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Beacon community news Oct. 6

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Policy workshops

The Friends of Midcoast Maine, the Orton Family Foundation and The Project for Public Spaces will offer workshops that look at the combination of place-making, code development, public engagement and new partnerships to set the stage for policy changes and building better communities.

Tools for Building Community — From Place Making to Policy Changes through Public Engagement and New Partnerships will include a diverse menu of new tools for public engagement, place-making and policy changes including form-based codes.

Participants will take part in classroom, field work and community exercises to learn new tools for community building 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in Lincolnville Center and Wednesday, Oct. 12, in downtown Belfast. The free hands-on workshops include walking and outdoor field exercises. Comfortable walking shoes and appropriate outdoor wear are recommended. Lunch is included.

Visit for online registration or call 236-1077 for more information.


Baby Fair

Troy Howard Middle School gymnasium, 173 Lincolnville Ave., will be filled with an indoor sale of new and used children’s items 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. This is the fourth year for the fall version of the Baby Fair, sponsored by Waldo County General Hospital. Admission is $1 to benefit the Belfast Public Health Nursing Association to help local families in need. Children are admitted free.

The fair also includes educational booths on nutrition and identifying lead in the home. Dawn Bryant of Waldo Community Action Partners will offer free car seat inspections, checking for recalls and expiration dates, and education on choosing and installing a child’s car seat.

Tables for exhibitors are available to rent at $25 each. Large clothes racks or displays may be charged an additional fee as space is limited. The fee is nonrefundable and must be paid before the fair to guarantee a spot. Proceeds from table rental fees will benefit the Belfast Public Health Nursing Association.

Set up time is 7-8:30 a.m. with clean up immediately after the event. To book a table, or for more information, call Lois Dutch of Waldo County General Hospital’s Education Department at 338-2500, ext. 4154.

Square and Compasses Day open house

Joining Masonic lodges across the state, Freemasons who meet in the Masonic Hall, 17 Wright St., will open the doors to the public noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, as part of Squares and Compasses Day, a statewide celebration of Freemasonary. For more information call 773-5184 or 888-220-9606, Malcolm Gater of Belfast at 338-4578 or Information also is available at


Heritage Day open house

Brooks Historical Society will hold its annual Heritage Day open house 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Pilley House.

New this year will be featured speaker Peter Dalton of Northport, author of “With Our Faces To The Foe: A History Of The 4th Maine Infantry In The War Of The Rebellion.” His presentation will include slides and Civil War artifacts. The 4th Maine Regiment was composed of companies from the towns of Brooks, Winterport, Searsport, Belfast and Rockland.

On display will be the Civil War trunk which accompanied Capt. Andrew Derby Bean of the 4th Maine Regiment to the Battle of Bull Run.

Free refreshments will be served on the porch. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.


Cash for Clothes

The semi-annual Cash for Clothes Sale to benefit Coastal Opportunities will be held Saturday through Monday, Oct. 23-25, at the American Legion Hall, Pearl St.

Cash for Clothes is the major fundraising event for Coastal Opportunities, an agency providing services to adults with mental retardation and autism in the Knox County area.

To sell clothing at the sale, participants must preregister. Clothing will be sold on a 50-50 basis, with half the profit going to the seller, and half to Coastal Opportunities.

When selecting clothing to sell, remember that only good quality fall and winter clothing will be accepted. Sellers will register name and address, be given identification tags, lists for clothing and instruction sheets. Do not bring clothing to preregistration unless you wish to donate clothes to the workshop.

Preregistration will again be held 4-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 and 14, and 9-11a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 and 15, at the Coastal Opportunities, 35 Limerock St., Camden. Garments that are torn, stained or out of season will not be accepted. Clothing items from any season will accepted as donations for the sale, at any time during the year. Those who wish to donate the entire proceeds from the sale of their clothing to Coastal Opportunities not need to preregister. Take the clothing to Coastal Opportunities any time before the sale. Volunteers will tag and price it.

Cash for Clothes welcomes new volunteers. For more information, call Nancy Wolfertz at 594-5429. Volunteers who work four or more hours qualify to attend the Cash for Clothes Presale.

Home birth documentary

The Camden Public Library will host a screening of “At Home in Waldo, Maine” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the library. The film is a documentary about the choice to have a home birth in Maine and receive midwifery care. It was created by Belfast-based documentary filmmaker Nicolle Littrell as part of the film series “At Home in Maine” to look at the people, practices, politics and philosophies that constitute Maine’s home birth and midwife community.

The film features the Weavers, a family from Waldo who are (semi) homesteaders, home-schoolers, entrepreneurs and rock ’n’ rollers. Integrating footage from the Weaver’s day-to-day life with their home birth, “At Home in Waldo, Maine” explores the relationship between how we live and how we birth. The film also features Morningstar Midwifery, a professional midwifery practice located in Belfast. Discussion with the filmmaker and film participants as well as refreshments will follow the screening.


Rabies clinic

The second fall rabies vaccine clinic sponsored by Waldo County Humane Society will be held 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Freedom Town Office, 71 Pleasant St. Dr. Bennett Arble of Little River Vet Hospital will administer the shots.

