Author: Victor Forbes

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    Top Tips for Driving an Automatic Car

    Just about every car sold to modern markets is fitted with an automatic transmission system. Stats have it that nine of ten vehicles on our roads could be automated. Automatic transmissions cars have come a long way in the past few decades. If you drive an automatic car, just like with their manual counterparts, incorrect use of the vehicle can take a toll on the life of the car. To save your car from common transmission issues, here are some top tips to help you drive a vehicle fitted with an automatic transmission system.reversing

    Only Select Park After Coming to a Complete Stop

    Most drivers today are tempted to arrest the momentum of a moving car using the park feature. Doing this takes a toll on a car’s transmission system. Ideally, the park pawl keeps shearing, thus resulting in hidden damage in your transmission system. What is the brake meant for anyway? The best way to go about parking is to use the brakes fist, then choose the park pawl when the vehicle has come to a complete stop.

    Stop Before Changing the Opposite Ratio

    Whenever you are shifting from drive to reverse or vice versa, always make sure that you come to a complete stop before choose the opposite ratio. Unfortunately, it can be tempting to choose the opposite gear ratio before the automobile stops. Doing this can damage the clutch and other components of the transmission system. These parts take time to replace and are quite expensive.

    Do Not Coast in Neutral

    Most people driving automatic vehicles today are usually tempted to coast in neutral to save some fuel. In reality, this practice is ill-informed, as it does more harm than good to the car. As far as fuel-savings goes, auto transmission cars’ coast’ you when your foot is off the throttle. Moreover, not coasting in neutral makes it easy for you to accelerate or brake.

    Feeding the Throttle on Drive

    When moving from a stationary position, it is always advisable to get the car rolling with minimal throttle pressure before you increase your power. Applying high pressure to static engine parts can be damaging. Although this damage might not be apparent at first, continued misuse of the throttle drive will eventually make the transmission system yield. To save yourself from making this mistake, you should consider buying a car with launch control.…

  • The Gather Rounders | Portland Maine Bluegrass and Folk Music

    About Us
    The Gather Rounders is a string band that tastefully blends traditional and progressive bluegrass and folk into a lush mix of clean harmonies, inventive pickin’ and solid grooves.

    We are…
    Lincoln Meyers (guitar)
    Ron Cody (banjo)
    Zach Ovington (fiddle, mandolin, vocals)
    Wendy Cody (upright bass)
    The Gather Rounders features both talented bluegrass veterans and exciting fresh faces.

    Lincoln Meyers (guitar, vocals) an award-winning guitarist who has been playing professionally for 30 years, 18 of them in New England, has toured for years with national bands Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen and The April Verch Band.

    Ron Cody (banjo) is a genre-defying banjoist with recordings that have been featured on All Things Considered, The Thistle and the Shamrock and Sirius Radio Bluegrass. Renowned banjoist Tony Trischka adds about his playing- “Ron can hit from all sides.” Visit him online at

    Zach Ovington (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) has been a singer and multi-instrumentalist on the New England folk, bluegrass and jazz scene for over 10 years. His music is based in southern folk music learned during childhood with Irish and traditional jazz influences from time spent in the north.

    Wendy Cody (upright bass) has performed throughout the northeast as part of the venerable New England Bluegrass Band and has recorded with musical luminaries such as Darol Anger, Rushad Eggleston and Mike Block.

    Together, The Gather Rounders make a unique brand of modern bluegrass and folk music, rooted in tradition yet infused with inventive verve.


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    Upcoming Events
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    Every Sunday, 11am-1pm

    Bluegrass Brunch @ Gather [info]
    Thu, May 7, 2015, 9-11pm

    Port City Blue [info]
    Fri, May 8, 2015, 7:30pm

    Mole Hill Theatre [info]
    Tue, May 12, 2015, 7-9pm

    Private event [info]
    Fri-Sun, May 15-17, 2015

    Banjo Camp North [info]
    Sat, May 23, 2015, 1-4pm

    Private event
    Thu, Jun 4, 2015, 9-11pm

    Port City Blue [info]
    Sun, Jun 14, 2015, 6-8pm

    Mallet Barn Farm-to-Table Dinner [info]
    Fri, Jun 19, 2015, 6-8pm

    Congress Square Park [info]
    Sat, Jun 20, 2015, 5:30-8:30pm

    Funky Bow Brewery & Beer Company [info]
    Thu, Jun 25, 2015, 1pm

    Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival [info]
    Thu, Jul 2, 2015, 9-11pm

    Port City Blue [info]
    Sat, Jul 11, 2015, 9-10pm

    Ossipee Valley Fair [info]
    Sun, Jul 19, 2015, 3:30-4:30pm

    Yarmouth Clam Festival [info]
    Wed, Jul 22, 2015, 8:30-11:30pm

    Nick-A-Nees [info]
    Sat, Jul 25, 2015, 7-9pm

    The Reach [info]
    Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Private event
    Thu, Aug 6, 2015, 9-11pm

