BATH — Capt. Paul Watson, director of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society featured on the Animal Planet television series “Whale Wars,” will speak at Maine Maritime Museum in Bath on Tuesday.

“Direct Action on the High Seas,” Watson’s talk, is the final presentation of the 15th annual winter speaker series of Richmond-based environmental organization Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, according to a press release.

Watson in 1977 founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an international nonprofit direct-action organization specializing in aggressive interventions against what it considers to be illegal whaling, sealing, fishing and other operations.

The group’s efforts to save whales from Japanese whalers have been featured on cable television in “Whale Wars.” The organization, which has a small fleet of ships, has also intervened with poachers in the Galapagos Islands, blockaded sealing ships, rescued dolphins, and patrolled beaches in the Caribbean to stop turtle poaching.

In his Tuesday presentation, Watson is expected to share his experiences of more than 30 years at sea and “explore the pressing need for effective advocacy techniques, persistence and passion to save some of the world’s greatest wildlife and ourselves,” according to the release.

Admission to this installment of the series in Longreach Hall at Maine Maritime Museum in Bath is a $5 donation.

Manchester incumbents unopposed in race

MANCHESTER — Incumbents Jeremy Pare and Martha Nielsen are the only candidates running for the Board of Selectmen.

Nomination papers for town and school elected positions were due at the Manchester Town Office by Thursday night.

Pare, chairman of the selectmen, and fellow incumbent Nielsen were the only residents to take out papers seeking to serve as selectmen.

David Guillmette is the only candidate for one seat on the Manchester Elementary School Advisory Committee.

Elizabeth Simcock was the only candidate to take out papers to represent Manchester on the Regional School Unit 1 Board of Directors.

And Warren Foster is the only candidate for either of two open seats as a trustee of the Manchester Sanitary District, leaving one seat to be filled by write-in.

The election is Tuesday, June 12, with polls open at the fire station from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to Town Clerk Tina Cagle.

The annual Town Meeting is Thursday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Manchester Elementary School.


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