2015 Homecoming Coverage:
"Your pictures from homecoming this year were fantastic as usual. Thank you for the work you do on the Lincoln website. It's wonderful." - Louise J., Lincoln, ME
This year's theme is:
Lincoln's Community Events Coordinator, Melanie Rhodes, has announced the results of judging the entries in this year's Homecoming parade. Congratulations to all the winners!
Here are the Homecoming parade results:
Best Overall: Penobscot Valley Hospital
For Best Theme: 1st place-Hannaford, 2nd-LMFCU, 3rd-Machias Savings Bank - Dean Bradbury.
For Most Original Idea: 1st-Pie Wagon, 2nd Pammy's Attic, 3rd-Kool Bus.
Best Entertainment: 1st-Golden Jade, 2nd-PVH, 3rd-HAN.
Best Group or Club: 1st-Class of '65, 2nd-Community Evangel Church, 3rd-Jordan Farms.
Best Truck: 1st-Lucas Stanley, 2nd-T. Worster dumptruck, 3rd-Treeline teal 18-wheeler.
Best Antique Truck: 1st-Machias Savings Bank - Dean Bradbury, 2nd-Pie Wagon.
Best Car: 1st-Thornton Bros. Charger, 2nd-Cole Whitney, 3rd-Clay GMC.
Best Antique Car: Joseph Josiassen.
Best Sport Vehicle: 1st-Kurt Thompson, 2nd-D. Wright, 3rd- Call Firefighters.
Best Tractor/Farm: 1st-LMFCU, 2nd-Jordan Farms, 3rd-Irelands Farm.
We've put together a video featuring a few highlights of this year's Homecoming celebration. Instead of the usual hot sunny weather we have during Homecoming, we got some rain this year. In spite of the cloudy weather, people had lots of fun at the events. We want to thank everyone involved in planning and running the various events for bringing all of us some summer fun, and the Lincoln Maine Federal Credit Union for enabling us to cover the events for you. We hope you enjoy the video!
July 18 - Tonight's Homecoming celebration concluded with laser tag, a band and fireworks at Cobb Field. Rain showers passed through, but it didn't rain hard enough to dampen the spirits of the crowd. This year's fireworks were impressive!
CLICK HERE for a photo slideshow
and enjoy our video below.
Run/Walk for Wellness results
Penobscot Valley Hospital, Health Access Network and the Active Community Environment Team in Lincoln hosted a Run/Walk for Wellness on Sunday, July 19 during Lincoln’s Homecoming. A total of 86 people registered to participate in the 1-Mile, 5k and 10k routes using the Lincoln Trail System behind the high school and elementary school.
Racers from all over Maine and groups from North Carolina and Florida participated in this year’s event. Proceeds from the race go to further enhancements to the Lincoln Train System.
“These trails are an amazing asset to have in your community,” stated Jonathan Kelley, race organizer and founder of CompetitorME who offered electronic timing with bibs this year.
All children who participated in the 1-Mile Fun Run received a medal at the finish line. The top overall finisher of the 10k was Joshua Wheeler with a time of 38:10. The women’s overall winner of the 10k was Elizabeth Muncey who finished the course in 57:52. For the 5k division, top overall finisher was Tia Tardy with a time of 18:45. The men’s overall winner in the 5k was David Nantkes coming in at 18:51.
Organizers would like to thank all of the volunteers and event sponsors including PVH, HAN and Machias Savings Bank. Steaks and Stuff provided waters and snacks and Whittens 2-Way Service provided communication equipment for the volunteers.
For a full list of race results, visit www.pvhme.org and photos can be viewed on the hospital’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/pvhme.
July 18 - A quilt show was held today at the Congregational Church. The sanctuary of the church was filled with colorful quilts!
July 18 - Participants in the second annual Redneck Regatta at Prince Thomas Park this afternoon expected to get a little wet. Today the specators joined in as the rain poured down and gusty winds churned up the surface of Mattanawcook Pond. Clever watercraft made from cardboard and duct tape were paddled with varying degrees of success by teams and individuals to the delight of the soaking wet crowd. Despite the showers, we managed to get some photos for you.
Family winner was Molly & Hunter Cyr.
