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Samoset Resort to hold Career Fair

ROCKPORT — The Samoset Resort will hold a Career Fair Saturday, March 12 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Samoset, 220 Warrenton St., Rockport. The resort has both seasonal and year-round employment opportunities available, and representatives from each department will be present including Food and Beverage, Front Desk, Spa, Maintenance, Pool and Fitness Center, Golf Clubhouse, Grounds, Housekeeping, and Gift Shop. Applications will be available at the event, and representatives will be interviewing and possibly hiring onsite. All full-time positions are eligible for benefits, and both part-time and full-time associates are eligible for onsite privileges. For more information, email

Rotary Club extends grant applications to March 19

CAMDEN — The Camden Rotary Club Foundation has extended the deadline for grant applications from Feb. 28 to March 19. Nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations that serve people in Knox County and Lincolnville are eligible to apply for grant awards, which will be announced in May. The club will award $5,000 for a project or program serving youth under the age of 20. Eight additional grants include one $10,000 large grant, two large grants of $5,000 each, and five small grants of $1,000 each. Complete details and application forms are available on the Grants page of the club’s website:

Community Cookbook seeks recipes

ROCKPORT — Through the month of March, the Rockport Public Library is collecting recipes to compile into a community cookbook. These recipes will be printed and published into a book that will be added to our collection and will circulate to anyone in the state who wishes to borrow it. The recipes could be entrees, deserts, snacks, drinks, or whatever you think would be best to share with the community. You do not need to be a member of the Rockport Public Library nor live in Rockport to participate. The rules are: one recipe per person; recipe must include a title; recipe may include your name and brief story about it of no more than two sentences; recipes may be submitted in person at the library or via email at and all recipes must be submitted by March 31. Call the library at 236-3642 with any questions.

Eyeglass donation rematch

The eyeglass collecting rivalry between the Belfast Lions Club and Camden School District RSU 71 last year (in which Belfast triumphed) will continue this year as the two teams face off again for bragging rights. The public is invited to bring in and donate old, no longer used eyeglasses and cellphones between now and March 31. Collection boxes have been set up at most district schools and at places around Belfast including one at the Hannaford Pharmacy.

Beginning with Habitat

CAMDEN — Maine State Wildlife Biologist Joseph Roy will lead a presentation about how private landowners can create habitat and build habitat management plans in an online webinar hosted by Merryspring Nature Center Tuesday, March 15 at noon. Roy will speak about the Beginning with Habitat Program, which is housed within the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and partners with Maine municipalities, land trusts, and private landowners to build habitat management into their long-term plans. Working with conservation organizations, Roy works to help increase technical and financial assistance for habitat management. This talk is part of the Online Winter Talk series at Merryspring Nature Center. Access to a computer or smart device is required to attend. Email to register for this program. Zoom links will be sent on the morning of the program. Attendance is free for all. For more information, contact or call 236-2239.

Full Moon hike on the Round the Mountain TrailCAMDEN — Coastal Mountains Land Trust will offer a full moon hike on the Round the Mountain Trail Friday, March 18 starting at 6 pm The hike will be an out-and-back experience and approximately 1.5 miles round trip. This adventure is open to all ages and ability levels. Participants should bring a flashlight and footwear that accommodates the current hiking conditions: boots, ice grips or snowshoes if there is deep snow. Email to register for this free event, so that participants can be contacted if the hike is canceled due to inclement weather. The location is Thorndike Brook Trail Head, 223 Hope Road, Hope.

backyard birding talk
Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District is partnering with Boothbay Regional Land Trust to host Backyard Birding with writer and birder, Lee Emmons in a hybrid manner of both in-person (limited seating) and online March 24 from 4:30 to 5: 30 p.m. Emmons will share his years of knowledge identifying backyard birds, sharing tips for identification, suggestions for choice feeders, importance of conservation of habitat, planting to ensure cover and food, and more. This event is free; registration is required for in-person (maximum 12) attendance or online. The in-person event will be held at Oak Point Preserve located at 60 Samoset Road, Boothbay Harbor. To register visit For more information, visit:, call 596-2040 or email

Annual Conservation District Backyard Composting and Rain Barrel Sale

Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, in cooperation with Maine Resource and Recovery Association, is offering local residents the opportunity to improve soil and conserve water in their own backyards. The Backyard Composting and Rain Barrel Sale includes the 80-gallon Earth Machine backyard composter and the 55-gallon Systern rain barrel, a 3-foot by 4-foot trap wire bin made by Brooks Trap Mill in Thomaston. and accessories. The ordering deadline is Friday, April 22. Order online at or download an order form on the website and send with check. Scheduled pickups for composting items will be in June at the District office located at 893 West St. (Route 90), Rockport. For more information or to request an order form by mail, contact Knox-Lincoln SWCD at 596-2040 or

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