Thanks to all the intrepid town employees, especially Town Clerk Linda Greenlaw and her incredible crew who once again guided us through a seamless election process. When you hear/see so many horror stories about the election process in other parts of the country, we should thank our lucky stars for “life the way it should be.” Thanks also to all the candidates who ran and most of all, thanks to all the folks who voted.
Veterans’ Day closings
The town office, the library and all local schools will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, in honor of Veterans’ Day which occurs Sunday, Nov. 11.
Rockport Masonic Center members will provide a free beef stew and biscuit supper for any veteran as a thank you to all veterans for their service on Monday, Nov. 12, beginning at 4 p.m. and running until 5 p.m. at the Masonic Center just up the road from Simonton Corner. For more information, please call Jeff at 691-2270.
Town and school
The Conservation Commission will meet Friday, Nov. 9, at 8 a.m. The Planning Board will meet Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Opera House, televised on channel 22. Parent-teacher conferences will be next week for both MSAD 28 and the CSD. Early dismissal days for SAD 28 are Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 14 and 16. Early dismissal for the CSD will be Thursday, Nov. 15.
The library chess group will meet today, Thursday, Nov. 8, (and again Nov. 15) from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the library. Chessboards are available, but feel free to bring your own if you’d like!
Today, Thursday, Nov. 8l (and again Nov. 15), “The Reimagined Place: Image to Prose,” a series of writing classes led by Lee Heffner will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Farnsworth’s Gamble Education Center.
Georges Valley and Coastal Quilters hold one of the best (and, most fun!) auctions/sales in town! Scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the event features a live and silent auction and multiple sale tables. Gather at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and sneak previews and then do some early holiday shopping, purchasing wonderful hand made fiber arts items. From full-size quilts to warm you to socks for the youngest, you’re sure to find something for many on your gift list. Snacks, lunch items and beverages served. Free and open to the public, all welcome. For more information, call Prudy Netzorg at 354-0938 or Stevie Kumble at 236-2352.
Holiday Pet Portraits
P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center and Loyal Biscuit Co. stores will offer two opportunities for you to get a delightful holiday pet portrait (with Santa Claus!), taken by local photographer Marti Stone on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Camden store and again Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Belfast store. For more information, call Lisa at 236-8702.
Live from the Met
The Strand’s Live from the Met presentation, “The Tempest,” will be on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. (Encore presentation Tuesday, Nov. 20).
50 Years of Memories
Rockport Library will host an open house in recognition of the Vesper Hill Children’s Chapel — which celebrates 50 years in 2012 — on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Opera House. The public is invited to help create a scrapbook and oral history by sharing stories and memories about this amazing location. Come and share your memories. Bring your pictures or write your thoughts and they will be added to the scrapbook.
Knox County Democrats will meet Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Stella Maris House (handicapped accessible) in Rockland with the potluck supper and open discussion at 6 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. business meeting.
Ashwood Waldorf School
This great coeducational, independent school, located in Rockport, founded in 1986, provides a curriculum based on the understanding that every child is a unique individual who passes through distinct life stages and serves children from nursery school through eighth grade, recently received accreditation from the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America as well as reaccreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The school will hold a “Tour of the Grades” next Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 8:15 to 10:30 a.m.
A new Watercolor Class with Judy Grossman will begin Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Opera House. And, right up my alley - “Mystery and Mayhem @ the “Library” will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. Gerry Boyle, author of two successful mystery/crime series: the Brandon Blake crime novels and the Jack McMorrow Mysteries, is the featured speaker. The event is part of November's Mystery Month at the library and will sure to be lots of fun! Next Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., the library’s Seafaring Series 2012 concludes with “Yacht Design and Restoration.” For more information about the library or any programs, call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us.
Sunday, Nov. 11, about an hour before dawn in the southeast, the thin crescent moon appears just to the right of Venus with Spica directly below the pair and Monday, Nov. 12, Saturn will be just to the left of that disappearing moon, again just before sunrise.
Well, more or less. Suspect as I write this on Sunday, Nov. 4, we may well not have definitive answers to the election until later this week. I didn’t even realize that unlike Maine, some states don’t even count their absentee ballots until at least the day after the election, in fact some longer than that. Given the high number of absentee ballots throughout the country, the different rules for/when counting, what is predicted to be a razor close race and the special adaptations for states most heavily impacted by Sandy, I can’t help wondering when all the results/recounts, etc. will be complete.