Female winner was Sabrina Fogg of Penobscot Valley Hospital.
Male winner was Scott Birtz of Affordable Plumbing, Sewer and Drain.
Youth 5-12 Winner was Katahdin Javner.
Teen Winner was Delaney Kneeland.
The Business Category winner was also Delaney Kneelandwho was representing Cole Whitney Ford.
The 50 / 50 winner was Aaron Hanson of Select Designs.
CLICK HERE to see some of the fun.
Delany Kneeland with her winning Redneck Regatta boat.
July 18 - Despite cloudy skies and passing showers, Main Street in Lincoln filled up with people of all ages ready to watch the annual Homecoming parades. The children's parade was first, followed by the Grand Parade, with floats, Shriners, fire engines, horses and much more. If you were unable to get to the parade, (or maybe you want to see if you're in our photos of the crowd),
CLICK HERE for a photo slideshow!
A 1948 pumper truck is pulled by a crew of men during a contest Friday as part of Lincoln's Homecoming celebration.
July 17 - Homecoming continued today with kids' beach events, a pumper pull, downtown vendors, a band, and an adult dance forming part of the day's entertainment. We were all over town taking photos!
For today's Homecoming memories, CLICK HERE.
July 16 - Sunny weather, a little cooler than usual for this time of year, was a perfect setting for today's Homecoming festivities. The annual Riverdrivers Supper, downtown vendors, library book sale, Lincoln Historical Society open house, public safety displays at the beach, Zumba at the Junior High, and much more provided entertainment for all ages. Homecoming continues in Lincoln for the next few days, so be sure to check out the schedule for your favorite activities. A link is provided below for a PDF copy of the schedule.
For a photo slideshow, CLICK HERE.
Our Homecoming coverage is brought to you by Lincoln Maine Federal Credit Union.
"Your coverage of Homecoming events was outstanding." - Jack Stewart, Lincoln, ME
"Your pictures from homecoming this year were fantastic as usual. Thank you for the work you do on the Lincoln website. It's wonderful." - Louise J., Lincoln, ME
Homecoming 2014 festivities may be over, but you can enjoy it all again right here!
Saturday, July 19 - It was a big day today for Lincoln's 2014 Homecoming celebration! There were events going on all over town again today, highlighted by the children's parade, grand parade, concerts, fireworks and the new Redneck Regatta. This year's parade theme was Lincoln's 185th birthday, and the overall winner was Penobscot Valley Hospital. The best theme floats were Cummings Health Care, Penobscot Valley Hospital and Ms. B-Val's. Best entertainment went to Health Access Network, Lincoln Community Band and Full Gospel Tabernacle. Most original idea winners were Cool Bus, Pretty Pony/Cupcakes and Pony Pal Troop. Best group or club winners were Penobscot Valley Hospital, Health Access Network and Motorcycle - Firefighters Chapter. Best tractor or farm, Mark Helsor and Antique Tractor with Man & Flag. Best antique truck: #56 yellow, #44 blue and #58 blue Jeep. Best truck was #52 Medway Fire. Best Antique Car: #56 y ellow, #28 Lincoln and #70 Jeff Stevens '37 Chevy. Best car: #28 Albert Weatherbee and #30 Crockett Customs. The winners will be able to pick up their awards on Monday at the town office. Congratulations to all! For a photo slideshow, CLICK HERE.
Something new this year was the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Redneck Regatta, which took place at the Mattanawcook Pond boat landing. All boats entered had to be made of cardboard and duct tape. It was hilarious, and kept the large crowd well entertained. For some photos of the regatta, CLICK HERE. For concert/fireworks photos, CLICK HERE.
The results of Sunday's road races are as follows: Men's 5K - Matt Guiod; Women's 5K - Tricia Brown; Men's 10K - Matt Lindsay; Women's 10K - Jinger Pepin. Congratulations to all the winners!
We hope you enjoy our coverage of this year's Homecoming celebration, brought to you by the Lincoln Maine Federal Credit Union! Our Children's Parade, Grand Parade Highlights, Redneck Regatta Highlights and Fireworks videos are below.
