All local schools, the town office and the library will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Day.
This year, President Barack Obama’s second Inauguration falls on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 21.
All meetings are at the town office unless otherwise specified.
The Library Committee will meet today, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m.
There will be a Select Board Workshop regarding the Capital Improvement Plan and the Ordinance Review Committee will meet, both Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m.
A Zoning Board of Appeals meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Opera House.
Ashwood Waldorf School
Parent/child classes (open to a parent and kids 18 months to age three), with early childhood educator Cherry Short-Lee, continues today, Thursday, Jan. 17, (and next week, Jan. 24) from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Activities featured include circle rhymes, songs, bread making, a puppet story, outdoor/indoor play and healthy snack. Visit ashwoodwaldorf.org.
Poets’ Corner facilitated by local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer (open to the public, all levels of ability and experience welcome), will meet at the library today, Thursday, Jan. 17, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Visit rockport.lib.me.us for other library and program information.
Camden Conference community event
“The King & I: Serving in Hussein’s Court,” a talk by Maureen O’Keefe, will take place tonight, Jan. 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Rockland library. Thursday, Jan. 24, Professor Paul Holman will present a talk — “Internet & Revolution” — at the Camden Library from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The Conference itself: The Middle East, What Next?” takes place Feb. 22 to 24. Visit camdenconference.org for more information.
Live from the Met
The Met’s next “Live in Hi-Def” performance at The Strand will be Saturday, Jan. 19, (encore, Tuesday, Jan. 29), at 1 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.). Featured is Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda” with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato taking on the role of the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots.
Happy Acadia Name Day!
Lafayette National Park was renamed Acadia National Park by an act of Congress on Jan. 19, 1929. Park founder George B. Dorr had originally chosen the name Lafayette to aid his drive to designate Sieur de Monts National Monument as a national park. World War I was raging and Lafayette was the name given to squadrons of American pilots fighting for France. Dorr wrote in his memoir (The Story of Acadia National Park), "That was a time when the whole east was taking the war in the spirit of a high crusade and Lafayette's name was foremost in men's thoughts." Dorr associated the park with those current events and prevailing sentiment, with the name Lafayette National Park in order to capture the attention of Congress and get his legislation passed, Why then, less than 13 years later, did Dorr work equally hard to rename the park? Read the full story at friendsofacadia.org/journal/w2012.
This exciting, free, 6-week program continues Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. at Camden Public Library with the film “Tin Pan Alley and Broadway.”
Merryspring’s Tuesday Talks
The winter series of these popular talks kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 22, at noon at MNC with Nancy Glassman of the Green Sneakers Project. Nancy will lead a presentation on home energy efficiency, providing useful do-it-yourself tips to make your home more energy efficient, saving both your wallet and the environment. Admission is free for MNC members with a nominal fee of $5 for nonmembers. Visit merryspring.org. for more information.
The Odeon Winter concert, performed by music student groups of all ages, will be performed Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Rockport Opera House. Great family concert, free and open to the public.
Feed the birds!
Mid-Coast Audubon’s annual birdseed sale fundraiser is back! There’s a wide variety to choose from and the prices are great. And! The funds raised help the chapter with is nesting box program and educational programs. Place orders by Friday, Jan. 25, with “Seedsale Sue” via email sschubeltidewater.net or by phone 380-1370. Pick-up will be at Plants Unlimited on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon.
David Cadbury of Rockport has been named property manager at Merryspring. He’ll be responsible for the management/maintenance of MNC’s buildings, grounds, and equipment. David is currently the business manager for Cadbury Consultants, a fundraising/public relations consulting firm in Rockport. He was a project consultant for Habitat for Humanity International in Philadelphia and was also the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Friends of Maine Seabird Islands, a conservation group aimed at protecting the fragile island habitat for seabird nesting sites. Another part of David’s career was in the building/construction industry, serving as project manager for Oliver Builders in Lincolnville and Cold Mountain Builders in Belfast and President of Cadbury and Associates, a construction and project consulting firm on Mount Desert Island. And the topper! David’s parents, Joseph and Lucille Cadbury, were both Merryspring Trustees from 1979 to 1981.
Night skies, etc.
The moon will be in the first quarter Friday, Jan. 18, and Monday, Jan. 21, about 8 p.m. Jupiter and the moon will be very close with Aldebaran to their lower left.
Whew! Great football weekend, especially the Baltimore/Denver game. My brothers had to apologize for ridiculing my pick of the Ravens over Denver (also Atlanta over Seattle), which resulted in a 4/0 record for me (was hard to go against Green Bay), compared to their 3/1, 3/1, 2/2 records. Ha! Of course the best news is that the Pats more or less breezed through their game, although there were a couple of “What are you doing?” moments. Suspect Sunday’s NFC championship game might prove more difficult, but I have faith! Go Pats!