All meetings are at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.
The Cemetery Trustees meet Thursday, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.
The Comprehensive Plan Review Committee meets Tuesday the 17th at 6:30 p.m.
Homeowners, farmers, and greenhouse owners are urged to take advantage of an opportunity to dispose of, at no cost, banned or unusable pesticides that they may have in their homes or elsewhere on their properties. This October, the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) will team up with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to dispose of banned pesticides or pesticides that have become caked, frozen, or otherwise rendered unusable. You must register by Sept. 27 by going to maine.gov/agriculture/pesticides/ or by calling 287-2731.
The first cross country meet of the season will be Thursday the 12th at the CHRHS track on Route 90. Boys run at 4 p.m., and girls at 4:45 p.m. The next week, Thursday the 19th, the team will compete at Medomak; the girls run at 4 and the boys at 4:45.
The soccer team started their season with a win against Camden. They play two home games in a row next week: against Jefferson on Monday the 16th and against Bristol on Wednesday the 19th. Games start at 3:45 p.m., so come on over to the school and enjoy the excitement!
Kites and Ice Cream
An afternoon of kite flying for kids will be topped with ice cream this Saturday the 14th, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport. Sunday is the rain date. The free event (kites and ice cream) is limited to 100 children, who must register first by calling the Coastal Mountains Land Trust office at 236-7091. Children who aren’t registered can come and fly their own kites; ice cream will be for sale for those kids, adults and visitors. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Lincolnville Women’s Club
This Tuesday, the 17th, the Women’s Club has its first meeting of the fall with a noon potluck luncheon at the Lincolnville Improvement Association (L.I.A.) building. All women welcome; come by and visit with old friends, and meet some new ones!
The L.I.A. hosts its September meeting on Thursday the 19th with a 5:30 p.m. potluck followed with a talk by genealogist Ted Steele. Ted and his wife Judy are Pitcher Pond residents.
Community Building Flea Market
The monthly Lincolnville Center Flea Market, sponsored by United Christian Church, will be Saturday the 21st, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Community Building. Tables are available for rent, as well as donations for the church tables. For details call Mary Schulien, market coordinator, at 785-3521. Proceeds from table rentals and from the church’s tables help to maintain the Community Building.
Friends of Tranquility Grange are putting on a supper Saturday, Sept. 21. Details next week.
Save the Date
King David’s Lodge 62 is planning a Hunters’ Breakfast for Saturday, Nov. 2, the day reserved for Maine residents only to hunt. Hunters’ breakfasts aren’t just for hunters!
Lincolnville is fortunate in its historic, yet still useful old buildings. I was reminded of this again on Saturday, when a group of architects on a tour of Maine’s old meeting houses came by to explore the Lincolnville Center’s 1821 Meeting House, aka United Christian Church. They looked over every inch of it, inside and out, pointing out to one another the “rusticated” wall at the front of the church (an early Victorian-era modification of the original, they decided), the horseshoe-shaped balcony with its detailed woodwork, the more primitive workmanship of the balcony pew boxes, even the lathe work visible inside the anteroom closets. Several mentioned how pleased they were to find a building being used, as several of the other meeting houses they’d seen, while being preserved, were used only occasionally, if at all.
Think of Bayshore Baptist Church, built in 1835, and to this day home to an active congregation dedicated to keeping it up. And boy, do these old buildings need “keeping up”. In recent memory that included a new belfry (and those don’t come cheap!), and some major work needed on their Sunday school addition. Then, when church members were hanging their large Christmas wreath on the front of the building this past season, they discovered a serious problem: rot behind the old church’s clapboards. A pretty big repair job faces them this fall as they strip off the siding, fix the boards and replace clapboards.
Meanwhile, UCC was in recent years “re-gifted” the Community Building by the committee that oversaw it. The CB, which was built mostly by volunteers back in the 1960s to use as a gathering place for young people, became the property of the church when the new school was built, and it was no longer needed as a gym. The church, its budget already strained by the needs of its treasured 1821 sanctuary, now had a run-down gymnasium on its hands. But gradually the building is being reconfigured as an attractive meeting room; recent renovations include lowering the ceiling, repairing and painting the walls, and installing new lights and energy efficient windows. A kitchen and handicap-accessible bathroom are in the planning stages.
And Friends of Tranquility Grange are having another supper. This dedicated group, many of them descendents of the original Lincolnville Grangers have their own historic building to contend with: built in 1908 (after two previous building on the site burned while under construction) its pressed tin walls and ceiling, painted stage curtain, “pioneer” bathroom and overall sense of stepping back in time, make the grange building the real charmer of the lot. Each summer its Friends raise enough through their suppers to make the repairs needed to keep their beloved hall intact. Come for the supper, especially if you’ve never been inside; wander around and imagine it’s 1900 again.
I’ll stop here, only mentioning that the Masons own an 1865 building on Howe Point Road at Ducktrap, and the L.I.A. maintains the 1897 Beach School. And let’s not forget the enormous project that Jeremy and Marcie Howard of Hope are undertaking – rebuilding the Center store.
My friend who lives on Shermans Point tells me that this morning the sun is rising on the “other side” of her flag pole for the first time in months.
And Wally’s cleaning up the garden beds, pulling out the beans and squash, hard to do, he says, after taking such good care of those plants all summer.
How Do People Make a Living Around Here?
Ann Marriner’s answer to that question has to be “by never sitting still.” The other morning, as Ann cut my granddaughter’s hair in her small, one-chair salon just off her kitchen, we talked about the schedule she keeps. She primarily describes herself as a Personal Support Specialist, the designation for someone trained to provide the care that often elderly or disabled people need to stay in their own homes. Ann works both for herself, as a private caregiver, and as an employee of Kno-Wal-Lin. While the pay differential is significant — working privately can pay twice as much as for an agency — there are drawbacks as well, such as having to provide your own liability insurance. Working more than 40 hours a week for Kno-Wal-Lin clients, Ann may do personal care, grocery shopping, running errands, haircuts, driving to appointments, etc. She is currently spending two overnights a week with a client who needs 24-hour coverage.
A private client recently passed away; Ann had cared for him in his home until he needed to live in a facility, in Falmouth as it happened. His family arranged for her to visit him there once a week until he died. Obviously, the very age of her clients affects job security, perhaps another point in favor of working for an agency which will provide the next patient.
Ann worked as a hairdresser before she and husband Cliff moved to their Main Street home in 1981. She started her own business cutting hair and doing perms while pregnant with her second child (of three sons and one daughter). Her customers can include the whole family – men, women, children, including the wiggly little girl getting her long curls trimmed the other morning. Ann’s cut my hair for years. She also will go to someone’s home to do their hair if they can’t get out, no extra charge. Her number is 763-3854; you’re unlikely to get her on first calling, but she always calls back!
Chances are, though, if you don’t get your hair cut at Ann’s, that you might know her in another facet of her life: as one of Lincolnville’s First Responders. In 1986, while seeking to renew her CPR certification, she ended up in class that led to her becoming a Licensed Ambulance Attendant; since then she’s become an Emergency Medical Technician. When a medical emergency occurs in Lincolnville, the town’s first responders are likely the first on the scene, arriving before the ambulance. And when you’re in that kind of trouble, the sight of Ann or one of her colleagues arriving on the scene is like an answered prayer.