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By Stephanie Kumble | Dec 13, 2012

Wreaths Across America

Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester found himself with a surplus of wreaths In 1992 and with the help of Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe, arrangements were made for to place the wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery in one of the older sections of the cemetery, a section which had been receiving fewer visitors with each passing year. Thus began an annual trek to Arlington to honor our country’s veterans. No one would have dreamed (except perhaps Morrill), how that gentle act of remembrance would catch on and grow. Wreaths Across America (WAA) became a nonprofit in 2007 and even during the recession years grew by 47 percent, demonstrating how patriotism and appreciation for our veterans continues to reach new levels.

Twenty years later, designated by Congress, “Wreaths Across America Day” will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 15, and will mark the laying of the 1 millionth remembrance wreath. About 90,000 wreaths were handed out and placed at Arlington by more than 15,000 volunteers in 2011 and this year (for the first time), wreaths will be placed on every grave in Arlington. In addition to Arlington, close to 401,000 wreaths will be placed at more than 800 participating locations in all 50 states and nearly 30 locations overseas, honoring veterans from every war, from every branch of service. Go to wreaths for full information not only about the event, but about the organization. Thanks so much to Morrill Worcester and his family.

Woof! - Paws up to all!

Thanks to all who made the Nov. 29 P.A.W.S. Auction for the Animals fundraiser a huge success. Individuals, local businesses and other organizations and of course those of you who purchased items created the success. The cookie sale alone raised more than $600! And remember, Hannaford in Camden (thanks, Bob) has Holiday Pet Packages you can buy for the shelter.

Town meetings

The Harbor Committee will meet Thursday, Dec. 13, at 5:15 p.m. The town office will be closed from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, and the library from 11:45 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. for the annual employee holiday luncheon. The Midcoast Solid Waste Committee Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. All meetings are at the town office unless otherwise specified.

Ashwood Waldorf School

The 10-week session of parent/child classes with early childhood educator Cherry Short-Lee, continues today, Thursday, Dec. 13, and next week, Dec. 20 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Classes for children 18 months to age three and a parent feature activities such as circle rhymes, songs, bread making, a puppet story, outdoor/indoor play and everyone shares in a delicious snack. Visit for more information.


Each year I think Merryspring volunteers can’t possibly improve upon the Holiday Bazaar, but each year it is better! If you didn’t make to to the bazaar, (or if like me you knew you should have bought that special item when you saw it, but didn’t!), there are still some splendid "leftovers" — natural and nature-based unique handmade gifts for holiday giving and decorating as well as many food products, wonderful hand-crafted ornaments, nature books, paperwhites and other specialty items. The Ross Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 236-2239 for more information.

Wonderful Holiday Art Show

The 5th annual Holiday Art Show will be held this week-end at High Mountain Hall in Camden. Featured artists include: Annie Bailey, Patty Bolz, Julie Crane, Cynthia McGuirl, Austin Smith, Jessica Stammen, Simon van der Ven. The show continues Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a Saturday-only raffle (eight items), will benefit Bay Chamber Concerts.

Met Opera

Saturday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m. (doors open at 12:30), the 2012-13 “Live in High Def from the Met” features Aida, Verdi's iconic opera set in ancient Egypt. Unlike normal encores which follow 10 days after the live performance, the encore for Aida won’t take place until Tuesday, Jan. 8, because of Tuesday Christmas and New Year holidays. However, next Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m., the Met Opera HD Encore features “Un Ballo In Maschera.” For tickets/information, go to

Holiday Pops Concert

The Maine Pro Musica Orchestra and local performers will present this concert, a fundraiser for Mid-Coast charities on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. at Strom Auditorium at Camden Hills Regional High School. For tickets and information, call 236-2299 or go to


Believe it or not, the election isn’t over! States made final decisions in any controversies over the appointment of their electors and those electors will meet on Dec. 17 and vote for president/vice president on separate ballots and record their votes on six “Certificates of Vote,” making the results of the election official.

Books, plus

The Library Writers’ Group facilitated by Fran Hodgkins will meet Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. Open to all, but call to sign up. Poets’ Corner with local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer will take place Thursday, Dec. 20, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For more information about the library or any programs, call 236-3642 or visit

Irish Christmas in America

Bay Chamber concerts presents this family-friendly show that features Irish and Scottish ballads, lively instrumental tunes and thrilling Irish dancing on Thursday, Dec. 20, at Camden Opera House at 7 p.m.

Night skies

Aha! The new moon appears tonight and it’s also the peak night (around midnight), of the Geminid meteor showers which should be a spectacular show with 80 to 130 bright, medium velocity meteors/hour, some with persistent trails.

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