Town and school

The Conservation Commission will meet Friday, March 5 at 8 a.m. The Select Board will meet Monday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at the opera house. The Ordinance Review Committee will meet Tuesday, March 9 at 7 a.m. The Planning Board will meet Wednesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at the opera house. (Meetings are at the town office unless otherwise noted.)

Just a reminder that next Friday, March 12 is a workshop day for both Maine School Administrative District 28 and the Five Town Community School District; there is no school for students.

2010-2011 town budget

Draft budgets were delivered to the Budget Committee and Select Board March 3 and now the tough process begins. The first town budget review meetings will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 16 and 17 at 6 p.m. at the town office. These meetings involve the Budget Committee, Select Board, department heads, committees and finance director. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

2010-2011 school budget

The Five Town CSD Finance Committee meets Wednesday, March 3 at 5 p.m. to discuss the budget, followed at 7 p.m. by the Five town CSD board; both meetings will be held in the chorus room at the high school. And just a reminder that a budget work session is scheduled for Saturday, March 6 from 9 a.m. to noon, also in the chorus room at the high school.

History

The Camden-Rockport Historical Society’s next Maine Living Program will be held Sunday, March 7 at 2 p.m. at the society’s Cramer Museum. Eva Murray will present “Not at All the Simple Life,” a program describing the “real” life of island living, or as Eva said, “myth busting.” For more information, call Marlene Hall at 594-8047.

Bay Chamber

Composer, violinist DBR (described as the “hip-hop” Mozart) and the New Clef Coalition will perform Sunday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m. at the opera house. Call Bay Chamber at 236-2823 for reservations or more information.

Books, plus

Remember that Mah-jongg with Chris Sady and Lila Vultee continues Saturday, March 6 and 13 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the library. Adults only for this session. Come join the fun and learn the fascinating game of Mah-jongg. For more information about any library programs or the library, call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us.

Politics

Knox County Republicans will hold their biennial convention and municipal caucuses Saturday, March 6 at the Rockland District Middle School. The convention will begin at 1 p.m. and the caucuses will be at approximately 3 p.m. The convention will feature a panel discussion among the announced Republican candidates for governor as well as short speeches from candidates for local and other state offices. Delegates and alternates to the state convention and members of the Knox County Republican Committee will be elected at the caucus. All Republicans in Knox County towns are encouraged to attend the convention portion whether caucusing or not. For more information, please visit the Knox County Republican Web site, gopknoxcounty.com, e-mail chair@gopknoxcounty.com, or call 594-5118.

Merryspring

Next week’s Tuesday, March 9 noon time talk features Morten Moesswilde, a Maine Forest Service district forester for the Midcoast District. Morten will lead a two-hour field workshop on tree and shrub identification. The program will begin with a brief indoor introduction to identifying trees and then participants can join Morten on a walk through the wooded portions of Merryspring’s 66-acre park to practice identifying Maine’s common native trees and shrubs. The program (great for children, too) is limited to 25 participants; call Merryspring at 236-2239 to preregister. And dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear. Merryspring members and all children attend talks free; the cost is $5 for nonmembers. For more information, send e-mail to info@merryspring.org.

Not too late

Sign up for “Getting Kids to Eat Healthy” with Courtney Lanphere, a holistic health and nutrition counselor who works with groups and individuals to improve their health and wellness, to be held Wednesday, March 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Five Town CSD Adult Education program. Learn easy, creative ways to get your children to eat nutritious food and love it. Then on March 24 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., join Courtney with “Cooking Dinner – Quick, Easy, & Healthy,” a cooking class designed for busy parents who want to prepare a quick and easy, healthy meal for their families. Both classes will feature take home recipes and the cooking dinner class, dinner! To register, call Elyse at 236-7800, ext. 274, or register online: fivetowns.maineadulted.org.

Nature related

Aspirin was patented March 6, 1899, by Felix Hoffman of the German company Bayer. The word was coined from a- for acetylsalicylic and -spirin for Spirea, the original genus name of meadowsweet (still used by herbalists for headaches). How’s that for a nature note! And American horticulturist Luther Burbank was born on March 7, 1849. He developed many new varieties of fruits and vegetables, including some many of us grow in our gardens. (Think Shasta daisy, one of Burbank’s perennial favorites.)

Nature musings

In like an old, meeker lion, but in like a lion March came. You know it’s been a long, strange year weather wise when it gets almost boring to talk about it. Last week a CNN commentator quipped that it’s not global “warming” but global “weirding.”

If you happen to pass over the St. George River on Route 1 in Thomaston, look up and down the river for bald eagles. At this time of year they can be seen flying down the river just after dawn and returning back up the river at midday.

Birthdays

Happy, happy March birthday to son Eric (March 5) and good friend Milt Parsons (March 4). I have to laugh as my definition of aging/old changes each year (and more than exponentially) as friends (and I) experience yet another birthday.