Friday's Harvest Happenings Around Town

Friday's Harvest Happenings Around Town Cooking demonstrations, culinary-themed tours, special discounts and more, all happening throughout Greater Portland.
DATE: October 22, 2010 TIME: 12:00 pm - 07:00 pm PRICE: Varies LOC: Throughout Town

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The Ultimate Seafood Splash Harvest on the Harbor’s kick-off event

The Ultimate Seafood Splash Harvest on the Harbor’s kick-off event showcases a pristine spread of local seafood samplings.
DATE: October 21, 2010
TIME: 11:30 am - 01:30 pm
PRICE: $45
LOC: Ocean View Room

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Candidates' Eggs & Issues forum gets testy on education

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The five candidates for governor spoke at the Portland Community Chamber's "Eggs and Issues" forum Wednesday morning and the discussion got sharp on the subject of education.

In his remarks, Republican Paul LePage talked about raising academic standards and adding an optional fifth year to high school that students could use to get an associate's degree. Lepage also said the dropout rate needs to come down.

Independent Eliot Cutler then said that in Waterville, where LePage serves as mayor, the dropout rate was twice the state average in the 2008-2009 school year.

The Maine Department of Education reports that last year, 20 percent of the state's high schoolers did not graduate in four years. In Waterville, the number is 27 percent.

Portland Fire Department offers tips on putting out grease fires

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Portland Fire Department held a demonstration Wednesday to show the best way to put out a grease fire. Cooking equipment is involved in 40% of reported home fires each year.

There are two ways you can effectively put out a grease fire. You can cover it with a pot top, smothering the flames. You also can use a kitchen fire extinguisher if you know how to handle it properly. The Portland Fire Department says use the "PASS" system: Pull the pin, Aim at the base, Squeeze the trigger and Sweep from side to side. And no matter what you do, do not try to put a grease fire out with water. That will only spread the flames to other parts of the kitchen.

Firefighters say you should never leave a stove unattended, or cook while you're tired or after you've had alcohol. You also should keep flammable items like paper towels, dishcloths or pot holders far from the stove.

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Seventh Annual Open House for the Fire Museum Saturday

What: The City of Portland’s Fire Department, IAFF Local 740 and the Portland Veteran Firemen’s Association will host the seventh (CORRECTED) annual Open House at the Fire Prevention Open House at the Fire Museum. Visitors will have the opportunity to view historic films including footage from 1912 of Portland fire stream engines, check out a display of a steam engine on loan from the Manchester Fire Department, get up close to Big Red – the Big Foot Ladder Truck, and explore fire apparatus and new training equipment, the Driving Emergency Simulator and Mobile Sprinkler Alarm Trainer, outside the museum along Spring Street .  At 11:30 AM, people can enjoy a performance by the Claddagh Mhor Pipe Band.
The open house is a family-friendly event.  Children and parents will have the opportunity to tour the museum and learn tips on how to make their homes safer.

Book Signing Event - Meet Tim Sandefur, Author of "The Right to Earn A Living"

The Maine Heritage Policy Center invites you to a book signing event with Timothy Sandefur.
What is your American dream? For many of our fellow citizens, owning a business and being your own employer is a dream worth fighting for.  That dream helped make the great American experiment such a redounding success.  But in today's America, senseless laws and red tape are making it harder and harder to realize that dream.  Today's policies are trampling our right to earn a living.

Mr. Sandefur will explain how Americans can reverse course, and restore the Constitution's long-neglected protections for the right that Supreme Court Justice William Douglas once called "the most precious liberty that man possesses" - the right to earn a living.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

DiMillo's Floating Restaurant
25 Long Wharf, Portland, Maine

$35.00 includes hardcover book and lunch

Safety tips spotlighted during Fire Prevention Week

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Portland Fire Department is trying to drive home some basic safety tips during Fire Prevention Week.

The annual awareness event runs October 3 to 9.  It is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association.  This year's theme is Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With.

Lee Nelson talked about the safety campaign with Capt. Keith Gautreau from the Portland Fire Department.

Gautreau stressed the importance of being careful in the kitchen, because that is where most household fires start.  He said heating sources are another common origin point for fires.

Gautreau said safety equipment like smoke alarms and fire extinguishers can save lives and property.