All meetings are at the Town Office, 493 Hope Road, unless otherwise noted.
The Selectmen meet Monday, April 28, at 6 p.m.; the meeting will be televised on channel 22.
The Budget Committee holds a public hearing on the municipal and school budgets Tuesday the 29th at 6 p.m.
The Planning Board meets Wednesday the 30th, 7 p.m., meeting televised.
Nomination papers for selectmen, both School Committees (Lincolnville Central School and Five Town CSD), and Budget Committee are due back at the office by 5 p.m., Monday the 28th. Since only 25 signatures are needed to get on the ballot, there’s still time to take out papers and get them back by Monday. All four committees have openings.
For those with Internet access, a visit to the town website lincolnville.town.me.us will provide a monthly calendar of events, as well as news of nominees, committee minutes, and much, much more.
Eighth-graders Sophia Buckley-Clement, Alexia Stephens, Freya Hurlburt, Kaden Wood, and Owen Hotchkin reported in the Lynx, the LCS newsletter, on the salmon raising project their class is involved in. Along with the second grade they received around 200 Atlantic salmon eggs in February. The eggs will go through seven stages: egg, eyed egg, alevin, fry, parr, smolt and adult salmon. The eggs had progressed to “eyed egg” and then the night of April 15, the students report, 15 hatched into alevin, which is an egg with two large eyes visible through the shell. Once the babies reach the fry stage they’ll be released into the Ducktrap River.
The annual Talent Show, put on by students in grades 3 to 8, will be Thursday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. This is an eighth grade fundraising event; admission is $2 per person, $5 for a family.
To keep up with school events and sports schedules read the Lynx every week; you can find it at fivetowns.net/lcs/. Also at that site is a list of school staff members and their email addresses.
Did you know that any school employee (including School Committee members) of the Five Town system – Lincolnville, Hope, Appleton, Camden, Rockport -- can be reached via email? If you know their first and last name: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for spring at Tanglewood
The first weekend of every month Coastal Mountains Land Trust and Camden Conservation Commission co-sponsor natural history walks in the Camden area. May’s walk will be at Tanglewood, Saturday the 3rd, 10 a.m. to noon. With a focus on vernal pools, migrating birds and other signs of spring it may be just what many of us need after the seemingly endless winter. Gather at the circular parking area about 2 miles down Tanglewood Road (which is the only road that intersects Ducktrap Road). To find CMLT’s schedule of events, visit coastalmountains.org or call them at 236-7091.
The first official children’s story hour will be inaugurated Friday the 25th when Ann McKittrick, who taught kindergarten to most of Lincolnville’s young people during her long career at LCS, will be reading from some of her favorite story books. Bring your little ones, and since it’s still vacation week, even older children may enjoy listening to Mrs. McKittrick read; coloring supplies will be available too.
Saturday the 26th, volunteers will gather at 10 a.m. to building a compost pile, in preparation for this spring’s landscaping project on the library site. Bring appropriate tools!
Regular library hours are Tuesdays, 5 to 8 p.m. with Game Night every other week, Wednesdays, 2 to 7 p.m. (until 9 p.m. on program nights), Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon. Contact librarian Sheila Polson at 763-4343 or email@example.com.
Farmers’ and Flea Markets
Coming soon, this spring, a Flea Market, including dealers in collectibles, antiques, and miscellaneous “stuff” will take place the third Saturday of every month at the Community Building, sponsored by United Christian Church. Mary Schulein, 785-3521, is the contact person.
At 6 Heal Road in her soon-to-open Arts@The Center, Randy Fein is looking for craftsmen and other vendors for a Saturday or Sunday market. Contact her at 763-3433 or 841-0013.
Out on the lawn at 6 Heal Road, Richard Lenfest is organizing the Center Farmers’ Market. Richard has been selling his homemade maple products – syrup, maple apple butter, baked goods and baked beans – all winter. As the syrup season finally winds up, he’s busy looking for other farmers and producers to join him on Saturday mornings. After three years with the old Farmers’ Market on that site, he’s able to be helpful about insurance and other market issues. Call him at 342-3179.
Finally, some seven vendors will be at Dot’s on Atlantic Highway Fridays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting May 16. You’ll find cut flowers, greens and other vegetables in season, locally-grown corn meal, meats, poultry and lobsters.
Watch for news of ceramicist Randy Fein’s new venture in the Center. At her ceramics studio she’ll soon be offering classes; it’s gratifying to see so much enterprise and excitement brewing in Lincolnville Center…
Two things of note happened at the head of Pitcher Pond last week. One happens every year, and Peg Miller, official Pond Watcher, always lets me know: the ice finally went out on April 16. Many more of us watch Norton and Megunticook (both of which have been ice free for a couple of weeks), for that benchmark of spring’s coming, but Pitcher is more hidden from our view. Thanks, Peg, for the yearly announcement! But Peg had other, more momentous news – the birth of her first great-great-granddaughter, River Cameron Cook, born in Tennessee. How many of us even get “greats”? And many are still waiting for the first “grand”….
For some reason our bedroom collects dust, especially during wood stove season; it must be the way air currents travel up the stairs or something, but anyway, what I planned as a quick dusting and vacuuming of that room the other day led to a nearly week-long cleaning spree. Before long I'd emptied out the closet, sorted clothes, threw out what Wally couldn’t turn into rugs, scrubbed the floor and walls, stripped the bed down to the mattress, washed all the bedding and the curtains, hung them out, you know, spring cleaning.
According to her diary, 21-year-old Edith Philbrook, who lived at the Beach in 1880, started her spring cleaning with a walk to Ducktrap to get lime to whitewash her ceilings. In 1880 a large limekiln, located down the banking behind King David’s Lodge, was manufacturing shiploads of the stuff. I imagine that after a long winter of smoky stoves and the greasy smoke of kerosene lamps her ceilings needed whitewashing.
Keep an eye on the Lincolnville Historical Society’s website – lincolnvillehistory.org -- in the coming months as we perk it up with fresh stories, diaries such as Edith Philbrook’s, letters, maps and more. Also, watch the Jackie Young Watts Open Air Museum in the Center as we fill those sheds with artifacts of our working past.
Have you joined the L’ville Bulletin Board yet, the LBB? With some 420 members, this email group is a great way to stay in touch with neighbors and friends. Members include L’ville residents, summer residents and/or visitors, and a few who live just over our borders. If you’d like to join, contact manager Pat Putnam, firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll add you to the list.
To those who are connected all day long to a smart phone, pad, or computer screen it can seem that the whole world sees what they see. But many, for various reasons, either choose not to enter this new world or would like to, but don’t know how. Lincolnville Library is equipped with both computers and a high-speed connection; and they can teach anyone who asks how to use them. Anyone is welcome to use their own device there as well.