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Beacon Community News, April 14, 2011

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Trip information

The Waldo County YMCA is sponsoring a trip to Portugal and Spain Nov. 3-15. The trip is for those older than 50. An informational meeting and signup opportunity for the trip will be held at 1 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Waldo County YMCA. A representative from Collette Travel will give a slide show and conduct a question-and-answer session. The presentation is for individuals interested in the trip who have not yet enrolled. For more information, call the Y at 338-4598.

Lobster boat racing judge

Maine Lobster Boat Racing is sharing the excitement of lobster boat racing with  fans by raffling the experience of being a race judge at the finish line. The winner, as a judge, will be on the Coast Guard boat at the finish line of the races July 9 in Searsport.

As a judge, the winner will be a member of the team responsible for determining the winners of the races. The raffle winner also will receive an official’s T-shirt and certificate from Maine Lobster Boat Racing, admission for a family to the Penobscot Marine Museum, lodging at the Carriage Inn in Searsport, and dinner at Ocean’s Edge Restaurant in Belfast. The drawing will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the seasonal opening of the Maine Coast Welcome Center, Route 1, Belfast.

Visit to enter the contest.

Shoppers’ run

A budding coalition of local groups is forming for the purpose of getting signs posted at bus stops for the $1 Belfast Shopper Run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The coalition at present includes Waldo Community Action Partners, the Belfast Area Transition Initiative and the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce.

Coalition organizer Miriam Watkins, a community activist with the Belfast Area Transition Initiative, is head of the effort. She cites her group’s ongoing efforts to reduce the use of fossil fuels as the impetus for her actions.

Groups or individuals interested in joining the coalition to get signs posted at bus stops in Belfast may call 338-5639.

Vanishing bees film

The Belfast Free Library and Belfast Co-op will host a free screening of the film “Vanishing of the Bees” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. The film is about how honeybees have been disappearing mysteriously across the planet, vanishing from their hives.

Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis

in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries

and a hundred other fruits and vegetables.

Filmed across the United States and in Europe, Australia and Asia, the documentary examines

the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the

relationship between mankind and earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting options abound, and after years of research, a definitive answer to the mystery has not been found.

For more information about the film, visit For more

information about the screening, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

Garden club meeting

The monthly meeting and speaker series of the Belfast Garden Club will take place Tuesday, April 19, at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church Parish House, 95 Court St. The meeting will feature a talk by Izzy McKay, president of Half Moon Gardens in Thorndike. McKay will discuss the latest gardening trends for 2011, permaculture, and sustainable landscaping. The talk will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a workshop on sharpening garden shears conducted by Carol Yee and a brief public club business meeting at 2 p.m. For more information, visit, email or call Allison Beards at 338-1363.


A reception for young artist Eliot Bee Andrews will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 15, at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St.. Eliot is exhibiting her handmade fairy sculptures in the front hallway gallery in celebration of the Week of the Young Child. Meet the artist, view the exhibit and enjoy refreshments. Additional hours of the show are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more information, visit or call 338-2222.


Easter celebration

The Brooks Park Boosters will host an Easter celebration Saturday, April 23, at the Community Park. The day kicks off at noon with a children’s Easter egg hunt and continues at 1 p.m. with local businesses participating in Easter Pies on Parade, an event to raise funds for this year’s Fourth of July fireworks.

The Easter egg hunt is free of charge. Two areas will be set aside, one for children up to age 5 and one for children ages 6-10.

A $10 fee for Easter Pies on Parade will provide participants with a list of more than 15 organizations, businesses and nonprofits throughout town where, beginning at 1 p.m., pie and other tasty samples will be available. While tasting, participants can learn more about the businesses and organizations throughout or with a connection to Brooks. Organizations participating in the event are Ralph’s Cafe, Marsh River Theater, Newforest Institute, Paul’s True Value Hardware, Brooks Preservation Society, Brooks Historical Society, Roaring Acres, Brooks Town Office Library, Harvest Home Grange, Singing Nettle Farm, New Day Farm, ReVision Energy, Better Homes and Gardens Town and Country Realty, Build Green Maine and Paul’s Cakes.

