All meetings are at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.
A public hearing on the budget will take place Tuesday, April 23, 6 p.m.
The Planning Board meets Wednesday the 24th at 7 p.m., meeting televised.
In preparation for the town office renovation, the staff will be moving out and into the fire station for the duration of construction, expected to take until November. Imagine all that entails – furnishings, office machines, files, all that you see filling every available corner of the current building – it all has to go. Most people have never been up in the attic, which must also be cleaned out. The Historical Society had stored a few boxes up there years ago, before we had our office and attic at the Schoolhouse Museum. When we went to get them a couple of weeks ago, those “few” boxes filled the back of a pickup and then some. And that was only a small part of what we saw up there. Monday, April 22 is the town office’s moving day, so the office will be closed that day, reopening Tuesday in their temporary location, Lincolnville Fire Station.
With eight elected positions open (Selectman, Budget Committee, LCS School Committee, and CSD School Committee) there’s plenty to choose from. If you’ve ever considered running for a town board, this is a great year to do it. Nomination papers are available from the town office and must be returned no later than 5 p.m., April 29.
The school had a “lock down” drill just before vacation, its purpose to help prepare the school for an event that might require securing access to the building. Principal Paul Russo and Chief Ron Young coordinated the drill in accordance with the school’s Crisis Response Plan. All went as planned, with Chief Young addressing students and staff afterward and praising their efforts.
When our granddaughters described the lock down drill to us the next day, both Wally and I remembered the drills we did when we were their ages, hiding under our desks to protect ourselves from the atomic bomb. Oh my. Nothing really changes, does it?
Partners for Enrichment
April is National Poetry Month and Partners for Enrichment is celebrating! Monday, April 22, Richard Blanco, 2013 Inaugural Poet, is coming to CHRHS to do a reading for Appleton, Hope and Lincolnville middle school students. At 7 p.m. he will do a reading for the community at the high school. Tickets, at $10 for adults, $5 for students, are available at the Lincolnville, Appleton, Camden and Rockport libraries, as well as at Hope General Store and local book stores.
And on April 30, Partners annual Authors’ Day, award-winning writer Lynn Plourde and graphic novelist Ben Bishop, will speak to middle school students as well as grades 3 through 8. Nancy Tyndall’s Milkweed Puppet theater will be visiting K through 2 students.
Family Star Night
Bring the kids out to see the full moon and stars from Beech Hill this Saturday, April 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Beech Nut will be open, Miss Amy from Camden Public Library will read star stories in the firelit hut at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket to sit on and a flashlight to negotiate the ¾ mile hike up and down the hill.
Biking for Everyone
Bike for All, a cycling extravaganza for all ages and abilities, will take place Sunday, April 21, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Knox Mill parking lot and nearby Watershed School in Camden.
Come and learn about bicycle safety, inspection and repair, as well as a demonstration and custom cycles. There will also be a children’s obstacle course, live music, a giant fun bike ride and parade and refreshments. All bicyclists, whether they ride on the road or trail, are invited to attend — ideally with a bike and helmet!
CycleWorks, which is sponsoring the day, is a group of bicycle enthusiasts with a goal of building a cycling community in Midcoast Maine. For more information about Bike for All, go to facebook.com/midcoastcycleworks or call Jim Dunham at 789-5233.
Acupuncturists at Lincolnville Community Library
Local acupuncturists Abi Morrison, Eileen Murray, Mary O’Herin and Jolinda Rockett will present a program on “Spring: Rising Energy, Growing Health” Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at Lincolnville Community Library. The four will share their secrets for maintaining good health this time of year with the help of diet and self-care exercises. Refreshments will be served. The library is located at the corner of Heal Road and Main Street in Lincolnville Center. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendars: this year’s Tranquility Grange Spring Fling – Bean Supper and Variety Show – planned for Saturday, May 18.
Contact Mary Schulein, 785-3521, for more information about getting a table at the monthly flea market at the Community Building, starting May 18.
A service for Elinor Collemer Johnson, who died several months ago, will be held at United Christian Church Saturday, April 27. Elinor grew up in Lincolnville; I always think of a story she told me of wandering away from her North Chester Dean Road house at the age of three. She was finally spotted in her little red, woolen coat near the swamps of Coleman Pond, quite a ways from where she started.
Jenness Eugley passed away over the weekend. Jenness, born on the Eugley farm on Moody Mountain Road, went to the Wiley School, (see the sign on Moody Mountain Road), delivered barrels of sauerkraut (made by his parents) to local stores on his way to school, won a General Electric science contest in high school, served in New Guinea during WW II, went to University of Maine on the GI bill, and married Mary Lou Hahn along the way. I know all this because Jenness told me this story of his early life for "Staying Put." I’m so glad to have known him. A service will be held for him at United Christian Church, 2 p.m. Thursday, April 25.
Coastal Mountains Land Trust is hiring a part-time (20 hours per week) Seasonal Steward for the Fernald's Neck Preserve. Duties include welcoming the public, enforcing use guidelines, coordinating volunteers and maintaining the trail system. In addition, the land trust needs rakers and packers to work at their organic blueberry operation from late July through August. Visit coastalmountains.org or call 236-7091 for more information.
Watching the Sun Rise
My friend Barb lives on the shore, making the sun’s rise a big part of her day. She wrote today: “The sun now rises to the left of the flag pole. Soon I will lose it until next autumn.” As the earth rotates, the sun seems to move; from our house its rise is only visible as a lightning over the trees in Sleepy Hollow. I look forward to our daily trips to pick up the Beach; then we get to see it peek over the horizon every single day.
The members of King David’s Lodge put on a heck of a meal for the community last Saturday evening, feeding lasagna and the fixings to some 500 people (and another, uncounted bunch — the latecomers who only got dessert and coffee). In the process they boosted the spirits of us all. I was watching the faces of Andy’s parents and saw, for the first time since their little guy’s diagnosis, real smiles. For a grandma, that was the best part. And this benefit was barely two weeks after the amazing barbecue and auction for Justin Hills put on by L’ville Fire Department.
Pastor Dave Pouchot wrote a poem for the Bulletin Board called “Saturday Night Special at LCS”; the last stanza is “Pulling together is the character of our town, in helping each other, WE DO ABOUND!” Amen.