All meetings are at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.
The Selectmen meet Monday the 25th at 6 p.m.
The Lakes & Ponds Committee meets Tuesday the 26th, 7 p.m.
The Planning Board meets Wednesday the 27th at 7.
Congratulations to our newly-elected (and re-elected) town officers – Ladleah Dunn and Jason Trundy, Selectmen; Betsy Maguire, Christine Stevens and Rebecca Stephens, School Committee; Daina Hill, Reed Mathews, Tom Wilhelm, Cathy Hardy and Betty Johnson, Budget Committee. Glen Sargent, who was elected to both School Committee and CSD Committee on a write-in, declined to accept either position because of a conflict of interest; both will be filled by selectmen appointment.
Saturday’s town meeting proved prophetic my words of last week: “… the meeting that’s described as America’s one true democratic process … Town meetings can be perfunctory and brief, or long and drawn-out, as well as plain entertaining. …. democracy in its purest form.” A well-organized group of residents intent on changing the organization of the police department – specifically, removing part-time officers – brought out like-minded voters and eliminated funds for all part-timers from the budget. The debate took the better part of an hour as we listened to both sides. In the end, the vote was better than 3-1 in favor of the cut. Whereupon, a good many of those voters got up and walked out into the beautiful June morning, leaving a much-diminished number to finish the business of the town.
That’s the way democracy is supposed to work, right? Well, yes and no. Certainly, the majority rules in a vote of this kind. But there’s so much more to making the town work, and Lois Lyman, 14-year member of either (at times both) the Planning Board and the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee, said it best when pleading for new members: “Aren’t you tired of listening to me at town meeting?” Where are these disgruntled voters, our fellow townsmen, when the committees are looking for new members? The Route One Advisory Committee, recently re-activated to work on finishing the Route One rebuild, joked that we’re all growing old in the job.
An awful lot of complaining goes on in this town by a good many people. Not so many are actually willing to join a committee or run for office or serve on a board to make things better in town.
18th Annual Strawberry Festival
This year’s parade, “Make a Joyful Noise,” starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 7. Once at the church/Community Building, there’ll be the usual goodies – strawberry shortcake and pie, hot dogs, vegetarian treats, popcorn, drinks, homemade baked goods, relishes and jams. Kids activities will include crafts, games, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kyle Edgerly, the Balloon Guy, will entertain. The Joyful Noise will continue with the Lincolnville Band at 10:30 a.m., at 11 a.m. the Breezemere Bottom Boys, and other musicians throughout the day, which ends at 2 p.m.
Townspeople will be particularly interested to see the newly-renovated Community Building, due to be finished in time for the festival!
The community is invited to a potluck party for retiring teachers, Sally Littlefield and Ann McKittrick, on Saturday, June 30, 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the McKittrick home located at 226 High St. For more details, email PARTY@kosowsky.net.
“The Best Maine Author You’ve Never Heard Of”
That’s the title of a great review in last week-end’s Portland Press Herald -- http://www.pressherald.com/life/audience/magic-works-for-all-ages_2012-06-17.html -- of Lincolnville’s own Elizabeth Hand and her new young adult novel, "Radiant Days." And of course, here in Lincolnville, we’ve heard of Liz!
Mother animals are very protective of their young, so it’s always surprising to come upon those little ones in the wild. In recent days we’ve seen turkey chicks, some half grown, but one, scurrying into the roadside undergrowth, looked barely hatched out. Wally watched a family of goslings plus parents sunning themselves on a Coleman Pond dock near where he was mowing. One after another they jumped into the water and swam away, Papa at the head of the line, followed by seven goslings, and Mama bringing up the rear (or vice versa).