Municipal meetings

All meetings are held at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.

The school committee meets Monday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m.

Town office

Don’t forget to license your dog by Dec. 31. You can do this the old-fashioned way by going in to the town office, the advantage being that you have a chance to chat with Karen or Diane or Doris. Or do it online at maine.gov/informe/municipal/doglicensing.htm. We had a reminder call from the town office this year, telling us that it was time to renew Sam’s license and that he didn’t need a rabies shot. How many places does that happen anymore?!

Bottle drive

On Saturday, Jan. 2, eighth-graders (and their driving parents) will be out early to pick up the returnables we’ve all left out by the curb/roadside. Put your cans and bottles in bags and have them out by 9 a.m. Your contributions are appreciated by the class, which is raising money for their spring trip to Quebec City.

Hiring

Census takers are being hired for the 2010 Federal Census. The first step is to take a test, which is being offered on three different days in Lincolnville at the LIA building (33 Beach Road) — Jan. 6, 20 and 27 at 10 a.m. Call to make an appointment for the test at 203-1020 or 1-866-861-2010.

A warning from Pitcher Pond

Peg Miller, a lifelong observer of Pitcher Pond and the pond’s official “ice-spotter,” called with a warning this weekend. “The ice isn’t safe yet,” she said. “People should stay off the ponds.” Just that morning she’d heard on the scanner that two people and two dogs had gone through the ice on a pond in Liberty, and I guess we all read about the tragic drowning on Chickawaukie last week. Peg said that Pitcher appeared to be solidly frozen one day, and then the next, when the wind came up, two spots of open water appeared overnight. It happens every year, when we’re all so eager to get out on the ice. Know your pond, where the springs are, and how thick the ice is. Better yet, wait a week or two before venturing out.

Lincolnville actress

Have you seen “It’s Complicated,” the movie released last week with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin? The actress playing their daughter is Caitlin Fitzgerald, who was born and lived here as a toddler with her parents, Pam Allen and Des Fitzgerald, until she moved all the way to Camden where she finished growing up.

Lincolnville artist/New York taxicabs

Longtime summer resident, painter Alex Katz is being seen all over New York City this month. Alex is one of three artists (including Yoko Ono) whose work is being displayed on top of NYC taxicabs. According to a New York Times article, “Each artist’s work will appear on approximately 160 cabs, and each responded to the challenge in very different ways. Mr. Katz has taken two of his recent portraits, both of models who frequently pose for him, and put them together. One is a frontal portrait, the other the back of a woman’s head. They are set against a black background. ‘You can’t go wrong with black and yellow,’ the artist said of the posterlike quality of the design.”

Things to do

Time can crawl on these dark winter days. Of course, I’m speaking as an old retired lady. The 30-somethings we know might strongly disagree about time crawling as they rush to and from jobs, chase after toddlers, attend school/sport events with children, etc., and try to find a minute for themselves in their crowded days. But back to those of us at a more relaxed time of life. We like to take day trips, and this is the perfect time of year for that. Have you been to the Colby Art Museum in Waterville? Not only is there a wonderful permanent collection, and fascinating special shows, but Colby boasts one of the few museums anywhere to have a whole gallery devoted to a living artist, and that’s Alex Katz. You’ll recognize several Lincolnville scenes in his work, I know. And afterward, stop for lunch before driving home — the perfect winter outing!

Sympathy

Condolences to the family of Agnes Underhill who died last week. Our first flock of chickens, a beautiful mix of little bantams, came from Agnes; I’ll always remember that!

Animals

Two female pheasants have been regular visitors to Barbara Hatch’s Townhouse Road feeder for the past several months. Earlier in the year a couple of turkeys came by every day. The birds like to use Barbara’s spreading quince bush as a safe haven before venturing out to the feeder.

Corelyn Senn, as many of us know, is always on the lookout for animals, preferably big and rare ones; a mountain lion would be great, for instance, or a bear. A moose or bobcat will do, and deer are always nice. But when all else fails, as it did the other morning following the fluffy snowfall, Corelyn just looks down for tracks. She saw scads of tiny mouse/vole type tracks, and even watched as a vole-like critter dove beneath the snow, and left a wriggling, moving trail as it squirmed under the snow.

Salmon redds

… that’s a fish nest, a hollowed out place in the gravel bottom of a stream where salmon lay their eggs. The number of redds found in a salmon-breeding stream, such as the Ducktrap, is an indicator of how vigorous (or not) the local salmon population is. Richard Lenfest of Belmont is in touch with the people at the Department of Marine Resources and reports that after several years of low water, particularly in the fall, the Ducktrap has had two good years with 13 and 19 redds found in the past two years. And apparently because of the heavy fall rains, for the first time in a long time, some of the redds were north of Belfast Road (Route 52) above the bridge. Perhaps you didn’t know that the Ducktrap crosses there? We should have a sign …