Municipal meetings

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

The selectmen meet Monday, March 22 at 6 p.m., meeting televised.

The budget committee meets Tuesday, March 23 a 6:30 p.m.

Town office

Nomination papers are available at the office for town positions — selectmen, school committee, Five Town Community School District board, and budget committee. The election is in June prior to the town meeting.

School

Kindergarten registration will be held Wednesday, March 31. If you’ve preregistered you should have received a packet in the mail with your appointment time. If you haven’t preregistered and have a child who will be 5 on or before Oct. 15, 2010, call the school at 763-3366.

The eighth grade is holding a bottle drive Saturday, March 20. Volunteer drivers will be making the rounds of the town starting at 9 a.m., so if you’d like to help out have your returnables bagged and out at the “curb” by then. All those bottles and cans are bringing the class closer to Quebec City in the spring!

The HAL (Hope-Appleton-Lincolnville) wrestling team travels to Belfast on Saturday, March 20 for a meet that starts at 9 a.m.

Pasta dinner and contra dance

A homemade pasta dinner will be held at Walsh Common at LCS Friday, March 19, and will be followed by a contra dance featuring Ti’ Acadie, a Maine dance and folk trio. This is Partners for Enrichment’s annual fundraising event, and helps bring all the wonderful artists and performers to the Hope-Appleton-Lincolnville schools. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. and dancing begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, $20 for a family. This sounds like a fun evening for all ages, a chance for those of us without children in the school to support an organization that directly benefits our town’s children. Hope to see you there!

Jam session

A Bluegrass/Folk Music Jam Session is going to be held in Walsh Common Saturday, March 20 starting at 9 a.m. Musicians and want-to-be musicians are invited to bring their instruments and come out for a good time, a morning of making music together just for the fun of it. It’s free, and promises to keep things hopping in Walsh Common, especially following Ti’ Acadie and the contra dance of the night before. Call Rosey Gerry at 975-5432 for more information.

School consolidation

The new Reorganization Planning Committee will be re-examining 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. Please contact the superintendent’s office at 763-3818 or Yvonne Walker at 236 7790 if you’re interested.

Little League

Registration for softball, T-ball, and minor and major league baseball will be held in the LCS Conference Room on Friday, March 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 27 from 10 a.m. to noon. First-time players must provide a copy of their birth certificate. Cost is $30 per player or $50 per family. Payment is requested at the time of sign-up. Scholarships are available. Please call Thomas or Stacey Parra at 763-3642 or e-mail wyatt@tidewater.net with questions.

Sympathy

Condolences to the family of Duane Bearse who passed away last week. Duane and his wife, Jan, are longtime Lincolnville Improvement Association members; he’ll be missed.

Three businesses open at Beach

Within the past couple of weeks three stores have opened at the Beach! For those of us at the watery end of town that’s really good news. The first to open its door was Green Tree Coffee and Tea, located on Atlantic Highway, just south of the Beach. Check its Web site: greentreecoffee.com. Next, right across the road, Dot’s appeared, a shop with lots of homemade goodies, and local treats as well as wine and beer, and yes, coffee. And then, the OPEN flag appeared outside the Beach Store. Di Lord, whom many of us know well from her years at Hillside Market, is running it, and has plans to be open from 6:30 a.m., for now, to 7 p.m. Stop in and wish her good luck! So we’ve gone from a village without a single place to get a cup of coffee to three choices in little over a week … why not try them all out?

Albino chickadee

A nearly pure white bird, only its wings are black, hung out at Reed Mathews’ and Annie McCormack’s this winter. They’re pretty sure it’s a chickadee; when the squirrels cleaned them out, they took in their feeders and assume their beautiful little white bird found another neighborhood feeder. Has anyone up their way (Hope Road) seen it?