Town

Meetings are held at the town office unless otherwise specified. The Library Committee will meet Thursday, May 6 at 3:30 p.m. The Conservation Committee will meet Friday, May 7 at 8:30 a.m. Next week the Select Board will meet Monday, May 10 and the Planning Board will meet Wednesday, May 12, both meetings at 7 p.m., both at the Rockport Opera House. The Harbor Committee will meet Thursday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m. at Rockport Marine and the Camden-Rockport Pathways Committee will meet at the Camden Town Office at 7 p.m.

Absentee ballots

If you will be away on Election Day, June 8, you can vote by absentee ballot. Those ballots should be available by Friday, May 7. Because of the way school budget votes are now done with the public hearing/preliminary vote not to be held until June 1, voting early by absentee ballot will be a two-step process if you vote before June 2. Town Clerk Linda Greenlaw is great at explaining this convoluted situation.

Value In Education

Citizens for Value In Education will meet Thursday, May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House. This will primarily be a decision making and strategy session regarding the Maine School Administrative 28 and Five Town Community School District budgets and the upcoming June 1 public hearing/preliminary vote on those budgets.

Gardens and more

The Five Town CSD Adult Ed program features great programs for nature lovers. Friday, May 7, learn about extended season crops with Rose Thomas with tips for “Extended Season Crops.” Monday, May 10 receive an info-filled tour of both new and classic “Hot Plants and Old Favorites.” Tuesday, May 11, join Bill Goodwill for “Birding for Beginners.” To register, call 236-7800, option 5.

So cute!

Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. you’re invited to come and see all the new baby Belted Galloway calves born so far this spring at Aldermere Farm’s Calf Unveiling Day. Other local farms will also display their goods and animals. Entertainment will be provided by the Rusty Hinges around 11 a.m. For more information, call 236-2739 or visit aldermere.org.

Books, plus

Celebrate National Children’s Book Week on Wednesday, May 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a special program for new and expectant parents on the importance of early literacy, “Reading to Babies: Why and How it Matters.” A panel of literacy experts will discuss the value of reading to babies as well as what and how to read to your little one. Door prizes and a raffle will feature gift certificates to Sherman’s book store as well as other exciting prizes. The library will be giving away bookmarks and reading lists.

Tuesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. Drs. Doug Cole, Lars Ellison and Kevin Olehnik (all surgeons at Penobscot Bay Medical Center) will present “The Earthquake in Haiti – Three Physicians’ Perspective.” The three traveled to Leogane, Haiti (the city closest to the earthquake’s epicenter) shortly after the Jan. 12 earthquake. The talk and slide show will focus on the medical and societal ramifications of the natural disaster immediately following and seven weeks after the earthquake.

Bay Chamber

Wow! Last Sunday’s concert featuring Barrage was fantastic. Thanks! And keep in mind that as Bay Chamber Concerts prepares to move into its “new home” in Rockport village (in the Shepherd Block at 3 Central St.), the organization is seeking two good quality pianos for purchase or donation. Please contact Monica Kelly to discuss, at 207-236-2823.

Merryspring

Tuesday, May 11 at noon, Rebecca Jacobs, owner and proprietor of Gabriella’s Gardens, will present a talk titled “Plant Fever.” Come and learn the importance of staying calm in the grips of “plant fever” and about the need for proper garden planning and the idea of “right plant – right place.”

Wednesday, May 12 at 7 p.m., Frank Sokol and Leo Maheu, AmeriCorps volunteers working through the Maine Conservation Corps, will present a free talk titled “Water Conservation and the AmeriCorps” at 7 p.m. It’s a timely topic although not often thought about.

Merryspring’s Plant Sale will be held Saturday, May 22 (members night May 21) and donations of magazines and books on horticulture and gardening are sought. (Also, good quality gardening/lawn tools.) Just leave donations at the Merryspring office, or on the office porch after hours. Please leave your name and address.

Night skies

Thursday, May 6 is the peak night (best from 2 to 4 a.m.) for the Eta Aquarid meteor shower and even though the moon (in last quarter) will wash out the fainter meteorites there will still be a density of about 20/hour. Sunday, May 9 at dawn, Jupiter will appear on the eastern horizon with the moon directly above.

Nature notes

We finally admitted we can’t do the heavy duty yard and garden cleanup and prep work alone and our kids applauded that decision with early Mom and Dad Day and birthday gifts to hire help. What a tremendous difference, both in aches and pains (lack thereof!) and in attitude. The heavy duty work gets done efficiently, professionally, with the right equipment (and youth), and then there is relaxed time for us to concentrate on the lawn and garden things that are manageable and fun, and not feel overwhelmed and defeated before even starting. Life is good!

Happy Mother’s Day

Despite the bah humbug attitude that Mother’s Day is simply a ploy to enrich the coffers of various businesses, as both a mom and daughter, I disagree. I like to think our kids (and me), remember and treasure Mother’s Day moments all year, but it’s still neat to take one day to really concentrate on Mom. I love being in a “sandwich situation” where I honor my own mom and also the two moms of our five grandchildren, as well as other women I feel serve the mom role so well. My son has been blessed because for much of his life, he’s had a great second Mom, his dad’s second wife. Thanks, Liz!