Last Day for Dog Licenses

Tuesday, Jan. 31, is the last day to register a dog for 2023 at the regular rates of $6 for a spayed or neutered animal and $11 for a dog that is not neutered. On and after Feb. 1, the state tacks on a $25 late fee and municipalities may charge their own fines as well. Plus the local animal control officer might come calling. Check whether your municipal office is open if you’re waiting until the last day or two, and bring proof of rabies vaccinations.

Maine Balkan Choir

BELFAST — Tuesdays through Jan. 31, 6 to 7:30 p.m.: Rehearsals at 17 Court St. (basement of Belfast Maskers building). February dates will be the 14th, 21st and 28th. No experience necessary. FMI, email, call 808-352-1714, visit or simply show up.  Maine Balkan Choir, led by Anne Stancioff Tatgenhorst of Winterport and Camden, has specialized in Slavic singing since 1998 and will perform a benefit concert for Ukraine in spring 2023.

Editorial Cartoons by Douglas Coffin

SEARSPORT — This exhibition is displayed through February in the downstairs gallery at Carver Memorial Library, 12 Union St. Coffin’s single-panel, black-and-white cartoons were a popular feature of the upstart Waldo Independent — a Belfast-based weekly newspaper from 1985 to 2008 — offering an alternative perspective on local news and issues. An artist talk is Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. Visit for information.

Commissioners Meet

BELFAST — Wednesday, Feb. 1, 9 a.m., Commissioners Courtroom, 39B Spring St. This is the next regularly scheduled court session of the Waldo County Commissioners. The session can be attended in person and or via Zoom teleconferencing.

Hike Belfast Rail Trail

BELFAST — Thursday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m. Join Coastal Mountains Land Trust for a Happy Wanderers Hike at the Belfast Rail Trail. This trail is 2 miles round-trip, rated at an easy walking level. Snowshoe rentals are available through the Journey to Health website. Register at Questions? Email Maeve Cosgrove at Directions: From downtown Belfast, park on Water Street. Gather at the trailhead at the Belfast Armistice Bridge.

Waffles and Wisdom

STOCKTON SPRINGS — Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8 and 15, noon to 1 p.m.: Sandy Point Congregational Church is sponsoring a Cabin Fever Reliever waffle luncheon for the next three Wednesdays. Homemade waffles with coffee or juice. After a short reading and prayer, fellowship will open to general conversation. If you wish, bring a waffle topping to share. For more information, call the church and leave a message at 567-3073 or call 323-7900.

Virtual Talk: Rain Gardens

BELFAST — Thursday, Feb. 2, 6 p.m.: All of Belfast Climate Dialogues project will host Rebecca Jacobs, program manager for Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, for a Zoom presentation, “Rain Gardens and Other Water Management Techniques for Your Property.” To register for the Zoom link, go to and find the link. FMI: 338-3884, ext. 10.

PMM: ‘Fog Along the Maine Coast’

SEARSPORT — Thursday, Feb. 2, 6 p.m. on Zoom:  Penobscot Marine Museum’s Fog & Ice Speaker Series continues with “Fog Along the Maine Coast” with meteorologist Mike Clair. The event is free, with a suggested donation of $5. Participants will receive a materials list. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit, or contact Jeana Ganskop at or 548-2529.

‘After All’ Concert with Narration

BELFAST — Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m.: A cozy winter performance at 15 Front St. by Halcyon String Quartet and narrator David Troup. Through music and spoken word, “After All” contemplates the trajectories of our world while reflecting on life in the midst of a pandemic. It uses the words of friends and community members to reflect on the new realities of our world and the vulnerability and resilience of our humanity in the face of climate change. Admission by suggested donation of $20, students $10.

Wildlife Tracking

BELFAST — Saturday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m.: Join Ron Joseph, retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist and native of Maine, on a walk to search for and understand the signs and communications left by mammals and other fauna in winter. Meet at Head of Tide Preserve on Doak Road in Belfast shortly before 10 a.m. The Coastal Mountains Land Trust preserve of nearly 100 acres has different habitats for different species, and should show some interesting evidence of winter wildlife.  FMI: 338-1147.

Fire Department Supper

SEARSMONT — Saturday, Feb. 4, 5 to 7 p.m.: “All you can eat” public supper of American chop suey, hot dogs, baked beans, mac and cheese, coleslaw, homemade biscuits and dessert at the Fire Station. Tickets at $10 (or $5 for kids 12 and under) support the department.

Nominate a Teacher

Sunday, Feb. 5, 5 p.m.: Deadline for nominating a teacher for 2023 County Teacher of the Year. Go to Maine Teacher of the Year for info and to submit a nomination. Nominations will be accepted from students, parents, caregivers, community members, school administrators, colleagues, college faculty members, and associations/organizations (self-nominations, and nominations from family members are not accepted).

Chicken barbecue

UNITY — Sunday, Feb. 12, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Snowdusters Clubhouse, Fisher Road in Unity: Menu includes chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, roll, drink and dessert. Prepaid meals available; contact Lori Nason. Visit the online auction on Facebook. Proceeds will go toward club expenses.

Informational meeting

SWANVILLE — Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.: The town will hold an informational meeting at the regular Select Board meeting to discuss a change in the Town Charter, Section 6.12, Bid Procedure.  A full explanation is available at the Town Office and is also in the Annual Town Report for 2023.