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Community news May 12


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Pump-out stations

Maine is one of 25 states receiving Clean Vessel Act grants this year, with a $352,000 allocation.  The funds will be used to continue operation and maintenance of existing pump-out stations, promote the program, and install 10 new stations.

Rockland will get increased pump-out capacity to handle the small cruise ships and recreational boaters that visit the harbor every summer.

“We really appreciate getting help from the federal government on this,” said Rockland Harbor Master Ed Glasier. “This will make it easier for vessels to comply with rules prohibiting discharge of sewage in Maine waters without putting an additional burden on local taxpayers.”

The new stations will be at Bangor City Dock, Bar Harbor Town Dock, Bath Maritime Museum, Bucksport Town Dock, Rockland City Dock, Bucks Harbor Marine, Boothbay Marina and Pulpit Harbor.


Spring raffle to benefit Hospital Aid

“Spring is in the air” is this year’s theme of the Waldo County General Hospital Aid’s traditional spring raffle. First prize is a framed 8-inch by 10-inch color photograph of a male cardinal by Tina Shute, Belfast photographer. Second prize is a collection of garden items including plant pots, soil, gardening tools, gloves, gardening books, seeds, bulbs and gift certificates to EBS and Dockside Restaurant, where you can enjoy a meal after getting all of your gardening work done. Raffle items were donated by Aid members and are on display at the hospital gift shop in the lobby of Waldo County General Hospital, 118 Northport Ave. Tickets are available in the shop at $1 each or six for $5. Winning tickets will be drawn at the Hospital Aid’s annual meeting on Wednesday, May 18. Proceeds will benefit the hospital. For more information, call 930-6739.

Garden club plant sale

The Belfast Garden Club’s annual Green Thumb Plant Sale will take place 9-11 p.m. Saturday, May 21, The Belfast Boathouse, 34 Commercial St. A wide array of annuals and perennials, gardening supplies and more will be available for purchase. The annual plant sale benefits Belfast Garden Club activities in the community and its scholarship fund for higher education.

Plants for the sale have been donated by local gardeners, and area nurseries and greenhouses, including Aubuchon, Carol’s Collectibles, EBS, Evergreen Valley Farm, Fernwood Nursery & Gardens, Hidden Gardens, Holmes Florist and Greenhouse, Hosta Gallery, Ledgewood Gardens and Greenhouses, Plants Unlimited, and Roots & Shoots.

For for more information about the plant sale, call Corliss Davis at 930-3562.

Transportation alernatives planning

More than 40 people met May 5 to explore options for expanding transportation alternatives for people in Waldo County. The group will reconvene noon-2 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave.

The sessions, free and open to the public, are sponsored by the Waldo County Community Transportation Working Group and the UMaine Hutchinson Center.

For more information or to get involved e-mail juliane.dow@comcast.net.



United Midcoast Charities granted Camp Forest in Brooks $500 to be used for camperships for the summer of 2011. Camp Forest offers wilderness day camp, expeditions and new in 2011, Homeschool Day Camp for boys and girls. Set among streams and woods in Waldo County, Camp Forest provides a full range of camp activities from jewelry and basket making, shelter building and fire and knife safety to swimming, hiking and canoeing. Special interest is given to global culture, natural history, ecology, wilderness and survival. Some other activities at camp include fishing, compass and map, cordage, tree planting, archery and plant identification.

Thanks to United Midcoast Charities, Camp Forest will offer partial and full camperships to some low income families in 2011. Those interested in applying for a campership to attend Camp Forest should call the office at 722-3708 or e-mail camp@campforestmaine.com.


Seasoned Citizen Prom

Dust off your dancing shoes, its time for the Sixth annual Seasoned Citizen Prom. The Camden Hills chapter of the National Honor Society will host the prom 5-7 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at CHRHS Wave Cafe. The free event features the bands Breakers Jazz and All That Jazz, for a night of dancing.

Each year the event attracts people of all ages and generations who enjoy dancing, socializing and listening to live music. Don’t have a partner? Members of the National Honor Society will be available to accompany you. Refreshments will be provided.


Community Fun Day

A Fur, Feathers and 4-H Community Fun Day will be held 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 14, at the Frankfort Elementary School, 112 North Searsport Road. The event is free and open to all.

Activities will include games, magic, balloon hats, face painting, crafts and a small animal on display. Meet members of Frankfort’s 4-H Club.

Annual meeting

Pilgrams Home Cemetery association will hold its annual meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, May 16, at the Frankfort Congregational Church vestry, Main Road. Those who have family members buried at Pilgrams Home Cemetery may attend the meeting.


