Municipal meetings

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

The selectmen meet Monday, May 10 at 6 p.m., meeting televised.

The cemetery trustees meet Tuesday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, May 12 the land use committee meets at 6 p.m.

The same night both the planning board and the lakes and ponds committee meet at 7.

The comprehensive plan review committee meets Thursday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Special town meeting

The LCS budget will be the subject of a special town meeting Tuesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. in Walsh Common.

Nominees for town offices are: Rosey Gerry for selectman, and Dorothy Lanphear, David Barrows and Cecil Dennison for three-year budget committee terms. All are incumbents. There are no candidates for the open school committee and Five Town Community School District board seats.

CSD and school committee representatives needed

Note that nobody took out papers for Lincolnville’s spot on the CSD board, the committee that oversees Camden Hills Regional High School. Lincolnville, as well as the other “outlying towns” of Hope and Appleton, worked long and hard to have representation on the this board, which in effect, means control over how our high school is run. For all the years before the CSD was formed (at the time the new high school was built) we often felt out of the loop as far as the high school was concerned. Our students entered a school where the majority of the students were from Camden or Rockport; our curriculum didn’t necessarily correspond to what they’d had in middle school, often to our disadvantage. All that changed when we became equal partners in the new school. But without a committed representative from Lincolnville, we lose that voice.

Michael Kosowsky, our current CSD member, isn’t running this time after several years of hard work on our behalf. He says it isn’t usually hard to find people willing to run for the LCS school board, but it’s not so easy for the CSD, although here we are without an LCS school board candidate as well. Remember, you don’t have to have a child at Camden Hills (or LCS) to be interested in how the schools run, though that may be an incentive. The deadline for taking out nomination papers is past, so now people need to come forward and state their willingness to become a write-in candidate for either the CSD or the LCS board. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll be glad to publicize your candidacy in this column. It can also be circulated via the LBB (Lincolnville Bulletin Board e-mail group).

Lincolnville Bulletin Board

This is another advertisement for the Lincolnville Bulletin Board, our town’s own e-mail list group. So far we’ve got about 80 members; our goal is to have as many Lincolnville residents as possible on the list. It’s easy to sign up — you can do it yourself at http://groups.google.com/group/lincolnville or easier yet, just e-mail me and ask me to do it for you. If you’re worried about getting spam by signing up, all messages are monitored by either me or Bill O’Brien. We’re the site managers, which just means we see every message before it goes out to the whole group. This ensures that spam doesn’t go through (I caught one the other day), and that inappropriate stuff doesn’t get sent out — no jokes (funny or not), political rants of any stripe, etc. If you’re afraid there’ll be too many messages, you can set it up to receive just one “digest” a day of LBB traffic; just go to the Web site (above) and click “edit my membership.” Pass the word to your friends!

School

Thursday, May 6, the annual K-8 talent show, sponsored by the eighth-grade class, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 per child, $5 per family; performers get in free. Refreshments will be for sale as well.

Next Friday, May 14, there’ll be no school as it’s a teacher workshop day.

Congratulations to April’s students of the month: kindergarten, Cole Freeman; first, Abigail Hammond and Lucas Ames; second, Kavan Kibler and Kaylee Bragdon; third, Isabelle Lang; fourth, Isabella Kobak and Andy Pitcairn; fifth, Peyton Young and Avery Grindle; sixth, Emma Silverton and Brooke Benson; seventh, Wyatt Parra; eighth, Amanda Corey and Franny Bray-Bateman. The student of the month assembly will be held Friday, May 7 at 2:30 p.m. in Walsh Common.

The annual LCS PTO Carnival is going to be held Friday, May 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. Gather up the kids and come out for a fun family night of games and contests. The carnival is free; eighth-graders will be selling burgers, hot dogs and snacks, so it sounds like dinner should be easy that night.

The grade five to eight spring concert will be held Thursday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m., so save the date!

Tanglewood 4-H Camp

“For many parents, the residue of summer camp involves T-shirts so transformed with mud, bug spray, marshmallows, chocolate and other scary stains that they go straight to the garbage, not the washing machine. Probing further into duffels tossed on the floor as children hurry to reconnect with their home lives are even scarier hints of camp life: pine cones and pitch molded into shorts, a whittled spoon still shedding shavings, a baggie of deer scat (looks like large M&Ms), a dried seaweed and clam shell sculpture, slimy scavenger hunt clues (still odiferous and green from the marsh walk) and, good heavens, is that an animal tooth?

“The good news for parents is that children return home with rich gifts of wellness, creativity, increased confidence, enlarged capacity for problem solving, and even better aptitudes toward science and math. The more time they spend outdoors, the more richness and health (both physical and mental) will flow into their lives. In the past few years, research efforts on the many benefits of outdoor play and nature based experiences for young people have been captured into genuine efforts to deal with what is now called “nature deficit disorder.”

