• Andrea Goodman

    Thoughts and realizations of a spiritual nature, opening to the awareness of inner and outer light. 

    Seeing experience from a different perspective, turning it to catch the light.

    Reflections on living the life of a Priestess in Maine, illumined by love and suffering, Earth’s gifts, and Divine Guidance.


    ANDREA GOODMAN, owner of Ruby-Throated Spirit: Sanctuary, Voice Studio and Labyrinth, lives on Barter’s Island on the Boothbay Peninsula, since 1989. Coming from a New York City career as a pioneer of vocal music and innovative theater, she was ordained as a Priestess of the Ministry of Maat in 1998, and sees all her work, whether performing and teaching, counseling and healing, writing or composing, as priestess work. She offers voice instruction and vocal sound healing, creates original ceremonies for weddings and other life passages, gives readings of Mythic Astrology and Tarot, is a Reiki master, and has developed Cosmic Harmony, a group process of singing intuitively for the transmission of healing and visionary realizations.  She is the author of Lightning Holds My Hand, a Woman’s Journal of Guidance, written during a difficult time, recording words of wisdom and compassion she received intuitively. Ruby-Throated Labyrinth, planted with calming herbs, is open to the public for walking meditation.  For more about Andrea’s work: 

  • eteran firefighter and emergency medical technician Chris Whytock , 37, has been appointed the city's new fire chief, effective June 1, according to Whytock.

    His appointment to the position is expected to be confirmed by the Rockland City Council at its meeting on Monday, May 9.

    "We are fortunate to have a dedicated, highly qualified and enthusiastic firefighter like Chris," said City Manager Jim Chaousis in a news release Thursday. "He is a team player that is willing to roll up his sleeves and help change Rockland for the better."

    Whytock is a native of Dixfield, and went to Dirigo High School and Southern Maine Technical College. His grandfather was a fire chief in Mexico, his cousin is a firefighter in Rumford and his uncle just retired as deputy chief of the Mexico Fire Department.

    "I have been preparing for a promotion for many years," said Whytock. "I think I reached a point where I was ready to make a change, and I knew other promotions were going to be coming available with the department, due to people retiring."

    Whytock was hired by the Rockland Fire Department on Oct. 4, 1999, a week after his 20th birthday. During his tenure, Whytock said he had not held any leadership positions within the department, such as captain or lieutenant, but he has served as the president of the International Association of Fire Fighters local chapter and as a unit leader at Knox County EMS.

    "I have always been a firefighter, I guess I skipped a few spots to get to chief," said Whytock.

    "I couldn't have asked to come into a better place," added Whytock, about starting out and staying with the city's fire department. "I am where I am today because of the Adam Micelis and Ken Elwells, those officers that showed me and taught me how to do it. All the credit goes to my officers here, along with a couple good fire chiefs, family and leaders where I grew up, in Dixfield."

    Whytock said he has had his sights honed in on being a firefighter since he was young.

    "Firefighting is in my family blood and I never wanted to do anything but be a firefighter," he said.

  • Sarah Ruef-Lindquist, JD, CTFA

    Sarah believes sound, thoughtful planning is a gift we give ourselves, our families and our community.

    She is a lawyer and seasoned non-profit executive who has worked with dozens of organizations, individuals and families as a philanthropic advisor and senior trust officer. She holds the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor certification and FINRA Series 7 and 66 registrations through Commonwealth Financial Network. Sarah and her husband live in Camden. The Financial Advisors of Allen and Insurance Financial are Registered Representatives and Investment Adviser Representatives with/and offer securities and advisory services through Commonwealth Financial Network, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser. Allen Insurance and Financial, 31 Chestnut Street, Camden, ME 04843. 207-236-8376.