Municipal meetings

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

The Pitcher Pond Association meets Thursday, May 20 at 6 p.m. The selectmen meet Monday, May 24 at 6 p.m., meeting televised. The land use committee also meets Monday at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 25 a special town meeting to consider the school budget will be held in Walsh Common.

The planning board meets Wednesday, May 26 at 7 p.m.

Special town meeting explained

On Tuesday, May 25 we’ll be voting on the LCS budget, although it must also pass at the June 8 election to be ratified. At that election we’ll be voting, within our own parties, for one of the many gubernatorial candidates as well as on several referendum issues including the school budget.

School

Do you read the Lynx, the LCS newsletter, online? It’s a great way to find out what’s going on at the school every week, as well as a great listing of community (the five towns plus Belfast) events that are family oriented. For home schoolers or summer visitors with children, this is the place to find out about local camps for children during vacation times as well as many other activities. See it online by going to the LCS Web site, lcs.lincolnville.k12.me.us/ and clicking on the newsletter link. You’ll find complete sports schedules there as well.

As part of the transition from eighth grade to high school all eighth-graders from the five towns will attend a Field Day at Camden Hills State Park Friday, May 21. Students will follow up on their Camp Kieve goals from last September when all these students spent several days at the Nobleboro camp. Now they’ll meet their homeroom classmates to talk about becoming ninth-graders, as well as just have a fun day of adventure based games, hikes and a climbing wall. Meanwhile, this year’s seventh-graders are filling out applications for their time at Camp Kieve next fall.

Lincolnville Improvement Association

The first meeting of the year of the Lincolnville Improvement Association will be Thursday, May 20 6 p.m. at the LIA building. Sandra Neily, executive director of Tanglewood, will be the speaker.

Bluegrass/folk music jam session

This Saturday, May 22, starting at 9 a.m. Rosey Gerry will hold another free jam session in Walsh Common at LCS for any and all musicians and spectators — students especially are welcome. Workshops to learn stage presence are one feature of the two-and-a-half-hour session. Bring your instrument and favorite songs. All are welcome.

Republican potluck

The Republican Town Committee will hold a meet-the-candidates night Thursday, May 27 at the LIA building. A 6 p.m. potluck supper (please bring a salad, dessert or hot dish) will be followed by an informal question and answer period with the candidates — Mike Thibodeau for state Senate, Wendy Pelletier for state representative, Jason Levesque for Congress, Don Berry for county commissioner. The seven Republican candidates for governor have been invited as well.

Report from Ducktrap River Preserve bird walk

Corelyn Senn sent this after last week’s Coastal Mountains Land Trust bird walk along the Ducktrap River: “… the bird walk was a big success. Heard and saw a lot of birds, and I certainly have a lot of work to do before I get good at recognizing them, especially by song and especially the warblers. We saw and heard these warblers — yellow, blue-winged, magnolia, black-throated blue, black-throated green, Blackburnian, yellow-rumped, black and white, and Parula, as well as scarlet tanagers (pair), eagles, osprey, kingfisher, hairy woodpecker, blue jay, chickadee, wood thrush, cat bird, blue headed vireo, oven bird, barred owl and I’m sure many more.”

Beach gardens

Take a look at how well the garden beds at the Beach look this spring. A crew of volunteer gardeners have taken on the project, “adopting” individual beds to weed, trim and generally keep looking healthy. By the end of the month the barrels on Frohock Bridge will be overflowing with annuals. Thanks to everyone who does their part! With Petunia Pump and the bandstand at the Center we may be ready for a real garden club here in Lincolnville. Has anybody ever thought of starting one?

Chicks are here

This morning the call from the post office came early — “You have a box of chicks down here.” Luckily, I had 2-year-old Maggie here to hold the box on the ride home. She sat in the back seat, peeking under the cover and chattering to me about baby chicks. We settled them into their new home in our sun room where she’s been making visits all morning to check on them. The peas are up, and the chicks are here, the start of another year …