    Port City Blue [info]
    Sun, Aug 9, 2015, 4:30-6pm

    Fort Gorges, Portland Harbor, Portland, ME [info]
    Thu, Aug 13, 2015, 7-10pm

    Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
    Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    Freeport, ME, Private event
    Sun, Aug 16, 2015, 1-4pm

    Private event, Portsmouth, NH
    Sat, Aug 22, 2015, 4:45-5:15pm

    Royal River Music Festival [info]
    Wed, Aug 26, 2015, 6-9pm

    Graze at Pineland Farms [info]
    Fri, Aug 28, 2015, 8:30-10:30pm

    Paradise Cafe [info]
    Thu, Sep 3, 2015, 9-11pm

    Port City Blue [info]
    Sat, Sep 5, 2015, 1-4pm

    Private event, Gorham, ME
    Sun, Sep 6, 2015, 6-9pm

    Private event
    Wed, Sep 9, 2015, 6-9pm

    Graze at Pineland Farms [info]
    Sat, Sep 12, 2015, 7-9pm

    b.good [info]
    Thu, Sep 17, 2015, 7-10pm

    Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
    Sat, Sep 19, 2015, 9pm-12am

    Blue Mermaid [info]
    Sat, Sep 26, 2015, 7:30pm-9:30pm

    The Back Room at the Mill [info]
    Thu, Oct 15, 2015, 8-11pm

    Riverwalk Cafe & Music Bar [info]
    Sat, Oct 17, 2015, 4-6pm

    Private event, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
    Thu, Oct 22, 2015, 7-10pm

    Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
    Sat, Oct 24, 2015, 8pm

    The One Village Music Project Concert
    Acoustic Artisans, Portland, ME [info]
    Thu, Nov 12, 2015, 7-10pm

    Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
    Sat, Nov 21, 2015, 7-9pm

    FPFC Concert Series
    South Berwick, ME [info]
    Thu, Dec 10, 2015, 7-10pm

    Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
    Fri, Jan 15, 2016, 8-11pm

    Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
    Fri, Feb 12, 2016, 8-11pm

    Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
    Fri, Mar 18, 2016, 8-11pm

    Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
    Fri, Apr 29, 2016, 8-11pm

    Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
    Past Events

    Sat, Mar 31, 2014, 7pm

    Munjoy Hill, opening for Darol Anger/Emy Phelps
    Thu, Oct 9, 2014, 7:30-10:30pm

    Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
    Fri, Oct 10, 2014, 7:30-10:30pm

    Sarah’s Wine Bar [info]

    Sat, Oct 11, 2014, 7:30pm

    The Barn at Rocky Top, w/Ryan Cavanaugh & Rushad Eggleston [info]
    Sat/Sun, Oct 11/12, 2014, 11am-3pm

    Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm [info]
    Fri, Oct 17, 2014, 6-7:30pm

    Port City Blue [info]
    Sat, Oct 18, 2014, 3-6pm

    Private event
    Fri, Nov 28, 2014, 9pm-12am

    Martingale Wharf [info]
    Thu, Dec 4, 2014, 5:30-7:00pm

    One Longfellow Square [info]
    Thu, Dec 4, 2014, 7:30-10:30pm

    Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
    Sun, Dec 14, 2014, 6-8pm

    Nippo Lake Restaurant [info]
    Wed, Dec 31, 2014, 6:30-9pm

    New Year’s Eve @ Gather [info]
    Fri, Jan 9, 2015, 6-7:30pm

    Port City Blue [info]
    Thu, Jan 15, 2015, 7:30-10:30pm

    Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
    Thu, Feb 5, 2015, 9-11pm

    Port City Blue [info]
    Thu, Feb 13-15, 2015

    Joe Val Bluegrass Festival [info]
    Our showcase set is on Saturday, Feb 14th, 6:45pm
    Fri, Feb 20, 2015, 7-9pm

    Cooperative Design Lab Benefit Show [info]
    Sat, Feb 21, 2015, 8:30-11pm

    Newcastle Publick House [info]
    Thu, Feb 26, 2015, 7:30-10:30pm

    Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
    Thu, Mar 5, 2015, 9-11pm

    Port City Blue [info]
    Sat, Mar 7, 2015, 9pm-12:30am

    Blue Mermaid [info]
    Sat, Mar 14, 2015, 3-4pm

    Jenny Brook Bluegrass [info]
    Sat, Mar 14, 2015, 6:30-9pm

    The Pizza Stone VT [info] / [info]
    Thu, Mar 19, 2015, 7:30-10:30pm

    Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
    Thu, Apr 2, 2015, 9-11pm

    Port City Blue [info]
    Thu, Apr 23, 2015, 7-10pm

    Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
    Sat, Apr 25, 2015, 8:00pm

    Somerset Abbey [info]
    I Picture You
    By The Gather Rounders

    I Picture You3:14
    Careless Love3:46

    “The Gather Rounders came rolling into Providence like thunder last Wednesday at Nick-a- Nee’s. Great vocals, tight harmonies, solid Bluegrass rhythm, and scorching breaks conspired to keep the crowd there until the very end … And no one wanted the show to end!”
    Sal Sauco,…