Last week a letter to the editor requested donations to help Penquis replenish diminishing coffers for much needed heating assistance for folks hard hit by the current economy. If you’d like to help, make out your check to Penquis (with “Help Heat Homes” in the reference line) and mail to Jan Dolcator, P.O. Box 867, Rockport, ME 04856. Call Jan at 236-8625 or 593-2223 for more information. Penquis is a 501(c)(3) private, nonprofit organization proudly serving/helping low-income families in Penobscot, Piscataquis and Knox counties become self sufficient and improving the quality of life in which they live.


All meetings are at the town office unless otherwise noted. There will be a Select Board Listening Tour Follow-Up Workshop Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m.

The Ordinance Review Committee will meet Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 a.m.

The Midcoast Solid Waste Committee Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. and a Zoning Board of Appeals meeting is also tentatively scheduled for Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Opera House, (televised on channel 22).

Hopefully all is now well and the damage to the town office (mainly Richardson Room), from the “big blizzard” is now repaired. And, although an agreement was reached in regard to the ongoing personnel issue, that agreement was yet to be released to the public as of Monday, Feb. 17.

One to go!

Only one vacancy remains on the Budget Committee, but time is running out as the 2013-14 budget preparation process continues. Call the town office if you might be interested in serving — a painless, interesting, informative way for you to help your town!

Books, plus

The Poetry Workshop, led by local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer continues Thursday, Feb. 21, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Booklovers’ Cafe will take place Saturday, Feb. 23. Join the group for coffee and informal conversation at 9:30 a.m. and then at 10 enjoy the lively discussion of favorite books read by participants during the past month. Free and open to the public — newcomers, visitors always welcome! For more information about any programs or the library, visit

Think gardens!

Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon, Jock Robie of Mainely Worm Bins will lead Merryspring’s next week-end workshop, “Vermiculture.” Jack will discuss using earthworms as a great way to break down kitchen waste into helpful soil amendments. (Spring gardening season is just around the corner – long block!). After receiving instruction on how to build the worm bins, you’ll actually construct one. No worms provided, but you will receive information on how to obtain them. Cost of the workshop is $10 for MNC members, $15 for nonmembers and you need to preregister. Contact MNC at 236-2239 or email

What next?

The 2013 Camden Conference, “The Middle East: What Next?” runs Friday Feb. 22 – 24. with numerous events held at numerous venues. Limited tickets are available for some events at some venues. Check for ticket availability.


Our State Sen. Ed Mazurek will host two community forums to gather input in reference to Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed budget: Monday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Union Town Office and Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Rockland City Hall. State Reps. Joan Welsh, Chuck Kruger and Elizabeth Dickerson will also be available at the Rockland forum.

It’s time!

Kathy Hopkins presents “Maine’s Maple Syrup Industry” at Merryspring on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at noon. Learn about the industry as Kathy provides an overview of sugar production, including the science behind the syrup and its role in the Maine economy. She’ll also provide tips and tricks for those who wish to tap their own maple trees for home syrup production. Admission is free for Merryspring members with a nominal fee of $5 for nonmembers.

Live from the Met

The Strand’s encore process of “Live from the Met” with the new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto will be held Tuesday, Feb. 26, doors open at 12:30 p.m., with a 1 p.m. curtain.

Lecture series

The Farnsworth will hold two lectures on recent Farnsworth acquisitions: the first, “Marguerite and William Zorack” will be Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m.; and the second, “The Early Drawings of Georgia O’Keeffe,” will be Wednesday, March 6, at 2 p.m., both at the Farnsworth auditorium.

Kindergarten tuition assistance

In a move to make a Waldorf education more accessible to the families of Midcoast Maine, Ashwood Waldorf School is pleased to announce a new tuition assistance program for families with kindergarten-aged children. (Ashwood currently offers awards, based solely on need, up to 50% of tuition for Grades 1-8). The new program will benefit applicants to Ashwood's mixed-age, five-day kindergarten, which accepts children from age 3 1/2 to 6 years. Tuition assistance will cover up to 10% of the tuition for this program. The tuition assistance application deadline is March 1. For more information: or 236-8021.

March 1 deadlines

Maine Coast Heritage Trust announces four great programs, all application process with March 1 deadlines. For more information/application process-forms, about any of the programs, contact Heather Halsey, Community Program Manager, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, at or 230-2582 or 236-2739. Four programs, Community Garden beds are available at Erickson Fields Preserve located at 124 West St. in Rockport for the summer 2013 growing season; for teens 14-18, applications for the 2013 Teen Agricultural Crew (a part-time, paid position) are now being accepted; and two internships for college students for summer of 2013 include one for Aldermere Farm and one for Community Agriculture Programs at Erickson Fields Preserve.

Night skies

Ahh! This year’s second full moon will occur Monday, Feb. 25, and is known by a variety of names appropriate for the season: Snow Moon, Hunger Moon (that might explain the brazen deer who came right up to the house and munched on the holly bushes – ouch – just outside my bedroom window!), Wolf Moon and Lenten Moon. And, next Thursday, Feb. 28 will find bright star Spica and the moon extremely close together high in the east. Saturn will be far below to the pair’s left.