Cape Elizabeth News Briefs – 5/1

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Land trust hosts May events

The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust is holding a variety of events in May. See www.capelandtrust.org or call 767-6054 for more information.

• Friday, May 9, 5-7 p.m. – Open House

The land trust will hold a wine and cheese open house, which will include the artists selected to participate in the annual Paint for Preservation fundraiser. In addition a granite sculpture by Vermont sculptor Miles Chapin, will be available for raffle.

• Wednesday, May 14, 9:30-11 a.m. – Vernal Pools & Wildflowers in Robinson Woods

Learn more about Cape Elizabeth’s natural habitats and their unique flora and fauna with Tony Owens. Group size is limited and the cost is $10 per person.

• Sunday, May 18, 6:30 – 8 a.m. – Migratory Bird Walk

Walk begins on the Greenbelt at Starboard Drive and ends at a favorite birding patch in the woods behind the transfer station. This is peak warbler migration time. Group size is limited and the cost is $6 per person.

Library offers

college advice

Beginning on Tuesday, May 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m., the Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth will host a three-session college planning series, called “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?”

The series is designed for high school students and their parents and will focus on researching options, aspects of the college search and the selection process followed by most post-secondary schools. Recommended books and Internet resources will also be presented.

Gary Canter, a certified college planner, will lead the series. Canter will provide valuable and sensible explanations about the college search, selection, application and financial aid process. This series is fee and registration is not necessary.

Go online to www.thomasmemoriallibrary.org or call 799-1720 for more information.

Historical society holds annual meeting

When the Cape Elizabeth Historical Society holds its annual meeting on Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m., members are expected to discuss where they would prefer the society be located in the future if residents approve a proposed $4 million bond for a renovation and addition project at Thomas Memorial Library this fall.

The historical society has been located on the lower level of the library since its founding in 1986, but if the library project passes, there will no longer be room for the society’s collection of town records, maps, photographs, historic letters and more.

Wayne Brooking Jr., president of the historical society, said this week that “there is no consensus” among the members of the organization about where it would be best to re-locate.

There is talk, he said, that the historical society could either be moved to the old Spurwink School, once the library has no need of that space anymore, or to unused rooms in the police station.

Brooking admitted to having a personal preference about where the historical society should end up, but said the society’s board of directors, as a whole, must make the ultimate decision.

He said nothing is definite yet and the board is taking a wait and see attitude in terms of determining where the collection should be housed because if the library project doesn’t pass in November there will be no need for the historical society to move.

The annual meeting will be held at the library, 6 Scott Dyer Road, and will be preceded by a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. Call 799-1720 for more information. See www.thomasmemoriallibrary.org/cehps/ for more on the society’s founding and its programs.

– Kate Irish Collins

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