Town

All meetings are at the town office unless otherwise specified. Today, Wednesday, June 8 there is a Select Board executive session at 4 p.m.; a Planning Board Workshop at 6 p.m.; Midcoast Solid Waste Committee Board of Directors meeting at 7 p.m. There is also a Planning Board meeting at 7 p.m. at the Opera House. Thursday, June 9 there is a C-R Pathways Committee meeting at 7 p.m. and Friday, June 10, a Conservation Commission meeting at 8 a.m.

Absentee ballots are available at the town office and now that the school budget hearings are complete, you can return all your ballots anytime, by Election Day itself, Tuesday, June 14 (Flag Day! ). The polls are open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and you can register at that time if you aren’t currently registered.

The second part of this local process is town meeting (vote on town budget among other things), Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. at the Opera House. Immediately following town meeting, there will be a Select Board meeting. Again this year, some unsung heroes organized a coffee/refreshment/social pre-meeting break, from 6 p.m. to meeting time, to sustain you for the meeting!

Due diligence

Hopefully you had the opportunity to attend or see the Select Board Candidates’ Forum held this past Monday evening. If not, it would behoove you (and the rest of us), to go back to the June 1 issue of the Herald Gazette (or go online to Village Soup), and read or reread the information presented about the five candidates running for Select Board. There appears to be two distinct schools of thought about the vision for Rockport with a really wide diversity/disparity of both experience and knowledge not only about Rockport history, but also about the current documents/procedures in place to govern our town. One candidate openly admits she’s not familiar with key documents. Before you vote, please learn all you can about the candidates, their background, experience regarding town government and their positions on vital issues. Then, carefully consider if you want to retain the very essence of Rockport or to go in a totally different direction.

Coastal Quilters

CQ will meet Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lions’ Club on Lion’s Lane, Camden. This month’s program features a “Show and Tell and Ask” theme, “Finish Winter, Welcome Summer.” Folks are encouraged to bring unfinished or problem fabric arts projects for commiseration/help to finish or just bring something you’re currently doing. Refreshments and a short business meeting follow. Free and open to the public, all welcome. For more information, call Karen Martin, 236-8038.

Habitat for Humanity

The Midcoast HFH chapter will hold its Annual Yard Sale at Knowlton Moving and Storage on Route 90 in Warren on Friday and Saturday, June 11 and 12.

Merryspring

Sunday, June 12, round up the whole family and head to MNC from 1 to 3 p.m. for “Outdoor Basics.” Perfect as you plan your summer hiking or camping trips. Come and learn some tips that will help you stay safe and have fun; learn games to play on the trail or at the campsite as well as some guidelines to protect nature while you are there. Free and open to all.

Tuesday, June 14 at noon, Ken Liberty will present “A Passion for Peonies” at MNC. Ken will discuss the several floral types of both herbaceous and tree peonies, how to plant and divide them, why they sometimes don’t flower, and how to avoid Botrytis (the most common disease attacking peonies in a cold wet spring). MNC members and children free; $5 charge for non-members. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit merryspring.org.

“Roots, Shoots, Veggies, and Fruits,” MNC’s weekly children’s gardening program, continues, but now on Wednesdays (6/15, 22, 29) from 3:30 to 5 p.m. This week’s program is “Plant Parts.” Open to all children, FREE of charge Most activities are best for kids aged 7-13, but all are welcome. Even the youngest child seems to have an avid interest in our growing world. If you are interested, please contact Sarah Lambson at Merryspring, 236-2239 or e-mail education@merryspring.org.

Politics

The Knox County Democrats will meet Tuesday, June 14 at Stella Maris in Rockland. The 7 p.m. business meeting follows the 6 p.m. potluck supper. For more details/directions, check the website: knoxmainedemocrats.org. The meeting is open to all Knox County residents regardless of party affiliation or voter registration status. The Camden and Rockport Republican Committees will also meet Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lion’s Den in Camden. For more information, call Bob Moors, 236-6087.

Deadline

Ashwood school will offer two sessions of Nature Camp, Waldorf-based nature experiences for 4 to 6-year-old children at Ashwood. Registration deadline is Monday, June 13. Session 1, “Woodland Crafts,” led by Ashwood Early Childhood teacher Toki Oshima, will run from July 11 to 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. Session 2, “Gnomes and Fairies,” will run from July 18 – 22 from 9 a.m. to noon, led by Ashwood Early Childhood teacher Beth Lunt. Summer songs and games will be a part of the fun. For more information or to receive a registration form, call Ashwood, 236-8021 or info@ashwoodwaldorf.org.

Local gifts

Foglifters Coffees, Teas, and Spices has supported the library’s monthly BookLovers’ Cafe since May, 2010, providing coffee for the group to enjoy. To celebrate the one year partnership, the library is sponsoring a challenge for the month of June. When you make your next purchase at Foglifters (13 Pascal Ave., Rockport), present your library card and enter your name for a chance to win a gift certificate to Foglifters. The drawing will be held on June 28 at the library. For more information about the challenge, stop by Foglifters, Monday-Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. or call the library at 236-3642.

Night skies

Ahhh! Antares, the brightest stare in Scorpio will be to the immediate right of the moon Sunday, June 12. I love it when that star (Marge Whittet’s star), makes itself known so visibly. It was Marge (and her husband Mac) who gently tutored me in the beauty and wonder of Maine’s night skies and when I see Antares, I think especially about Marge and the quote from “The Little Prince” by Antoine DeSaint Exuprey: “In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing when you look at the sky at night.”

June’s full moon (Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon, Planting Moon) occurs next Wednesday, June 15. Works for me, partly. At least I have green strawberries in the garden, one old-fashioned rose has some tight buds, and I’m still planting!