Rockport news

By Stephanie Kumble | Feb 28, 2013

Politics

State Sen. Ed Mazurek will host a community forum today Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Rockland City Hall. He hopes to gather input in reference to the governor’s proposed budget. State Reps. Joan Welsh, Chuck Kruger and Elizabeth Dickerson will also appear at the forum.

Important notice, deadline

The Rockport Select Board, in compliance with its Town Charter, is forming a search committee to identify qualified applicants to be the next town manager. This committee, critical in the selection of the next town manager, will consist of between five and seven town residents. The committee will review all applications received, submit a semi-final list of applicants to the select board for review and advice, create a questionnaire for all semi-finalists to complete, review the questionnaire responses and recommend no more than five finalists to the Select Board. Search committee applications are available at the town office or at town.rockport.me.us click on "Town Boards, Committees and Commissions". Applications are due tomorrow, Friday, March 1. The select board will meet Wednesday, March 6, to review applications and appoint committee members.

Celebrate!

Rockport Public Library and Rockport Dance Conservatory will celebrate “Read Across America Day” on Friday, March 1, at 3:30 p.m. at the library with the special program, "Seuss is Loose." The hour-long program brings to life the lovable mischief of “The Cat in the Hat” along with magical dance movement appropriate for children. Read Across America Day celebrates reading, working with schools, libraries and organizations across the country to create lifelong readers. Free and open to all - and not just for kids!

Friends & Neighbors

Happy days, Jack! Today’s the day neighbor Jack Williams, senior vice-president of Camden Nat’l Bank retires after serving the Midcoast for 31 years. Everyone in the banking world, and more important, any bank customer who ever dealt with Jack have nothing but the highest praise for him as a banker and as a person. His dedication to so many community service projects is legendary and much of that will continue. Thanks, Jack for all you’ve done and do. Enjoy retirement!

Now we know - sort of

Rockport residents did learn the results of the personnel issues taking so much time and effort and from the select board and so many others (not to mention, money), the past month, but no details about what the issues were. Again, despite frustrations on the part of residents in regard to the cost of the investigation/settlement, folks are grateful for the high professionalism of the select board and the rest of our town employees — some of whom had been wrongly implicated through rumors, but because of gag orders couldn’t relate the real story — in dealing with what are/were obviously sensitive issues. Welcome to interim, part-time Town Manager,Roger Moody and thanks Roger for taking this on in the height of budget season.

Remember

Application deadline is tomorrow, March 1, for four Maine Coast Heritage Trust programs. For more information/application process-forms, about any of the programs, contact Heather Halsey, Community Program Manager, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, at hhalsey@mcht.org or 230-2582 or 236-2739.

Four programs, Community Garden beds are available at Erickson Fields Preserve located at 124 West St. in Rockport for the summer 2013 growing season; for teens 14-18, applications for the 2013 Teen Agricultural Crew (a part-time, paid position) are now being accepted; and two internships for college students for summer of 2013 include one for Aldermere Farm and one for Community Agriculture Programs at Erickson Fields Preserve.

To quote:

“Get a room and a table.” That’s the theme for Maine Restaurant Week, planned for March 1 to 10 with fine restaurants serving 3-course, specially-priced meals and fine hotels and inns offering special rates and packages. Go to maineresturantweek.com to find local participating restaurants.

Live from the Met

The Strand’s “Live from the Met” presents the new production of Wagner’s Parsifal on Saturday, March 2. Note, this is an early start, curtain up at noon. Doors at The Strand will open at 11:30 a.m. (encore, Tuesday, March 13).

Native plants

Tuesday, March 5, at noon, Merryspring presents Hildy Ellis of Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District. Ellis will lead a presentation on how to attract wildlife and birds with native plants. Both native and non-native plants can provide local wildlife with food and shelter, but native plants are the most efficient and beneficial for attracting wildlife. Ellis' talk will highlight native shrubs, ground cover and perennials that are great for wildlife, your garden and your wallet. Admission is free for Merryspring members and children with a nominal fee of $5 for nonmembers. For more information, call MNC at 236-2239 or visit merryspring.org.

Lecture series

The Farnsworth will present “The Early Drawings of Georgia O’Keeffe,” on Wednesday, March 6, at 2 p.m. p.m. at the Farnsworth auditorium.

Citizens for Value In Education

VIE will meet Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at the Opera House (in the middle of the school budget crafting season), facilitated by guest Richard Remsen. Guests will be: Tori Manzi, Chairman of the SAD 28 School Board, and Jim McKenna, CSD Board member and a member of the CSD Finance Committee. Other top members of school administration may also be present. All of these folks are in a position to respond to questions and suggestions with regard to the budget-making process for the 2013-14 fiscal year. Look for the letter to the editor in this week's edition from Alex Armentrout, which will frame the issues involved in 2013-14 finances.

Night skies

Following last Sunday’s storm, the moonlight was lovely later that night, illuminating the pristine blanket of fresh snow. Today, Feb. 28, around 11 p.m., the bright star Spica and that moon are extremely close together high in the east with Saturn far below to the pair’s left.

Milestone

Happy, happy birthday to my first grandson, Lucas, who celebrates his first birthday on Sunday, March 3, in the full Korean tradition honoring that most important milestone. His Dad, my son Eric Christensen, also celebrates a March birthday (March 5). Both Lucas and Eric were born in Leap Years and in both instances, the moms and families held our breaths as Feb. 29 rolled around!

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