Rockport news

By Stephanie Kumble | Aug 29, 2013

Town/school schedules

The town office and library will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day.

School is in session! MSAD 28 elementary and middle school students reported yesterday and the CSD kids start today, Thursday, Aug. 30. No school Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day.

Ashwood’s first day of school will be Tuesday, Sept. 3, and will be celebrated with the Rose Ceremony. A “New Family Welcome Tea” will be held Thursday, Sept. 5, at 8:45 a.m. for all families that are new to Ashwood or who are entering the grade school from the early childhood program. Enjoy delicious refreshments, meet administrative staff and specialty teachers, as well as members of the Parent Community Council and the Board of Trustees. There will also be an orientation to life at Ashwood and plenty of time for questions and useful resource references. Please R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Sept. 4. Call 236-8021.

Municipal meetings

All meetings are at the town office unless otherwise specified and are open to the public. There is a FOAA (Freedom of Access Act) annual briefing, Thursday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. There will be a Select Board Joint Workshop with Camden Select Board on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Washington Street Conference Room in Camden.

New school year, new faces

Welcome to Thomas Ingraham of Hope, the new, interim principal for Camden-Rockport Middle School. Tom served as principal for nine years at Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden and will serve from Aug. 19 through the end of next June at C-RMS. He replaces past principal Maria Libby who was selected in July to replace Russell Holden as the assistant superintendent for both SAD 28 and the Five Town CSD.

Also, the Camden Select Board (by a vote of 3 -2), recently appointed Lynda Chilton to served on the SAD 28 and Five Town CSD school boards. Lynda will fill the seat vacated by Patty Libby.

Another opportunity

If you missed the blood bank last Tuesday, there is another one, today, Thursday, Aug. 29, at the American Legion in Rockland from 1 to 6 p.m. Donors will receive a Red Sox T-shirt and a movie coupon for Flagship Cinema.

Books, plus

Drop-in Family Board Games conclude today, Thursday, Aug. 29, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Available games include Scrabble, Stratego, Risk and Monopoly, or bring your own game.

Booklovers’ Cafe will take place Saturday, Aug. 31. Drop in at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and goodies and then at 10, settle in for a delightful discussion of folks’ favorite reads from the past month. All welcome for this informal sharing of great (and even not great!), books.

The Wicked Good First Wednesday Book Club, with Jennifer Ruddy, will be Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the library. This month’s book is "She's Not There" by Jennifer Finney Boylan. Call 236-3642 or visit for information about any programs or the library itself

Bay Chamber Concerts

The Declassified will present a Bach, Balliett, Beethoven 70-minute, no intermission program tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Opera House. Then Friday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m., the group will present “A Late Summer Soiree,” a 60-minute, no intermission program at Union Hall. FMI/tickets, call 236-2823 or visit

Further afield

Belfast Garden Club’s “Open Garden Days” concludes Friday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the incredible Troy Howard Middle School gardens. The acre-plus gardens, designed and grown by students for wholesale and retail. feature 100 vegetable varieties and beautiful flowers. Visit the greenhouses, outdoor pizza oven, the dome trellises and the farm stand. Student led tours! Visit for more information and directions.

Windjammer Sea Dog Show

Sign up your loyal canine for the annual Windjammer Sea Dog Show sponsored by PAWS Animal Adoption Center. The event will be held at Harbor Park in Camden this Sunday, Sept. 1. Enter your pet in any one of several categories including an agility course, best costume, biggest dog, smallest dog and more! There will also be a special People's Choice award given to the most popular dog in the show. FMI, call PAWS at 236-8702.

Chronic Pain Workshop

Pen Bay Healthcare’s Picker Family Resource Center will hold a 6-week workshop for chronic pain sufferers from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 3, at the Picker Center on the PenBay campus. Call 596-8950 for more information and/or to register.


Tuesday, Sept. 3, at noon at MNC, Wendy Andresen will lead “Tending the Perennial Garden in September” demonstrating garden management methods specifically for the late summer garden. Guests may bring envelopes if they wish to capture some seeds to take home. Admission is free for MNC members, with a nominal fee of $5 for non-members. For information about Merryspring or any programs, call 236-232 or visit

Historic insight

You can go “back to school” right along with your kids! The Farnsworth will hold a 4-week lecture series on the history of the Farnsworth Homestead beginning Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 5:30 p.m. at the Farnsworth Auditorium. The first lecture is “Who Was Lucy Copeland Farnsworth?”

Rockport Garden Club

The club’s monthly business meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 5, at 1 p.m. at the Opera House. The 2:30 program, free and open to the public, “Bringing Back the Land," will feature John Piotti, executive director of Maine Farmland Trust. John will discuss the exciting changes in farming in Maine where an important economic revolution is happening — young farmers are obtaining farms, CSAs are flourishing, and are people buying local farm products. FMI, call 594-4449 or 596-6416.

Off note

Monday, Sept. 2, is the anniversary of the surrender of Japan in 1945. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish holiday, begins at sundown Wednesday, Sept. 4, and concludes with Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement, which begins at sundown Friday, Sept. 13.

Night skies

Friday, Aug. 30, the moon is at apogee (most distant point from earth), for the second time this month! Saturday, Aug. 31, Jupiter will shine to the left of the moon at dawn.

Friends and Neighbors

Sincere condolences are extended to Jennifer Ruddy and her family upon the death of Jenny’s mom, Margaret A. Bonning. If desired, friends may make donations to Waldoboro Public Library or Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ in Waldoboro.

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