All meetings are at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.
The School Committee meets Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m.
The Recreation Committee meets Wednesday the 31st at 6 p.m.
The Cemetery Trustees meet Thursday the 1st at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, is Election Day. The polls, located in the school gym, will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters should park by the town office side of the school and enter directly into the gym. Lincolnville abandoned counting paper ballots several years ago. We still vote on paper, but the ballots are counted by machine. It’s important that ballots are marked correctly; if you have a first-time voter in your family (always thrilling for both the voter and his/her parents) it’s a good idea to explain the correct way to fill out the ballot.
Only one candidate per contest can be marked. If you start to fill in the little circle for one candidate, then change your mind and fill out another the machine will reject your ballot into a special pile that is then hand counted. If your intent isn’t clear to the ballot clerk your vote for that position won’t be counted.
Also, I suggest you vote early in the day, if you can, to get first choice at the United Christian Church’s bake sale. Come later in the day, and you’ll find only crumbs.
Congratulations to the L’ville Lynx soccer team on their tie with Appleton in the Busline League Co-ed Championship game at Point Lookout last week. According to the Lynx newsletter, the game that ended with two five-minute overtimes trying to break the tie, “it was an entirely fitting tribute to the skill and determination exhibited by all the players on the field that the game ended with both teams sharing the championship crown. After a game like that, they were all truly winners!”
The cross country team ran their championship meet at CHRHS and both boys and girls teams had strong results. Eleven of the 16 Lynx runners scored a personal best in this meet: Kristina Kelly, who came in fifth in the girls’ race, and Kasey Wood, Grace Underhill, Rose O’Brien, Clara McGurren, Myia Hanson, Emily Morse and for the boys Mike Kremin (16th place), Kyle Wood, Hayden Thibeault, Eric Andrews, Drew Kelly, Sam Moody and Billy Murrietta.
King David’s Lodge will host a Hunters’ Breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. at Walsh Common at the school this Saturday, Nov. 3.
Attention fiddling fans
Waldo County Fiddlers’ Showcase will be held at a new location this year — Belfast American Legion Hall — Saturday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. A contra dance will follow the fiddle playing. L’ville performers include Rose and the Teardrops and Zach Markowitz. Admission is $10 per person, $30 for a family. Proceeds go for scholarships to Fiddlers’ Camp.
Looking for Crafters
The 13th annual Lermond Craft show will take place Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UCC’s Community Building. Tables are $10; contact Nancy Heald by calling 763-4280 for more information.
We Moved It!
At least 130 people, from 3 to 80 years old, helped pull the Center School House across the road last Saturday. With project designer/engineer Paul Cartwright giving hand signals to “pull” and “stop pulling,” the long rope passed through those many hands, gently urging the old building away from the site where it stood for more than a century. It looked almost stately as it seemed to be moving on its own along the wooden track that had been painstakingly assembled by the crew of volunteers working close to the building. Short pieces of pipe were removed from the back and placed under the front of the building; tiny adjustments to the angle of the pipes were made along the way to keep it straight on the track. Sometimes it just took a single shingle to shim up the track enough to keep things level and moving along.
Finally, at just about 10:30, an hour and a half from when the pull started, the building cleared the edge of the road on the other side. A cheer went up, and Main Street was reopened to traffic. It would take until 3 p.m. to turn the building parallel to the cement slab it was to sit on, and to pull it over. Through it all, spectators roamed around the perimeter of the area, enjoyed hot dogs and baked goodies, and visited the Farmers’ Market set up nearby, while former students watched from their front row seats.
It was quite a day. And this is just the beginning, as anyone who takes a look at the shell of a building that sits there now can see. So far, the “gleam in the eye” that was the idea of moving it has been realized. Next up, the hard work of turning this light and airy (oh, yes, it certainly is airy!) space into a cozy library, complete with tables and chairs, a computer or two, and shelves and shelves of books. The stretch of empty land will be planted with trees and bushes, as paths wind through flower beds, and up at the north end of the lot rough-hewn sheds will display Joe Nickerson’s hay rake currently hanging in the loft of his barn where he stored it decades ago, Claude Heald’s horse-drawn cultivator, the rowboat Robie Ames built in 1915, and all the other wonderful tools and implements L’ville farmers and fishermen used to earn their living.
The goal of Moving It before winter has been realized. With everyone’s help we hope to have it finished in a year. Let’s plan the dedication of the L’ville Community Library and Open-air Museum for the last week-end of October 2013. See you there!
At times watching Saturday’s big event was a bit like watching paint dry. It was definitely a slow process, as the men methodically moved and stacked and leveled the track ahead, then adjusted and re-adjusted the rollers. Plenty of time for those of us watching to chat. It reminded Seth Silverton, who summered in L’ville in the 1970s, of his favorite warm evening pastime. His father would drive slowly past 221 Main St., where Gerald Spearin had hung a bug zapper. Seth and his brother would eagerly watch for the sparks marking the demise of another bug. Big excitement, Seth said, and then his dad would speed up and away.
Boyhood memories surfaced for Frank and Alton Parker as well as they watched the move from the sidelines. They grew up in the Center and both attended the Center School; they could run home for lunch and play cowboys with toy pistols.