Lincolnville Town News
By Diane O'Brien
All meetings are held at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.
The Selectmen meet Monday, March 25, 6 p.m., meeting televised on Channel 22.
The Planning Board meets Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m., meeting televised.
Town Office renovation bids
Bids are now being accepted for the Town Office renovation. Details can be found on the town’s website, http://www.town.lincolnville.me.us/.
Sewer District election
The L’ville Sewer District is electing a trustee Monday, march 25, 9 a.m. at the L’ville Improvement Association building. The only candidate is current trustee Tom Crowley, who is running for re-election, but nominations can be made from the floor. Want to know more about the Sewer District? I’ll be writing about it next week.
This year’s eighth grade graduation will be held on June 13 at 5 p.m.
A student art exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) this spring will include 40 works from LCS students. The exhibit will be up from April 27 through May 12. Help is needed in preparing and installing the artwork, which will be done April 22 through April 25. If you can help, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. CMCA is located in Rockport Village, and was formerly known as Maine Coast Artists.
The PTO Spring Carnival will be held Friday, March 22, 6-8 p.m. Activities will include bounce houses, a climbing wall, 25-cent raffle, Shamrock Shuffle obstacle course where kids can earn a charm for their Mileage Club chains, treasure hunt, balloon artist, face painting, games, prizes and a dress-up-staff-member contest.
For those who don’t have children at LCS, the Mileage Club is a great way for kids to get the exercise we all need. For every mile a student runs during recess periods, as measured by laps around the outdoor track, they earn a plastic charm to attach to a chain bracelet.
The following local businesses and organizations have made donations to the After School Enrichment program: LCS/PTO, Whales Tooth, Mountain Goats Snowmobile Club, Northeast Charter Services, Youngtown Inn, Wasses' Hot Dogs.
Benefit chicken barbecue and auction
A chicken barbecue will be held Saturday, March 23, at the Lincolnville Fire Department to help out Camden First Aid paramedic and Lincolnville fireman Justin Hills, who has been battling Hodgkins' Lymphoma. Firemen will be cooking 300 chicken halves; each half will be served with potato salad, chips, coleslaw, soda and dessert for $10. If you’d like to bring a dessert to contribute, that would be welcome. Serving starts at noon, followed by a live auction at 2 p.m. with auctioneer Rosey Gerry, as well as silent auction items to bid on. Let’s see a big turnout on Saturday to give Justin the kind of help he’s so willingly given to our community.
Have you ever wondered why the snow melts first in the wetlands? Or which trees bloom first in Maine? Or which plants and animals herald the coming spring? Rebecca Jacobs, education coordinator for the Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District, will lead a slide talk, sponsored by Coastal Mountains Land Trust (CMLT), about the biological changes that come with spring.
The presentation will be held at the Land Trust office at 101 Mt. Battie St., Camden, on Wednesday, March 27, 6:30 p.m.
CMLT is recruiting new volunteers to help with a variety of aspects of the organization: field work, preserve monitoring, invasive plant control, community outreach, office mailings or logistics for an upcoming event.
Two volunteer orientation sessions are scheduled: the first on Wednesday, March 27, 5-6:30 p.m. in the third floor conference room at the Belfast Free Library in Belfast, and the second on Tuesday, April 9, 5-6:30 p.m. at the Land Trust office in Camden. Register to attend by calling the Land Trust at 236-7091.
King David's Lodge will hold its annual free Easter breakfast at the Lodge on Howe Point Road, Ducktrap, from 7 to 9 a.m. Easter morning, Sunday, March 31. Come one, come all.
A couple of months ago several large bags of beautiful yarns were donated to the Library project. Knitters took bags home and are returning finished scarves to be sold to benefit the construction of the Library and Open Air Museum in the Center. Stop by the Farmers’ Market some Saturday morning and take a look at the scarves (and some wonderful little felted purses donated by another knitter, Kate Braestrup).
Bluebirds were spotted on Greenacre Road last week, and chipmunks are showing up everywhere. Does anyone have spring bulbs showing yet?
Trouble close to home
When, about six weeks ago, our 3-year-old grandson, Andy, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, our family reeled with shock. Doing what you have to do, his parents, Tracee and Ed O’Brien, started putting one foot ahead of the other, each step taking them closer to information, to decision-making and ultimately, to action.
Andy’s tumor was removed at Boston Children’s Hospital one week to the day after it was discovered by a Waldo County Hospital ER doctor, and that just hours after Cheryl Milner, his day care provider, noticed he wasn’t acting normally that morning. The tumor, doctors said, had probably been growing just two weeks.
This week he, along with his mom, dad, and two siblings, takes the next step as he starts a six-month regimen of chemotherapy, most of it at the Barbara Bush Center at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Eight days in the hospital will be followed by about three weeks at home, repeated for five months. Then a month at Children’s in Boston. His doctors are optimistic; so are we.
Here’s the good part. It’s the support our family has received from so many of you, our friends, our neighbors, our townspeople. Over the years, as town columnist, I’ve written of many, many such situations – illness, accident and more – where the community has come together to help. Now we’re feeling it from the other side. And it feels pretty good.
The Masons are putting on a benefit supper for Andy and his family on Saturday, April 13, 5-7 p.m. at the school. Watch for more details.