Holiday closings

The town office, the library and all local schools will be closed Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Town meetings

The Ordinance Review Committee will meet Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 7 a.m. Next Thursday, Jan. 21, the Legacy Rockport Board of Directors will meet at 8:15 a.m. and the RES Redevelopment Committee will meet at 7 p.m. All meetings are at the town office unless otherwise specified.

Winter concert

Head to the Strom Auditorium Thursday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. for Camden Hills Regional High School‘s annual band concert. The CHRHS Chorus will also perform. Admission is free, but please bring nonperishable food items for local food banks.

Politics

Knox County Republican Women will hold their annual meeting Friday, Jan. 15 at 12:30 p.m. at Cody’s Restaurant in Rockport, ordering from the menu. Please call Helen Shaw at 236-2468 by the end of the day Thursday, Jan. 14.

Knox County Republicans will meet Monday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Trade Winds Motor Inn in Rockland. Preceded by a “Meet-N-Greet” at 6:30 p.m., the meeting will feature Waterville Mayor Paul LePage, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor. (He’s also the general manager of Marden’s.) Lepage believes in the repeal of all new sales taxes and was one of the most outspoken supporters of TABOR in the state. In addition to hearing from LePage, planning will continue for the 2010 municipal caucuses and county convention and the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, and updates from standing subcommittees and information from Washington and Augusta will be presented.

As usual, either group welcomes all regardless of party affiliation or voter registration status. For more information about either group, visit the Knox County Republican Committee Web site at www.gopknoxcounty.com or e-mail chair@gopknoxcounty.com or call 594-5118.

The Met

Saturday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. “Live in HD from the Met” at the Strand will feature the wonderful Georges Bizet opera “Carmen.” Keep in mind that because of demand and so many sold out Saturday performances, there is a Tuesday encore performance at 1 p.m. with general admission and no reserved seating, and tickets are $15. Check with the Strand at 594-0070 for ticket availability.

Books, plus

The Rockport Library will host a monthly ATC Club with local artist Robinsunne, open to all ages, beginning Saturday, Jan. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. You might remember that ATCs, or artists trading cards, are small works of art (size of a baseball card) meant to be swapped and shared but not sold. January’s ATC technique features how to discover new ideas from old book pages. Other techniques demonstrated throughout the year will include paper quilling, paper piercing, collage, rubber stamp imprints, sewing, book arts techniques, and “zentangle” drawing. The ATC Club will initiate swaps with other clubs and libraries, and of course swapping between participants is always encouraged. Materials are provided at no cost, but bring your own scissors or any special craft materials you might want to have on hand. The ATC Club will meet the third Saturday of each month and participants will receive an original, ATC-sized membership card. For more information, call 236-3642 or visit the library Web site at www.rockport.lib.me.us.

Spring dreaming

Merryspring’s Winter and Spring Brown Bag Lunch series continues Tuesday, Jan. 19 at noon with veteran grower and tropical plant enthusiast Dennis Milliken. Dennis will present a “Houseplant Clinic” and will speak on the care and feeding of houseplants, including light, watering and potting needs. He’ll also discuss how to identify indoor pests and provide recipes for making homemade insecticides. Come with questions about specific plants or problems. Merryspring members and all children attend talks free; there is a $5 charge for nonmembers. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit the Web site at www.merryspring.org.

Nature musings

So far I’m really enjoying this winter more than usual, perhaps because I’m outside more often, romping with our 6-month-old goldie puppy (she romps, I encourage her) or perhaps because when I see the weather the rest of the country is experiencing, I feel we’re quite lucky. Last week, night skies were wonderful with the last quarter of the moon so bright and lovely right outside my bedroom window in the early morning hours. Many of the sunrises last week were glorious, as were some sunsets. What winter lacks in warmth, it makes up for with beautiful early morning, late afternoon and night skies. The new moon will appear Friday, Jan. 15. 

Silly young dog

We’re turning the corner with our goldie puppy Cassie. A slow evolving level of maturity and understanding seems to be creeping into her behavior and demeanor without the loss of exuberance and zest for life. (New training session started, too.) She’s finally learned to bark to go out instead of relying on my seeing her standing by the door and also to bark to come in. Her latest agility caper still has us laughing. When I clear the second level living room deck of snow, I shovel it off one end to avoid blocking the path to the oil tank fill-up. With our storms this year, that’s made quite a pile, with the shoveled snow approaching the roof line of the enclosed winter porch/garden/work/furnace rooms. Miss Sassy Cassie decided to head up that pile of snow and get on the roof, prancing back and forth around the perimeter of the extensive, fairly flat roof. From there she could see into one living room window and at the moment that’s where she goes to bark to be let in. Silly young dog!