For more information, call Frank Champa at 722-3893.

Hug fundraiser

Mike Switzer, co-owner and operator of Ralph’s Cafe, has launched a new kind of fundraiser to help raise money for the Brooks Park Boosters, and he’s doing it one hug at a time.

For every hug he receives at Ralph’s Cafe during April, Switzer will donate $1 to the Brooks Park Boosters. All donated dollars will go toward the Fourth of July fireworks fund. Cafe patrons who donate $1 in lieu of a hug will receive a free cup of coffee.

For more information, call Ralph’s Cafe at 722-3236.


Firefighters association meeting

The Knox County Firefighters Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at the Camden Fire Station. The guest speaker will be a Maine State Police representative on “Responding to Emergencies.”

Children’s gardening program

Merryspring Nature Center is offering a children’s gardening program, Kids Can Grow, this spring and summer. First organized by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the program teaches gardening through experiential learning.

Children will attend monthly fun-filled outdoor classes with their parents. They will build a 3-foot-by-5-foot raised bed as a group and learn how to tend and harvest the garden as a team with other children and their families. Then, each family will receive materials needed to make a raised bed at home.

Kids Can Grow is offered to children ages 8-12 and costs $25 per child.  A volunteer will serve as a “garden mentor” to advise families by making a home visit once a month.

This program is limited to 10 children.  Applications are available at the Merryspring office and must be turned in no later than Saturday, April 30. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, email Sarah Lambson at Merryspring at or call 236-2239.


Timber framing class

Dr. Dan Townsend is a frequent instructor at Hidden Valley Nature Center. He has led courses on mushrooms, ferns, stream habitat and more. He has even taught an intensive college level four-day insect course. But this time “Dr. Dan” will be a student; he will be take the center’s timber frame course Wednesday, April 20, to Saturday, April 23.

Townsend teaches at the University of Scranton but spends much of the year at his home in Whitefield.

The cost of the class is $450, $400 for HVNC members, and includes all materials, breakfast and lunch.  No previous carpentry experience is necessary. The workshop is co-sponsored by MOFGA, and some scholarships are available. For more information, call Gary at 586-6752 or email


New board member

Otis Carroll of Newcastle has joined the board of directors of the Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association. Otis is a 1990 graduate of Dartmouth College and moved to Maine in 1997. He is a woodworker and carpenter, specializing in the restoration of antique barns and houses, and is a partner in a shop that focuses on traditional woodworking.

Since 2004, Otis has served on the Newcastle Planning Board. For more information, visit or call the office at 586-5616.


Club speaker

The Kiwanis Club of Rockland heard a presentation by Maine State Fire Marshal John C. Dean at its March 28meeting. In addition to explaining the mission and responsibilities of the office of the state fire marshal, Dean provided information about residential fire sprinklers, fireworks legislation and Maine fire-related death statistics.

Service project

The Kiwanis Club of Rockland participated in the Kiwanis One Day event April 2.  On that day, all Kiwanis Clubs throughout the world work on a service project in their area. The Rockland Club chose to paint the Lincoln Street Center, which serves the community and the children of the area. Nearly a dozen members of the club gathered to tackle the job. Kiwanians and Key Club members painted a 60-foot-by-10-foot hallway on the third floor to brighten and renew that space for the center. Lowe’s donated the paint for the project.


Beans to go

The Women’s Ministry at Searsport Full Gospel Church is taking orders for “Bean-Meal-in-a-Bag” dinners.  Call 548-2447 or email before Thursday, April 14, to place orders. The cost is $15 for choice of yellow-eye or pea beans or beef stroganoff with a pint of cole slaw, a half-dozen yeast rolls and choice of a homemade apple or lemon meringue pie. The meal serves four. Some of the proceeds will benefit missions such as prison ministries, Native American reservation ministries, disaster areas and children’s ministries throughout the United States.

Funds raised

Boy Scout Troop 215 announced that it raised $2,299 for Maine Handicapped Skiing at a Ski-A-Thon. Maine Handicapped Skiing is a year-round adaptive recreational program that teaches adaptive sports activities to people with physical disabilities ages 4 and older.


