Lincolnville Town News
By Diane O'Brien
All meetings are held at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.
Election Day is June 12; the polls, located in the school gym, will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for election of town officials and the state party primaries. You must be registered as either a Democrat or a Republican to vote in the primary.
The Recreation Committee meets Wednesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m.
Also Wednesday, June 13, at 7 p.m. the Planning Board meets.
The Cemetery Trustees meet Thursday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m.
Finally, Lincolnville’s annual Town Meeting will be held Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. in Walsh Common at the school.
Friday, June 8, “Stories of the Land and Its People” opens at the Farnsworth. LCS fourth- and seventh-graders participated in this yearlong project, along with students from several other area schools. LCS fourth-graders will be singing the song they wrote about their findings at the opening ceremony at the Strand Theatre at 5:30 p.m. Rosey Gerry and I, representing the Historical Society and our interest in Lincolnville’s history, toured around town on a school bus with students earlier in the spring. We did some hiking and exploring of cellarholes, Ducktrap, old cemeteries and more with the kids, and had a great time doing it.
LCS has been selected for the NFL Play 60 Fitness Gram Program, funded by the New England Patriots and emphasizing health-related fitness for life by measuring aerobic capacity, body composition, strength, endurance and flexibility. Students in grades 4-6 will participate; the program begins next fall.
Congratulations to the following May Students of the Month: Kindergarten, Owen McManus; First Grade, Jackie Batty; Second Grade, Jackson Bernier,;Third Grade, Willa Rainy and Skye Abaldo; Fourth Grade, Bradlee Watts, Cameron Hendrix and Kirah Leigh; Fifth Grade, Noah Lang, Trey Gilson and Gabby Englander; Sixth Grade, Mya Wiley; Seventh Grade, Anna Christie; and Eighth Grade, Jasmine Douglass and Nick Czuchra.
Community Retirement Party
All are invited to a potluck party for retiring teachers Ann McKittrick and Sally Littlefield. If you had children in LCS in the past 25-30 years they most likely had either Ann or Sally or both as teachers. The party will be Saturday, June 30, at the McKittricks’ house on High Street. For more information contact Jennifer Drawbridge, email@example.com, or Jane Cummons, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week everyone in Lincolnville should have received a calendar order form in the mail. If you haven’t ever ordered before, consider doing it this year. This is the 58th consecutive year for Lincolnville’s Community Calendar. Originally, proceeds supported the Fire Department; for the past several years the L’ville Historical Society has been the beneficiary. It’s the best way to support the Historical Society’s work – the Schoolhouse Museum, the preservation of L’ville-related artifacts, research into local genealogies, collection of old photographs, etc. The calendars are only $8 each, with listings of family members' birthdays and anniversaries just 50 cents each. The deadline for ordering by mail is June 15; after that you can call Jackie Watts at 763-4504 to place your order. If you’re already on the calendar, all you have to say is “same as last year.”
Strawberry Festival Coming Up
This year’s UCC-sponsored Strawberry Festival will be Saturday, July 7. This is the time to think about entering the parade with a float to promote a cause or just for fun. Get with some friends and put together a float or ?? The theme this is “Make a Joyful Noise,” so musical acts, children with drums or kazoos or whatever are encouraged to join in. Call Pat Shannon, 763-2772, to sign up.
Cat Missing – Again
Meg Kassen wrote to say her “very handsome, perfect, two-tone grey-and-white” cat, Sam, has gone missing – again. You may remember Sam, if you’re a longtime reader of this column, as the cat who went walking five years ago and landed at a neighbor’s house on Youngtown Road. Meg says, “I use the word ‘neighbor’ with great affection, as I live on Moody Mtn. Road!” Meg’s number is 763-2802, in case you spot Sam in your neighborhood.
Passing the Torch
Once again, the responsibility for Memorial Day has been passed along. For many years the American Legion under, first Ron Leadbetter, and more recently, Ron Rainfrette, has organized much of Lincolnville’s Memorial Day activities. There’s a lot to it: organize the parade, get the color guard, feed the bands, (we’re the fourth parade/ceremony of the day for them, and by L’ville, they’re hungry! For many years the Legion produced lunch; this year the Rockport Masonic Lodge did it), set up the sound system at the school, and finally, find a speaker, an MC, and a preacher.
Many thanks to the Legion, specifically Ron L. and Ron R., for their dedication and hard work; this year the town formed a Memorial Day committee -- Cecil Dennison, James Greeley, Rosey Gerry and Karen Secotte, and they did a fine job!
A Great Party
A rainy Sunday afternoon in early June is the perfect kind of day for a party, as long as you’re planning on being indoors. Dick McLaughlin’s Lobster Pound hosted a fun afternoon for the 90 or so folks who came down and enjoyed his hospitality and newly-renovated patio room. It was a benefit for the Move It! project, a chance to explain what the Historical Society and L’ville Community Alliance have in mind, and with the help of a concept drawing by landscape architect Mike Farmer, people were able to visualize how the Center Schoolhouse will look across the road. Along with Sunday’s proceeds, it appears that the fund is approaching the halfway point in raising the approximately $15,000 estimated to get it moved, situated and buttoned up for winter. Many thanks to Dick and his crew for keeping everyone well fed and happy on a miserable, rainy afternoon.