Manchester Planning Board meets Monday

MANCHESTER — The Planning Board meets Monday to discuss possible ordinance revisions, including inspection fees for septic systems, plumbing and the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code; adding a new fee schedule for vendors; setting a time period after which camp trailers would be permitted as homes; prohibiting installation of subsurface utilities under roads; requiring Department of Environmental Protection certification for contractors working in the shoreland zone; and setting a time limit after which applicants with incomplete applications would be required to file new applications and fees.

The Planning Board meets 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Town Office.

Planners are also scheduled to hear reports from Code Enforcement Officer Paul Mitnik regarding December’s building and plumbing permits, a summary of 2012 applications and permits for board approvals.

Kennebec lighthouses topic at Winter Speaking Series in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK — The history of lighthouses on the Kennebec River will be discussed at a presentation Wednesday as part of the Friends of Merrymeeting Bay’s Winter Speaker Series.

The discussion, “Lighthouses on the Kennebec,” will be led by lighthouse historian and University of Maine at Augusta Senior College instructor Duane Prugh. Ernest DeRaps, a painter, photographer, writer and former lighthouse keeper, will also attend.

Lighthouses on the Kennebec once guided commercial shipping traffic on the river. Today, lighthouses remain at Seguin, Pond, Perkins, Squirrel and Doubling points, according to a news release from Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, a Richmond-based environmental organization.

The presentation is 7 p.m. Wednesday in Cram Alumni House at Bowdoin College. The event will be preceded by a potluck supper and annual meeting. The supper, meeting and presentation are all open to the public.