Friday, July 18 - Today downtown Lincoln and Prince Thomas Park were crowded with people enjoying Homecoming activities. The Roaming Railroad carried people around town again this year, and games and goodies kept everyone young and old busy all day. The festivities for the day finished up with a couple of bands at Veterans Memorial Square. For a photo slideshow, CLICK HERE.
This year's Homecoming parade Grand Marshall Harley Sproul with Dr. Greg Farrell at the Riverdrivers Supper
Thursday, July 17 - Lincoln's annual Homecoming celebration started off in fine style today with the annual Riverdrivers Supper, downtown street vendors, a concert at the Methodist Church, a book sale at the library, and an open house at the Lincoln Historical Society's Little Red Schoolhouse. There was also a teen dance in Veterans Memorial Square in downtown Lincoln. Several more days of fun are planned, so come back here again to enjoy our Homecoming coverage, brought to you again this year by the Lincoln Maine Federal Credit Union. For a photo slideshow of today's events, CLICK HERE.
The annual Homecoming Wiffleball Tournament
Saturday, July 12 - 15 teams gathered at MA today for the Homecoming Wiffleball Tournament. The Last Minutes are this year's champs! For a photo slideshow, CLICK HERE.
2013 Homecoming Coverage
This year's 3-on-3 basketball tournament champs were undefeated for the whole weekend! Congratulations to Brady Vose, Jesse Vose, Joey McCloskey and Wade Tolman.
Homecoming Parade Results
1: PV Hospital
BEST THEMES' FLOAT BEST ANTIQUE TRUCK
1 PV Hospital 1 Doug Wakefield
2 Val's Daycare 2 Bryce Clay
3 Rubber Ducky 3 Roger Shedd
BEST ENTERTAINMENT BEST TRUCK
1 Health Access 1 Crawfords
2 Community Evangel Temple 2 Treeline
3 Full Gospel Tabernacle 3 Thorton Brothers
MOST ORIGINAL IDEA BEST ANTIQUE CAR
1 " Lorax" Tracie Murchison 1 Philip Andrews
2 Health Access 2 Joseph Josiassen
3 Girl Scout Troop # 2024 3 Street Rod
BEST GROUP OR CLUB BEST CAR
1 Lincoln Historical Society 1 Blue Chevy Nova
2 Troop 1095/1471 2 James Arnold
3 Golden Key 3 Paul Taylor
BEST SPORT VEHICLE-ATV
1 Penobscot Off Rode Riders
2 Katahdin Digital
3 John Tortz
BEST TRACTOR OR FARM
1 Tom Houston
2 Doug Wakefield
Homecoming Day 3, Slideshow 2
July 20 - The fun continues with more Homecoming events, including a quilt show, basketball at the beach, great bands, fireworks and more! CLICK HERE for more photos.
And here's a video of the entire fireworks show, in case you couldn't be there in person:
Homecoming Day 3, Slideshow 1
July 20 - The Homecoming parade and children's parade were held today in downtown Lincoln. As usual, Main Street was crowded with people eager to see the parades! We hope you were able to attend. If not, you can still see some great photos of the parade. Just CLICK HERE. Also, here's a video of the children's parade.
Here's a treat for you - a little bit of fun from today's parade: the Health Access Network Lawn Chair Brigade!
Homecoming Day 2
July 19 - The second day of Homecoming included street vendors, the Roaming Railroad, concerts and beach games. We took plenty of photos! CLICK HERE for a slideshow.
Take a ride on the Roaming Railroad!
July 19 - Enjoy a ride around downtown Lincoln aboard the Roaming Railroad, part of Lincoln's Homecoming celebration every year!
Homecoming Day 1 - Riverdrivers Supper
July 18 - Lincoln's annual Homecoming is now in full swing, with events going on all over town. We've put together a photo slideshow for some of today's activities, including the famous Riverdrivers Supper. CLICK HERE to enjoy the fun!
BEHIND THE SCENES at Lincoln's Riverdriver's Supper is a 12-minute video dedicated the many men and women who have worked so hard these many years to make the annual supper the success it is. We hope you like it for what it is! - Lee and Connie Rand
2013 WIFFLEBALL TOURNAMENT
July 13 - The 2013 Lincoln Homecoming Wiffleball Tournament was held today at Mattanawcook Academy. CLICK HERE for a photo slideshow!
