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SPECIAL MEETING: There will be a special meeting of the Lincoln Town Council on Monday, Nov. 3, at 7pm in the Town Council Chambers at the Town Hall. Speculation is that a new Town Manager may be presented at that time. *


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Here it comes!

WINTER STORM WATCH ISSUED OCTOBER 31 AT 3:53PM EDT UNTIL NOVEMBER 03 AT 2:00AM EDT:

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT BEGINNING SATURDAY EVENING....A STRENGTHENING COASTAL STORM WILL BRING SNOW MIXED WITH RAIN AT TIMES ALONG WITH VERY STRONG WINDS TO CENTRAL AND EASTERN MAINE. THE FIRST WAVE OF PRECIPITATION WILL ARRIVE LATE SATURDAY INTOSATURDAY EVENING WITH RAIN CHANGING TO SNOW.

MORE SIGNIFICANT PRECIPITATION WILL ARRIVE WITH THE MAIN LOW LATE SATURDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUING SUNDAY. WE EXPECT STRONG WINDS ALONG WITH SNOW, POSSIBLY HEAVY AT TIMES, FOR SUNDAY. THE SNOW WILL LIKELY MIX WITH RAIN AND EVEN SOME SLEET AT TIMES OVER WASHINGTON AND HANCOCK COUNTIES. STORM TOTALS OF 7 TO 12 INCHES OF SNOW ARE LIKELY BY SUNDAY NIGHT AWAY FROM THE IMMEDIATE COAST. 

School Board Candidate Profile

OUR OFFER FOR LOCAL CANDIDATES TO SUBMIT INFORMATION TO THE LINCOLN AREA WEBSITE IS STILL IN FORCE. TODAY WE RECEIVED INFO FROM A CANDIDATE TO THE RSU #67 SCHOOL BOARD:
As you think about your school board candidates choices, please -

Think about the issues that are important to you in your school district. Are you concerned about student transportation costs and safety, funding for extracurricular activities, new curriculum standards, proficiency based diplomas, buying, leasing or renovating existing school owned buildings. Do you expect to fund your district with more local sharing coming from the tax payers or are you expecting to see the school board make decisions with efficiencies at the forefront to minimize local tax increases? Does your candidates choices demonstrate an ability to think outside the box to meet State mandates, if doing so could save time and money while preserving the integrity of the classroom instruction? What's your hot button? Do you know where each of the candidates stand on issues that are important to you.

 The following are some of the qualities recognized by Great Schools :

The ability to work well with a team and support students and their need for a competitive basic education that can support their immediate future goals for continued learning or career path.
A desire to work toward a stronger healthy relationship between the district administration, it’s students, employees and the public it serves
An interest in serving the needs of all students, regardless of their abilities and backgrounds which includes high achieving students being supported through programs and activities.
A board representative who demonstrates professional, poised demeanor and a respectful, respectable behavior who can appreciate diverse points of view but who is not afraid to advocate for what is in the best interest for this district, its students, staff and community.
Independently researches information, data and options to share with the board and try to facilitate good decision making.
Has served 5yrs on the school board demonstrating her commitment to the time and energy required each week for meetings, phone calls, conversations, visits to schools, and professional development seminars and workshops
Has a great deal of knowledge about district policies, guidelines, needs, challenges and strengths from serving the past 5yrs as a school board director.

Then please consider supporting me, in my bid for a school board seat.

At the heart of it all, members of a district's board of education must believe, in the value of public education. They must be dedicated to serving and teaching all children. They must believe in the democratic process and understand that their role is to act strategically, with the interests of the entire school community. I believe I have done all of this and more to serve this community to the best of my ability. There have been and continue to be challenges, this is a real job - if done right. It takes a lot of time. I have never had an agenda in which I served a special interest group. I have tried my level best to be fair and honest to what I know to be true when communicating with Administration, staff and the community interests - even when doing so might set me apart from others. I may not always be right but I do always try to be thorough in the research and time I give this position.
I want to thank all those that have set in these public seats before. - I’ve learned. You don’t know what you don’t know until you’ve experienced it first hand.
I want to thank those that have allowed me to try to serve the community and its students, staff and schools over the past 5 years.
Should I be given the opportunity to serve another term, my focus will be on the STUDENTS. Huge decisions are being made. I believe the full board should know how these decisions are going to impact our students, which can take time and research. We committed as a board to open and improved communication - I believe we have taken steps, but can still develop this more fully. I believe, budgets need to be developed with the whole student in mind and that physical development enhances mental development, so I will not support eliminating programs involving sports or the arts as a means for developing a budget, especially when there is no other local programing available for youth in our area. I believe we currently have some very talented board of directors involved in our budget development and that with the Superintendent's help, a budget can come forward that supports the whole student and the average tax payer at the same time. If you believe I can support your interests in our schools than please vote for me in the up coming election.

