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Grants for historic preservation
The Maine Community Foundation in partnership with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission’s New Century Grant Program is seeking proposals for its Belvedere Fund for Historic Preservation.
Grant awards up to $25,000 are available for the preservation and reuse of historic buildings in rural areas that serve as civic, cultural or economic hubs for communities.
Application deadline is Thursday, Sept. 15. For more information, guidelines and an application, visit the “For Nonprofits” section at http://www.mainecf.org/.
Master Gardener Volunteer classes
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program for Kennebec and Waldo counties is open for application. The program provides participants with more than 40 hours of training in the art and science of horticulture. The program also trains volunteers to conduct and join sustainable horticulture projects in Kennebec and Waldo counties.
Trainees receive the latest research-based information from UMaine Extension educators and industry experts. The program will focus on vegetables and fruits. The course begins on Oct. 12. Most classes will be held 4-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Colby College in Waterville, with some Monday classes. Two classes will be held 12:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, and Thursday, Nov. 10, in Belfast. Participants must attend two of three tours held at other area sites in spring of 2012. To complete the course, participants must volunteer a minimum of 40 hours at approved community projects the first year.
The course application and fee are due Friday, Sept. 16. For more information or to request special accommodations, contact the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Kennebec County office at email@example.com, 622-7546 or toll-free 800-287-1481.
The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition will open its 2011-12 season with a lecture by energy researcher Dr. Paul Kando on “Getting Around After $4 Gasoline and Beyond: 21st Century Transportation for Maine.” The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at Belfast Free Library.
During his talk, Kando will look at Maine’s transportation history with an emphasis on existing technologies that can be used to deliver natural and obvious solutions. Born and educated in Hungary, Kando came to the U.S. in 1956 after the Hungarian rebellion was crushed by the Soviet Union. Originally educated as a chemical engineer in synthetic fibers, he switched in 1970 to energy research. He managed a solar energy program for the U.S. Department of Energy and Research and made three documentary films on advanced building systems.
In 1991 he came to Maine. In 2007 he became a Maine-certified residential energy auditor. He has taken Al Gore’s climate science training and has made more than 100 presentations. He organized the Midcoast Green Collaborative to address global warming.
The meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.
Rushworth Kidder will present “Good Kids, Tough Choices: How Parents Can Help Their Children Do the Right Thing,” a talk for parents on parenting and ethics, at 2 p.m. Sept. 10, at the Camden Public Library.
Kidder has worked for more than 20 years to refine his guidelines for ethical decision-making through his Institute for Global Ethics, a nonprofit, nonpartisan and nonsectarian think-tank headquartered in Rockport. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children and live in Lincolnville. “Good Kids, Tough Choices: How Parents Can Help Their Children Do the Right Thing,” his most recent book, is the recipient of a 2011 Honors Award from the National Parenting Publications Awards Parenting Resources competition.
Kidder is the author of 10 books, including a “Moral Courage: Taking Action When Your Values Are Put to the Test” and “The Ethics Recession: Reflections on the Moral Underpinnings of the Current Economic Crisis.”
For more information, call the library at 236-3440.
Secret Service talk
Tom McCarthy retired from the U.S. Secret Service as the Special Agent in Charge of the Syracuse, N.Y., Field Office in 1994. During his 24-year career he was assigned to presidential and vice presidential protective details during the Nixon and Ford administrations and the Secret Service Office of Training. McCarthy will share his experiences and his perspective as an instructor at an illustrated talk at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Camden Public Library.
The talk on U.S. Secret Service and the task of protecting at-risk public officials will explore the skills and resources used to mitigate risks encountered by public figures in the 21st century. Films of actual assassinations — some successful, some not — will be used to emphasize teaching points. Discussion will be encouraged.
