Lincolnville town news

By Diane O'Brien | May 31, 2012




Municipal Meetings

All meetings are at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.

Selectmen meet Monday, June 4, at 6 p.m., meeting televised

Also Monday the 4th, the School Committee meets at 7 p.m.

Election day for town and state candidates will be Tuesday, June 12. To vote absentee, contact Doris Weed at the town office.

The annual Town Meeting will be Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. in Walsh Common.


LCS is receiving a $1,000 gift certificate for science materials from Lego Robotics thanks to Jackie Watts. Jackie saw an ad promoting Poland Spring’s “Science Comes Naturally Sweepstakes” and promptly entered LCS in the contest! Thanks, Jackie!

Today, May 31, eighth-graders leave on their long-planned for Quebec trip, returning June 2. This trip has become a tradition for eighth-graders with planning and fundraising starting months and maybe even years before.

The last weeks of school are a flurry of activity with class field trips, eighth-grade graduation June 8 at 5 p.m., and Field Day on the last day of school, June 13.

Stop by the school garden, or perhaps you got a good look at it during Memorial Day ceremonies. With 12 raised beds, an herb garden, large garden plot, apple trees and raspberries, it’s pretty impressive. A core group of middle school and fourth-grade students have started seedlings, pulled weeds, turned soil, built arbors and even harvested spinach and lettuce for the school salad bar already. Volunteer gardeners — students, their families and community members — are needed to keep things going through the summer for a good crop of vegetables for the school lunch program next fall. Contact Darcy Johnston at

June 8 LCS fourth-graders will be singing at the opening ceremony of “A Story of the Land and Its People” at Farnsworth Museum. Their song is the one they wrote with performer/songwriter Scot Cannon about the exploration of their hometown. The ceremony will be at 5:30 p.m. at The Strand in Rockland. Both fourth- and seventh-graders participated in this year-long project using photography to tell Lincolnville’s story.

Underhill Update

Brian and Holly Underhill with their four children continue serving as a missionary pilot family with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Kalimantan, Indonesia. Brian sends out periodic updates on their activities. Brian flies into remote villages carrying supplies, often flying patients in need of medical care to doctors. In the course of this work the family has made many friendships with the Indonesians they serve. If you’d like to see the full newsletter, contact Brian by email at or his parents, Carol and Leroy here in Lincolnville.

All the Ways to Move It

This past weekend was a big one for the coffers of Move It! With a very successful LCA yard sale at the Center Schoolhouse, and some 45 pies made and sold, the LHS is getting closer to being able to move the building this fall.

This Saturday, June 2 a PartyLite Party featuring candles and home accents will be hosted by Dorothy McLaren at the LIA building, from 2 to 4 p.m. to benefit the project. All are invited to stop by and perhaps order the candles and other items Dorothy will have on display. PartyLite catalogs will be available at the Move It! table at the Farmers’ Market this week.

And Sunday, June 3, the whole town is invited down to The Lobster Pound for the kick-off for Let’s Move It! Come as you are, out of the garden or off the Beach, for a cold drink, some hearty appetizers and a chance to visit and/or meet neighbors, friends, and the folks you’ve gotten to know through the L’ville Bulletin Board. The McLaughlins will provide the food and soda; a cash bar ($4 drinks) will be available. Admission is $5, kids free, and benefits Move It!

Community Calendar

It’s birthday/community calendar ordering time again. For those of you who’ve faithfully ordered the calendar for many years, you know what to do. Use the order form on the back of “May” and mail it in. If you’re new to the calendar, you should be getting an order form in the mail sometime this week. Order forms will also be available at the Farmers’ Market. This is the historical society’s one fundraiser of the year. With money raised by sales of the calendars and business ads the LHS can have the Schoolhouse Museum open three days a week throughout the summer and fall, something most small historical societies can’t do. The calendars are $8 and listings just $.50 each.

Farmers' Market

The farmers’ market is growing, with two new vendors on Saturday – Stephanie and Grant Lippman with seafood and Dick Lenfest with maple syrup and syrup-made treats. Stop by Wednesdays, from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon. If it’s not raining, vendors will set up outdoors, across from the Center Store, otherwise, inside the market building.

Community Building

As if there isn’t enough excitement in the Center these days, a big project at United Christian Church began this week. The Community Building, built in the 1960s with much volunteer labor and donated materials, is undergoing a major renovation by Oliver Builders. There will be three phases to the project. Phase One, due to be completed in time for the July 7 Strawberry Festival, includes a four-foot lower ceiling with new fixtures, new double-pane windows and a combination of battens and paint on the old plywood that will make the place look completely different. Phase Two will include a kitchen and bathroom on the main floor, and Phase Three will add various elements such as a performance space and more.

Heritage Award

It was an honor to receive the Penobscot Region Chamber of Commerce’s Heritage Award at the Chamber’s annual awards dinner a couple of weeks ago. I was so completely surprised (the only recipient who was, I think, since everyone else gave gracious acceptance speeches!), that all I could do was stammer “Thank you” to the 450 or so guests and sit down. If I’d had a “heads up” (which I didn’t, but no more about that!) I’d have had plenty to say about Lincolnville and what a great place it is to live, what a diverse community we are, and how once again, we’re coming together with some common goals to accomplish. How we’ve done it three times, in my memory, building or adding on to our school, how we banded together to save some significant roadside trees from CMP, how we have a fire department that gave the town a brand new station, we built a beautiful bandstand during our over-the-top Bicentennial year, that we watch out for those who need help in our town, that we support a Grange, three churches, the LIA, a Boat Club and now, a budding library-historic schoolhouse-park complex. Oh, I could go on and on. Probably those Chamber members are just as happy I was blindsided by my family’s collusion in getting me there that night. Luckily, I didn’t have a thing to say…

Petunia Pump …

… is looking beautiful for Memorial Day, petunias blooming away. We have Joan Richardson to thank for the past several years of planting and watering, pruning and mowing. You’ll often see her over there, tending to the plants. Tell her thanks!

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