Lincolnville news

By Diane O'Brien | Mar 14, 2013
These two pileated woodpeckers appear to be making short work of this maple on Beach Road. Neighbor Dianne Stevenson, who took this photo, says "The birds have been keeping to a fairly consistent schedule of 8 a.m.to 3 p.m.  Must be unionized." Unfortunately, when local bird photographer Karl Gerstenberger came by to try and catch them at it, they were nowhere to be seen.

Municipal Meetings

All meetings are at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.

The Planning Board meets with selectmen Tuesday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m.

The L’ville Sewer District Committee meets on an irregular basis. I’ll have more information on their activity and their next meeting in future columns.

School

February Students of the Month are: kindergarten, Chloe Burgess; first-grade, Mikayla Talbot and Canyon Palise-Simmons; second-grade, Skyler Joy; third-grade, Britney Jackson and Cole Freeman; fourth-grade, Alexa Libby; fifth-grade, Annabella Tracy and Cameron Pendleton; sixth-grade, Ayla Curit; seventh-grade, Sophia Buckley-Clement; and eighth-grade, Kendra Bergelin. Congratulations to all!

Children who will be 5 years old on or before Oct. 15 are eligible to start kindergarten next fall. Parents should contact Marie at 763-3366 for a registration packet. In registering a child, the original birth certificate, a copy of a recent physical exam and a copy of the child’s immunization record are needed.

The grades 3-5 concert will be Tuesday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Walsh Common. Students will be performing a revue of the musical “Compose Yourself” and each class will have its own performance piece.

Five LCS musicians traveled to Boothbay for the District III Festival: Abby Milner (soprano), Sydney Lytton (alto), Gabe Salo (alto sax), Anna Christie (trumpet) and Sara Schaefer (drum set).

Penobscot Bay YMCA is sponsoring a showing of “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” at the Teen Center, 10 Knowlton St., Wednesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. Following the film there will be a follow up discussion with Dr. Candice Bray and Dr. Cecilia Knast, both experts in reading and learning disabilities. Free for all; call 266-3375 for more information.

Library Presentation and Concert

Chris Fahy, author of 16 books, among them "Limerock: Maine Stories" and the novels "Breaking Point," "Chasing the Sun," "Red Tape" and "The Christmas Star," will be the guest speaker at the L’ville Community Library, at the corner of Main Street and Heal Road, Wednesday, March 20. In addition, the Rosecroft String Trio – Nancy Carroll, Nora Willauer, and Logan Sampson – will perform. Nancy, playing violin, and Nora, cello, both play with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. Logan has been playing violin for 10 years and was a member of the Odeon Orchestra. The program starts at 7 p.m.; tickets are $10. Call Rosey Gerry at 975-5432, to reserve tickets.

News from Indonesia

Brian and Holly Underhill, missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship, sent out their most recent newsletter. Along with their four children, Brian — who is the son of Carol and Roy Underhill — and Holly have been serving in Kalimantan, Indonesia, for the past couple of years. Brian is a pilot flying patients to medical treatment and fellow missionaries to remote villages. The family will be coming back to the states this July for a furlough, first to Idaho and Washington, and then to Maine. Contact them at Mission Aviation Fellowship, P.O. Box 47, Nampa, ID 83653 or by emailing bunderhill@maf.org. Learn more online at maf.org/underhill.

Off the Job

The pileated woodpeckers that were busy turning a large tree on Beach Road into a pile of sawdust have evidently quit. But the tree will never be the same. Dianne Stevenson writes that it was “not a healthy tree. There are three trunks squished together. Only one looks healthy. The condition of the 2nd trunk …might be OK. It certainly isn’t as bad at the pileated cafeteria trunk. The eaten one has been dropping branches over the last few years. I haven’t touched anything as I keep hoping that the birds will come back if only to look for a snack.”

I’ve noticed a few test holes on other trees in that area. Pileateds make those distinctive tall, rectangular holes.

At Our House

We've had a cardinal calling for the past week or more. I hope he finds a mate and sets up housekeeping on this side of the brook. Ducktrap Road, on the other side of Frohock Brook, has several pairs, but in all our years here we've only had a single cardinal and that one was caught by a cat within a couple of weeks — we found the red feathers.

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