Inside Naples – 12/28

Causeway Update

After the holidays, you will see some activity along the Causeway as the contractors will be installing some lighting by the amphitheatre location. Then the work will hold off until spring, when the bridge and retaining walls will be stained, and some pavement will be redone. It will be interesting to see how the functioning new Causeway will be used and how it will stand the test of time. I know they are already working on replacing the engraving that was done on the benches as it is wearing away after one season. The elements are very unpredictable, so tweaks are inevitable. The good news is this summer will be a great one to get out and enjoy the newly completed surroundings downtown.

Skate Swap

Many of us have clothes, shoes, etc. that our kids have outgrown. Most of us hand them down or donate them. Skates, on the other hand, are one of those bulky items that just seem to linger. You pick up a pair at a garage sale a couple of sizes too big, and before you know it, they have outgrown those, too, or they just don’t fit properly. Good news! The skate swap is here. Originally planned early in the season, the event had to be postponed due to inclement weather. So, dust off those skates, put them in a box, and wait. I will post the date of the next skate swap here. Just in time to make room for all the new items flooding the house at Christmas.

Naples Library

Nothing says January more than curling up by the fire with a good book. Now your home library selection just got a lot grander. Through the Naples Library website, you can access thousands of e-reader titles with your Naples library patron card. Just visit their website and click on the “Download Library” icon midway down on the right side of the page. The staff at the library would be happy to help you if you encounter any problems.

If your New Year’s Resolution includes eating healthier, then don’t miss the Power Protein presentation the Library is offering on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 5:30 p.m. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) has been all the rage in the healthy food circles for some time now, yet I meet many who are unfamiliar with the super grain. Now is your chance to learn about and sample some of this gluten-free, high-grain marvel.

Don’t forget there is an ongoing Adult Book Club at the Library if you are looking for ways to pass the winter months. January’s selection is “In the Garden of the Beast,” by Erik Larson. The discussion for that book will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 1:30 p.m. Finally, one of my favorite activities offered at the Library is the Family Art Night, held on Jan. 17 at 6 p.m.

Erosion Control Course

The town of Naples is sponsoring the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Basic Erosion Control Practices class on Jan. 24, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Earthwork contractors in the shoreland zone must be certified after Jan. 1, 2013. In other words, any excavation contractors, including landscaping contractors that engage in any activity that adds or displaces more than one cubic yard of soil within the shoreland zone must have a person certified in erosion and sedimentation control practices by DEP on-site each day earthmoving activities occur.

This course is necessary to become certified in erosion control practices by the Department. In addition to sections on “Why Erosion Control is Important”, and “Erosion and How it Happens,” participants are provided with information on the proper selection, installation and maintenance of practices such as sediment barriers, mulch, vegetative stabilization, riprap, etc. The cost of the course is $45. Please contact Renee Carter or Barbara Beckwith for more information.

Naples Lions Donation

You see them on the side of the road selling apples and pies, or maybe you attend their summer fundraising cruise. However you support the Naples Lions Club, you should keep up the good work, just as they are. In response to the reduced funding from government sources for heating assistance, the Lions recently donated $1,000 to the Naples Emergency Fuel fund. Way to go, Lions!

Naples Fire Grant

An early Christmas present will be arriving for the Naples Fire Department.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, today announced that the Department of Homeland Security has awarded $75,998 in grant funding for the Naples Fire Department.

The funding is provided through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which provides fire departments funds for training, equipment, wellness and fitness, or for modifications to a department’s facilities. “The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is a critical source of funding for Maine’s fire and rescue personnel,” said Collins. “This grant will help provide our first responders in Naples with the training and equipment that they need to better serve their community.”

Thank you, Sen. Collins! 

Naples Main Street

The Annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Wreath Auction was a big success this year, thanks to the efforts of the Naples Main Street Committee and many local businesses, volunteers and organizations. These volunteer efforts will be needed throughout the seasons as the Causeway Renovation Project comes to fruition. If you are interested, please contact President Connie Eldridge at 838-8301 or email her at