School affairs

If one is looking for the parent group of Camden Hills Regional High School, try Zoot’s, where parents congregate informally to talk about school affairs. We can bet they’ll be talking about proposed spending cuts for this coming year, among other matters, when they get together Tuesday, March 30. The discussion will start at 8 a.m.


Marching in Maine

A protest march is scheduled for Saturday, March 27, when activists will walk from Bath to Brunswick to protest nuclear war. The march actually begins in Bethel on Wednesday, March 24, with plans to end up in Kennebunk on April 1, stopping every night along the way. The march will be led by Buddhist monk the Rev. Gyoway Kato of the Nipponzan Myohji order that travels worldwide participating in peace walks. Some area residents plan to march, as well.


Hot summer to come?

Bulbs are busting through the winter-tired garden, and inside, forced bulbs are scenting the air. What a way to wind down winter — bare ground, no slush, no clogged drains. Sorry for gloating, southern New England, New York and New Jersey. We see your flooded basements and sopping roads and feel your pain. But what a difference in Maine from the last four or five years of late winter misery. Our memories tend to blur and it’s hard to recall when we’ve last had such a slow and easy ascent out of winter. One mother remembers 1998 to have been like this. She had her last baby that year and all the sights and sounds of that March are fixed in memory forever. She also said that the summer that followed was hot.

Gearing up for high season

While on the subject of new beginnings, we hear Main Street in Camden will see some new businesses this spring, as well as established businesses relocating to new storefronts. An herbal venture redolent with lavender will be a welcome addition to downtown, as will a yarn shop at the Knox Mill. On Bay View Street, the plastic that covers the windows of the former ABCD Books is not lending any clues to the activities going on inside, but we can imagine it will be nice, considering how long construction crews have been at it.

In Rockland, the street sweepers are getting their engines running, scooping the winter dirt. The cleanup takes place generally when temperatures climb above 32 degrees and there are no stray cars gumming up the works. Storekeepers have been reminded to grab their own brooms and sweep their portion of the sidewalks so that the street sweeper can just scoop it all up and take the dirt away.

In Lincolnville, business is booming. Read Diana O’Brien’s column this week on B2 about the new businesses at the Beach: Green Tree Coffee and Tea, and Dot’s (yum!) have opened their doors. Diane is happy about the availability of good coffee, and we concur. Also, repairs are being made to the wave break at the harbor, in case one wonders about project work.


All about shrimp

Speaking of downtown Rockland, this Saturday, March 20, is Celebrate the Shrimp Day at the Waterworks Restaurant. Shrimp cookers are invited to take a hot or cold dish there to be judged by three of Rockland’s finest tasters of shrimp dishes. Dishes are to arrive by 1 p.m. and leftovers will be donated. Samplings will be sold for $1 to benefit Rockland Main Street Inc. There will be two categories: local chefs and foodies. Fun! Chefs win bragging rights and a certificate. Others leave with a finer sense of what can be done with the ubiquitous shrimp. Contact Elise Bell at with any questions.


Ham heads wanted

The Waldo County Amateur Radio Association is looking for volunteers to assist in radio communications for the first two whitewater canoe races of the season. The St. George River Race is scheduled for Saturday, March 27 in Searsmont and the Passagassawaukeag River Race will be run on Saturday, April 3 in Belfast. Participants will need to gather at approximately 9 a.m. and work until approximately 1 p.m. It will no doubt be cold, and hand-held radios will be provided if needed. All amateur radio operators are welcome, and members of the public who are interested in learning about ham radio are also invited. Contact Carol Inman at or by phone at 525-3017 if interested.


Shutter Island ties to the state

The Maine Film Office, along with several Maine businesses, was involved with the filming of “Shutter Island,” a film currently in theaters. The Maine Film Office began working with “Shutter Island,” which was then using the working title of “Ashecliffe,” in 2007, with clips of Acadia’s Otter Cliffs predominating. And scrambling up the cliffs was none other than stunt climber Steven Levins of Camden. The movie production bookkeepers reported spending $585,000 on crew, equipment, services, supplies and accommodations in Maine.


Salud, Snow Bowl

The Camden Snow Bowl officially closed after an excellent day of skiing on March 13, concluding another solid season at a magnificent mountain. The sun was warm and the snow was crisp. The season ended with a small but devoted crowd enjoying classic spring conditions, and a downhill (mostly) obstacle race, with 20 participants, ranging in age from 5 to 45.