For anyone in the Midcoast area who’s experienced foot problems and had to travel farther afield to find care, it was wonderful news to read that Pen Bay Healthcare opened a new podiatry practice last Monday, Feb. 3. Drs. Bert E. Mason and H. Coleman Scheuller, both Doctors of Podiatric Medicine will diagnose and treat just about any kind of conditions of the foot, ankle and structures of the leg, (yes, even ingrown nails!). They’ll also travel to Senior Services locations as well as perform surgeries. Welcome to both of you!
Special Town Meeting
There is a special Town Meeting at the Opera House at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 to vote on the following articles: (1) To approve a Block Grant application to the Economic Development Program in support of the Hospice House (sewer extension). (2) To approve a Community Development Block Grant application for the Economic Development Program for Fresh Off the Farm (sewer extension). (3) To amend the Rockport Downtown Municipal Development Tax Increment Financing District, TIF (installation of high speed internet fiber cable, etc.). (4) To authorize the Select Board to spend up to $30,000 from the TIF for the expansion.
All meetings are at the Town Office unless otherwise specified and are open to the public. The Ordinance Review Committee will meet today, Thursday, Feb. 6, at 8 a.m. (and will continue to meet every Thursday morning at 8 a.m. probably through March 13) and the Harbor committee will meet at 5:15 p.m.
The Library Committee will meet Monday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. and the Select Board will meet Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. (following the preceding 6:30 special Town Meeting) at the Opera House, also televised on channel 22.
The Planning Board will meet Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Opera House, televised on channel 22
Calling all canine lovers!
Tonight’s the night! (Thursday, Feb. 6). Author David Rosenfelt, a long-time supporter of animal shelters around the country, will detail his book “Dogtripping” his story of transporting 25 rescue canines from California to Maine in four rented RV’s (with lots of help!). The fundraising event for the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, will be held at The Strand. VIP tickets are available for $40 and include an autographed copy of “Dogtripping,” appetizer reception at 5:30 with the author, and a reserved seat. General admission tickets are available for $10 (doors open at 6:45 p.m.). FMI/tickets, call The Strand at 594-0070 or visit rocklandstrand.com (Special Events).
Books, extra plus
Join local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer at the Poetry Workshop today, Feb. 6, 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.
Saturday, Feb. 8, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. come to “Ebooks-An Introduction” for a free education class and Learn to love your eReader as you navigate your way through downloadable books (and audio books) available to you through the Maine Infonet Download Library. (Repeated Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.). Register with Five Town CSD Adult and Community Education.
And, also on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m., join Bob and Sue Wieluns of the Belfast Curling Club for "Curling - What?!" They will talk about this amazing sport (featured in the Olympics!), at 6:30 p.m. FMI about the library or programs, call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us.
The First Friday Film, “Dear Mr. Wattersona,” co-sponsored by The Farnsworth will be shown Friday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 8 “Live from the Met” features soprano Renee Fleming in Dvorak’s soulful fairy-tale opera, “Rusalka’.” Doors open at 12:30 p.m., opera begins at 1 p.m. FMI/tickets, go to rocklandstrand.com or call 594-0070.
Coastal Quilters will meet Saturday, Feb. 8, gathering at 9:30 a.m. for socializing and coffee, program at 10 a.m. at the Camden Lions’ Club on Lions’ Lane in Camden. This month’s program features award-winning quilt artist Carrie Hedstrom of Camden who will present a wonderful trunk show of her quilt art. In addition to her quilts, you may know her “Hope for Haiti” shirts, designed as a response to the disaster in Haiti to sponsor a child in Haiti. Hedstrom’s program will be followed by a refreshment break, Show & Tell, and a short business meeting. The meeting is free and open to all. FMI about the program or CQ, call Gail at 236-3821 or Louisa at 236-6215.
Tuesday, Feb. 11, at noon, MNC’s Winter Talk series will feature Liz Stanley and Lee Schneller-Sligh who will lead a photographic journey through the breathtaking and beautiful gardens of Japan and on other gardens and agriculture in China. Admission free to members, nominal $5 fee for others. FMI about MNC or the program, call 236-2239 or visit merryspring.org.
Knox County Democrats will meet Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Stella Maris House in Rockland. Pot-luck supper at 6 p.m. and program at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend the potluck and program regardless of party affiliation or voter registration status. FMI, contact Chairman Adrian Humphreys at 763-4691 or visit knoxmainedemocrats.org
The Farnsworth’s “Music at Noon” (Wizard of Oz inspired!), lunchtime concert (in conjunction with Bay Chamber Concerts, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the museum library. Tickets include a cup of soup, bread and a cookie, as well as free entrance to the museum following the show. FMI, visit farnsworthmuseum.org or call 596-6457.
A reminder that the Sochi, Russia Winter Olympics begin Friday, Feb. 7, and run through Feb. 23. I don’t know if it’s because the Olympics are in Russia or that I’ve just been on a sports reminiscence kick, but the past few days I’ve found myself drawn back to the “Do You Believe in Miracles?” 1980 US/Soviet Union Olympic hockey game in Lake Placid. When I Googled the game, I realized I’d forgotten that it wasn’t even the gold medal game! And, speaking of winter. Sigh. Old Pawxutakey Phil did indeed see his shadow - six more weeks. I don’t care - seed catalogs are arriving and we already have an extra hour of daylight!
Celebrate Black History month
February is Black History month or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.
The moon is in its first quarter tonight, Feb., 6. Monday, Feb. 10, an hour after sunset (which is already occurring later and later!), Jupiter appears so brilliantly to the upper left of the moon in the southeast. And Wednesday, Feb. 12, the moon will be at its farthest from earth (apogee) for the month.