New faces at town office
Two deputy town clerks have been hired to assist at the town office. Dave Heckman and Ellen Koch will share the one part-time position previously held by Denise Hylton who has taken a job in Belfast. Town Clerk Ann Dean requested the split so that there is more depth to cover future vacancies and changes in the workload. Town clerks are required to be familiar with municipal law, licensing practices, and numerous other detailed responsibilities. Ann Dean, Washington’s town clerk and tax collector, says there’s “a pretty good learning curve to the job and there’s always something new.” We welcome Dave and Ellen and wish them success.
Sen. Johnson on radio
We wrote Sen. Chris Johnson the other day inquiring about the radio programs that regularly broadcast political speeches. His communications director said she only knew of the broadcast at 5:50 a.m. on Saturdays on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network stations and at 9 a.m. on Saturdays on WGAN-AM (560 on the AM dial). Now, I confess that 5:50 a.m. is not a time of day that gets any of my attention whatsoever and most of the time the AM stations don’t come in well out here in the country. So, Chris says both the governor’s weekly address and the democratic responses can be streamed of the MPBN website at: mpbn.net/News/WeeklyPoliticalAddresses.aspx . Seems like a fairly easy way to keep up with the governor’s points of view. Sen. Johnson is one of several Democratic state senators who participate in the senate broadcasts. Both Sen. Johnson and state Rep. Deb Sanderson send out email newsletters, as well.
Historical society meets Oct. 22
Washington Historical Society will meet this month Tuesday, Oct. 22. This date is one week later than the usual third Tuesday of each month. This is an exception so we want everyone to know the change is this month only. The 22nd is a great time to come learn what the historical society is all about because the entire contents of the storage cabinets will be out on display. The group’s volunteer archivist, Liz Grinnell, will explain how the items are categorized and describe the special computer software that helps track the society’s inventory. The Oct. 22 meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library. Anyone interested in Washington’s history is welcome to come to meetings and all members are especially encouraged to attend for this informative session.
Lend a hand at Gibbs Library?
Gibbs Library’s all-volunteer staff is asking for some volunteers to help with the fall cleaning. They’ll be on hand Saturday morning, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. There are small jobs — half hour to one hour — for everyone. Dusting, window washing, weeding the garden, sorting books and other little tasks can all be accomplished with those many hands that make light work. So, just show up, have a snack (provided), choose a job and get it done. All the library assistants will love you for it!
WFD lifetime member recognized
Elsa Seeger, a 23-year veteran of the Washington Fire Department, was honored for her work last spring and we missed it. Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Elsa was presented with a plaque reading “For many years of dedicated service and support, Elsa Seeger is designated as a Lifetime Member of the Washington Fire Department.” She began volunteering when Don B. Grinnell was fire chief. He put her right to work as fire police responsible for traffic control in areas where firefighters are on duty. Elsa, who resides in Jefferson, also learned the role of secretary which she has carried on for years at the monthly second-Monday Fire Department meetings. Although Elsa is not as active as she used to be, she participates in the activities of the auxiliary, usually staffing ticket tables and is a whiz at selling raffles. Elsa is a familiar face with the firefighting team and we hope she’ll be on the job for a long time to come. Congratulations, Elsa!!