All meetings are at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.
The Lakes & Ponds Committee meets Tuesday the 22nd at 7 p.m.
The office will be closed Monday the 21st for Martin Luther King Day.
At the Jan. 7 School Committee meeting, Denis Howard, the interim superintendent taking over on Tom Marx’ retirement, reported on snowy day procedures, as well as on a meeting with prospective substitute teachers. The Jan. 28 joint board meeting (with Hope and Appleton boards) will be at Hope Town Office at 6 p.m. to discuss standards-based learning.
The School Committee regularly meets the first Monday of each month unless it’s a Monday holiday, in which case the meeting is on the first Tuesday.
No school either Monday or Tuesday, Jan. 21 and 22, with Tuesday a Teacher Workshop Day.
Congratulations to December’s Students of the Month: kindergarten, Sage Burgess; first-grade, Chloe Day-Lynch and Owen McManus; second-grade, Layna Thompson and Lucy Cohen; third-grade, Hailey Jones and Joseph Corey; fourth-grade, Madison Boetsch; fifth-grade Tristan Black and Kristina Kelly; sixth-grade, Trey Gilson; seventh-grade, Dan Lydon; and eighth-grade, Emily Morse.
From the school library: “Thanks to the Coombs Trust a special collection has been purchased for the library: fiction and nonfiction books that correlate with the K-6 Everyday Math program. They will be housed in a special section to provide easy access to both teachers and students. Many are stories that provide extension to the concepts being taught, while others provide further illustration and practice in a non-workbook way. Many thanks to the Coombs Trust.”
Congratulations Sophia Buckley-Clement and Emma Hallundbaek, chorus and band musicians of the month.
Community Library Programs
A number of ideas are in the wind for our new library, including Wednesday morning programs for gardeners, possibly a knitting group, maybe a book group. The third Wednesday of every month from now until June an evening program of a speaker and musician(s) will be held, admission $10, will be scheduled.
Speak with librarian Shelia Polson about ideas you might have for programs.
It was fun to welcome Andy Smith and Caitlin Frame back to the Market last Saturday with their organic, non-pasteurized Jersey milk, yogurt and farmers’ cheese. They also have grass-fed beef (frozen) for sale, and in the spring, pork. Andy and Caitlin, who work at Two Loons Farm in South China, process their dairy products there.
Another new feature at the Market is a weekly homemade soup for sale by the bowl/mug. With various delicious breads and pastries available every week it’s a great place for Saturday brunch. The library is open Saturday mornings as well, 9 to noon.
Center General Store
This Saturday at the Market Jeremy and Marcie Howard will meet with townspeople to answers questions and hear suggestions about the general store they are currently renovating. The Howards want to make this the store that Lincolnville wants and so are open to hearing from all of us. See you there.
Last week Peg Miller told me about Edgar Allen and how she misses his helpful presence in her life. Well, making dinner the other night I reached for my favorite utensil, a wooden spatula, to stir the stew. Frank Slegona made that for me, I thought, carved it out of a piece of apple wood he found in his woodbox. A quick look around my kitchen and Frank was everywhere: the cookie sheets he fabricated out of a piece of stainless steel, then stamped with his name, the shallow pan he made for me to fit under our antique gas burners, sheet metal sides to the shelves on my chimney, even the shoehorn I use every morning to put on my shoes. Wally reminded me of the berry basket holder he carries into the strawberry fields every summer, the one that holds six quarts securely, a Frank-made device.
Frank, who lived on Youngtown Road with his wife Cyrene passed away at the end of winter two years ago at the age of 92. His hands were busy right up until the end. And yes, I miss him.
What do we miss about people after they’re gone? What makes us think of them? Let me know, if you wish, and I’ll write it here.
Our latest book, the one Wally reads to me in the morning, is called "Shop Class as Soulcraft" by Matthew B. Crawford. Subtitled “An Inquiry into the Value of Work”, it explores a topic that’s always intrigued me – the intrinsic value of the work of our hands to our wellbeing.
And from the L’ville Community Library, I’m on my second Anna Quindlen novel: the first, "One True Thing" is a very believable look into the dynamics of a family facing a terminal illness. The second, "Black and Blue," tells the first-person story of a woman escaping an abusive marriage. All right, not light reading either one, but I couldn’t put them down.
Dianne Stevenson of Beach Road writes: “I have had a pair of red-bellied woodpeckers for the last several years. The female seems to visit my feeder much more often than the male. So beautiful with that brilliant red head. How nice to have a female with such bright plumage. They like the suet feeder the most but will also use the regular hanging one that I fill with “Meaties.” Several pairs of cardinals as well as the usual winter visitors. I wish some of Judie Hazen’s evening grosbeaks would swing by my house. I feel like a slacker with only one seed feeder and one suet feeder.”
We’d be happy with just one cardinal. We’re hearing one fairly near the house during the January thaw. Several live just behind us on Ducktrap Road, but only once have they ventured here, to the top of Sleepy Hollow. And that one was eaten by our cat within a day or two. With no more outdoor cats, we’re ready for another to visit.