Rockport news

By Stevie Kumble | Mar 27, 2014

Municipal meetings

Meetings are at the Town Office unless otherwise specified and are open to the public. The Ordinance Review Committee will meet today, Thursday, March 27, at 8 a.m. (and again next Thursday, April 3), and there is Multi-Town Planning Board Training Session today at 5:30 p.m. at the Opera House. (If necessary, the Budget Committee will also meet today at 6 p.m.).

The Library Steering Committee (appointed to further explore all the options for library improvements, will meet at the Town Office Monday, March 31, at 4 p.m. (and then on alternate Mondays, next would be April 14).

The C-R Pathways Committee will meet Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m.

Among elected positions for town offices are two Select Board positions. Candidate papers were made available last week for all elected offices and because of the complexity of the office, there will be a Select Board Candidate Workshop Training held on Thursday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at the Town Office to acquaint prospective Select Board candidates with the requirements and expectations of the office. This will be open to the public but is intended for those who have taken out nominating papers for the seat on the Select Board or are considering doing so. This is purely voluntary.

Books Plus

Booklovers’ Cafe will take place Saturday, March 29, with coffee, refreshments and informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. and book discussion in earnest at 10 a.m. All welcome!

The Library Steering Committee will meet on alternate Mondays, next meeting on Monday, March 31, at 4 p.m. at the Town Office. (Then, April 14).

Tuesday, April 1, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Cine Francais a la Bibliotheque de Rockport 2014 features the film “Lucky Luke.” Fearless gunslinger Lucky Luke is ordered by the President to bring peace to Daisy Town.

Ebooks - An Introduction will be offered Wednesday, April 2, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. to help you learn to navigate your way through downloadable books (and audio books) available through the Maine Infonet Download Library. Register with Five Town CSD Adult and Community Education for this free education class. The Wicked Good First Wednesday Book Group will meet later that day, at 6:30 p.m. The book under discussion is "Amsterdam" by Ian McEwan.

The Poets' Corner Workshop will host an afternoon of poetry reading Thursday, April 3, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Members will read poems that were inspired by being in the PCW.

Solve the mystery

Learn to identify Maine’s native trees by bark alone at a workshop/tree walk led by Camden arborist Doug Johnson at Merryspring Nature Center Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to noon. The program, suitable for all ages, will be one-third indoor classroom time and two-thirds outdoor time. Bring any mystery bark (preferably attached to wood) that you would like to have identified. Dress warmly and Doug says “If the glacier hasn’t receded, bring snowshoes!” The cost for this workshop is $10 for MNC members/$15 for non-members. Pre-registration required, space is limited to 12 people. Call 236-2239.

All good things must come to an end!

The Farnsworth’s final weekend of the exhibition of “The Wonderful World of Oz,” and related activities culminate with a “Marathon Reading” of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” by Everyman Repertory Theatre on Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Farnsworth. This winter’s wizard of Oz programs, activities and exhibition have been truly wonderful. Thanks!

Local Celebrities

Maine's leadership responsible for phasing out unnecessary uses of toxic flame retardant chemicals features prominently in a new HBO documentary film “Toxic Hot Seat.” The Strand will premier the film on Sunday, March 30, at 2 p.m., free admission followed by a Q&A with Hannah Pingree, former Speaker of the Maine House who co-stars in the film and filmmaker Kirby Walker, plus a number of environmental health experts. More information about the screenings is available at or by calling Emily Postman at the Environmental Health Strategy Center at 699-5791. A trailer for the film is available at

Last chance, (probably)

Monday, March 31, marks the end of Open Enrollment in the Health Insurance marketplaces. After that you can only enroll for 2014 if you have a life-changing event such as losing your job, divorcing or having a child.

No Foolin’!

Tuesday, April 1 at noon, MNC’s Winter Talk series will feature “America’s Early Naturalists” with Dr. Richard W. Judd, chairman of the History Department at the University of Maine. His talk will relate how the first (1790 to 1840) literate encounters with the interior continental wilderness provide both a comprehensive American natural history and witness to the transformation of the Ohio Valley from closed-canopy forest to a landscape of pastures and open fields. Admission is 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

Rockport Garden Club

The Club’s monthly meetings/programs will resume Thursday, April 3, meeting at 1 p.m. and program, free and open to the public, at 2:30 p.m. Lisa Colburn will share her stories of gardening in Maine, gleaned from the wisdom and experience of gardeners from around Maine. Perfect companion to her wonderful book, “Maine Garden Journal,” a book of practical gardening and beautiful illustrations.


Okay, Mother Nature, all Moms know how busy you probably are, but get with the program and read the calendar. Remember, it was March 20 when that old Sun crossed the equator into the northern hemisphere at 12:57 p.m. marking vernal equinox - it brought increasing daylight, but where are the “warming temperatures and the rebirth of flora and fauna?” My snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils may well be up, but the 8 inch blanket of snow makes it kind of tough to know!

Night skies

Today an hour before sunrise the crescent moon and Venus are once again close together. The new moon will appear on Saturday, March 30, and Mars, Spica and Saturn will form a loose triangle in the southeast.

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