Rockport news

By Stephanie Kumble | Mar 07, 2013

Time alert

Don’t forget that Sunday, March 10 it’s time to “spring forward” and move those clocks one hour ahead!

Citizens for Value In Education

VIE will meet tonight, Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at the opera house. Guests include Tori Manzi, Chairman of the SAD 28 School Board and Jim McKenna, CSD Board/Finance Committee member (other top school administration members may also be present), to respond to questions/suggestions about the 2013-14 budget making process.

Now official

A warm welcome (and thank you), is extended to Roger Moody who is now officially Rockport’s interim, part-time town manager. Talk about baptism by fire - Roger began his official duties, less than 1 minute after being formally approved and now the 2013-14 budget process kicks into high gear. Whew.

Municipal meetings

The Conservation Commission will meet Friday, March 8, at 8 a.m.

The Select Board will meet Monday, March 11, at the Opera House, televised on channel 22.

The Ordinance Review Committee will meet Tuesday, March 12, at 7 a.m.

Budget Review meetings with the Select Board and the Budget Committee are scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (if needed), March 12 to 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the opera house, televised channel 22.

The Harbor Committee will meet Thursday, March 14, at 5:30 p.m.

Meetings are at the Town Office unless otherwise noted.

School

Next week, Wednesday and Thursday, March 13 and14, are early release days for MSAD 28, kindergarten to grade 4 only. Friday, March 15 is a teacher workshop day, no school for SAD 28 and CSD.

Books, plus

The poetry workshop led by local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer will take place today, Thursday, March 7, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Open to the public, all levels of ability and experience welcome (bring samples of written work).

Library staff will help you navigate through the world of downloadable books in both audio and electronic (eBook) format in a special class, “ebooks-An Introduction,” today, Thursday, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. (at the library).

Tuesday, March 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., enjoy “Cine Francais” the French Movie Series, hosted by the Rockport Library French Club. For a listing of the movies, please contact Rockport Library.

Flowers & food

The Portland Flower Show, “Timeless Gardens” runs from Thursday, March 7, to Sunday, March 10, at the Portland Company Complex on Fore Street in Portland.

And, continue to celebrate Maine Restaurant Week through March 10 with fine restaurants serving three-course, specially-priced meals and fine hotels and inns offering special rates and packages. Go to maineresturantweek.com to find local participating restaurants/hotels and inns.

Coastal Quilters

This group will meet Saturday, March 9, at Camden Lions’ Club on Lions’ Lane in Camden. Come at 9:30 a.m. for coffee/socializing with the program/workshop “Template-Free Appliqué,” featuring CQ member Barb Melchiskey beginning promptly at 10 a.m. Refreshments, Show and Tell and a short business meeting follow the program. For details, call Prudy Netzorg at 354-0938 or Stevie Kumble at 236-2352.

Sap shall run

Aldermere Farms continues their “Sap to Syrup” series Saturday, March 9, at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, March 12, at 4 p.m. with “Tapping & Gathering.” Call for more information.

Merryspring

Tuesday, March 12, at noon at MNC, Master Gardener Sharon Turner will present “Ready, Set, Grow,” a presentation on organic growing methods for beautiful, healthy, and productive vegetable gardens that can be started in early spring using the principles of no-till, weed-free “lasagna” style gardening. 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.

Politics

Knox County Democrats will meet Tuesday, March 12, with a potluck supper at 6 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. meeting at Stella Maris House in Rockland. Reapportionment news will be updated, committee membership reviewed and chairs elected or appointed, and local legislators will report on State House news. For information, contact Chairman Adrian Humphreys at 763-4691 or visit knoxmainedemocrats.org.

Live from the Met

The Strand’s “Live from the Met” presents the encore of the new production of Wagner’s "Parsifal" Tuesday, March 12, at noon with doors open at 11:30 a.m. Note the early start - this is a long one, running from noon until almost 6 p.m.

Nature notes

Find your “nature fix” in the more than two additional hours of daylight than just a few weeks ago, the fact that March 1 marked meteorological spring and that with these warming temperatures the outer twigs of the hardwoods are showing more and more swelling as the budding process begins (hopefully not too early!), and Merryspring’s wonderful garden related talks and workshops. My heart (if not my head!), says, “That’s it - winter begone - you can’t beat us now! (for long anyway).”

Celebration

Grandson Lucas celebrated his first birthday Saturday with a celebration fully honoring the Korean tradition of that milestone, “Doi.” Birthday kids are presented with four items and the one they select signifies what their future life may hold. Lucas’ choices were a pencil (academic career), money (wealth), seeds (agrarian/nature career) and string (long life). Happy to report Lucas chose the string - that’s good! He’ll have time to accomplish any of the rest! Thanks to daughter-in-law Hannah and the wonders of Facebook I was able to share the joy through the beautiful photo album Hanna posted. Thanks, Hannah - Happy Day!

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