Municipal meetings

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

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

The recreation committee meets Monday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Breezemere Park.

The conservation commission meets Wednesday, April 21 at 5 p.m. at the Lincolnville Improvement Association building.

Town office

The office will be closed Monday, April 19 for Patriots’ Day. Nomination papers for town offices — selectmen, school, Five Town Community School District, and budget committee — are due back in the town office by 5 p.m. on April 26.

School

Friday, April 16 is an early release day for students. They’ll be dismissed after lunch at 11:30 a.m. Spring vacation starts Monday, April 16 and ends Friday, April 23. Keep an eye out for children playing.

The LCS PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is planning a Spring Carnival for Friday, May 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a bounce house, batting cage, climbing wall, penny raffle and more. Lots of parent help will be needed, so if you can help or have ideas for an activity, contact Jane at djnben@tidewater.net or 763-2892.

Lincolnville Bulletin Board

The Lincolnville Bulletin Board, an e-mail list of Lincolnville residents, is now almost three months old. It’s an effective way to reach the citizens of our town quickly and effectively. Some recent messages have included lost dogs, vehicles — both for sale and wanted — Easter events in town, “property taxes due” alert, benefit concerts, new stores opening, community volleyball, etc. I’m urging you to join if you haven’t already. For people worried about adding still more e-mail messages to their already overflowing in boxes, the LBB generates at most three to four messages a week. All posts are monitored to ensure inappropriate messages aren’t sent out, that is, the group’s managers (Bill O’Brien and me) receive every post first and one of us OKs it to go out to the group. To view the group’s messages go to groups.google.com/group/lincolnville. You can sign up yourself or if you’d like, I can do it for you. Just send me an e-mail or call.

Bluegrass/folk music jam session

Don’t miss this Saturday’s (April 17) jam session at LCS starting at 9 a.m. All ages, especially students, are invited to come and bring your instrument — mandolin, fiddle, banjo, saw, spoons, guitar, autoharp, dobro, dulcimer, harmonica, washboard, jug, stand-up bass, concertina, whistle — and your voice! This is the second Saturday session; the first was so much fun they’re doing it again. Contact Rosey Gerry at 975-5432 or roskari@gmail.com for more information.

Lincolnville Women’s Club

The first meeting of the spring of the Lincolnville Women’s Club will be held Tuesday, April 20 at noon at the LIA building. Following a potluck lunch, author Liz Hand will be the speaker.

Barn owl

Apparently barn owls are very rare in our area. But the other night while out “owling” (playing owl calls in specific areas as part of an owl monitoring project) Corelyn Senn and Liz Hand heard what they believe was a barn owl. It has a very distinctive (and awful-sounding) call. Wally and I have heard it in years past, and once, when out chasing our cow in the middle of the night, he saw a barn owl sitting on a fence post in our pasture. Call or e-mail Corelyn (catspjs@tidewater.net or 789-5139) if you’ve seen one.

Spring’s here

Wally brought home some trout the other night — April 6 to be exact — and I’d dug a mess of dandelion greens, our favorite meal. He recalled fishing Frohock around the first of April in years past, just as brook fishing opened, and having to plunge through chest deep snow to get there.

Our goldfinches magically turned gold overnight and were joined at the feeders by a purple finch or two. Very festive!