Municipal meetings

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

The CSD budget meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 31, 8 p.m. at Strom Auditorium at Camden Hills Regional High School.

Memorial Day

The annual Memorial Day parade through the center starts at 1:30 p.m. Parade participants should gather at the old fire station area on Main Street by 1:15 p.m. or so. Marchers stop at the World War II memorial to lay a wreath and to fire a volley, and then proceeds around the corner to the school for a short program. Lots of people fall in behind the parade and follow it to the school; others park up there and wait for the parade to get to them. See you there…

Civil War commemoration

The United Christian Church (UCC) invites the community to a special memorial service on Sunday, May 29 at 9:30 a.m.  The service will honor those who gave their lives in service to the country and will commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and feature music of that era.  The Reverends Stephen and Bonnie Hoffman will lead worship.  All faiths welcome.

School budgets

Some may be confused about school budgets. The Community School District – CSD – is Camden Hills Regional High School – CHRHS, comprised of Camden, Rockport, Hope, Appleton and Lincolnville. The budget for the CSD is voted on separately from the Lincolnville Central School – LCS – budget. On May 31, the CSD budget will be presented at the high school (see above). All residents received a copy of the budget in the mail last week, but if you have questions or want to hear further explanations of expenses, be sure to get this meeting. We’ll vote on it at the June 14 municipal election.

The LCS budget was basically accepted (or not) at a meeting to be held Tuesday, May 24 (the day after this column is written). Voters will be asked to ratify it on June 14.

If this process seems a bit, well, clunky, that’s because it is. And this is the way the state mandates we do it. It makes sense that we vote on all the money we have to raise, both school and municipal budgets, at the same time so we have a clearer picture of what we’re doing, but apparently we’re stuck with the present system.

School

The fifth to eighth-grade band and chorus Spring Concert will be held Tuesday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. The four LCS ensembles, along with guest musicians, will feature many soloists while performing a variety of music.

Congratulations to Anna Christie! She won a $250 scholarship to attend music camp this summer from MMEA District III. Many students from 30 schools applied and only six were chosen.

If you’ve driven by the school recently you can see that something’s going on! The front lawn is all plowed up and new raised beds are appearing. Mrs. Coombs fourth-graders are creating an herb and flower garden, while middle schoolers are learning how to fundraise, research relevant gardening topics, and create a plan for a community garden.

Plans are for the garden to include vegetables for use in the cafeteria, and eventually food for the local community as well. Are you a gardener? Are you willing to donate your skills, time or tools to help this project along? Needs include 50 gallon rain barrels, gardening tools, gloves and you! Contact science teacher Nancy Stevick: Nancy_Stevick@fivetowns.net or 763-3366 ext. 218.

Thanks to a grant from the Coombs Trust, nearly every room in the school has its own recycling container for paper. Plastics 1-7, steel and aluminum cans, and glass jars are collected in hallway containers. In the last two weeks, LCS has recycled 164 pounds of material.

Bird tales

As if there isn’t enough drama in our human lives, we have only to look out our windows and watch the birds:

Marian and Harry Swanson watched a hummingbird lying across the feeder, beak immersed in the sugar water, but not moving, not perching, just lying there. Suddenly, out of the sky another hummingbird appeared, dive bombing the prone one. It began stabbing at it, making the little body jerk and flip as it was hit. Marian, thinking it was dead, rushed out to take its body off the feeder, but before she got there the apparently dead bird roused itself and flew off into a nearby bush. They figure the bird, exhausted from its recent migration, couldn’t even summon up the energy to perch to drink, and was only able to lay there and suck up the nectar. She isn’t sure if it survived the attack as it disappeared in the bush.

She’s seen newly-arrived hummers drink so much they can hardly fly, but never one acting like this. For such a lovely, delicate looking little thing, hummingbirds can be vicious to each other!

Jackie and Merve Taylor enjoy their phoebes (or fly catchers); they come back every year and nest under the eaves. They were back on schedule this year, but have since disappeared. A couple of friends have had the same experience she told me. Our phoebes are here, but I’m not sure if they’ve begun laying in their usual nest under the porch eaves. Domestic discord? Who knows.

Kerry Hardy, visiting Lincolnville from Arizona where he and Christine are living on a reservation, spotted a red-bellied woodpecker at Carole and Ken Hardy’s feeder.