Municipal meetings

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

Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. the conservation commission meets at the Lincolnville Improvement Association building at 33 Beach Road.

Also Wednesday the comprehensive plan review committee meets at 6:30 p.m.

Town office

The office will be closed Monday, Feb. 15 for Presidents Day.

Job opportunity

The town is looking for an individual to serve as recording secretary for the planning board and occasionally other boards. This is a paid position. Get an application at either the town office or at town.lincolnville.me.us.

School

LCS students in grades three to eight, along with students in other Maine schools, took the New England Common Assessment Program test for reading and math in October. The results show that LCS scored above average in both categories, a great result! See the specific scores for each grade in the Home/School Lynx newsletter, always available on the school’s Web site, lcs.lincolnville.k12.me.us.

Remember to call Marie at 763-3366 to preregister your child for kindergarten; children must turn 5 on or before Oct. 15, 2010.

Friday, Feb. 12, kindergarten to eighth-grade students will travel to the Strom Auditorium to see the Golden Dragon Acrobats perform.

Next week, Feb. 15 to 19, is winter vacation. Motorists, watch out for children who will be out and about. Check the Lynx newsletter (see above) for programs available for children next week.

And seniors, remember that Thursdays you’re welcome to come for lunch at LCS. Just call the office the day before to say you’re coming.

Lincolnville Winter Carnival

The first Lincolnville Winter Carnival will be held Saturday, Feb. 20 at Breezemere Park and Norton Pond. There will be ice fishing demos, a dog sledding demo, an ice boating demo, snowmen/women building, ice skating and hockey as ice conditions permit, and food concessions. Come on out and enjoy the Maine winter! More information to follow.

Volleyball anyone

Anyone in high school or older who enjoys playing volleyball is invited to open gym at the Lincolnville Central School on Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m. to play a noncompetitive and fun game of volleyball. No experience is needed and nobody’s too old to play. Call Marie Pierce or Torrie Sprague at 763-3366 for more information.

Around town

A good friend who lives on the shore in Camden wrote the other day: “Good January winter morning: Today I’ll be able to see just where the sun rises. It’s moved past the rocks … and is already north of Saddle Island.” My friend watches each year as the sunrise moves behind the rocks out to sea, always noting the last day of the year when she can see the sun emerge from the sea; it’s return reminds her that spring is on its way. Observation like that is how people first figured out the movement of the earth and the sun …

Corelyn Senn lost an earring in the woods earlier this winter. She wrote recently: “I went up in the woods, and found the deer had eaten all the way down to leaves and ice. And there, on the leaves and ice, was my earring. Nice of the deer not to eat it.” Now what would the deer want with just one earring?

Speaking of lost things, Corelyn’s been hunting for the mate to the large antler she found, shed in her woods last month. Lo and behold, she found it this past weekend, sticking out of the snow and unmistakeably from the same deer. She always takes our dog Sammy along on her woods walks, but she says he’s no good at finding antlers. Bones, yes, but not antlers. They must not smell as yummy as bones.

Peg Miller’s been getting calls from concerned friends and neighbors who heard that she was hospitalized with a broken hip. Not so. Peg’s hale, hearty with hip intact!

Sunday was a busy day for rescue and emergency folks around here. The Lincolnville Fire Department responded to a car fire on Norton Pond, way down by the outlet from the look of the smoke billowing up. Loading firefighting gear into pickups, firemen were able to put out the fire with water pumped through the ice. The fire truck, however, was left parked at Breezemere, lights flashing. I imagine it wouldn’t be too smart to take a fire truck onto the ice.

The other emergency that morning, though, was one that strikes fear into all of us — a lost child. Seven-year-old Julia Low of Hope got separated from her mother while snowshoeing in the woods near their home that cold Sunday morning. As her grandmother, Lindsey Low, of Ducktrap said later in the day, “all those wonderful people … fire department, police, game wardens” showed up and launched a search. According to the Bangor Daily News article about it, a game warden on the way to the scene spotted little Julia coming out of the woods on 105, some two hours after she got lost, said Lindsey. Those must have been a long two hours. Lindsey sends her heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped. I can vouch for that feeling of relief when, in the midst of an emergency you can’t handle by yourself, our well-trained and competent emergency responders — fire, police, ambulance — show up. Many are volunteers, and all are dedicated; we can’t thank them enough.