The rabies shot will be free to animals residing in Waldo County. Pets from other counties will be charged a small fee. In addition, coupon discounts toward the cost of having a pet spayed or neutered will be available.

Donations of any size to aid the program will be accepted. Bring all animals on leashes or in portable pet carriers, and be responsible for cleaning up after your pet.

The next rabies vaccination clinic will be held 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Thorndike fire station in Thorndike.

For information about Waldo County Humane Society rabies clinics, call 852-5033 or visit


Children’s craft projects

The Children’s Room of the Rockland Public Library will be filled with music and busy with craft projects for children to make and take to decorate their homes. The event is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Among the crafts offered will be leaf printmaking, leaf collages, scarecrow cupcakes and miniature scarecrows. Healthy snacks will be served. All materials will be provided by the Friends of the Rockland Public Library. For more information contact Jean Young, children’s librarian, at 594-0310.


Full moon celebration

Coastal Mountains Land Trust invites the community to welcome fall with a fire in Beech Nut during the rise of the full Hunter’s Moon at 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.12. Named for its capacity for brightness, the Hunter’s Moon follows the Harvest Moon and rises shortly after sunset. Traditionally this full moon signaled the time to begin hunting in preparation for winter.

Land Trust volunteers will open Beech Nut, the historic stone house at the summit, and provide guests with information about the history and management of the preserve. A fire will be held in the hut’s fireplace. Bring warm clothing and a flashlight to help guide the way down.

For more information, visit or call 236-7091.


Public supper

A public supper will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Searsmont United Methodist Church. Proceeds from the suppers and the donations of church members and others have been used to replace nearly all the church’s older tables with new ones. Eventually the church hopes to replace its existing metal folding chairs. As part of its long-range planning, the church is considering ways to replace its existing flooring in Fellowship Hall, where the suppers are held.


Searsport Historical Society

Wayne and Loraine Hamilton will be the guest speakers at a meeting of the Searsport Historical Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, Curtis Hall, Church Street. The couple, owners of Hamilton Marine, will talk about how their business started in their garage and how it has grown into five marine stores on the coast of Maine. Wayne has been harbormaster for many years and in 2009 the Town Wharf was renamed Hamilton Wharf in honor of his service to the town. A social period will follow the program and the public is invited to attend.

Historic home tour

The Searsport Historical Society will hold its annual Twilight Historic Home Tour 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. The tour will feature five local homes including The Sea Captain’s Inn on Water Street, the Namhi and Sommer homes on West Main Street, the Whitten home on Park Street and the Fuller home on Howard Street. Tickets are $10 per person and available at Left Bank Book Store and the Searsport Antique Mall. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the society’s Barn Fund.


Historical society

Author and award-winning journalist Kevin C. Mills will discuss the creation of his historical novel, “Sons and Daughters of the Ocean,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Thomaston Historical Society’s meeting at the Knox Farmhouse, 80 Knox St. The meeting is free and open to the public. A brief business meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m., with Mills’ presentation at 7:40 p.m.

Mills will discuss his decade-long journey researching and chronicling the rich maritime history of his ancestors, and later creating his first novel, loosely based on their stories. He said, “The characters are rooted in true life experiences from the age of sail and portray an accurate account of life many generations ago.”


Apple pressing

A free community apple pressing will take place 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Waldoboro Public Library. The outdoor event will feature at least one cider press. Bring your own apples and jugs. All ages welcome. For more information, call 832-5584.

Craft fair

A fall craft fair will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Waldoboro United Methodist Church, 95 Friendship St. Available for purchase will be knit and crocheted items, Christmas decorations, braided rugs, floral arrangements, wood crafts and American Indian items. Jean M. B. Lawrence will sign copies of “Citizens Who Heard the Call to Political Service: Waldoboro, Maine 1773-2010.” Lunch will be served 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for a small charge. Door prizes will be awarded every hour. Proceeds from table registrations will support campers at Camp Mechuwana in Winthrop. A few tables for vendors are still available for a registration fee of $20. For more information, call 832-5556 or 832-7434.

Waldo County

Dividend check

Municipal officials announced that the Waldo County commissioners received a $2,547 dividend check from the Maine Municipal Association as a result of its good loss experience and loss prevention programs.

The Maine Municipal Association offers three self-funded pools for municipal and quasi-public entities in Maine — the Workers Compensation Fund formed in 1978, the Property and Casualty Pool formed in 1987 and the Unemployment Compensation Fund formed in 1978. The programs are overseen by governing boards of elected and appointed municipal officials. Each year the boards review the programs’ loss experience to determine if dividends may be paid.

Patricia Kablitz, director of Risk Management Services for the association, said more than 75 percent of program participants receive dividends each year for their good risk management practices and loss experience.

This year the Workers Compensation Fund has distributed nearly $600,000 in dividends to participants and the Property and Casualty Pool has paid dividends of nearly $500,000 for total payments of more than $1 million provided directly to association members.

Since 1997, the three programs have returned nearly $14 million in dividends to participating members. For more information about any of the MMA Risk Management Services programs, including online training programs and other services, check the offerings at and click on the Risk Management Services link, or call 800-590-5583.

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