Rockport News

By Stevie Kumble | Mar 13, 2014

Schools

Today, Thursday, March 13, is Parent-Teacher Conferences at CRES (kindergarten to grade 4), no school for the kids. Friday, March 14, there is no school for students at CRES or CRMS or the CSD, (teacher workshop day).

As VIE’s Alex Armentrout put it, “It is crunch time with respect to the SAD 28 and Five Town CSD budgets for 2014-15. The process is, if anything, more difficult than ever this year. Innovative ways are being sought to produce better learning results without increasing costs. This task is a major challenge.” The next relevant meetings will be the MSAD 28 Finance Committee meeting at the CRES Atrium on Wednesday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m. That meeting will be followed by the MSAD 28 School Board meeting at 7 p.m.

Municipal meetings

If necessary, the Select Board and the Budget Committee may hold an additional budget review meeting tonight, Thursday, March 13, at 5:45 p.m. at the Opera House, televised on channel 22. There will be a Select Board Budget Workshop Wednesday, March 19, at 5 p.m. and a Select Board meeting at 7 p.m., both at the Opera House, both televised on channel 22.

Meetings are at the Town Office unless otherwise specified and are open to the public. The Ordinance Review Committee will meet today, Thursday, March 13, at 8 a.m. (and again next Thursday, March 20).

The Conservation Commission will meet Friday, March 14, at 8 a.m.

The Library Steering Committee will meet Monday, March 17, at 4 p.m.

The Planning Board will meet Wednesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at the Opera House, televised on channel 22.

And, there will be a Multi-Town Planning Board Training Session on Thursday, March 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the Opera House.

Special Note

You may or may not remember that following the Library’s Listening Tour Series/Wrap-up, that a Steering Committee was appointed to further explore the “Discover the Possibilities” for the future of Rockport Library. That Committee is currently holding weekly meetings, (March 3, 10, 17, 31), open to the public, at the Town Office. FMI, call the Town Office, 236-9648.

Other town news

Candidate papers will be available Monday, March 17, from Town Clerk Linda Greenlaw for elected positions for various town offices. Positions open include: Select Board (two seats with three-year terms); Budget Committee (three seats with 3-year terms); Library Committee (one seat with a three-year term and one seat with a one-year term expiring 2015) and Director of MSAD 28 & CSD School Board (one seat with a three-year term). Candidates need to collect a minimum of 25 signatures (a few extra always recommended), from registered Rockport voters and return completed papers to the Town Office by 5 p.m. April 25.

Spring is just around the corner!

The Maine Boatbuilders Show will be Friday through Sunday, March 14 to 16, in Portland and our own Artisan Boatworks will proudly debut VIM, the 36' Newbert & Wallace lobster yacht they restored this past fall/winter. To learn more about VIM and other current projects, please visit ArtisanBoatworks.com.

And the top ‘o the mornin’ to you!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to noon. with the Farnsworth Family Activity Day featuring holiday craft activities, music and snacks. Then, at 1 p.m., watch the 1925 American silent film “Wizard of Oz.”

Sunday, March 16, at 2 p.m. at The Strand, watch “The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary” screening of a 35mm print from Warner Brothers.

Met Opera Live

“Werther,” Massenet’s sublime adaptation of Goethe’s revolutionary and tragic romance will be broadcast “Live in HD from the Met” Saturday, March 15, at The Strand at 1 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.).The encore will be shown Tuesday, March 25, at 1 p.m. FMI/tickets, go to rocklandstrand.com or call 594-0070.

GLOW

Ashwood Waldorf’s Glow: A Celebration of Light with Music, Food & Community” gala will take place Saturday, March 15, at 6 p.m. at Rockport Opera House. (Remember, the online auction closes Friday, March 14, at 10 p.m. (Go to ashwoodwaldorf.org). Featured are great entertainment, food, a cash bar, a silent auction and a wonderfully creative raffle - a chance to win a gourmet firehouse feast at Rockland Fire Department with transport to and from the firehouse in a real fire truck! FMI/tickets, call 236-8021.

Merryspring

Tuesday, March 4, at noon, MNC’s Winter Talk series will feature “Biggest Trees in Maine” with Jan Santerre, Project Canopy Coordinator. Maine’s Register of Big Trees has recognized the biggest native and naturalized tree species in the state since 1958.

Admission free to members, nominal $5 fee for others.

Great opportunity! Merryspring is looking for a volunteer who would be willing to take MNC trash/recyclables ((relatively little, usually no more than 2-3 yellow bags a week), to the transfer station once a week. If you can help, please call 236-2239 and ask for David, or email property@merryspring.org. FMI about MNC visit merryspring.org.

Books Plus

Do you knit, crochet, embroider, spin, quilt, or do other fiber arts? If so (or if you’d like to learn), come to the Fiber Arts Group Tuesday, March 18, at 3:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., enjoy Cine Francais a la Bibliotheque de Rockport 2014, a French film brought to you by the RPL French Conversation Group.

“Ebooks-An Introduction,” where library staff will help you learn to use your eReader and show you how to navigate through the world of downloadable books in the Maine Infonet Download Library will be held Wednesday, March 19, at 9:30 a.m. Later, at 6:30 p.m., the Writers' Group, for writers of all levels of experience, published and unpublished will meet.

The Poets‘ Corner with local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer will be Thursday, March 20, at 4 p.m. Open to the public, all levels of ability and experience welcome. FMI about the library or programs, call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us.

Night Skies

Friday, March 14, about a half-hour before sunrise, you can see Mercury hovering with Venus to its upper right in the southeast just above the horizon. The March full moon, Lenten or Worm or Crow or Sap Moon will appear Sunday, March 16. Mars will be to the upper right and Spica to the lower right of that waning moon an hour before sunset on Wednesday, March 19.

Did you know?

Not just the “Ides of March!” On the Roman calendar, since the time between new moons averages 29.5 days, the Ides originally occurred near the midpoint of that time, at full moon, on the 13 of most months, but on the 15 for March, May, July and October. Of course, “Beware the Ides of March” refers to the fact Julius Caesar was assassinated on that day!

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