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Three tombstones from mid-1800s uncovered on School Street in Lincoln

LINCOLN TOMBSTONES UPDATE: Our guess is that everyone was buried in the plot in the Lincoln cemetery and when the large monument was put on the plot the little markers were taken home and put in the "back yard", and no bodies were ever buried in the School Street area. Just our opinion from what (little) we know of the situation.

September 12 - The Lincoln Water District has been doing some work on School Street. Today as they were doing some excavating they found something very unusual - three tombstones dating from 1843, 1846 and 1850.

The three graves (pictured here) belonged to the first wife and two children of William T. Roberts, a local blacksmith also known as Deacon Roberts, whose shop was located near the site currently occupied by Smart's True Value Annex (formerly a bank). His residence was probably near the area where the tombstones were found.

Charlotte Roberts died in 1846 at the age of 40. Two daughters, Elizabeth who died in 1843 at the age of three and Mary Ann who died at 16 years of age in 1850, were buried on School Street with their mother, their graves marked by marble stones. The likelihood of finding any remains after so many years is remote, and it is unlikely that there are any other Roberts family graves in that area.

The tombstones have been moved to the Lincoln Cemetery, and will be placed on the Roberts family plot (see photo below) as soon as the boundaries of the plot can be determined. At tonight's Town Council meeting, councilors will decide when to resume the Water District's project, which was halted when the tombstones were discovered.

- Stories and photos by Lee Rand

Below are three more photos of the tombstones, courtesy of Ron Gray.


Fungus affects Norway Maples again this year

September 1 - The Norway maple isn't a native species in this area, or even in this country. It was originally brought here from Europe, where it is widely distributed. It has been used throughout the U.S. and Canada as a street tree, especially to replace some of the grand old elms that fell to Dutch elm disease. The Norway maple (Acer platanoides) is considered an invasive tree, since it crowds out many native species. Still, its huge leaves turn a bright, sunny yellow after other maple species have passed their most colorful stage. It can grow to 60 to 65 feet tall, with a trunk diameter of as much as 6 or 7 feet and a branch spread of up to 70 feet when growing in the open.

Last year you may have noticed that some trees in this area exhibited spots on their leaves, yellow at first, then turning darker as the summer progressed. By the time the leaves turned yellow, the spots were black. This condition is caused by a fungus called Rhytisma acerinum, or tar spot fungus, which starts growing on the leaves in early spring and continues to spread. By late summer, the spots take on the black color shown in the photo above. This year the local Norway maple leaves are drying up and falling off early.

The fungus overwinters in the leaves on the ground to return the next spring. Although most reports say that tar spot doesn't usually cause permanent harm to the trees, it certainly changes their appearance. Tar spot has been spreading throughout the midwest and along the east coast as well as in Canada for about 20 years. There isn't much that can be done to get rid of the fungus except to rake up the infected leaves and dispose of them. If you compost the leaves, be sure to cover or turn your compost pile before the new leaves emerge in the spring.

- Story by Connie Rand, Photos by Lee Rand

Springfield Fair for sale

August 24 - This Labor Day weekend marks 161 years that people have been flocking to the tiny town of Springfield for an old-fashioned agricultural fair that's fun and family-friendly. The Springfield Fair attracts folks from all over the state for rides, exhibits, concerts, horse pulling, great food and much more.

The fair gives people a chance to see many different kinds of animals, and to participate in contests for the best vegetables, quilts, artwork, photography and a whole lot more. There's a talent contest, a demolition derby, horse shows, ox pulling, wrestling, and did we mention the food?

This year the fair is up for sale. Owner Kirk Ritchie says it's time for him to spend more time with his family. He and John Krapf have put in a lot of hard work improving the fairgrounds, and last year they added a large field to provide better parking for fair-goers.

The fair will go on as it always has while Deb Henderson of Maine Recreational Realty Group works to find just the right buyer so the Springfield Fair can keep entertaining the crowds for many more years to come. The price is $325,000.00.

