As speculation swirls in regard to the personnel issues in Rockport, hats off to the select board and town employees who have managed to keep a lid on the whole issue, avoiding the rumor mill and maintaining a high level of professionalism. The process will work and all those grumbling about the “secrecy” will eventually know “the rest of the story.” We should be grateful that what appears to be a delicate issue is being handled in such a dignified matter for all involved.
Citizens for Value In Education
The next meeting of VIE is tonight, Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. Guest will be Elaine Nutter, superintendent of schools, explaining the meaning of the terms core curriculum and standards-based education, two things our schools are moving toward.
Meetings are at the town office unless otherwise specified.
The Conservation Commission will meet Friday, Feb. 8, at 8 a.m.
The Select Board will meet Monday, Feb. 11, at the Opera House at 7 p.m., televised on channel 22.
The Ordinance Review Committee will meet Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7 a.m. and that evening at 7 p.m. there will be a Select Board Workshop with the Conservation Commission at the Opera House, again, televised on channel 22.
The Planning Board will meet Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Opera House, televised on channel 22.
Town/school budgets run from July 1 through June 30 and that means the preparation process for 2013-14 is in full swing. Currently there are two vacancies on the town’s Budget Committee and the Select Board is asking that if you might be interested in serving (it’s a painless, highly interesting position!), call the town office. This year, an already difficult process will be even more difficult and uncertain because of the chaos created by Gov. LePage’s budget cut proposals that could impact Rockport/local schools not only for 2013-14, but also for the current budget.
Ashwood Waldorf School
Parent/child classes with early childhood educator Cherry Short-Lee, concludes today, Feb. 7, from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 8:15 to 10:30 a.m., a “Tour of the Grades” shows you “Waldorf in Action.” Call 236-8021 for more information.
Poets’ Corner with local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer will take place today, Thursday, Feb. 7, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the library.
Saturday, Feb. 9, teens and adults are invited to the library from 10 a.m. to noon for a Valentine Card Workshop. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own lace, doilies, stamps (rubber or stick-on) or ephemera. Space is limited so please call the library to register.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m., enjoy Cine Francais, the French Movie Series hosted by the library French Club.
Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. travel to Newfoundland with photographer Peter Ralston who will share the beauty of Newfoundland and the Islands of Grand Bruit and St. Pierre through his story, with incredible photos of his recent trip there.
For more information about programs, call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us.
The group will meet Saturday, Feb. 9, at Camden Lions’ Club on Lions Lane in Camden. This months program features Part 1 of the Kentucky Quilt Project’s nine-part documentary series, “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics.” Come at 9:30 a.m. for coffee/socializing. Program begins promptly at 10 a.m. Refreshments, “Show and Tell” and a short business meeting follow the program. For details, call Prudy Netzorg, 354-0938 or Stevie Kumble, 236-2352.
Right around the corner!
Valentine’s Day approaches and the Farnsworth is offering a free family activity day on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon at Gamble Education Center in Rockland to celebrate the upcoming day with special craft activities, snacks, music and more.
Travel to Portugal!
Tuesday, Feb. 12, at noon, head to Merryspring and take a journey through “The Gardens of Portugal” with tour guide Val Libby. Libby (a Fulbright Chairman in 2004 at University of the Algarve in Portugal and also an associate professor of landscape history at Temple University), will explore the natural and cultural histories of Portugal’s southern gardens between the 17th and 19th centuries. Admission is free for Merryspring members, with a nominal fee of $5 for nonmembers.
This exciting, free program, a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in consultation with the American Library Association and the Society for American Music, continues Sunday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m. at Camden Public Library with the film "Rock.”
Knox County Democrats will meet Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Stella Maris House in Rockland.
Potluck and open discussion begins at 6 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. meeting featuring a seminar on the reapportionment of Maine legislative districts, necessary to reflect the 2010 U.S. Census. Discussion will focus on the process for creating districts that comprise equal numbers of voters with balanced voting preferences. Everyone is welcome to attend and to participate. For more information, call Chairman Adrian Humphreys (Hope), at 763-4691 or visit knoxmainedemocrats.org.
Music at Noon
Bay Chamber Concerts and Farnsworth Art Museum lunch series concludes Wednesday, Feb. 13, at noon in Farnsworth's Library. Enjoy “Table for Two” with Robert and Kimberly Lehmann, a musical marriage team who will perform a program of Mozart, Martinu and Halvorsen.
Night skies, etc.
The new moon will appear Sunday, Feb. 10. Monday, Feb. 11, Mars will be low in the southwest about an hour after sunset and brighter Mercury will be directly above. The thin crescent moon will be just to the upper right of the pair.
Well, the end of football season came Sunday night with a bit of a whimper. The game wasn’t a terribly great one, most of the ads left me cold, at best puzzled (except for the Clydesdale foal saga!) and the blackout was frustrating (especially since I had decided to miss the Puppy Bowl and Downton Abby!). I had decided to semi cheer for the Ravens, thinking since they beat the Pats, would prove they really were good if they beat the 49ers. (Perverse logic I know!). Now, to the incoming seed catalogs with pure delight!