McCarthy is a graduate of Northeastern University, a Vietnam veteran and a retired U.S. Secret Service special agent. Since 1995, he has traveled worldwide, including to war zones, for the Department of State lecturing and providing training to host countries’ security forces. He has lectured extensively for other entities including the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He lectures on terrorism, an area in which he has had personal experience. McCarthy recently retired to Camden.
Shackleton Expedition display
The Camden Public Library has on display an exhibit of books and other materials on the Shackleton Expedition of 1914. The artifacts include a volume signed by crew members of the expedition as well as a biography and a first edition of Shackleton’s own book, “South: The Story of Shackleton’s Expedition 1914-1917.” The display is courtesy of the Kislak Foundation.
The Jay I. Kislak Foundation preserves and advances knowledge of past cultures, civilizations and explorations. Established in 1984 and based in Miami, Fla., the foundation is engaged in the collection, conservation, research and interpretation of rare books, manuscripts, maps and cultural artifacts. In 2004, more than 3,000 books and other materials from the collection became a gift to the nation as the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. The Kislak Foundation continues a program of selective acquisitions, with a special focus on the history of polar exploration.
The Camden Public Library extends an invitation to post remembrances of Sept. 11, 2001, to mark the 10th anniversary of the events of that day.
“Please accept this invitation to offer your thoughts, remembrances and observations of how 9-11 still resonates in your private life and in public discourse, and how your perceptions may have changed over time,” said Jamie Ritter, deputy director of the Camden Public Library.
Responses may be posted on the bulletin board at the library or at http://www.librarycamden.org/ .
Service of hope
The public is invited to “Remembering September 11, 2001: A Service of Hope and Love,” to be held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the United Christian Church. The service will be led by the Rev. Dr. Jeanne Tuttle. Guest musicians include organist Ann McCullough, violinist Alex Powell and guitarist Colin Adams.
The church is located at 18 Searsmont Road, Route 173, in Lincolnville Center. It is handicapped-accessible and provides ample handicapped parking. All are welcome. For more information, call Mary Schulien, music director, at 785-3521.
Garden Club meeting
The Owls Head Garden Club will hold its first meeting for the 2011-12 season at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at The Owls Head Community Building. The business meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. after a short social and before the program at 10:30. The program will be presented by John Fromer on “Cut Flowers.” Fromer, a Master Gardener Volunteer, is a commercial grower and technology consultant. For more information, call Dottie at 596-6032.
Remembering the events of 9-11
Fishing trawlers and lobster boats will provide a backdrop for Church on the Dock, a 10-year remembrance of the events of 9-11, to be held 10:45 a.m.-noon Sunday, Sept. 11, on the Monhegan boat dock in Port Clyde. Pastor Greg Twitchell of the Port Clyde Advent Christian Church will officiate.
Music will be provided by members of the church worship team, Angela Pomerleau, guitar and lead singer; Mike Garrigan, drums; Dan Murdock, bass; and Douglas Anderson, trombone. Light fare will be provided on the dock after the service.
In memory of those who died that day, prayers will be offered, and readings and testimony will be given.
If the weather is inclement, the 9-11 service will be held in the church in Port Clyde. For more information call Pastor Greg Twitchell at 372-8292.
Rockland District High School Class of 1975 will hold a potluck supper 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Swing and Sway Dancing, 143 Maverick St. Class members and guests are welcome. The cost is $10 per person at the door.
Boat building talk
The Sail, Power and Steam Museum will present the talk, “One Man’s Junk is Another Man’s Treasure” at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at the museum, 75 Mechanic St. Capt. Harold Arndt will describe the 19-year ongoing project of building of the113-foot two-masted steel topsail schooner Island Rover, illustrating what it takes to build such a vessel in one’s backyard from materials and equipment others have tossed in the trash.
The presentation, organizers said, is the ultimate demonstration of how big and beautiful a project can be built from what others have considered “junk.”
The event is free, though donations are welcomed. For more information, call 594-0200, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.sailpowerandsteammuseum.org/.
