Annual Town Meeting

Monday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 15, town office, Annual Town Meeting: Voting on paper ballot items on Monday and the discussion and voting on warrant items on Tuesday at 7 pm. Look for the town Annual Report at the town office for details. The Report should be available soon.…

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Annual Roadside Cleanup

Saturday, May 12, morning, town office sign-up, Town Roadside Cleanup: The annual roadside cleanup encourages residents to volunteer some time on specific roads throughout town. More on this later. …

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Clark Island Tours May 5th

Saturday, May 5, 1 pm, Clark Island tours, Craignair Inn parking lot: The town Conservation Commission and Maine Coast Heritage Trust will host the walking event. Negotiations are underway for a conservation purchase that would protect 120 acres including access to 10,000 feet of shoreline. This would be added to the 31 acres already under conservation easement. …

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Town Trails Clean-up May 5th

Saturday, May 5, morning, Town Trails Cleanup: The Conservation Commission Trails Committee welcomes volunteers. Great way to get to know town trails with a member of the committee. Wear footgear and clothing appropriate for the weather of the day and tick protection. Bring your favorite tools, e.g. loppers, hand saw. No chainsaws please. Contact Tom Gorrill at woodencanoeboy@gmail.com for a trial assignment and details. …

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Invasive Plants: Rip Out & Replace April 26th

Thursday, April 26, 7 pm, town office, “Invasive Plants: Rip Out & Replace”: Plants that gobble up land, and don’t contribute much to your personal habitat might qualify as invasives. Learn why a plant is considered invasive. Learn how to eradicate or, at least, control invasive plants. Learn about native plants that make good replacements. Two experts, Amanda Devine of Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Rebecca Jacobs of the Knox-Lincoln SWCD, will share information and their hands-on experience with invasives and native plants. Bring your own experience and questions. An information table will offer plenty of printed material and online sources. Refreshments provided. Presented by Conservation Commission and FOSG. …

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Solar Celebration in St. George

April 9th, come to the ceremonial pulling of the switch at 3 pm at the Transfer Station. Then enjoy a celebration and refreshments at 4 pm at the town office. You’ll meet the hard-working members of the Conservation Commission and Select Board who poured through the regs and funding to bring solar energy to St. George. Shake hands with CC members Dan Verrillo and Joss Coggeshall and SB members Richard Bates and Jerry Hall. The solar contractor, ReVision Energy, will also participate and be ready to answer your questions. Light refreshments will be served.

The solar energy system on the Transfer Station roof will supply an estimated 90% of the town’s electrical power. Thanks to a Power Purchase Agreement with ReVision, the installation costs the town nothing and the power will be purchased by the town for less than CMP’s rate. After 6 years, the Town can buy the system for half the installation cost and then save thousands of dollars for at least 30 years. A sunny scenario for the Town.…

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Public Hearing on Cold Storage Road

Thursday, Mar. 29, 7 pm, Public Hearing on Cold Storage Road, at town office: The Harbor Committee will present its recommendations for the town-owned harbor area in Port Clyde. This is the second and last of 2 Hearings. All residents should come to this Hearing to get first-hand
information about this important project. People should bring their questions and comments.
First-hand information is always better than the rumor mill!
The Committee has tussled for over a year with the best way to configure this waterfront. They and consultant Noel Musson considered the site itself as well as needed funding. The Committee decided on a configuration that (1) accommodates both commercial and recreational access; (2) provides flexibility in case use in the future changes; and, (3) ensures that structural changes they recommend should last 75 years. Contrary to what you might be hearing, there would be no charge for parking since that would necessitate a way to collect the fee, and a person on site to turn away those who don’t pay.

Re funding, the committee recommends doing the project in one 10 to 12 month period rather than doing it piecemeal, one phase at a time. Phased construction would probably result in escalating labor and materials cost, continuing cost of moving heavy equipment to the site, and continuing disruption to the village. The committee is suggesting a 20 year bond for $2.6 M which would be an increase in taxes of $60 a year for the average tax payer. …

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Horseshoe Crabs and Citizen Science in Damariscotta

Tuesday, Mar. 27, Noon, Merryspring Nature Center, 30 Conway Rd., Camden, Horseshoe Crabs and Citizen Science in Damariscotta: Horseshoe crabs in Maine? Yes. For 12 years, volunteers have been counting, identifying gender, and assessing horseshoe crabs in the Damariscotta River. Find out more about this ancient arthropod from Sarah Gladu of the Damariscotta River Association. Free to members. Non-members $5. …

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