Municipal Meetings

All meetings are at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.

The Conservation Commission meets Monday, April 8, 4 p.m. at Lincolnville Improvement Association.

Also Monday at 6 p.m., the selectmen hold their regular meeting which is televised on channel 22.

The Planning Board meets Wednesday the 10th at 7 p.m., televised.

The Cemetery Trustees meet Thursday the 11th at 6:30 p.m.

Town

A public hearing on the proposed charter amendment to remove the requirement for a police department will take place Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in Walsh Common, the school cafeteria. Here is an opportunity for folks on either side of this issue to come out and try to convince their neighbors of their position. A petition circulated late last year to call for this charter amendment gathered the required 20 percent of voters in the last gubernatorial election. The charter amendment will be voted by paper ballot on Tuesday, June 11.

The balance of property taxes for 2012-13 is due April 11. After that date interest will be charged; note that the names of delinquent taxpayers must be included in the Annual Town Report in June due to state statute.

School

LCS wrestlers have had a great season with Marshall Sawyer, Eric Andrews and Kara Andrews competing in the Maine State Youth Wrestling Championships at Portland Civic Center; Eric had a first place finish. HAL wrestlers showed great improvement throughout the season, practicing five nights a week and wrestling every Saturday. They came in fourth at the Regionals, and seventh at the State Championship. Noah Lang bested a previously undefeated wrestler to get a second place trophy, and Dawson Allen, Adrian Joy , Nicholas Winter and Gage Modery all presented solid efforts against their opponents.

After School Enrichment had a great afternoon of team cupcake-baking, culminating in the Cupcake Wars. Judges picked winners in the Best Tasting and Most Creative for K-4 teams and for 5-8 teams. Students in grades K-5 enjoy the weekly Lego club.

Tanglewood’s April Adventure Camp

Children, ages 6-11, can come explore the signs of spring along Ducktrap River and the forest at Tanglewood’s Adventure Camp, April 15-19. Contact Patti Chapman at 789-5868 or go to http://umaine.edu/tanglewood/year-round/april-vacation-camp/

Library Talk on Co-ops

Rob Brown of the Cooperative Development Institute is speaking at Lincolnville Community Library, 6 Heal Road, Saturday, April 6, at 11 a.m. In addition to giving an overview of business co-ops (which are business enterprises formed by groups of people who jointly own and control them), Brown will provide practical information on how individuals can join together to start new co-ops. There will be plenty of time for discussion following the talk. The Farmers Market will also be open for people to shop until noon. For more information, email fireweed@tidewater.net.

Benefit Suppah

King David’s Lodge, the organizers of the benefit supper for 3-year-old Andy O’Brien, are planning to have a bounce house in the gym for young children to play (with supervision) during the event, as well as an alternative menu of chicken nuggets and fries for little ones. The date is Saturday, April 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Walsh Common at the school. The menu is lasagna, salad, bread, beverage and dessert; contributions of desserts are welcome! The price is $8 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12, $20 for a family.

Library Program

If you haven’t made it to one of the Community Library’s Speaker/Musician monthly Wednesday meetings you’ve missed some great evenings. In March a packed house (and at the Library, that’s about 40-50 people) enjoyed Chris Fahy’s wry commentary on his work, and then the wonderful debut performance of the Rosecroft String Trio. It was hard to believe we were all sitting there in muck boots and jeans in L’ville Center on a wintry March Wednesday.

This month, Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. sharp, local author Tess Gerritsen will be the speaker. Gerritsen is the author of nine romantic suspense novels, featuring detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles – the inspiration for the TV series “Rizzoli & Isles”.

Following the talk, All That Jazz, an instrumental/vocal collaboration of a piano (Bill Hahn), vocals and upright string bass (Reny Stackpole), percussion and vocals (Hank Lunn), and saxophone (Wayne Delano) will present music that runs from Ellington to Monk to Miles.

Tickets, which are $10, have to be reserved in advance by calling Rosey Gerry at 975-5432. All proceeds go to the library.

Patience

Sunday morning I was standing in a pool of sunshine trimming onion seedlings. The hundreds of baby onions planted carefully in a long window box were getting leggy; trimming them by half forces them to form a sturdier little bulb, ready for transplanting later in the spring. Then, because I’m so damn frugal, all those trimmings had to be snipped into a containers to use as seasoning when I cook. Snip snip snip. Tedious work.

Later the two of us tackled our apple trees, pruning out the unproductive tangle of watersprouts that shoot straight up every summer. Clip clip clip. Then pick them up in bunches, carry to the brush pile. More tedious work, best done in the sunshine of an early, early spring day.

When those baby onions are robust globes, warm from the summer earth, and I’m braiding them to store, will our little Andy be robust again? When we’re picking apples off the trees, will he be climbing them with his sister Maggie, like she climbed this weekend?

Trimming, snipping, both take patience. You look at the hundreds left to do, but you can’t quit. One step at a time. Same for a little child, his body a battleground between the good cells and the bad. One at a time.