Our parent company, Rand Advertising LLC, maintains the fair's website. It's our great pleasure to visit the fair every year to keep the site updated with fresh photographs. We'll see you at the Fair this Labor Day weekend! 


UPDATE: August 14 - Ron Round of Enfield placed 32nd in a class of 49 5-axle tractor trailer drivers at the ATA National Truck Driving Championships in Orlando, Florida this past week. The competition was held from Wednesday to Saturday, with 428 state champions participating. Those drivers were the best of 4,936 state-level competitors.

The drivers in the national contest have driven a total of 582,659,745 accident-free miles! The championships have been called the "Superbowl of Safety".  Ron said another Maine driver, Rick Magnuson, who drives for Hannaford out of Portland, placed third in the flatbed class at the national event. Rick was grand champion at the Maine state competition.

Since Ron has won the state contest two years in a row in the 5-axle class, he is not eligible to compete in that class for two years. He's not giving up, though. He told your Lincoln website that he thinks he will compete in the 4-axle tractor-trailer class next year. Safe driving, Ron! We're inspired by your safe driving record and your competitive spirit, as well as your expertise behind the wheel. We hope to hear from you again next year.


May 22 - We see trucks of all kinds on the road every day, from small vans to oversize flatbeds loaded with heavy equipment. Driving these vehicles takes a special set of skills, and professional truck drivers are held to high standards. One of the best lives right here in this area!

Ron Round of Enfield has been driving for a long time, having spent 11 years working for Sheridan Smith in Chester moving heavy equipment and nearly 12 years driving for Pottle's Transportation in Bangor. He now drives a 5-axle Freightliner van, mostly in Maine with a few trips out of state. Ron has earned a dozen trophies in competitions at the state and national levels, including Maine Motor Transport Association Driver of the Month for the second time last January.
In 2010, Ron placed first at the state level in the Maine Professional Truck Driving Championships. He received fourth place honors in the national competition that year. Again this year, he won first place in the Maine championships, earning the right to represent the state in Orlando, FL in August in the American Trucking Associations National Championship for 2011. 
There are three parts to the competitions - a written test, a pre-trip truck inspection to check for defects planted in a truck, and an obstacle course to test the driver's skills. The Maine contest is held at Dysart's Truck Stop in Hermon. Drivers are eligible to compete if they have not had an accident for a year. There are nine classes for drivers of various kinds of trucks, and normally the Maine competition draws more than 70 drivers. This year there were 54 drivers competing on May 14 for top state honors. 
Ron said the written test covers such topics as history of the industry, safetly, handling of hazardous materials, fire prevention and first aid. He placed first in the written test. Drivers are given eight minutes to complete the pre-trip inspection, where they must discover any defects on the truck. The driving test requires maneuvering around six different obstacles. Points are awarded for each phase of the competition. Each obstacle is worth 50 points. Ron's total score was 294, which put him about 20 points ahead of his closest competitor in his class. Five Pottle's drivers competed altogether, and they placed third as a team.
Besides being in the running for a national ATA championship again this year, Ron is also one of twelve finalists for Truckload Carriers Association Driver of the Year. The top three will be announced in December or January, and the winner of the award will be announced in Orlando.
Ron has driven nearly 900,000 accident-free miles for Pottle's, and more than a million and a half miles without an accident in his career. We at your Lincoln area website congratulate him on winning the state championship for the second year in a row, and want to wish him well at the national ATA championships.
- Connie Rand 


