All meetings are at the Town Office, 493 Hope Road, unless otherwise noted.
The Lakes & Ponds Committee meets Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m.
Monday the 21st is Patriots’ Day in New England; the Town Office will be closed.
We’re coming up on June’s town elections. This year’s voting will be Tuesday, June 10, followed by the annual Town Meeting that Thursday at 6 p.m. On the ballot will be candidates for Selectmen, both School Committees, and Budget Committee, as well as ratification of the school budget. At Town Meeting voters will consider the 2013-14 municipal budget.
The terms of two selectmen, Dave Barrows and Julia Libby, expire in June, making two openings. So far two people have returned nomination papers: Cathy Hardy and Art Dority.
Three Budget Committee members expire this June, Cathy Hardy, Ed O’Brien, and Seth Horton, so those three positions are open. Dorothy Lanphear and Ed O’Brien have taken out papers.
School Committee has two openings, one a vacant spot from Edmund Hartt’s resignation and Rebecca Stephens whose term is up. So far only Rebecca has taken out papers, leaving one School Committee slot with no potential candidate.
The CSD School Committee has one opening, Kelly Gould’s, and she has taken out papers for it.
There’s still time to sponsor a child for the PTO’s second Annual Read-a-thon, to be held Friday, April 18. Each child commits to read, or be read to for two hours. This year’s volunteer guest readers include Melissa Sweet, Liza Gardner Walsh, Kelly Paul Briggs and John Ford, all local authors or illustrators. To sponsor a child contact Shelly at 789-5402 or email@example.com. Last year’s Read-a-thon raised more than $2,000.
The annual exhibit of student art from the Five Town Community School District, as well as area private and pre-schools, is on display at the Center for Contemporary Art (CMCA) through April 27. CMCA is in Rockport Village across from the town library. LCS students with works on display include Owen Hotchkins, Mckinley Boetsch, Mikayla Talbot, Amelia Bernard, Avery Marino, Owen McManus, Kara Andrews, Zoe O'Brien, Liliana Palise-Simmons, Kai Rainy, Hanna Hallundbaek, Dawson Allen, Maddie Boetsch, Rose O'Brien, Kris Kelly, Ellie Silverio, Kasey Wood, Bradlee Watts, Natalie O'Neil, Drew Kelly, Zach Markowitz, Noah Lang, Mya Wiley, Sophia Buckley-Clement, Emma Hallundbaek and Brinley Harrison. All the kindergarteners’ pinch pots are there, too.
Congratulations to fifth-grader Jason Fowler, winner of the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest. Lt. Aaron Hayden of the Maine State Police came to LCS to make the presentation during the Student of the Month assembly. Eric Andrews’ poster came in second and Willa Rainey’s third.
It took nearly 50 students with a smattering of adults to put on the middle school’s production of "Annie Jr." last week. Congratulations to all, and I’ll bet everyone had a great time doing it. There’s nothing as much fun as putting on a play, nothing in the world!
Easter in Lincolnville
United Christian Church holds several services during Holy Week including a 6 p.m. simple supper and service for Maundy Thursday the 17th, two Good Friday services at noon and at 6 p.m., Sunrise at Nortons Pond Sunday, 6:30 a.m. (or the church if it’s raining), and regular worship at 9:30 a.m.
Crossroads Community Baptist Church sponsors their annual Easter Egg Hunt for toddlers through grade 6 on Saturday the 19th, 11 a.m. at Pastor Dave’s house, 2266 Belfast Road. All are welcome, and there’ll be a free hot dog lunch for everyone afterwards. Pastor Dave’s number is 763-3551.
Bayshore Baptist celebrates with Sunrise at the Beach at 6 a.m. (or at the church if raining), followed by a free community breakfast at the church at 6:30. Regular Sunday school is at 9, and worship service at 11 a.m.
King David’s Lodge serves its annual Easter Breakfast for the community this Sunday, 7 to 9 a.m. Lincolnville’s Masons have been doing this breakfast for years. If you’ve never been to King David’s, here’s a chance to see inside this historic building. Don’t know where it is? Turn down Howe Point Road, the little road that leads to Ducktrap, and the lodge is the first building on the left. All are welcome, the breakfast is “by donation.” Have breakfast and there’s still time to get to church!
Spring at the Library
People of all ages are invited to come to the library this Saturday the 19th between 10 a.m. and noon to make paper baskets, birds’ nests and other fun things to celebrate spring. Materials will be provided. I heard there was a great group last month making leprechauns.
The inaugural meeting of the library’s book club will be held Tuesday the 22nd at 6 p.m. with a discussion of the group’s first book, "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline. Trudi Hennemuth, LCS substitute teacher, will lead the discussion. If you haven’t read the book, you’re still welcome to come and listen; come with suggestions for other books to read.
Friday the 25th children and parents are invited to the library’s first story time, 10 to 11 a.m. with Ann McKittrick, retired LCS kindergarten teacher, reading. Coloring supplies for children will be set out.
On Saturday the 26th at 10 a.m. stop by and help build a community compost bin on the library grounds. This is the first step in landscaping the site. For more information on any of the library’s doings, 763-4343 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for Vendors
With at least three markets going on in Lincolnville this spring and summer, there are several opportunities for people with things to sell from garden produce, food products, yard sale items, antiques or crafts. Dot’s at the Beach has already filled their slots; seven vendors will be offering cut flowers, locally grown greens and vegetables, corn meal processed on the spot, meats, poultry and lobsters. That market will be Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning May 16.
Contact people for the other two markets include Mary Schulein, director of the UCC’s Community Building Flea Market, 785-3521, and Randy Fein, with a market at 6 Heal Road, 763-3433.
Underhill Family Update
Lincolnville native Brian and Holly Underhill, along with their four children, have spent the past several years living and working in a village in Indonesia -- Brian as a pilot for Mission Aviation Fellowship. They’re in the process now of moving on to their next assignment, and are temporarily living in Spokane near their sending church. If you’d like to follow their travels and read their updates, contact them at email@example.com or 207-299-2750.
Condolences to the family and friends of Craig Upton who passed away recently. His wife, Rose, has worked in the hot lunch program at LCS for many years.
In spite of our crazy weather (I wore sandals to church yesterday and came out after the service to sleet) spring’s arrival seems like a pretty sure bet. We’ve had cardinals calling for a couple of weeks; it’s a tease since they never seem to find a mate on this side of Frohock Brook and settle in to raise the kids. Still, we love to hear them, ever hopeful as they are that a girl cardinal will answer. Then, the other evening, having a glass of wine and sitting on our deck (shivering on our deck is more like it) we spotted a pair of ducks who had landed on our pond mere minutes after ice out.
Spring’s not all about birds nesting and peepers singing; most days it’s more about ticking off the chores. So far, Wally’s moved the remnants of the last woodpile inside the shed, repaired the dog yard gate, and hauled four bags of salt into the cellar. I’ve settled the onion and lettuce seedlings into the outdoor greenhouse, planted peppers, celery, cauliflower and more, and begun uncovering the perennial bed.
Anna Fields called with a nice, long list of birds visiting her yard: purple finches, gold finches, red wing blackbirds, nuthatches, titmice, starlings, chickadees, and best of all, robins. Apparently the berries on her holly bush are a big draw for them; they’ve been hanging around since February.