Municipal meetings

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

The school committee meets Monday, May 3 at 7 p.m., televised on Channel 99.

School

Get your car nice and clean for spring at the eighth grade’s car wash, to be held Saturday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at KeyBank in Hannaford’s Plaza in Camden. The rain date is the following Saturday, May 8. The class is winding up their class trip (to Quebec City) fundraising, so let’s all help them out.

Thursday, April 29 the Hope/Appleton ball teams will be playing at LCS; the first game starts at 3:45 p.m. Come out for some sunshine (hopefully) and baseball.

The PTO’s Spring Carnival is scheduled for Friday, May 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a bounce house, batting cage, climbing wall, quarter raffle, face painting and lots more.

May Day breakfast

This Saturday, May 1 from 7 to 10 a.m. the Women’s Club holds its annual May Day breakfast at the Lincolnville Improvement Association building (33 Beach Road). The menu includes bacon, eggs, pancakes, muffins, juice and coffee as well as a May basket; tickets are $5 each. See you there!

Tanglewood work day and open house

After you finish your May Day breakfast head on over to Camp Tanglewood and give them a hand with some camp projects — garden maintenance, processing firewood, trail and pathway work, raking around cabins, staining and painting, and other light projects. This Volunteer Work Day could give Tanglewood a real boost and enable them to complete projects that may otherwise not get done. Then, from 1 to 3 p.m., the camp will hold an open house so everyone can admire the spic and span camp.

Andrew’s Beer at the White House

If you watched President Obama speak in Portland last month you might remember he was bantering with a fellow about his beer business. The upshot of that conversation was a large gift basket of Maine-brewed beers delivered to the White House. And in that basket were samples from Andy and Ben Hazen’s Andrew’s brewery — their English Pale Ale and Porter. Pretty neat for our small Maine Brewery …

Spring’s here

Leita Calderwood reports that their swallows have been back for a couple of weeks. She and Dennis watch the swallows sitting on the utility lines, and the bluebirds, which are everywhere.

Spring is such a tentative season. We’re up before dawn every day, and the house is chilly enough to need a fire. Sunday my admiration of tulips and daffodils glowing in the sunshine was slightly confused by the smell of woodsmoke. This is certainly the earliest we’ve ever had tulips before May 1.

I notice that VillageSoup is holding its annual “Best of …” election. I don’t know if there’s a category for best forsythia in town, but even if there isn’t, I vote for Earle Dearborn’s, growing against his house. I’m betting his mother, Jennie, planted it years ago. It’s absolutely gorgeous this year. But then so are forsythias all over town; it’s one of those really good years for this earliest blooming bush.

The other evening I was cutting up onions for dinner, big, red ones that spent the winter hanging in our cellarway. They’re as hard and sound as when first pulled, and there’s still another string of them to go. Then I thought of the grass-like seedlings I’d put in the ground that afternoon; hard to imagine they’ll be feeding us all next winter. Wally and I moved to this house 40 springs ago and almost the first thing I did was rent a rototiller and put it in the back seat of my car. All I could think of was getting our garden in; all he could think of was the hole it had ripped in the upholstery of our new car. A huge fight ensued. But I got my garden, that car is long gone, and he’s became a great gardener. Gardens and marriage: both nurture us don’t they?