Municipal meetings

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

The school committee meets Monday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.

The budget committee meets Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Dog license reminder

The deadline to get your dog licensed is this Friday, Jan. 29. Do it at the town office or online at 10.informe.org/dog_license/. After Friday there is a state-mandated $15 fine in addition to the regular licensing fee.

School

It’s time to preregister children for next year’s kindergarten class. If your child will be five on or before Oct. 15 he/she is eligible to start kindergarten in the fall. Call Marie at the school office at 763-3366 to do this. Also, pass the word along to anyone you know with a child of this age.

The Parent Teacher Organization will hold its annual Teachers and Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 10. To volunteer (to cook, donate supplies, set up or clean up) contact Wendy McCusker at 763-4562 or wendy2@tidewater.net.

The annual book fair will be held Monday to Friday, Feb. 8 to 12, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; parents night will be Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 3 to 7 p.m. (Grandparents are welcome too!) Here’s a great chance to get great books for the young readers in your life, as well as a way to support our school library. Proceeds from the sale go to the library.

Music scholarship available

The United Christian Church has scholarship funds available to piano students who would like to learn to play the organ. Dorothy Koski, the organist at John St. Methodist Church, will give the lessons; the goal is for these new organists to play for morning worship services at the UCC in the Center. Students (of any age) need basic piano skills and the ability to read music. Music Director Mary Schulien has been bringing along budding organists for many years, and the congregation is most encouraging of them. If you’d like to learn more, call Mary at 785-3521.

Widows’ group reminder

Jackie Watts invites widows to her house on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. for a social gathering; bring a bag lunch or food to share. Feel free to contact her at 763-4504 or history7@midcoast.com.

Sympathy

Condolences to the family and friends of Judith York of the Center. Please note that the memorial service for Judith will be held at the Community Building Saturday, Jan. 30 at 1 p.m., not at the grange as was printed in her obituary.

Animals

A vital part on our loom broke the other day, but fortunately, one of the best weaving supply companies in the country is located in Bath — Halcyon Yarns. So we had a perfect excuse for an outing including lunch at Morse’s Sauerkraut in Waldoboro. It was a beautiful day, and we spotted lots of horses along the way. They were all doing what we remember our pony Cocoa doing on a sunny, winter day — standing perfectly still in a patch of sunshine, soaking up the warmth. A large flock of robins was ecstatically finishing off the apples high in the tree next to the Schoolhouse Museum one morning last week. These are the first robins I’ve seen this winter, though they are usually pretty numerous year-round these days.

Order your seeds

It’s time to sit down with those catalogs and plan next year’s garden. And since I waited too long to order hen chicks last year, the hatchery was sold out; backyard flocks have become that popular.

Refrigerators and pocket dialing

A friend observed that it’s funny how no matter how old you are, you always feel free to rummage around in your parents’ refrigerator, but they can’t go into yours.

The phone woke me up at 11 the other night, and I heard our son’s voice on the other end, along with quite a few others. It sounded like a party. I said his name (I won’t tell you which son it was), but he didn’t answer, just kept yakking with the others in the room. I hung up, only to have the phone ring a half hour later. Same thing, big party sounds, my son’s voice, but no acknowledgment. Then I remembered the Zits cartoon strip a few days earlier where the son tells the dad he’s been “dialing” his phone by sitting on it. Aha! It turns out this is a pretty common occurrence; one mother told me she’d inadvertently been let in on some moments her daughter would just as soon not have shared with Mom. So. Another hazard of modern life and the cell phone. If you carry one with you, be careful not to sit on it …