Municipal meetings

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

The Board of Appeals meets Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m.

The Harbor Committee meets Saturday, April 2 at the Lincolnville Improvement Association building at 9 a.m.

The school committee meets Monday, April 4 at 7 p.m.

The budget committee hears the school budget presentation on Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Visiting lakes and ponds

I paid a visit to the monthly meeting of the lakes and ponds committee last week and learned a lot about what they do. Each of the eight members represent one of the town’s ponds, except for Levensellar which has no representative at the moment, though one would be welcome. Ken Bailey, representing the Megunticook Watershed, explained this coming season’s investigation into the continuing problems at Nortons — algae blooms and high bacteria counts. The whole of Nortons’ watershed will be tested at a cost of about $28,000; $8,000 of that from Lincolnville. Like all town committee members, these folks had their thick binders of information specific to their committee’s charge, material that they take home and read, learning more about their subject than the rest of us ever know. It’s a lot of work, and attending meetings is only a small part of it. We all benefit from the many hours put in by the planning board, land use, finance, capital needs, selectmen, Route 1, comp plan, and yes, lakes and ponds.

School

Don’t miss “Wiley and the Hairy Man,” a student play at LCS on Thursday and Friday, March 31 and April 1 at 7 p.m.

It’s Destination ImagiNation time again, the program that, according to its website, “provides educational programs for students to learn and experience creativity, teamwork and problem solving. Teams solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Teams are tested to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of the challenges. Participants gain more than just basic knowledge and skills — they learn to unleash their imaginations and take unique approaches to problem solving.” Once again an LCS team has brought home a first place from the tournament held at Eastern Maine Community College. Fifth-graders Matt Czuchra, Dan Lydon, Colt Magri, Andy Pitcairn and Kyle Wood performed well in both the skit they’ve been working on for months as well as in the instant challenge, which is presented to them on they spot and to which they must respond with a creative solution. Now the team moves on to the state finals at the University of Maine in Orono on Friday, April 2.

HAL wrestlers, John Underhill, Jared Gilbert, and Colt Muir finished top in their weight class at the East Regional Championships with Wyatt Parra runner-up in his class. Zachary Collins, James Archer, Peyton Young, Nicholas Winters, Adrian Joy and Casey Rouleau also put in strong performances and improvement over the season.

LCS had eight swimmers on the Pen Bay YMCA Sailfish Swim Team: Keeli Wood, Emma Gutheinz, Izzy Gutheinz, Morgan Miller, Kyle Wood, Eve Gutheinz, Jack Miller and Kasey Wood. All competed in the state meet in early March.

Girls Night Out

Girls in grades three, four and five along with their moms, step-moms, aunts or other significant women in the girls’ lives are invited to the popular Girls Night Out program led by Hank Lunn and Nancy Laite. This is its eighth year of enhancing bonds between girls and their moms at a series of three sessions held at the Pen Bay Y — March 31, April 7 and April 14, 6 to 8 p.m. Contact Nancy Laite to register, nllaite2@myfairpoint.net or 236-6313, ext. 2.

Sunday afternoon music

This Sunday, April 3 at 4 p.m. Jane Schroeder, music minister and organist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, will present a program of organ music at United Christian Church. All welcome, donations accepted. This is the third in a series of Music and Reflection for the Season of Lent at the church in the Center.

Call to artists

Artists, age 50 and over, amateur and professional, are invited to submit one piece of original visual artwork to the 9th Annual Festival of Art to be held at the Hutchinson Center on May 12-16. Contact Liz at liz.fitzsimmons@gmail.com or at 548-4245 for an entry form, or at belfastseniorcollege.org.

Land trust volunteers

Like spending time outdoors, enjoy meeting new people, and want to learn more about the ecology of this area? Coastal Mountains Land Trust is currently recruiting volunteers to serve in the field as well as at the office. Two orientation sessions for new volunteers will be held soon: April 5, 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Belfast library, and April 12, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the land trust office in Camden. Register by calling 236-7091.

For those who want to jump right in, the land trust is hosting an invasive plant removal work party at the Ducktrap River Preserve in Lincolnville, starting Sunday, April 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and continuing through April 13 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Email volunteers@coastalmountains.org to sign up.

Camp Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove

April vacation is coming up fast (April 18-22) and there are still openings for vacation day camp at Tanglewood and at Blueberry Cove in Tenants Harbor. Go to extension.umaine.edu/tanglewood/ to register, or call Patti Chapman at 789-5868.