Lakes Association names officers
Washington Lakes Watershed Association appointed officers for the 2013-2014 year at its meeting last week. Returning to office are president, Sharon Turner and vice president, Roger Cady. Elizabeth “Liz” Casey is secretary and Leann Diehl is treasurer and membership coordinator. WLWA board members were elected at the association’s annual meeting, which was held last month. At the first regular board meeting of each year, officers for the term are chosen from among the electees. Other members of the board are David Allen, Frank Braun, Terry Bromfield, Heather Halsey, Charlotte Henderson, Linda Luce, Madelon Kelly, George Stone, Davis Taylor. The purpose of Washington Lakes Watershed Association is to promote good stewardship of the lakes and streams in our area and the land around them. For more information on the lakes association contact Sharon at 845-2140 or check out the website at washingtonlakesassociation.org.
Grange’s traditional mission prevails
Last week’s information about the Minnie Weaver Scholarship brought Evening Star Grange 183 back into focus. Evening Star, which we often call simply “Washington Grange,” is going strong here in our little town. Although the number of Granges statewide has dropped over the years, Washington’s Grange maintains an important community service role and is a recipient of the Maine State Grange Community Service Award. Evening Star supports the local food bank, collects school supplies for Prescott Memorial School students, and sponsors a popular Easter Egg Hunt each spring. In order to ease the stress of children called into the court system, Grange members assemble Kiddy Ditty Bags, which contain things like a snack, pencils or crayons, puzzle books and other items for kids to pass the time with. Evening Star 183 donates to Knox and Lincoln animal shelters, Ronald McDonald House, the Care Network, and others. And, of course, they support the Minnie Weaver Scholarship effort. One of their ongoing services, for sure, is offering their hall for community functions at reasonable rates (or less than). Evening Star 183 was founded September 6, 1875 making it 138 years old. More about them next time.
An oops and an apology
Bo Marks points out that auctioneer Austin Brann was omitted from the report on the Gibbs 20th Anniversary Celebration. Our apologies to Mr. Brann, who came down from Vassalboro for the event and did a superb job conducting the live auction. Austin Brann is president of the Central Maine Bird Fanciers (birds as in poultry) so we may see him at their shows at Windsor Fair Grounds or around the various area agricultural fairs.
Amazingly, it’s dry
Mainers are known for commenting on the weather — cussing and discussing its eccentricities. So, I’ll exercise my birthright with the comment that this has been a crazy year so far with weather all over the, well, map. Funny thing, with so much rain, that in some places it’s very dry. Good time to check around your property to make sure no piles of brush or debris could ignite and spread to your house. A program that’s under way by the Maine Forest Service helps communities protect themselves in the event of forest fires. The program is FireWise and homeowners can get information from the Forest Service at 1-800-750-9777 or maineforestservice.gov about how to reduce the risk of fire spreading from forested areas to our homes. Meanwhile, let’s enjoy this spate of sunny days that bring no need to complain, much, anyway.
Lost on Washington Pond
While we were away, our brand new little blue paddle boat got loose from our dock on the east shore of Washington Pond. If anyone’s seen it or has rescued it, please give us a call at 845-2661 so we can bring her home. Thanks!