Lincolnville news

By Diane O'Brien | Aug 22, 2013

Municipal Meetings

All meetings are at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.

The Selectmen meet Monday, Aug. 26, 6 p.m.; Selectmen meetings are televised on channel 22.

The Lakes & Ponds Committee meets Tuesday the 27th, at 7 p.m.

The Planning Board meets Wednesday the 28th at 7; meeting televised.

Tax Bills

Property tax bills for fiscal year July 2013 through June 2014 have arrived in the mail. Note that the first payment of half the amount is due Oct. 9.

Benefit Pasta Dinner & Motorcyle Run

This Saturday, Aug. 24, a benefit is being held in support of Juanita Smith, “a beautiful and inspirational mother, grandmother, sister, wife, and friend.” Nita, “a kind, honest, funny, and strong woman has continued to battle Multiple Sclerosis every single day for many years. If you know her and love her you know how deserving she is….if you don’t know her – you’re missing out!” Come and meet her, and show your support both for her and her family, as well as all others living with MS.

At 1 p.m. that day the Motorcycle Run starts from the Lincolnville Central School parking lot, $10 per bike. The pasta dinner begins at 3 p.m. in Walsh Common, $7 per person/$20 per family. For information on making a donation call 542-7093 or 542-7594.

Lincolnville Band at Breezemere

The band will be playing at the Bicentennial Bandstand in Breezemere Park Tuesday the 27th at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and sweater and come to enjoy music outdoors on a late summer evening. In case of rain, the concert moves indoors to Tranquility Grange on Belfast Road (Route 52).

How To Research Your Family History

Genealogist Ted Steele will present a free program, “Discovering Your Family’s Heritage: An Introduction to Family History,” on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. at Lincolnville Community Library. Ted will show how to research one’s family history by using census records, vital records, church and cemetery records, probate and military records and the Internet. He will also review several popular genealogical computer programs that can help people organize their findings.

Ted, who lives half time at both Pitcher Pond and St. Louis, is the author of two books: "A Steele Family History," recognized by the Connecticut Society of Genealogists as the best family history of 2001; and "Ebbets: The History and Genealogy of a New York Family." He has presented lectures at many local and national genealogical conferences and was the keynote speaker for the Maine Genealogical Society’s annual conference in 2012. He also served as president of the St. Louis Genealogical Society from 2005 to 2008.

The program will include plenty of time for questions and discussion. The library is located at the corner of Heal Road and Main Street in the Center. For more information, email

Zucchini Season

No matter how hard we try to harvest zucchinis while they’re small and succulent, they always get away from us, turning into baseball bats overnight. Here’s a recipe from Joan Carol Baker in Hope that uses up those humungous beauties.

Cut zucchini in half the long way, scoop out the seedy innards, and feed to the chickens. Cut the solid part into French fry-like sticks. Toss in a bowl with a little olive oil, then in a bowl with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese, the shaker kind. Spread on a foil-covered cookie sheet and bake at 450° until crispy, about 10 minutes.

Progress at the Library Project

Three mornings a week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the old Dean & Eugley lot is crowded with pickups, cars and people. The first of two sheds making up the Open Air Museum is finished; the second, bigger one, will be started this week. The exterior of the old schoolhouse/library is nearing completion: new windows on the north and front, restored south-facing windows, new clapboards and roof. Inside the ceiling is sheet-rocked, wiring is done, and the interior walls are framed and ready for insulation. Next up, the foundation for the 18 foot by 20 foot annex will go in. Most of this work has been done by volunteers and/or donated labor by contractors.

If you’ve got some time to help on those mornings – we work 8 a.m. to noon – just stop by or contact Jim Dunham (about the library) at or Sandy Shute (about the sheds) at Men and women both are welcome to help; little or no experience is necessary as there are plenty of jobs that need to be done. And we’re having a lot of fun!

How Do People Make a Living Around Here?

All this summer I’ve been writing about what L’ville people do to make a living. I welcome suggestions of people to talk to. Please let me know your ideas!

Local Business Series: A Heating Contractor

The dilemma of the independent tradesman is that he/she really can’t afford to turn down any jobs. But because of the timing – seasonal in some cases, or the sequence of jobs on a construction project – work tends to come in all at once, even though, as Norm Walters says, “you try to create a chain of jobs that overlap as little as possible.” He eloquently describes this fix, using the example of last winter. As a heating contractor, installing and maintaining systems, he thought he was in good shape as Christmas approached. With three jobs lined up, he worked “like crazy” all fall, juggling the three “throwing the ball high enough to catch it on the next job — showing my face” often enough at one, while finishing up at another. With two prospective projects waiting to start in January, getting those three done by Christmas felt just about right.

Only then, those two didn’t come through. “When someone doesn’t get back to you,” he says, “you can only push so far.” The calls weren’t returned, but the bills still have to be paid. So from January to June he did some boat refinishing, then worked with a friend on a big deck project. “It’s not what I do; I’m not a carpenter. But can I do it? You bet I can!”

By June those elusive jobs had materialized, and now Norm’s back doing what he does best, installing heating systems. Figuring out this convoluted local economy with its mix of locals, island and other summer residents, trying to plan out several months work in advance, can be mind-boggling. As good an indicator as any, he says, is the sight of concrete trucks. Once they roll, he can usually figure on getting some work two months or so down the line. To contact Norm, who, in his spare time, is restoring Lincolnville’s “oldest house” just outside the Center, call 975-9088.

Like so many others navigating the Maine economy, Norm has another gig, a side hustle, dealing in quality Texas-made cowboy boots. He buys boots on ebay from well-known boot makers – Tony Lama, Nocona, Justin Boots. They often arrive in rough shape; these are well-worn and, importantly, broken-in boots. Norm, who loves the process of cleaning them up, gets to work with leather cleaners and polishes, restoring them beautifully. He sells them through Barbara Cameron at Camden Merchant Showcase on Mechanic Street (the once movie theater/five and dime).

It’s a business he’s proud of, providing quality boots to people who can try on an already-broken-in pair, and find a good fit. “Try buying on ebay and you won’t be able to tell size with already worn boots. I absorb that risk.” And the beauty of these broken-in boots is the pain avoided by wearing a brand new pair!

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