Quiet week at the town office
The town office is a different place now that Denise Hylton has gone on to a permanent full-time job in the Belfast town office. Ann Dean, town clerk, says she starts to comment to Denise on something and, as she takes that first breath to speak, realizes — oh, my gosh, she’s gone! Ann, the select board and committees — and all of us — send a hearty "good luck" to Denise in her new position. Beth Connor will be helping out on a limited basis until the assistant town clerk/ treasurer position is filled.
Grange supper this Saturday
Evening Star Grange will present its September public supper this Saturday, Sept. 14, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at their hall on Old Union Road right here in beautiful downtown Washington. This is a harvest supper and includes all sorts of garden vegetables to complement roast turkey and mashed potatoes. Of course, there will be beverages and the usual divine selection of yummy desserts. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children.
Old negatives thrill author
Some time ago, a stack of old glass negatives was found tucked away in an attic. Making sure they would be ignored and forgotten no more, the owner investigated ways to make sure these priceless images were safely taken care of and preserved. Learning that the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport had the capacity to digitize the negatives — which would make them available to everyone — an agreement was struck for the museum to purchase them and raising the money began. One evening recently Kevin Johnson, Penobscot Marine Museum’s photo archivist, was doing his volunteer stint at an area gallery when a patron struck up a conversation with him. They discovered a Washington connection which was pretty exciting for both of them. The patron was Deborah Harding, a historian and author of the 2011 book "We Shall Rise – A History of the Washington Maine Advent Christian Campmeeting Association." (The book, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the campmeeting here, is available at Gibbs Library.) Deborah instantly decided to help secure the final dollars needed to complete the museum’s acquisition. She’s excited that the glass negatives will produce sharper images of some of the scenes in her book for which she had to simply photograph old photos. We aren’t sure right now when the photos from these old negatives will be available, but it’s going to happen. We’ll be sure to follow up on this remarkable chance meeting between Kevin and Deborah and details of the historical significance of the pictures.
Local man a book connoisseur
The word connoisseur comes to mind as I reflect on a recent visit with Hubert “Budd” Sloat to peruse his astounding book collection. Regarding books, Budd is unquestionably “a person of informed and discriminating taste.” By his own description, Budd wasn’t much of a scholar and never read a book in high school. Following a couple of stints in the Army, he took a job on the west coast at which he had periodic down time. He began reading, found he loved it and has been going full bore at it ever since. We sit in a cozy room of his home in West Washington with book shelves on three walls. It turns out that at least one wall of every room of his house is stacked with books. They are carefully categorized by topic and an eclectic array it is! It’s going to take more visits to grasp it all. Besides reading and organizing the various works, Budd volunteers each week at Gibbs Library (of course) and also at Washington Auto Parts which are good places to catch him. After my next visit, I’ll have gathered my wits a little tighter and be able to describe Budd’s remarkable assembly of volumes.