his premises to seek sponsorship during March 2018. The post alleges that the LM&TC tried to cover up the matter and officials tried to silence the victims.But the LMTC has said that aiding or abetting any activity and behaviour that is demeaning to women or any other individual or group of individuals is incompatible with its ideals. As such, given the sensitive nature of the case, the LM&TC conducted an independent investigation into the incident.The investigation found irrefutable evidence that an incident occurred on March 3, 2018, and the said matter was settled between the parties involved on March 6, 2018.Meanwhile, the Alliance For Change (AFC) said in a statement on Monday that it is aware of a social media post regarding an alleged incident which took place in Linden.The party also admitted that the incident involved a member of the AFC’s Region 10 Regional Management Committee.Based on some sources, the AFC member was one of the persons who accompanied the victim to the businessman’s premises to seek sponsorship, which led to her allegedly being assaulted.