All meetings are at the town office, 493 Hope Road, unless otherwise noted.
The Consumer Fireworks Ordinance Committee meets Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.
Selectmen meet Monday the 9th, 6 p.m., meeting televised.
The Planning Board meets Wednesday the 11th at 7, televised.
The Cemetery Trustees meet Thursday the 12th at 6:30.
Also, Thursday, the Consumer Fireworks Ordinance Committee meets at 7.
By now, more and more people have had occasion to stop by the new town office and admire the well-designed space. One big change for staff and townspeople alike is the large meeting room for Selectmen and Planning Board meetings, as well as public hearings and any other meetings of committees and boards that are expected to draw a crowd. One feature appreciated by all is the built-in system for broadcasting meetings to channel 22, the public access channel cable users can watch. No more fiddling with cameras and sound-system, (or so I imagine). We don’t have cable, so my information comes from a friend who does, and who faithfully tunes in to every Selectmen meeting. She especially likes the feature that shows a person speaking at the microphone while simultaneously showing the board members listening. You used to have be there to be able to see the expressions on Selectmen’s faces as a citizen stood to speak his mind.
Jodi Hanson writes from the town office: “We have a tree full of tags here today! If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping (I haven’t even started…) please consider stopping by the town office to take a tag or two for a Lincolnville child who is less fortunate.” This is a sure way to help out a struggling family give their children a happy Christmas, seeing that they get the present they wish for, as parents fill them out for their children.
Call Jodi at 763-3555 if you have any questions.
Don’t forget that this Thursday the 5th, students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. (after lunch is served) so teachers can hold parent conferences from noon until 7 p.m.
The Waldo County Humane Society will host their final rabies clinic of the year, Saturday the 7th, at Lincolnville Fire Station, 470 Camden Road (Route 52), from 9 to 11 a.m. The rabies shot will be free to animals residing in Waldo County. Pets from other counties are welcome to come for shots for a small fee. Donations will be gratefully accepted. Please bring all animals on leashes or in portable pet carriers. In addition to the rabies shot, coupon discounts toward the cost of having pets spayed or neutered will be available. For information call 852-5033.
Beach Tree Lighting & Community Party
It’s that time again, to gather at the Beach just at dusk, stand around a roaring bonfire and sing Christmas carols. The tree is lit, and that always brings Santa, not on his sleigh, but riding in a Lincolnville fire truck. Then he hops up to the L.I.A. building (33 Beach Road, an easy and brisk walk up the hill after the bonfire) where he greets children, who are busy eating all the delicious sandwiches and cookies and decorating gingerbread people. Meanwhile, their parents, grandparents, and neighbors catch up on the news over those same refreshments. Upstairs, the Schoolhouse Museum is open for those who want to take a break from the excitement downstairs.
The bonfire and party, sponsored by the L.I.A., and carried out by a group of volunteers is a highlight of the season. Children make decorations after school, a group makes sandwiches, and many bring in plates of cookies throughout the afternoon. About 3 p.m. the fire builders start their work, generally constructing a towering pile of wooden stuff, setting it off at about 4. It takes a lot of folks to make it happen, but it’s fun to do and runs smoothly.
Contact Christine Buckley – 230-4618 – if you can help: Saturday morning, 10 to noon, decorating the L.I.A.; or at 3 p.m. starting coffee, setting up the food table, etc.; or dropping off cookies and finger food between 10 a.m. and noon or 3 to 4 p.m. A clean-up crew generally makes short work of sweeping, putting away tables and chairs, between 5:30 and 6 p.m.
Andy Young says he needs “an army of stackers to help with the Christmas by the Sea bonfire on Saturday from noon to 2.”
A Service of Healing During the Holidays
Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m., Pastor Susan Stonestreet of United Christian Church (UCC) in Lincolnville Center will lead “a service of healing during the holidays,” a time of quiet reflection affirming the fact that the holidays may not always be a joyful time, but rather a time that reminds us of sadness, loss, regret or feeling guilty for not being able to be joyful. Drawing on Christian scriptures, and a meditation around the work of Carl Jung, Pastor Stonestreet will invite those gathered to light candles for those people or experiences they would like to remember or let go. All are welcome.
Filmmaker Seth Brown will present a program about one of his recent assignments on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Lincolnville Community Library, 6 Heal Road in the Center.
Seth, the son of Lynn Tauss and Will Brown, grew up in Lincolnville, graduating from LCS and CHRHS. He studied film at Emerson College in Boston. His current work ranges from commercial photography to documentary films. His short film “Deus Ex Machina" premiered in 2012 at the Camden International Film Festival.
He will talk about a recent project in Uganda and what inspired him to sign up for a nonprofit project, showing some of the resulting short films, then lead a discussion on the new landscape of aid work in foreign. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
T-Shirts and Caps for the Library
While hammering nails one morning at the Open Air Museum this past fall, the subject of T-shirts came up. “We need a new Lincolnville T-shirt,” said Hannah Burke, a member of the women’s carpentry crew, “something simple.” So the idea was born, and now, a few weeks later we have a handsome new design – “Lincolnville” in blue on a gray, short sleeved shirt in sizes s, m, l, xl, and xxl. And thanks to the donation of Camden Custom Embroidery, we have caps as well, navy with Lincolnville in white. The shirts are $15 and the hats $12; if you buy one of each it’s $25. All proceeds go to the Library Project. To get them contact me (see information above) or Hannah at email@example.com.
Dick Lenfest will continue to be at 6 Heal Road, the site of the Farmers Market, on Saturdays through February selling his maple syrup products, baked beans and taking pie orders. He’d like to see some other vendors join him; if you’re interested give him a call: 342-3179.
Living on the Shore
One of the stories the oldtimers told us when we moved here in 1970 (I’m probably older now than they were then!) was that you could see the ocean from our house. The Claytors, who lived here in the 1930s through the 50s, grew strawberries in Sleepy Hollow; we used the remnants of that strawberry field to pasture our cow, sending her down a long, fenced in trail to the grassy clearing every morning and evening after milking. She knew to come up to the gate at the end of the trail and wait for Wally to lead her to the barn. Of course, the Hollow is thickly-wooded these days, and we never see the sun or moon rise on the horizon, just a glimpse of it through the trees as it climbs in the sky. So I love my friend Barb’s stories of how the sun moves up and down the bay, rising in full view for many months, then sneaking up behind an island during the dark, winter time of the year. She wrote the other day, “There are two fishermen out this morning ... the ones with the very bright lights which catch fish on the surface with nets for bait for the lobstermen. The lobster buoys are all in. Fascinating living here!”