Municipal meetings

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

The selectmen meet Monday, March 8 at 6 p.m.; meeting televised on Channel 99.

The land use committee meets Wednesday, March 10 at 6 p.m. followed by the planning board at 7 p.m.

Also on that Wednesday, the lakes and ponds committee meets at 7 p.m.

Town office

Nomination papers for open positions on the Board of Selectmen, the school committee, the Five Town Community School District board and the budget committee will be available at the town office March 15.

School

Friday, March 5 eighth-graders will be traveling to Orono for the day to visit the University of Maine and Eastern Maine College. Sounds like a great way to get students thinking about the future …

Also this Friday, the LCS PTO will sponsor another Family Movie Night, this time featuring “Aliens in the Attic,” for grades kindergarten to five. The movie begins at 6 p.m. and admission is free with snacks for sale. Children, come in your favorite PJs and bring a sleeping bag or blanket. Adult supervision is required (don’t know if adults are supposed to come in their PJs or not).

Thursday, March 11 the K-3 Concert will be held in Walsh Common starting at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, March 12 is a teacher workshop day so there will be no school.

Save the date

Partners for Enrichment is holding a Contra Dance and Pasta Dinner on Friday, March 19 at LCS with Ti’ Acadie providing the music and calling. Ti’ Acadie is a Maine dance band and folk trio. Mark your calendars for a fun evening!

The library’s Book Fair was a great success a couple of weeks ago, netting $692 for new books for the library.

Widows group

The second gathering of the Lincolnville Area Widows Group will be Saturday, March 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the home of Julia Libby at 486 Camden Road (Route 52). All widows are welcome. Bring a bag lunch if you like; for more information, call 763-4504.

Upcoming events

A Saturday morning (March 20) Bluegrass/Folk Music Jam Session will be held at LCS starting at 9 a.m. Organizer Rosey Gerry said, “Whether you’re just learning to play or have been at it for a long time, come and have fun. Bring your mandolin, fiddle, banjo, saw, spoons, guitar, autoharp, dobro, dulcimer, harmonica, washboard, jug, stand-up bass, concertina, whistle — and especially your good voice and favorite songs.” The morning’s open to all ages, especially students, and is free. Call Rosey at 975-5432 for more information.

Spring is really coming

My friend on the shore in Camden reports seeing the tips of snowdrops and daffodils poking up, surely a good sign!

Liz Hand writes from Coleman Pond: “On Monday, I saw (and killed) a mosquito outside at Tooley Cottage. I think this is a record for early appearance of the little buggers, for me anyway.”

And Barbara Hatch, from her perch on Town House Road: “The land looking toward you, roughly SE from here, and then toward the meadow, has a spring morning appearance to it. The ground fog follows the Ducktrap and the low places between here and the top of Cameron Mountain. For me, it’s one of the first signs of spring.”

Those of us who feed the birds all winter keep an eye out for the return of our favorites. We’ve had the usual chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers — both hairy and downy — and a nice big flock of goldfinches in their winter feathers. Come spring they’ll be gorgeous, flitting back and forth. We’ve watched in vain for our usual titmouse flock; Wally calls them Christmas birds with their bright, black shoe button eyes. This week a lone titmouse showed up in the middle of a rainstorm, looking like a greaser with his damp crest slicked back. But we knew what he was by those eyes.

The Parkers were pleased to see “their” flock of Canada geese return to the pond across the road from their house. The morning Connie pointed them out to me, we noticed a single turkey in the middle of the flock. There are four turkey regulars, she told me, who make a circuit every morning, coming down out of the woods behind their house, checking out the bird feeder, then across the road to Earle Dearborn’s feeders, then out to the pond area.

Our raven is back, calling from the top, dead branch of a pine tree next to our chicken yard. He/she croaks and caws, though nothing like a crow’s call, sounding like it’s underwater or hoarse from a bad throat. So far, its mate hasn’t appeared; last year there were two of them swooping and calling over our house at all hours of the day. Eventually, they settled down and, we assumed, built a nest on Frohock Mountain. After that they made regular runs over the house, but generally one at a time. We hope the missing mate will show up soon.

Several people have reported hearing the chickadees’ sweet spring call. I haven’t yet, but then, the rain, snow, sleet and wind haven’t let up enough for me to go out!