Catinka Knoth will demonstrate drawing and painting scenes of September in Maine, with a focus on buildings, at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12 and 19, and noon Sept. 26, at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. The workshops are free and open to the public, with materials supplied, hosted by Friends of Rockland Library. For more information, call Knoth at 596-0069 or the library at 594-0310.
Y camp Scholarship Campaign
ROCKPORT — The Penobscot Bay YMCA recently wrapped up another summer camp season. More than 730 youth were served in its programs this year. The Y provided financial assistance for more than 119 weeks of camp to those who needed support and otherwise wouldn’t have had this experience. Through its offerings of KinderKamp, Leaders in Training and Camp-a-Homa youth age 4 to 14 were able to participate in summer camp programming. This year the Y raised more than $25,000 to support camp scholarships, giving many children an experience of a lifetime.
While many visitors have been enjoying the trails on Sears Island, the Friends of Sears Island board of directors has been working to develop a Strategic Five Year Plan to guide the organization toward fulfilling its mission to support permanent protection of Sears Island’s environmental and cultural resources; preserve its marine, shoreland and forest ecosystems; and encourage educational and low-impact recreational uses of the island.
One step in this endeavor is the creation of a new website. To learn more about Friends of Sears Island and its activities, http://www.friendsofsearsisland.org/.
The Master’s Blend Coffeehouse, featuring the talents of bluegrass group Backyard Bluegrass, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Unity Community Center. The event is free and open to all.
Master’s Blend Coffeehouse is a ministry outreach of the Quaker Hill Christian Church in Unity. For more information, contact Pastor Mike Senecal at 491-5080 or email email@example.com.
Facilitation training class
Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills, Level 1, training is designed to help participants learn how to get work done more effectively and efficiently in group meetings. The University of Maine Extension is offering the series. Preregistration is necessary.
Facilitation Skills will be offered 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 13 and 27, Nov. 10 and 17, Dec. 1, at the Waldo County office of the UMaine Extension, Route 137 in Waldo. The cost to participate is $100, and includes a resource notebook and an option to buy a resource text. Limited scholarship assistance is available. UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals.
Workshop leader Jane Haskell has a background in providing educational programs that are highly interactive.
Workshop size is limited to the first 18 participants who preregister. For more information and to access a registration form, visit http://www.umaine.edu/waldo/programs/syfs1 or call the UMaine Extension office in Waldo County at 800-287-1426. Anyone who needs accommodations to attend this program may contact Haskell at 800-287-1426 to discuss their needs or call Extension’s TDD number at 800-287-8957.
Historical society programs
The Waldoborough Historical Society in conjunction with Waldoboro Public Library will present a special program featuring Nathan Lipfert, senior curator of the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the library.
Lipfert is a nationally recognized maritime historian who has just celebrated 40 years with the museum. He will share his knowledge of shipping and shipbuilding in the midcoast area and will emphasize Waldoboro’s contributions and role in this history. The program is free of charge. The public is invited to attend.
The Waldoborough Historical Society’s Museum will remain open on weekends throughout the September. The society’s latest book, “Citizens Who Heard the Call to Political Service Waldoboro, Maine 1773-2010,” will be featured and available for purchase at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the library when its author, Jean Lawrence, will present a discussion of the book and two of its migrant characters, Captain Ludwig and Squire Thomas.
Historic house tour
In her classic novel, Edith Wharton created a vivid picture of the world of high society in Gilded Age New York City. Men and women lived lives dictated by an unwritten but no less strict set of rules. Public perception was paramount if you were to be considered a member of polite society. How do the wealthy and socially prominent Tuckers of Wiscasset compare to the characters and world depicted in “The Age of Innocence”? What are the connections between these stories? Find out on a tour of Castle Tucker at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8. Admission is $10 members of Historic New England, $15 for others. Reservations are required. by calling882-7169 or visit http://www.HistoricNewEngland.org.