Lincolnville news

By Diane O'Brien | Mar 27, 2014

Municipal Meetings

All meetings are at the town office, 493 Hope Road, unless otherwise noted.

The Harbor Committee meets Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m.

Town Office

Eight positions are opening up on elected town committees this spring including two on Board of Selectmen, two on School Committee, one on the CSD School Committee, and three on the Budget Committee. If you’re interested in running for one of these positions the first step is taking out nomination papers, which are now available at the Town Office. You must get at least 25 signatures of registered Lincolnville voters, but no more than 100, and return the papers by 5 p.m., April 28. It’s easier than it sounds since most people are willing to sign nomination papers; and as a “signing” citizen, you can sign more than one as signing doesn’t necessarily mean support of a candidate.

Town Election Day this year will be Tuesday, June 10. The Annual Town Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 12 at 6 p.m.

School

Sixth-grader Lulu Lydon has qualified to compete in the state National Geography Bee. It’s not enough to just win your own school’s bee, which Lulu did, but the winner then has to answer a series of geography questions in order to go on to the state Bee. That competition takes place April 4 at UMF (University of Maine at Farmington). Next stop, the final round in Washington D.C. Good luck, Lulu!

Students in grades 4 through 8 will be going to Strom Auditorium at CHRHS this week to watch Camden Rockport Middle School’s production of “The Spirit of Broadway,” a revue written by Allysa Anderson, CRMS choral director. Many of the LCS middle schoolers are part of the cast and crew of their own musical production, "Annie Jr." to be performed on April 3 and 4, 7 p.m. on the stage of Walsh Common. Tickets are $2 each; buy them ahead at the school office or at the door.

Last Saturday at the Regional Wrestling meet several HAL wrestlers qualified for the upcoming state meet including Eric Andrews (first at 75), Noah Lang (first at 105), Marshall Sawyer (fourth at 81), Andrew Kelly (fourth at 99) and Ben Benson (fourth at 117). LCS’ Dawson Allen is an alternate at 93 pounds.

Service of Healing

This Sunday, the 30th, at 4 p.m. Pastor Susan Stonestreet, accompanied by guitarist John Ruis, will lead a service of healing at United Christian Church. This is one of the six special Lenten services of music and reflection at UCC. All welcome.

“Sailing to Greenland” at Lincolnville Community Library

Lincolnville residents Gia Yannekis and Jens Ostergaard will give a free illustrated presentation on their sailing trip from Maine to Greenland on Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. at Lincolnville Community Library. In 1996 the two left Kittery in their North Sea trawler/motor sailor “Little Bear” and sailed along the Maine Coast and through the Maritimes to Labrador before crossing over to Greenland. The couple spent four years living, working, teaching and sailing on the country’s west coast before traveling back to Maine in 2000. The presentation will include Inuit art, music and slides. For more information, call 763-4343.

The Library is open Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays from 2 to 7 p.m. (9 p.m. on program nights), and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Tanglewood CMLT Walk

Coastal Mountains Land Trust co-sponsors, along with the Camden Conservation Commission, monthly natural history walks in our area. This month’s will be at Tanglewood, Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m. to noon. Gary Gulezian will lead the walk. Meet at the parking area at the gate, which is about 2 miles down Tanglewood Road. Call CMLT office, 236-7091 for more information. Registration is not necessary.

Lincolnville Boat Club

Summer must be on the horizon (though it’s below zero as I write this), since the Lincolnville Boat Club is putting out its summer schedule. The LBC, our own local youth sailing program, is extending its hours for the upcoming season. There’ll be some weeks of all-day instruction, including sailing skills, swimming, rowing, making a compass, charting a course, tying knots, and marine life as well as half days of Beginner and Intermediate Sailing. For the full schedule as well as scholarship opportunities go lincolnvilleboatclub.com.

Job Opportunity

Tanglewood 4-H Camp is looking for a Food Services Supervisor. Responsibilities include preparing healthy meals and snacks for school programs and summer camp, using whole foods and fresh produce, supervision of one to thrre kitchen assistants and working closely with them, ordering food, planning and preparing meals, as well as maintaining a clean and sanitary kitchen facility in compliance with standards. The pay rate is $16.10/hour for the spring, summer and fall seasons. For a detailed job description go to http://extension.umaine.edu/tanglewood/.

Condolences

One of Lincolnville’s oldest residents, Perry Thomas, passed away recently, practically across the road from where he was born and grew up. Perry’s father, Herbert, was Lincolnville’s long-time snow plower, a role that passed, periodically, to each of his sons in turn. His grandson (and nephew of Perry) Larry Thomas is still carrying on the tradition.

Sympathy to Perry’s immediate and extended family and friends.

End of Winter

Yesterday was Maine Maple Sunday, and I had a call from Ron Leadbetter in Hope. Ron grew up in the Center and was remembering a day long ago – he was about 9 or 10 when he went out collecting sap the old fashioned way. He was helping a local fellow among maple trees, probably somewhere on Slab City Road, riding into the woods on a horse drawn sled that carried two large wooden barrels. They’d empty the tin buckets that were hanging on trees into these barrels, working away until all were emptied, then driving home behind the team of heavy workhorses. It’s a far cry from the thousands of feet of plastic tubing we see snaking through the trees today, but the process isn’t all that different. There’s still 39 gallons of water to be boiled off that sap to reach the 1 gallon of sweet syrup at the bottom.

No one’s called with a bird report in a long, long time, so here’s the count in Sleepy Hollow: two titmice, a handful of doves, a pair of hairy woodpeckers chasing each other up and down the ash tree in our front yard, one goldfinch not yet in his spring finery, a raven or two pecking around the hen yard, a few very bold and daring squirrels doing acrobatics on the feeders, many chickadees, and nuthatches, both white and pink breasted. Oh, and these sunny days are punctuated with the calls of cardinals; they’re all around us, looking for mates, but, for some reason, they never, never settle down on our side of Frohock Brook.

This long winter has brought a degree of togetherness we haven’t seen in ages. We’ve been reduced to watching the dog chase the cat and thinking it’s entertainment. I feed Smitten in the sunroom which is three steps down from the living room; for some reason Fritz won’t venture down those steps. Both watch me intently as I open the can of cat food, then carry it to those steps. Fritz takes up a station along the route, while Smitten darts first one way, then another around the chimney trying to thwart him. Fritz lays in wait, she runs a jagged course under the furniture, back around the chimney, then shoots out under the stove, between my legs and down those steps. He never varies his strategy, and she never goes the same way twice. Guess it’s been a long winter.

Institutional Memory

One of the openings on the School Committee is the one held for 20 years by Edmund Hartt; he recently resigned. As far as I know, this must make him the longest serving School Committee member in LCS history. Edmund was the guest of honor at a recent school staff meeting where teachers cited his “firm but fair” stance in contract negotiations with them, and in always “having the best interests of Lincolnville children in mind.”

There is definitely something to be said for long-serving members on the committees and boards that govern our town. “Institutional memory” is more than a catch phrase; it’s very helpful for current members to remember where we’ve been in making policies, drafting ordinances, or working on long-term planning. I’ve seen it personally on the Route One Advisory Committee. Most of its members have been serving since the early 1990s, when the Route One reconstruction was barely a gleam in DOT’s (Department of Transportation) eye. (Of course, here we are, nearly a quarter of a century later and only two phases out of four have been completed – the Ducktrap Bridge and the Beach – but that’s hardly the fault of the Committee!)

Current members of the various boards and committees could gain perspective by occasionally inviting these veterans to share some of the challenges they dealt with, as well as plans that were tried and failed. It might save everyone some time…

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