Municipal meetings

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

The comprehensive plan review committee meets Thursday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m.

The selectmen meet Monday, April 12 at 6 p.m., televised.

The cemetery trustees meet Tuesday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m.

The land use committee meets Wednesday, April 14 at 6 p.m.

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

The lakes and ponds committee meets Wednesday at 7 p.m. as well.

The board of appeals meets Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m.

Town office

From the above meeting schedule it sounds like nearly every one of us will be out at a meeting next week. If you’ve not had a turn on one of our town committees why not give it a try? Ask at the town office for information on openings or fill out the community interest form on the town’s Web site, town.lincolnville.me.us/. The second portion of our property taxes is due Thursday, April 8.

School

The LCS PTO free Family Movie Night, featuring “The Princess and the Frog,” will be this Friday night, April 9 starting at 6 p.m. Pizza, popcorn, water and snacks will be available for sale. Wear your favorite PJs and bring a sleeping bag or blanket. Adult supervision required.

Congratulations to March’s students of the month: kindergarten, Julie Clement; first grade, Rowan Hurlburt; second grade, Kristina Kelly and Braden Moulton; third grade, Justin Secotte; fourth grade, Mya Wiley; fifth grade, Anna Christie; sixth grade, Adeline McGrath-Sheehan; seventh grade, Ben Rollins; and eighth grade, Ann Hoffmann.

The HAL wrestling team, with a 17-5 record overall, finished eighth out of 22 teams at the Pine Tree Wrestling League Championships in Brewer. Eighth-grader Isaac Young, undefeated in the season, won in his weight class. Colt Muir came in third in his class and John Underhill and Nate Williams came in fourth in their class. Other HAL wrestlers competing that day were Zac Collins, James Archer, Casey Rouleau, Wyatt Parra and Matt Watts.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust stewards

Coastal Mountains Land Trust depends on its volunteers to be stewards for its many preserves and to be trail managers, office docents and outreach assistants. A volunteer orientation for folks interested in getting involved with the land trust will be held Tuesday, April 13 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the office at 101 Mt. Battie St. in Camden. If you like spending time outdoors, meeting new people, and want to learn more about our local ecology, here’s the perfect opportunity. To register for the orientation call the land trust at 236-7091 or go to coastalmountains.org.

An eye-opening hike

Last week Wally and I took a hike to see firsthand some of the recent trail work that’s been done on the Cameron Mountain trail in Camden Hills State Park. Using grant money, the park has undertaken a project to build a multiuse trail by Cameron Mountain via the Bald Rock road/multiuse trail; this part appears to be still under construction. I was expecting to have wet feet within a minute of stepping onto the trail, but lo and behold, the old, muddy trail has been transformed into a solid, gravel bed several feet wide. Easy walking, but at a price. This first part of the trail is through an old settlement; several cellar holes can be spotted along the way with lovely, mossy stonewalls on either side of what was a traveled road 100 years ago.

The cellar holes are still there; fortunately, they are set back far enough from the road to have not been damaged, but in the process of improving the trail, the rock walls have been disrupted and buried in debris — soil, roots, brush and random rocks dug up from the deep ditches that now run on either side. Many huge old trees have had their roots seriously compromised in the ditch-digging process, and some have already toppled. The ditches empty into culverts that carry the water downhill, and many of these little streams are already full of silt from the new fill brought in.

The next stage of the project will be to rebuild the rest of the Cameron Mountain trail to the Zeke’s Lookout trail, a steep section through a lovely quiet woods crossing beautiful little streams — so quiet. Unlike some parts of the park you don’t hear road noise. The trail loops back to the original Bald Rock/Ski Lodge road/multiuse trail, and along that stretch is the most amazing, hand-built stone retaining wall, over 10 feet tall in places, likely designed by Hans Heistad, the park’s landscape architect, and built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. I can only imagine what the heavy equipment used on the already completed section of trail will do to these fragile and historical features. With this beautiful spring weather, and before the blackflies come out, take a hike up Cameron. Start at Youngtown Road/Stevens Corner. Check the map there if you’re not sure of where the Cameron Mountain trail is. It’s our park, but perhaps more importantly, it’s also our towns’ history — both Lincolnville and Camden — and our towns’ beautiful surroundings.

 

From the Lincolnville police blotter

“Officer Brian Lunt responded to Youngtown Road for a wildlife complaint of nuisance porcupines disturbing lawn work. The complainants were advised to contact a game warden through the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and were offered the use of a live trap available from the town office.”