Rockport news

By Stephanie Kumble | Jan 24, 2013

Friends and Neighbors

Belated congratulations to Jackie Watts on the birth of her 13th grandchild — Hailey Olivia — born to Jackie’s youngest daughter Sherrie, husband Rob and 3-year-old sister Katelyn on Dec. 29 in New Hampshire.

Town meetings

All meetings are at the town office unless otherwise specified. There will be a Select Board Workshop (Town Committees) Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. The Ordinance Review Committee will meet Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 a.m.

Ashwood Waldorf School

Parent/child classes (a parent and kids ages 18 months to 3 years old), with early childhood educator Cherry Short-Lee, continues today, Thursday, Jan. 24, (and next week, Jan. 31) from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Activities featured include circle rhymes, songs, bread making, a puppet story, outdoor/indoor play and healthy snack. Visit for more information.

Camden Conference community event

Thursday, Jan. 24, Prof. Paul Holman will present a talk, “Internet & Revolution” at  Camden Public Library from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The Conference itself — " The Middle East, What Next?” — will take place from Feb. 22 to 24. Visit for information.


You need to place orders for the Mid-Coast Audubon’s annual birdseed sale by Friday, Jan. 25, with “Seedsale Sue” via email or by phone 380-1370.

There’s a wide variety of seeds to choose from and the prices are great. The funds raised help the chapter with its nesting box program and educational programs. Pick-up will be at Plants Unlimited on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Books, plus

Booklovers' Cafe will meet Saturday, Jan. 26. Drop in at 9:30 a.m. for informal chat and refreshments and then from 10 to 11:30 a.m., discuss the book(s) or audio(s) that impressed you this past month. I’m always impressed at the diversity of genres, authors, etc. that this group comes up with. (Visit the library website under Booklovers' Cafe for historic monthly lists of books discussed).


Aldermere Farms will celebrate the first full moon of 2013 on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m. with a “Moonlight Cross-Country Ski Tour.” The full moon and luminaries will light the way along the groomed trails that run through the large open pastures at the farm as well as through some of the wooded areas. At the end of the guided tour, enjoy a small bonfire, hot chocolate and treats. Previous experience on skis is recommended, and participants should bring all their own gear, including a headlamp or flashlight for skiing through the darker wooded sections. Free (donations welcome), and open to the public but reservations required. Call the farm at 236-2739 or email Volunteers are needed to be guides or to bring baked goods to share.


Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. Bay Chamber Concerts presents the sensational Argentinean quartet JP Jofre Hard Tango Chamber Band at The Strand. Sunday, Jan. 27, America's Music, an exciting, free, 6-week program continues at 3 p.m. at Camden Public Library with the film “Swing Jazz.” Last, but not least, Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.), the Met’s “Live in Hi-Def” encore performance, Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda” with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato taking on the role of the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots, will be held at The Strand. Don’t miss this one!

Merryspring’s Tuesday Talks

Tuesday, Jan. 29, at noon at MNC Barbara Tomlison will lead a discussion on owls and their habits. Barbara (with a live barn owl companion and her husband Tomm), will elaborate on owl natural history and behavior, including how they are voracious hunters, earning them the nickname “sharks of the night sky.” Admission is free for MNC members with a nominal fee of $5 for nonmembers. Visit for information.

Ashwood School

Ready, set, go - from kindergarten to first grade! Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. Ashwood will present a fun and informative workshop to help you answer the question about your child’s readiness for the transition. Teachers from both the Early Childhood program and the grade school will be on hand to answer questions and lead the group through sample first-grade activities. Free and open to the public but preregistration is required. Please call 236-8021 or email for more information or to register.

Dog licenses

Dec. 31 was the deadline to get your dog(s) license and if you haven’t done that by Jan. 31, the state imposed $25 late fee kicks in Feb. 1. The cost of the license is $6 for spayed/neutered dogs, $11 for others. Be sure to bring proof of up-to-date rabies vaccination.


The new dog park, comprised of two areas, one for large dogs and one for small dogs is open daily from sunrise to sunset. In order to insure that everyone using the park has a fun and safe time, PLEASE, PLEASE, familiarize yourselves with the rules (including their being licensed!) governing the use of the park and the follow the rules (you and your dog!).

Night skies, etc.

January’s full moon, the Wolf Moon, the Moon After Yule will appear Sunday, Jan. 27.


Forget Mudville - There is no joy in all of New England (and I'm sure further afield!) this morning. Not only was it a sad Patriot loss - it wasn’t even close or controversial, certainly not pretty, I was reminded of an old adage that “pride goeth before a fall.” After feeling pretty smug (and talking about it) with a perfect 100 percent win record in the 2013 NFL Playoffs, I ended my record with two losses yesterday - my brothers shall not let me forget that!

My Super Bowl prediction - one of the coaching Harbaugh brothers will win the “Brothers” Super Bowl!

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