Lincolnville Town News
By Diane O'Brien
All meetings are held at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.
Thursday, Oct. 18, an all-day open house and tour for townspeople will be held at the town office, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
The selectmen meet Monday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m., meeting televised.
Also, a public hearing on the referendum ballot, specifically the Town Office renovation project, will be held at 6:30 during the selectmen’s meeting.
The Financial Advisory Committee meets on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. at the Town Office.
The Route 1 Advisory Committee also meets Oct. 23, 1 p.m. at the L.I.A. building.
The Lakes & Ponds Committee meets on Tuesday as well at 7.
Everyone in town should have received a mailing describing the proposed addition to the Town Office. This project is needed to correct several deficiencies in the present building: it’s not handicapped-accessible, has limited counter space with no privacy to conduct business, and is too small for employees to work efficiently. In short, we’ve outgrown it.
The proposed addition would address these problems and more for the foreseeable future. The cost and financing of the project is addressed clearly in the mailing. The impact on property taxes will actually be a savings for taxpayers, since we are now putting aside $30,000 a year for capital improvements and interest on the money borrowed for the project will be only $16,000. Once the project is approved, the $30,000 won’t have to be raised each year, resulting in a savings on our tax bills.
We’ll be voting on this Town Office addition on Nov. 6; the selectmen, Budget and Municipal Building Committees all recommend a “yes” vote. If you’re not convinced, come to the Town Office open house and read the mailing carefully. Many people have put in long hours in meetings studying the best, most affordable way to bring our Town Office up to date; we all owe them a good, hard look at their work, and hopefully, we’ll give them the OK to go ahead.
Partners for Enrichment, the Appleton, Hope & Lincolnville group that sponsors programs in the arts and sciences for our schools, is bringing the Heartwood Theatre to L’ville Central School on Nov. 7 to give an all-school performance of American folktales.
Two days later, on Nov. 9, L’ville and Hope fifth-graders will participate in a Lab Venture science activity at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland. Fifth- and sixth-graders from all over Maine come to the Institute, where they take on the role of scientists to try hands-on research about the Gulf of Maine. This year students are learning how humans, cod, lobster and herring populations are connected and what it’s like to be a scientist and fisherman in the Gulf of Maine. Learn more about Lab Venture at www.gmri.org/education/labventure.asp.
Then, on Nov. 15 & 16, Partners for Enrichment will bring local singer/songwriter Cindy Kallett to LCS for a song-writing residency for middle school students.
If you like to donate to local organizations that do their good works right here, you can hardly get more local than Partners for Enrichment. They are directly benefiting our L’ville children (Hope and Appleton as well, of course) by funding the kinds of experiences not found in the normal school curriculum. To make a donation or for more information, call the school, 763-3366 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both fall sports teams, boys’ and girls’ cross-country and coed soccer, have ended their regular seasons and are holding their league championships this week. The cross-country championship meet will be held at Camden Hills Regional High School on Thursday, Oct. 18; the coed soccer league championships will be Saturday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m.
Lincolnville Improvement Association
The L.I.A. holds its final meeting of the year Thursday Oct. 18. A 5:30 p.m. potluck will be followed by Marge Olson giving a talk on The Olson Odyssey, the trip to Alaska and back that she and her husband, Bob, took this summer in their Toyota Prius (and in which they slept every single night of the trip!)
Pie sale to Move It!
You can’t miss all the changes and excitement in the Center these days: the old schoolhouse is now parked down by the road, getting ready to move across, and the Center General Store is showing its original façade and footprint, as owner Jeremy Howard has begun work on its renovation.
The Move It pie bakers are busy this week making quiche, blueberry, blueberry/peach and apple pies to sell at Saturday’s Farmers’ Market. You can still order by e-mailing or calling me: 789-5987 or ragrugs@midcoast. com.
Next Saturday, Oct. 27, is the big day when we all get to pull the school house across the road. To volunteer as a “puller” or for traffic control, contact me (see above), and arrive at the site by 8:30 that morning. The action starts at 9. There’ll be spectator seats, hot dogs, coffee, muffins and cookies, so come by and cheer us on!
