Friends and neighbors
A number of folks contacted me to remind you about the benefit supper for 3-year-old Andy O’Brien on Saturday, April 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lincolnville Central School on Route 235. Andy was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor, had surgery and will now, surrounded by devoted family - two siblings, loving parents and grandparents and others, go through about six months of chemotherapy. If you can’t make the supper and would like to add your support, send check donations or gas gift cards to Edward & Tracee O’Brien, 537 Slab City Rd., Lincolnville, ME 04849. For more information call 763-4504 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hugs, Andy, and thanks to supporters.
Patriots’ Day closings
The Town Office and the Library will be closed Monday, April 15, in honor of Patriots’ Day. All local schools will be closed Monday, April 15, through Friday, April 19, for spring break.
The second half of your 2012-13 town taxes are due at the Town Office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 16. When you pay this second installment of your taxes, you might want to ask about the “Tax Club,” a process that allows you to pay your town taxes in 12 equal installments instead of two.
Meetings are at the town office unless otherwise noted.
The Conservation Commission will meet Friday, April 12, at 8 a.m.
There will be a Town Manager Search Committee Executive Session Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m.
The Select Board public hearing for June ballot articles will take place Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at Rockport Opera House, televised on channel 22.
The Harbor Committee will meet Thursday, April 18, at 5 p.m.
There is still time to pick up nomination papers for various town offices to be filled by vote on Election Day: one 3-year select board position — incumbent Tracy Murphy took out and returned papers. Two 3-year Library Committee positions — Gretchen Leone has taken out papers. One SAD 28/CSD Board — incumbent Gretchen Richards has taken out papers. Three 3/year Budget Committee positions — incumbent Jan Rosenbaum took out and returned papers; incumbent Sharon Stone and John Viehman took out papers. Nomination papers require at least 25 signatures of registered Rockport voters and completed papers must be returned by 5 p.m. April 26.
Daughters & Dads
This Pen Bay YMCA program continues today, Thursday, April 11, (and next Thursday, April 18), from 6 to 8 p.m. for Dads & Daughters (grades 3, 4, 5). Call Nancy Laite at 236-6313 for information.
CHRHS Windplanners Green Week, celebrating the first anniversary of the operation of the school’s wind turbine, concludes Friday, April 12. Check with CHRHS for special activities/information about the history/success of the turbine.
Provide a valuable service by giving blood at one of the numerous blood banks scheduled to take place in the Midcoast area in April. Friday, April 12, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. there is a drive at Oceanside East High School in Rockland and another Wednesday, April 17, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Waldoboro Baptist Church. To make an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767.
The group will meet Saturday, April 13, at the Lions’ Club in Camden from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and then head to Thomaston Federated Church for an Area 2 quilters’ meeting which begins with a brown bag lunch at noon with Wendy Reed doing antique quilt dating during lunch. At 1:30 p.m., Wendy will do a trunk show/discussion program, “Antique Quilts from 1820-1930.” For details, call 236-2352.
April is Poetry month and April 14 to 18 is National Library Week. Celebrate! There will be a Public Poetry Reading on Saturday, April 13, from 10 to 11 a.m. featuring Camden Rockport Middle School students reading their original Civil War theme poetry.
The library is closed Monday, April 15.
If you have a yen to knit, or do other fiber arts and would like to work with others, ask questions and share tips, head to the library Tuesday, April 16, at 1 p.m. for the first meeting of the RPL Fiber Arts Group, all levels of experience welcome. (then meet the first and third Tuesday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m.).
The RPL Writers‘ Group will meet Wednesday, April 17, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., all welcome.
For more information about any of the programs call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us.
A Community Gardens Planning meeting (11 a.m.) and a Community Work Day (noon to 3 p.m.), will take place at Erickson Fields on Saturday, April 13.
The Kids Can Grow Program, monthly “hands on” gardening classes, running every third Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. begins Tuesday April 16. Call 236-2739 for information or to register for any of the programs.
Families are invited to “Celebrate Spring” Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to noon with special craft activities, snacks and more at the Farnsworth’s Family Activity Day. Remember to take advantage of a wide variety of special school vacation week art workshops/camps at the Farnsworth for ages 5 to 8 or middle school students or high school students. Call 596-6457 for more information/registration.
Tuesday, April 16, at noon at MNC, local plant retailer Hammon Buck will present a vibrant and colorful slideshow featuring the newest hybridized plants available for 2013. Free admission for MNC members and children with a nominal fee of $5 for non-members.