Rockport news

By Stephanie Kumble | Jan 16, 2014

Martin Luther King Day

The Town Office, the library and all local schools will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Normal schedules will resume Tuesday morning, Jan. 21.

Municipal meetings

All meetings are at the Town Office unless otherwise specified and are open to the public. The Library Listening Tour Community Wrap-Up will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Opera House.

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

No School

In addition to the MLK holiday school closing, there will be no school at the CSD and SAD 28 on Friday, Jan. 17, for a teacher prep day.

Don’t forget

Overdue! Your dog(s) license expired on Dec. 31, but you have a short time to renew before the $25 late fee kicks in. Head to the Town Office with proof of current rabies vaccination. Licenses for spayed or neutered dogs are $6 (less than others at $10), but if this is the first time licensing your dog(s), you’ll need proof of reproductive status! A $25 late fee will be assessed beginning Feb. 1.

Support our schools -- painlessly!

Robin Spear of the Camden-Rockport PTA has made it easy for all of us to painlessly contribute (no cost!), to the special Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education programs. She placed a collection box for the tops/labels at the Town Office (additional boxes at the three local schools, CRES, CRMS and CHRHS).

What are these tops/labels? They’re those pink “Box Tops for Education” on your cereal boxes and other products or the red or yellow “Labels for Education” on things like Campbell's soups and Pepperidge Farm goldfish. Both these programs help our schools earn money or educational merchandise that directly benefits students. Questions/FMI, contact the group at

Books, plus

Local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer will conduct a poetry workshop today, Thursday, Jan. 16, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The workshop is open to the public and welcomes all levels of ability and experience. Bring samples of written work.

The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Tuesday Jan 21, is a full day at RPL! The Fiber Arts group will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Come and join like minded enthusiasts, ask questions, work on your stitching with others, share tips, and just plain enjoy yourself! The “Cine Francais a la Bibliotheque de Rockport 2014,” an evening of French films and good conversation, sponsored by the RPL French Conversation Group starts at 6 p.m. And at 6 :30 p.m., the “ Library Listening Tour” wrap-up meeting will take place at the Opera House.

Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 6:30, author Katherine Silva will read from her new book “Night Time, Dotted Line," a funny road story with a cast of off the wall characters that are sure to make you laugh. Join others for some laughter on a cold January night.

FMI about any the library or any programs, call 236-3642 or visit the website,


Willard Carroll will present “All Things Oz” Saturday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. The Collective will present “A Wizard of Oz Trivia Night” Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Fog Bar in Rockland.

YMCA Exercise for Seniors

The next program will be Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Teen Center on Knowlton Street in Camden. FMI, call Sandy Bodamer (YMCA) at 236-3375, ext. 203.


Celebrate winter at Ashwood on Friday, Jan 17, at 3:30 p.m. with a “Sledding Party” (snow permitting!), in front of the Community Cottage lot. And, remember, Tuesday, Jan. 21, is the final day to register for the Parent-Child classes that begin Jan. 27. There will be two six-week sessions: Mondays, Jan. 27 to March 10, and April 7 to May 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. The classes are led by early-childhood educator Cherry Short-Lee and are designed for children 18 to 36 months old and a parent or caregiver. FMI about Ashwood or programs, FMI, contact Judith Soleil at 236-8021 or


Watercolor classes for intermediates, taught by Lesia Socher, began last Thursday (and runs for four more Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon). If you missed the sign-up, check with MNC, 236-2239 to see if it’s still possible to register.

Coming soon!

Next Friday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m., the “Tom & Mac Show” presents “The Success of Excess: 1870s to 1900 - A History of the Gilded Age in 100 Minutes.” During the Gilded Age, the so-called “one percent” dominated the economy to a degree never seen before. Or since ... up until our own time. The program, presented by Rockport Library is shown in anticipation of the 2014 Camden Conference, ”The Global Politics of Food and Water” which will highlight the coming shortages of food, water and other resources due to an increasingly well-to-do modern world living lives of increasing excess which all began with the Gilded Age.

Go Pats!

This time of football year is always bittersweet. I love the play-offs and even more so when the Pats are in there, no matter how far they go (of course the farther the better!), but it also marks the end of another season and football-less Sundays/Monday nights. Usually for me it’s a sports hiatus until March madness, but this year we’ll have the Olympics in February.

It’s been an amazing year for the Pats - I’ve seen every game, “the good, the bad and the ugly,” with all the last second dramas, the joys and the disappointments. Think I can honestly say that no matter the resolution of Sundays (Jan. 19 at 3 p.m.), AFC Championship game against Denver (and maybe even beyond!), it’s been a remarkable season and I couldn’t be prouder of the whole New England Patriots’ organization! Thanks to all!

Happy Birthday!

The happiest birthdays are wished for two pretty incredible, wonderful women, especially important to me as role models. Friend Phyllis Parsons and Michelle Obama both celebrate milestone birthdays this week. You won’t find out which milestone from me!

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