if you took out papers for Select Board (or are thinking about it), there is a Select Board Candidate Workshop Training today, Thursday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at the Town Office This will explain prospective Select Board candidates the requirements and expectations of the office. The workshop is open to the public but is intended (purely voluntary) for those who have taken out nominating papers for a seat on the Select Board or who are considering doing so.
MSAD 28 PTA's Summer Activities Fair (scheduled for last Wednesday), was canceled - right, snow! The good news is it’s been rescheduled for this Friday, April 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Camden-Rockport Elementary school gym, free and open to all. Forty participants from Belfast, Hope, Warren, Rockland and Camden/Rockport will be on hand to discuss their various summer camps/programs for kids of all ages. The choices of themes is incredible: nature related, theater, art, music, education, sports, health and more or choose a variety! In addition to traditional summer camps, local libraries art and music organizations 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. Believe that summer will come and enjoy the fair and make those summer plans! The event has a Facebook page where folks can get even more info: Facebook/Mid-Coast Summer Activities Fair. FMI, contact Heather Mackey at 594-2293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All meetings are at the Town Office unless otherwise specified and are open to the public. The Ordinance Review Committee will meet today, Thursday, April 3, at 8 a.m.
The Planning Board will meet Wednesday, April 9, at 5:45 p. m. at the Opera House, televised on channel 22.
Patrisha McLean’s new series, “Homeless and Hopeful” began in last week’s Camden Herald and the first feature is a gem, capturing the essence of the new direction of Hospitality House, the newly renovated, reorganized homeless shelter in Rockport. In one short vignette, Patrisha shatters the stereotype of the homeless. Thanks, Patrisha.
Candidate papers are available for various elected town offices. Just take out your papers, collect a minimum of 25 signatures from registered Rockport voters (a few extra always good). Return completed papers to the Town Office by 5 p.m. April 25.
Positions: Select Board (two, 3-year terms): Both incumbents Bill Chapman and Geoff Parker have taken out papers. Library Committee (one, 1-year term, to fill Barrie Pribyl’s unexpired term and one 3-year term as incumbent Betsy Elwin is not running): Stephanie Lash took out papers for the 1-year position. Two people, Fran Hodgkins and Michelle Gabrielsen have taken out papers for the 3-year position. Budget Committee (three, 3-year terms): To date, incumbent Tom Murphy is the only one to take out papers, the other two incumbents (David Jackson, Stephanie Kumble) are not running. School Board (one, 3-year term): Incumbent Eliza Haselton is not running, but Faith Vatour has taken out and returned papers.
Celebrate! Celebrate! Celebrate! April is a grand month for library celebrations with School Library Month, National Poetry Month and National Library Week, celebrated April 13 through 19. The Poets’ Corner Workshop will celebrate Poetry Month with a series of poetry readings beginning today, April 3, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Members will read poems that were inspired by being in the PCW and will be selling their chapbook, proceeds to be donated to library. Next Wednesday, April 9, the PCW will host a poetry reading of young poets from Camden-Rockport Elementary School from 6 to 7 p.m. Check the library’s website for other important events!
The opening reception for a new exhibit, “Sea & Sky,” paintings by Betty Haselton will take place Friday, April 4, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Archipelago’s Fine Arts Gallery.
The Farnsworth’s First Friday Film will be shown Friday, April 4, at 8 p.m. at the Strand.
Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to noon, Lisa Socher will present a “Ukranian Egg Decorating” workshop (recommended for families with children 8 years old and up, but adults without children are also welcome!). And, next Wednesday, April 9, at noon, the “Music at Noon” series concludes with the Da Ponte String Quartet with a Beethoven program. FMI about any programs, go to farnsworthmuseum.org or call 596-6457.
Met Opera Live
La Boheme will be broadcast “Live in HD from the Met” Saturday, April 5, at 1 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.) at The Strand. The encore will be shown Tuesday, April 15, at 1 p.m. FMI/tickets, go to rocklandstrand.com or call 594-0070.
If it’s April . . .
Spring, maybe? Taxes, definitely. A reminder that the second half of your town taxes for 2013-14 are due the same day as Uncle Sam’s and the state’s, April 15. I was mortified last fall, after reminding all of you to pay the first half of town taxes on time, I completely forgot and didn’t do that, for some reason thinking they were due a month later than they were!
And, remember, there are a number of free tax prep helps available: The IRS and the Free File Alliance have teamed up to help taxpayers save money. Individuals earning up to $58,000 in 2013 can download free software to prepare, complete and e-file federal income taxes. Maine CA$H is also offering free tax preparation to individuals and families who earned less than $52,000 in 2013. Contact the Maine CA$H coalition in your area to learn more.
AARP will provide free income tax prep for low and middle income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 or older. You do not need to be an AARP member to qualify. Services are available, appointments required at two local libraries: Camden on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m.; call 236-3440. Rockland on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; call 594-0310. You can also go to Spectrum Generations in Rockland on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; call 596-0339. For more general information, call Mary Louise Blanchard at 386-1048.
Speaking of taxes! Did you know you can painlessly (more or less), help Maine Public Libraries by donating $5 or more by filling out Maine Income Tax Form Schedule CP 2013 when filing your Maine taxes for 2013?
Tonight, April 3, Aldebaran, the eye of Taurus the bull, lies just to the upper left of the crescent moon. Sunday, April 6, Jupiter shines brightly to the upper right of the moon and Orion’s orange Betelgeuse will be directly, well below Jupiter. The moon is in its first quarter Monday, April 7.