‘Chasing Ice’

set for Feb. 18

Royal River Conservation Trust and the Yarmouth Historical Society is hosting a free screening of the film, “Chasing Ice,” Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., at the Yarmouth History Center, East Elm Street.

“Chasing Ice,” by Jeff Orlowski, focuses on a scientist named James Balog and his team of researchers on the Extreme Ice Survey, where “extreme” refers to their efforts almost more than to the ice. At a time when warnings of global warming were being dismissed as “junk science,” the science in the film is based on actual observation of the results as they happen.

The film is part of the Royal River Film Series.

‘The Martian’

screens Monday

“The Martian,” a film staring Matt Damon, will screen Monday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m., at the Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St. The 2015 film has received six Oscar nominations, including a Best Actor nomination for Damon. It’s based on Andy Weir’s 2011 novel.

Mushroom expert

to give presentation

Yarmouth Historical Society and the Maine Mycological Association will host mushroom expert Gertrude (Jimmy) McWilliams, author of the book, “Fungi,” at the Yarmouth History Center, East Elm Street, on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m.

Working in the forests of northern New York near her home in the 1950s, McWilliams took thousands of slides of mushrooms and slime molds. This work became the foundation for her book. Recognizing the historical value of her work, the New York Mycological Association recently held a special exhibition of McWilliams’ slides, and the New York Botanical Garden has placed a sample of her slides in a temperature-controlled vault to preserve her mid-century slice of mycological history.

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.

Techpresso Tuesday

Techpresso, with free technical assistance, as well as coffee, will be offered on Tuesday, Feb. 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.

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.

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