Sincerely, Debra G. Tardy 

Candidates' forum a success

October 16-  About 30 area residents attended the forum for Town Council candidates sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce held tonight at the Golden Keys Senior Center. Eight of the seven announced candidates took part in the more than two-hour session. No one seemed to "burst out of the pack" as the candidates fielded questions from those in the audience and from the Chamber. A broad range of topics were discussed. For a photo slideshow, CLICK HERE.

Actively Aging - Exercise and the Older Adult

by Kristina Clark, PT, DPT, GCS

There’s no way around it – we are all getting older. As we age, there is a natural decline in muscle strength. But the good news is that you can have an affect on muscle loss by increasing your level of physical activity.

Our muscles can be divided into two types:
§ Type 1 – these muscle fibers give us ENDURANCE. They increase when we participate in aerobic exercises.
§ Type 2 – these muscle fibers give us POWER. They increase when we strength train.

Unfortunately, Type 2 muscle fibers turn into Type 1 if they are not exercised correctly- meaning even more power is lost! Picture someone who has difficulty getting up from a chair, but able to walk…that is a perfect example of someone with adequate Type 1 muscles but not enough Type 2.

It’s not too late! Get active today!
Understand that participating in physical activity is a lifestyle change and to benefit from your hard work, you need to be consistent. It takes two or more months to build strength in our muscles.

Expect some muscle soreness similar to the way you feel when you shovel snow for the first time each winter. (Hopefully we won’t be practicing that for a while longer!) It is very important to let those sore muscles recover before doing that same exercise routine again.

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends:
§ Aerobic exercise-moderate intensity 30 minutes/day, most days of the week. Examples include brisk walking, swimming, using a leg bike or an arm bike, gardening, yard work, or climbing stairs.

§ Resistance/strength training 2-3 times/week. Examples include using weight machines, using free weights, using your body weight (repeatedly standing up/sitting down without the use of your arms, push ups on the wall, or planks).

§ To improve your power, lifting just any weight will not work! Muscles need to be appropriately challenged. An older person who wants to increase strength will follow the same guidelines as a younger adult. Physical Therapists can work with you to determine your “1 Rep Max” which means performing an exercise with a weight only once before the muscle tires out. From there, we can make sure you are challenging your muscles at 60% or higher of that 1 Rep Max number. It may seem like a lot of weight but there is extensive research on this topic finding that working out less than 60% proves to be a waste of your time.

§ Stretching (after warming up the muscles) can be performed every day. Examples include a stretching routine for major body regions, participating in Tai Chi, and yoga.

If you are not currently participating in an exercise program that combines aerobic, resistance training, and stretching, contact your primary care provider. Your doctor can refer you to the PVH Rehab & Wellness Center where you will receive a specialized program with one of our Physical Therapists.

As we age, we are more likely to have multiple diseases and conditions, and working with a Physical Therapist ensures that you will have an exercise program created just for you. For example, some medications like Beta Blockers lower the heart rate, making it difficult to get a true response of exercise tolerance from heart rate alone. If you are new to exercising, it is important that you learn how your conditions can affect your response to exercise and learn other ways to assess your activity level.

Remember, after you learn what exercises work best, you can then join the PVH Rehab & Wellness Center Independent Gym Program for $25 a month to continue on your own.

Please stop by the Golden Key Senior Center on Main Street in Lincoln on Wednesday, November 5 from 3-4:30pm where I will be talking more about this topic. 

Candidates Forum planned for October 16

October 11 - UPDATE - TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATES: There will be a candidates forum for the 9 candidates running for the two open seats on the Lincoln Town Council hosted by the area Chamber of Commerce. The Forum will be this coming Thursday evening, October 16th at the Golden Keys Center on Main Street, starting at 6 pm and ending at approximately 8 pm. Eight of the nine candidates running have committed to being there. Steve Clay, Town Council Chairman and a candidate for re-election will not attend due to a prior commitment for that date.

West Broadway widening information

October 10 - The Town of Lincoln held an informational meeting on the West Broadway widening project on October 9, with another meeting planned for Thursday, October 28th from 6:00-8:00PM at MA. To view the slideshow and handouts given during last night's meeting, click on the following: Lincoln TIF Program Explained, Map of TIF Districts, and West Broadway Project Summary.

Local election information

The following nine people will be on the ballot for the two open seats on the Lincoln Town Council in the election in November: Jeff Gifford, Thora House, Jamie House, Mathew Berry, Steve Clay, Marscella Ireland, Grant Polomsky, George Edwards, and Gilberte Mayo. Paul Nantkes, Mary Plourde & Debbie Tardy are running for the 2 RSU #67 seats. Certified candidates for the RSU #67 School Board and the Lincoln Town Council are welcome to submit a 2-3 short paragraphs statement and photo for the Lincoln area web site by e-mailing them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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