All meetings are at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.
The Memorial Day Parade Committee meets Thursday, Oct. 10, 5 p.m. at the fire station.
The Cemetery Trustees also meet Thursday the 10th at 6:30 p.m.
A special Town Meeting is called for Tuesday the 15th, 6 p.m. in Walsh Common. Selectmen meet Tuesday as well, following the town meeting.
Two articles need to be decided at next week’s special town meeting. The first is to authorize selectmen to accept a gift of $45,000 from Lincolnville Volunteer Fire Department, and then to appropriate that money to buy a three-acre parcel of land on Beach Road for the potential future construction of a new fire station at Lincolnville Beach. Future construction of a fire station would require town meeting approval at that time.
According to Fire Chief Ben Hazen, the current Beach Fire Station “is old, there’s no room to expand and the building needs work.” Building a new station is “way down the road” he said. “There are no immediate plans. We hope people will come out and hear about [at the Town Meeting]. The land in question is on the north side of Beach Road about halfway between Slab City and Youngtown roads."
The second article to be considered is to ask voters to amend the 2013-2014 school budget “to utilize additional revenues to meet new teacher retirement cost obligations that the state has transferred to the Town.” This means increasing the school budget by a total sum of $32, 985.03. A breakdown of this amount can be seen on the town’s website — town.lincolnville.me.us — or at the town office. See below for a comment on this issue.
The cross country team will be at Oceanside Middle School Thursday the 10th; the boys race at 4 p.m. and the girls at 4:45. Other schools in the meet include Medomak, Appleton and Boothbay.
Soccer quarter finals will be played on Thursday the 10th.
Congratulations to September Students of the Month: kindergarten, Cam Gautreau and Michaela Bixby; first-grade, Mikala Jones; second-grade, Grace Moody and Owen McManus; third-grade, Tatum Freeman; fourth-grade, Joey Corey; fifth-grade, Rose O’Brien; sixth-grade, Hope Osgood; seventh-grade, Trey Gilson; and eighth-grade, Isaac Underhill and Kyle Wood. The Student of the Month assembly will be Friday the 11th at 2:30 p.m.
LWC Mystery Ride
The Women’s Club annual fall Mystery Ride leaves Bayshore Baptist Church at 10:45 a.m. Oct. 15. This popular event always includes some stunning foliage and a good lunch spot at the end! Get to Bayshore promptly at 10:45.
Lincolnville Improvement Association
The L.I.A. holds its last meeting of the season on Thursday the 17th. The 5:30 p.m. potluck (always delicious!) will be followed by a presentation on Lincolnville Boat Club.
Falling Leaves Craft Show
This is the re-named Lincolnville Craft Show held every year at the L.I.A. building. Tables are free to Lincolnville residents, and a delicious corn chowder and sandwich lunch is served by the Women’s Club. Contact Nancy Heald at 763-4280 if you’d like a table.
Two hunters breakfasts are planned this fall. The first, Nov. 2, will be put on by members of King David’s Lodge at the school. Then, the next week, Lincolnville Women’s Club plan breakfast for Nov. 10. Watch for more details on both.
The annual late November craft show, at the Community Building the last several years, will move to Tranquility Grange this year, Saturday, Nov. 23. Tables are $10. Call Nancy, 763-4280, to reserve a table. Aubrey Heald, who has brought his crafts to the show since he was 5 years old, will be in charge of the fish chowder lunch this year. Aubrey, who wants to become a chef, has plans to attend cooking school after graduation.
Teacher Retirement & Politics
Maine is one of 14 states with an independent retirement system for teachers, and, in the case of Maine, for state employees as well. These people don’t pay into Social Security like all other workers, although many, if not most, probably worked other jobs in their careers where they did. Instead, they make regular contributions to the state fund. When they retire and begin to draw this state pension, they are only allowed a small portion of the social security benefits they may have earned in other jobs.
In an effort to reduce the state’s budget obligations, it has transferred a portion of the state retirement system’s liability to the towns, thus the $32,985.03 we must add to our school budget. We property owners are being asked to pay what is essentially the Social Security benefit the Federal government pays to all other workers. And politicians in Augusta can point to their reduced budget. Just so you know.
Have you noticed that Petunia Pump is decked out for fall? Jeanne Hollingsworth writes that she and her brother Bob saw their old compost pile turn into "Pumpkin Mountain" with dozens of some kind of strange volunteers. So they stuck them in over at the Pump and added a few other things. She’s just hoping the pumpkin smashers don't take any more than they have already.