Municipal meetings

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

The selectmen meet Monday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m.; televised.

The budget committee meets Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 13 the land use committee meets at 6 p.m., followed by the planning board at 7 p.m.

Also that same evening, the lakes and ponds committee meets at 7 p.m.

Census takers

There will be two more chances here in Lincolnville to take the test for Census taker, Wednesdays, Jan. 20 and 27 at the Lincolnville Improvement Association building (33 Beach Road). Call 203-1020 or 1-866-861-2010 to schedule an appointment. Hiring will take place in the spring.

School

The PTO is putting on a Family Movie Night at the school for children in grades kindergarten to five this Friday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. featuring “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.” Admission is free and snacks will be available. Come in your pajamas and bring a pillow and blanket! Adult supervision is required.

Things to do in the dark of winter

Now that we’ve got a foot or so of new snow on the ground, it’s time to get outside! We have some of the best cross country skiing anywhere right here in Lincolnville. My favorite spot is at Tanglewood. There are miles and miles of trails, quiet and lovely, winding through the woods and down along the Ducktrap where the trail follows the stream bank. Just drive down Tanglewood Road, off Ducktrap Road, to where it ends at a winter parking area. The last half mile or so of road is blocked off now for skiers and snowmobilers. Many of the trails are for skiers only, though some are shared with snowmobilers, and all are clearly marked. Although for many winters now I’ve been free to take off by myself, skiing at my own pace, I well remember the years when the toddlers in my life called me “Ma” and I had to adjust my speed to theirs. Happily, there are more toddlers in my life now, but they call me “Grandma” and their parents take them skiing. And I hear they’re getting pretty good at it too. So I can enjoy the freedom to just sail along in the woods by myself.

Those little ones have been having a wonderful time just playing in the snow, building snow forts, a snow cave and snow people, including a Venus de Milo that I don’t believe was little Maggie’s idea.

Animals

“I had a Roman turkey up at the camera this morning. She was lying on her stomach eating, a turkey’s version of reclining while eating,” writes Corelyn Senn. “It was funny to watch. She was chowing down as fast as she could.” Corelyn has been kept busy by her little “fleece guy,” the red squirrel that busily stuffs its cheeks with the wool fleece she sets out for it. When the weather turned wet last week, Corelyn brought the wool inside to dry, figuring the squirrel wouldn’t want a damp bed.

100 years old

Happy Birthday to Margaret Lermond Robbins, who turned 100 on Jan. 5! Margaret is our town’s oldest resident, and as such, is the holder of the Boston Post Cane. Margaret lives with her daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Everett Fizer, though she spends time every day in her own house, just across the road, and in the very neighborhood where she was born. Margaret never misses a public supper; I look forward to seeing her in the spring when the grange suppers start up again.