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By Stevie Kumble | Dec 26, 2013

Happy Kwanzaa

Today, Dec. 26, marks the beginning of Kwanzaa, a week-long celebration held in the United States (first celebrated in 1966–67), and also celebrated in the Western African Diaspora in other nations of the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Each day, Kwanzaa celebrates one of the seven principles: Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, Faith.

Super special

And, Dec. 26 is also Boxing Day, celebrated in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and some other Commonwealth nations. But! We, too can celebrate with the family at The Strand with the free Boxing Day film, “David Copperfield,” showing at 3 p.m. This is also a great chance for you to support a great local organization, United Mid-Coast Charities (UMCC), by bringing a donation for that organization. FMI call 594-0070 or visit rocklandstrand.com. Or FMI about UMCC, email umcc@midcoast.com

Holiday closings

The Town Office and the library and all town departments will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 1, in observance of New Year’s Day. Regular schedules/hours resume Thursday, Jan. 2. May 2014 bring only the best to all of you.

School schedules

All local schools continue to be closed for the winter holidays through Wednesday, Jan. 1, resuming normal schedules Thursday, Jan. 2.

Municipal meetings

All meetings are at the town office unless otherwise specified and are open to the public. The C-R Pathways Committee will meet today, Thursday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Washington Street Conference Room, Camden.

Books, plus

Booklovers’ Cafe will meet Saturday, Dec. 28. Gather at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and informal chat; serious book discussion begins at 10 a.m. Free and open to all, newcomers or visitors are always welcome. Local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer will conduct a poetry workshop Thursday, Jan. 2, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The workshop is open to the public and welcomes all levels of ability and experience. Bring samples of written work. FMI about programs or the library, call 236-3642 or go to rockport.lib.me.us.

Dip for Derek

If it’s Jan. 1, it must be time for all you hardy souls to head to Lincolnville Beach for the “Annual Dip for Derek” Polar Bear Challenge. The challenge, now in its ninth year, will take place Wednesday, Jan. 1, at high noon on the beach. Participants should park in the Lobster Pound Restaurant parking lot. Each year, more and more participants shed everything (except bathing suits - and no wet suits!), and hit the frigid waters to raise funds for the Derek O’Brien trust. Derek suffered a broken spine in a 2005 swimming accident and continues to be a source of inspiration to all in the way he lives his life and in the career he’s carved out for himself.

You don’t have to DIP to contribute. Make out checks, dipper or non, to the "Derek O'Brien Trust." Cash donations and checks will be collected before the Dip. For more information, contact Peter Roper at 236-0074. All donation can be dropped off at before the DIP or they can be mailed to Peter Roper at 10 Spring St., Camden.

Night skies

Yes. Despite the fact it’s now officially winter, daylight hours are gaining and will continue to to that, soon with bigger jumps in the increases. I’d already noticed towards the end of December that the shortening of daylight time wasn’t increasing by such leaps and bounds as it had earlier last fall. I’ve found myself reflecting in the early afternoon darkness, that I’m glad those early cultures decided they needed to celebrate “light” and designed so many Festivals of Light!

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