2013 LINCOLN HOMECOMING FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
This year's theme: ‘Every Day is a Holiday’
For a PDF copy of this schedule, CLICK HERE.
Saturday, July 20th
6am – 9am Annual Mason’s Homecoming Breakfast
This event will be held at the Masonic Lodge. Menu will be pancakes, juice, bacon or sausage, & coffee. Please park behind the Town Office.
9am-5pm Crafters Fair
9am – 5pm at the Congregational Church
For more information please call Karen Lane.(207)738-2878
9am-4pm Quilt Show
RSU 67 Adult Quilters will have their work on deplay!
10 am- 2pm Roaming Railroad Train Rides
Take a ride along the designated route to see the sights while the whistle blows!
Train rides will be unavailable until after the Grand Parade.
Sponsored free of charge by Katahdin Cellular – US Cellular Agent
10am-2pm The First United Methodist Church.
Hot Dogs, Strawberry Shortcakes with beverages.
10:15 am Children’s Parade
Starting at the Public Safety building. Be creative kids, and fit with this year’s theme
11am Vendors and Kid’s Games at Veterans Memorial Square
in downtown Lincoln – Bring your pocketbook!
During Parade Knights of Columbus BBQ
Cole Whitney Ford Parking lot!
11 am 2013 Annual Homecoming Parade
Everyone is encouraged to participate!! Road closures will be expected.
12- 2pm Motorcycle Blessing
Pastor Shaw and Community Evangel Temple will be conducting a Motorcycle Blessing at the Church parking lot on the River road. Refreshments while they last. If you have any questions contact Frank at 794-2953
All Day Fireman’s BBQ
1 pm 15th Annual Historical Society Auction
Held at Veteran’s Memorial square under the tent. Save hundreds of dollars on new merchandise and quality services. Some seating available, sit back and enjoy.
Sponsored by the Lincoln Historical Society.
1:30 pm 3 on 3 Basketball Tourney at Prince Thomas Park
Teams will consist of 3 or 4 members, age 15 years and up.
Double Elimination. The entry fee is $5.00 per person. Prizes will be awarded to winners. Contact the Lincoln Rec. Dept. at 794-6548 to register.
After Parade 1st Annual Lincoln Fire Company Pumper Pull
Five-person teams will use their strength and abilities to pull a fire truck 25 feet!
This pull is open to any group, cash prize! Register by July 12th call 794-2610 for more information.Sponsored by Local 3038 & Lincoln Fire Company
3pm-6pm Motorcycle Blessing
Pastor Shaw and Community Evangel Temple will be conducting a Motorcycle Blessing at the Church parking lot on the River road. Refreshments while they last. If you have any questions contact Frank Breznyak at 794-2953
6 pm Annual Alumni Dinner at Mattanawcook Academy
A great way to catch up with previous classmates!
Sponsored by the MA Alumni.
5:00pm– 7pm Pre- Fireworks Music Show
Featuring Lenny & Mysfitz
Guaranteed to entertain us at Cobb with a performance of country, blues and some southern rock.
Sponsored by Town of Lincoln
7pm – 9:30 pm Pre- Fireworks Music Show
National Recording Artist Sean Chambers Band is Back!
Dancing is encouraged!
But bring your chairs if you just want to sit back and enjoy.
Sponsored by the Bangor Savings Bank & Town of Lincoln!
9:15 ish Spectacular Fireworks Show at Cobb field, next to MJHS. Don’t miss this 25 minute fireworks show!!
Sponsored by the Town of Lincoln (NOTE: If rain/thundershowers threaten the fireworks show on Saturday night, Ruth Birtz tells us that the show will be held on Sunday night.}
Sunday, July 21st
8am Race Begins PVH & Sprint for Life 5K Wellness Road Race
$10.00 Suggested Donation Fee
Grab your sneakers and your friends and participate for a great cause!
Kids under 10 are free. Giveaways and prizes.
You can pre-register by going to Penobscot Valley Hospital’s website at pvhme.org
and clicking on What’s New, however same day registration is available.
Contact Kristie Libby for further information 794-7324.
9am Marine Corp League Golf Tourney
At Barnes Brook Golf Course in Enfield.
