Editor's note: Due to a technical issue, Rockport news does not appear in the Sept. 13, 2012, edition of The Camden Herald.
On the Road Again!
The Select Board’s next “Road Tour” events will be Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. for the Glen Cove area at Riley School and Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. for the Simonton Corner area at Rockport Masonic Center (just down the street from the corner, toward Rockport. Select Board members are hoping to gather input/visions from citizens from the five distinct villages of the town with six generic questions that apply to all parts of town used to help generate discussion. If you can’t attend the event for your specific area, it’s okay to go to a different one!
Other town news
Meetings are at the Town Office unless otherwise specified.
The Conservation Commission will meet Friday, Sept. 14, at 8:30 a.m.
The Opera House Committee will meet Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 8 a.m.
In addition to the Select Board’s Road Tour on Wednesday, Sept. 19, there will be a Board of Assessment Review at 3 p.m. and the Midcoast Solid Waste Board of Directors will meet at 7 p.m.
The Harbor Committee will meet Thursday, Sept. 20, at 5:15 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 2,1 the Maine Coast Economic Alliance Board of directors will meet at will meet at 8 a.m.
With all the gloom and doom that bombards us daily, it’s truly wonderful when there’s a “good news” story that should receive as much coverage as the bad news! In this case, it was good news to learn that thanks to due diligence, hard work and even sacrifices, the 2012-13 town property tax rate will remain at the 2011-12 rate of $12.21, or $1,220 per 100,00 in property value. Take the time to congratulate and thank town employees - department heads and others, Town Manager Bob Peabody, the Select Board and anyone else, any other committees, volunteers for a job well done.
Your tax bill, will be mailed in early September. A single bill is sent but taxpayers have the option of making payments in two installments, with the first due Oct. 15, the second April 15. Remember, a 7 percent interest rate is applied to taxes paid late. Don’t lose the form for the second installment - this is the only bill you get!
Belfast Garden Club’s “Open Garden Days,” continues Friday, Sept. 14, at Troy Howard Middle School gardens in Belfast, a very special garden, both in concept and reality. The gardens are designed and grown by middle school students and coordinated by instructor John Thurston, for cafeteria, Co-op, retail and local soup kitchen, and feature more than 100 varieties of vegetables, more than 50 beautiful flower types and an extensive heirloom collection on 1 acre - Michelle Obama would be thrilled! The greenhouses, outdoor pizza oven, solar kitchen and farm stand will be open and student-led tours will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wheelchair accessible, for directions visit belfastgardenclub.org.
Human rights for all humans
Sunday, Sept. 16 many churches across Maine will celebrate an interfaith "Sabbath Sunday" of worship and education" for Freedom to Marry. The First Universalist Church in Rockland is one local church participating with a 10 a.m. service led by Rev. Mark Glovin celebrating each person's right to love who they choose. All welcome regardless of religious affiliation. Check today’s paper for other local churches participating.
Later that Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. the UU Church will host a program by Mainers United for Marriage to encourage personal one-on-one conversations between supporters of same-sex marriage and people we know - friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers. All welcome, childcare provided.
Tuesday, Sept. 18, at noon at Merryspring, apple expert John Bunker, founder of FEDCO Trees and a “fruit explorer” who tracks down rare and unusual fruit varieties to save and reintroduce in Maine, will lead an interactive lecture titled “The History of Apples in Maine.” Guests who have their own apple trees are encouraged to bring fruit for identification. Admission to the talks is free to Merryspring members and children, with a nominal $5 fee for nonmembers. For more information about MNC, including programs, call 236-2239 or visit merryspring.org.
Formerly known as Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League, now PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving), Animal Adoption Center has a full fall schedule of events to raise funds for so many exciting new projects including the new public dog park opening Nov. 1. “Pints for Paws,” a great fun event will be Wednesday, Sept 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Smokestack Grill in Camden featuring music, raffle prizes and great camaraderie — and $1 from every pint of beer will be donated to PAWS.
Ed Mazurek, Knox County Senate candidate will host a casual campaign party (with Lloyd Chase, District 44 House candidate), at Appleton Public Library on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. And, if you’re looking for fact sheets, general candidate information, bumper stickers, signs, etc., Knox County Democratic headquarters is in full operation, open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 66 Maverick St. right across from Hannaford in Rockland. To volunteer or for information about scheduled events, please contact Chairman Bruce Hodsdon at 372-6535 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lecture two of the Farnsworth’s Civil War series exploring how the war that divided our country was depicted by painters, sculptors, photographers and authors will take place Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the Farnsworth Auditorium. The lecture, “Capturing the Civil War: Winslow Homer and Eastman Johnson,” will be presented by Director of Education Roger Dell.
Participate in Friends of Acadia’s Night Skies Festival, tonight, Thursday, Sept. 13, through Monday, Sept. 17, (you don’t have to attend every evening), with great events planned regardless of weather. I never realize how much light pollution our local skies experience until I go to places like Acadia or Baxter. For more information, visit friends ofacadia.org.
The new moon will appear Sunday, Sept. 16, and on Wednesday, Sept. 19, about an hour after sunset, Mars will be to the immediate right of the crescent moon in the southwest with Saturn far to the lower right.
I’d encourage those of you asking about “lack of coverage” of local Republican meetings/events in this column to have your officials send me emails (or call), about those events as the Knox County Democrats do! Thanks.