Municipal meetings

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

The comprehensive plan review committee meets Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m.

Also Thursday evening, the board of appeals meets at 7 p.m.

The selectmen meet Monday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m.; televised on Channel 99.

The land use committee meets Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. followed by the planning board meeting at 7 p.m.

Evening census test

Tuesday, Jan. 26 an evening test for becoming a 2010 census taker will be held at LCS at 6:30 p.m. Call 203-1020 or 1-866-861-2010 to make an appointment for that night.

Town office

Remember to get your dog licensed this month; the deadline is Jan. 31 after which a state-mandated fine of $15 will be in effect.

School

The eighth-grade bottle drive (which was rescheduled due to snow over New Year’s) will be held Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 23 and 24. Please leave your bagged returnables out by the curb no later than 9 a.m. for eighth-graders to pick up. The class apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this rescheduling, but safety is the first priority.

The PTO meeting day has been changed for the rest of the school year to the first Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will be Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. to plan the LCS Teachers and Staff Appreciation luncheon to be held Feb. 10.

H1N1 second dose clinic

For those children under the age of 10 who have not yet had the second recommended dose of the H1N1 vaccine, Camden-Rockport Elementary School on Route 90 will have a clinic on Jan. 22 at 9 a.m. Any necessary paperwork can be filled out on the day of the clinic.

Widow’s group

Jackie Watts would like to invite widows to her house on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. Last summer she attended a widow’s group run by Hospice in Belfast and found it very helpful. “Living alone after many years of marriage can be a hard transition, emotionally, financially and socially,” she said. “Getting together can be a great help.” Feel free to e-mail her at history7@midcoast.com or call 763-4504. Bring a bag lunch or food to share.

Rabies clinics

Dr. Justin Blake is offering low-cost rabies vaccinations at weekly clinics held every Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. Call 789-5700 for more information. Also, BlakeVet has had a shelter contract with the town of Searsport for the past three years and has both cats and dogs for adoption. The dogs are housed at the Canine Country Club on Route 1 in Northport and the cats are at the veterinary hospital at 66 Atlantic Highway (formerly the Massachusetts House). Read more about the shelter at blakevet.com.

Animals

One dark evening recently two of Jackie Watts’ grandsons came running into her house (in the heart of the Center) to report an owl was sitting on the utility lines. It stayed quite a while, watching the activities in her driveway. On another day a young man working on her house watched an eagle swoop down and catch an animal, possibly a squirrel; it stayed there for quite a long time eating its catch.

Corelyn Senn loves to find shed antlers in the woods, particularly when they’re from “her” deer. With wildlife cameras and a live feed to her computer she’s pretty familiar with a number of deer, including several bucks. When one showed up with only one antler, she went out the next day and found the shed one. That night she watched as the guy with only one antler wandered away from the camera, and returned exactly nine minutes later with none. The newly shed antler must be only a short distance away, right? Corelyn and Sammy, our dog, spent Sunday afternoon hunting for that antler to no avail. Sammy, she said, was not amused as he much prefers a romp over hill and dale to methodically searching the snow within a four-and-a-half-minute circle of her house. Then this morning Mr. One-Antler showed up at the camera again, still sporting the mate to her found antler. Somehow she’d confused him with one of his antler-less cousins.

Bear Cam

Do you know about the Bear Cam, set up in a hibernating she bear’s den in Ely, Minn.? You can find it at wildearth.tv/static/wildearth/bearden.html. Admittedly, most of the time you’re watching the slight movement of her furry side breathing, but now and then she turns over, licks her paws or the camera or some other part of her anatomy, curls up again, and goes back to sleep. But any day now she’s due to give birth, and that’s what is keeping people all around the world tuning in.

How to tell it’s a real January thaw

Would you believe it if you saw a mosquito? Nancy Heald spotted one — outside — and she had a witness as well.

And this is how we get through the winter!