Islesboro Central School

Change continues in big ways at Islesboro Central School and after a quick tour of the progress of the renovation and addition project, it is even more exciting to see plans and dreams become reality. The project, which is approximately 70 percent complete, is moving along smoothly under the watchful eyes of the Ledgewood Contracting firm and has recently received a big nod of approval from students who were allowed tours of the facility. If you are interested in viewing what has been happening in the big ICS mansion, as well as what the new spaces look like, mark your calendars for Friday, April 2, when there will be a Construction Open House from 1 to 7 p.m.

During the fall semester, Vicki Conover’s economics students were given the opportunity to have some virtual fun with $100,000. Students throughout Maine and the nation worked in teams to invest the virtual funds in common stocks and mutual funds over a 10-week period. Building upon the success of the Stock Market Game, Conover also incorporated the InvestWrite writing competition into the semester, which extends the students’ participation in the Stock Market Game by helping students sharpen critical thinking skills as they compose essays on investment related topics.

Students are provided a topic and an investment scenario, which requires them to assess, research and then formulate possible solutions based on their own findings, logic and ideas.

ICS announced in a surprise assembly on Feb. 23 that senior Holden Rogers was Maine’s first place winner of the high school InvestWrite competition. Congratulations to Holden on a job well done! Other students recognized for their participation were  Roxanne Pendleton, David Leubert, Olin Jenner, Blaise Jenner and Max Mahan. Great work!

A late note of congratulations goes out to ICS eighth-grader Dustin Reidy, who placed third in the county spelling bee and to seventh-grader Crystal Randlett for placing sixth. The county bee was held Feb. 11 at the Lincolnville Central School.

As advertised, Islesboro Central is selling the modular homes that are currently being used to house students during the renovation project. The project is scheduled to end later this spring and the buildings will need to be removed from the site for the final phase of the project, which will be the site/grounds preparation and finishing. These buildings are 1,456 square feet and general specifications are: meet or exceed local building codes, insulated ceilings at R-30, and walls and floors at R-19. The buildings are energy efficient with commercial grade carpeting throughout, two air exchangers and two monitor heaters in each. Exterior is vinyl siding with vinyl shutters. Three buildings have large bathrooms and two closets, two have two large closets, and included in the price are a 275-gallon fuel tank and two porches with steps. Each building is ready to be customized for your personal requirements or needs, offering space for many options. The buildings have great potential for affordable homes or office space. Buildings are being offered at $30,000. An additional moving deposit will be required to ensure removal from the site and it includes re-setup on your site. For more information, contact ICS Superintendent Tom Commiciotto at 734-2251, ext. 303.

Islesboro Community Center

Have you been in for a visit to the Islesboro Community Center yet? If you have, you already know how well things have finally come together in creating a space for everyone to use and enjoy. If you haven’t, don’t hesitate any longer; the ICC building offers a delicious winter hours cafe breakfast Tuesday to Saturday from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a Sunday breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon. If you are looking to tone up a little or a lot, or perhaps you’re looking to take care of some health concerns, check out the fitness center offerings. The fitness center is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 8 a.m., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 3 to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The Zone houses a great air hockey table and space for movies and crafts for children. Look for Zone programs under “The Zone.” ICC’s Wi-Fi is up and ready for use so come on down, bring your laptop and relax in the cafe or ICC foyer. Can’t make it in before the cafe closes? Coffee and tea are available ($1.50) in the first floor gallery from 2 to 6 p.m. after the cafe closes.

Yoga continues to be a success and two opportunities are available to choose from. Iyengar yoga with Colleen Duggan meets Thursdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. (all are welcome). If you can’t make Thursdays or you prefer vinyasa flow yoga, Hilary Clark will offer Sunday classes from 2 to 4 p.m. Both classes are $15.

If bread making is something you enjoy or maybe you would like some helpful hints in creating a great bread, Renee Lillie will host a bread baking class on March 14 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. An $8 fee will provide you with the technique to create simple and uncomplicated breads, like focaccia and whole wheat multigrain breakfast bread.

On March 20, the ICC will host a Community Board Game Night in the Hall space. Bring your favorite game to share with friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

Call 734-8200 for more information and to register for classes and workshops.

The Zone

The Zone houses a great air hockey table and space for movies and crafts for children. Upcoming programs for the Zone are March 15 from 3:15 to 5 p.m. Magic; The Gathering (grades three and up). Movie Night — Friday, March 19 grades kindergarten to six, 3:15 to 5 p.m. and grades 6 to 12, 7 to 9 p.m. Interested in learning Pysanky, Ukrainian egg decorating? There will be a workshop March 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. for grades 9 through 12 and adults. A second workshop will be held March 27 from 12 to 3 p.m. for grades 6 to 8. Both workshops have a $5 fee to cover supplies.

Call 734-8200 for information and to register for classes and workshops. Students require a note for the bus on the day of an event if they are to be dropped at the ICC.

Town items

The selectmen are finishing up with budget workshops this month. The March 17 workshop is scheduled for 5 p.m. with discussion on police/public safety, ambulance and public works/transfer station. Selectmen are scheduled to meet March 24 to review budget and approval as well as meet with the ICS School Committee for a joint budget discussion. Regularly scheduled selectmen meetings will be held at 6:15 p.m. on March 17 and 31.

Each year the town has hosted a very successful road side trash day. Spring is not waiting for the calendar to catch up so sign up now to claim your cleanup area. It really is so much more beautiful when the trash is gone.

Town meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 1 at 9 a.m. Nomination papers are available for two selectman positions and two school board positions. Stop by the town office for more information.

If you are interested in serving your community but being a selectman or school board member is not for you, then why not look into some of the other committees in need of individuals. There are current openings on Dark Harbor Wastewater, Grindle Point Parking, Lighthouse Museum, Shellfish Conservation and Planning Board.

Islesboro Preschool

Each year the Islesboro Preschool holds a delightful Easter Fair for the island community and this year’s event will be held Sunday, March 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the G.H. Kinnicutt Center. Look for more details to come.

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Meetings and events

March 12 Sewing Circle Cabin Fever Reliever 10 a.m.

March 13 – Sporting Club St. Patrick’s Day Dance 8 p.m.

March 15 – Fire meeting 6:30 p.m.

March 17 – Selectmen’s meeting 6:15 p.m.

March 22 – Planning Board 6:15 p.m.