Municipal meetings

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

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

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

Daylight saving time starts Saturday night. Spring ahead by setting your clocks ahead one hour when you go to bed Saturday night.

Town office

Nomination papers for selectmen, school committee, Five Town Community School District board and budget committee will be available in the town office on March 15. Now is the time to think seriously about running for one of these town boards. If you’re new to town government, the budget committee is a good place to start. Taking out papers involves circulating your petition, which you get from the town office, and getting about 25 signatures of registered Lincolnville voters.

Reorganizing our schools

The new Reorganization Planning Committee will be reexamining the implications of school consolidation over the next few months. We are looking for a resident of Lincolnville to join the school committee and town committee representatives as part of this five town group. The first meeting is scheduled for March 18 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bus Barn in Camden. Meetings are anticipated to be monthly thereafter. If you are interested, please contact the superintendent’s office at 763-3818 or Lincolnville school committee member Yvonne Walker at 236-7790.

School

On Thursday, March 11 students in kindergarten to third grade will put on their concert at 6:30 p.m. in Walsh Common.

No school Friday, March 12, as it’s a teacher workshop day.

The HAL (Hope-Appleton-Lincolnville) wrestling team is well into its season. As longtime fans of Camden Hills Regional High School wrestling know, HAL is often where future state champions start. On Saturday, March 13 HAL will hold a meet with four other schools at LCS in our beautiful, still new gym. The meet starts at 9 a.m., so come on out and cheer on the team.

Principal Paul Russo led me through the Web site to find the schedule: go to the lcs site, lcs.lincolnville.k12.me.us, and click on the sports calendar icon on the right. Then follow through to the team you want and you’ll find the schedule.

Saturday, March 20 the eighth grade will hold a bottle drive for their class trip to Quebec City. If you have your returnables bagged and out by the road by 9 a.m. they’ll be picked up. The eighth-graders thank everyone who contributes to their fundraising efforts this way!

February’s students of the month

Kindergarten, Britney Jackson; first grade, Paige Chester; second grade, Kirah Kozak; third grade, Gabby Englander; fourth grade, Sophia Buckley Clement and Daniel Lydon; fifth grade, Morgan Mercier; sixth grade, Emma Gutheinz; seventh grade, Conor Grindle; eighth grade, Isaac Young. Congratulations to all.

Partners for Enrichment will hold its annual fundraising pasta dinner and, this year, a contra dance Friday, March 19 in Walsh Common at LCS. The dinner features pasta, salad, bread and desserts, all homemade of course! Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and dancing at 7 p.m. Ti Acadie, a dance band and folk trio, will play and call. Admission is $5 per person, $20 for a family. Snow date is April 2. Call Jane Cummons at 763-4471 for more information. Sounds like a lot of fun!

Jam session

Saturday, March 20, a Bluegrass/Folk Music Jam Session will be held at Walsh Common starting at 9 a.m. Bring your mandolin, fiddle, banjo, saw, spoons, guitar, autoharp, dulcimer, harmonica, washboard, jug, stand-up bass, concertina, whistle — and especially your voice and songs. It’s free and open to all ages. Call Rosey at 975-5432 for more information.

Widows/widowers meet

The second gathering of the Lincolnville Area Widow’s 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 and widowers welcome. Bring a bag lunch if you like; for more information, call 763-4504.

Lost toolbox

A toolbox was lost from the back of a pickup on Slab City Road near Scoppa Road last week (March 2). There’s a $50 reward for its return. Contact the Lincolnville police at 763-3555.

Sympathy

Condolences to the family and friends of Roy McPhearson who died last week. Roy and his wife were well known to those of us involved in Lincolnville’s fall craft shows as they joined us for many years as “Granny Goose.”

And members of the Lincolnville Women’s Club were sad to hear that Dot Ryder passed away; she was currently serving as the LWC president, was involved in the Camden Relay for Life, and ran a gift shop at the Beach for several years.

A tuned-in town

Lincolnville is now on Facebook; check out the Lincolnville Maine News and Lincolnville Maine Pictures. If you want to post Lincolnville photos, read the information page first. So far photos have been submitted by Martha Heil, Linda Roth, Seth Silverton, Jackie Watts and Jamie Winslow.

The Lincolnville Business Group’s new Web site, lincolnvillemaine.com, is current and changing with events, businesses, photos, weather and lots more.

The school site (see above) is full of information about the school and includes the weekly newsletter.

The Lincolnville Historical Society has had a Web site for many years now, lincolnvillehistory.org; it was originally designed by Kirk Newcombe when he was a sophomore in high school and Web design was a mystery to most of us. The LHS is in the process of updating it this spring.

And now the Lincolnville Bulletin Board is building. The goal for the LBB is to be a list of all Lincolnville folks who want to be on it. Information of interest to townspeople is posted on it; if you subscribe you can receive each e-mail that’s sent out (a few a week at this point) or you can receive a single, e-mail “digest” of the day’s messages. Or you can simply check the site from time to time, groups.google.com/group/lincolnville. You can sign up yourself at the Web site or contact me and I’ll add your name directly.

Earliest spring

Yesterday on our daily dog walk around our neighborhood we watched the Oliver family pruning their apple trees: “It takes the whole family to decide which branches to prune!” Kathleen said. Next door at the Berniers, Nathanial was walking the fences, checking the wire. We well remember that chore, repairing the electric fence wire at the end of winter. Those are the operative words — the end of winter! I shook together all of last year’s greens seeds — spinach, endive, lettuce, escarole, chicory — and planted several little rows in my greenhouse. The soil was warm and fluffy, and even though it freezes in there every night, I’ll bet we get some stuff for salads in a few weeks.

Millard Eugley called to say he had a flock of robins back on Feb. 13, the earliest he’s seen them, eating the berries off his flowering crab apple tree.

And finally, appearing like those early robins, are the Weight Limit signs posted on town roads. The frost’s coming out with a vengeance on Tanglewood Road. I heard a vehicle had to be hauled out of the mud last week.