Lincolnville news

By Diane O'Brien | Apr 25, 2013

Municipal Meetings

All meetings are at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.

Selectmen meet Monday, April 29, 6 p.m.; meeting televised.

The Budget Committee hosts a public hearing Wednesday, May 1, at 6 p.m.

The Recreation Committee meets Wednesday as well, 6:30 p.m.

Town Office

Remember that the town office has moved to its temporary location at the fire station on Camden Road

Drug Take-Back Day

This Saturday, the 27th, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., take out-dated prescription drugs to the town office for safe disposal. Why go to all this trouble? Wouldn’t it be easier to just flush them or throw them into the trash? You’d think so, but the substances found in those drugs are turning up in the environment – in water supplies, etc. The drug take-back program disposes of them in an environmentally-safe manner.

Farmers Market & Library

Every Saturday morning, 9 a.m. to noon, a lively market takes place at 6 Heal Road, just across from Center General Store. Fresh bread and sweets, delicious Jersey milk, yogurts, frozen pork and beef, maple syrup, pies, baked beans, eggs, homemade soup, coffee and greens are for sale, as well as various handcrafts. A seafood CSA is starting up in May. During those same hours (and 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays as well) the L’ville Community Library is open. Stop by on a Saturday and join in all the conversations and eating, or on a (quieter) Wednesday to just check out a book.

Thank You to All

Many local businesses and organizations helped King David’s Lodge put on the benefit for 3-year-old Andy O’Brien last week including the Belfast Co-Op, CHRHS National Honor Society, Dolce Vita Farm, Drake Corner Store, Hannaford, Four Aces Arms, Just Jumpin, Lincolnville Central School, The Lobster Pound, Milk House Farms, UCC Community Building, Wentworth Family Grocery, Western Auto and Whales Tooth Pub.

Spring Goings On

Wally found himself defending the honor of our two hen turkeys the other day; the tom, who struts his stuff almost non-stop these days (you’d think he’d be exhausted!), was in a stand-off with a wild tom on the other side of the fence. When Wally started to open the gate, Wild Tom tried to rush in. Wally grabbed him by the neck, and a wrestling match ensued. Now Wally’s had quite a bit of experience with turkeys, and presumably Wild Tom hasn’t had much with men; it was an unfair match. Wild Tom ran off, leaving a handful of his feathers in Wally’s hand. As for the hens, they kept their beaks down, grazing the yard for whatever tasty morsels were there and never looked up once at the battle being waged. Watching animals, you realize all that testosterone is for the other male’s benefit; it’s got little to do with the girls.

Animals get testy in the spring, it seems. All that mating going on, and then feeding and raising of the young. High in the sky over Frohock Mountain an eagle and a raven got into it another day, the raven circling and dive bombing the eagle, until the much larger bird flew off. We’re pretty sure the ravens nest up there on Frohock; that eagle must have been trespassing.

Back to the turkeys: somehow last year’s Bourbon Red turkeys escaped the holidays with their heads intact. We ate one, but three – the tom and two hens – grew up and are now laying eggs like crazy. Janet Redfield took four and put them into two little incubators she had. With nothing more than Christmas tree bulbs for heat, and a lot of careful tending by Janet, all four eggs hatched! Another batch of eggs went to Rose Thomas who put them under a couple of broody hens. Our mama turkeys would probably hatch them if they had proper nests, but they live in a crowded henhouse full of rowdy and raucous Pearl White Leghorns who have no intention or instinct to go broody. That’s a quality that’s been bred out of modern hens. Bourbon Reds are a heritage breed; author Barbara Kingsolver writes eloquently about them in "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle."

Once again, as he does every year, Everett Reynolds beat me to the dandelion greens. In fact, his annual spring phone call is my reminder to get out digging! We had trout and greens for lunch the next day. Now they’re everywhere, all through my garden — the dandelions, not the trout — and it only takes a few minutes to dig a mess. Of course, it takes longer to clean them. If you haven’t tried this spring treat, all it takes is an old paring knife and a paper bag. Stick the knife into the dirt next to the rosette of leaves and cut off the root diagonally underground. Pull off any debris, dead leaves, dirt, etc. and toss it into the paper bag. Soak them in cold water for a while, then cut off the root close to the leaves (I like the rosette still intact) and rinse, rinse, rinse. Put in a pot with about an inch of water and a chopped-up piece of bacon, cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Throw in some cut-up potatoes with them to make a full meal. Sprinkle with vinegar, butter the potatoes….delicious!

The pea fence is up, the bed dug over, and the peas go in this afternoon – best day of the year!

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