Wow!

Chief Bruce Woodward Day, Saturday, March 30, was truly one of the most incredible events I’ve attended in the 27 years we’ve lived in Rockport (or anywhere). Thanks so much to the dedicated committee and “cast of hundreds” of others who took the time to plan, orchestrate this grand day to celebrate not only Bruce’s 42 years of service as Rockport’s Fire Chief, but also to celebrate all of the aspects of Bruce’s service, from Rockport to so far beyond. And, most important to celebrate Bruce as the unique, wonderful human being he is and to also acknowledge the Woodward family, especially Jennifer and Andrew, who over the years so graciously shared Bruce with all of us. Thanks Bruce and Jennifer ~ enjoy retirement!

Municipal meetings

Meetings are at the town office unless otherwise noted. The town office and the library will close today, April 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a staff training session. Later today at 7 p.m., there will be an information workshop for folks who might be interested in running for select board. (Requirements and expectations of job explained). April 4 a public notice will be published and posted for the Referendum Hearing to be held on Tuesday, April 16. The Budget Committee will meet Tuesday, April 9, at 6 p.m. at the Opera House for its final review/recommendations of the town’s 2013-14 budget and the planning board will meet Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. at the Opera House.

It’s time

Nomination papers are available for various town positions to be voted on/filled at town elections in June. Openings include: one select board position (if you’d like more information about this one, attend the workshop today); three budget committee positions; two library committee positions; and one SAD 28 position (serve concurrently on CSD Board). Contact Town Clerk Linda Greenlaw for more information, keeping in mind completed papers must be turned in by 5 p.m. Friday, April 26.

Books, plus

Remember, the library will be closed from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., today, Thursday, April 4, for required training. Later, at 4 p.m. local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer will conduct a poetry workshop at the library. (April is Nat’l Poetry Month).

Tuesday, April 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. staff will present an overview and basic searching techniques of Marvel, one of Maine's most valuable online resources. The class is free, but register at the Five Town CSD website. Next Wednesday, April 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. “Young Poets Read” will feature third- and fourth-grade RES students sharing poems they have written. For more information about any of the programs or the library, visit rockport.lib.me.us or call 236-3642.

Sure sign of spring!

The Rockport Garden Club monthly meetings/programs resume today, April 4, at 1 p.m. at the Opera House with the program featuring local artist Jay Hoagland of Silvery Moon Studios with "Sculpture and Whimsey in the Garden," beginning at 2:30 p.m. Free and open to all; for more information, call 594-4449 or 596-6416.

Daughters & Dads

Pen Bay YMCA will host three April sessions (April 4, 11 and 25), from 6 to 8 p.m. for Dads & Daughters (grades 3,4,5). Call Nancy Laite at 236-6313 for information.

Bay Chamber

Friday, April 5, at 8 p.m., Bay Chamber presents “Slavic Soul Party,” a mixture of Balkan and Gypsy sounds with gospel, techno, funk, dub, jazz and Latin influences. For more information, visit baychaberconcerts.org.

Farnsworth

The Farnsworth’s First Friday Film will be Friday, April 5, at 8 p.m. at The Strand. Films are Rockland shorts and The Collective After Event. Another “first” – if you’re a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholder, enjoy free admission to the Farnsworth this first week-end of April (Saturday/Sunday, April 6 -7). And, Saturday, April 6, lecture one of the Jonathon Fisher Lecture Series, Painting Blue Hill: Morality and the Natural World,” will take place at 2 p.m. at the Farnsworth auditorium.

Let it snow

(Just kidding!). Even if it does and even if it’s cold, you can experience a touch of spring at the 2013 Garden Show & Spring Fling on Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 7, at Bangor Auditorium and Civic Center.

Green Week

The CHRHS Windplanners will hold Green Week, Monday through Friday, April 8 through 12, to celebrate the first anniversary of operation of the school’s wind turbine. Thanks to all of you, many who have graduated (and faculty), who made not only this project possible, but so many others to “green” both the school and educate our community.

Merryspring

Tuesday, April 9, at noon, at MNC, local gardener and photographer Amy Campbell will present “Native Bees: A Magical Mystery Tour” using vibrant and colorful photos to introduce the audience to some of Maine’s important and indigenous bee species. Free admission for MNC members and children with a nominal fee of $5 for nonmembers.

Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to noon, Mark King of Maine Department of Environmental Protection will lead a two-part “Bat” workshop. King will begin with a short presentation on issues currently facing bat populations in Maine. Then! Participants will build bat houses that can be set up in the backyard to protect and house local bats. Call 236-2239 or email info@merryspring.org for more information.

Kids Can Grow Program

Aldermere will host a parent orientation Tuesday, April 9, at 5:15 p.m. leading up to the monthly “hands on” gardening classes (beginning April 16, running every third Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.), that introduces kids and parents to growing vegetables and healthy eating.

Politics

Knox County Democrats will meet Tuesday, April 9, at Stella Maris House in Rockland.

Potluck and open discussion begins at 6 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend and to participate regardless of party affiliation or voter registration status. For more information, call Chairman Adrian Humphreys of Hope at 763-4691 or visit knoxmainedemocrats.org.

Friends & Neighbors

How wonderful it was to read in last week’s paper that Hope’s Town Correspondent, Francina Pearse and her husband William recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary – congratulations!

Also, one of author/actor Jon Potter’s writings, a monologue “Fee,” will be featured in the 12th edition of the Maine Playwrights Festival and will be performed in late April.