Municipal meetings

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

The wage and personnel policy board meets Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m.

The school committee meets Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m.

The municipal building committee meets Wednesday, May 4 at 5 p.m. at the town office.

The budget committee also meets on Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m.

May breakfast in April

The annual May Breakfast will be held in April this year, Saturday, April 30 to be exact. For several years now the Women’s Club has been putting on this popular breakfast at the Lincolnville Improvement Association building and featuring eggs, bacon, pancakes, muffins, juice, tea and/or coffee as well as a May Basket to take home. Tickets are $5, and the time is 7 to 10 a.m. Proceeds go to the LWC’s scholarship fund. See you there!

Milk, cheese, wood-oven bread, eggs, chicks

Many folks have discovered Lincolnville’s newest (and only) micro-dairy — Elderflower Farm at the end of Van Cycle Road, (that’s up beyond where Kelmscott Farm used to be. Don’t you love those directions that tell you to take a right where the old schoolhouse used to stand, etc.?) Anyway, the resident farmers at Elderflower, Andy Smith and Caitlin Frame, are milking several Jersey cows and making yogurt, farmers cheese — roasted garlic, rosemary-garlic and chipotle — feta and butter for sale as well as the milk itself, unpastuerized milk, complete with its top layer of lovely cream. It’s a long drive up to the farm, but now you can get their products at Rose and Peter Thomas’ Vegetable Shed on Beach Road near Stevens Corner/Bald Rock trail head, a more centrally located spot for many of us.

Rose and Peter opened up this weekend with home-baked breads and Easter goodies, fresh eggs, potted perennials and with a promise of lots more to come. Unlike my poor little greenhouse, their hoop houses survived the winter quite well, and will be producing early spring vegetables. As Rose posted to the Lincolnville Bulletin Board, she has “newly hatched baby chicks for sale. They are straight runs, and for backyard chicks, (half Weaton, half Red sex link) they are $2 each. I have Weatons, and Weaton/Americanas that are $4 each. All raised from organically fed birds. We can be reached at 446-7280 or 763-3801. Call soon, going fast!”

Condolences

Sympathy to the family and friends of Joyce Parker Drinkwater who passed away last week.

Sympathy also to the family and friends of Jackie Anderson. Jackie was well known to many of us as the long-time proprietor, along with husband, Bob, of the Indian Basket Tent at the Beach.

Mayflowers

Last spring I asked, in this column, if anyone knew if Mayflowers could still be found? It was too late last year for them, but Lola Shaw promised she’d show me Mayflowers this year. And she remembered! We took a walk on the Mt. Battie Road, and there they were, great patches of them, most not in bloom yet as they’d just emerged from the melting snow, but we found several bunches that had opened. You have to get right down on the ground to stick your nose in the middle of them, but they smell as sweet as I remembered.

A rarely-seen animal

Wally came in from fishing for our lunch the other day, more excited at what he’d seen than what he’d caught. A river otter had appeared across Frohock Brook from where he was standing, fetched up against a pile of sticks and debris. The two watched each other for a spell, the otter close enough that its whiskers were visible. Finally, it dove under the water and disappeared.

The otter is only the latest wildlife Wally’s encountered while fishing. A few years ago he watched a pair of barred owls standing in the water, drinking; they flew up into a nearby tree and hissed at him. Another time he felt what he thought was one of our barn cats rubbing against his ankle and looked down to find a skunk cozying up to his leg. And once, fishing a brook in Warren, he looked up to see a bear lumbering down the path toward the water. After a good look at each other, the bear turned tail and vamoosed.