Town meetings

The Ordinance Review Committee will meet Tuesday, March 2 at 7 a.m. at the town office. Unfortunately the town Web site section for scheduled meeting postings is still not functioning — sorry.

Books, plus

Still time! February is Library Lovers’ Month and there’s a lot going on at our favorite library. Drop in, check out the collection and the services, or just say hello, thanks, to staff. Or attend a special event.

Thursday, Feb. 25, the Library Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. at the town office.

Saturday, Feb. 27, the ever-popular RPL Booklovers’ Cafe will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Come prepared to discover more great books read recently by group regulars and/or share one of your own favorites. The group, open to all, is an eclectic one and the reading tastes even more so. This provides an easy opportunity for you to stretch your own reading parameters in terms of looking at different genres to enjoy. Super refreshments, too! To get an idea about books discussed, look at the lists compiled since the group’s inception, found on the library Web site at rockport.lib.me.us (click Booklovers’ Cafe).

Next Wednesday, March 3 the book group facilitated by Jenni Ruddy will be held at 6:30 p.m. This month two books will be discussed, “The Farming of Bones” (considered one of the best books of the year), and “Breath, Eyes, Memory,” both by Edwidge Danticat. All are welcome to attend, even if you haven’t had a chance to read the book. For more information about any library programs or the library, call 236-3642 or visit the Web site.

Perfect!

Saturday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. skiers are invited to come and enjoy the almost full moon and a guided cross-country ski or snowshoe tour of beautiful Aldermere Farm property, culminating with a small bonfire and hot chocolate and treats. Caveat – just like Vancouver, snow is needed. At the time of this writing, the forecast for snow was all over the map in regards to “if/when/and even what.” The event is free, but RSVP is required; call 236-2739 or send e-mail to jbeach@mcht.org. If canceled, there will be a posting and message on the phone machine.

Gather ‘round

Merryspring’s Winter and Spring talks continue Tuesday, March 2 at noon with Maine author John Neff and his delightful program “Stories Around the Katahdin Campfire,” a talk based on his book “Katahdin: An Historic Journey – Legends, Explorations and Preservation of Maine’s Highest Peak.” The talk is part history, part adventure, part people, but totally John’s passionate love affair with and knowledge of this treasured Maine landmark and wilderness area. His book will be available for purchase. John was the founding member of the Friends of Baxter State Park and he still maintains a five-mile section of the Appalachian Trail within the park. Merryspring members and all children attend talks free; the cost is $5 for nonmembers. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit the Web site at info@merryspring.org.

Health opportunity

Local birth doula Ava Goodale will host an open house on Tuesday, March 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Maternal Wellness Center in Belfast. This open house series is open to the entire community, whether pregnant or not, to learn more about how a doula can help during pregnancy and birth.

Politics

Information comes from a little farther afield but is of great interest and importance to those of us who treasure Acadia National Park. Friends of Acadia issued an advocacy alert in regard to L.D. 1737, “An Act to Clarify Safety Regulations in Acadia National Park.” You may recall the Supreme Court recently struck down the federal law prohibiting firearms in national parks, but states still have the last word on gun laws in their own state. Maine has a strong precedent for deciding that firearms should be limited in scope and season in some outdoor areas like Baxter and other state parks and Acadia would be added to that list with L.D. 1737. This bill is not a gun ban and not an anti-hunting bill. While hunting is not allowed inside Acadia’s boundaries, as now, hunters will still be able to carry their firearms through the park if broken down, stored and unloaded. Please contact your local legislators to support this bill. Talking points and the text of L.D. 1737 and a thorough description of the issue are available at friendsofacadia.org/advocacyguns friendsofacadia.org/advocacyguns.

Night skies

Thursday night around 9 p.m. Mars will be closely situated to the upper left of the almost full moon and Castor and Pollux will be right above that pair. This month, the moon’s closest approach to earth will occur the day before the full moon (Saturday, Feb. 28) and may result in astronomical high tides that would be further exacerbated by stormy weather. This month’s full moon has a number of pretty self-explaining names: Hunger Moon, Snow Moon, Wolf Moon, Baby Bear Moon or my favorite, Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon (Wishram tribe).

Nature musings

The deep woods can be a noisy place at night in February and March and you can often hear the calls of the great horned, barred and saw-whet owls. As the February full moon approaches, actually seeing those owls becomes easier, although I’ve discovered on nighttime forays with Cassie that she’s none too fond of these creatures — or at least the noise they make. Each winter as I become more in tune with the owls, I always pull out the beautiful Caldecott winning picture book “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen (illustrated by John Schoenherr). If you’re looking for a way to forge a strong bond with nature (particularly the magic of winter nature), with your favorite young child(ren), get a copy of this book from the library and read the story together. A great companion picture book is “North Country Night” by another favorite author and illustrator, Daniel San Souchi. After reading those books together, my bet is that come nighttime you and your young friend(s) will be inspired to bundle up and head outside to enjoy winter’s nighttime magic.