AUGUSTA — City officials have postponed a scheduled discussion of aquaculture on tonight’s City Council agenda.

Because of public interest in the aquaculture issue, several councilors asked that it be discussed at a televised meeting, according to Mayor William Stokes. Tonight’s meeting is not scheduled to be televised. The issue includes changing zoning to allow a business that would raise mussels and tropical fish on Route 17.

The matter will be rescheduled for a televised council meeting in March, according to City Manager William Bridgeo.

That leaves only two items for tonight’s informational council meeting: a resident’s request to speak to councilors; and an update from Larry Fleury, president of the Augusta Downtown Alliance, about the recent art walk held in downtown Augusta.

Litchfield selectmen to mull garage issue

LITCHFIELD — Selectmen plan to meet at 9 a.m. today with Scott Kenoyer, manager of Augusta Central Garage, at the Litchfield Public Works Garage.

Town Manager Michael Byron said Wednesday that Kenoyer will help selectmen review the condition and need for replacement for the town’s trucks and other equipment.

Byron said the evaluation will help form the basis for a capital improvement plan for public works vehicles.

Heritage center fete to be held Friday

AUGUSTA — The Marden’s Lady will help raise money on Friday at Le Club Calumet for a heritage center proposed to honor the workers who made Augusta what it is.

The Augusta-based nonprofit group Friends for a Heritage Center at Mill Park hope to turn the last remaining building of the former Edwards Mill complex on the Kennebec River waterfront into a museum to pay tribute to the city’s workforce.

Members are collecting old photographs of workers in the city’s mills and other manufacturing plants, and interviewing and recording people who worked there, putting together a photographic and oral history of the city’s working-class roots, according to Jan Michaud, of Augusta, president of the Friends for a Heritage Center at Mill Park.

Performing Friday will be comedian Birdie Googins, known as the Marden’s Lady, and Augusta-based band Acoustic Chi, featuring Tina Charest and Jeff Noel. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $15 and are available by calling Michaud at 623-8875.

There will be a cash bar and cabaret-style seating. The Friends will arrange displays of some of the photos they have collected.


Winter Ball benefit set for Hill Mansion

AUGUSTA — The nonprofit Ian Parker Foundation will hold its first annual Winter Ball fundraising event at the Governor Hill Mansion on Friday, March 2.

The event, from 8 p.m. to midnight, will feature live music from The Flashbacks and a silent auction featuring Ian Parker’s bass, along with other items provided by Maine supporters. People should wear a tuxedo, suit, dress or semi-formal clothing.

Proceeds from the event will help the Hallowell-based foundation advocate for music in central Maine by offering assistance in music education, developing skills and improving the quality of lives and careers of its musicians.

The cost is $10 at the door. A cash bar and light appetizers will be available.

From staff reports

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