All meetings are at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.
Selectmen meet Monday, May 13, 6 p.m.; Selectmen meetings are televised on channel 22.
The town is seeking applicants for an administrative assistant. Applicants should have secretarial and clerical experience with an emphasis in public interaction. Computer experience with Windows and Microsoft Word is essential. Experience with TRIO software is highly desirable. Applications and a complete job description is available at the town office and on the town’s website at town.lincolnville.me.us/.
Speaking of the town office, have you had occasion to do business there in the past couple of weeks? Everyone is now settled in at their temporary location: the fire department training room and two small trailers out back. It’s actually quite impressive to see how so much stuff – desks, file cabinets, computers and people – fits into such a compact space. Parking is at the left side of the building; the big doors for the fire engines need to be kept clear.
Candidates for town offices are: for selectman, Rosey Gerry; School Committee, Michael Cummons Jr.; CSD, Christine Burstein; Budget Committee, Tracy Colby, Cecil Dennison and James Sinclair. Notice that there are no contests for these positions, which will be voted on at the June 11 balloting at the polls. However, there will be one important reason to come out to vote that day: the charter amendment to remove the requirement for a police department will be on the ballot. I’m guessing it will be a busy day at the polls after all. Absentee ballots are available from the town office.
The big news this past week for all schools around the state was what grade they’d received under the governor’s new grading system. Based on the New England Common Assessment Program reading and math scores, tests which students took in October 2012, and how students are growing in proficiency in these areas, LCS received an “A!” The previous year’s results are looked at for all students, but especially focuses on the growth of students scoring in the bottom 25 percentile.
As Principal Paul Russo writes in Lynx Tracks, “There is much debate about the motivation behind the plan, its utility, and its effectiveness to provide a true representation of overall school performance. Nevertheless, we are always happy to get feedback that may help us become the best possible educational setting for the children of Lincolnville.”
Congratulations to the April Students of the Month: kindergarten, Aidan Greeley; first-grade, Skye Ray and Avery Marino; second-grade, Bailey Curtis; third-grade, Dakota Pendleton; fourth-grade, Lydia Thompson and Ruby Cohen; fifth-grade, Billy Murietta; sixth-grade, Justin Secotte; seventh-grade, Matt Czuchra; and eighth-grade, Anna Christie.
Fourth- and seventh-graders from Lincolnville, Islesboro, Appleton and Rockland took part again this year in Stories of the Land and Its People, a project in which students study their community through art with the guidance of Farnsworth Museum educators, classroom and art teachers, artists and community members. Sunday, May 19, 1 to 5 p.m., their work will be exhibited at Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.
Keeping Memories Alive
This is the time of year when the Cemetery Trustees do their spring clean-up of the abandoned cemeteries and put flags on the veterans’ graves. This year the public is invited to help. On Saturday, May 11, from 9 to noon, there will be some special events at Hillside Cemetery, the second cemetery on Heal Road, on the right, up the road from the former Grandpa Hall’s where the library and the Farmer’s Market now take place.
Cecil Dennison will demonstrate grave dowsing, looking for any unmarked, long-lost graves that should be honored, along with a special activity to find and learn who is buried in this cemetery. For instance, Virgil Hall – “Grampa Hall” – who built Lincolnville’s first fire engine from an old car, is laid to rest here. Help pick up sticks, do some raking and put flags on veterans’ graves. Children are especially welcome, both to help and to learn a bit of their town’s history. A snack of watermelon will be provided.
Spring Bird Walk
A walk along Ducktrap River Preserve on Wednesday, May 15, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. will be led by Ron Joseph, retired Wildlife Biologist and Kristen Lindquist, local birder and Development Director for Coastal Mountains Land Trust. Birders of all levels are welcome in search of spring migrants, particularly warblers and finches. Winter wrens, water thrushes, Blackburnian warblers and barred owls are all possibilities. Bring binoculars, bug repellant and footwear for muddy terrain. The walk is free and open to the public. Meet on the north side of Belfast Road — Route 52 — where it crosses the Ducktrap, about 3.5 miles north of the Center. For more information call 236-7091. The walk is sponsored by Coastal Mountains and Belfast Bay Watershed.
Final Wednesday Library Presentation/Concert
Kerry Hardy will be the speaker and Serenata the music at L’ville Community Library, May 15. Hardy, after a lifetime of wandering the oldest roads and footpaths through the Camden Hills, came to realize that many were the remnants of Indian trails. Hardy is the author of "Notes on a Lost Flute: A Field Guide to the Wabanaki," Lincolnville-born and an original thinker, to say the least!
Which will be followed by Serenata, an all-male, a cappella singing group dedicated to the music of the Medieval and Renaissance eras. The group is made up of seven men from Knox and Waldo counties. Advanced, reserve tickets are $10; call Rosey Gerry at 975-5432 to reserve yours. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the corner of Heal Road and Main Street in the Center, the temporary location of the library.
Lincolnville Improvement Association
The first meeting of the year of the L.I.A. will be Thursday, May 16. A 5:30 p.m. potluck will be followed by a program about the new Lincolnville Library project. All are welcome. Call Bob Plausse at 789-5811 for more information.
First Lincolnville Center Flea Market
The Community Building will be transformed into a Flea Market Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to noon. The flea market will take place the third Saturday of each month, May through October. Tables are $15; do your own yard sale, or, donate items to the United Christian Church which is sponsoring the Flea Market, and they’ll sell them at their table. Call Mary Schulein to reserve a table – 785-3521.
Saturday the 18th Tranquility Grange will hold its first public supper of the season, followed by its popular Spring Fling variety show. Supper starts at 5 p.m. but the line forms earlier than that!
Old Timers’ Luncheon
This spring’s Old Timers’ lunch at the Lobster Pound will be Monday, May 20, starting at 11:30 a.m.
Community Library Project
Watch for activity now at the old schoolhouse-about-to-become Community Library. The latest contribution to the fund to restore the building was a $1,000 donation from Lincolnville Women’s Club. Most welcome and most generous!!
The Restorative Justice Project, headquartered in Belfast, seeks to change society’s responses to crime and wrongdoing, supporting and healing victims and bringing accountability and reintegration of the offender. Volunteers work with young offenders and their victims. In early June RJP is holding mentor training for new volunteers at the Community Building in the Center. An evening informational meeting on June 6 is commitment-free and will provide an overview of RJP. Mentor training all day on Saturday June 8 will “delve into program structure, talk with current mentor-mentee pairs about their experience, detail the skills and qualities of excellent mentorship, and examine the challenges and opportunities inherent to working with people living in the crisis of poverty.” Thursday evening, June 13, will continue the mentor training, including a tour of the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center in Belfast. For more information about RJP and these mentor training sessions call Sarah at 338-2742.
Condolences to the family of Frank Collemer who passed away this past weekend. Frank was a lifelong Lincolnville Beach resident.
On a quick trip to Belfast the other day Nancy Heald spotted a male turkey in full display in the Ducktrap Road field near Tanglewood corner. At about the same time a bald eagle flew over. Upon returning a short while later three young deer were grazing where the turkey had been.