Side effects can be very dangerous 


UPDATE: The Lincoln Police Department, SPRINT for Life and Penobscot Valley Hospital have teamed up to publish and distribute flyers warning about the dangers of "bath salts" use. 
UPDATE: AUGUST 18— Gov. Paul LePage is drafting emergency legislation for consideration during next month’s one-day special legislative session to further address the growing bath salts epidemic in Maine. Gov. Paul LePage has signed into law a measure targeting the synthetic drugs. The bill establishes a $350 fine for possession of the substance. It also establishes penalties for trafficking that can carry jail time for repeat offenses.
May 27 - The Lincoln Police Department would like to make people aware that a new drug beginning to be used by people in the Lincoln/Howland area can cause the user to become suicidal, violent and/or paranoid. The drug, known as mephedrone, "plant food" or "bath salts" is not illegal at this time, but can be very dangerous to individuals taking it and can cause behavior that puts others at risk as well. It can be taken by injection or in powder or pill form. It is sometimes mixed with energy drinks.
In the past two months, according to Officer Mark Fucile, about a half-dozen cases of mephedrone use have been handled by the Lincoln Police Department. One person was oblivious to the officer's presence while being questioned, and was carrying on a conversation with an imaginary person at the time. People have experienced nausea or sleeplessness, staying awake for as many as three to nine days. Some have become suicidal as a result of using the drug. The age group most commonly using it in this area is people in their 30s and 40s.
Just because the drug is not illegal doesn't mean it's a good idea to use it. Besides the side effects already mentioned, it's so new that long-term effects are not yet known. Combining mephedrone with alcohol or other drugs will only compound the problems it poses.
State Representative Jeff Gifford (R-Lincoln) told www.lincolnmaine.us that he first became aware of this drug a short while ago, and he "had a very nice talk with the Maine Attorney General". Gifford said that it is being investigated by the Attorney General's office, and although he has not seen any specific legislation concerning this drug himself, he believes that there is "something in the works" and he will keep us posted as the situation develops. Gifford also added, "I certainly believe this is something we (the legislature) need to look into." We will keep our visitors abreast of any and all developments concerning this issue.
If you know that someone has taken this drug, it is CRITICAL that you call 911 immediately to get help for them before they injure themselves or others while high on the drug. 
- Connie Rand

Trail dispute may soon be resolved

Photo of a section of the disputed trails taken by www.lincolnmaine.us photographer Lee Rand January 19th of this year.

August 10 - A disputed section of the ATV/snowmobile trail in the Penobscot Valley Avenue/Buckley Avenue area in Lincoln may soon be resolved due to the discovery of 1918 rail line survey maps by Lincoln Town Assessor Ruth Birtz. A needed access point for the trail to cross the railroad tracks could be identified using the old maps, providing a way for ATV and snomobile riders to get gas and food from local businesses without going through residential neighborhoods. 


The Lincoln area website, "Welcome To Lincoln, Maine", at www.lincolnmaine.us has been visited (as of 8/1/11)by over 6,100,000 people from all over the world. Your local website can be viewed in over 34 foreign languages.


Every week we receive close to 5,000 visitors with approx. 72% of them from the greater Lincoln, Maine area! Statcounter.com tells us, among other things, that our average visitor looks at 7-8 pages during their visit which averages 13 minutes in length!! And our "Welcome To Lincoln, Maine" Facebook page is also liked by over 2900 people - by far the largest of any area Facebook "fan" page. We receive a few hundred e-mails EVERY week from our visitors and you can read excerpts from many of those yourselves on our "Comments" page.


We carry local news and happenings that people care about. Our sports page has gained a statewide reputation for information, game results and professional photographs of sporting events from all three area high schools. Besides our sports section, we have a vast history section, two news sections, our original Lincoln area "Photo of The Day" page, polls, a weather page, numerous area sections featuring our colorful seasons, health news, and events and interesting people from our unique area of Maine. And SO MUCH MORE.


As our bumper sticker says, your Lincoln area website has "Everything You Need"! This world-class professional website has been online for over 6 years - supporting the local business community and this area through good times and bad. We offer exceptional highly visible effective local advertising at low affordable rates. If your business would like to deal with an advertising agency that's been doing business in our area for almost a quarter of a century AND you want to take advantage of the popularity and high traffic this website generates, than we'd love to talk with you.


When it comes to spending your hard-earned advertising dollars, we ask you to compare "Welcome To Lincoln, Maine" to any other area website. From depth of content and promotional experience to value for your dollar, we welcome the comparison.  After all, this site was built to support and promote businesses like yours!  Contact us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We'd love to show you the advantages of advertising your business or service on your Lincoln area website.


Lee & Connie Rand 


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