Miss Millie’s Food Cupboard for Pets will hold a book and bake sale at 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Waldo Peirce Reading Room and Library. For more information, call 223-4438.


Slide views of Friendship

The Friendship Museum will show a selection of slides taken by Chub Patch of Friendship at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the Friendship Town Office. Mr. Patch lived overlooking the harbor in Friendship and loved photography. The photos were taken in the 1950s. The event is free and open to all. For more information visit http://friendshipmuseum.org.

Owls Head

Mussel Ridge Historical Society will sponsor a one-room school alumni reunion and potluck supper  at 6 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the Community Building, Ash Point Drive. Bring a casserole or salad, and stories to share. For more information, call Sally Bristol at 596-6594.


Downtown façade grant

Rockland Community Development Director Rodney Lynch announced that the city of Rockland has been awarded a 2011 Community Development Block Grant Community Enterprise grant from the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development in the amount of $150,000 for the purpose of funding the City’s Downtown Business Façade Improvement Matching Grant Fund program for front, side and rear exterior façade improvements to Main Street buildings from Pleasant Street north to Rankin and North Main Streets.

The matching funds for the façade grants will be provided by private property owners on a dollar-for-dollar match. No city funds will be involved. The maximum amount of the individual grants is $25,000.

Allowed façade improvements include repairs to rooflines and cornices, painting and awnings, re-pointing the brickwork on buildings, installation of new energy efficient and historically accurate windows, repairs to window sills, new entrances and doorways as well as new signage.

For more information, contact Rodney Lynch at rlynch@ci.rockland.me.us, Ann Matlack at amatlack@ci.rockland.me.us, Lorain Francis at lorain@rocklandmainstreet.com or call 594-0306.


Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 215 will host an open house at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the Searsport Lions Club.  A representative from the Katahdin Area Council will be on hand to discuss the program and answer questions.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Meet Troop 215’s new scoutmaster Anthony Fraser.  Boys age 7 to 17 are invited to attend and find out what Scouting is all about.  For more information about joining the Boy Scouts, call Anthony Fraser at 548-2471, or for Cub Scouts, Royce Lanpher, 322-6599.

99th birthday

Charlotte Rivers will celebrate her 99th bithday with an open house noon-4 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at 103 Nickerson Road, where she has made her home since 1942. The event will be hosted by her children.

Those who wish may bring nonperishable foods items to be donated to the North Searsport Church food cupboard.

Daylilies sale to benefit Triad

WALDO — Again this year Waldo County Triad has teamed up with Bill Warman of the Maine Garden for Organic Daylilies to sell daylilies.  Warman develops world-class, Maine winter-hardy daylilies to have clear colors and numerous blooms per plant.  He has more than 1,000 varieties at the garden located just off Route 131 in Waldo, near the intersection of Routes 131 and 137.

Triad offers gift cards for his daylilies at one-half the face value of the card.  Most of the lilies cost $10 each at the garden. If you buy a card from Triad for one of these lilies, you pay $5 and take it to the garden to be redeemed for a plant worth $10.  Triad is offering cards for  $5, $15, or $25  that can be turned in for daylilies that ordinarily would cost $10, $30, or $50. The garden is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily May 1-Sept. 15.

You can buy daylily cards as follows at the following places: May 21 at the Spectrum Generations parking area, 18 Merriam Road; Belfast Broadreach Family & Community Services office, Belfast Garden Club plant sale, Saturday, May 21, at the Belfast Boathouse, or by sending your name, mailing address, the number and amount of cards you wish to purchase, plus a check for half the face value of the cards to:  Waldo County Triad, PO Box 125, Belfast ME  04915.


Food co-op

Depot Street Co-op, a small nonprofit buying club, has room for a few new members. Participants receive a substantial discount on all items, and have the option of buying food and dry goods in bulk.

Depot Street Co-op is a volunteer operation. The co-op orders monthly and there is no minimum order requirement for participants. Orders are delivered to the Feylers Corner Community Club, just off Route 220. For more information, call Ellen Harrison at 785-5134, or e-mail ellen @midcoast.com.


Library seeks donations

What’s in your attic, your basement, your garage?  If you’re spring cleaning and find unwanted items, consider donating them to the Gibbs Library Giant Garage and Plant Sale to be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Washington Fire Station.

Pick up of items can be arranged by calling Carol Sloane at 845-2597 or Kathy Ocean at 845-2256. The Giant Garage, Plant and Book Sale is the major fundraising event for support of the Gibbs Library.  After 1 p.m., items are sold for $1 a bag.

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