1pm 3 on 3 Basketball Tourney Continues
Day two at Prince Thomas Park. Teams will consist of 3 or 4 members, age 15 years and up. Double elimination. The entry fee is $5.00 per person. Trophies will be awarded to winners. Contact the Lincoln Rec. Dept. at 794-6458 to register, or stop into the Town Office. Sponsored by the Lincoln Rec. Dept.
2:30 pm Stewarts Free concert
Taking place at the Full Gospel Tabernacle. The Free concert will close will brownie sundaes for all. For more information, call Tony Stewart 794-6952
Sean Chambers Band to return for Homecoming 2013
August 31 - It was announced today that the Sean Chambers Band, featuring Lincoln native Paul Broderick on drums, will be returning for a show prior to the fireworks at Lincoln's Homecoming 2013 next July. This will be their third year in a row performing at the annual event.
Congregational Church Craft Fair
The First Congregational Church of Lincoln will hold its 2013 Homecoming Craft Fair on Saturday, July 20 from 9 am to 5 pm in the parking lot across from the church on School Street.
2012 Homecoming parade results
Best theme float - Penobscot Valley Hospital
Second place - Full Gospel Tabernacle
Third place - Cummings Health Care
Best Entertainment - Daisy Troop Number 1098
Second place - FA Peabody
Third place - Full Gospel Tabernacle
Most Original Idea - Lincoln Historical Society
Second Place - Miss Val's Day Care
Third place - Girl Scout Troop
Best Group or Club - Penobscot Off Road Riders
Best horse group - Lincoln Pony Pals
Second place - Willow Thompson
Third place - McKenzie Thompson
Best antique truck - Frank Hammond
Socond place -Roger Shedd
Third place - Lindall Lyons
Best truck - Cole Whitney Ford F350
Second place - Thornton Brothers Number 29
Third place - Thornton Brothers Number 31
Best antique car - Joseph Jossiassen
Second place - Jeff Stevens
Third place - Paul Mulligan
Best car - Cole Whitney Ford Number 59
Secend place - Paul Thornton PT Cruiser Number 8
Third place - Paul Fitzgerald Number 26
Best tractor or farm - Wakefield Millworks
Homecoming 2012 - Day 3
The Sean Chambers Band
July 21 - Homecoming events continued today, with the parade and vendors downtown (see below) as well as two fine bands and fireworks at Cobb Field this evening. Lenny & the Mysfitz provided the first musical entertainment, with the Sean Chambers Band performing before the fireworks display. For a photo slideshow from today's events, CLICK HERE.
Below is a short video introduction of the Sean Chambers Band. We'd like to thank drummer Paul Broderick, a Lincoln native, for being very gracious and accomodating tonight.
Homcoming 2012 Children's Parade
2012 Homecoming Parade!
July 21 - Thousands of people lined Lincoln's streets this morning to watch the annual Homecoming Parade. It was a warm day, but not as hot as last year. For almost an hour, the parade kept the largest crowd in recent memory entertained. Veterans, bagpipers, floats, beauty queens, politicians, old cars, horses, Scouts, Shriners and more traveled through downtown and along West Broadway. For a photo slideshow, CLICK HERE.
2012 Homecoming - Day 2
July 20 - Lincoln's annual Homecoming celebration provided plenty of entertainment all day long, with beautiful weather again today. Our cameras captured the fun, including some videos below. For a photo slideshow, CLICK HERE. We'll see you around town tomorrow. We hope you can make it to Lincoln for the parade, bands, fireworks and more! If not, visit this page for our coverage, brought to you by Clay Funeral Home.
The Roaming Railroad!
Maine Forest Service Helicopter lands at Prince Thomas Park!
Fiddler John Tercyak performing at Cobb Field
2012 Homecoming - Day 1
July 19 - The first day of Homecoming 2012 was a big success! For a photo slideshow CLICK HERE! There are plenty more events to come, so join us in downtown Lincoln Friday and Saturday. Check back here for more coverage each day right here, brought to you by Clay Funeral Home.
