This Week in Lincolnville: Such a Great Pet dog

His title is Conrad, a shelter pet dog, abandoned by his house owners in Texas…

His title is Conrad, a shelter pet dog, abandoned by his house owners in Texas when they moved absent and still left him powering, to close up becoming sent to P.A.W.S. and a new daily life in this article at Sleepy Hollow. Element a very little little bit of almost everything – border collie, retriever, lab – he has smooth, extended fur, brown/black/white, a plumy, swishy tail and I swear, a massive smile.

“Such a fantastic dog” are the words that occur to intellect when anybody satisfies him. Bouncy and satisfied, begging you to toss the ball for him, downhearted when his family members leaves and beyond psyched when they return, Conrad is every little thing you can want in a canine.

When I arrived house yesterday to the information that Conrad had just been hit in the road and experienced operate off into the woods, all I could assume of was Beej.

I could contact this piece from 1994 This kind of a Very good Cat, but its true title was


We misplaced our cat yesterday, hit on the street in entrance of our property. However she was 6 several years old, Beej was savoring her initial summer season as an outdoor cat. Until finally this spring she’d only been ready to sit in screened home windows or consider to slip out the opening door with a departing guest. Constantly we’d chase her down and convey her again we’ve misplaced way too quite a few very well-cherished cats in excess of the years to the unforgiving road. But this spring we had a adjust of heart, and started letting her out for occasional rolls in the grass, under supervision of class. Prior to lengthy we were being telling each and every other that “Beej under no circumstances appears to be to go around the street,“ and “she always stays all around the dwelling or in the backyard.” We made the decision it was time to give her the outside. We were all in agreement around this – my husband, three sons, and I. 

Beej was at first Bill’s cat our oldest son has experienced four successive Siamese cats since he was a little one. Beej arrived when he was a significant school junior at a time when it could possibly seem he was past starting to be attached to another cat. But right before extensive she could be located curled up at the base of his bed in the early morning, and typically went upstairs in his arms at night.  

When he went away to college four yrs back Beej began bed-hopping she tried using out Eddie’s bed, then Andy’s. Eventually, she settled on our bed, driving the covers more than our shifting bodies through the night. When we acquired up, she’d go in with Andy or Eddie, whoever was sleeping late that early morning. No a person could wander by her without having bending down to stroke her, or nuzzle into her fur as she slept on top of the aquarium. She became the most talked to and talked about pet in our domestic. 

This is not genuinely about Beej, though. You who nevertheless make the rounds of your children’s rooms at night, counting noses, just cannot picture however how you will respond to their developing up. I could not. When my boys ended up no for a longer time down the hall in toy-strewn rooms or creeping up the stairs earlier curfew, I acquired to count their noses mentally. “Let’s see,” I’d assume, “Bill‘s at a bike race, did he say at Cornell this week-close? Andy’s sleeping more than at Leon’s in the Centre, and Eddie explained he’d be keeping on campus.” I near my eyes and see tiny lights on the map of New England, blinking anywhere I picture my boys are at that moment.


TUESDAY, Aug. 31

Library open, 3-6 p.m., 208 Most important Street


Schoolhouse Museum, 1-4 p.m., 33 Beach front Road

Library open, 2-5 p.m., 208 Main Avenue


Broadband Committee, 5 p.m., City Business office

Recreation Committee, 5:30, TBD

FRIDAY, Sept. 3

Library open, 9 a.m.-noon, 208 Principal Street

Schoolhouse Museum, 1-4 p.m., 33 Beach Road


Library open, 9 a.m.-noon, 208 Main Road

Each and every Week

AA meetings, Tuesdays & Fridays at midday, Community Constructing

Lincolnville Group Library, For details connect with 706-3896.

Schoolhouse Museum open up M-W-F or by appointment, 505-5101 or 789-5987

Bayshore Baptist Church, Sunday College for all ages, 9:30 a.m., Worship Provider at 11 a.m., Atlantic Highway

United Christian Church, Worship Assistance 9:30 a.m. outdoor or by means of Zoom 


When Andy seemed out the window yesterday morning and yelled “Beej’s been hit by a motor vehicle!” the map clicked on in my head. I could truly feel how my relatives would reel at the information. We have been the only types household, Andy and I. Eddie was at function down at the Beach Andy hopped on his bicycle to tell him. Five minutes afterwards the cell phone rang. It was Eddie, not seeking to consider – “Beej? Is she really lifeless?” Minutes afterwards Invoice and his father arrived back from golf, and then we all understood. 

Eddie obtained a 50 percent-hour break from get the job done, and we buried her in a gap Monthly bill and his father dug. We included her with daisies and mallow, then planted the yellow rose bush I’d purchased last weekend at the WERU good appropriate on top. Anyone cried, me bundled, but with my mom-eyes I was looking at my boys. In some way, in this time of tragedy, a modest tragedy to be positive, we had managed to all be inside access of each and every other. As we buried Beej in the daylight on that depressing summer time early morning, I noticed how my boys continue to will need each and every other, nevertheless have to have us. 1 very small Siamese cat (did I convey to you how small she was?) was all it took.

