Town meetings

Meetings are held at the town office unless otherwise noted. The RES East Redevelopment Committee will meet Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. Citizens for Value In Education will also meet at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House. The Select Board will meet Monday, Feb. 8 at the Rockport Opera House. The Ordinance Review Committee will meet Tuesdays at 7 a.m. (next meeting will be Feb. 9). The Conservation Commission will meet Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7 a.m. and the Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. at the opera house.

Disappointing

Alex Armentrout reported last week that attempts to reduce the heavy debt service burden faced by Rockport taxpayers because of the school construction debt incurred the past few years by the Five Town Community School District and Maine School Administrative District 28 will probably not succeed for a variety of reasons. Go to the Citizens for Value In Education meeting Thursday night, Feb. 4 to see if there are other avenues of exploration to get this portion (70 percent) of the budget in line.  

Books, plus

February is Library Lovers’ Month and we are blessed in Rockport to have a library, complete with staff and services we can indeed love (and treasure). Use it!

Children’s librarian Liza Walsh and the Youth Advisory Board will host a Booklovers’ Cafe for Kids Friday, Feb. 5 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Free and open to all (light refreshments served), this is a great relaxing opportunity for children to just enjoy books for books’ sake.

Then at 7 p.m. Friday, the library and the Camden Conference will present “The Great Game and Its Aftermath, A History of India/Pakistan/Afghanistan 1848-1947: 100 Years in 100 Minutes.” The talk, held at the Rockport Opera House, will feature Tom DeMarco and Mac Deford.

For more information about the library or any programs, call 236-3642 or visit the library Web site at rockport.lib.me.us.

To the Met

Metaphorically speaking that is! Saturday, Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. the Strand Theatre will present the Met’s high-def performance of Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra,” featuring longtime favorite tenor Placido Domingo. Check with the Strand at 594-0070 for ticket availability and remember, quite often there is an encore performance presented on a Tuesday, with no reservations required, and it’s only $15 for the ticket.

“Maine Living” series

Next on the Camden-Rockport Historical Society’s schedule is “Lighthouse Memories,” a slide show presented by Maria Rogers who grew up in three New England lighthouses. The talk will be held Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. at the Camden Library and is free and open to the public.

Local chefs

The Market Basket’s cooking classes with local chefs will continue Sunday, Feb. 7 featuring Maine Coast Catering. Call the Market Basket at 236-4371 for more information about the classes.

Garden dreaming

Merryspring’s winter and spring talk schedule will continue Tuesday, Feb. 9 at noon with Kathy Kandziolka who will lead a fun and engaging discussion on the environmental impact of our food choices. Kathy worked with the Institute for Humane Education training educators about the connections among human rights, environmental preservation, animal protection, the media and consumerism and has been involved with The Community School. She also works at a wildlife rehabilitation hospital and is a massage therapist. Merryspring members and all children attend talks free, with a $5 charge for nonmembers. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit the Web site at merryspring.org.

Sidelight

Reading Barbara Kingsolver’s book “Animals, Vegetables, Miracles” was a wake-up call for me about food choices. The conscious effort to really look at food purchase choices, trying hard to buy as many food products as I can that are grown or produced right here in the Midcoast, proved easier than I thought. With the help of produce stands, year-round farmers markets, local meats and dairy, bakeries and more, plus  a large freezer to take advantage of the growing seasons, it’s amazing just how much can be found, year-round that’s Maine connected. (Okay, not my passion — citrus fruit.)

Politics

The Green Party will meet Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Town Office.

Nature musings

Although beautiful skiing snow existed most of January, last week’s rainstorm resulted in a lot of ice and Aldermere Farm had to cancel the moonlight ski tour. They’ll try for another late in February. Here’s hoping the moon will be as beautiful and visible as the January moon (in its last quarter Friday, Feb. 5) was many nights last week, even during the snow. Cassie and I actually got to spend some quality walk times in the moonlight although my young goldie is a bit spooked by the active owls. The nature quote for February is one from Frank Lloyd Wright: “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”

Reflections

A note from the Farmers Almanac said that “A favorable January brings a good year.” If that’s the case, I’m in trouble. Frustration sets in from dealing with increases in rates of so many of our standard household expenses requiring changes in services, to a disastrous Cassie dog related bad, face-down fall (with brand new glasses that bit the dust — warranty in effect, though!), to not completing nearly enough of those “hibernation” tasks I accumulate for the January-February hiatus (taxes, updating personal paperwork, closet, cupboard and attic cleaning and purging). I seem to be in a “slower than molasses in January” pattern although I have taken the time to work on or finish a lot of “UFO” knitting projects and catch up on jigsaw puzzles. Hmm — is that the problem?