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Don’t forget. Before you go to bed Saturday night, spring those clocks ahead one hour. Daylight saving time officially begins Sunday, March 14. That means it will still be pretty light at 7 p.m.


Town and school

Meetings are at the town office unless otherwise noted. The Planning Board will meet Wednesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at the opera house. The Conservation Commission will meet Friday, March 12 at 8 a.m. Remember, Friday, March 12 is a workshop day for both Maine School Administrative District 28 and the Five Town Community School District, so there is no school for students. The Harbor Committee will meet Tuesday, March 16 at 5 p.m.

Budget meetings include a SAD 28 Finance Committee 2010 – 2011 budget workshop Saturday, March 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Camden-Rockport Elementary School Atrium. 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.

Linda Greenlaw, town clerk, announces that nomination papers are available Monday, March 15. (Hmmm — those Ides of March weren’t such a great day for politician Julius Caesar!) Openings: one three-year term for Select Board; three 3-year terms for Budget Committee; two three-year terms for Library Committee; one three-year term for director of SAD 28 (to also serve concurrently on the Five Town CSD School Board). Nomination papers are due back Friday, April 23.

Boston Flower Show

Plants Unlimited is sponsoring a trip Thursday, March 25 and the CSD Adult Ed program recently added a second bus for the Saturday, March 27 trip. For information or reservations, call Hammond at Plants Unlimited or Elyse at Adult Ed at 236-7800, ext. 274.


Politics

Knox County Republican Women will meet Friday, March 12 at noon at the home of Bev Frain in Rockland. Attendees are asked to bring a bag lunch. For further information or directions, call KCRW Vice President Helen Shaw at 236-2468.

Knox County Republicans will meet Tuesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. (preceded by a Meet-N-Greet at 6:30 p.m.) at the Trade Winds Motor Inn in Rockland. Bill Beardsley, recently retired president of Husson University, candidate for GOP nomination for governor will be the featured speaker. Other agenda items include the recent municipal caucuses, planning for the state convention, updates from standing subcommittees and a quick look at Augusta and Washington activity. For more information, call 594-5118 or visit the Knox County Republican Web site at gopknoxcounty.com. Both meetings are open to all regardless of voter registration status or party affiliation.

Books, plus

Remember that Mah-jongg with Chris Sady and Lila Vultee continues Saturday, March 13 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the library. Adults only for this session. Also on Saturday, meet a live barred owl, turkey vulture and red-shouldered hawk at a presentation about birds of prey by Barbara and Tom Tomlinson. The program, free and open to the public, will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Rockport Opera House. For more information about the library or programs, call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us. 

Coastal Quilters

This group will meet Saturday, March 13 at 10 a.m. at the Lions Club on Tannery Lane in Camden. The program highlights a fascinating installment of the “Getting to Know Our Member” series. Featured artisans are Anne Titus and Beth Guiseley, two folks known to a lot of you from their work and involvement in other areas. Refreshments, show and tell, and a short business meeting will follow the program. All welcome. For more information about Coastal Quilters, call Karen Martin at 236-8038 or Louisa Enright at 236-6215.

Merryspring

The Tuesday, March 16 noon time talk features Mark Follansbee who will discuss and give a hands-on demonstration, “Composting with Worms.” Learn how to compost with worms, build a worm bin for less than $15 and keep the bin trouble-free. Mark will cover feeding and monitoring, harvesting worm compost as a soil amendment, and making worm compost tea. In addition to free instructions on bin construction, compost worms and worm bins will be available for purchase. Merryspring members and all children attend talks free; there is a $5 charge for nonmembers. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or go to merryspring.org.

Nature musings

Look for the new moon on Monday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 16. Note Venus shining brightly on the western horizon at dusk with the thin crescent moon to its right.

March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, there’s a bit of Irish in all of us regardless of our genealogy. I’m lucky – not only were my birth mother’s parents born in Ireland, my “real” Mom’s folks also had Irish relatives. Grampa Reynolds used his Irish ties to follow the “plant the peas on St. Patrick’s Day” adage. I must admit, it’s tempting even here in Maine this year. I did try a few seeds rationalizing that the peas that went to seed last year would already have been planted – we’ll see.

I think a lot about the simple Native American proverb “we will be known forever by the tracks we leave” as long-dreamed-for spring yard and garden rituals begin. You can start fruit tree and non-flowering shrub pruning and, if like ours, your ground is pretty much frost free, you can even transplant large shrubs before the actual root growth starts in earnest.

I don’t know about you, but I think we have enough twigs and medium sized branches down around the yard and perimeter to provide a good start on next winter’s kindling. Our 9-month-old goldie Cassie loves the pickup-stick routine, except she does it backward. I pick up, put them in the garden cart; Cassie on the other hand thinks it’s fun to pull them from the cart, run away with them and drop them somewhere else. Eventually, maybe!