Friends & Neighbors
John Charters, longtime Rockport summer resident, died recently. Sincere condolences are extended to John’s family and friends, especially his wife Barbara. She and John were married for more than 60 years. John was involved in so many Rockport activities and was known and loved by many. His gentle smile and wit shall be missed.
Meetings are at the Town Office unless otherwise specified and are open to the public. The Ordinance Review Committee will meet today, Thursday, March 20, at 8 a.m. (and again next Thursday, March 27) and there is Multi-Town Planning Board Training Session today at 5:30 p.m. at the Opera House.
Friends of Rockport Library Board will meet Monday, March 21, at 8 a.m. at the Library. The Library Steering Committee (appointed to further explore the “Discover the Possibilities” for the future of Rockport Library), will meet tomorrow, Friday, March 21, at 4 p.m. at the Town Office (again Monday, March 31, at 4 p.m.). The Library Committee will meet Monday, March 24, at 4:30 p.m.
The Budget Committee will meet Tuesday, March 25, at 6 p.m. at the Opera House (and again, Wednesday, March 26, if necessary), for their vote on FY 2014 through 2015 budget articles.
The MCSWC Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. and also, the Zoning Board of Appeals is tentatively scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. at the Opera House, televised on channel 22.
Town/schools budget time
It’s crunch time for both town and school budget proposals (voted on in June). The town budget proposal can’t be completed until the schools’ budgets are finalized. Two very important meetings regarding the school budgets occur next week on Tuesday, March 25, at the CHRHS Chorus Room. The public is welcome, encouraged to participate. The MSAD 28 Public Input Meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and the Five Town CSD PIM from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Another sign of spring!
MSAD 28 PTA's Summer Activities Fair will be held next Wednesday, March 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Camden-Rockport Elementary school gym, free and open to all. So many organizations offering summer camps/programs will be represented in the gym with tables full of information about the camps, the programs, the activities all for your children of all ages! The range of camp types is absolutely unbelievable and many feature sessions throughout the summer. Choose from nature related, theater, art, music, education, sports, health and more or choose a variety! In addition to traditional summer camps, local libraries offer special summer programs in addition to their regularly scheduled programs. These opportunities are a boon to any family, but are particularly valuable to working parents.
The fair will feature tons of raffle prizes, some of which offer free tuition to a summer program, or a discount at the very least (including the Grand Prize Week of Camp Raffle sponsored by the Children's House Montessori School where the winner can select from any of the camps participating in the Fair, up to $200)! Dozens of the participants offer financial aid, and at least two of the camps are free! The event has a Facebook page where folks can get even more info, too: Facebook/Mid-Coast Summer Activities Fair. Or, contact Heather Mackey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 594-2293 if your organization is interested in participating in the 2014 Summer Activities Fair.
Camden Rockport Historical Society
Sunday, March 23, is Maple Sugar Sunday and the CRHS will celebrate with a wide variety of activities from 1 to 4 p.m. The Sugar House will feature “sugaring off” the way it was done in the 1820s and there will also be Blacksmith Shop demonstrations. Bluegrass music will be provided at 1:30 p.m. and you can purchase those infamous Chuck Wagon Beans (made with maple syrup, of course!), to take home for supper! And, you still have a couple of days to get those raffle tickets for the 12 scrumptious homemade pies (1 per month or however you want!). The winner will be drawn that afternoon.
Special, special program! Monday, March 24, at 7 p.m., Dr. Laura Babbitt, a graduate of Camden-Rockport High School and Wellesley College and a Ph.D. recipient from Tufts University in 2012, will present “Research in Indonesia: A Tale of Travels and Troubleshooting in East Java and North Sumatra.” The program highlights Laura’s mapping out the obstacles to fair treatment for women in the workforce in Indonesia.
“Ebooks-An Introduction” is scheduled for Wednesday, March 26, at 6 p.m. at the library. 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. FMI about the library/programs, call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us. And! See information above about four important library-related meetings coming up soon.
Tuesday, March 25, at noon, MNC’s Winter Talk series will feature “Seaweed Botanicals” with Carly Weinberg. Carly will highlight uses for seaweed in cooking, gardening and for bath and beauty projects and will also speak about her business Dulse & Rugosa, a company that creates botanical products out of seaweed and other wild-harvested and cultivated materials from the small island farm on Gotts Island (no automobiles, stores, and is entirely solar-powered). Admission is free for members of Merryspring, with a nominal fee of $5 for non-members.
Met Opera Live
Wow! The “Live in HD from the Met” encore performance of “Werther,” Massenet’s sublime adaptation of Goethe’s revolutionary and tragic romance will be Tuesday, March 25, at The Strand at 1 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.). I’ve been going to the HD performances since they came to Rockland and this production ranks as one of the best I’ve seen! FMI/tickets, call 594-0070 or go to rocklandstrand.com.
Ah, spring, vernal equinox, bringing increasing daylight, “warming temperatures, and the rebirth of flora and fauna,” occurs today, Thursday, March 20. Regardless of the weather conditions we might experience, that old Sun will cross the equator into the northern hemisphere at 12:57 p.m. “Equinox” (from the Latin meaning “equal night”), provides approximately equal day/night with 12 hours of daylight! I was busily dreaming, perusing old weather/gardening journals and found that in 2004. 2008, 2011, our daffodils were up, some early ones in bloom and I’d almost finished raking our lawns! (Of course back in 1988, our daffodils were in bloom towards the end of April - and covered by almost 10 inches of “spring” snow!).
About an hour before sunrise on Friday, March 21, Saturn will be to the immediate right of the moon. Antares, the orange-colored star of Scorpius (or to some of us, “Marge Whittet’s star”), will be to the lower right of the moon in the predawn sky on Saturday, March 22.