2012 Riverdrivers Supper!
July 19 - The weather was perfect, the food was wonderful and the crowd was happy. The Riverdrivers Supper has been a summertime tradition in Lincoln since 1947. You might see yourself in the photos if you were there. CLICK HERE for a photo slideshow.
Getting the beanhole beans ready for the Riverdrivers Supper!
The beans are ready!
2012 Homecoming Wiffleball Tournament held today at MA
July 14 - Today 20 teams (four more than last year) played in the annual Homecoming Wiffleball Tournament at the football practice field at MA. Last year's champs, the Has Beens, did not play this year. "Warning Track Power" led by Jake Jones and the Gerrish boys defeated "Bottom of the 5th", 2-1 to win the 2012 Lincoln Homecoming Wiffleball championship for 2012!
"Warning Track Power", winners of the 2012 Homecoming Wiffleball Tournament - photo courtesy of Jason Clay
Teams came to Lincoln from all over the state, from Portland to Caribou. To play in the tournament, each team must have at least three and not more than six members. Players of all ages enjoyed the games despite the 90-degree temperatures. It was nice to see so many young players this year!
Local pro football player Matt Mulligan was also seen enjoying the games today.
Our coverage of all the 2012 Homecoming events, brought to you by Clay Funeral Home, starts here. We'll bring you photos, video and news of all the festivities right here, so come back often.
For a slideshow, CLICK HERE.
Homecoming 3D fireworks glasses available!
The Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce has purchased 3D fireworks glasses that they will sell during Homecoming in Lincoln. Several area businesses agreed to put them on their counters and help with this effort. Those businesses are Possibilities, Smarts True Value, Gillmor's Restaurant, Tibbetts Building and Fuel, Avanti Bridal, Daigle Oil and Tim Hortons.
If you would like to assist your Chamber with this effort, please contact them at 794-8065.These special glasses will also be sold during the Homecoming Parade and prior to the fireworks show on Saturday, July 21. Get yours and REALLY see the fireworks!!!
- Lee Rand
July 2 - It's almost time for Homecoming! The sign is going up for the famous Riverdrivers Supper. Once again, we'll be there to bring you complete coverage of all the fun. We hope you can join us here in Lincoln for the celebration. If you can't be here in person, you can still keep up with what's happening here on www.WelcomeToLincolnMaine.com.
Our coverage of this year's events is again brought to you by our friends at Clay Funeral Home here in Lincoln.
If you see us around town with our cameras, be sure to say hi!
- Lee and Connie
PAUL BRODERICK SENDS NOTE TO LINCOLN
July 29, 2011 - Former Lincoln resident and drummer for the Sean Chambers Band sent the following note to Lincoln residents vis the "Welcome To Lincoln, Maine" Facebook page today. His band performed before the Homecoming 2011 fireworks show last Saturday evening at Cobb Field.
"I want to take a moment and thank all the people of Lincoln, Maine for making the 2011 Homecoming a special time for all who were there. It was an honor to play with Frank McLaughlin and Lenny and the Misfits, there is some great talent in that small town. Sitting on the drum riser and looking out at family and a few thousand friends makes for a memorable show to say the least. I want to personally thank Lisa McLaughlin, Shelly Crosby and Amanda Beaulieu for their hard work, the town should be very proud to have them. Thank you all for making that day so special.........I will never forget it.... Paul"
HOMECOMING 2011 PARADE RESULTS
Best overall - Hannaford
Best Theme Float - 1st Hannaford, 2nd Penobscot Valley Hospital, 3rd Capello Hair Salon
Best Entertainment - 1st Penobscot Valley Hospital, 2nd M.A.D.E., 3rd Select Embroidery
Most Original Idea - 1st Golden Jade, 2nd Capello Hair Salon, 3rd Northern Lights
Best Group or Club - 1st Full Gospel Tabernacle, 2nd Springfield Chapel, 3rd Girl Scouts #1097
Best Antique Truck - 1st Class of 1961, 2nd Grant Clay, 3rd Bryce Clay
Best Truck - 1st Gardner's, 2nd #24 Crawford's, 3rd #19 Crawford's
Best Antique Car - 1st Ford 1929, 2nd 1972 Chevelle ss (Hilary Emery), 3rd Scott McEwen/Sarah Hannington
Best Car - 1st 80 Corvette (Frannie Willette), 2nd 68 Chevelle (Paul Mulligan), 3rd #35 Grand Marshall (Grant Clay)
Best Sports Vehicle - ATV - 1st Lincoln Power Sports, 2nd Dwinal Pond 4 Seasons, 3rd PV Off-Road Riders
Best Tractor or Farm - 1st Mark Helsor, 2nd Girl Scout #1097
2011 HOMECOMING WRAP-UP
July 25 - HOT!! How's that for a summary of last week's Lincoln Homecoming celebration? Well, it certainly was hot, with temperatures reaching 90 degrees or more for all three (official) days of Homecoming, and we had high humidity, too. But that didn't interfere with any of the events or the enjoyment this Homecoming brings to our area every July. Thanks to the generosity of CLAY FUNERAL HOME again this year, your local area web site, www.lincolnmaine.us, was able to cover the Homecoming events for the 6th year in a row. Starting with the annual Wiffleball Tournament the previous Saturday right up through the fireworks display this Saturday evening, we were there providing area residents and visitors from all over the world with a colorful same-day view of our town and its annual Homecoming celebration. If, fact, we had so many visitors to the Lincoln area web site that our server almost crashed Saturday!!