From The Camden Herald, July 14, 1994

We walked up and down the street, Jack and I, peering into the weeds, Jack telling me Conrad was good, a tiny little bit hurt perhaps, but good, although I’m hunting for brown/black/white fur in the ditch. Ed drove all over and around the block, imagining a damage and panicky pet dog may possibly have run that significantly, whilst Maggie and Tracee searched the backyard garden and woods. It was Andy who termed out (next era, this Andy experienced far better information) “Conrad’s back!!!”

And sure more than enough, there he was, standing at the front doorway, panting and worried, but intact. Alive. His fur was moist, his muzzle appeared to have a puncture injuries and he unquestionably favored a person hind leg. “He ran to the brook,” Jack mentioned, “I understood he’d do that.” There have been tears all close to, but these were tears of relief. Our Conrad had survived.

But not unscathed. The bump that had despatched him flying across the road (the motorist who strike him had stopped and discussed that she’d felt the effect and then observed him run off) ought to have strike his left hip. No matter whether he created it to Frohock Brook or not, he will have to have operate by means of the woods, which would demonstrate the puncture wound from a adhere and possibly the moist fur.

Tracee and Maggie created a late-evening trip to the Brewer crisis veterinarian (the Warren one particular was shut because of to Covid situations that night time) and despatched a normal stream of texts, updating the vet’s results, to Ed, the boys, and I waiting at dwelling. Almost nothing viewed damaged on the x-rays, but an injuries to his remaining hip that ought to/might mend on its very own.

Conrad was a subdued pup the upcoming day, on the lookout a minor crazed – possibly from the ache meds or from his incapacity to hop up and chase a ball. Even now, he managed to wander off and climb on to Fritz’s favored chair in my living space, and afterwards nevertheless he found his way up the stairs and over the gate at the major, on the lookout for Tracee no question.

You know how some puppies bond with specified folks? Tracee is that man or woman for Conrad. Despite the fact that he’s proven he’s properly able of climbing up and down stairs, if she’s nearby he gives her the unhappy pet puppy eyes right until she picks him up (all 60 pounds) and carries him. He’s actively playing her like a fiddle, and she appreciates it.

There is not considerably additional to say. Besides the obvious. Our beloved animals can’t be dependable to keep out of the road.

Fireworks: like ‘em or despise ‘em

Saturday night the community was invited, by using Fb and term of mouth, to assistance Ruth Nickerson Felton’s relatives rejoice the 100th anniversary of the Nickerson farm on Beach front Road. There was audio and food stuff, a demonstration of the Hearth Department’s new truck, and a good deal of parking in the industry. A big fireworks show was promised for 8:30. Donnie Heald, properly recognised for his remarkable pyrotechnic exhibits, did not disappoint. Set up way back in the subject, the stunning fireworks were being only rivaled by the huge booms that accompanied just about every one particular. Booms that have been heard miles away in accordance to some LBB posts this early morning.

As my son wrote,

“It was an wonderful fireworks show, and even a lot more amazing viewing so numerous community users gathered with each other. Delighted centennial, Nickerson farm! I know fireworks are not relished by anyone, or by numerous of our critters, but it was a person evening. In these moments, it is much more significant than ever to discover techniques to hook up.  Last night time, at the Nickerson Farm I felt that.”

I considered of how our pal, Ruth, who handed absent just about a few decades back at the age of 92, loved the farm wherever she was born and grew up, returning to live there in her retirement. And of how her granddaughter Amy and partner, Steve Hand, have been lovingly restoring and updating the area. It is generally a enjoyment to travel by and see the most current improvement.

And I don’t forget far too how Wally, driving to his task at LCS, observed Ruth’s father, Joe Nickerson who should have been perfectly into his 80s, doing work in his backyard early each and every morning. I interviewed Joe and Elsie for the Camden Herald, and a great deal later following they’d died, Ruth.  She took photographer and guide-composing husband or wife, Peggy Bochkay and I on a tour of the barn, pointing out her dad’s fur place with its traps and pelt stretchers, the cow tie-ups, the hen coop, and the hay rake Joe had solitary-handedly hauled to the major of the barn. Just after Ruth made available it to the Lincolnville Historic Culture, it took eleven of us to get it down and out to the Jackie Watts Open Air Museum. Study about the Nickerson farm in Being Put.

Beach front Schoolhouse Update

As summer winds down, the Historical Modern society coffers are steadily filling up. Many thanks to Jane Hardy’s a person-female membership drive we have noticed the variety of associates raise by leaps and bounds, along with a lot of $200 life time memberships.

The other piece has been Brian and Lee Cronin’s Funds Marketing campaign to elevate the $325,000 to restore and maintain the 1851 schoolhouse. With about a 3rd of that by now in the financial institution, thanks to donations from community members, supporters of the LHS, and a generous donation from the WaterWheel Basis, we’ve begun function on the previous building.

Andy Young and crew have mounted short term posts to help the second floor right until this wintertime when they’ll substitute those with metal beams and concrete pads. A new roof about the kitchen/office environment region, and a rehabbed west wall and hearth escape will also be dealt with in what we’re calling Section Just one. Grant writer Cyrene Slegona has focused a new toilet, exterior doors and ramps, drinking water purification and mildew remediation in a the latest grant.

Your donation is considerably appreciated!  Go to the LHS web page https://web out/lincolnvillehistory/residence and click on on the Donate button. Or you can deliver a examine to LHS, P.O. Box 204, Lincolnville, ME 04849. And stayed tuned as, many thanks to your assist, the old building will come alive all over again.