All meetings are at the Town Office, 493 Hope Road, unless otherwise noted. The Selectmen meet Monday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m., meeting televised.
The Lakes & Ponds Committee meets Tuesday the 25th at 7 p.m.
The Planning Board meets Wednesday the 26th at 7 p.m., and that meeting will be televised.
From the town website: “Due to a resignation the Town now has a vacancy on the Lincolnville Central School Committee. If you are interested in serving your community in this capacity until June (or perhaps longer) or wish to know more about this opportunity please contact any School Committee member, Superintendent Nancy Weed at 763-3818, Principal Paul Russo at 763-3366 or Town Administrator David Kinney at 763-3555.” Such a short term commitment is a good way to find out about serving on a town committee.
One of the items that’s been discussed at a meeting of the Budget Committee this month is whether to begin streaming the meetings that are now televised on cable channel 22; these include all Selectmen and Planning Board meetings. There is some additional cost to doing this, but the argument “for” is that most people in Lincolnville don’t have cable and so can’t watch the televised meetings, while many do have an Internet connection.
The Waldo County Republican Caucus is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22, 9 a.m., at Troy Howard Middle School. In the past the Lincolnville Republican Committee met separately here in town, but this year they’ll be joining the county party caucus.
Center Farmers’ Market
The popular farmers’ market that took place at 6 Heal Road for the past couple of years is now under new management. The Lincolnville Community Alliance (LCA), which leased the building and ran the market, is no longer involved as they gave up their lease Dec. 31. Richard Lenfest, currently the only vendor, is working to bring more vendors in and to revive the vibrant spirit enjoyed by so many at the Saturday morning markets. From his Ducktrap Valley Maple Farm he produces maple syrup and maple syrup-sweetened baked beans and pastries. He’s at 6 Heal Road every Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, with free hot coffee and a full array of his goods. Stop in and discuss the future of the Market with Richard.
Sympathy to the family and friends of Hazel Peabody who passed away last week. Hazel, who was a teacher in Lincolnville and Camden, lived with her late husband, Neal, on Nortons Pond for many years. As Pastor Susan Stonestreet wrote in an email “Hazel clearly knew she had lived a good long life and was thankful for every moment of it. May we each take a lesson from this teacher of teachers, and feel the same about our lives….”
Winter Winding Down?
We’ve had some pretty dire storm predictions over the past few weeks (which mostly didn’t live up to the hype), but also many weeks of bitter cold. Still, we’ve had several “plowable” events, in the latest lingo of the weather guys, and found ourselves cleaning off cars, driveway, walkways on many early mornings. Hurray for the snowplowers, some plowing for the town and some those fellows in pickups with a nice, sturdy plow on front. They’re the most welcome sight of the winter!
The next most welcome sight was the 6-inch cube of a box marked Fedco Seeds that arrived last week. Inside next summer’s garden was neatly arranged inside little packets – tomatoes and lettuce, squash and peas, carrots and parsley. By now the onions, leeks and shallots are already planted and starting to come up in our sunroom, sitting on top of the warming cable and under lights. By May they should be sturdy little plants ready for the garden.