St. George news

By Sandra Dickson | Jul 06, 2018
Photo by: Sandra Dickson Advance signup is required for the writers Q&A with author Christina Baker Kline Saturday, July 14 at 10 a.m. at Monhegan Memorial Library, pictured. Contact the library at 596-0549 or monheganmemoriallibrary@gmail.com.

Summer traffic is picking up. This is the season when pond turtles are crossing roads to lay their eggs. It’s OK to stop and help a lady across as long as you head her in the same direction she was going.

It's gratifying to watch drivers slow down for the solar-powered speed feedback sign even before it flashes: “Too fast! Too fast!!” The sign was in Port Clyde recently, but is now relocated. Where to next?

Fundraising events

The Rockland District Nursing Association held a fundraising bake sale and walk to the lighthouse in Port Clyde last week. RDNA has served our area for 89 years and operates entirely on donations from towns and individuals. Many thanks to the bakers, and also to the rain for waiting until all the midday events were complete.

The Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum opened the lighthouse itself for visitors last week, many of whom were part of a bicycling group. Nat Lines reports the museum’s fundraising event, “An Evening with Steve Thomas,” had a full house, helping to put the museum well on its way toward building the Keeper’s Barn.

Jackson Memorial Library

On July 10, Richard Blanco will discuss his latest book, "The Prince of Los Cocuyos," at the Ocean View Grange in Martinsville starting at 5:30 p.m.

His presentation is part of the library's 11th annual Summer Literary Series.

St. George Days 5K race

It's a good time to sign up for the annual Marshall Point 5K Road Race being held on Saturday, July 21. Preregistration is $15, or $20 on Race Day. Contact Ben Vail at stgeorgemaine.com and click on "parks & recreation,” or stop by the Town Office.

Transfer station

There’s good news and bad news.

The good news is that someone has been found to remove the big brush pile and wood demo debris and take it to the paper mills.

The bad news is that Trump’s trade/tariff policy has disrupted relations with China and Canada enough to shut off markets for number 3 through number 7 plastic and rigid plastics. However, at a meeting of the Solid Waste Committee last week, hope was expressed that a market may yet be found.

Therefore, for now, please keep separating and bringing your plastics to the transfer station as you have been doing.

(I know what you’re thinking: “Why not send the plastics to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.?” But if I write that, my editor might just delete it.)

Let’s finish with more good news.

Over the summer, the transfer station, like the Town Office, will stay open until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. It's not just about trash. You can check out our solar power system, look for useful furniture, housewares, books or toys from Lisa's Resale Shop (or donate some), and visit with neighbors.

Ticks and "summer fever"

Hardly a week goes by before another neighbor is being treated for a tick-borne disease. Last week, a friend suffered with flu-like symptoms, diagnosed as anaplasmosis, leading to three weeks of doxycycline and a warning to stay out of the sun.

Deer and rodents are the two main culprits in a deer tick’s lifecycle. As bounty hunters with their radio-collared hounds continue to eradicate local coyotes and foxes, the deer and rodents are free from natural predators that used to help keep their numbers in check.

Until Big Pharma comes up with a broad-spectrum vaccine that’s safe for humans, do check yourself thoroughly when you come in from outdoors, and put your clothes in the dryer on “hot” for 20 minutes.

Art

The last day to deliver art for the annual Jackson Memorial Library Book Sale and Art Auction is July 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Artwork remains on display at the library until July 21, when bidders will vie for their favorite pieces during St. George Days. There will also be homemade baked goods for sale that day. (Yes, baking is an art, too!)

Monhegan

Christina Baker Kline, author of "A Piece of the World," will be welcomed at a 7 p.m. reception Friday, July 14, at the Partridge House. She will give a talk and book-signing Saturday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the schoolhouse. Donation at the door is $10 for adults.

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[PHOTO by Sandra Dickson]

Monhegan Memorial Library - Advance sign-up is required for the Writer's Q&A with author Christina Baker Kline, Saturday, July 14 at 10 am. Please contact the library: 596-0549 or monheganmemoriallibrary@gmail.com.

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