Presidents’ Day is observed on Monday, Feb. 17, and the Town Office and the Library will be closed. In addition, Friday, Feb. 14, is an early dismissal day for SAD 28 schools and the CSD. All local schools, including Ashwood Waldorf, will be closed Monday, Feb. 17, through Friday, Feb. 21, for winter vacation.
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. 13, at 8 a.m. (and will continue to meet every Thursday morning at 8 a.m. probably through March 13).
The Conservation Commission will meet on Friday, Feb. 14, at 8 a.m.
The Opera House Committee will meet Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 8:30 a.m. And there will also be a joint meeting later, at 6:30 p.m. with the Camden and Rockport select boards and Camden and Rockport planning boards.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Ashwood’s online, fundraising auction, GLOW, opens Friday, Feb. 14, through Friday, March 14. Enticing items range from a Camden cottage stay to a Colorado adventure vacation. Or, get your body moving with opportunities from the YMCA to a Sacred Sweat class to a dance class from Belfast Dance Studio. If someone in your family needs braces, both Dr. Zanca and Dr. Laliberte have offered their services. A massage, a garden consultation, a car detailing, and dinner at a favorite local restaurant are all among the great items and services donated to this year's auction. To check on the opening of the link or FMI: firstname.lastname@example.org or 236-8021.
Birdwatchers are encouraged to take part in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count from Friday, Feb. 14, through Monday, Feb. 17. Spend as much time as you want (as little as 15 minutes/day to much more!). Tally individual bird species/number of birds sighted and then enter the data online at birdsource.org/gbbc. Contact Joe Gray at 563-3578 for specific details.
Healthy, Romantic Valentine’s Day!
Friday, Feb. 14, head to Aldermere Farms for the 6:30 p.m. “Moonlight Ski Tour.” A guide as well as the full moon and luminaries will light the way along groomed trails that run through the large open pastures at the Farm as well as through some of the wooded areas. At the end of the trail, enjoy a small bonfire, hot chocolate and treats. Some ski experience is recommended and participants should bring their own gear, including a headlamp or flashlight for skiing through the darker wooded sections. Reservations required, call 236-2739.
We’re Off to See the Wizard
Saturday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. “The Wiz” will be shown at the Farnsworth auditorium. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m. enjoy the Oz program, ”The World of Tomorrow and the World of Oz” at the Farnsworth. Both events free of charge with Museum admission.
An opening reception for “We LOVE Our Community” will take place Saturday, Feb. 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Farnsworth to honor “Celebrating Love!” the museum's special Robert Indiana exhibition on display from Feb. 14 through Mar. 16.
Art Camp - School Vacation Week
The Farnsworth will hold a week of Art Camp for kids ages 5 through 8 with Trelawney O’Brien Monday-Friday, Feb. 17 -21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Preregister your kids, there is a fee, but scholarships are available. FMI, visit farnsworthmuseum.org or call 596-6457.
Tuesday, Feb. 18, at noon, MNC’s Winter Talk series will feature “Gardening Off the Grid” with gardener and filmmaker Regina Bartholemew. Assisted by her friend and apprentice Brenna Peak, she will describe her successes and failures of the first season of her “Anarchy Acre,” an off-the-grid vegetable farming and guerilla gardening operation that started as farming experiment without electricity or running water. Photos will show the progress of the construction of their mobile “tiny house” and a 2,100-square-foot tunnel. FMI about MNC or the program, call 236-2239 or visit merryspring.org.
And! Vote for MNC! The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation will give $1,000 to $5,000 grants to 68 nonprofit organizations. The organizations listed on the ballot and the top 20 write-in organizations will be awarded grants based on how many ballots are cast for each organization within eight different regions of Maine. The top organization in each of the eight regions will receive $5,000. The remaining 60 organizations will each receive $1,000. Pick up a ballot at any Bangor Savings Bank branch or go to Community Matters More and write in Merryspring Nature Center after "Other" in the Midcoast region. A complete list of voting guidelines and eligibility requirements for write-in nominations is available at bangor.com.Voting ends Friday, Feb. 28, at 11:59 p.m.
YMCA Exercise for Seniors
The next program will be Tuesday, Feb.18, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Teen Center on Knowlton Street in Camden. FMI, call Sandy Bodamer (YMCA) at 236-3375, ext. 203.
“Live from the Met’s" Tuesday encore, Feb. 18, 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.
The library will feature a number of special book-related activities during school vacation week! The first event will be Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 2 to 3 p.m. with the Rockport Dance Conservatory demonstrating some Hip Hop dance moves. Space limited, advanced registration required. The Fiber Arts group will also meet Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All welcome, all levels of experience. And, the day’s activities culminate with the French Conversation Group’s Cine Francais a la Bibliotheque de Rockport 6 to 8 p.m. showing of La Derniere Fugue.
Thursday, Feb. 20, join local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer at the Poetry Workshop from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Open to the public, all levels of ability and experience welcome.
Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 2 to 3 p.m., Liza Gardner Walsh, a favorite local author, will read from her book "The Maine Coon Cat." AND!!! P.A.W.S animal adoption center will be at the library with a few kittens (or cats). And, make cat toys to take home for your pet or to donate to P.A.W.S. Later that evening from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., the RPL Writers' Group (for writers of all levels of experience, published and unpublished), will meet. FMI about the library or programs, call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us.
Special Town Meeting Results
If you were unable to attend the special Town Meeting Monday night (held prior to the Select Board meeting), you can check results in today’s paper or call the Town Office. At the Select Board meeting itself, discussion about Mt. Pleasant Street (West Rockport) issues produced very differing opinions about how to remedy/resolve those road issues.
Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14, finds Regulus (the bright stat of Leo), to the left of the full moon as darkness falls. February’s full moon (on Valentine’s Day!), is known as the Snow Moon or Hunger Moon (probably a connection with the hungry critters scurrying around in the snow looking for food!). By next Thursday, Feb. 20, if you look to the southwest an hour before sunrise, you should spot bright, ruddy-colored Mars to the upper right of the moon. That bright star to the lower right is Spica of Virgo.