All meetings are at the Town Office, 493 Hope Road, unless otherwise noted.
The School Committee meets Monday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. at the school.
The Budget Committee meets to consider provider agencies requests Tuesday the 4th, at 6 p.m.
Notice that the Budget Committee is scheduled to meet with provider agencies next week. These are the local agencies that deal directly with people in our town: New Hope for Women, Camden District Nurses, Senior Spectrum, Broadreach Family & Community Services, Red Cross, PenBay YMCA/Teen Center, Five Towns Communities that Care, Waldo Community Action Partners, and Midcoast Maine Community Action. Each year these non-profit groups approach the towns they serve and ask for a certain amount of financial support. The Budget Committee carefully reviews their submissions before deciding whether to recommend (to the voters at Town Meeting) the amount requested.
Among the questions they ask of each agency: how many Lincolnville people were served last year; why has the amount requested gone up (if it has); are there duplication of services involved. Sometimes the Committee asks for a representative of the agency to attend a meeting to answer in more depth. The total amount the Committee typically recommends for all the agencies is around $10,000.
When we get to Town Meeting next June, the annual warrant in hand, we voters can decide whether or not to fund each of these requests, taking into account the Budget Committee and Selectmen’s recommendations. Generally, and sometimes after a bit of debate, we approve these expenditures that help out the social agencies that make our lives a little easier.
Congratulations to the Busline League Champion Lincolnville Lynx Boys Basketball Team! In a close and exciting game in the Lynx gym last Saturday, the LCS boys, led by Coach Roman MacDonald, beat Nobleboro 44-41. With an enthusiastic crowd representing both teams the game was the culmination of an exciting and fun season.
HAL (Hope, Appleton, Lincolnville) Wrestling started last week. All students in grades 5 through 8 are eligible with daily practices, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Lynx gym. For more information, contact Coach Jack Kelly at 322-6585 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Most parents are aware of the LCS website, but those who don’t have kids in the school may also be interested in what goes on at LCS. Find the website at fivetowns.net/lcs/ with sports schedules, lunch menu, school calendar, the Lynx newsletter, as well as interesting articles on family health, child development and education.
Were you one of the nearly 200 townspeople who showed up a year ago October to pick up the rope and pull the old hulk that was once a schoolhouse across the road onto the empty Dean & Eugley lot? Or one of the passersby who, over the past year and a half, have seen that empty shell turn into a handsome building? Perhaps you’re one of the generous donors who contributed a check, large or small, or bought a pie or came to the Summer Picnic & Auction, the Old-Fashioned Radio Play, donated books or your labor to the project. Since May a large team of skilled volunteers and professional contractors have been working to restore the building, giving it everything from a new roof and clean white clapboards to insulation, refurbished windows and a beautiful red-birch floor.
This Saturday the Lincolnville Community Library officially opens at 9 a.m.
Beginning that day open hours will be Tuesdays, 5 to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, 2 to 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon. It will be staffed by volunteers and offer not only books, but also free wireless Internet access and a variety of programs. Once the building has gotten its final touches and more of these programs and services are in place, there will be a grand opening this spring. Hope to see you Saturday morning!
Take a Walk
Did you know that monthly natural history walks occur the first week-end of each month, a joint project of Coastal Mountains Land Trust and the Camden Conservation Commission? February’s walk will be Sunday the 2nd, noon to 2 p.m. on the multiuse trail that starts at Stevens Corner (intersection of Beach and Youngtown roads. There’s a $3 entrance fee to the trail, with those older than 65 getting in free.
These walks explore Land Trust preserves and other local hiking spots to encourage natural history discussions and education. Come prepared for an outdoor excursion, easy to moderate in pace; no dogs, please. Naturalist Roger Rittmaster will lead the walks, encouraging experts and amateurs to discuss and share their knowledge of natural history.
Advance registration is not necessary. To learn more and to find notices of location, last minute changes and/or cancellation, visit Coastal Mountains Land Trust’s Events Calendar page at coastalmountains.org/news/calendar.
Camden, Lincolnville and the Statue of Liberty
Local resident Jay Foster will present “Camden, Lincolnville and the Statue of Liberty” on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. at the new Lincolnville Community Library. Jay will tell about his grandfather, who in the 1930s was part of the Civilian Conservation Corps crew that built the facilities at what is now Tanglewood 4-H Camp in Lincolnville. A National Park Service employee, he was later transferred to the Statue of Liberty, where Foster spent lots of time with him. Foster will talk about the history of the CCC crew and its work in Lincolnville and Camden Hills State Park. He will also tell about the Statue of Liberty and its construction and restoration and share many historic photos from his personal collection.
Christmas Eve was a dark night for most of us in Lincolnville this year, as we sat in our cold houses with no power, wondering how on earth we’d get dinner cooked, much less celebrate Christmas. But it was a much worse night for Bill Feener who saw the garage housing his business equipment burn to the ground. Despite the best efforts of the fire department, the garage was lost even as they did keep the nearby house -- the house on Youngtown Road that Bill and his siblings grew up in -- from catching fire.
Now a group of his friends are organizing a benefit at the Grange to help him rebuild. On Saturday, Feb. 8, 1 p.m. “'til gone”, a potluck lunch will be served at Tranquility Grange, $8 for adults and $4 for children. A building fund has also been set up at Viking Lumber; all donations are appreciated. If you would like to donate or to help with the potluck, call Jude, 763-3298.
Open Air Museum
The Historical Society is beginning to collect, or rather locate, items for the new Jackie Young Watts Open Air Museum in the Center. Horse-drawn agricultural equipment, anything related to the lime industry, coopering, woods tools, etc. are all on our list. Items should come from a Lincolnville farm, and we’ll only have space for one of each thing. We’ll be ready to pick them up in the spring. Give me a call if you have something to donate: 789-5987.