Library adds archives

In honor of National Library Week, April 10-16, Thomaston Public Library will hold a tea ceremony to unveil an upcoming addition to the library’s local history collection. The library is in the process of arranging for the donation of a collection of books, audio materials, photos and other archival items owned by local writer and historian Luthera Dawson. The archives will become a permanent collection in the library, where they will be stored on display alongside the library’s Maine history collection.

The library staff and trustees will present plans for the Luthera Dawson collection at a special event at 4 p.m. Friday, April 15. The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library will provide tea and refreshments. This event is free and open to all. Guests are invited to stay at the library until 6:30 p.m., when the Friends of the Library will screen “Holiday” as part of the long-standing Friday Night Film Series.

Dawson, 99, is the author of three books, including ”Saltwater Farm,” a memoir of growing up in Cushing. She has been an active historian and researcher for most of her adult life and has had a long association with the Thomaston Library. She previously served as a member of the Library Board of Trustees for many years.

For more information about this event, call the library at 354-2453.

Grant to Friends of Library

The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library have received a grant for $1,000 from the Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust of the Maine Community Foundation. The grant was awarded to support a lecture series at the library.


Chamber dinner, awards ceremony

The Union Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner and awards ceremony will be held Wednesday, April 27, at the Masonic Hall, Sennebec Road. The evening will begin with a social hour 6-6:30 p.m. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be Maurice Dube, Maine District director, U.S. Small Business Administration.

Awards will be presented for Business of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. There will be a raffle and a silent auction, and new Chamber promotional and marketing materials will be unveiled.

The cost to attend is $25 per person. Chamber members, guests and the public are invited to attend. RSVP to John Fromer at or 975-6995.


Music for Hope

Earth Day Music Festival will take place from 3-10 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Unity Center for the Performing Arts in Unity. Suggested donation of $15 will benefit New Hope for Women, a nonprofit, Maine-based organization that seeks to help women, men, their children, friends, family and all people affected by domestic and dating violence. For tickets and information, call 948-SHOW or visit


Spring meeting

The Waldo County Education Association will hold its first spring meeting at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Waldo County Tech Center, Route 137. Admission is $6, with lunch at noon. For more information, call 338-2704.

Waldo County Extension Association

Waldo County Extension Association has openings for those who live in Waldo County who would like to serve on its executive committee. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension brings practical, research-based information to address local needs in areas of nutrition, parenting and agriculture. Programs include the Master Gardener program, schoolyard gardening, nutrition classes, 4-H (club and after school), Maine Families program, rural living day and other classes such as facilitation, tractor safety and business management. For more information, contact Jane Haskell at 342-5971 or


Plants sought

Plans are under way for the Warren Field and Garden Club 12th annual Memorial Day Weekend Plant Sale on Saturday, May 28, at the Red Farm, 1584 Route 90. The club is seeking donations of plants as well as vintage garden-related implements, containers and gifts for the Gardener’s Treasure Table. The sale also will include a children’s table.

Club members ask that If your garden perennials need dividing or you have extra vegetable or flower seedlings, consider joining other community gardeners and area nurseries and

greenhouses and donate your plants to the fundraiser. All proceeds from the sale will help support the club’s civic activities, which include the student scholarship fund and town beautification projects. Experienced gardeners from the Warren Club, who reside in a variety of midcoast towns, will be happy to help you dig and divide the perennials from your garden and restore the health and beauty of your plants. Members also can dig small shrubs and flowering trees, such as lilac and forsythia.

To make arrangements to donate plants or for more information about the garden

club, call Dorothy Robinson at 273-2527 or Irene Maxcy at 273-3701.


Changing the Dream

An “Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream” symposium will be held 12:30-5 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road.

Interviews with well-known leaders such as Desmond Tutu, Joanna Macy and Wendell Berry will be featured. For more information, visit .

Cost is $10 suggested donation per person.  Participants are encouraged to bring appetizer potluck dishes to share. For more information, call 845-2663.

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