Municipal meetings

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

The land use committee meets Wednesday, March 31 at 6 p.m.

The planning board also meets Wednesday at 7 p.m.

School

Parents of would-be kindergartners: registration for next year’s class will be held Wednesday, March 31. If you don’t have an appointment yet, call the school at 763-3366. Children must be 5 on or before next Oct. 15 to start school.

The new Reorganization Planning Committee has begun meeting to look at the implications of school consolidation. LCS School Committee Chairman Yvonne Walker said the committee will be looking at sharing administration, teacher contracts and curriculum coordination between the five towns.

Help keep pets at home

For families who are already struggling to make ends meet, taking care of their pets can be tough. The Penobscot Pet Pantry is trying to make it a little easier. The Pet Pantry distributes pet food at the American Legion Hall at Pearl and John streets in Camden on the first Tuesday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. You can fill out a one-time application and bring it with you or fill it out at the hall. Call 763-4291 to have an application mailed to you. Both donations and volunteers are needed for the program: pet food, pet toys and accessories as well as cash donations are all appreciated. Send monetary donations to P.O. Box 2004, Hope, ME 04847.

Lots of spring

Kathleen Oliver writes: “The redwings are back! Today, March 7, is the earliest sighting for us in 18 years and we are all excited. We read Kristen Lindquist’s article in the paper this week about redwings and were interested to see that her mother measures spring, as we do, by the return of our beauties. This morning we had two handsome males at the feeder, strutting and making sure the other feeder regulars know that a new power hierarchy is about to begin. I guess all the bulbs that have sprung up in the yard are not so far off if the redwings have arrived.” My own experience with redwings is all on Ducktrap Road, not far from Kathleen’s house. At the Tanglewood office on the corner of Ducktrap and Tanglewood roads there are a couple of little cattail-filled marshes and the redwings nest there. Come too close to them, as I did one day while walking my dog, and those little hellions attack! The males are quite territorial, as Kathleen indicates, and they didn’t like my dog, dive bombing him till we got the message.

Ice out on Coleman

Liz Hand reports that the ice went out on Coleman Pond on March 15, the earliest since she’s been there (1990). The previous record was March 23 in 2006, and she said that was early.

Have you been keeping an eye on the last ice house on Norton Pond, the one that was perched off the point on the southeastern shore? It seemed to be on the ice, but very close to shore. Now it’s gone, so I assume its owner got it to shore in time.

Taking stock

Probably many of us have been taking stock of winter’s damage the past few days, walking around our property. What Pete Anderson discovered was really distressing — two mature Stanley plums and an apple tree were cut down by the Central Maine Power tree cutters unbeknowst to him. They were well marked as tended trees, and since fruit trees are unlikely to grow tall enough to be a threat to wires, there seems no reason to have cut them. But I hope (and assume since he’s such a great gardener) that Pete also found lots of stuff alive and kicking. For me, the biggest thrill is seeing those first tiny green points, scattered evenly over a newly renovated raised bed. And there they were the other morning, frosty in the early sunlight, but undeniably, garlic!