All meetings are at the town office, 493 Hope Road, unless otherwise noted.
Emergency Medical Services Review Committee meets Thursday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m. (This is a new committee formed when the town switched ambulance services from Camden First Aid to Northeast.)
The Selectmen meet Monday the 13th at 6 p.m., meeting televised on channel 22.
The Recreation Committee meets Wednesday the 15th at 6:30.
Carols in the Round
For all who missed attending Carols in the Round this past Christmas season, which was cancelled due to the ice storm, the program has been rescheduled to this Sunday the 12th. The Mount View High School Chamber Singers performance at United Christian Church will start at 4 p.m., the audience should be seated by 3:55. Latecomers will be seated in the balcony. Admission is free, though donations to the Chamber Singers are appreciated.
The Blizzard of ‘52
The recent ice storm brought back the memory of an earlier storm for many people. Called the Blizzard of ’52, this monster snowstorm howled for more than three days in February 1952 and immobilized much of Maine. “Took over a week to get plowed out in Lincolnville,” according to one comment I found when I goggled the Blizzard of ’52. This may be the storm Raymond Oxton used to speak of, when the snow was up to the top of the utility poles at Spring Brook Hill on Atlantic Highway, and it took manpower shoveling ahead so the plow trucks could get through.
Read about another story of this storm in "Staying Put in Lincolnville, Maine: 1900-1950," “The Best Thing That Every Happened to Lincolnville”, p. 294. It tells about Dr. Frank Kibbe and his three day attempt (eventually successful) to get from his house near Ducktrap to Peg and Ray Miller’s home on Belfast Road above Pitcher Pond to tend to their sick little daughter, Nancy.
The Turnpike (Route 52 along Megunticook) was completely drifted in from the town line to the boat landing. Tom Flagg, who plowed for the town, remembered not long before he died a few years ago that his V-plow wasn’t big enough to get through the high drifts.
Bert Eugley, co-proprietor with Cranston Dean of Dean & Eugley’s Garage, rounded up all the able-bodied boys he could find around the Center. As his son Millard recalls, it was the end of February vacation week, and several of the boys had spent it at his house -- on the corner of Main Street and Lacombe (now Wentworth) Road -- playing cards every day. “He didn’t ask us,” Millard says, “he told us” that they’d be shoveling the Turnpike ahead of the plow.
So on that Sunday before school resumed the next day, and after some three days of unrelenting snow and blowing, Millard, his brother Wimpy, Alton Parker, Ron Leadbetter, Austin Kelly and several other boys took up shovels and started working their way through those enormous drifts on the edge of Megunticook. Bert Eugley was also the high school bus driver, and once they were done and had opened up the drifts enough for the plow to go through, Bert informed them that now the bus could get through too, and so they could get to school the next day.
Thanks to Ron Leadbetter for telling me the story. Let me know of anyone else who was there that day, or who remembers this mammoth storm and its effect on Lincolnville. I’d love to hear other stories about this storm of 60-plus years ago.
Busy Fire Department
The past couple of weeks have been busy ones for the Lincolnville Fire Department – a house fire in Northport, a garage fire on Youngtown Road, and a car fire on Hope Road. When Bill Feener’s garage caught fire, apparently from a generator during the Christmas ice storm and power outage, the LFD firefighters were able to protect and save the nearby house from the flames.
According to news reports, Kay Dinsmore was driving on Hope Road when her car began smoking. She managed to jump out just as the engine burst into flames. “She was worried about catching houses on fire,” according to Fire Chief Ben Hazen. Ben and some 10 other firemen responded to the fire.
Thanks to the generous donations of many, many people the Library Project’s goal has been reached. These donations took the form of labor and materials, as well as cash and grants.
Though the official opening of the library is a few weeks off, you can get a sneak peek this coming Wednesday, Jan.15, at Rosey Gerry’s monthly library program. Historic reenactor Hank Lunn will depict an ancestor who was part of Benedict Arnold’s march up the Kennebec; the music half of the program will be Julia Plumb and Velocipede, old time fiddle and mandolin tunes. Contact Rosey, 975-5432, to reserve a seat, $10 each and all proceeds go to the library.