Municipal meetings

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

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

The planning board meets Wednesday, June 8 at 7 p.m.

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

School

The last PTO meeting of the year will be held Wednesday, June 8, 5 p.m. at the Whales Tooth Pub.

Eighth-grade graduation will be on Thursday, June 9, 5:30 p.m. in the Lynx Gymnasium.

The last day of school for all other children will be Tuesday, June 14.

The weekly school newsletter, The Lynx, is a great resource for kid- and family-centered events taking place in the area, some in Lincolnville, but many in the surrounding towns. This includes specialty camps and programs that take place in the summer and during school holidays. Although all LCS families receive The Lynx, home-schooling parents and visitors to the area with kids should find it useful as well. To see the weekly Lynx go to the LCS website: lcs.lincolnville.k12.me.us/

Community calendar

Last week everyone in Lincolnville should have received the historical society’s newsletter which included the order form for the Community Birthday Calendar. If you’ve ordered before you know what to do; send it back with “same as last year” or with changes noted. If you haven’t done it before it’s easy; just fill in the birthdays (month and day, not year of birth) and anniversaries of your family members. Remember loved ones who’ve passed away by marking their birth with “In Memoriam”. Each listing is $.50 and the calendar is $7. Contact Jackie Watts with questions — 763-4504.

Newsletters

Sending out a newsletter to everyone in town, as the historical society and conservation commission have done for several years, is getting increasingly expensive. Due to postal regulations a saturated mailing (where the address reads “Postal Patron”) means everyone in the zip code has to receive it. Since Northport is also 04849 several hundred newsletters which are aimed at Lincolnville residents must be sent to Northport folks, a waste of paper and, of course, money. The LHS board has decided that from now on only members will receive a newsletter in the mail. Since membership costs just $5, it’s pretty affordable for most people. So if you enjoy the stories and photos in the semi-annual newsletter, join the LHS.

Coming up in July

The annual Strawberry Festival is coming up July 9, and parade planning has begun. The organizers are hoping this year to have town organizations enter with some old-fashioned floats (no tractor trailers please!) depicting their work or an upcoming event. For more information and to get on the list for the parade, please call event co-chairman Lois Lyman at 763-4170.

Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove

Openings are still available at both 4-H camp sites, Tanglewood in Lincolnville and Blueberry Cove in Tenants Harbor. Both camps are offering expanded day camp and wilderness discovery trips this summer for children and youth. Day camps at Tanglewood will be adding food, garden and baking programs, canoeing and camping out, as well as before and after-care options for working parents, including ages 4-14. Shuttle bus pick-ups for Blueberry Cove are made at Camden/Rockport, Union, Rockland, Thomaston and South Thomaston. Camps run from June 26 through Aug. 19. Tuition is on a sliding scale with discounts for multiple sessions or siblings, and scholarships for families who apply. Contact Tanglewood at 789-5868 or go to extension.unmaine.edu/tanglewood

More summer opportunities

Lasansky Dance Studio’s summer workshops include creative movement for 4-5 year olds, movement/poetry/art for 6-9 year olds and mask/costume making and movement for 12-14 year olds. Call Jimena at 236-3685 or go to her website at lasanskydance.com.

A senior project

How can Camden and Lincolnville manage their rural land use to sustain the natural forested landscape? That’s the question student Brandon Learnard is posing for his senior thesis at Sterling College in Vermont. Brandon, who grew up on the edge of the state park, is using his knowledge of natural history, historical and current land use practices and GIS technology to formulate recommendations for planning boards to use. During July and August 2011 Brandon will be surveying residents in the Camden/Lincolnville area about the current land use of their property. If anyone has specific history about how their land was used, Brandon can be reached at candlandusehistory@gmail.com.

Welcome to Jack

Lincolnville’s newest resident, Jack Thayer Calderwood, arrived May 25, born at home to Nelli Gentle and John Calderwood. Jack, 8 pounds, 12 ounces, was helped into this world by Ellie Daniels and Donna Broderick of Morningstar Midwifery.  He’s the grandson of Joe and Ruth Calderwood of Lincolnville, Penny Gentle of Camden and Thom Gentle of North Bennington, Vt. There’s lots of new life up on Thayer Road; according to John, he and Nellie have a couple of baby pigs and a flock of little chicks to tend, as well as baby Jack. Historically speaking, John and Nellie are living on what was once the Thayer farm; their baby is a direct descendent of two of Lincolnville’s earliest settlers — John and Thankful Calderwood who hosted the town’s first town meeting in 1802 at their log cabin.

Confused birds

This is the time of year when birds are focusing on mating, nesting and baby-rearing, and not their surroundings. Case in point: Carole Hardy was sitting near an upstairs window the other day when two male hummingbirds flew right at her. One clung to the screen with its little claws while the other drove his beak right through the screen, impaling it in one of the tiny squares. The beak was stuck about 1/4 inch in. The first one flew off, and just when Carole thought they’d have to get a ladder to get up and release it, the second jerked back its head freeing the beak and flew off as well. Another day she and Ken spotted a scarlet tanager dead on the Turnpike near the boat launch area. They stopped to examine it and saw its beak was full of soft gray feathers. What on earth for, they wondered? Perhaps that bird was on its way home to line its nest with those feathers and flew into a car. Wally found a hairy woodpecker dead in the road in front of our house the other day. For those reading this in the throes of family life, it’s perfectly understandable!