All meetings are at the Town Office, 493 Hope Road, unless otherwise noted.
The School Committee meets Monday, March 3, 7 p.m. at the school.
The Budget Committee holds a review/informational meeting on Tuesday the 4th at 6 p.m.
The wrestling team is front and center at Lincolnville Central School at the moment, as HAL (Hope, Appleton, Lincolnville) participates in the Pine Tree Wrestling League. Wrestlers have meets on Saturdays; families of wrestlers often spend these late winter Saturdays inside some gym or other, cheering on their team. This past Saturday middle-school wrestlers from Medomak Middle School of Waldoboro, Mount View Junior High of Thorndike, Winslow, Mount Desert Island and some independents gathered in the Lynx gym at LCS for a meet. Other teams in the PTWL include Camden-Rockport Middle School, Troy Howard Middle School of Belfast, and Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston.
HAL wrestlers often go on to join the Camden Hills High School team; current former HAL members from Lincolnville include John Underhill, Wyatt Parra, Gabe Salo and Alex Copeland.
Coin making and the U.S. Mint is the subject of a talk Wednesday the 5th, 7 p.m., at the Community Library. Brad Hennemuth of Lincolnville will talk about how coins were made for centuries and the early years of the U.S. Mint, which was created by Congress in 1792 in Philadelphia. He will use his own special collection of half-dollars, all dated 1834, to show what people can learn from them about coin making at the U.S. Mint. Audience members are invited to bring one or two U.S. or foreign coins they would like to know more about. Brad’s been a numismatist (coin collector) for more than 30 years.
If you haven’t been inside the new library yet, these free Wednesday evening talks are a great way to see it. The place is warm and inviting on a cold night, or stop by during open library hours, Tuesdays 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays 2 to 7 p.m. (later when there’s a program), Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon.
More Spring Planning
It’s time to order your chicks, assuming that is, that you keep chickens. The last couple of years, with the huge uptick in backyard flocks, Murray McMurray, the biggest supplier of mail order chicks, sells out of female laying breeds early. Of course, those girls haven’t even hatched yet, but the company must plan on a limited number of each breed and only accept so many orders. We placed our order a couple of weeks ago, going in with our neighbors; our egg business, which we do with them, is booming. Or rather, the eggs fly out of here (!) as soon as we put them out. So between us, we’ll increase our flocks next year by about double and reliably have eggs when people stop.
Our experience with selling eggs shows that this town could use a few more flocks, in every neighborhood in fact. People love fresh eggs, and once you’ve figured out hen housing, the profits cover the cost of grain. You don’t exactly make money, but your own eggs are free. That’s the kind of economy that makes sense to me.
The daughter of old friends, a Lincolnville girl I’ve known since she was born, stopped by the other day to introduce us to baby Jacob, her three-month old son. As Jacob snoozed away, barely opening his eyes long enough for us to say “hi,” his mom and I talked about becoming a mother for the first time, what her siblings and my “kids” are up to, and then out of nowhere: “My hens have stopped laying, have yours?” It caught me by surprise, for this woman lives in Brooklyn. I’d forgotten that she and her husband do indeed keep chickens in their tiny New York City backyard. We talked about the best sources of chicks, and how they couldn’t handle 25, the minimum order most places require. But, it turns out, there’s a vital chicken community in Brooklyn, so she could probably find people to share an order. Who knew?
Seen Around Town
Animal reports this week include a mink seen loping across the yard of a house in the Center, not far from the stream that goes by the Center Store. Minks tend to live near water, so perhaps it was trying to get across the road and home.
Wally and I have seen a couple of big turkey flocks, but not as many as most years; they must be yarded up with the deer. But yesterday we both spotted a partridge sitting on the snow bank along Beach Road; partridges used to be pretty common, but not lately. Maybe the turkeys have taken over their habitat or the coyotes get them.
Speaking of coyotes, there’s been a lot of sign of them around our place – tracks and scat, but no noise. There was a time when you heard them yipping and barking most every night, but now almost never. One night this winter I woke up to a couple of high-pitched yips and then nothing. Almost as if Mama muffled the kids. They’re all around, they just don’t want us to know.
Finally, during the couple of days of reasonable temperatures this past week-end we were walking our dog, Fritz, up the road and spotted a woolly bear caterpillar lying there. It was dead, but couldn’t possibly have been there since last fall. Do they winter over as caterpillars? Anyone else seen any?