Municipal meetings

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

The school committee meets Monday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.

The lakes and ponds committee meets Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.

Also Wednesday, the planning board meets at 7 p.m.

The cemetery trustees meet Thursday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Town Giving Tree

If you’d like to help a Lincolnville family in need this Christmas with a present or presents for their children, visit the town’s Giving Tree at the town office. You can pick a card off the tree with a child’s wish, then go get the gift and return it to Jodi. She’ll wrap and deliver it in time for Christmas.

Beach Tree Lighting and Party

This Saturday, Christmas by the Sea, will be celebrated as usual in Lincolnville starting at 4 p.m. on the Beach where a giant bonfire will be burning. Gather around with friends and neighbors as dusk falls to sing Christmas carols. The kids love it, running up and down the Beach in the dark, until suddenly the big fir tree is lit and the season is officially underway. Santa arrives via fire truck at about 4:30 p.m., and then everyone (except for the holdouts who continue to sing until the cold sinks in) troops up the hill to the old Schoolhouse (known these days as the L’ville Improvement Association building). A spread of hot cocoa, cider, cookies and sandwiches will be waiting, as well as Santa and his elf, gingerbread people to decorate and plenty of friends to catch up with. Upstairs the Schoolhouse Museum will be open, so when the noise level downstairs gets too loud, you can come up and browse amidst the quiet artifacts. Hope to see everyone there!

Walk …

… through the hidden heart of the town this Sunday, Dec. 5 with Rosey Gerry and me, picking up where last fall’s Bicentennial Reunion walk left off, at Townhouse Corner. This walk, which starts at 11:30 a.m. and takes about two hours, begins on Belfast Road/Route 52, between Deadman’s Curve and Leroy Underhill’s Christmas tree lot, and ends at High Street. The route is the second half of the old Augusta Road (the part within Lincolnville) that starts at Ducktrap as the Whitney Road. We’ll see forgotten cemeteries, an early 19th century cattle pound, cellarholes and an extraordinary stretch of road between Searsmont Road/Route 173 and High Street that reminds me of the old Roman roads I read about in ancient history classes.

Families with young children are especially being invited to come on the walk, though everyone’s welcome. As one mother who was on the earlier walk puts it, “Rosey Gerry and Diane O’Brien led a group of us along the 16-foot-wide “highway”, past cellarholes and lime kilns, mill sites and remnants of the horse drawn railroad, showed us gravestones, told stories about families that lived along the route and walked us through an area where the town of “Slab City” once bustled with life.” This is a chance, both for those new to town as well as those who grew up here, to introduce their children to the richness of Lincolnville’s history. It’s all around us in the stonewalls, cellarholes, abandoned roads, and cemeteries. And the most important way this history gets remembered is by telling it to the next generation. Dress for the weather, including footwear that might get wet. Park on the side of Townhouse Road. We can make arrangements with each other to leave a few cars on High Street for ferrying people back to Townhouse at the end.

Food pantry

New Life Community Church has a food pantry open every week on Sundays, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Located in South Montville on Route 173 at the old New England style white church next to the Choate Road. This food pantry is unique with bread, fresh fruits and vegetables available. Everyone is welcome from all communities! Please call 589-4005 or 589-4910 if you have any questions.

Kinder Faire Coming

Mark your calendars for Spindlewood’s annual Kinder Faire, Saturday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m. to noon, at Tranquility Grange …

… and Carols in the Round

That date, when the Mount View Chamber Singers come to United Christian Church for their popular and inspiring Carols in the Round program, is Sunday, Dec. 19 at 4 p.m.

Visibility

One of the most unsettling things about driving on our country roads is to suddenly come upon a nearly invisible person walking or jogging or riding a bike. Of course, they’re not really invisible, and surely the person sees the car approaching and assumes he can be seen just as clearly. But all too often, the pedestrian or cyclist blends right in the with shrubbery. It doesn’t have to be dark or dusk, though those are the worst times for visibility, for a person wearing dark or dull-colored clothing to seemingly disappear along the roadside. The most visible color seems to be that fluorescent lime green worn by some cyclists. How about getting those you love who like to walk or jog or ride along the road a lime green vest or jacket for Christmas? And those little tiny lights that people sometimes carry along in the dark are just that — little and tiny. If you’re walking after dark carry a flashlight big enough to be seen.

By the way, this was prompted by remark that a certain member of my family, wearing camouflage pants, was seen walking his leaf-colored dog up the road during hunting season. Hmmmmm.

Lincolnville Bulletin Board

The LBB continues to grow with 145 members/families signed up, and many others who visit the site to read the posts. The LBB has seen quite a bit of traffic the last couple of weeks with missing cats, almost-found cats, Saturday’s brief manhunt in the Center, stuff for sale, free stuff, event announcements, Lincolnville business news and lots more. To join go to http://groups.google.com/group/lincolnville and sign up. If the process seems daunting, send me an e-mail and I’ll sign you up. To send a post to the group address it to lincolnville@googlegroups.com. And if you get a message you want to respond to, reply to the sender, not the whole group. That cuts down on the amount of e-mail we all get….