Using color photos and short video clips we tried our best to cover as much and as many of the people, events and places as possible. Judging from the e-mails we've received and posts of our "Welcome To Lincoln, Maine" facebook page I think we succeeded. To see all of our coverage AND a 3-part HD video of the complete fireworks show, go to our HOMECOMING page under the FUN tab on the Lincoln web site.
Connie and I really enjoyed covering the events, and meeting a lot of you along the way. This was the debut of Lincoln's new Promotions Coordinator, Amanda Beaulieu, and we think she did a fine job, don't you?! All the public safety workers also did a fine job especially considering the heat and the crowds throughout the celebration. Also, Lincoln gave a nice "welcome home" to Paul Broderick, who is the drummer for the Sean Chambers Band who entertained at Cobb Field prior to Saturday night's fireworks.
The success of this event was because of the many people working to make it so, and the thousands of you who are part of this great community. We're glad to have been able to be a part of this community effort, and in our small way to contribute to its success. We'll be back again next year, and, we hope you will too! In the meantime, CLICK HERE for a slideshow summary of Homecoming 2011 featuring many photos we hadn't put online yet.
- Lee Rand
HOMECOMING - DAY 3
July 23 - Three pre-fireworks concerts were held tonight at Cobb Field, followed by an excellent fireworks show. Fire Chief Phil Dawson estimated the crowd to number around 4,500. We took plenty of photographs - CLICK HERE to see our slideshow. We also have video of the entire fireworks show, which you can check out below!
We hope you have enjoyed our coverage of Lincoln's 2011 Homecoming celebration, which has been brought to you courtesy of our sponsor, Clay Funeral Home. We thank them for their support, and look forward to next year's Homecoming!
- Lee & Connie
July 23 - Day three of this year's Homecoming is another hot one. Before the parades, clouds, a cool breeze and a few raindrops gave some comfort to the crowds gathering to watch. A short Children's Parade (video below) was followed by the Grand Parade. The theme this year was "Dancing Thru the Decades", and the Grand Marshall was Hervey Clay. The parade included veterans, politicians, fire trucks, Shriners, Smokey the Bear, beauty queens, dancing groups, ATV clubs, classic cars and much more. CLICK HERE for our photo slideshow. If you attended or participated in the parade, you might see a photo of yourself. If you live too far away to be here, you can still enjoy the festivities.
Children's Parade Video!
HOMECOMING - DAY 2
July 22 - The Roaming Railroad will take you on a free ride around the downtown area. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning (rare for this area) for today until 8 pm.
Civil War re-enactor Tim Baker of Lincoln was at the Lincoln Historical Society museum next to the library. He's pictured here with some Civil War bullets found at a battlefield in Virginia. For a slideshow of some of today's activites, CLICK HERE. Here's a short video:
THE SUN BREAKS THROUGH JUST IN TIME FOR THE ANNUAL RIVERDRIVERS SUPPER!
