Municipal meetings

The selectmen meet Monday, June 27, 6 p.m., meeting televised.

The land use committee also meets Monday at 7 p.m.

The planning board meets Wednesday, June 29 at 7 p.m.

Town meeting reprise

Well, once again the town’s business has been disposed of by some 60 citizens, a good number of them members of various town boards and committees. In other words, these are the people often proposing or working on the various budget items, ordinances, and other business that make up the annual town warrant. It was a June Saturday morning, prime time for yard work, dump runs, grocery shopping, time-with-the-kids, all those home chores working people can’t get to during the week. Sitting for two and a half hours on a folding chair deliberating about those 35 warrant articles is pretty far down on the list for most people.

At the end of the meeting someone proposed town meeting be held in the evening next year. “Older people have a hard time driving at night” came a quick response. Since many of these older folks, retired and with more time on their hands, are already sitting on committees and involved in town affairs, it seems to me it’s the younger people, the ones with all those weekend chores to do, who are missing. What if we tried alternating an evening town meeting one year with a Saturday morning meeting the next? The selectmen could make that decision. Let them know how you feel about it. Since driving after dark is certainly a legitimate concern for some, we could easily make arrangements to bring our elderly neighbors to the meeting.

Speaking of selectmen, we’ve just elected two new ones — David Barrows and Julia Libby, both new to the board. Following Saturday’s meeting the selectmen gathered to elect their new chairman — Jason Trundy will replace outgoing chairman, Rosey Gerry. Members of boards — selectmen, planning, land use, comp plan, etc. etc. — all work hard and make a big commitment of time in attending meetings throughout the year. But the greatest part of the load falls on the chairman who must come up with agendas, coordinate with the town office as well as run the meetings. Thanks to Rosey for his two years as chairman, and good luck to Jason, just undertaking it.

The town owes a big thank you to one of its most dedicated town officials in recent memory, Bob Plausse. Bob has served as selectman for nine years, several of those as chairman. I want to wish him a relaxing retirement from public service, but I have a feeling retirement isn’t in his vocabulary. Though a transplant from Massachusetts, Bob’s love for Lincolnville is evident in his wide-reaching community service — to the town, his church, and more quietly, to his neighbors. If he hears that someone is ill or infirm or needs a ride to the hospital or to an appointment, Bob (often with Janet) steps in and helps out. And isn’t that what makes a good town?

Sunday afternoon concert

This Sunday, June 26 at 4 p.m. pianist Sybil Wentworth and guitarist Phil Clement will be performing “Mom and Dad’s Favorite Hymns” at United Christian Church. The concert’s free, though donations are welcome.

Last chance for calendar

Reminder that this is the last chance for last minute Lincolnville Community Calendar orders. Call Jackie Watts, 763-4504, by Sunday June 26 for ads (one more available) birthday, anniversary and event listings. Calendars are $7 each with each listing $.50 and will be available in late August for the September start date. Proceeds benefit the Schoolhouse Museum of the Lincolnville Historical Society.

LIA meeting

This month’s LIA meeting is Wednesday, June 29, 5:30 p.m. at the Old School House, 33 Beach Road. Bring a dish for the potluck and a friend for the company. The guest speaker will be Ron Young on Emergency Preparedness.

LHS Open House

Thursday, June 30, 6:30 to7:30 p.m. the community is invited to an Open House at the Lincolnville Historical Society Schoolhouse Museum. We’ll be opening up the drawers and cupboards to show off some of the things in our collection, including old tools, Ralph Richards’ diaries, the Albert Davis greeting card collection, a recently acquired 1857 Fernald diary, Civil War memorabilia and lots more. If you have never been, the museum is located upstairs (chair lift available) in the L.I.A. building at 33 Beach Rd/Rt 173, 1/8 mile up up from the Beach/Rt 1. There will be door prizes, free mugs for adults, balloons & bubbles for children and refreshments for all. Come explore Lincolnville’s roots. For more information call Jackie Watts 763-4504 or email history7@midcoast.com. The museum will is open for the summer 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Mon-Wed-Fri or by appointment 789-5984. If you’re on Facebook, look for the LHS page or our check our website at Lincolnvillehistory.org

Strawberry Festival

This year’s annual Strawberry Festival, July 9 (rain or shine) at United Christian Church/Community Building is a true family festival with lots of fun for kids. Bring bikes, wagons, strollers, etc. to the D & E lot across from the old Fire Station (don’t you love those directions?!) at 9:30 a.m. to decorate, crepe paper provided. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at Drake’s Corner, but the children join midway.

Once at the church yard the children’s area will feature Kyle Edgerly’s balloon twisting, free games with a pocket prize or a raffle ticket for each game completed, followed by a raffle of baskets of children’s games and activities. Inside there’ll be face painting and children’s crafts under the direction of local artists. Mark your calendar for July 9!

Memorial gathering

The friends and relatives of Roberta Hardy Willis are invited to a gathering in her memory at Tranquility Grange on Saturday, July 16, 1:30 p.m.

State Tournament in Lincolnville!

The town’s recreation committee is hosting the Little League State Championship Tournament for the 11-year old age group this July. The recreation committee has developed a top-notch Little League field here, and it’s a testament to their hard work that our field and town have been selected to host the Tournament. The tournament will take place July 22-27 at the Lincolnville Ballfields located behind the school. With three baseball games played daily over a period of five or six days, many volunteers will be needed. If you would like to help out at any or all of the days, please contact Elaine Huber-Neville at 763-3796.

Birds

A pair of pileated woodpeckers raised their family of two fledglings in a nest hole they carved out of a birch tree the past few weeks, and all in sight of two houses on Nortons Pond. Apparently those babies (pterodactyl-like heads and all) can be incredibly loud and insistent, crying out for food, food and more food all day long. Then came the morning when it was awfully quiet, the human observers in both houses noted. The babies had flown the nest. Peace and quiet had descended on the pond, but I’ll bet the people miss the show! I was reminded of bird photographer and long-time Megunitcook Lake summer resident, the late Morgan Hebard. He took photos of dozens and dozens of local birds nesting, but was never able to locate a pileated nest.

Lincolnville’s newest bird photographer is Karl Gerstenberger; Karl’s been at it for just three years, but is making the most amazing photos. He’s had a display of his prints, which he also makes, at the UCC parish hall this month. Stop by some Sunday morning and get a look; they’re quite amazing. My favorite bird, the pileated as it happens, has a choke cherry in it’s beak. A hummingbird’s ruby throat feathers are each outlined, something I’ve never seen before. An osprey flies off with two fish, one clutched in each foot, a bluebird Karl snapped in his own backyard has a big, juicy insect in its beak.