All meetings are held at the town office, 493 Hope Road, unless otherwise noted.
The Selectmen meet Monday, April 10, 6 p.m.; meeting televised on channel 22.
Nomination papers for town officials are now available. Open this year are two selectmen, two school committee, one CSD School Committee, and three budget committee positions. Get 25 signatures of Lincolnville registered voters and return them to the Town Office by 5 p.m. April 28.
The PTO is holding its second annual Read-a-Thon Friday, April 18. All students have committed to reading, or being read to, for two hours that day. Students will be taking pledges from family, friends, and neighbors. At last year’s Read-a-Thon more than $2,300 was raised to use toward school supplies to off-set parent and teacher expenses. The goal this year is $2,500, so keep that in mind when you’re approached by a young LCS reader.
Summer Activities Fair
This popular event where parents and kids learn about the many, many summer activities in the Midcoast was snowed out last week. But a new date has been set, April 4, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Camden-Rockport Elementary School Gym on Route 90. Forty participants, camps, classes, and various programs, from Belfast, Hope, Warren, Rockland and Camden/Rockport will be on hand with information on their summer activities. Sixteen camps are offering a free week as their raffle prize that evening, 24 organizations offer financial aid or scholarships which will be noted with a tabletop sign, and four programs are completely free. Finally, a Grand Prize Week of Camp Raffle, sponsored by the Children’s House Montessori School, will allow the winner to pick a week (up to $200) from any of the camps at the fair.
Attendance at the evening is free with everyone welcome. The goal is to give as many children as possible an enriching and fun summer, so if anyone needs financial help with the cost of a program, be sure to ask what the options are.
Tanglewood Walk Saturday
Every year on the first promising day, our youngest son used to pack up his teddy bear in a basket and go out into the woods looking for signs of spring. He’d come home with a budding twig, maybe some moss, and always reports that his favorite plant, the Stinking Benjamin (really a pretty red trillium), was in bloom on the edge of our field. Well, join Lincolnville’s Gary Gulezian down at Tanglewood this Saturday, April 5, and search for your own signs of spring. Meet at the circle parking area on Tanglewood Road at 10 a.m., prepared for some muddy spots, I’m sure, but also, finally, some real signs that spring is coming! The walk is free and sponsored by Coastal Mountains Land Trust.
Organ Recital This Sunday
If you love to listen to classical music performed on a beautiful instrument, don’t miss the Organ Recital at United Christian Church this Sunday, April 6, at 4 p.m. featuring Lincolnville organist Dorothy Koski. The pieces she’s chosen include JS Bach's "Come, Restful Peace," "Abendfriede" by Josef Rheinburger, and Miles Martin's arrangement "Of Father's Love Begotten." The program is part of the UCC’s “Music and Reflections for the Season of Lent” which includes local musicians, readings and quiet reflection. All welcome, donations, which will benefit the church’s music program, are appreciated.
We were sad to read that our neighbor of many years, Leo Mills, passed away at the end of last week. Leo served for many years on both the Harbor Committee and Route One Committee. Condolences to his family and friends.
A project to collect leftover seeds is underway at the Lincolnville Library, packets of seeds you may have from last year. They’ll be given away free, so before you order expensive seeds you may only need a few of, check out the Seed Library. I’m told that the old wooden card catalog (old technology!) makes a great organizer for seed packets.
In other library news, a book group is forming, with "Orphan Train" the first book chosen. Contact Librarian Sheila Polson at 763-4343, the library’s new phone number, or stop in and see her. Hours are Tuesdays, 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays, 2 to 7 p.m. (later on program nights), Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon.
Do you know of an Asset Champion?
That’s the heading on an email that came in recently from Patrick Walsh of Healthy Waldo County. An Asset Champion, I learned, is an individual or organizations that makes extraordinary effort to develop positive experiences, values, behaviors and relationships that enable young people to thrive. HWC, along with the Community Anti-Drug Coalition, wants help in identifying these Asset Champions in Waldo County. Put another way, whom (professional or volunteer) in our community do you see as helping young people thrive? Send the name and the reason you recommend them to: Healthy Waldo County, 5 Stephenson Lane, Belfast 04915 or email firstname.lastname@example.org before April 28. A recognition ceremony will take place May 19.
Farmers’ Market Vendors
Richard Lenfest is looking for new vendors for the upcoming season. If you have garden produce, a food product, craft or other locally-made product to sell, give him a call: 342-3179. Meanwhile, Richard continues to sell his maple products every Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon at 6 Heal Road. The new Center Farmers’ Market will have its Opening Day outside on the grounds there Saturday, May 3.
Scaredy Cat Crows
Carole and Ken Hardy enjoy watching the birds at their feeder near the shores of Megunticook Lake, and that includes a trio of crows that comes by regularly to see if anything good has dropped under the feeder. But they’re easily intimidated by the pair of seagulls who’ve taken to hanging out on the ice, waiting for those same morsels. Carole thinks it strange that crows, those bold birds that will keep snacking on road kill even as cars go whizzing by, are frightened off by a couple of gull hooligans.
All right. I give up; my house has been overtaken by Daddy Long Leg Spiders. According to Wikipedia they make “irregular, messy webs” and can hang out in warm, dry places like my windows, closets, ceilings, walls. They’re everywhere and everyone seems to have them lately. You probably have them too; also known as “vibrating spiders”, if you touch a web near where a spider is lurking it will immediately become a whirling dervish, vibrating wildly. Pretty cool, except they really make a mess, especially with all the end-of-winter woodstove dust clinging to those webs. Is this spider new to us? I never remember seeing it before the last year or so. Gone are the handsome barn spiders that used to build their webs in every doorway and corner of our barn. With their enormous, nearly quarter-sized bodies and huge webs it was easy to see how E.B. White could write a whole children’s book about one named Charlotte. But I haven’t seen one in several years. Have you?