According to the Web site wordorigins.org, “Scuttlebutt is an early 19th century nautical term for an open cask of water kept on deck for use by the crew. The term comes from scuttle – to cut a hole in – and butt – a large cask. Sailors would gather about the cask and trade stories and gossip, much like modern office workers do at the water cooler or coffee pot. By the turn of the 20th century, American sailors began using the term scuttlebutt to refer to these sea stories and gossip. Eventually the term became associated with any gossip or rumor.”

Lobster Advisory Council sets March meeting date

HALLOWELL — The next meeting of the Maine Department of Marine Resources Lobster Advisory Council will be held Thursday, March 25 at 1 p.m. at the Natural Resources Service Center, First Floor Conference Room, 6 Beech St. in Hallowell. This is a postponement from a date previously scheduled. For more information, visit  maine.gov/dmr.

News from the Maine Lobstermen’s Association

KENNEBUNK — The Maine Lobstermen’s Association, in a Feb 11 news release, notified members and others of a new Web site launched by the New England Environmental Finance Center at USM’s Muskie School of Public Service. The site would help food producers connect to local restaurants, cafeterias, and other consumers directly by allowing Maine’s commercial fishermen and farmers to post items they have available, along with the price and location so that consumers can contact them directly. For more information, visit the Maine Foodtrader Web site at mefoodtrader.org.

Also in the recent MLA release, the Atlantic Veterinary College Lobster Science Centre of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, will present a Lobster Quality Workshop Series. The workshops are designed specifically for lobster fishermen and include information sessions on the biology of lobsters, a summary of lobster quality data collected throughout Southwest Nova Scotia, and the quality of fresh versus held lobster. These workshops are free and will take place throughout the Southwest Nova Scotia area. Upcoming sessions will take place in Digby, Yarmouth and Bridgewater, Nova Scotia on March 2, 3 and 4, respectively. To register, call 877-894-2884.

Maritime film series begins

ROCKLAND — Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, in collaboration with Northeast Historic Film, has announced a maritime film program, scheduled to begin March 4.

In Our Wake: Maine’s Maritime Heritage on Film, will offer screenings of historic films in Bucksport and Rockland. Using home movies, travelogues, silents and talkies, the films begin their stories in 1902 and travel through the decades to explore Maine’s nautical past.

The showings of In Our Wake will be on Thursday, March 4 at the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport and Thursday, March 11 at Atlantic Challenge in Rockland. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for the 7 p.m. showings.

The program in Bucksport is free. Admission to the Rockland screening, part of Atlantic Challenge’s winter lecture series, is $5 and will go to support the programs of Atlantic Challenge. For both showings, the doors will open at 6:45 p.m., with the films beginning at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Northeast Historic Film at 469-0924 or visit oldfilm.org.

Send scuttlebutt to Herald Gazette reporter Shlomit Auciello at sauciello@villagesoup.com or call 207-236-8511.