All meetings are at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.
The Recreation Committee meets Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 6:30 p.m.
Monday the 2nd is Labor Day; the town office will be closed.
The first day of school this year is Tuesday the 3rd, and that means sharing the road with those big yellow buses. Maine Department of Transportation reminds drivers of these laws:
• Passing a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing is a criminal violation
punishable by a $250 minimum fine for the first offense and a mandatory license
suspension for the second offense.
• A vehicle may not proceed until the school bus resumes motion or until signaled
by the bus operator that it is okay to proceed.
• A school bus operator who observes someone illegally passing a stopped school
bus can report violations to a law enforcement officer.
• Unless otherwise posted, the school zone speed limit is 15 miles per hour during
school opening or closing hours, and recess.
Building Fairy Houses
Saturday the 7th, from 10 to 11 a.m. children are invited to Fernald’s Neck Preserve to build fairy houses with Liza Gardner Walsh, author of "Fairy House Handbook."
Missing Cat at Ducktrap
A 13-year-old black and white cat (white paws, bib and face) is missing from his Howe Point Road home. Very friendly and affectionate, he has a medical condition that needs monitoring. Call 789-5440.
Also Missing…is a “Grange Supper” sign from the intersection of Beach and Camden roads (Drake’s Corner). Signs sometimes end up in the ditch along the road. If you spot it, please give Don Heald a call at 763-3254.
Successful Alumni Banquet
Some 200 Camden High School alumni and guests came to the 108th Alumni Association Banquet at Point Lookout last month, making it a huge success. One friend who attended was celebrating her 50th class reunion. For those of us living far away from our hometowns, it seems wonderful to be able to hop in the car, drive a couple of miles and see classmates from long ago.
The Community Birthday Calendars have arrived. If you ordered, or would like to buy one (there are extras), pick them up at either Drake's, Western Auto, at the Schoolhouse Museum (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1 to 4 p.m.) or by calling 789-5987.
Small Business Series: The Writing Life
Elizabeth Hand – Liz to all who know her – moved to Maine in 1988 from Washington D.C. I met her a couple of years later when she stopped to buy a rug; “I just published my first novel,” she told me, “and this is a present for myself.”
I’d never met a novelist before and was doubly impressed at her 6-week-old baby. Imagine, I thought, writing a novel and having a baby all at the same time!
In the past 23 years or so, all of them lived in Lincolnville, Liz has published some 25 books – novels, novelizations, and short story collections. Her freelance career has been just as prolific with reviews for the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Review, Salon, and a regular column in Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine. Liz says she started out writing science fiction, but has branched out to historical fiction, and most recently, psychological thrillers. Her writing style has been described as American magical realism (“a tarted-up description of contemporary fantasy” she says). She has a loyal base of readers, some of whom have followed her writing from the beginning; many are writers themselves, people knowledgeable in the arts, a particular interest of hers. “Maine’s a great place to observe artists, “on their native ground.”
Another part of her writing career involves teaching. Currently she is a mentor for several students in University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program, a low residency, two-year program for creative writing that involves two “face to face” sessions of 10 days each every year, as well as frequent conferences with her students and critiques of their writing. Liz also attends several writers’ conventions and conferences during the year where she does readings and leads discussions of her work. Just this fall she’ll be doing readings in Texas, London, Sweden and Finland.
Writing for a living requires a great deal of self-discipline, something that she had no choice about when she left a good job and nice apartment in Washington all those years ago, and found herself in a 300-square-foot cottage on a Lincolnville pond, no running water, no plumbing, a deadline to meet and a newborn in her lap. She had to scramble to find work, but has learned that being reliable in meeting deadlines pays off. Nowadays, with a home in the Center, she no longer lives in that tiny cottage, but uses it as her office. She has a goal of writing 1,000 words a day; if all is going well, she might be done by noon, but then on other days she might still be at her computer at 5.
Virtually all of the money Liz earns comes from outside Lincolnville and outside Maine, yet almost all of what she spends ends up right here, the situation of many telecommuters in our midst. In effect, Liz is turning her fertile imagination into firewood and vegetables, property taxes and everything else a household needs. At the end of the day, she says, you want to be more than a good writer, and to live a life that matters. In Liz’s case she manages membership in the Lincolnville Community Alliance and on the Conservation Commission, as well as a supporter of many local causes, even as she travels, virtually and actually, all over the world.