July 21 - The 64th annual Riverdrivers Supper was very nearly rained out tonight, but the sun finally came out just as the supper was getting underway. The beanpots were unearthed, and the biscuits, hot dogs, potato salad and all the other fixings were soon ready for all the hungry people lining up to buy tickets. Everyone was having a great time finding friends and family among the crowd. If you couldn't get to the supper, or you want to see if we got you on camera tonight, we have a photo slideshow for you. CLICK HERE to take a look.
DAY ONE - HOMECOMING BEGINS!
July 21 - Lincoln's 2011 Homecoming celebration officially got underway this morning, with events taking place all over town. Our photographer has been around town today to bring you some colorful photos. CLICK HERE to see what he found!
July 20 - Vendors are shown setting up for Homecoming in downtown Lincoln.
15TH ANNUAL LINCOLN WIFFLEBALL TOURNAMENT
First Event of Homecoming 2011
-Lee Rand Photo
July 16 - Lincoln's week-long Homecoming got off to a fun start this morning as 16 teams took to the fields at Mattanawcook Academy for the 15th Annual Wiffleball Tournament. The players not only faced stiff competition, but had to endure temperatures in the 90's, hot sunshine and rising humidity! Family, friends and fans cheered the teams on, bringing tents to provide their own shade. For a slideshow and video, CLICK HERE to visit our Sports page. The Champions this year are the "Has Beens", Cody Bean, Phil Cayford, Nate Ellis and Anthony Stewart (pictured left to right in the official tournament photo below).
This was also the beginning of this year's Homecoming coverage by your Lincoln area website, which ended with video and photographs of the fireworks at Cobb Field.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE
June 29 - The Lincoln Historical Society's museum at the 1836 Corro House next to the Lincoln Memorial Library will be open during Homecoming on Thursday and Friday, July 21 and 22 from 10 amto 3 pm, and on Sunday, July 24 from noon to 3 pm. Stop by during their Open House for a glimpse of Lincoln's past!
From 6 pm to 8 pm, a DVD featuring Lincoln's military veterans will be shown at the Corro House. The video is 27 minutes long. Be sure to come and see this inspiring tribute to our veterans.
Enjoy fireworks safely
Just like apple pie, Main Street parades, and backyard barbeques, fireworks are a significant part of our Independence Day celebrations. But each year, thousands of injuries occur from unsafe use of fireworks and unfortunately many of the victims are children. It is important that everyone maintain the highest standard for safety around fireworks, and even better, leave them to the professionals.
According to the 2010 Fireworks Annual Report conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
§ Of the fireworks-related injuries sustained, 65 percent were to males, and 35 percent were to females.
§ Injuries to children were a major component of total fireworks-related injuries, with children under 15 years of age accounting for approximately 40% of the estimated injuries. Fifty-three percent of the estimated emergency department-treated, fireworks-related injuries were individuals younger than 20 years of age.
§ There were an estimated 900 injuries associated with firecrackers. Of these, an estimated:
§ 30 percent were associated with small firecrackers,
§ 17 percent with illegal firecrackers, and
§ 53 percent with unspecified firecrackers.
§ There were an estimated 1,200 injuries associated with sparklers and 400 with bottle rockets.
§ The parts of the body most often injured were:
§ 30% hands and fingers,
§ 22% legs,
§ 21% eyes,
§ 16% and head, face, and ears.
§ Burns were the most common injury to all parts of the body except the eyes, where contusions, lacerations, and foreign bodies in the eyes occurred more frequently.
§ An estimated 7 percent of patients were treated and transferred to another hospital or admitted to the hospital.
If someone is injured by fireworks, immediately go to your local hospital or call 9-1-1. If the injury is a burn, remove clothing from the burned area and run cool water over the burn (do not use ice). If an eye injury occurs, avoid touching or rubbing the eye, as this may cause even more damage. Don’t flush the eye out with water and avoid putting any ointment on it. The best thing to do is to place a paper cup around the eye and immediately seek medical attention.
In an effort to reduce these preventable injuries, Penobscot Valley Hospital encourages families to attend local public fireworks displays instead of using fireworks at home this Fourth of July. Also, teach your children to safely enjoy fireworks and sparklers at a safe distance. Please consider your health and celebrate our independence safely!