Fire department supper
Roast beef raised right here in Washington at Tom and Debbie Johnston’s Sunny Acres Farm will be featured along with the traditional roast turkey on the menu at this Saturday’s (Sept. 28) Fire Department Auxiliary’s Fall Supper. Lots of veggies, beans, casseroles, and desserts round out the menu. Donation of a casserole or dessert will be cheerfully and gratefully accepted, too. The fundraising event is a tradition of more than 20 years, which raises money for equipment and supplies for WFD’s Prescott School Fire Prevention Week presentation. The auxiliary also funds resources for the firefighters that are beyond the means of the regular budget. The supper is Saturday, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the fire station and the cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. (It’s been the same price for several years.) This is a fun, friendly, food fest for a great cause. See you there.
Minnie Weaver auction and raffle close at FD supper
The silent auction of theme baskets created by the Minnie Weaver Scholarship Committee will take final bids Saturday evening at the Fire Department Auxiliary Supper. The committee puts together big baskets of clever, useful, and often unusual items for the auction which raises money for the Minnie Weaver annual scholarship to a Washington student. In addition, two handmade creations — a beautiful braided rug and a handsome quilt — are being raffled and tickets will be available at the supper and at the Grange Hall on Saturday morning during the farmers market. This is a really worthy effort made somewhat difficult due to the lack of a frequented space to display the items beforehand. Please be sure to check out all these very special things and join in the fun of bidding. The committee — and that lucky student — will thank you for it.
Snowmobile Club gets good news
Hill & Gully Riders Snowmobile Club held its first meeting of the season recently with excitement that the Farmers’ Almanac has predicted a lot of snow for winter 2013-2014. The last couple of years have been disappointing for snowmobilers. Ironically, last winter the club’s SnowFest Fishing Derby had to be postponed because so much snow had fallen that it closed local roads. But, good news, this year will be perfect! The club’s officers are Jud Butterman, president; Matt Kopishke, vice president; Anthony Lee, secretary; Tom Johnston, treasurer. Hill & Gully Riders Snowmobile Club meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the fire station conference room (the side door). The club welcomes visitors to their meetings and encourages snowmobilers to attend, help maintain local trails, and join in the club’s fun and camaraderie. For more information, call Jud at 226-3755.
Deadline for pesticide disposal
Maine homeowners, family-owned farms, and greenhouses may safely dispose of banned or unusable pesticides if they register by tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 27). Special collection sites are being set up by Maine Board of Pesticides Control and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to dispose of banned pesticides or pesticides that have become caked, frozen, or otherwise rendered unusable. The disposal program is free but those interested must register. Old chemicals like DDT, lead arsenate, 2,4,5-T, and chlordane, can be difficult and expensive to dispose of, so here’s an opportunity to do it without risks to our families or to wildlife. Just be sure to make that call to get registered or learn more: 287-2731 or visit thinkfirstspraylast.org.
LCF presents encore of PBS film
"A Place at the Table" is a PBS documentary film about hunger. The movie will be encored Friday evening by the Living Communities Foundation at the Palermo Community Center on Turner Ridge Road (across from the ball field). The documentary explains why so many people go hungry right here in America. Following along with the experience of people who are living without enough food, this critically-acclaimed film helps viewers understand why hunger exists among so many in our country and how people can be, for instance, both hungry and obese. On film night there is a potluck meal at 6 p.m. and the movie begins when that’s over. Everyone is welcome to take part in the potluck supper or simply come for the movie. Call Connie at 993-2294 for further information. If you’ve ever cringed at the euphemism “food insecurity” as we have, this film might just tell us what we need to know.
Historical society plans work meeting
Last week Washington Historical Society held its monthly meeting. Schedule revisions and updates were announced including postponement of a visit to Hodge School at Mathews Museum in Union. It was announced that member Cheryl Swift has completed a photo record of Levensaler Cemetery. This time it is on a disk rather than in scrapbook form making it easier to share. Several scrapbooks have been completed and are in the cabinets. The meeting decided to display all of the contents of the storage cabinets for members who attend the Tuesday, Oct. 22 meeting and allow time then for discussion on ways archives are organized. Members are encouraged to attend for this informative session. We’re happy to announce the date of Saturday, Dec. 14 is confirmed for a public holiday concert with the Harborside Harmony Barbershop Chorus. Washington Historical Society welcomes all who are interested in the town’s past. Membership is $5 a year which can be paid at any meeting or sent to our treasurer Linda Luce at P.O. Box 333 Washington 04574.