Municipal meetings

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

The selectmen meet Monday, May 9 at 6 p.m., meeting televised.

Also on Monday, the land use committee meets at 7 p.m.

The planning board meets Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m.

The Lincolnville Sewer District meets Thursday, May 12, 9 a.m. at the Lincolnville Improvement Association building.

Also Thursday, the cemetery trustees meet at 6:30 p.m.

School fundraisers

The PTO is raffling off a week of free sailing lessons for this summer on Norton Pond through the generosity of the Lincolnville Boat Club. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and are available at the school office.

The Narwals of Death, otherwise known as fifth-graders Matt Czuchra, Dan Lydon, Colt Magri, Andy Pitcairn and Kyle Wood, are working hard to raise the money to travel to the Destination Imagination Global competition in Tennessee with a number of efforts:

1. A Super Yard sale on Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be held in the LCS gym. For $10 you can be an Early Bird and shop from 8 to 9 a.m. To donate items, rent a table to sell your own stuff or to arrange pickup of your donated stuff, call 322-2735 or email jdpitc@midcoast.com.

2. Kayak raffle — tickets (one for $5 or five for $20) available at the yard sale Saturday

3. Ongoing bottle drive: drop off at yard sale, contact above number/email, or drop off directly at Northport Redemption on Route 1 and tell them it’s for the LCS DI team.

Fiddlers’ Showcase

The Maine Master Fiddlers Showcase and Contra Dance will be held Saturday, May 7 at the Blue Goose in Northport, starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10 or $30 for a family of four. This year’s promises to be a really good show, so if you love fiddle music don’t miss it!

Welcome Home the Birds….

….not the Snow Birds, though we’re glad to see them too. Coastal Mountains Land Trust is sponsoring two birding events this month. The first, Wednesday, May 11 will be held at Beech Nut in Rockport, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. with avid birders, Brian Wilson, and Kristen Lindquist, talking about the birds of Beech Hill. Then, Saturday, May 14, 6 to 9 a.m., Kristen will join Cloe Chunn in search of spring migrants — warblers, vireos, orioles, scarlet tanagers and hawks — at the Ducktrap River Preserve in Lincolnville. For more information on both events call 236-7091 or visit coastalmountains.org.

Cemetery Trustees

The Trustees are looking for help with their annual spring clean-up of cemeteries on Saturday May 14 and Sunday May 15. Last year volunteers saved the Trustees a little over $1,200; thank you to all for their efforts and hopefully there will be as good a turnout this year. For more information on how you can help call chairman Cecil Dennison at 763-3951.

The Trustees are currently working on two charter issues: defining the duties of the sexton and the duties of the Trustees. Anyone interested in these issues is welcome to attend the next meeting of the Trustees, Thursday, May 12, 6:30 p.m. at LCS.

The Upper and Lower Cemetery Association is in desperate need of three or four new members to help the existing group. If you’re interested in helping with these two Center cemeteries contact Cecil and he’ll put you in touch with them. Also, there are openings for new Trustees as well; again, talk to Cecil.

Spring Fling

Mark your calendar for the Spring Fling to be held at Tranquility Grange, Saturday, May 14, featuring a Lincolnville Band Concert, public supper and variety show. The Grange consists of a small group of members and Friends of the Grange. They work hard doing fundraisers to help with the upkeep of their building, one of the two Lincolnville buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Tranquility Grange, built in 1908 after two previous efforts burned to the ground before they were finished, is a charming place with its pressed tin ceilings and walls, hand-painted stage curtain, beadboard wainscoting, and “pioneer” bathroom for use in winter months. It’s used by many at a very reasonable fee for concerts, weddings/receptions, and other family and public gatherings. If you’d like to help by cooking a casserole, salad or dessert, call Rosemary Winslow 763-3343. Also help during the supper with setup, serving, and clean up is welcome. You’ll meet a lot of people, have a good time and help a worthy organizaton. All proceeds from the event supports the building’s upkeep.

Community birthday calendar

It’s time for the birthday calendar again; if you have last year’s calendar you’ll find the order form on the back side of “April”. The calendar, which gives everyone an opportunity to list their family birthdays and anniversaries, is compiled and sold by the Lincolnville Historical Society, the LHS’ main fundraiser. Proceeds enable them to have open hours at the Schoolhouse Museum for the summer and fall months.

A Goose tale

A couple of weeks ago Wally found our female goose dead in her yard; she hadn’t appeared sick before. Possibly she was “egg-bound”, a condition that can kill a bird when she can’t pass an egg. Anyway, as we do whenever one of our animals dies, he offered it to Corelyn Senn to use as bait at her wildlife camera. (Cocoa, our well-loved and very old pony, was the first of our critters to return to the Earth on Corelyn’s land several years ago.) So she carried that 25-pounnd bird a good way into the woods and left with a camera trained on it. Various four-legged visitors came by over the next few days, but the most interesting was a fisher which can be seen strolling off with a bright orange beak and head hanging out of its mouth.

Meanwhile, back in our henyard, her mate was inconsolable. Or at least at night when all the hens, his daytime companions, were in their house. The male goose wandered the yard, honking and squawking, until day break. Remember, geese mate for life. We had to do something. Fortunately, our neighbor, Jerry Bernier has a robust flock of geese, a story for another day. More geese than he wants or needs. He offered to give us a female, a pretty Pilgrim goose who was being harassed by a pair of rowdy males known as Frick and Frack, or some such names, an obnoxious duo who never let her alone. So Jerry coaxed her into a dog crate to drive her over to our place after dark one night. By morning the two had bonded, he standing over her while she slept, eating side by side. No more squawking and honking. What a fickle guy.

Big cat, long tail

All right, I know I’ve got a reputation around town for seeing mountain lions behind every bush. In fact, I’ve never seen a mountain lion; I’m just the messenger. All I do is report ’em. And last week, over on Youngtown Road Lisle Secotte called Faye over to the window to see …. “an orange cat as big as our dog (50 pounds) with a thick body and thick legs and a long tail that went down to the ground with the tip turned up” stroll across the back yard. The Secottes live on the State Park side of the road, with Cameron Mountain behind them. The cat wandered up a woods road bordering their property and disappeared. Now Faye, former manager at the Camden Animal Shelter, knows cats. And she says this was a young mountain lion; not a kitten, but not full grown either. Some years ago, on a rainy night, she saw a much younger one cross Youngtown closer to the corner. Keep those reports coming!

Birds

In the past week I’ve seen a rose-breasted grosbeak in some underbrush on Ducktrap Road, watched a male cardinal fly across Beach Road near Earle Dearborn’s (he often has a pair or two at his feeders), saw my first-ever bluebird in an apple tree in the Center church yard, and have been hearing ravens and pileated woodpeckers call in our woods. This morning a pair of purple finches visited our feeder. It must be spring at last…..