Let’s start with the fact that today’s column (drum roll please) is number 156 in the series. Divide 156 by three and with a little luck you’ll end up at 52.
Last time I checked, there were 52 weeks in a year, which means that, as of today, I’ve been writing a weekly newspaper column for exactly three years.
The CSD School Committee approved the contract drafted between the Boothbay Region Educators Association and the school district at its meeting on May 13. The agreement was signed May 21. The contract will apply retroactively for this year, and will continue until the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
This contract ends a conflict between the teachers’ union and school committee that had been going on for the entirety of this school year.
Boothbay Region Art Foundation has opened with its first member (May/June) show, which will run through June 15.
The May/June exhibit represents 100 member artists, thus marking 50 years of fulfilling its mission: “To create opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy, learn from, and participate in the visual arts.”
Talking to Ralph and Elena Smith, you get the feeling they just don't know the meaning of “spare time.”
The Smiths are the owners/proprietors of two Boothbay Harbor restaurants, Mine Oyster and Boathouse Bistro. Elena, when not working in one of the couple's restaurants, is a full-time English language learner teacher, helping students whose first language is not English to learn the language.
We, the Junior Class of Boothbay Region High School, wish to acknowledge the overwhelming generosity and support of our families, many individuals and businesses in our community for all of our endeavors this past year.
So many folks donated gifts, supplies, food and money to our fundraising projects. We also thank all of you who attended our events, or bought raffle tickets or items we sold.
In the last two articles I described the valuable kinds of information contained in William McCobb's 1828-1866 blacksmith account books. His business of more than 50 years was between the Harbor and East Boothbay just west above the road to Oak Lawn Cemetery.
The First Tee of Maine will be offering sessions for youth and teens at the Boothbay Harbor Country Club on Saturdays in June from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Another session will begin the first of September and running for four weeks, with dates and times to be determined.
A higher than normal cell phone bill led to selectmen discovering former Town Manager James Chaousis added two unapproved cell phone lines to his municipal account. The Boothbay Board of Selectmen sent Chaousis a letter on May 28 requesting payment for over $3,000 in unauthorized charges.
Senior Maya Schwehm, daughter of Chip and Katherine Schwehm of Boothbay and of the Boothbay Region High School Class of 2015 Top 10 seniors, is currently hiking the Appalachian Trail.
“She wanted an experience before she went to college,” her father Chip Schwehm said.
The school year might be winding down for the kids at Boothbay Region elementary and high schools, but for the maintenance staff, the work is just beginning.
The summer months are the best time for major products to be done around the school, as the buildings are mostly empty, according to Maintenance Supervisor Dave Benner. At the most recent meeting of the CSD Trustees, he presented the current plan for summer work.
Not many know that when they volunteer to grow a giant pumpkin for the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta, they also have the opportunity to raise funds for their favorite local nonprofit through the “Pumpkin Pledge” program. Growers collect pledges from friends, neighbors, and supporters of a nonprofit organization — a penny (or nickel, dime, etc.) a pound for the weight of the pumpkin when it’s weighed during the volunteer weigh-off on Oct. 3.
Carlo Albucci is a Florentine painter of curious happenings. He paints ironic, iconic, surreal and comic events sometimes all together, sometimes one at a time. In all ways they are fun to look at and even more fun to figure out. These “events,” all oil paintings on masonite, are inventions of his rather elaborate and curious imagination, or maybe not. Only the viewer can decide.
On Tuesday, June 2 at 7 p.m., the Boothbay Railway Village will launch its new Summer Lecture Series with a workshop entitled “Researching Family, House & Community History: Connecting people to the times and places where they lived.”