A concert and dance on Sat., Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. featuring the Pranio-Oshima family will support the maintenance and utility expenses of the newly renovated Community Building in the Center. John Pranio and Toki Oshima will be joined by their sons, Sean, a senior at CHRHS, and Jamie, a freshman there. The concert will include a variety of music, from traditional French-Canadian fiddle tunes to swing, rock and roll, pop and original pieces by Sean and Jamie. They will play guitars, ukulele, flute, keyboard, fiddles, harmonica, banjo and bass. Dancing will follow an intermission with refreshments. The dance music will include waltzes, polkas, and simple circle and contra dances. All ages are welcome. Admission is $10/adults, $5/students, including dessert.
The United Christian Church, which received ownership of the Community Building when the Lincolnville School had no further use for it, completed the first phase of a renovation project in time for the annual Strawberry Festival. This is the first of what the church hopes will be many fun community events to help support its upkeep. If you haven’t been inside yet to see the “new” Community Building, here’s a perfect opportunity. For information about the rental of the Community Building call me at 789-5987.
Bayshore Baptist Church, just north of the Beach on Atlantic Highway (Route 1) is having a Singspiration on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. A singspiration is just a good old-fashioned hymn fest with all of the old hymns. Refreshments afterward. Everyone welcome.
Maplewood Cemetery Trustees
The annual Maplewood Cemetery Corporation meeting will be held Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. at the L.I.A. building; all welcome.
The Great Disappointment
At midnight on Oct. 21-22, 1844, a group of Lincolnville farmers, their wives and children, gathered on the cliffs overlooking Lake Megunticook for the long-awaited return of Jesus Christ. They expected to be carried away into Heaven. These followers of William Miller, a Baptist preacher from upstate New York who predicted the return, had given away their farms, their land and all their possessions, anticipating this great event. Instead, the night passed without incident and by morning they had to come back down and face reality, the Great Disappointment, as it became known.
Monday, Oct. 22, Rosey Gerry will lead a commemorative walk up to the very cliffs those believers stood on, known now as the Millerite Ledges. The group will gather at 6:30 a.m. at the end of Maiden Cliff Road, off Youngtown Road near the Inn. Drive up to the end where there’s a parking area.
Beechnut open house
The final Beechnut open house of the season on Beech Hill in Rockport will be held Saturday Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Looking for crafters
Tables are free for L’ville residents at the L.I.A. Craft Show, Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-2p.m. Lunch will be served by the L’ville Women’s Club. You’ll find handknits, photographs, rice bags, aprons, scarves, jewelry, dog biscuits, pillows, ceramics, historical books and more. Local crafters with only a few items are welcome. Contact Nancy Heald, 763-4280.
On Nov. 24 the 13th Annual Lermond Craft Show will be held at the Community Building, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tables are $10 each; contact Nancy Heald (see above) to reserve a table.
The Camden Area District Nurses are sponsoring a spaghetti supper with the fixings at the Rockport Masonic Center, 361 Main St., Rockport on Saturday, Oct. 27, 5-6:30 p.m. Adults, $7 and children $4. Call Elaine Davis, 236-2304 for more information.
Lots going on!
I’m worn out just writing about all the things going on in and around our little town in the next week or two. But one thing that should be noted here isn’t so positive, and that’s the news that once again Ararat Farm’s vegetable stand has been robbed. There are several such “on your honor” produce and egg stands in the area; we’ve sold eggs out of our barn refrigerator for years (and milk before that). I won’t say we’ve never had a problem; we’ve had a couple of suspicious incidents where we probably weren’t paid. But what happened at Ararat is blatant, with a safe broken into and destroyed.
We have four apple trees, including a Fletcher Sweet, the “lost” Lincolnville apple that MOFGA’s John Bunker rescued on High Street and grafted for Fedco Trees. Well, we only got four apples this year from our trees and those were Fletcher Sweets. They’re a green apple, good-sized and quite good! The Fletchers, I’m learning from transcribing the town’s 19th-century records, were early residents of High Street, and quite prominent in town affairs.
The other morning when we got down to the Beach at dawn there was a long line of Canada geese standing motionless at the very edge of the water. Because they were all strung out so neatly, I was able to count them – 101!