Lincolnville Town News
By Diane O'Brien
All meetings are held at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.
The Selectmen meet Monday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m., televised on Channel 22.
Also Monday, the 7th, the Land Use Committee meets at 6 p.m.
The School Committee holds its monthly meeting on Monday as well, 7 p.m.
The Wage & Personnel Policy Board meets Tuesday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. at the Town Office.
The Planning Board meets Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., televised.
The Memorial Day Committee meets Thursday, Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m. at the Town Office.
One of the benefits of living in a small town is the accessibility of government. Our governing board, the selectmen, are our neighbors. We know where they live, work and sit down for a cup of coffee. The Town Office is right up the road; anyone can stop by and ask to speak to the town administrator, financial director, police chief or code enforcement officer. If we wish to bring an issue before the voters that affects our town, we can ask the Selectmen to put it on the warrant for the next town meeting. If they choose not to do that, we can petition those same voters, and if 10 percent of them sign our petition, it goes on the next warrant.
And so, the issue of Lincolnville’s police department will go before the voters next June. A group of citizens, (wishing to remove Section 5.05(B) of the Town Charter, which requires the town to have a police department), have collected 306 signatures, more than 10 percent of voters, to change that wording to read: “The voters of the Town shall have the power to establish or abolish a local police department.” This amendment to the Town Charter will be voted on in June at the polls, the Tuesday before town meeting. The petition circulators emphasize that a “yes” vote will not abolish the police department, but rather give future voters the opportunity to decide if they do or do not wish to have a police department. We’ll have all winter and spring to debate this issue among us. Questions that I’m sure will be asked include:
What are the negatives and positives of a town police presence?
What does the police department cost us each as taxpayers?
Does this amendment make the police department’s existence precarious, since it can be voted out at any time?
Peers Sharing Success, a tri-state organization for Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, has chosen Lincolnville Central School as one of the top four K-8 schools in Maine. LCS has been invited to attend a conference in Vermont in April to present successful strategies at the group’s annual conference. Congratulations to the students and staff!
The market will be open this Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, at 6 Heal Rd. Check out their Facebook page (if you do such a thing!) and/or stop by for a cup of coffee and a sweet from the bake table, pick up a bottle of delicious Jersey milk or homemade yogurt, a frozen steak, fresh seafood and either scallop pie, haddock chowder, crab cakes, or shrimp scampi (depending what Stephanie Lippman brings that day), maple syrup, eggs and a changing offering of crafts. Hot soup for sale too – this week it will be chili.
Architect and author John (Jack) Silverio will speak at the Lincolnville Community Library on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m.
Jack has written three books: "The Book of the Hut," "Hearthspire" and "Radiance Indwelling." "The Book of the Hut" is about the history of huts in ancient times, fairy tales and poetry, and discusses play huts, recreational huts and hut houses. In "Hearthspire," he writes about designing wood-heated houses with central masonry heaters. "Radiance Indwelling" is a collection of journal notes and sketches about architecture.
After studying at Rhode Island School of Design, in Rome, Italy, and at the University of Pennsylvania, in 1973 Jack moved to Lincolnville, where he’s designed hundreds of homes in the small studio he built near his house.
There will be refreshments and plenty of time for discussion following the talk. The library is located at the corner of Main Street and Heal Road in Lincolnville Center. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several years ago I clipped an article about Maine Huts & Trails, where cross-country ski trails lead between overnight huts. It sounded like fun, but as the winters went by we never got around to it. By now, I figured, we never would. But then last weekend, at the invitation of our son, we trekked up to the Kingfield-Sugarloaf area, parked at the Huts & Trails lot, fastened on skis and backpacks, and with a gaggle of little kids and their parents, skied and walked and huffed and puffed up a hilly trail to the Poplar Stream Hut.
It was almost dark when we finally arrived at the hut – 2.1 miles is a lot farther when much of it is uphill and you’re on skis and accompanied by seven little skiers (ages 2-11) much more agile than you. The hut: picture a rustically elegant lodge complete with bathrooms (composting), kitchen and staff, big stone fireplace/wood stove, comfy chairs ... so nice and completely “off the grid.” They had a full house that Saturday -- 42 skiers. Dinner is served family-style by the three young people who man this particular hut. There are bunk rooms for eight where our son’s family stayed; Wally and I had a private room. Quite cozy with radiant heat in the floors, bunks with a fleece blanket to wrap up in.
After breakfast, Wally and I took off with the two oldest kids (who beat us back to the car by an hour), but although we walked down most of those hills, there was still a lot of skiing. We’re so glad we did it, and plan on going back. At present there are four huts and 80 miles of trails. Depending on the season (they’re open most of the year), you can hike, mountain bike, ski or snowshoe into the huts. Check out their website: www.mainehuts.org.
Speaking their language
“I never whistle at birds,” our granddaughter said the other morning, referring to the parrot and cockatiel who share our dining room. “I don’t know what the whistle means, and I might hurt their feelings.”