All meetings are at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.
The Financial Advisory Committee meets Thursday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m. in the town office.
The Conservation Commission meets Monday the 28th at the Lincolnville Improvement Association building, 33 Beach Road, at 4 p.m.
A Special Town Meeting has been called for Monday the 28th, 6 p.m., in Room C-1 at the school. The regular selectmen meeting will follow; all televised on channel 22.
The Planning Board meets Wednesday the 30th at 7 p.m., televised.
Two articles are on the Special Town Meeting warrant for Monday the 28th. The first asks voters to authorize selectmen “to accept a gift of $45,000 from the Lincolnville Volunteer Fire Department and to appropriate that money for the purpose of purchasing an approximately 3 acre parcel of vacant land located on Beach Road (Tax Map 28, Lot 78) for the potential future construction of a new fire station at Lincolnville Beach.” Any future construction on the site would require subsequent town meeting approval. This future building would replace the present station at the Beach.
The second article asks that the 2013-14 school budget be amended to use “additional revenues to meet new teacher retirement cost obligations that the state has transferred to the Town, by increasing the school budget by a total sum of $32,985.03.”
Both articles are recommended by the Budget Committee and the School Committee.
Tuesday, Nov. 5, is Election Day, with the polls open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. On the ballot are five state bond issues and one local issue — voter ratifcation of the school budget amendment (see above). Not a lot to pull the voters in, perhaps, but the bakers from United Christian Church promise their usual table full of goodies for good citizens to buy.
“New” Town Office
I haven’t been inside yet, but if the outside is any indication, I have a feeling our renovated Town Office will feel completely new. We’ll all get a chance to see it at an Open House planned for Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. The staff and all the business of the town won’t move from their temporary quarters in the fire station until that Friday; the office will be closed from Friday the 15th through Monday the 18th, reopening at 493 Hope Road on Tuesday the 19th.
Looking for a Halloween pumpkin? The eighth-grade still has a number of excellent pumpkins to sell for their class fund. Priced at $2 for a small, $4 for a medium, and $6 for a large, ask at the school office about them.
The PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) holds its second Movie Night of the year Friday the 25th for children from kindergarten through fifth-grade with “Hotel Transylvania.” Kids, come dressed in your Halloween costume.
Guidance counselor Elyzabeth Richards recently attended a workshop given by Midcoast author Kay Stephens, the co-author of the book "Cyberslammed: Understand, Prevent, Combat and Transform The Most Common Cyberbullying Tactics." Kay has two free webinars coming up, log on to cyberslammed.com/freewebinars.html for more information.
The Lynx coed soccer team came in third in the playoffs last week, losing to Hope 3-2 in a penalty-kick shootout. Must have been an exciting, but heartbreaking finish for the LCS team and its fans.
Meanwhile, the boys and girls Lynx cross country teams ran once again on the Medomak Middle School course for their Busline League Championship meet last week.
The Girl Scouts are back at LCS for girls in kindergarten through grade 3. A Daisy troop (kindergarten and first-grade students) and a Brownie troop (grades 2 and 3) have started at the school this fall.
This Saturday the 26th will be the last Farmers Market of this season. A Holiday Market will take place inside 6 Heal Road (aka Grampa Hall’s) during November and December.
Open House & Dedication
This Saturday the 26th, an open house will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. at the new Community Library and Open Air Museum in Lincolnville Center. Stop by and tour the building so many of us helped pull across the road just a year ago this weekend. Though the work isn’t done, it’s been completely transformed this past summer by the work of many volunteers. And across the parking area, two new buildings have been erected by a crew of enthusiastic, mostly beginner, and mostly female carpenters – Lincolnville Historical Society’s Open Air Museum, to be dedicated at 4 p.m. on Saturday as the Jackie Young Watts Open Air Museum. There’ll be refreshments and activities for all ages, so stop by and see what we as a community have accomplished so far. The library, which is still housed in its temporary spot at 6 Heal Road, will hopefully move in by January.
Noah Botley Fundraiser
Noah and his family will be headed to Pennsylvania at the beginning of November for his third surgery to treat fibrous dysplasia. A Dessert Evening, Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. at LCS’ Walsh Common, will feature local musicians — Phil Clement Combo, John Stephens, Michele Chadwick, Jason Moody and others. Donations will be accepted at the door to help the Botleys with travel, accommodations and medical supplies. If you would like to donate baked goods or money, contact Becky Stephens at 763-4275.
Family Fall Harvest Festival
Once again Crossroads Community Baptist Church is hosting a free Harvest Festival for Lincolnville and surrounding communities. It will take place Thursday the 31st from 5 to 7 p.m. at LCS, rain or shine. A family-friendly event, it’s open to the public with a Best Tasting Chili or Stew Competition, a bounce house, climbing wall, games, candy, refreshments and drawings for prizes. Previous Community Crossroads events have had more than 100 people attending from all over the area – Rockland, Warren, Belfast, Stockton Springs, Camden, as well as Lincolnville – and a great time was had by all!
King David’s Lodge is putting on a Hunters’ Breakfast Saturday, Nov. 2, at LCS, Walsh Common. That Saturday is Maine Day, as it’s been named for the first day of deer hunting season, the day which has traditionally been reserved for Maine residents only. A lot has changed in the 40-plus years we’ve lived in Lincolnville, but somehow this day still has the old excitement for hunters and their families.
And a Hunters’ Breakfast is part of that excitement. The cooks get up very, very early to start cooking the sausages and bacon, get the coffee urns going, and the fried potatoes sizzling. Then the hunters start to trickle in, mostly men, with a scattering of women and maybe a few drowsy kids on their first hunt.
However, it’s not only hunters who enjoy a good, homemade breakfast. Early Christmas shoppers, people working on Saturday, or spouses like me who don’t hunt but who wouldn’t miss a Hunters’ Breakfast. Hope to see you there!