The above is from Camp Tanglewood’s recent newsletter. As the mother of three former campers I see both myself and our sons in the above picture. I also remember how hard it was to think of overnight camp for our young boys. But then Tanglewood was just down the road and around the corner; they were never more than a mile away from home, yet having a wonderful experience and learning to be on their own. And Tanglewood has always been an affordable camp; there is always help with fees for families unable to afford the full cost. Call the office at 789-5868 or go to www2.umaine.edu/tanglewood.

Bird walk along the Ducktrap

Kristen Lindquist will lead a free spring bird walk in the Ducktrap River Preserve on Friday, May 14 from 6 to 9 a.m. In past years people on this walk have seen scarlet tanagers, indigo buntings, rose-breasted grosbeaks and a dozen different warblers. Given the early onset of spring this year, Kristen says, anything could show up. Light rain won’t stop the walk. Bring binoculars and, definitely, bug spray; be prepared for wet feet. Meet on the north side of Belfast Road (Route 52) where it crosses the Ducktrap River, about 3.5 miles north of Lincolnville Center.

Spring Fling at the Grange

It’s time for Tranquility Grange’s annual Spring Fling, Saturday May 15. That means beans. And casseroles, salads and homemade desserts. The Lincolnville Band plays at 4 p.m., supper starts at 5 p.m. and a variety show begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8, $3.50 for children 5-12; under 4 and over 90 get in free. All proceeds go to keeping up our town’s wonderful old Grange Hall. Call Rosemary at 763-3343 for more information.

Memorial Day

Lincolnville’s Memorial Day parade is held at 1:30 p.m. every year, and what many watching probably don’t know, is that it’s the participants’ (bands, fire engines, color guard) third parade of the day. They start in Rockport, then Camden and finally Lincolnville. They may make an appearance in West Rockport as well, for a cemetery ceremony; I know they used to. For many years they’ve all been fed lunch at the American Legion Hall in Camden. But this year the Legion isn’t able to do it, though the funds for the food are still available. The manpower and location will be in Lincolnville, specifically, at the bandstand at Breezemere. Volunteers have been found to bring grills, cook and serve the hungry hoards, which include the Camden Hills band, notoriously hungry teenagers. Check with Don Heald at 763-3254 to see if he’s got all the help he needs. Wouldn’t this be a great project for some middle school students to help with?

Around town

It’s good to hear that George Brown is home and recuperating from recent heart surgery. I’m sure he’d like to hear from friends and neighbors.

Liz Hand’s new novel, “Illyria,” her first young adult novel, got starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus and is getting excellent online “buzz.” Congratulations, Liz!

A group called Healthy Waldo County is compiling an activity guide for our county. They’re looking for physical activity opportunities in each town such as hiking trails, teachers that teach activity classes (yoga, karate, dancing etc.), outing clubs, ball parks, picnic areas, playgrounds, etc. I thought of lots: miles of hiking trails in our park land; mountain biking and horseback riding on trails; the Lincolnville Boat Club; cross country skiing; swimming, kayaking and canoeing at Norton Pond, Levenseller, Megunticook, Lincolnville Beach and Ducktrap; and of course, the playground, ballfields and tennis courts at LCS. Have I left anything out? E-mail Barbara Crowley at bcrowley@wchi.com with other ideas.

Wally and I have begun our daily Beach cleaning job; what a treat to be out there at 6:30 this morning as the delicious smell of baking muffins wafted out of the Beach Store. We’ve missed that!

There’s nothing like a Maine spring. Even though this year is remarkably early and warm and lovely, it’s still a Maine spring. And totally unpredictable. Corelyn Senn’s place near Ducktrap had enough hail one morning to turn the ground white. Many people were having snow squalls at the time. Later that same day she wrote that a few, brave, tiny polliwogs were hatching out.

Fixed crypt

A beautiful repair job has been done on the old crypt in Maplewood Cemetery. I’m sure you’ve noticed it — it’s the tomb with two stovepipes sticking out of the top. (What on earth are they for?) Anyway, the stonework around the door had collapsed, taking with it
the granite lintel, which is inscribed with the occupants’ names. Randy Stearns got the project going, and it looks like it’ll last for another century.

Maplewood trustees meet Sunday, May 16 at 4 p.m. at the L.I.A. building.

Turkeys on the make

A covey (bevy? flock?) of boy turkeys were strutting their stuff on a little knoll in our neighborhood the other day. A man I know was overheard saying, “Sure wish I was able to fan like that!”