Rockport news

By Stevie Kumble | Feb 20, 2014

Camden Conference “The Global Politics of Food & Water”

This 27th Annual Conference Friday through Sunday, Feb. 21 to 23, promises to be one of the best yet, and as always, the theme is incredibly timely. In the best of times, the global food/water situation is dicey and with all the current climate changes, it becomes even more intense. Check today’s paper or go to FMI, schedules, speakers, tickets.

Celebrate Black History month

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

Municipal meetings

All meetings are at the Town Office unless otherwise specified and are open to the public. The Ordinance Review Committee will meet today, Thursday, Feb. 20, at 8 a.m. (and will continue to meet every Thursday morning at 8 a.m. probably through March 13).

The Zoning Board of Appeals is tentatively scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Opera House, televised on channel 22.

Books, plus

Book-related activities for school vacation week continue with Afternoon Children’s Movie Time, today, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. - with popcorn! Please call for the movie title.

Join local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer at the Poetry Workshop later that afternoon from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Open to the public, all levels of ability/experience welcome.

Friday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m. head to the library for Board Games - games will be provided or feel free to bring a game to share.

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


Ashwood Waldorf’s GLOW online auction went live on Valentine’s Day and shopping and bidding is setting a good pace. Choose from more than 220 items ranging in value from $10 to $3,500. Some are local, some are not. Some are things you buy every day; some are special, one-of-a-kind experiences. In other words, there's something for everyone! The GLOW online auction closes Friday, March 14, at 10 p.m. and is followed by a gala GLOW Event on Saturday, March 15, at 6 p.m. featuring entertainment, food, and silent auction. Get your tickets early! FMI: or 236-8021.


Liz Stanley of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will lead a hands-on, interactive workshop for beginning vegetable gardeners at MNC on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. Learn about garden planning (sighting and placement), different types of gardens for different goals. Learn how to choose the best varieties for your landscape and Maine's short growing season, and how and when to start seeds. Also learn how to prepare garden soil, basic tool care and maintenance and troubleshooting for weeds and pests. Pre-registration required, limited to 12 people. Call MNC at 236-2239 to register.

Tuesday, Feb. 25, at noon, MNC’s Winter Talk series will feature “New Plants for 2014” with local plant retailer Hammon Buck who will showcase the newest and most exciting plants (all of which have passed through rigorous consumer and regional testing periods), for 2014. He will also cover a wide variety of new annuals, perennials, and fruits all hitting the market this year. Admission free for members of MNC, with a nominal fee of $5 for non-members. FMI about MNC or the program, call 236-2239 or visit

Hamburger Helper

Last April, the Aldermere Achievers - a 4-H beef club where participants lease a calf, halter train it, and then show it - purchased two Belted Galloway cows that helped start the 4-H meat program they call, "Hamburger Helpers", a program that will benefit their local community and reach far beyond agriculture. They recently made the club’s first beef donation of 143 pounds from one of the purchased cows to the Camden Area Christian Food Pantry. The club will breed the other Beltie, a 12-month old calf, and raise her calf to continue the program's cycle. What an inspiring story about some really great kids! Thanks to all of you.

Night skies

Friday, Feb. 21, at dawn, golden Saturn will be located to the left of the moon. Saturday, Feb. 22, at dawn, the moon will be in the last quarter and one of my favorite stars, Antares, the brightest star of Scorpio will be just to the lower left of the moon. Wednesday, Feb. 26, just before sunrise, Venus will be just to the right of the crescent moon. The thin crescent moon will be in the southeast about an hour before sunrise on Thursday, Feb. 27, and Mercury, the innermost planet, will be directly below.

Mea culpa!

Lesson learned! Last week because my deadline was well before the Select Board meeting, I “forecasted” what the discussion in relation to Mt. Pleasant Street would be, basing my forecast on all that had gone before at other Select Board meetings, some earlier news stories and some neighborhood activity/discussion. Bad, bad forecast! I reported, “Discussion about Mt. Pleasant St. (West Rockport) issues produced very differing opinions about how to remedy/resolve those road issues.” Not as reported by me, the “real-time meeting” involved a great presentation/timeline about “fixing” Mt. Pleasant Street by Steve Beveridge and Mike Young (of Public Works) with audience members offering very little comment other than concurrence with the background/proposals.

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