Learn to clown during vacation

Firehouse Arts in Yarmouth is offering clown camps during the February school vacation break. Michael Trautman, artistic director and clown, will conduct two camp sessions for kids, Feb. 15-19. Students will be introduced to juggling, mime, magic, slapstick comedy, physical character and more. Ages 8-12 attend from 9 a.m.-noon, and ages 13-16 from 1-4 p.m. The fee is $150. For registration and more information, see www.FirehouseArtsME.com or call 450.5342.

College honor

The State University of New York at New Paltz has named Carlene Shaw, a resident of Yarmouth, to the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2015-16 academic year. Dean’s list designation is reserved for students who excel academically and earn at least a 3.3 grade-point average in a semester with a full-time course load.

Adopt hydrant this winter

The Yarmouth highway department crew is responsible for clearing snow away from 291 hydrants around town.

In order to perform this task as quickly as possible, the crew is asking residents to adopt a hydrant and volunteer to keep it clear of snow through the winter.

For more information, contact Erik S. Street, director of Public Works, at 846-2401.

Mailbox replacement

In the event that a mailbox is damaged by the town during winter operations, residents can call 846-2401 to report it. A highway department representative will come out to evaluate the damage. If it is determined that the department is responsible, either repairs will be made to the existing box and/or post, or a temporary box and post will be placed in service for the winter. Permanent repairs will be made in the spring.

The town of Yarmouth replaces all mailboxes and posts with a standard design. The total value of the standard box and post is $45 ($30 for the post and $15 for the box). For more information or to report a damaged mailbox or post, call 846-2401.

Library survey deadline nears

Merrill Memorial Library has begun a strategic planning process to determine what people want from their library. A Strategic Planning Committee has been formed and has been meeting through the past four months. Focus groups and interviews are being conducted with community organizations to identify possible opportunities for the library.

The library now has created a survey for Yarmouth residents and library patrons from other communities. The survey can be accessed online at www.yarmouthlibrary.org, and paper copies are available at the library and Town Hall. All residents, including school-age children, are encouraged to take the survey. The deadline is Monday, Feb. 15.

Editorial cartoons topic of lecture

The trustees of the Merrill Memorial Library have been awarded a grant from the Maine Humanities Council’s Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative Fund to host Pulitzer Prize-winning Buffalo News editorial cartoonist Adam Zyglis. He will present a lecture on the topic, “Editorial Cartoons: Insight or Insult?” on Monday, March 14, from 7-8:30 p.m., at the library,

215 Main St., Yarmouth. He will also visit Yarmouth High School to talk with students about the issues in editorial cartooning. A display of his editorial cartoons will be available in the library’s art gallery for two weeks surrounding the event.

The event is co-sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, Maine Humanities Council, Yarmouth Public Schools, and Portland Public Library, where he will also speak.

Techpresso Tuesdays

Techpresso, with free technical assistance, as well as coffee, will be offered on Tuesdays, Feb. 9, 16 and 23, from 2-3:30 p.m., at Merrill Memorial Library. Nissa Flanagan and Jeff Eastman will help anyone who is having trouble navigating a new device, wants to learn how to utilize all phone features, needs a hand downloading ebooks or needs any other help learning how to do more with technology.


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